Publish Date: Sept. 8, 1975
Cover Story: Gays on the March
How TIME Covered the News: The gay-equality movement intensified in the 1970s, often targeting state laws that criminalized homosexual behavior. It was illegal to be gay in the military, as well, and in a cover interview with TIME, Sgt. Leonard Matlovich (pictured here) set out to eradicate contempt for gay service members.
“Gays often argue that they are no more promiscuous than heterosexuals would be if opportunities were similar. “It’s much easier dealing with men than with women,” said one Los Angeles homosexual. “You don’t have to play any games or strike any poses. You just sidle up and pop the question.” In addition, many of the restraints felt by heterosexuals do not apply to homosexuals. Says New York City College History Professor Martin Duberman, himself a homosexual: “Gay men are freer in terms of time and responsibilities to act on the sexual needs that all human beings share.””
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