John M. Becker

This is What it Was Like to Be Gay in the 1990s

Filed By John M. Becker | June 10, 2014 7:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: Boy Scouts, DADT, DOMA, flashback, gay rights, LGBT rights, news coverage, news footage, vintage film

This month, in honor of LGBT Pride Month, Dave Evans of SuchIsLife Videos is compiling vintage news footage from the gay civil rights movement. He released a video summarizing the 1970s, another that covered the 1980s, and now, here's a look back at the gay 1990s.

The 58-minute clip covers topics including the Boy Scouts, domestic partnerships, the Clinton presidency, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the 1993 March on Washington, same-sex parenting, DOMA, gay-straight alliances, and the murder of Matthew Shepard. It's significant for me because, as someone born in 1985, the clips on this video are some of the first gay-related stories I remember seeing on television.

Watch, enjoy, share, and honor our history. And share your memories in the comments section. Which of these stories do you remember?

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