Quantum Leap Tackles Gays in the Military

Quantum Leap Tackles Gays in the Military

“Well, was Tommy gay or not?” “Does it matter?” Oh boy. Welcome to the 60s! When men were men, women were women, and a
time-traveling scientist was secretly laying the groundwork for the next three decades
of queer liberation. All aboard, and welcome to Matt Baume’s
Culture Cruise, where we take a deep dive on LGBTQ themes in the entertainment we love. This time, we’re checking out the 1992 episode
of Quantum Leap entitled “Running for Honor,” in which Dr. Sam Beckett travels back in time
to set right what once went wrong — and maybe pave the way for the Stonewall Riots. Culture Cruise is made possible by everyone
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link in the description to get yours. Also, just so you know — this episode deals
with themes connected to self harm. If you need help or someone to talk to, there
are resources in the description for this video. If you’re not familiar with Quantum Leap,
the premise of the show is … weird. It aired from 1989 to 93, and Scott Bakula
played a scientist named Sam Beckett from the near future who invents a time-traveling
device that sends him into the bodies of people in the past. Sam’s assisted on his jumps by a colleague
named Al, who is projected holographically from the future, and is only visible to Sam. And on each episode Sam and Al have to figure
out some historical problem that Sam’s there to solve before he can leap again, always
trying to get back to his home time. Ok, got it? Good. On the 1992 episode “Running for Honor,”
Sam Beckett leaps into the body of Tommy, a midwestern military cadet. It’s June — hey, Pride month — of 1964. Tommy’s a star athlete, he’s the valedictorian,
he’s got a friendly coach. But what Sam, now in Tommy’s body, doesn’t
have is any idea why he’s here — in other words, what historical wrong he’s there
to right. Until he meets with Tommy’s friend Phillip,
who was recently kicked out of the same naval school. “You know, we probably should have met somewhere
else. … You know, somebody might see us together.” Oh, could that possibly mean? Phillip isn’t just worried about being seen
together — he’s also concerned about some recent violence: “Happened again last night in Dalton. Guy was just walking out of a bar and they
jumped him. You know, that’s the third time this month.” Sam’s still not sure what’s going on,
but Phillip wants to meetup later that night at an unfamiliar address. Al, who’s projected holographically from
the future and has access to historical records, uncovers some details: “Oh this is some kind of underground newspaper.” It’s also the scene of a fight. Sam bursts in to find Phillip getting beat
up, and that’s when Al, who’s been busy going through military records, explains what’s
going on. “Sam, Phillip was kicked out of Prescott
because he was gay.” The year this episode aired, 1992, was a big
year for LGBTQ issues. In the early 90s, the country was growing
gradually — very gradually — more comfortable talking about homosexuality. For one thing, it was becoming safer for queer
people to come out to family and friends… “This is Doug, he’s my friend. My very special friend.” “Well, any friend of Clay’s is –” But also, after a decade of the HIV epidemic,
it was becoming clear just how important it was to come out as publicly as possible. Throughout the 80s, the federal government
responded slowly or not at all to HIV. It took Reagan years to even acknowledge it
was a thing, much less dedicate any resources to stopping it. It took huge, loud, rowdy protests to force
any kind of action at all. By 1992, when this episode aired, 150,000
Americans with HIV had died. In that climate, remaining silent in the face
of the epidemic was seen as being complicit in allowing it to spread. As a result, LGBTQ activism became significantly
louder and demanded more prominence as time went on. For example, here’s activist Bob Hattoy
talking about being gay at the 1992 Democratic National Convention: “The gay and lesbian community is an American
family in the best sense of the word.” For comparison, here’s how the Republican
National Convention talked about gays and lesbians. “The Nazi movement, the new world order
of its day, was put on the map by militant homosexuals.” So, a bit of a contrast in how the parties
were tackling things. Anyway, HIV wasn’t the only issue that people
were talking about in 1992. One of the other big topics that year was
gays in the military, in part because a report had just come out showing that hunting down
queer service members and throwing them out was costing the military millions of dollars
a year. There was a ban on open service, and candidate
Bill Clinton pledged to overturn that with an executive order. But Republicans in Congress knew that this
issue fired up their base, and they threatened to pass even stronger anti-gay laws if he
overturned the ban outright. They even used Clinton’s pledge in TV ads
to try to mobilize voters against him: “Bill Clinton’s vision for a better America
includes job quotas for homosexuals. Giving homosexuals special civil rights. Allowing homosexuals in the armed forces. … Is this your vision for a better America?” So as a result, we wound up with a bad compromise,
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which became law in 1993 after Clinton was elected. So that’s the climate in which Quantum Leap
tackled the topic of gays in the military — not by placing it in a modern setting,
but by setting it in 1964. Back then, the LGBTQ community was virtually
invisible. Queer people — especially outside of major
cities — barely had any way to find each other in the 60s. But I want to call your attention to the fact
that Phillip is working at what Al calls an “underground newspaper.” The writers of this episode seem to have done
their homework. Underground newspapers were one of the first
ways that queer folks organized in the 20th century, and even earlier, starting with Der
Eigene, a German magazine that was started in 1896 by Magnus Hirschfeld, and was eventually
forced to fold by the Nazis. Later in the 20th century there was One Magazine,
which published articles about marriage equality in the early 1950s; lesbian magazines like
The Ladder and Vice Versa, and The Advocate; which debuted in 1967, just a few years after
this episode takes place. And then there’s physique magazines like
Vim, which is maybe a topic for another video. The point is, underground newspapers were
a crucial component of early LGBTQ organizing, at a time when queer folks were usually isolated,
silenced, or killed. It’s pretty cool to see them recognized
on a mainstream TV show. At this point, Sam and Al are starting to
