A reader and fellow Perry King fan wrote to ask me if I'd ever seen a film in which he played a "gay hustler." I haven't, but after digging around on the Web, the only possibility I could come up with was "A Different Story," from 1978, in which King plays a gay man who ends up falling in love with his lesbian green-card bride. (He's an illegal alien from Belgium!)
Wikipedia says Perry plays Albert, the chauffeur and lover for a wealthy pianist, Sills (Peter Donat). When Sills finds another chauffeur/lover (so Liberace!), Albert is forced onto the streets of Los Angeles. Stella (Meg Foster) is a real estate agent who knows Sills and Albert as repeated rental clients. She finds Albert squatting in one of her properties and she offers Albert to spend the night at her house on the couch. The next day, she goes to work, expecting Albert to move out, but instead Albert cleans her cluttered house and cooks a fantastic dinner. Without verbally acknowledging it, they agree that Albert can stay longer and perform domestic duties while Stella continues working. Albert also gets a part-time job as a valet. (This sounds nearly identical to the plot of the Rex Chandler classic "Manrammer"!)
From there, they fall in love. It says the film was lauded for being one of the few "gay" films of its time, yet severely blasted by gay-rights groups for saying that gay people can convert to straight (and rightfully so).
Can't believe I've never even heard of it. (In an interview, King said it was his favorite film of his.) Just added it to my Netflix queue -- I know, I normally don't do science fiction -- but too bad it'll be years before I get to it! Has anyone seen it?