Jack Fulkerson was born in the small town of Rockport Kentucky in 1945. Him and his large family lived in Kentucky until Jack was fourteen when his dad got a new job and they moved to Hammond Indiana. For the first sixteen years of Jack’s career, he was a construction worker. After that, he decided to change his career path and for the next sixteen years, he became the manager of the local credit union in Indiana.
Alice Herman, a wonderful 77-year-old Jewish woman was born and raised in The Bronx New York.
She was a high school English teacher for two years in New York. A few years later, she got her masters degree in social work and became a social worker while she was living in California.
Alice experienced life living as a straight, married woman before discovering she was a lesbian. On June 2, 1955, Alice married a man named Sol, whom she had known since she was thirteen years old. They got married in New York and then moved to California a few years later.
Don Foley was born in Northwest Iowa in the year 1930. He grew up with a large family consisting of eight children, four boys and four girls.
Don was a problem child, and was sent to Father Flanagan’s Boys Town in Nebraska from 1941-1943. After Boys Town, Don graduated high school and moved from his hometown in Iowa to sunny Southern California. Don joined the navy in 1948 and was in active duty in San Diego for one year and in reserves for four years after that.
Andi was born in 1945 and raised in Hollywood. Andi had a good schooling experience. She had a lot of friends and belonged to dance groups. She danced until she was thirteen years old and enjoyed it very much. Andi worked in a factory when she was 17 for about 10 years. Her main occupation, however, was working as a secretary for Park La Brea Apartments. She took care of the residents' issues and concerns. She worked there for twenty years. She loved her job very much. However, in 1994, Andi was in a critical car accident, and was unable to return to work.
Bryant Gordon - 76
As a student at University of California, Berkeley, Bryant Gordon would drop off his girlfriend at her sorority by her 11 p.m. curfew. Afterward, he would head down to a gay bar that was popular with college students.
While at a party one night, Gordon met Bob, and the two began a relationship that would last for years to come. Eventually, the couple moved to New York together.
"Every day was a memory, every day was fabulous," Gordon says. "We rarely argued. He had a lot of passions and a lot of interests. ... He always made sure I was happy."
Ed De Hay - 76
Nearly every inch of Ed De Hay's walls is covered with frames containing some form of artwork: paintings, photographs, and mementos collected throughout his lifetime.
"When I put that first hole in the wall, it was like a fever. I couldn't stop," he says. "And now I have to stop, because there's no more space."
When asked about his first love, De Hay's answer is immediate.
"His name was Ronald. He was a professional ice skater with Sonja Henie," De Hay says, referring to the Olympic figure skater and film star. "He was with their ice show, and they toured all over the world."
Jimmy Hughes - 74
Jimmy Hughes did not have the easiest time growing up. Despite being an excellent student, Hughes was expelled from his high school for being gay, a black mark that made him ineligible for most types of work. Feeling helpless, he nearly ended his life. But through tenacity and the help of a nun who overheard him praying at a hospital chapel, he was able to secure a position as a surgeon's assistant as a young man. And for a brief amount of time, he had Johnny.
"Johnny and I, he was a little bit on the shy side, but just adorable," Hughes says of the man he loved. "And his father absolutely hated us. I never was quite sure, but I think he might have been 'mob,' because he worked out of Vegas. He was a card guy. And he threatened us both."
Melvin Weiss - 77
For Melvin Weiss, a Pittsburgh native, one of the most terrifying moments of his life occurred in Amsterdam, where he lived for 13 years. After answering a knock at his door, he found himself looking squarely at a pistol. The man holding the gun was an ex of Weiss's partner at the time, Henny. The armed stranger claimed Henny owed him money.
Improvising a scheme, Weiss called the neighbor downstairs, purportedly to ask if Henny was there. (Henny was hiding in the closet.) Through a series of "yes" and "no" responses and a little luck, the neighbor realized their plight and called the police. They were saved. But their relationship was already on a downward spiral.