Gay Sex In The 70's (DVD, 2006) * Gay Doco * Queer Cinema *

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During the twelve years from the Stonewall Rebellion (1969) to the first reported cases of AIDS (1981) there was a search for a definition of what it meant to be gay. And for the most part, that search required openly exploring a sexuality that for decades had been forbidden. Americans in New York and elsewhere were cutting loose from puritanical values and ascribing to the catchphrase of the time “if it feels good, do it.” Suddenly, not only was sexuality allowed for gay people, sexuality was in and of itself a good thing. Today, most people – even young gay men – have no idea of what life was like in the streets of New York at that time. There are few left alive to tell them of the astounding sexual freedom and sexual excitement of day-to-day life.This film provides that “hidden history” in a frank and thoughtful way, raising questions about how far the gay liberation movement has come and how acceptance of sexuality can affect sexual behavior, promiscuity, and the sometimes murky relationship between liberation and integration.