figure out why Sam’s here. Al finds historical data indicating that Phillip
is going to die in the next few days, and that they need to save his life — presumably,
from a gang that’s been attacking gay men around town. But Al, who used to be in the military himself,
is not entirely comfortable with the mission: “I don’t ever remember seeing you cross
your legs that way before.” “Maybe it’s better if you don’t walk
around with your hands on your hips like that.” “Tea, not coffee?” This moment reminds me of a scene in “The
Gay Divorcee,” when Howard Everett Horton is ordering from a particularly fey waiter,
and … “Tea.” “Tea! Well, isn’t it a small world, sir.” I don’t know how drinking tea came to be
code for being gay, but that’s none of my business. Anyway, Al doesn’t like the idea of gays
in the military, though he can’t really explain why. “When the only thing between you and violent
death is the guy next to you. And I’m not so sure it’s a good idea for
the guy next to you to be uhhh…” Al’s supposed to be from the future — a
more enlightened time. But in the context of Quantum Leap, “future”
means around 1995. And Al’s carrying around a lot of the actual
bigotry of the 90s. He’s not quite “the Nazis were all gay”
bigoted, but he’s convinced that gays are a problem — somehow. Despite being from the future, Al’s views
are more closely aligned with the past. “I don’t believe that a person’s sexual
preference has anything to do with their ability to lead or anything else for that matter.” “I’m sure from where you stand that’s true. But I disagree with you and so does the Navy.” “So do I.” That’s a fine thing to believe, but it isn’t
true. Researchers at the RAND Institute have been
studying this since 1993 and have conducted multiple studies confirming it: Queer folks,
whether they’re gay or bi or lesbian or trans, don’t present any problems for military
cohesion. But you know what does? Bigots. There’s a group of anti-gay vigilantes on
campus, and they’re starting to take justice into their own hands. “This tribunal finds you guilty of perversion
and sentences you to death by hanging.” After threatening Tommy, aka Sam, for asking
too many questions, it looks like they’ll go after Phillip next. Phillip, meanwhile, is planning to print a
list of names of gay cadets at the school. Sam’s afraid that that’ll be the final
straw that gets him killed, and begs Phillip not to. But Phillip says they’re in this together: “You’re just like me, you just haven’t
admitted it yet.” “Maybe you just want to believe I am so
you don’t feel so alone.” Issues of loneliness and isolation come up
a lot in this episode, and no wonder. Remember, in 1964, it was extremely difficult
for queer folks to find each other. No wonder Phillip feels desperate. But Sam doesn’t realize just how desperate
his friend is until it’s almost too late. It wasn’t the gang that was going to kill
Phillip — Phillip was going to do it himself. “You said you wanted to make a statement,
so make one. Show the whole world you’re not ashamed.” “I can’t do this alone.” That line — “I can’t do this alone”
— is the real crux of the episode, and honestly of the queer liberation movement. Of course he can’t make a statement alone. Nobody could. That’s why equality felt so impossible at
the time. Change happened because queer people found
each other, organized, fought together against systemic bigotry over the decades that were
to come. And on the topic of getting together, here
comes the coach: “You’re not alone, Phillip. I know about the the guilt, the shame, the
fear. Spent my whole life that way. Wondering why I had to be different. … You and I, hey, we got nothing to be ashamed
of.” That’s all Phillip needs to start changing
course. Just to know he’s not alone. Knowing that there’s others like him doesn’t
solve all of his problems, but it’s a start to building a better life, and from there
a better world. Later on, Al looks up what happens to Phillip
over the next few years, and… “He goes to work at a place called The Stonewall
Bar. Oh, this was the birthplace of the gay liberation
movement, and he helped it get started.” That’s a nice detail, though I think it’s
important to note that a lot of the folks at Stonewall were people of color and what
we would today call non-binary or trans, though that terminology wasn’t in widespread use
at the time. But like the underground newspapers, I’m
glad to hear Stonewall acknowledged on prime-time TV. I distinctly remember learning about the Stonewall
Riots from an encyclopedia in my teens, which was around the same time this episode aired. And just knowing that there were other queer
folks out there standing up for their freedom really changed the way I thought about myself,
about Pride, and about the community that awaited me. Phillip’s not the only one changed by this
experience — in the epilogue, Al concedes: “You were right. I was wrong.” “What made you change your mind?” “You. The coach. Phillip. Mostly Phillip. I was wrong. I’m not always right. I was wrong.” It’s rare that Al gets an arc on Quantum
Leap, so this is a really nice touch. In Quantum Leap’s vision of the future,
people like Al who are uneasy about equality can eventually come around. In 1964, when this episode takes place, there
were just barely hints of a better future that awaited the queer community. Some secret newspapers, quiet social support,
suggestions of direct action to come. This episode gives us a glimpse at just how
isolated and harsh that pre-Stonewall time was. Thirty years later, when the episode aired,
a better future was finally coming into focus. This was a fictional story, but you just had
to change the channel to the evening news to see LGBTQ folks organizing, speaking out,
and demanding equal rights. The show was a small part of a big shift in
visibility for queer folks, thanks to generations of activists. And here we are, another thirty years later,
in the future. We went from underground newspapers … to
glossy magazines … to entire cable networks. From massive witch hunts to Don’t Ask Don’t
Tell to repeal in 2010. We can look back at the real-life struggles
of the 60s, to the hard work of the 90s, and the intervening years. And we can actually see how, together, the
queer community set right what once went wrong. Land ho! We’re pulling into port. Thanks for cruising along with us! And thanks to everyone who makes the Culture
Cruise possible with a pledge of a dollar or more a month on Patreon, folks like Stanford
Brown. There’s some lovely new rewards for folks
who make the show possible — head over to patreon.com/mattbaume or click the link in
the description to check out the perks available to backers. And now if you’ll excuse me, there’s some
guy I need to leap into.


