The attractions of Sci-Fi to your average homosexual pull like a magnet. The outsider and the alternative society, perhaps. Who knows! The boys sure do love Dr Who, it would seem. Polari Facts has delved into the deep underbelly of Sci-Fi and reached the following conclusions.
In 1977 Star Wars brought the first mainstream homosexual relationship to the Big Screen. To get around the censors, as well as those pesky Christian Fundamentalists who were getting so noisy at the time, that relationship was between the droids C3-P0 and R2-D2. They were like an old married couple. The fussy, particular queen – “I’m not going that way, it’s much too rocky. This way is much easier” – and the feisty, compact flouter of rules – insert digital sounds here. We’ve all seen them down the Blue Parrot ….
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
All questions of the title aside, Buck Rogers was an equal opportunities program: there was the Most Beautiful Woman in Space, Wilma Deering (Erin Gray), and there was Buck (Gil Gerard), described by TV Guide in 1979 as “a beefy sort, squarish of jaw, stuffed into a tight white suit and looking rather like a Polish sausage”. A generation of gay and straight spandex fetishists was born as a result of this little number. Gil Gerard, interesting, was in a little-known film called Some Of My Best Friends Are … in 1971 along with bona fide stars from the gay firmament Rue McClanahan and Candy Darling.
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