Love Always Won Out
by Susan Howe
a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
©1997 by Homosexual Information Center, Inc.
Jim Schneider, Chairman
Second Printing, revised
Assembled, edited, and composed by Joseph Hansen
Laguna Beach, CA
Sappho wrote, “A handsome man is always handsome. A good man becomes beautiful.” This is what I feel about Don. His spirit is indomitable. I long ago took a page from his attitude to life: when I would ask him. “How are you? he would always reply, “I am excellent.” And so do I, to this day.
I met Don in 1970, when [ had finally accepted myself as a
lesbian. and wanted to find homosexual contacts in the community. The only listing in the L.A. phone book under “homosexual” was the Homosexual Information Center. I called, met him, and we became friends.
Whenever I would drop in, at the office or at home, he had time to visit. It usually entailed some rant and rave on a relevant topic, so I knew I’d be stimulated to think. I met other wonderful people through Don, exciting friends, just as he was.
I loved the way he talked about his lover and lifetime partner, Tony [Reyes], their concerns and conquests. Love always won out. I miss him sorely, even though our contact was slight after I moved to the Central Coast.
©1997, 2017 by The Tangent Group. All rights reserved.
The HIC is grateful to Stephen Brzoska for his help in digitizing this text.