“Then he knows I’m queer”

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Posted by Andy Bell

I am listening to an incredibly good radio program about how the topic of homosexuality was treated by the BBC in the 1950s and 1960s.

If you have half an hour spare I urge you to listen to “The BBC and the closet”.

You will hear voices from almost half a century ago.  Gay men terrified of being found out.

One of them talks about being seen by a policeman in his “dirty work clothes” and being thought of as a “normal bloke”.

Half an hour later he is dressed up to go out, so the policeman then “knows I’m queer”.

It’s not so long ago and it’s worth remembering that the state of affairs in Oz was far worse than in the Britain of the swinging sixties.

We have travelled a long way, but as we seek further progress we should always keep an eye on the rear-view mirror.


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