  1. The fact I can exist happily in relative peace is thanks to this history. The fact I have a choice about how active to be in the Pride community is amazing.

  2. LOL OMG that anti-gay ad was hilarious with how stupid it is. I am surprised they didn't say "These militant homosexual men will rape your elderly father and give him AIDS and birth the new NAZI movement!". As a 90s kid I didn't know any of this stuff really especially since I am straight, but wow, thank goodness we've moved passed a lot of this stuff, but more work needs to be done.

  3. It’s maybe the first of your « old serie episodes review » I watch that is on a series that was broadcast on French TV. I wonder how the French dubbing was about this gay story, there were some exemples of (older) series with homosexuality « erased » by French dubbing writors.

  4. This ep made me cry so hard when it first aired, as a loved ex was dying and wouldn't admit to anyone it was HIV-related so he could get buried with his family. And now a person who reached out to me when I finally came trans out in my 50s is about to be kicked out of the military… Let's just I had to pause to get some tissues, and my eyes were blurry.

  5. I understand your desire to end this video on an upnote, but I really dislike how it paints an overly rosy picture of today, when we're seeing another fight over a military ban start up all over again.

    There are just so many parallels today to the issues touched in this episode, that it feels a bit disingenous not to acknowledge the continuing struggles for rights that the LGBT community faces.

  6. If you're interested, tea being gay is very american, and very on purpose. It's linked to the stereotype of british people drinking tea, and the boston tea party, leading americans to conciously try and distance themselves from it. There was an "ad campaign" of sorts fairly early in the US's history where it espoused the "facts" that drinking tea makes you effeminate. This is why tea drinking became very uncommon in the states, in men in particular, and was connected via the femininity route to being gay. And it all started with anti-british propaganda.

