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Video: The more things change, the more they stay the same

by Jeremy Hooper

The good folks at the GLBT Historical Society have uploaded this 1971 slideshow that was produced by the Unitarian Universalist Church:

But isn't it great that in the 37 ensuing years, we have managed to completely cut through the stigmatized portraits of gay life and achieved a full level of respect and equality?

Wait, what's that you say? No, this is the sort of message that people perhaps need to hear even more now than they did in 1971? We gays are still denied equality on the basis of who we are, even by our government? And when we are portrayed in the media, we are still all-too-often played as broad stereotypes or tragic, lonely figures?

Oh. Well then, at least we have reached a point where images in a film can advance themselves without that obnoxious beep. That's something, right?

1971 - Invisible Minority - GLBT HIstorical Society [YouTube]

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