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  •  Mine was easier (5+ / 0-)

    It was 1971, but it was also Polk Street in San Francisco and I was 3,000 miles from home. We really have come far, but it's a testament to how important activism is that we still have so far to go.

    Bars? You're using the substitute now, Ian!

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent, and we are all Wisconsin.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 07:29:58 PM PDT

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    •  I was actually in the country on (4+ / 0-)

      a student visa just starting grad school. That first bar experience included getting picked up and going to a motel for some rather unsatisfying sex ;). Some time later I ventured to a party night at the gay community center on Hudson St in Albany which I guess is still the location. If I ever get back to Albany, I'll have to check it out.

      During the 1970's I was rather paranoid because homosexuality was still considered a "crime of moral turpitude" and grounds for expulsion from the country. Later in the early 1980's when I was getting a green card, I actually consulted an immigration attorney about the problem. He was able to tell me what to say to the INS interviewer if I was asked. He didn't think I would be and of course I wasn't. In the late 1990's when I became a citizen it was no longer an issue.

      Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

      by Ian S on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 08:40:53 PM PDT

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