At the age of 28, if asked, I would have said that I had never met a gay person. I really was that clueless.
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The rare gay stories in the media were generally negative ones. The first and biggest gay media story I remember occurred in 1977. A 12-year-old Toronto shoeshine boy in Toronto, Emanuel Jaques was sexually assaulted and brutally murdered. In the aftermath, many massage parlours, saunas and adult magazine shops were raided and forced to close.
It's no wonder that previous generations of gay guys felt they had to remain in the closet for their whole lives.