This morning, Michael Moynihan, filling in for Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post’s Right Turn blog, alerts us to a story which is a very much a must read:
William McGowan, author of two books on the influence of political correctness in American newsrooms, both published by the conservative imprint Encounter, has a fascinating piece in Slate on a long-forgotten extortion ring targeting gay men in 1960s New York . . .
In this story, we learn how, not even fifty years ago, in America’s most cosmopolitan city, easy it was to blackmail gay men, individuals who feared for their livelihoods if their sexuality came out.
I read this as we here in Los Angeles prepare for the opening of Outfest, a gay and lesbian film festival which many in the entertainment industry — and not just gay men and lesbians — readily embrace. Instead of sexuality being something hide, today, in Los Angles at least, our stories have become something to celebrate.
And that progress is something to celebrate.