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A Very Natural Thing 

When: Thu., Oct. 6, 7 p.m. 2016
Price: free admission
Christopher Larkin had a modest goal for his film, A Very Natural Thing. He wanted to realistically depict a homosexual relationship. This was a revolutionary step in 1974, a time when LGBT characters were depicted as either deviants or disturbed individuals, or at best comic stereotypes. A Very Natural Thing is the story of David, fresh out of the monastery, and Mark, a businessman. The two fall in love but come to an impasse when David expresses his wish for a monogamous relationship, while Mark prefers to rotate through partners. Set against the backdrop of New York in the '70s, it was a film that drew criticism from the mainstream and from some quarters of the homosexual community -- namely those who felt there was no point in trying to pursue the heterosexual agenda of marriage and monogamy. The St. Louis Task Force for Human Rights screened the film at the Maplewood Theatre as a fundraiser in the mid-'70s. Tonight, those who organized the screening and those who attended it gather to discuss the film (clips will be shown throughout the talk) and the state of the LGBT community in the '70s. The discussion takes place at 7 p.m. tonight at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; Admission is free.
— Paul Friswold



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