Lavender Scary Fairy
Presented at Transformer, DC, Lavender Scary Fairy is a performance/exhibition by Alexander D’Agostino meditating on the history of and resistance to the Lavender scare, a moral panic in the US, beginning in the 1950s that 40 years, where thousands of gay employees were fired or forced to resign from the federal workforce under homophobic laws and policies. This sparked ongoing acts of resistance to homophobic and discriminatory policies that positioned homosexuals and sexual-minorities as threats to national security. Even today, we see fear based policy and legislative action that echoes the same scare tactics and nationalist agendas of the Lavender Scare. This processional performance began at Transformer Gallery and continues onto Logan Circle Park, where people received alavender blessing from the Lavender Scary Fairy.