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Jan 17 2019
Gay West Hollywood: 1980 Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2019-01-17 at 1.10.29 PMA store manager talks about how gay men started all the fashion trends. (Images via video still)

This vintage news report on West Hollywood and its gay population has such a weird, Jekyll & Hyde quality — on the one hand, it's progressive in that it shows gay people and gives voice to their plight.

“You'd call it a political no-man's land, if — given its context — the term didn't sound so ridiculous.”

On the other hand, the reporter can't help juxtaposing words like wholesome, family-style and ordinary with the concept of homosexuality.

Another aspect of watching all these gay people in 1980 is the desire to be able to go back and warn them of what was just about to hit ...