The Fall of 1962. All is swell. I am going ¨to be¨ a ¨I have no idea what¨ when I grow-up/finish college but whatever it is that I am going ¨to be¨ is fine with me (as long as it doesn't include shaping myself into some fake form of heterosexuality). There you have it, I took my stand. I am a 19 year old Gay man. Vamos a ver. I am not afraid. I am living at Anna's non-boring boarding house and Ouzo works, a full-fledged-full-time Art Major at San Jose State College and I even have a part time job...BONUS, San Francisco is only 45 minutes away on the Bayshore Freeway and the little Crystal Bar is near my new job in downtown San Jose.
I began my part time job at famous/historic L. Hart and Son, Department Store, San Jose/Sunnyvale, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooke_Hart about the same time as the Cuban Missle Crisis. Although Nina and Nikita Khrushchev had no real impact on my learning, living and earning ability I started feeling that *adult things* are not always as they seem ¨to be¨ and could blow up around me. Real life *things* can be nasty! What the Hell? Best to have a drink, enjoy, imagine the really bad stuff will go away. The Viet Nam war was raging on but I had ¨Student Deferment¨..ole´. My parents had given me a brand new medium-blue Opel Kadett car, I loved it, zoom, zoom, zoom, open up your Golden Gate, San Francisco here I come! I had wonderful new friends too.
Albee! The Beatles are coming and/or Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair (or not)
Albee invented parallel universe/university fun. It was his own very custom invention which included everyone. Yes, everyone. AJB arrived as a transfer student from Southern California. He was a Roman Catholic, a Republican, a Dodgers fan and he absolutely electrified any space and anyone around him with friendliness. Al created non-stop/daily inventions on how to have fun. Money or not, ready or not, work/study or not. Al had a plan. He was a whiz. Al had been a child actor (born in Hollywood) and had also dropped out of a mid-west RC Seminary where they told him he wasn't quite serious enough for a priestly¨calling¨ and got sent home. Everything was enjoyable with Albee. Every moment of life was an adventure for Albert and he loved everyone equally. He and I met clandestinely/accidentally at the Crystal Bar one night and went to an ¨after hours¨ Gay party, a first for him but not for me, with Jerry (who had been a member of my Fraternity). We all became close friends immediately. Al, quite literally, had dozens of friends. I think, like me, everyone thought that Al was their very own best friend. The band/gang played on and we became a very mixed bag of fellow partypeople (some of us disappeared in the late hours and headed for San Francisco or the Crystal Cafe, others, the straight ones, just kept dancing the night away). We were rarely missed and nobody asked anybody much about intimacies as we ALL were very busy ¨making love and not war.¨ to be continued
In a few days it will be my birthday. I will be 73 years old . How could this happen to me? How did I become a full-grown+ man...
REAL HERO/REAL LIFE: Bishop John Shelby Spong
“I was simply interpreting a rising consciousness,” he said. “Whether it was race or women or homosexual people, the issue was always the same: fighting against anything that dehumanizes a child of God on the basis of an external characteristic.” Bishop John Shelby Spong (click on his photo)
IT GETS BETTER--Archbishop Desmond Tutu supports LGBT full acceptance and inclusion too!
¨Churches say that the expression of love in a heterosexual monogamous relationship includes the physical, the touching, embracing, kissing, the genital act - the totality of our love makes each of us grow to become increasingly godlike and compassionate. If this is so for the heterosexual, what earthly reason have we to say that it is not the case with the homosexual?¨ Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The No Anglican Covenant Coalition -- COMPREHENSIVE UNITY
A VERY UN-ANGLICAN COVENANT (click on logo)
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