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My Gay Toronto - Bellini's 8 1/2

EduGAYtion

by PAUL BELLINI

Gay men of my generation are usually perplexed and often horrified by how little the young generation knows about our collective past. Being a dum dum is not flattering, and no one knows this better than the great Michael Musto, longtime NYC columnist and my mentor. Recently, Michael took to camera to speak about the emergence of gay cultural icons of the past sixty years. 

Wearing the loudest jacket ever made, and sitting in a chair next to a bookshelf filled with fake books, he holds forth on such topics as Diana Ross, Andy Warhol, The Sound of Music, Valley of the Dolls, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which he emphasizes is much gayer in its book form. Michael also goes on about Mommie Dearest. Like myself and John Waters, Michael believes that this film is a masterpiece, one desperately in need of a cultural reconsideration. I show it to my film class, and the look of horror in their eyes when they watch the child abuse scenes is the complete opposite of the derisive laughter that greeted the film in its original release. 

So thank God for Michael Musto, and thank God for Sherry Vine, whose gaySVTVworld.com is responsible for producing this series, called "Know Your gAy-B-Cs". 

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