In a sign of the times, News reporter Gene Warner anonymously quoted professionals in Buffalo's gay community. Names weren't included, it can be assumed, for fear of reprisal and retribution. In 1980's Buffalo, there was little outward gay pride. As Warner writes, “In Buffalo ... where a ‘gay protest’ could be defined as an argument between two men in an Allentown coffee shop.”
Gay rights measure provides good lesson in Buffalo politics
"How did Buffalo's gay community -- normally so non-political that it responded calmly to Mayor Griffin's calling homosexuals 'fruits' -- pull off what New York City and California couldn't (with passage of a new bill banning discrimination in city employment)?"