Fifty members and friends of Prime Timers of Central Florida celebrated the club's 20th anniversary on Saturday, August 8th with a dinner and program at Golden Corral in Orlando. The club for senior gay and bisexual men began in July 1995.
Two members who have been with the chapter since its beginning were presented with plaques thanking them for their continuous membership. They also received a year of free membership. Three other members (Cliff Barros, Ron Bush and Jerry Danese) were presented with certificates in recognition of their 10 years of continuous membership.
There was an old TV commercial with the tag line "You've come a long way, baby." This certainly applies to many if not all the older Primetimers. A lot of you have told me stories of when they were young in the 1940's, 50's and 60's and realized they were "different" than many of their friends and family. They had to hide their true feelings. Many experienced the name calling, the violence, and the threats to their life. Some had their families throw them out because they were "different."