WATCH: CRUISING (1980) Full Movie and The Making of Cruising Documentary – 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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  1. christopher duquette says:

    My parents were informed by an anonymous caller that I was “sleeping with men” in 1976, when I was 18 yrs. old, a freshmen at StonyBrook, and stripping in the Gaiety Male Burlesque as well as a Hudson Valley “gay” club ‘Deja Vu’. After they confronted me and instructed I seek psychiatric help, I told them to seek their own counseling. After Phil Donahue discussed such taboo issues, my parents came around to relating to their estranged gay son, but not after buying tickets to ‘Cruising’ to better understand their son’s so-called lifestyle. I applaud them for sitting through the movie, which I could not relate to,
    but had to assure them that what they saw, which James Franco strangely obsessed about in his under the radar film on the filming of the sex club scene, as NOT my ‘scene’. Even though I was a stripper at the Gaiety Male Burlesque, hustled, I was not into S/M, more underground drug/discos and aboveground legit: the Gallery, Flamingo, the Anvil, 12 West, Crisco Disco, Paradise Garage, Hurrah, Ice Palace 57, the Saint, Sound Factory, the World,…documented in my book ‘Homo GoGo Man: a fairytale about a boy who grew up in discoland.’

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