The Equal Rights Blog Hop


I was asked to post about my first experience in the LGBT community.

My first experience of being aware of the gay community was back in the late 1970’s . Before that time, the word homosexual was never spoken in my family. We had some male relatives that never married and were ‘different’, but that’s all that was said about them. It wasn’t until I left for San Jose State University in 1975 that I became aware of the thriving gay scene.

One of my first college friends outside of my circle was a young gay man. The first day moving into my dorm room, he walked in with a handsome man trailing behind him, and introduced himself as my neighbor and then he introduced his boyfriend! Surprised, yes, but I bonded with D. from the very start. From that day forward, my eyes were opened to men loving men, women loving women. And, I always felt comfortable with that.

Living in the Bay Area and San Francisco, you couldn’t help but be aware of the LGBT struggle and their fight for their rights. You have to understand that in the seventies I supported the Women’s Movement (still do), and this movement in many ways paralleled the LGBT Equal Rights Movement. Stonewall came first in 1969, and both movements progressed in leaps and bounds during the 1970’s.

There is still a long way to go, but as we progress into the 21st century I hope to see federal laws supporting equal rights for all.

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Viki Lyn


Viki Lyn: Award winning author of paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.

15 Responses to The Equal Rights Blog Hop

  • Viki says:

    Thank you all for participating in the blog hop. It is now closed and the winners were notified. All have a great full moon weekend!

  • Anders says:

    Hi Viki,

    I want to send a personal thank you for your participation in The Equal Rights Blog Hop. Thanks to you the Blog Hop was a great success.

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and safe summer.

    All the best,

    Founder/Administrations Manager
    Queer Town Abbey

  • Sherry S. says:

    Wonderful post! I enjoyed it very much.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  • Laurel Lasky says:

    The year you became aware of the thriving gay community was 1975. I became somewhat aware when I was 10 and my little brother who was 6 liked music and reading. He didn’t play any sports and my father called him a sissy and a fag. A few years later he told me he was gay. Many years later he told my sister and I that he was gay. We had a group hug and then I told my brother and sister that my farther had been sexually abusing me since I was 6. I got a great hug and support. My sister passed away when she was 53. My brother is my best friend and we are there for each other.

  • Viki Lyn says:

    Just a couple more days left for the blog hop. Thank you for stopping by! I love reading everyone’s stories about their first time experiencing the GLBTQ community. We should always carry hope in our heart for a more accepting and loving world. Sometimes it seems strides in acceptance crawls at a snail’s pace, but every inch of moving forward is a victory. Thank you for supporting this blog hop.

  • I love reading these stories about everyone’s first experience in within the GBLTQ community–I think it says a lot for everyone about how accepting we all were of each other’s differences–and that gives me hope for the future. 🙂

  • JoAnna B says:

    Hi Viki! Can’t wait for your new book!

    • Viki Lyn says:

      Thanks JoAnna. It’s going through it’s final edits this week. 🙂 Hoping to publish A Bite In Time the second or third week of July on Amazon.

  • Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I enjoyed reading your post thank you for sharing.


  • H.B. says:

    Thank you for sharing and for the wonderful post!

  • Viki Lyn says:

    Thank you for your comments! I appreciate you stopping by. It was great time to live in San Francisco – and eye opening. 🙂 My experiences growing up during this time in California shaped who I am today.

  • JenCW says:

    What a great time to be living in San Francisco. I like you hope that equal rights will come sooner rather than later. Thanks for the great post.

  • Cornelia says:

    In 1975

  • What an exciting time and place to have been! I imagine it was very eye-opening.

  • TM Smith says:

    Great Post Viki!!

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