Contributors: Oct. 26, 1998

Gauging America's Attitude Toward Gay Life in the '90s

In October 1969, TIME ran its first cover story on "The Homosexual in America." At the time, gay politics and culture were on the fringe of mainstream society and were rooted in just a few big cities. This week a confluence of events led us to re-examine the issue of gay life to determine how and to what extent sentiments have changed. Senior writer Steve Lopez visited Laramie, Wyo., to determine how attitudes in the small Western town may have contributed to the robbery and fatal beating of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old...

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