This is What it Was Like to Be Gay in the 1980s

  • metta

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    Jun 09, 2014 11:04 PM GMT
    This is What it Was Like to Be Gay in the 1980s



    http://www.bilerico.com/2014/06/this_is_what_it_was_like_to_be_gay_in_the_1980s.php
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    Jun 09, 2014 11:08 PM GMT
    Look at this piece of shit...

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    Jun 09, 2014 11:23 PM GMT
    I remember when my first boyfriend and I were looking for an apartment, a landlady made it very clear that she would not rent to two men, but a man and woman was okay. It really made us feel like we were scum.
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    Jun 09, 2014 11:55 PM GMT
    I can't even watch that shit anymore. I hate how this world has treated us. Fucking bury it already. Just bury it.
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    Jun 10, 2014 12:03 AM GMT
    theantijock saidI can't even watch that shit anymore. I hate how this world has treated us. Fucking bury it already. Just bury it.


    I think it shows us how far we have come....
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    Jun 10, 2014 12:05 AM GMT
    As backward and offensive as the videos on "The Homosexual" and "The Homosexual Menace" are....I believe that a fair number of Republicans and elderly.....still believe this TRASH to be true.
    Sadly.....that generation will have to die off to let that attitude die out...icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 10, 2014 12:06 AM GMT
    Only voice of reason was Gore Vidal...and we know how he spent his summer vacation...icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 10, 2014 12:09 AM GMT
    metta8 said
    theantijock saidI can't even watch that shit anymore. I hate how this world has treated us. Fucking bury it already. Just bury it.


    I think it shows us how far we have come so far....


    I know. I just get so pissed off when I'm reminded of it.
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    Jun 10, 2014 12:15 AM GMT
    theantijock saidI can't even watch that shit anymore. I hate how this world has treated us. Fucking bury it already. Just bury it.


    Let's not. Look at France. Anti-gay crime increased by 78 percent in 2013. We need to remember things can easily go south. The new open-minded generation can turn into a generation of bigots once they hit 40.
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    Jun 10, 2014 12:20 AM GMT
    SuntoryTime said
    theantijock saidI can't even watch that shit anymore. I hate how this world has treated us. Fucking bury it already. Just bury it.


    Let's not. Look at France. Anti-gay crime increased by 78 percent in 2013. We need to remember things can easily go south. The new open-minded generation can turn into a generation of bigots once they hit 40.


    We could just build a museum for it and then tell everyone to play nice.
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    Jun 10, 2014 12:25 AM GMT
    theantijock said
    SuntoryTime said
    theantijock saidI can't even watch that shit anymore. I hate how this world has treated us. Fucking bury it already. Just bury it.


    Let's not. Look at France. Anti-gay crime increased by 78 percent in 2013. We need to remember things can easily go south. The new open-minded generation can turn into a generation of bigots once they hit 40.


    We could just build a museum for it and then tell everyone to play nice.


    They'll just call the museum Marxist and politically correct like they do anything that demands decency out people.
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    Jun 10, 2014 1:47 AM GMT
    bon_pan saidLook at this piece of shit...




    It was from the mid 60s. Hardly an enlightened time. Stonewall hadn't happened yet. Michael Wallace and his son Chris (still on FOX I think) are both pieces of shit. Mike knew better even then.


    Speaking in 1996, Wallace stated, "That is — God help us — what our understanding was of the homosexual lifestyle a mere twenty-five years ago because nobody was out of the closet and because that's what we heard from doctors — that's what Socarides told us, it was a matter of shame."[27] However, Wallace was at the time of broadcast close friends with noted designer James Amster (creator of the landmark Amster Yard courtyard in New York City) and Amster's male long-term companion, men whom Wallace later described as "a wonderful old married couple" and "[b]oth people that [he] admired".

    .....claimed that Salant felt the piece was pro-homosexuality.[3] Morgan scrapped all but about 10 minutes of Peters' final cut. CBS felt that the self-accepting gay men made too favorable of an impression, so Morgan edited two of the interviews to make the men seem unhappier.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS_Reports:_The_Homosexuals
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    Jun 10, 2014 4:41 AM GMT
    It was different. In some ways it was harder. In some ways it was easier.
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    Jun 10, 2014 4:52 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidIt was different. In some ways it was harder. In some ways it was easier.
    It was easier to keep the same friend with benefits for a long time, without worrying about him cheating (at least in rural communities anyway).

    It was harder overall, though, because we had to be constantly mindful not to let anyone know about the "benefits" part, because the cops would turn a blind eye to gay bashings.
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    Jun 10, 2014 5:25 AM GMT
    I suppose this thread will turn to pure vitriol VERY quickly.

    But I came out at age 14, in '82. My Freshman year of High School.

    I was working in theatre in NYC and everyone I looked up to was dying.

    I didn't get the FABULOUS roll models. They didn't make it.

    And I was terrified. My Family is what is commonly referred to "Old" and I didn't know if My way of life would simply end.

    I didn't know how to fend for Myself at the time. All I had was a few (arguably) half-way decent looks and a mouth that could spit venom at 90 yards.

    I remember the last time I was called faggot in school.

    I had had ENOUGH - and the dude was a good 3 times My size.

    I yelled out "get back here You FAT FUCK. Because that is the LAST time you will talk like that to Me. Now you take your best shot and pray to God you kill Me - because I am NOT going down until one of us is dead - and it ain't gonna be Me Motherfucker."

    At this point the ENTIRE school was there - including My Gay teachers and the Head Master and Mistress. None of who even attempted to stop what was happening

    Dead silence. He waddled away. I picked up My stuff and walked away to class. He NEVER gave Me shit again.

    It sucked to be hated. It was HORRIBLE for Presidents and Congressman to say it was Our fault and We deserved it.

    But THAT was the fuel of Our FIRE. We dared to say "NO."

    And in doing so proved Our Humanity. And re-wrote the concepts of Human Rights.

    Each Generation adds to Our collective cause.

    I am happy to have been a part of Mine.

    And I am eager to see what the next brings to Us...
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    Jun 10, 2014 6:00 AM GMT
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    GAMRican saidIt was different. In some ways it was harder. In some ways it was easier.
    It was easier to keep the same friend with benefits for a long time, without worrying about him cheating (at least in rural communities anyway).

    It was harder overall, though, because we had to be constantly mindful not to let anyone know about the "benefits" part, because the cops would turn a blind eye to gay bashings.


    Also, the whole HIV/AIDS thing was a party killer.

    But, meeting guys was actually easier because you pretty much had to get your ass out of the house and to the gay bar/resort/beach/park/restaurant, actually make eye contact, say hello, and get to "Let's go home and fuck".
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    Jun 10, 2014 6:03 AM GMT
    Cash said...
    Each Generation adds to Our collective cause.

    I am happy to have been a part of Mine.

    And I am eager to see what the next brings to Us...


    This! This!! This!!!
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    Jun 11, 2014 4:57 PM GMT
    Cash saidI suppose this thread will turn to pure vitriol VERY quickly.

    But I came out at age 14, in '82. My Freshman year of High School.

    Vitriol? Could be, but for me reading on RJ has become much easier since I have put most of those guys on ignore.

    Coming out first year of high school - you were very brave, but you handled it well. (A problem I didn't have to face,as being a flower late to bloom, did not realize I was gay until after college.)

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    Jun 11, 2014 6:59 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidIt was different. In some ways it was harder. In some ways it was easier.

    Sex was a lot easier to come by. the many Reagan-inspred AIDS deaths were harder.