Introduction: Coming Out (04:12)
Tom DiCioccio searches for the person he shared his sexual orientation with. Paul Tosi wants to find a gay activist who fought for equality. DiCioccio explains that being homosexual was equated with being a child molester. (Credits)
Confiding in a Friend (05:46)
DiCioccio describes seeing a psychiatrist who recommended electroshock therapy so his brain would equate sexual desires with pain and sharing his orientation with Marla Epstein. After Epstein traveled to Woodstock without telling her parents, they sent her to Israel to live in a kibbutz.
Challenging the Establishment (04:44)
The Stonewall riots erupted in New York City. Tosi describes being approached by Wayne April to establish a gay student organization after being elected student body president. Meldrim Thompson threatened to cut the university finances.
Public Gay Rights Campaign (06:42)
Tosi's father gave him encouragement to continue. Tosi realizes he was suppressing that the fact that he was gay. The University of New Hampshire banned the GSO; state the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to prohibit gay people from assembling and speaking freely.
Epstein Arrives and Disappears (04:39)
Gay rights activism swept across the nation in the 1970s; homosexuality was decriminalized. Jack Kessler, DiCioccio's partner, discovered he was HIV positive and died. Epstein called after learning of his loss.
Tracking Down Epstein (03:00)
The Haight-Ashbury Help Center offered a place for the homeless to sleep. Jim Seagall recommends DiCioccio visit the San Francisco Public Library.
Searching for April (02:38)
Tosi returns to the University of New Hampshire to meet with Alliance, the LGBTQ group on campus. He learns that April was honored as a founder at one of the group's event several years ago. They no longer have his contact information.
San Francisco Public Library (02:58)
Archivist Tom Carry finds a PO Box in Epstein's name in Klamath, California. DiCioccio is excited to continue the search.
University of New Hampshire Library (03:44)
Bill Ross shares a "New Hampshire Magazine" biography from a couple of years earlier. April lives in Pasadena, California with his long-time partner and three dogs. Tosi leaves April a voicemail message.
Searching in Klamath (03:25)
DiCioccio visits this area known for its hippy culture. A local business owner does not recognize Epstein when presented with a photograph. DiCioccio visits the post office and learns that Epstein is still homeless. He writes her a postcard.
Reuniting with April (05:15)
Tosi and April see each other for the first time in four decades and reminisce about speaking before the Board of Trustees. April discusses moving to Alaska and San Francisco. Tosi describes how April impacted his life.
Seeing the World Differently (05:27)
Epstein and DiCioccio meet in a redwood forest outside of Klamath. Epstein chooses a nomadic lifestyle and does not stay in one place too long. Everyone is created equal and deserves to be who they are.
Credits: Coming Out (00:30)
Credits: Coming Out
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