Watch the Scary 1961 Anti-Gay PSA – “Boys Beware” – Video

Boys Beware was a short PSA film produced by Sid Davis productions in 1959 on the suggestion of the Inglewood Police Department in Southern California. It was ostensibly was made to warn young boys of the danger of predatory men on purpose.

What Jimmy didn’t know was the Ralph was sick. A sickness not visible like smallpox, but no less dangerous and contagious- a sickness of the mind. You see Ralph was a homosexual, a person who demands an intimate relationship with members of their own sex.”

At one point in time Boys Beware was required viewing for males in many school districts across the country.

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1 thought on “Watch the Scary 1961 Anti-Gay PSA – “Boys Beware” – Video

  1. Prejudice is something so evil and so limiting that the people responsible for this hideous show missed a huge opportunity to warn children about child predators.

    They managed to divert all attention from the real problem, which is pedophilia, to say that homosexuals are perverts.

    “What we didn’t know was that those responsible for this disservice were sick. A disease not visible like smallpox, but no less dangerous and contagious – a disease of the mind: ignorance and gratuitous hate.”

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