  7. I still don't get why so many gay people are Republicans. So much for Land of the free, still in 2019 if you're not white straight and christian then you're not free.

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  18. I literally just discovered your channel.
    Bro. You handsome.
    Dude. I love. This. Content.
    I'm so glad that I'm not the only person with a nerdy obsession with retro queer media.

  19. Your brief segment on the history of queer newspapers/publications would actually be great for a full video. I had no idea there were so many in the earlier part of the 20th century!

  20. i remember this episode. i wasnt allowed to watch it when it aired. i had to wait for a re-run to watch it when my parents werent around. a very….ill call it stressful…time in my life.

  21. I was one of those protesters in 1992. I was 19 and very militant. I was going to college and we had kiss ins, turned the fountains red for world's AIDS day and were on TV being interviewed. I did speakers bureaus at dorms about what it's like to be gay and about safe sex. I was at the 1993 March on Washington. ACT up was throwing ashes of those who have died of AIDS on the front lawn of the white house. We had meetings once a week and we would tackle all kinds of issues. A little funny note, Basic Instinct was out in 1992 and my gay group was pissed about it. They had pins made that said, "Catherine did it". I didn't wear a pin. I loved the movie. We would also watch TV episodes like this one. I believe we watched a coach episode that had come out around this time also and something else. Things really changed once Undressed came out on MTV. People say Will and Grace, but Undressed really opened the flood gates.

  22. I joined the navy right don't ask don't tell being repeled; I was almost a year when I had to go to special training on the subject. The funny thing was when I got yhe fleet me shipmates were all pretty cool with gay people; not only did we have many openly gay shipmates but they all encouraged me, as I wasn't out yet, to be who I am.

  23. Suggestion: the one episode of That ‘70s Show where Eric’s friend kisses him. There are a couple other queerish moments as well, and Fez uh exists. Would be interesting!

  24. Anyone who understands the Kinsey scale knows that a large part of homophobia is self hate. I loved quantum leap in its run but didn't remember this episode

  25. "And now here we are, thirty years in the future…" ….And still inundated with countless instances of queerbaiting and a shamefully small library of realistic representation beyond camp and gay jokes, and almost zero asexual representations. Aces low.. ;-; Oh, and a fresh new ban on transgendered people in service. Wooo~
    But I guess progress is progress, kind of.

  26. What year was this episode of Quantum leap??. What I know about Quantum Leap is that the series only lasted 5 seasons and it began in 1989 and its last episode aired on May 5, 1993. So I'm wondering what year this gay theme episode aired. So ground breaking for it's time and so brave of a network to air this when most of the country was homophobic.
    I was 12 year's old in 1993 and 7 when it started in 1989, and I was gay but it was very scary time for us so I just suppressed who I truly was and had to be someone I wasn't for years and it was horrible and painful but I survived and came out at age 27 in 2008. But living in a neighborhood that I felt couldn't handle a gay guy and people said very homophobic stuff all the time around me, very demorlizing for me, so I hid it who I was and I didn't have any gay friends at all. So felt so alone lost and had to put on this fake facade to appease people, But I still had friends who would be accepting but I was just to afraid to come out to them dispite feeling they would accept me, I was just to scared and not ready In the late 90's.
    The late 90's was slowly but surely progressing, with the advent of Will & Grace in 1998 and Queer as Folk that same year, I still had to sneak to watch them. I look back at those crazy times for me and think….wow what a ride it was for me….I CAN ONLY imagine how horrific and nightmarish is was for gay nen in society in the 1980's up until 1930's. I personally think any gay man who lived in the 1940's,1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, is a extremely brave, resilant and strong with tough skinned men,
    to live through, being shuned by family, hated by family, fired for being gay, mocked, terrorized, bullied to death, beaten up & killed as a fun sport, Cops/Police harrassement, being arrested for being gay, being gay being illegal and the act of gay sex wad againt the law, the cops & police would raid and beat up, sometimes kill gay men, and they did it on purpose, beating gay men up was a accepted sport in society schools, beaten up & abused by family sometimes killed by family, and dying of AIDs in a rapid pace that was the greatest diease epidemic in the 20th Century. Gay men died alone with no family and famly disowning their gay child and abandoning them well they are dying in the hospital and not wanting them after they die and just throwing them away like they don't exist. Murdering gay people, beatings to death, no justice no help, and everyone looking at you like, like you are mentally ill, and having America think you're a pedophile and pervert, having every republicans & the alt right wing and conseratives say vile and cruel things and taking your rights away and brain washing the world to think we are evil…you have republicans saying Aids was gods way of punishing us and no one defended is expect for Elizabeth Taylor, Hollywood turned a blind eye and watched thousands of gay men die of Aids, and with no Family, no one to take to take their bodies and give them a great burial, they were givin away by family. Living at a time when we were a stigma, so meny of us were killed, died of Aids, Beaten to death, commited Suicide, and with through so much hateful discrimination that us gays of today can't conceive or comprehend…I will always honor our elder gays because in all honesty I don't think I would bare or have the strength to survive back than, I would literally commit suicide or die of a drug overdose. Not having anyone like me and being alone and everyone is against me…forget it, I checking out, thats what I would do sadly.
    I JUST want to bow and hug those gay men who survived those dark times for gay people. They have truelly paved the way for us all they went through fire to give us prosperity.

