Inside the forty years considering that the town folk revealed “YMCA,” the tune happens to be a social touchstone: a gay anthem well-known for the innuendos and double entendres about young, healthy boys “having a very good time,” and additionally an essential at Yankees video games and club mitzvahs.
The song has also immortalized the students Men’s Christian Association in pop heritage. Yet previous residents in the McBurney Y in Chelsea — the building that determined the track, and which had been highlighted into the videos revealed in late 1978 — state the truth of remains on YMCA in the past was harder compared to the lyrics portray, with homosexual lifestyle and working-class workouts coexisting in a single communal area.
“There ended up being undoubtedly a celebration facet on their video clip and therefore times had been the peak of all of the homosexual groups in Chelsea,” recalls Davidson Garrett, who stayed in the McBurney Y from 1978 through 2000. “[The YMCA] did have some overlapping of homosexual cruising. (más…)