This paper seeks to trace the complex attitudes towards homosexuality in the 1960s through the lens of the Vietnam War. I postulate that adopting the cause of protesting the ban on homosexuals in the military, coupled with the expansion of voyeuristic and sensationalized depictions of homosexuals, served to unify the gay community and strengthen homosexual identity. The voyeurism of Vietnam as the “Living Room War” brought the homosexual man out from the shadows, and though homosexuality continued to be considered a marker of mental illness and instability, the desire to see the taboo world of the gay man changed the baseline and ultimately began to normalize homosexuality overall.
Bachelor of Arts in History
Date of Award
Schuling, Marq, "An Invading Army of Rockettes: How US Military Policy on Homosexuality and the Voyeurism of the Vietnam War Era Shaped the Gay Rights Movement, 1956-1969" (2018). History Theses. 28.