Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Lance Loud January 1973: The PBS Documentary Series an American Family Introduces Viewers to Their First Unashamed Gay Person. Filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond Recall Television's First Queer Youth. (Rebels & Pioneers)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Lance Loud January 1973: The PBS Documentary Series an American Family Introduces Viewers to Their First Unashamed Gay Person. Filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond Recall Television's First Queer Youth. (Rebels & Pioneers)

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Susan Raymond: The first time we met Lance we turned on the cameras, walked into the door of his room at the Chelsea Hotel, and just started shooting. Didn't even say hello.

Alan Raymond: We were told by [producing station] WNET that he was "a little different." His roommate seemed like he was part of a couple. It was eminently clear early on. The coded word was flamboyant.

SR: Flamboyant was in every press release. It was definitely overblown by the PBS publicists.

AR: The typical view is that [his mother] Pat only then realized he was gay. That's not true. He came out to his family at 16.

SR: He didn't come out to his family in episode number 2 at 19. He came out to America. Pat Loud wasn't shocked. America was shocked.

AR: It triggered an avalanche of homophobic press. [Terms such as] "evil flower" and "emotional dwarf' were applied to Lance.

SR: I didn't realize what a bashing he was going to take.

AR: It cast a shadow over his whole life. …

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