Rick Ramos was born in Santa Monica, lived in Venice Beach, and has been in Idaho for three years. He was the youngest of three; his father married three times and had a child with each wife. He grew up in a beach town community, where his mother worked as a hairdresser and his father worked on a loading dock. He was never attracted to women and he came out to his mother when she asked if he was gay. Ramos discusses sexuality in the pre-AIDS era, homophobic employers in California, and his involvement and mentoring with the United Church of Christ. He describes the differences in gay culture and life between California and Idaho.
AIDS, United Church of Christ, Lion’s Pride, a.l.p.h.a., The Community Center, California, Festival of the Trees, homophobia, transgender, 1980s, women
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