Today In Gay History July 25, 1979: The Movie “Cruising” Protested By NYC’s Gay Community

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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3 Responses

  1. Abel says:

    On of my favorite directors, Friedkin, and one of my favorite films! As a gay man who did not live through those times, I LOVE how this film captured a time, no matter how watered down, or overplayed it may be. Little did they know that us younger ones would one day recreate “scenarios” in club life to represent this era…although not taken too seriously, being that this whole scene seems to be more of a “pop culture” phenomenon to us, but it defienatly shows a time when the gay community lived with some kind of sexual abandon, and for that matter society at large, representing a time at the cusp of the AIDS epidemic. Everytime I read at how the gay community reacted, my though is “really?”. Anyway, kudos to Freidkin for pushing through! And Pacino for playing the role…SEXY!

  2. Mark says:

    Where you there? Did you know how it felt to see the 1,000th film depicting us as twisted, perverted criminals? Hindsight is golden, but at that moment in time, we were sick of ONLY being presented as deviants. Had there been the balance there is today, it would have been different. There wasn’t – that’s what we were protesting.

    • Will Kohler says:

      Actually I was there. And actually the 1000th is a bit of an exaggeration. But i do remember why the film was protested. Especially after coming only 2 years after Looking For Mr. Goodbar. But it still stands as a veuw of a part of gay life and landmarks that were not very well documented and are all gone now.

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