Gay Sex in the '70s | Chicago Reader

Gay Sex in the '70s

Nostalgic and instructive, this oral history looks at gay New York from the Stonewall riots in the late 60s to the onset of AIDS in the 80s. Video maker Joseph Lovett uses grainy home movies, porn clips, disco tunes, and thoughtful interviews with playwright Larry Kramer and others to evoke an era when the unbridled pursuit of pleasure was an act of defiance against social oppression and internalized homophobia. Survivors of the 70s may find their memories stirred by tales of cruising Studio 54 and the Saint, of abandoned piers and empty Allied vans; younger viewers may be fascinated by the contrast between these balding middle-aged men and their black-and-white snapshots, showing them in tight jeans, flannel shirts, long hair, and Zapata mustaches. 70 min.

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