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Films and Filming
The making of a queer marketplace in pre-decriminalisation Britain
in British queer history
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In 1966, David McGillivray contacted the Films and Filming editor Peter Baker asking for the opportunity to write for the magazine. Long before homosexual activity between consenting men was partially decriminalised in Britain in 1967, Films and Filming included articles and images, erotically charged commercial advertisements and same-sex contact ads that established its queer leanings. In response to Philip Dosse's financial straits, editorial decisions were consciously based in part on accessing a potential homosexual market. Dosse recognised that a nascent market of culturally literate and cosmopolitan queer men with disposable incomes was appearing in Britain and abroad. The sociologist and historian Jeffrey Weeks has written, in fact, that 'gay' was only widely adopted in Britain with the organisation of the Gay Liberation Front in 1970. Films and Filming editors and readers appear to have known and exploited the word's ambiguities.

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