risks and…vernment shamelessly went after and fired homosexuals who were employed by the state. At that time, the reasoning went that Gay men and lesbians were national security risks and communist sympathizers, who were supposedly more susceptible to being manipulated.
This phenomenon lasted right up through the 1990s. I had to take polygraph tests for my security clearance in the 1990s, tests that included questions about my sexual orientation. If I had admitted to or been discovered to be gay, I would have lost my clearance and my job in the Air Force.