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May. 17th, 2009 05:03 pm you forgot your breakfast...

"In Boise, Idaho, in 1955, a schoolteacher sat down to breakfast with his morning paper and read that the vice-president of the Idaho First National Bank had been arrested on felony sodomy charges; the local prosecutor said that he intended to eliminate all homosexuality from the community. The teacher never finished his breakfast. 'He jumped up from his seat, pulled out his suitcases, packed as fast as he could, got into his care, and drove straight to San Francisco... the cold eggs, coffee, and toast remained on his table for two days before someone from his school came by to see what had happened" -John Gerassi, The Boys of Boise, In Gayle Rubin's "Thinking Sex"

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Date:May 18th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
That's wonderful.

No one is trying to eradicate me in massachusetts, but nonetheless I've definitely had a lot of those "oh my god what am I doing here I need to move to san francisco immediately" moments. Good for him for acting on it.
Date:May 18th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
I read the book decades ago, but I'd forgotten about that abrupt escape to San Francisco. I was 14 in 1955, by the way - I wish I'd known about SF's gay culture back then, living 25 miles away and oblivious to the gay scene but mindful of my very lonely queerness.
Date:May 22nd, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)