  27. For context, Al's initial perspective is born of a lifetime in military service. Al's backstory has him as lifelong miltary officer including time as P.O.W. in VietNam & later a U.S. Navy admiral overseeing the Quantum Leap project.

  28. i really liked this ep. tho i did write a fanfic to improve it, where sam leaped into a gay guy who's in a committed relationship and Al has to get over himself a little bit more. the plot was close to Another Mother except gay.

  29. Gay people in the 60s weren't as lonely and cut off and miserable as you keep depicting. There were ways of connecting, tribes, hang-outs, families of friends. In some ways, there was more freedom than in the 80s and 90s because straight people couldn't spot a gay so gay people could hide in plain sight. Punishment could be swift and devastating, but many gay people of the past got on with their lives quietly and discretely, and we we never will know about it.

  30. Quantum Leap was a great show, Best part is when he is in a Woman's body and kicks the crap out of some creep 🙂

    Doctor Who Season 11 is trying to be the Historic but respectful show that Quantum Leap is, but they're failing miserably.

  31. I dont understand how don't ask don't tell is all that bad in a military situation. In public and society it is absurd, but the roles of the military, sexual orientation has no place in war. Hetero or Homosexuality should not come up, You've got the stereotypical horny soldier with a playboy, which if I'm not mistaken is breaking the rules as well despite being in every movie ever. I have a friend who went through training and several stations with women soldiers, he told me they wern't women, they were soldiers like everyone else, there wasn't any hollywood forbidden romance or crap you see in movies, they all had a job to do and that was it.

  32. You cannot blame Republicans for Bill Clinton's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.
    I was 12 when that went down. The only babysitter I ever had was my neighbor Sarah. She was in the Air Force at the time.
    She was so terrified of the environment that don't ask don't tell created that she MARRIED her gay friend Michael that was also in the military.
    I'm not excusing Republicans. But I'm also not excusing Democrats, either. That would not be accurate to history.

  33. Seeing this video made me so happy! I love this show sooo much and found the conclusion Sam comes to at the end delightful for its time!

  34. Quantum Leap! One of my favorite shows. The is the second episode of yours I have seen and I ahem am probably not your target demographic, but I find it interesting. You do a good job of making it short, informative, and entertaining even if LGBT issues are not a main topic I read about. FYI the first show I saw was your Married With Children episode, another show I watched back in the day.
    For your Patreon subscribers, please tell me you have an "Ahoy Sailor!" Or "All Aboard!" Temp tattoo or I will think you have really missed an opportunity.

  35. I'd always heard that Reagan was pretty indifferent to the AIDS epidemic and the people suffering and dying from it… Until his actor friend Rock Hudson died of it. Does anyone know if there's any truth to that story?

  36. Have you ever thought about going through the gay stories in Dallas and Dynasty?
    I found it quite interesting, when it was first aired. You know, it was right after SOAP. 🙂

  37. 5:12 "Don't ask don't tell" actually wasn't a "BAD compromise." It wasn't the best option, but it was better than the way it was prior to DADT.

    As a gay man who served in the military in the late 1980s, it was much worse before DADT. Prior to DADT a gay and lesbian service member would be sentence to the brig for up to three months (which counts as a prison record even in the civil community), reduced in rank (usually down to an E-1), some were sentence to bread and water for 3 days, and then were dishonorably discharged. After DADT the military could no longer punish an gay and lesbian service member, they were still discharge but it was an 'administrative discharge' not a 'dishonorable discharge'.

    I retired a year after President Obama allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly. It would have made my life better if Clinton had done it sooner but sometimes we have to walk before we run.

