how quickly we forget

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JAN. 21, 1966: “THE HOMOSEXUAL IN AMERICA” IS PUBLISHED IN TIME MAGAZINE.

From “Essay: The Homosexual in America” (Time magazine, January 21, 1966):

“On Broadway, it would be difficult to find a production without homosexuals playing important parts, either onstage or off. And in Hollywood, says Broadway Producer David Merrick, ‘you have to scrape them off the ceiling.’ The notion that the arts are dominated by a kind of homosexual mafia—or ‘Homintern,’ as it has been called—is sometimes exaggerated, particularly by spiteful failures looking for scapegoats. But in the theater, dance and music world, deviates are so widespread that they sometimes seem to be running a kind of closed shop. Art Critic Harold Rosenberg reports a ‘banding together of homosexual painters and their nonpainting auxiliaries’…

Homosexual ethics and esthetics are staging a vengeful, derisive counterattack on what deviates call the ‘straight’ world. This is evident in ‘pop,’ which insists on reducing art to the trivial, and in the ‘camp’ movement, which pretends that the ugly and banal are fun.”

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