2012, marked my 50th year as an Out Gay Man, the other significant number in my life: I will be 69 this year. I have spend most of those 50 years in San Francisco, and recently finished writing this memoirs, which focuses on growing up in the homophobic religious jungle of prejudice, as a sissy boy, coming out and the early struggles of being gay in 1962, there were no gay role models, it was a world of fear of being found out. In those 50 years of my struggle, I still see the same common treads of hope we still fight for today. 50 years ago, homosexuals were struggling just to congregate in public places; today we are closer than ever to full equality, so our celebration of Pride is still so very important. I think the most important thing to remember about our struggle: like life, it's a journey, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the experience of the journey, its joys and tribulations we have experienced together that gives us winning strength.
Macro Photography by Ron Williams Published August 18, 2015