Great post from Yourname2000!.....
... although it appears we had very different experiences.
The seventies up til 1982 were very busy for this Doug. I flew to California a few times,openly gay as you please. The West End of Vancouver was gay central, lol. I moved to NFLD and enjoyed openly gay living there as well.
In 1973 the Psychiatric Associations had pronounced gay was OK, and the gay onslaught (love that term) began.
The Plague frightened a whole lot of straight people, because not only was it rapid, aggressive and a very visual sickness, but no one knew how it spread.
At work others wouldn't use a chair or hold a pen that someone gay had sat in or used. The myths that openly circulated were horrible.
OK, having some baaaaddd memories right now, so enough for this topic.