The "Lavender Menace" Confronts Betty Friedan and NOW

Gallo, Marcia M.
January 2005
LGBT History, 1956-1975;2005, p104
Lesbian-feminist protesters at the second Congress to Unite Women in New York challenged their exclusion from the program as well as the disparaging comments about lesbians made by Betty Friedan, founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the words "Lavender Menace," nearly two dozen activists mocked Friedan's fears that NOW was threatened by lesbian visibility.


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