  38. The Republikkkans say that gays and lesbians were Nazis, but how do they explain that over 100,000 LGBT people were murdered by the German Nazis between 1932 and 1945.

    After WWII the gay men who survived the concentration camps were re-arrested and imprisoned for being homosexual.

    Germany kept the anti-Gay laws until the mid 1970s.

  39. Coincidentally, 1964, the year in which the episode is set, was the year of the founding of The Council on Religion and the Homosexual in San Francisco. The party CRH threw on January 1, 1965, which the police tried to shut down, and regarding which they made numerous bad faith promises, resulted in a major court victory against the police and some serious changes in police policy toward homosexuals.

    Silly side note: The police tried to intimidate those who attended the party by photographing them as they entered. That didn't bother the drag queens. Hell, they loved having their picture taken!

    It's true that Stonewall was a milestone in gay activism, but the common idea that there was no gay activism before Stonewall is a misconception.

  40. Did you ever live in the sixties ? That was when society was changing ! Haven’t you heard of Faster Pussy Cat Kill Kill !

  41. "Nazis were gay" is a hot take so bad it sounds like it's something a Republican Pinterest troll would say in modern day.

  42. Please do a video about "physique magazines like Vim" you've peaked my interest.

    Did like people try to form a community via the letter section?

  43. OMG, the anti-LGBT+ Republican commercial featured a pro-LGBT+ libertarian banner! I cannot be prouder of being a libertarian, especially since I know we were the first American party to put LGBT+ rights on the official platform, including being pro-same sex marriage. I'm also beyond happy NOT to be Republican, and that they lost big in 1992. Oh, and now that I know you and I are in the same generation (a huge surprise to me since I was sure you were over ten years younger than me) it totally explains why you're so on the nose about this era.

  44. Wow, it’s surprising to me NOW…how emotional this episode is. I forget the 1940s and 50s actor who played the older guy…but he was a famous child actor…he played in that weird movie about the kid with green hair.

  45. That's why I always loved quantum leap, they tackled super edgy topics especially for the time period. Not only that but Sam and Al were a great team.

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  47. I read the title of this video and immediately my brain read "gays in the military" in Nathan Lane's voice from the Birdcage…. absolutely brilliant.

  48. I'm not handling this episode well. A friend of mine who has been HIV positive since the 80's just pasted away. I am angry and asking "if not for Ragan's AIDS denialism would he be alive today?" After finding out yesterday just letting out the tears

  49. Heh…"a bit of a contrast in how the parties were tackling things." "Were"? Oh handsome, they still are (by the way, I LOVE the "scary background music" whoever made the Reuplican National Convention's video chose….but also sadly, not really surprised.)

  50. So I think the point of tea being a symbol of being gay is very basic. Tea is a traditionally British drink, it is calming, reflective, and is seen particularly are a women's drink.
    Afternoon tea, tea party, cream tea, ladies who lunch, gossip over tea and scones.

    American beat the brits, making the brits seem less, prissy, with their accents and traditions, where as Americans were rough and ready to go.

    Basicly tea is femanine and coffee esp black is masculine.. Hard bitter and a real man's drink.

    (unless you've ever had a builders tea… Put hairs on your chest that will)

  51. As a teen in the 60s, I was aware of homosexuality and family members who are gay. This episode of QL was one of my favorites.

  52. Born and Raised in NYC, I grew up around many gay people. As a teen in the 90's especially, I gained an education and respect of gay rights. Even with all the openly out folks, I STILL can't imagine what it would be like to possibly be retaliated against just to be with someone. Id be terrified of it – cannot fathom what it was like in the 60's knowing at any time you could be deceived and retaliated against by some bigot looking to beat your ass or kill you with his buddies. Kudos to those who gave their lives and those who still fight for their right to LIVE today.

  53. I'm pretty sure most people at stonewall were white and gay/lesbian, or trans, many people who were ACTUALLY there have admitted that and have said that this whole 'POC, non-binary' idea is mostly to make the stonewall riots sound even more inclusive than they already were.

  54. Tea became slang for going to a gay bar or being gay (like "I'm a friend of Dorothy") because pre-Stonewall, it was illegal to sell alcohol to homosexuals. So, gay bars sold their drinks in tea cups. Which is why there's Tea at 2-4pm and High Tea at 4-8pm (varying on where you might have lived). Its why we have Tea Dances (usually starting in the afternoon) and so forth.
    Spilling the Tea was going out and grabbing a drink to talk about what's been going o and has evolved into "dishing."

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