1971: W.W. Norton publishes E.M. Forster’s Maurice, written in 1913, but dedicated by Forster “to a happier year.”
1974: John Water’s Female Trouble opens, which not only gives us Divine complaining about not getting cha-cha heels for Christmas, it also contains the following piece of advice from Aunt Ida, “Oh, honey, I’d be so happy if you turned nelly. Queers are just better. I’d be so proud of you was a fag and had a nice beautician boyfriend. I’d never have to worry. I worry you’ll work in an office, have children, celebrate wedding anniversaries. The world of a heterosexual is a sick and boring life!”
1985: West Germany elects its first openly gay member of parliament.