Tabloid Homosexuality

in the 1950s/60s

Confidential, along with its Tabloid Rivals: Whisper, Uncensored,
Vice Squad & More ruled the supermarket check-out aisles
and they could not resist sensationalizing LGBT lives

Exclusive / Exposed
He / Hush Hush
Inside Story
Jet Magazine
National Spotlite

Tabloids! The exploitative tabloid articles of especially the 1950s and 1960s gave the everyday folks at the supermarket checkout stand perhaps their only look at homosexuality. And this was a time when being homosexual was sick and/or illegal, so it was easy to play up the sensational aspects. Remember, at this time there were no gay role models, and none on TV unless you count the rumors about the flamboyant Liberace and Paul Lynde. Therefore these publications had a big influence on shaping how America saw us. I hope this section can be a resource for allowing a look back these times.

The social climate of the media in 1952 was rife with "confidential" tabloids, helping feed the public's need for gossip and scandal, and Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer wrote volumes of it for many years. Their 1952 book "U.S.A. Confidential" roams from city to city yelling about the unseemly sides, and that included mention of the homosexual hangouts of the time. Therefore this book is a hardbound tabloid, and its commentary should be taken with many grains of salt.
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