Ah, the 1970s - a decade of psychedelic polyester fashions, freakishly large moustaches, drugs, and free love. The Pill brought sexual liberation to women for the first time and, free from the fear of unwanted pregnancies, a generation of young women embarked on exploring lustily the sexual freedom men had always known. Likewise, the dawning of the gay rights movement following the infamous Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969 liberated gays - lesbians as well, but gay men in particular - to come roaring out of the closet, spawning a decade of sexual exploration and freedom unknown to the repressed gay population since Roman times. For many gay men in that idyllic, albeit temporary, nirvana, it was the first time in their lives they had friends, community, and sense of acceptance - and sex. Lots of sex.

Gay Sex in the 70s, a documentary by Joseph Lovett, is billed as a "steamy romp", but really, beneath the mirth at its surface, it is a very serious film. The film explores gay sex from sociological and historical standpoints in the decade between Stonewall in 1969 and the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in 1981, when Dr. Lawrence Altman first published an article about an unusual cancer that seemed to be affecting primarily gay men.

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