They call the years after 60 and near retirement "The Golden Years," but are they? In interviews with several gay men over 60, a frequent comment was, "I feel invisible! It isn't easy to keep up with the younger generation of gays as we "baby boomers" continue to partake in the pleasures offered in the LGBT community, like popular gay vacation destinations and circuit parties. But for those of us who do, we need to know what to expect. Feeling the need to keep up with the younger gays just isn't going to work if we get frustrated when we don't get the attention that we used to get when we were younger.
Pioneering Photographs of Gay Life in the s | Time
What started, as a self-assigned project for a young photographer growing up in Hollywood has now become one of the most authentic portraits of gay life in America from this period. In , the same year as the Stonewall riots in New York City, a gay cultural revolution was growing in America. At the time, most depictions of gay men and women in mainstream media were found in salacious newspaper and tabloid articles, all of them reported from a murky distance. For Friedkin, the goal was to move past many stereotypes and deepen the representation of gay individuals of all types.
Life in Perth in the s and 70s was a very different experience to what it is today for a young gay man. Perth man Bruce Tapper, who is now in his 70s, said the persecution of gay people in days gone by was vitriolic. Bruce Tapper says the 60s was a difficult period for gay men in Perth. Homosexuality was a crime in Western Australia until it was decriminalised in and even then, decriminalisation legislation only passed with stipulations discriminating against gay men.
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