Here, in the words of some of the most influential players, is an oral history of the ups and downs of the past decade.Waves of people rolled out of the building onto the street, some looked confused, others wept.According to David Pitts, author of , a face in the crowd approached Billings and said, Im so sorry about the president.Fifty years ago this month, on the afternoon of November 22, 1963, Lem Billings had just returned from lunch when he heard the news.He was an advertising executive at Lennen and Newell in New York and as he approached his office building at 380 Madison Avenue, Billings saw immediately that something was wrong. In Dallas, Texas, three shots were fired at President Kennedys motorcade in downtown Dallas.The first reports say that President Kennedy has been seriously wounded by this shooting.
S., leading today to full marriage equality in all New England states, a repeal of key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by the Supreme Court, and a tipping of public opinion in favor of gay marriage countrywide.
Throughout, thousands of individuals worked both in the trenches and in much more public ways to advance what many believe to be the panacea of GLBT equality, marriage.
Sure, there had been a sprinkling of gay marriage activity throughout the U. to that point, with Hawaii seriously approaching the issue nearly 10 years earlier, and Vermont coming the closest to an actual tide change in 2000 when then-Governor Howard Dean signed the first civil unions bill into law.
But it was Massachusetts that triggered a hurricane of activity in New England and across the U.
John Kennedy kept many secrets during his lifetime: poor health, drug use, and countless affairs with women.
But one secret is still largely unknown today: Kennedys oldest and dearest friend, Lemoyne Billings, was a gay man.