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Growing old aint easy, but it can be made a little easier. It's important to find solace with those you can relate to if you came out late in life, had a family but your coming out made it difficult, or are just looking for some friends in your age group. These issues are faced by the elderly, gay or straight. But Richmond's Prime Timers is here to make sure you don't walk it alone.
A Police Officer asked, “Why are you gay?”
I returned the question.
“Why are you straight?”
Respectfully, he replied, “Its normal!”
Calmly, I responded, “So it is for me too.”
While Victoria was at the forefront of the gay rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s, it still had not taken any lead for gay rights legislation until the establishment of the 1977 Equal Opportunity Act, to protect citizens from sexual harassment, victimisation and prejudice on the basis of their individual mannerisms in public life.
During the 1950's, I served six years of part time in the Royal Australian Air Force while employment at Kodak Research Laboratories, Australia, 1951-57 and lecturing on Astronomy at Melbourne Observatory for the Museum of Applied Science – all three were concurrent activities.