Apr 17, 2013 4:38 PM GMT
Part of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's History Project.
I really can't imagine what the struggle of these people must have been like... To think that homossexuality meant 'a phase one passes through' in dictionaries!.. Wow
I feel humble after watching this.
Thanks for posting!
BiAdam37 saidJust remember you'll be an old gay person someday.
ART_DECO saidGood video, thanks for sharing. I've been wondering if there's a way I can get my husband to do an oral history. He's 78 and I love hearing his stories about his early gay experiences, having come out at 12.
He doesn't admit to any real personal horror stories, other than his father kicking him out of the house. And the police raids of gay bars & clubs, but he never got arrested or roughed-up. He was living with a partner by 21, broke up after 12 years, had another for 16 years who died, and I'm his third.
The Mafia owned the gay bars in Boston, the police paid off so the raids weren't too frequent. But also using secret signals when an undercover vice cop was detected in the place, and going to dances with a girlfriend "decoy" who'd quickly swap places with his boyfriend on the dance floor when a raid did happen. And many more stories like that.
Yet he apparently didn't live much of a double life, fairly out for the period, and I find that interesting, too. He's very comfortable being gay. But then he's mainly lived in Boston & South Florida.
Merseyside saidawesome and very touching story. now am scared... not sure which is harder "being gay" or "getting old" ?? damn this world is f#cke@
Seric saidSuch a beautiful video. I have such a soft spot for the elderly, because I used to work with them all the time at the hospital and clinics. And this video just brings tears to my eyes.