A sociologically interesting and spooky 45-minute video has been making the rounds on gay-interest blogs this week. The footage in question is from a 1967 special called CBS Reports: The Homosexuals. Hosted by Mike Wallace, it’s full of the sort of psychological analysis that was typical of the time. Overbearing mothers and homosexuals forever damned to unhappiness abound, and the following excerpt is pretty representative:
“This much is certain. Male homosexuals in America number in the millions. And their number is growing. They are attracted mostly to the anonymity that a big city gives them. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco. The permissiveness and the variety of the city draw them. The average homosexual, if there be such, is promiscuous. He is not interested in or capable of a lasting relationship like that of a heterosexual marriage. His sex life, his love life, consists of a series of chance encounters at the clubs and bars he inhabits, and even on the streets of the city.”
The Advocate’s Dave White posted about the documentary, comparing it to the prevalence of gays on television and in politics today. Watch the video below.