Older LGBT people say Supreme Court decision on gay marriage long overdue

The Washington Post
By Fredrick Kunkle
June 26, 2015

Some cheered. Some wept with joy. Some got news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision from Twitter or Facebook and responded that way, too, passing along to friends and relatives in real time the news that the justices upheld the right to gay marriage.

For older gay Americans, the decision was perhaps more poignant than for others. Now in the twilight of their lives, they had experienced the worst days, some of them not long ago, when being gay was a dirty secret, and in some places tantamount to being criminal.

“Thirty years ago, people were hiding. People were harassed. There was no place to go. If you were gay, you could get fired,” said Imani Woody, 63, who started a project to transform her childhood home in the District into communal housing for older people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. “I grew up Pentecostal, and you would go to Hell even if you were divorced, let alone if you were in a same-sex marriage.”

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