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Jun 07, 2007 Quickie Link: Gays and Lesbians Talk about Gay Life in the 1950s and 1960s
By vanrozenheim

(USA) - It wasn’t that long ago that Chicago’s gay scene was very different than it is today. “The summer I came to Chicago, you had to keep your hands above the bar, and you couldn’t buy anybody a drink,” Eugene Wright recalls. There was no dancing and there was always the chance a gay bar might get raided. Police in Chicago raided gay bars and even private parties frequently in the 1960s. “In those days your name was put in the newspaper,” Ron Helizon says. “You were ruined.” Lesbians also had to be wary of certain boundaries.

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