Both are worth watching for a history of gay life in the US in the 20th century. Of course, since I am vintage "after" I think the latter one hit closer to home. My youth was in the AIDS 80's and it's hard to watch some of that period without a certain bitterness. Watching it reminded me of a lot of rhetoric from politicians about GLBT people that was fairly disgusting. While I'd like to have the waistline, flesh tone and hair color I had in the 80's I am completely unsentimental about any other aspect of that time.
Sad to think that in this "enlightened" day we have children killing themselves because of bullying over being gay. Or for that matter over anything else.