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Connections, Vol. 2, No. 9, September 1980 - File 010. 1980-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 27, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1175/show/1167.

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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 9, September 1980
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date September 1980
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 010
Transcript CONNECTIONS! '9 showing the irrational brutality of the homophobic world - supposedly civilized! It comes near to tragic greatness in showing gay love. Petersen treats his "The world's rules are all loaded against same-sex lovers. trying to be honorable is just walking into a trap." subject cleanly and forthrightly, without sentiment or moralizing. He does not conceal or comment on the fact that Martin had affairs before meeting Thomas, and would have them again. This never clouds the sincerity of his attachment and his protective (if not very wise) love. Thomas's presumed death is a harsh condemnation of society for its homophobic oppression of gays, instinctively and finds it incredible that his newly- found, slightly older lover, Martin, wants to go talk with his parents, as if, in the "straight" language of the past, "to ask for his hand in marriage." Thomas's parents are horrified and angry and throw them out. The lovers go to Martin's house and have their only brief time of happiness. Then the police officers come to take Thomas to court and reform school. Thomas was right. There's no use trying to play by the world's rules. They're all loaded against same- sex lovers and trying to be honorable is just walking into a trap. In case you missed the film, here's an idea of the plot and characters - plus some advice. Go see it the next time it comes to town. It's an honest and powerful film, even though depressing. Martin, a young actor, is in prison for "molesting" a fifteen- year-old boy. Martin (played very convincingly by Jur- gen Prochonow) carries out his prison assignments with outward calm although chance remarks make it clear he is fuming inwardly at the unfairness of the sentence. Martin participates in a play performed in the prison. One of the other actors is Thomas, the adolescent son of one of the guards. When they talk briefly after a rehearsal, Thomas tells Martin somebody's called him a queer. Martin responds honestly but. not. enthusiastically. He is surprised when he goes to his cell after the final performance and finds Thomas there. Their lovemaking, verbal and physical, is shown in a way that is neither sentimental nor titillating, but is gentle, sincere and deeply moving. "It COMES NEAR TO TRAGIC GREATNESS IN SHOWING GAY LOVE, / REVIEWED BY ROY TEELE
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