Saturday, January 8, 2011
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Here's the beginning of a scene where Michael first begins to read the articles from the Washington Post, alone in his room. Remember, this is 1965.
After dinner, he returned to his room, poured himself a glass, and pulled the Sunday newspaper from beneath the mattress where he had hidden it in fear that someone would see it. He began reading.
Those Others: A Report on Homosexuality
This series of articles would not have been written five years ago. Then, a frank and open discussion of homosexuality would have been impossible. It was a topic not to be mentioned in polite society or public print because it could be distasteful, embarrassing and disturbing.
“This is supposed to make me feel better about myself?” he questioned himself out loud.
In the first few paragraphs, homosexuality was compared to mental illness and venereal disease, and referred to as the problem of homosexuality, yet offered Michael some hope by admitting that myths and misconceptions cloud any discussion of the “problem,” and that it might be time to reappraise our laws and attitudes.
He read that some homosexuals lead double lives and marry and have children, and thought of the senator from out west who had given him the paper he was holding. He continued reading.
One isolated homosexual experience doesn’t make a “homosexual” just as one drink doesn’t make an alcoholic.
He looked at the glass of scotch in his hand and asked himself “what about two isolated experiences? Or two drinks?”
He poured another glass.