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Years before court ruling, pop culture shaped same-sex marriage debate

Years before court ruling, pop culture shaped same-sex marriage debate

For decades, gays and lesbians were almost invisible in film and television. Homosexuality in the larger culture was draped in code words, and onscreen depictions either disguised gays and lesbians or treated them as objects of ridicule or scorn. Then things started to change. In 1969, the Stonewall riots triggered by a police raid in New York's Greenwich Village created the modern gay rights movement, and the next year William Friedkin's "The Boys in the Band" became the first studio movie to center on gay characters. From that start, pop culture has slowly but steadily helped bring gay people into the mainstream, from Lance Loud in the groundbreaking 1973 PBS...

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