Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Queer and Present Danger

We watched the first episode ("Peter and Thomas") of HBO's "Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York." (First episode was gripping. So moving to hear from the daughter of one of the earliest victims.) As you may recall, I rolled my eyes when I saw they'd used "queer" in the title (mimicking the book on which it’s based) when the story was explicitly about the murder of gay men back in the 1990s. With that in mind, I couldn't help but laugh when they showed a clip from a contemporaneous class for police officers on how to deal with the gay community with sensitivity, featuring a chalkboard of words NOT to use. Note the upper left above pajaro!  

Don't let the black & white fool ya -- this was in the 1990s.

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