Santo Mirabile, Jr.

It was 1982 when visiting San Francisco, hoping to live and work there, that I joined the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band as First Clarinet. It made me proud at last to be a homosexual and to share my talent with like-oriented musicians.

It wasn’t meant to be that I find work in my field of Graphic Art and Music, but what I learned there that summer is still a guiding light in my life. I found a nurturing band, friends, a lover, and a crusade to bring home to Baltimore. I helped to start a band in my hometown and was at the forefront of the battle for Gay Rights locally. Eventually we won our battle.

With all the pain and disappointment of having to leave San Francisco, I now I treasure the memory of that summer’s good times and lessons.

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