Let me introduce you to Irene Benedetti – a short, slim, soft-spoken Italian woman who hails from South Philly, but could be from any Italian neighborhood in any major city. At a recent dinner party, someone asked her what it was like growing up as an out lesbian in the early 1960s. You see, Irene is now a senior, and most LGBT activists of today only know a little of our elders’ stories. In our community, LGBT seniors are largely invisible. Our activists talk about or mention Stonewall and all it symbolizes, but that symbolism is rarely personalized.
If this article makes absolutely no sense to you then I pray that when you are finished reading you pass it on to someone else to figure out and keep passing it on until someone understands it. Maybe that person will be able to explain to me exactly what it is I’m trying to say because for the first time in my life I am truly at a loss of words. Some of the things that have been said to me while working in retail make the signs the WBC uses look like Hallmark cards.