A little historical perspective...

  • bro4bro

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    Sep 13, 2016 7:36 PM GMT
    A ton of gay people came out in the late 70s, in part as a response to the Christian anti-gay movement led by Anita Bryant. For the first time, homosexuality was addressed in the mainstream media. Gay culture became widespread. Bars opened in towns that had never had an openly gay community before.

    Until the AIDS epidemic toned things down in the mid 80s, advertisements for gay businesses were very in-your-face, even in very conservative regions of America. Here's a sampling of ads from 1978 - 1982, direct from the heart of the Bible Belt. Enjoy!

  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 13, 2016 7:59 PM GMT
    Well I am more than sure that most of the narrow minded bible thumping screwballs were among the biggest patrons of these gay clubsicon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 13, 2016 8:05 PM GMT
    This is interesting!
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    Sep 13, 2016 9:13 PM GMT
    Image result for calvin klein under wear times square

    Huge cultural shift.

    "Hintnaus is also known as the first model in the underwear advertising campaign of designer Calvin Klein. The photograph by Bruce Weber of Hintnaus in white briefs, leaning against a thickly white-washed chimney on Santorini Island in Greece, became the iconic image of "male as sex object" in the 1980s.[citation needed] American Photographer magazine named the photo as one of “10 Pictures That Changed America.”[9]

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    Sep 13, 2016 11:32 PM GMT
    historical me, then...
    historical? fuck you.

    I was in Florida while Anita raged against us. Came out for the first time in high school circa 75 and then in college around 77, not at all in response to her, simply by coming into my own and owning it. If anything influenced me to come out it was the sexual freedom movement that preceded my generation. I was very aware of that while growing up. Peace Love Woodstock.

    The only influence Anita had on my life was to make me more aware that there are people in the world who work towards bringing misery into the world. Before her, in my naïve youth, I'd thought of all the homophobia--don't even know if we called it that then--as being institutionally based. I'd argue religion with my Cantor from when I was a little kid--not about sex though that was what I was thinking, rather--about all the hypocrisies and contradictions and inconsistencies to the point that he threatened my bar mitzvah if I didn't start towing that line. Which I did for my last year of Hebrew school, did my mitzvah and said buh bye. And then I'd see homophobia in culture outside of religion, rednecks of the south were I lived, etc.

    But she really showed me that it was not just the religious aspect of culture, not even just the greater culture itself, but here on the verge of Miami gaining civil rights for LGBT--that then would take decades to regain--that it was individuals like that Bitch Anita who could crap up life for everyone else. Fuck Anita. May she soon rot alongside Schlafly.
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    Sep 14, 2016 12:20 AM GMT
    Amazing to see how many little clubs there were, with unbelievably low prices for drinks or covers. I also noticed these photos were prior to the advent of manscaping.
  • you_know_Its_...

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    Sep 14, 2016 1:29 AM GMT
    Yea I sure missed the back alley blow jobs and bookstore peepshows. Now society expects me to handle a real relationship!?? What a travesty!