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jerrypritikin

Chicago,Il.

On the 18th of January I hit 76, and that is not homers! I have had a great life and was a pioneer in the early gay rights movement in San Francisco from the late 1960s. I had moved there from Chicago in 1960, because it was considered taboo to know someone queer(that is what we were called) or be gay at home, in school and the workplace. The 60s was a great time to be in S.F. with leftover beatniks,hippies,civil rights movement,flower children and the peace mongers against the Vietnam war. I moved to a changing neighborhood in S.F. Eureka Valley called the Castro to start the 1970's. I was a publicist and freelance photographer who specialized in gay clients and businesses at a time it was not yet fashionable to be openly gay... even in San Francisco. By osmosis, I was involved in gay politics and sports and counted Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone as friends. My photos have appeared in books documentaries, and exhibits. I have been involved in the gay rights movement for almost 50 years. Just this past year I was inducted into the Chicago Senior Citizen Hall of Fame, based mostly on my involvement in GLBT causes. Chicago is now a leader among cities with their gay out-reach programs. Considering that I left Chicago when it was taboo to be gay... i am proud of that honor.

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