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Being gay in America: a 50-year love story

Jack Bird (R) smells a rose picked by his husband John Darby at their home in San Francisco, California on May 2, 2013. The love between Darby and Bird has been on solid ground for more than half a century. It is the social landscape around the gay coupleThe love between John Darby and Jack Bird has been on solid ground for more than half a century. It is the social landscape around the gay couple that has shifted. After they got together in 1959, they kept their relationship a secret, save for an inner circle of gay friends.