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Homosexuality in the 1950s

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Homosexuality in the 1950s World War II—rise in homosexuality “Blueprint Specials” soldier show handbooks that contained scripts, music, and lyrics; stage directions; and designs for sets and costumes, including dress patterns for drag routines. This is the Army—became Warner Bros. film starring Ronald Reagan. By end of war. Witchhunts against homosexuals, with “queer stockades;” “queer brigs” and pink cells”. Blue discharges. Deny GI benefits; home loans; college loans; job training; job care. Penicillin. Brought to the attention of the Public Health Service in 1943. Rates of cures for syphilis passed 90 percent. Gore Vidal “We were enjoying perhaps the freest sexuality that Americans would know.” Many gay men and women stationed in major cities, while GI Bill brought them to cities that had a lot of universities. KINSEY REPORT Became a best seller. 1. 37 percent of male subjects had had at least one homosexual experience. 10 percent of American males were “more or less exclusively homosexual for at least three years between the ages of 16 and 57.” “Males do not represent two discrete populations heterosexual and homosexual. The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats. It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely deals with discrete categories. The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects.”
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