It was a repressive milieu, so in that sense I do not look back at it that positively. Good morning all the bigots. The church undoubtedly rejoices that slavery is no longer a part of American culture. The main lesson from such a real episode as depicted in this film is that these boys were not responsible for what they were to become on the basis of what they had been and had done because between the two, the past and the future, the present of education, understanding and love was transformed into alienation, depravation, exploitation, violence and abuse by some sadistic and perverted adults, unluckily tolerated by the others who lacked the courage to say no.
Then there were all these drag queens, these leather parties and the kinky sex, etc. Why would me feeling female change this? Time will have his revenge.