in Living in Arcadia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226389257
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226389288 | DOI:

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On August 4, 1982, two months after Arcadie ceased to exist, article 331.2 was finally repealed as promised by François Mitterrand, the then new president of France. A few months earlier, AIDS, which was being reported in the United States as a mysterious “gay cancer,” appeared for the first time in France. The sense that 1982 marked the end of an era is evident in the publication two years later of the largest survey of homosexuals ever carried out in the country. One plausible finding of Rapport sur la vie gai, two years after the abrogation of the law of 1945, was that those younger than twenty-five years had little interest in gay politics. In an interview, Arcadie founder André Baudry expressed his regret that the organization had not lasted a year longer or that AIDS had not arrived a year earlier. The debate over gay marriage that threw French politics into confusion raised questions that were at the heart of the kinds of issues that had exercised Arcadie throughout its existence.

Keywords: Arcadie; André Baudry; homosexuals; France; AIDS; gay politics; gay marriage

Chapter.  5352 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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