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  1. Marcus
    June 26, 2012

    There are links to transcripts of the 1964 Life article here – a bit easier to read.


    BTW, the Daily Agenda has to be my absolute favorite feature on BTB. Keep up the great work!

  2. Charles
    June 26, 2012

    I was born in 1951 and grew up gay in a small southern redneck town that had a military base. The MSM didn’t really cover gay issues. What was going on in the outside world one gay issues was a complete mystery to myself. All I knew was homosexuality was universally condemned by everyone………….and, was even listed as a mental order to be treated. Today it is an entirely different world.

  3. Lightning Baltimore
    June 26, 2012

    Another patron escaped, but when he realized his boyfriend didn’t make it out, he went back in to find him. Fire crews later discovered their burned bodies holding each other.

    I just burst into tears at work after reading this.

  4. AlexH
    June 26, 2012

    In the photo’s caption in LIFE: “…crowded with patrons who wear leather jackets, make a show of masculinity and scorn effeminate members of their world.”

    And in the words of Sonny & Cher: And the beat goes on…

    Seriously, I hope we as a community aren’t doing that anymore.

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