VOTD: TWO OPENLY GAY PEOPLE DISCUSS WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE GAY IN 1967 VS 2017. 13YRS OLD VS 78YRS OLD!
13-year-old and 78-year-old sit down to discuss their very different experiences of being gay.
“But when God made the world, ‘he made people male and female.’ ‘That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. And the two people will become one.’ So they are no longer two, but one. God has joined them together, so no one should separate them.””
Louis is openly gay at 13 and shares with Percy when he knew he liked boys, how he came out to his parents, and how supportive his friends and family are. Percy, who grew up while homosexuality was still illegal, shares stories with Louis about his own coming out, going out to gay clubs at 16, and the fear he carried around over possibly being arrested for loving someone.
Popular YouTube channel TrentAndLuke posted the video to explore the differences in gay culture and acceptance over the span of the 65-year age gap, and the discussion marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in London.
At the end of the inspiring discussion, Louis asks Percy what advice would Percy would give him for the future. “Be true to yourself,” Percy says. “Stand up for being gay. Try to make people understand that the most important thing is that you can love somebody, doesn’t matter who they are, whether it’s a boy or a girl. Love is love.”
Percy’s mum didn’t take the news of her son’s sexuality very well, but it went a lot better for Louis:
“[My parents] were really nice. They told me they loved me no matter what, if I was gay or straight. There’s not one member of my family who doesn’t support me”
“That’s amazing, that’s wonderful, they’ve been all so supportive
If I go back to my own childhood… I don’t think I would’ve told anybody. You’re so lucky that the world has changed and you can just be yourself.”
Percy says he was 16 when he came out to a school friend, who was also gay, and the two of them decided to go to a gay club.
“It was an eye opener that there were other people – and so many people – that felt just like we did. It was quite exciting, really.
And in those days, if you went to a gay club, you had to sign in. we invented names, we didn’t give our real names, we didn’t dare. “
“Right up till 1967 it was illegal and you had to be very careful because if you had a boyfriend and you were spending the night with them, the police could come, knock on your door and because you were in bed with them they could charge you with a guilty offense.
You always had a slight suspicion that something could go wrong, so you were never 100 per cent at ease. Whereas now that would never ever happen. So I envy you in that sense, in one’s youth it would’ve been wonderful to think it doesn’t matter a damn” you can just enjoy yourself and be yourself. “
The video was released ahead of the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales.