Albert “Al” Fletcher Stansell grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Al identifies as a gay, middle-class, Caucasian, male and at age 72 he happily resides in Boise, Idaho. After serving as an air traffic controller in Atlanta, Al shares his coming out process during a controversial time period when he could have easily lost his job for publicly claiming his gay orientation. During this interview, Albert also opens up about his 30-year relationship with his partner Dick, his 12-year marriage to a woman, the relationship he has with his two children including what it was like raising his son with Dick and finally he reflects on the journey that him and Dick embarked on when they decided to become the sole owners and operators of the now well-known Balcony bar located in downtown Boise.
The Balcony, AIDS, aging, military, gay pride, relationships, conservative, gay marriage, David & David
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