McCarthyism was one of the darkest pages of the American “democracy” of the 50s. The “communistophago”, as the politician was known Joseph McCarthy, was the reason thousands of progressives in the US experienced horrific interrogations and prosecutions. Lives were destroyed, people betrayed friends and associates, constant threat became part of their lives. Not even Hollywood was spared the fury of McCarthyism – no one was immune. We also saw them in Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” this year.

What many may not know – at least I didn’t – is that McCarthy also targeted the LGBTI community. McCarthy’s right-hand man was Roy Cohn (who I read hid his sexuality with a terrible vengeance). Together they led the “Lavender scare”, a covert campaign to “purge” homosexual workers from US government agencies.

In the middle of this terrifying campaign – which probably resembled a witch hunt – its two protagonists meet and fall in love Fellow Travelers, the new mini-series by Oscar nominee Ron Nyswanerwhich premiered on COSMOTE TV just two weeks ago.

An epic queer romance in the most interesting political thriller you’ll see right now

Based on the 2007 novel by Thomas Mallon, Fellow Travelers follows a love affair – between Tim Laughlin (played by Jonathan Bailey) and State Department official Hawkins “Hawk” Fuller (Matt Bomer) – that spans decades. . Their relationship begins in secret during the ‘Lavender Scare’ of the 1950s and continues until the HIV epidemic in the 1980s.