Ok, now you understand a little better what I've been talking about, that a big bunch of shit went down in that decade? And this is long before the days of Act Up and Queer Nation, which many folks see as the start of the movement.
At the beginning of the decade of the 70s I can't say that I had much in the way of influence given that I was only 16, but I was involved as much as I could be.
I think I still have my little 'black book' full of phone numbers ... not so much written IN the book. but stuffed in there on bar napkins.
I wasn't aware you've been talking about anything of interest here from your personal experiences. And I have studied that era since coming out, and don't recall seeing you mentioned.
What is new to me is the networking that gays were using to coordinate their actions, pre-Internet. I know most of the important events & dates, but the background operational aspects are a revelation to me. Credit my military experience that I find it so fascinating.
And if what you say about yourself is true, why do you deny that you're gay? Which you've done repeatedly here. Instead you've invented some kind of quasi-sexuality with which I think most of us are not familiar.
But I am truly astonished by the things that bobbobbob did during that period. Now there's a pioneer. The sorts of things that need to be written down and remembered, studied even in our community. He & I are the same age, and while I was off playing soldier he was doing things I really envy.
Again, I was 16 in 1970 so I wasn't involved nearly to the level that bobbobbob was. Plus, I was uncomfortable with some of the tactics used such as "We destroyed marriages, reputations, families, businesses, fortunes and careers and we did it without losing a minute's sleep about it
". I did lose sleep over it.
I understand why many thought that was a worthwhile tactic, but I wasn't one of them. This isn't a criticism of bobbobbob and I fully understand what was on their plate in Florida at that time. We didn't have anywhere near the level of bigotry up here in the north as they had in the deep south during those days and still have today.
I preferred to work within the establishment at large and establishment Republican party as much as I could. My bit of activism did get me in enough trouble and even cost me a job with Michelin Tire back in the 70s when I came out at work a couple weeks after I'd been hired. This happened at the initial training at Lake Success, NY. I was sent home without the job with their reason being that I wouldn't be a good fit for their culture.
And I don't deny that I'm gay ... I'm not gay. I'm all for same-sex relationships, it's just that I'm missing the sexual attraction component of it. I've had many very close relationships, but I wasn't interested in the homosexual sex of it, and frankly they've all been with straight guys anyway. I think I was confusing what's become known as a bromance with a full on homosexual relationship.
My situation is no different than a 'straight' man wondering why the woodie or plumping as you call it when they were in a communal nude situation with other boys/men except that my situation was 180 degrees of that.
Here I was telling everyone I was into same sex relationships (we didn't use the term gay yet) but I was missing the same sex sexual attraction piece of it. I'm rambling now saying the same thing over and over.