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“Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the term “security risk’ in fact functioned largely as a euphemism for homosexual,” writes David Johnson in a forthcoming article in Washington History magazine. In his lecture “In the Shadow of the Federal Government: The Making of Washington’s Gay and Lesbian Community, 1950s-1970s,” Johnson discusses pre- and post-decessors of Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s red and lavender witch hunts; the Mattachine Society of Washington, formed in 1961 by local gay men, some of them fired from civil service posts; and activism against the feds’ so-called “purge of the perverts.” Johnson’s also well-informed on D.C.’s gay subculture of the mid-20th century—learn about hangouts from the Derby Room to the Redskin Lounge to the Chicken Hut from 6-8 p.m. at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. $5. For reservations call (202) 785-2068.(Nathalie op de Beeck)