It was a Sunday,in the fall of 1977. I was 12 yrs old. We had just come home from church. We walked home as the church was only a block and a half away from our house. Mom was in the kitchen reading the church bulletin and yelling at us to change out of our good clothes. I liked Sunday's for a few reasons. Firstly, no school; and as much as I hated mass, I did like looking at the larger than life, sexy, nearly naked Jesus up on the cross above the alter. Sure he was pale and sickly and covered with blood but he only had a tiny swath of cloth covering his ding dong, and he was giant, you couldn't miss him. How was I not supposed to look? Secondly, Channel 5 played old Tarzan movies all afternoon. I didn't care which Tarzan it was as long as he was in a loin cloth, wresting alligators, swinging on vines, swimming, ah the swimming. Anyway, this one Sunday as mom was reading the church bulletin, I heard her calling to my father, " hey Al, it says that we should not watch the TV show SOAP"
She had my attention. I loved tv and if the church was banning something I wanted to know why. Turns out it had something to do with a story about a priest who was leaving the church for a woman, blah blah blah, boring. "But Al, it says besides that, there is one character that is a homosexual! Can you imagine Al?" Now, I'm not sure if I really knew exactly what Homosexual meant yet but I remember thinking if the Catholic Church is banning a show, I had to see it! At this point in my life I knew I was gay, I knew I liked boys and I knew my parents and the church said it was bad. I also knew that all that was bullshit, I was sure they were wrong. It had stared me at a very early age to separate from them and the church, that turned out to be a good thing.
I also know I was desperate to see myself reflected in some way... ( link to the rest of the story in in Bio) #soap #abc #gaylife #gayboy #queerhistory #gaypride #pride #gay #sogay #loveislove #catholicchurch #billycrystal #Susanharris #katherinehelmond #🌈 #🏳️🌈#🏳️🌈#gayday #the70s #1970s #1977