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.
Question for Rafflecopter giveaway: In what year did I become aware of the thriving gay scene?
Peace and Love!