Miami Beach Gay Pride on Thursday sponsored a reception for legacy same-sex couples (together at least 20 years) at Bar 21 off Lincoln Road in South Beach. The couples – who’ll ride in the gay pride day parade – are role models to younger gays and lesbians, said Cindy Brown, operations director for the festival to be held April 17 on Ocean Drive.
Among the couples at Thursday’s party: Bob Truax and Tony Fernandez, who’ve been partnered for 56 years.
Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff
Miami Beach Gay Pride operations director Cindy Brown, Ivette Sierra and Frank Fiorentino.
Frank Fiorentino, 64, and partner Bill Pease, 72. They’ve been together 41 years.
Bob Truax, 82, and Tony Fernandez, 84, who’ve been partners for 56 years.
Maurice Colton and Norman King and Robert Collier and Charles Hunziker.
Partners Maurice Colton, 69, and Norman King, 72, together for 39 years.
Robert Collier, 75, and Charles Hunziker, 78 -- partners for 47 years.
Jon Cameron, 64, and Scott Cameron, 63, together for 40 years.
Scott describes how they met: “I bought him a beer on Castro Street in San Francisco. I was trying to pick him up and he would have nothing to do with me. He was waiting for a date and he got stood up. I was No. 2. “
Joe-Tom Easley and Peter Freiberg, both 69, have been partners for 27 years.
Peter: “We were fixed up by a straight woman.”
Joe-Tom: “We were mutual friends.”
Peter: “She gave each of us the other’s phone number.”