13. My mom's first cousin, born in the early 1930's, survived being gay in Mobile in the 1950's.....
He had some really interesting, funny and sad stories about life in the day. When I knew him in the 1990's he was still closeted though open with mom and delighted when he discovered her oldest son was gay.
It was bad enough in the 1970's when I came of age, the '50's and '60's must have been really rough.
And as to idiots who blame "old folks" for the lack of progress-look to Justice William O Douglas and Senator Claude Pepper, strong progressives into their 90's. Political ignorance is at least as common among the young as the elderly, likely far more widespread.
It took a lot of guts to be out back then, more than most people today can understand. Thanks buddy.