On Queerty a reader commented, “It must be difficult/frustrating for Bette to watch Lady Gaga take the flag of gay liberation and carry it on in the direction of gay rights, esp when she holds such memories and remarkably this film exists.”
Today Bette Midler is 65-years-old. At the beginning of her career she would perform in gay bathhouses and said of the experience, “I’m still proud of those days [at the Continental]. I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and I hope I did my part to help it move forward. So, I kind of wear the label of ‘Bathhouse Betty’ with pride.”
She has always been an avid gay-rights supporter and I hope that the twenty-somethings of today know enough about their history to give credit to the people who sacrificed their livelihood to give them the civil rights they now take for granted.
What Bette did, at the time, took a hell of a lot of guts.