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Subject:  Re: Paul Krugman’s Nostalgianomics, again Date:  11/23/2012  6:10 PM
Author:  arrete Number:  656663 of 886406

Goo-goo eyes. It was probably easier for those gays who were flaming to meet other gay men because they were so obvious. The way they dress, talk, hold their hands and bodies, etc. Mannerisms, wearing a certain type of hankerchief, and there were certain places or bars that it was common knowledge were hangouts for gays to meet. Parks, restrooms, etc. Not conducive for forming long term relationships that's for sure but very conducive for passing on the HIV virus.

Except that the HIV virus hadn't yet made its debut among the gay male population back then. That didn't occur until around 1979 or so.

Is there any truth about gays wearing a pansy lapel flower in the 1890s? I can't find it anywhere, but one of Murdoch's Mysteries has an episode on gays at that time, and talks about the flower. Interesting show. The dective learns gays are OK people after all. <g> It's on Netflix instant play:
Season 1, Episode 5 "Til Death Do Us Part"

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