This classroom, and everything that happens inside it, once seemed big and important. Now it all seems silly and insignificant. A future where every life in this room is in jeopardy. On Assignment Day, my classmates and I will find out what our adult jobs will be.
Few photographs of the raid and the riots that followed exist. Other images in this film are either recreations or drawn from events of the time. You know, it's just, everybody was there. We were all there. Gay bars were to gay people what churches were to blacks in the South.
The first police officer that came in with our group said, "The place is under arrest. When you exit, have some identification and it'll be over in a short time. It's like, this is not right. We went, "Oh my God.
I am not alone, there are other people that feel exactly the same way. And that's what it was, it was a war. And once that happened, the whole house of cards that was the system of oppression of gay people started to crumble.
That night, the police ran from us, the lowliest of the low.
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And it was fantastic. Do you want them to lose all chance of a normal, happy, married life? William Eskridge, Professor of Law: The s were dark ages for lesbians and gay men all over America.
The overwhelming number of medical authorities said that homosexuality was a mental defect, maybe even a form of psychopathy. He is not interested in, nor capable of a lasting relationship like that of a heterosexual marriage.
They are taught that no man is born homosexual and many psychiatrists now believe that homosexuality begins to form in the first three years of life.
If that didn't work, they would do things like aversive conditioning, you know, show you pornography and then give you an electric shock. Over a short period of time, he will be unable to get sexually aroused to the pictures, and hopefully, he will be unable to get sexually aroused inside, in other settings as well.
The most infamous of those institutions was Atascadero, in California. Atascadero was known in gay circles as the Dachau for queers, and appropriately so. The medical experimentation in Atascadero included administering, to gay people, a drug that simulated the experience of drowning; in other words, a pharmacological example of waterboarding.
The last time I saw him, he was a walking vegetable. Because he was homosexual. I never believed in that. It eats you up inside. It eats you up inside not being comfortable with yourself. What finally made sense to me was the first time I kissed a woman and I thought, "Oh, this is what it's about.
And, it was, I knew I would go through hell, I would go through fire for that experience. For those kisses. His movements are not characteristic of a real boy. And I just didn't understand that. I just thought you had to get through this, and I thought I could get through it, but you really had to be smart about it.
Remember everything. As kids, we played King Kong. I would wait until there was nobody left to be the girl and then I would be the girl. If anybody should find out I was gay and would tell my mother, who was in a wheelchair, it would have broken my heart and she would have thought she did something wrong.
I could never let that happen and never did. I learned, very early, that those horrible words were about me, that I was one of those people.
Queer was very big. Homo, homo was big. My last name being Garvin, I'd be called Danny Gay-vin. I was in the Navy when I was 17 and it was there that I discovered that I was gay.
Homosexuality was a dishonorable discharge in those days, and you couldn't get a job afterwards. So I attempted suicide by cutting my wrists.
I met this guy and I broke down crying in his arms. Saying I don't want to be this way, this is not the life I want. I'm losing everything that I have. The Catholic Church, be damned to hell.
Because to be gay represented to me either very, super effeminate men or older men who hung out in the upper movie theatres on 42nd Street or in the subway T-rooms, who'd be masturbating.
Jimmy hadn't enjoyed himself so much in a long time. Then during lunch, Ralph showed him some pornographic pictures. Jimmy knew he shouldn't be interested but, well, he was curious.
What Jimmy didn't know is that Ralph was sick. A sickness that was not visible like smallpox, but no less dangerous and contagious. A sickness of the mind. You see, Ralph was a homosexual. One never knows when the homosexual is about. He may appear normal, and it may be too late when you discover he is mentally ill.
All I knew about was that I heard that there were people down in Times Square who were gay and that's where I went to. And I found them in the movie theatres, sitting there, next to them. I would get in the back of the car and they would say, "We're going to go see faggots.
It was fun to see fags. A CBS news public opinion survey indicates that sentiment is against permitting homosexual relationships between consenting adults without legal punishment.
The severity of the punishment varies from state to state. The homosexual, bitterly aware of his rejection, responds by going underground.
They frequent their own clubs, and bars and coffee houses, where they can escape the disapproving eye of the society that they call straight. The scenes were photographed with telescopic lenses.
It is usually after the day at the beach that the real crime occurs. And it's interesting to note how many youngsters we've been seeing in these films.
There may be some here today that will be homosexual in the future. There are a lot of kids here. There may be some girls here who will turn lesbian.