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  1. To Leonard Mace: My sister Marianne Johnson always liked you a lot. I don’t think that your sexuality had much to do with it either. Thanks for speaking out.

  2. Katie, I am a friend of Nick and Ferol. Ferol gave me your site. I have a gay son and just wanted to say hello. Good job on what you all are doing!
    Judy Dutra

    1. Hello Judy–I’ll be sure to pass your message along to Katie. She’s a remarkable woman. Thanks for taking the time to let her know the importance of her story. lh

  3. This is a great site. Loved Gene Otto’s interview. I came out In 1976 when I was 16 years old, just weeks before Councilman Wayne Guthrie’s attempt to purge gays from spokane. I was still in high school, where I was bullied, and ostracized, so the best part about coming out wasn’t about sex, it was about meeting all these other gay kids. They became my best friends. We supported one another. They were my new family. For the first time in my life I fit in somewhere. I was popular. Since we were too young to get into the bars, we met and socialized in an area we called the Fruit Loop, which centered around the old Greyhound bus depot. We also met at peoples houses and apartments. A few of the drag queens (April Showers, Empress with the imperial court being the most prominent) opened their homes to us and were our surrogate mothers. I moved to Seattle in 1978 to attend college. I have so many memories from the three years I spent in Spokane as a out gay teenager, that it seems more like twenty years. Some of the best years of my life.

    1. Thanks for sharing your memories about the people in the Court. I think many people have no idea how much mentoring, support, and charity the Court does. Your memories of the “Fruit Loop” are also very important, and it is good to hear from someone who used to hang out there. We have some other recollections of the Fruit Loop that we need to work on and post. (Keep an eye out for Michael Antee’s interview.) I’ll be sure to pass your comments on to Gene. lh

      1. Hey, thanks for replying. I just have some final comments. The “Loop” was as important to Spokanes gay youth in the 70s, as Sonjas and the NiteHawk were to the over 21 gay crowd. We didn’t have the internet back then (not even cell phones) but we had the loop. The core of us who regularly congregated there, the ones you could count on running into on on a fri or Sat night, amounted to about thirty-something. It was a true community. The straight kids cruised Riverside, and the gay kids cruised the loop. Yes, there was a sexual element to the area– It was a pickup place–and several of my friends used it as a vehicle to get money for sex because they had been tossed out of their houses for being gay, but for most of us who hung down there, it was a refuge, a setting where I could be with other kids who were like me. And I can’t say enough about the drag queens like April, Maxine, and Sumatra, who harbored us, schooled us, protected us, and accepted us into their homes. I met my best friend on the loop in 1976 and although we live in different states, we still consider ourselves best friends. The loop is gone now, but for me it will never be forgotten. Keep up the great work.

        1. Your comments reinforce what I have heard from Michael Antee, and I appreciate your tributes to people who mentored you. I’m very glad your wrote in. It helps us know that people are out there reading, and it continues the process of honoring people and their experiences. Congratulations on the long friendship brought to you courtesy of the Fruit Loop! lh

  4. Christopher Lawrence! I’m glad to find you in this way, and I must say I have been thinking of you more often since Thursday, Friday, and today – Sunday – Pride weekend in Seattle. This is something you have been so committed to and I regale your celebrating!
    I understand why it was necessary that out relationship had to morf. Also, you should know, it didn’t take me long to get over that. I honor you and who you really are – your soul self, as I now do my own.

    Love and blessings to you, my friend!

    1. I’m very glad you were able to find your friend this way. I’ll be sure to forward your message to Christopher. Congratulations on being able to have a very special Pride weekend! lh

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