Gay Persecution Revisited – The Mansfield, Ohio Gay Sex Sting Of 1962 – Rare NSWF Video

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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8 Responses

  1. Bobby says:

    Thanks for posting this. Where are the men now?
    Men still get entrapped like this and humiliated in newspapers in The South.

  2. Justin says:

    I found this video today. It was quite disturbing to me and had me quite thankful for those that have come before me; those that made it possible for my husband and I to marry. At only 34 years old, I am amazed on how far the gay civil rights issue has come. I did not ever expect to have a government recognized marriage. Here in Washington, it was legislated, approved, signed by the governor, pushed to referendum and still upheld by 53% of the public. I never thought POTUS would endorse marriage, let alone during a national news conference. I am abhorred by the public of the past, forcing us to hide, go without companionship, however it is a changing world and I commend these men of yore. Without your sacrifice, I could not be an out and proud gay man.

  3. Saw this clip only recently, and a frame by frame replay later showed a short sequence of 2 boys, looking like brothers, older looks about 13 and the younger about 10 or 11.

    They appear to be there to witness the acts, in particular masturbation in the doorless cubicles. The older boy seems to be watching a man in cubicle one, and then the 2 together talking to someone in cubicle 3.

    The frames are at about 47 minutes (younger only) and then again at about 50 min 30 secs

  4. TF says:

    I am 57 years old as I write this in 2015. I grew up in a relatively rural area of the midwest, such as these men in the video. It was always this way, and still is this way, in many parts of rural America, and of course other countries. Men are going to have sex, no matter how much restriction and punishment their society/culture places upon them. It is a universal fact, and has been so for thousands of years. You got sex when you wanted it then, I must say. I would not want to go back to those times though, but it was certainly an adrenalin rush though when you went to the T-rooms and rest areas along the highway.

  5. TJ says:

    I am floored that the children are in this and there is no hiding their identities.
    They were only watching, but that’s still harmful to a kid who can’t understand it. There is more than just men hooking up there. When people are repressed a whole lot of awful things happen. I wish there was a place for these men so they didn’t have to do that. I’ve seen places like this that still exist in losangeles. So it’s not only repression and no where else to go.
    I don’t have answers. I’m just glad I can be gay and free to make love at home.

  1. May 9, 2017

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