Awesome video: Gay seniors tell their life stories of struggle and survival

  • TroyAthlete

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    Apr 17, 2013 4:38 PM GMT


    Part of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's History Project.
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    Apr 17, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    Beautiful piece.
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    Apr 17, 2013 7:37 PM GMT
    Best thing I've seen on this site in a long time. Thanks!!
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    Apr 18, 2013 12:37 AM GMT
    Great to see - we will all get old sometime (if we live that long.)
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    Apr 18, 2013 12:37 AM GMT
    Amazing!
    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!

    Cheers
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    Apr 18, 2013 12:49 AM GMT
    That is a wonderful piece of work. You can hear it in their voices when they speak of how hard it was for them. Society has come a long way since then, but there is so much more to go.
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    Apr 18, 2013 1:06 AM GMT
    Old gay people?
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    Apr 18, 2013 1:09 AM GMT
    Just remember you'll be an old gay person someday.
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    Apr 18, 2013 1:19 AM GMT
    love it and wow totally amazing to hear what they went through. To listen to this makes u put things into prospective and makes us realize that we r not the leader off this we r the followers.
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    Apr 18, 2013 1:25 AM GMT
    Good 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.
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    Apr 18, 2013 1:29 AM GMT
    Great video <3
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    Apr 18, 2013 1:45 AM GMT
    Very nice. Thanks for sharing. We've come so far and owe so much to our brothers and sisters who blazed the trail.
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    Apr 18, 2013 1:55 AM GMT
    Thank you for this! I know so many of gay youth could learn from their gay elders.
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    Apr 18, 2013 2:04 AM GMT
    Very touching video. Hope they make more
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    Apr 18, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    Thanks for sharing. Great reminder of how it was not so long ago and how difficult it is still in some parts of the world to live as a homosexual.
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    Apr 18, 2013 4:41 AM GMT
    dicasu saidAmazing!
    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!

    Cheers


    Struggles, absolutely true, but a hell of a lot of fun too.
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    Apr 18, 2013 4:42 AM GMT
    BiAdam37 saidJust remember you'll be an old gay person someday.


    And happens amazingly quickly.
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    Apr 18, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    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.


    At age 12 ???? That has me beat by three years. As with Carmine, I can't say that I really had much trouble in spite of really pushing the 'limits' sometimes. Of course it was pretty hard to get into much trouble in Columbus.

    Stonewall to a great extent and Woodstock to a lesser extent is what prompted me to bust down the doors and out myself at what I thought was a very young age and very early. Carmine clearly has me beat!
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    Apr 18, 2013 6:49 AM GMT
    awesome and very touching story. now am scared... not sure which is harder "being gay" or "getting old" ?? damn this world is f#cke@
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    Apr 19, 2013 5:04 AM GMT
    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@


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    Apr 19, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    Awesome video. A great reminder of the progress that our community has made and yet, we still have far to go as there are so many guys going through the same struggles that these seniors went through.
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    Apr 19, 2013 6:17 PM GMT
    Golden. Amazing to see how many parents even back then were at least kind to their children after knowing.
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    Apr 19, 2013 6:31 PM GMT
    Such 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.
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    Apr 19, 2013 6:51 PM GMT
    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.


    The elderly have a soft spot too unless they take

    http://youtu.be/Qq_OBIBHRRs
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    Apr 19, 2013 6:56 PM GMT
    This is a treasure and I hope a lot of people will take the time to see it in LA.