We’re flashing back to the 1970s several times a week with the new musical comedy Disaster! on Broadway.
We wrote a little story about our experience with the 1970s and Disaster! for The Advocate magazine. While writing, we started thinking about the 1970s and what they meant to us.
In the 1970s we were off to college, and we started to figure out who we were and who we wanted to be. There was the Vietnam War, bell bottom pants, and disco. Gay rights activists were born, and we became “adults.” Gay adults.
It was the greater freedom and high energy of the 1970s that helped us begin to move the needle and win the rights and achieve the power that we do have now. For us personally, it was the decade that began the process of coming out and kindled the early embers of our activism.
Who can’t look back to the good things of the weird, wacky 70s and smile? We had fun, a lot of fun. But the decade wasn’t just about disco hits, bell bottom pants, and fun. It was the decade that gave us the validation and courage we would need to organize and stand up when the real disaster hit our community in the next decade. We were blissfully unaware of the head-on collision with the AIDS crisis coming our way that would decimate the gay community in the 1980s.
How did we get from the 1970s to today and Broadway? We’ve come a long way, baby!
What are your recollections of the 1970s?