1970s - Los Angeles

In the early 1970s Reggie and his partner Freeman (Alphonso Freeman, d. 1997) moved from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, California.
 
Reggie worked as a Radiology Technician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.


 

Reggie with their dog Alfie

> Dionne Warwick singing "Alfie", 1966

 
Reggie LOVED Sylvester (1947-1988) - his LPs were the only ones he kept.
'Playgirl' magazine featured Reggie as one of the 'Guys next door' in June 1979.
 
 
Sylvester > Wikipedia article
 
 
 

Reggie in drag, Los Angeles, 1980
 
 
Reggie and Freeman split up when Reggie met Tim Isbell in L.A. 
Together they moved to San Francisco.

  

Rainbow Flag History Use of the rainbow flag by the gay community began in 1978 when it first appeared in the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade.
 
 

 

 

Wanna listen to some Old School Soul? > Old School Webradio

Anti-War Protests, Gay Liberation - and Disco!

https://photos.google.com/u/1/album/AF1QipPYYs0UEirb-eSc6DQfjjJi_-TRyFaccvPudM0s

 As so many people in L.A. Reggie had aspirations to become a model and actor.
 
On the last Saturday in June 1970, one year after the Stonewall riots, Christopher Street Liberation Day took place in New York City.

The First March N.Y.C. - Lesbian & Gay Senior Lives Part 2 -

 
 

Sylvester "You make me feel mighty real" ‎(1978)‎

  
 
 
At the same time in San Francisco...
The Pioneer - People told him no openly gay man could win political office. Fortunately, he ignored them:
Harvey Milk (1930-1978), who had a Photo store on San Francisco's Castro Street became San Francisco's first openly gay supervisor and was shot in 1978. 

 

 

Milk - Trailer 2008