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20 years ago, ‘Eating Out’ gave curious viewers a smutty crash course on gay life

Eating Out made its debut at Phoenix’s Out Far! LGBTQ+ film fest—feel old yet?But, for many gays of a certain age, their first time experiencing Eating Out wasn’t at a festival, or even a movie theater. It was at a rental shop, where its eyebrow-raising title and DVD cover flanked by its muscled stars stood out like a sore thumb with frosted tips.It was a movie frequently rented and watched in private, and one of our first opportunities to see gay characters on the screen that weren’t mired in tragedy, or struggling to come out.

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