MUST SEE: Mike Wallace - "The Homosexuals" (1967)

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    Dec 03, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    Amazing this was only 44 years ago.

    Thank the Drag Queens who fought back with rocks and beer bottles, and "liberal loons" and "radical civil libertarians" who supported gays in the early days.



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    Dec 03, 2011 7:33 PM GMT
    Not really. I mean this was during the time when blacks where still fighting for equal rights as well
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    Dec 03, 2011 7:36 PM GMT
    When the Queers and the Blacks were constructing the Disco Inferno. Burn, baby, burn!
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    Dec 03, 2011 7:51 PM GMT
    tuffguyndc saidNot really. I mean this was during the time when blacks where still fighting for equal rights as well


    To a certain extent yes...but even to this day...mind you in 2011....LGTB people are still regarded with disgust and misunderstanding when all it takes to consider is that love has no limits or any boundaries. Love just is! Regardless of your race, regardless of your gender, regardless of your sexual orientation!

    And here's something to also think about...it was just about 30 years ago that HIV was 'discovered' and though we've come a long way in having the public recognize that we also are entitled to equal rights under the Law...there is still disgust, judgment and yes apprehension among few in the gay community with men being POZ. Go figure!
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    Dec 03, 2011 7:57 PM GMT
    I remember when I was in the military in the mid-sixties, I had to be really careful. Undesirable discharges were still issued. I knew that if I were to be kicked out of the military then, it would be all over with my family and chances of getting a good job would have be in peril. While things are much better these days there are still plenty of haters out there that are still itching to ostracize us. Ignorance still rules.
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    Dec 03, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
    This video is a hoot with rants from conservatives obsessed with being gay:

    This video is a parody on the conservative obsession:
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    Dec 03, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    Re: the CBS documentary, Mike Wallace later regretted his participation in the program and some of the comments made therein.

    But it certainly gives you a sense of what straights thought of us then.
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    Dec 03, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    vincent7 saidI remember when I was in the military in the mid-sixties, I had to be really careful. Undesirable discharges were still issued. I knew that if I were to be kicked out of the military then, it would be all over with my family and chances of getting a good job would have be in peril. While things are much better these days there are still plenty of haters out there that are still itching to ostracize us. Ignorance still rules.


    Yup, that. But we have come a long way.
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    Dec 03, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    Reminded that I saw the movie 'Far From Heaven' on Netflix. It takes place in autumn/winter 1957/58 and reminds me of a realistic but earlier 'Bewitched' (without the witchcraft). I highly recommend it.


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    Far from Heaven
    2002PG-13107 minutes

    When she finds her husband (Dennis Quaid) with another man, a Connecticut housewife (Julianne Moore) finds herself dealing with infidelity and the racial tension that epitomized the late 1950s at the advent of the Civil Rights movement in America. As a coping mechanism to deal with the emotional turmoil, she develops an unlikely friendship with her African-American gardener (Dennis Haysbert), who's full of sage wisdom.
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    Dec 03, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    As mentioned above me here, Far From Heaven was a very good film. We just saw it once again & liked it quite a bit.

    As far as the Mike Wallace piece, much of it annoyed me. I couldn't finish it. Having grown up in the shadow of San Francisco in the 60's and 70's, the people I knew (family and friends) were tolerant and loving toward gay people. I was lucky to have been surrounded with bright, well educated, enlightened adults all around me. The other kind (homophobes, bigots and racists) were people I only heard about (George Wallace comes to mind). I guess I was living in a beautiful cocoon - - the San Francisco peninsula.

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    Dec 03, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    tuffguyndc saidNot really. I mean this was during the time when blacks where still fighting for equal rights as well


    There are many similarities Tuffguy - but a MAJOR distinction is that no one was calling you MENTALLY DISEASED for being black.
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    Dec 03, 2011 9:50 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 said[...]
    As far as the Mike Wallace piece, much of it annoyed me. I couldn't finish it. Having grown up in the shadow of San Francisco in the 60's and 70's, the people I knew (family and friends) were tolerant and loving toward gay people. I was lucky to have been surrounded with bright, well educated, enlightened adults all around me. The other kind (homophobes, bigots and racists) were people I only heard about (George Wallace comes to mind). I guess I was living in a beautiful cocoon - - the San Francisco peninsula.


    Unfortunately bright and well educated in itself doesn't necessarily make for a good or decent person.
    You were lucky to have been spared in your cocoon.
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    Dec 03, 2011 10:30 PM GMT
    No wonder his son is Chris Wallace on FOX News, another right-wing homophobe. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
    This is an excellent 'time capsule', disturbing as it is. It brought back childhood memories from the 60s and early 70s which fortunately don't reflect the reality I live in now.
    I would still emphasis the summary in minutes 7:56 - 8:13 which can be interpreted as stating the sorry state of fact, without goals of hate-mongering.
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    Dec 05, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    Worth watching. We've come so far...yet we still have so far to go.
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    A stark reminder why we to need to defeat social conservatives and their Republican puppets...