Howard Solomon, the uncle of a dear friend, has been profiled in the Portland Press Herald:
Howard Solomon was in his late 20s when he saw police cruisers screaming through Lower Manhattan and later read newspaper accounts of the groundbreaking riots that had erupted outside the Stonewall Inn in June 1969.
Solomon wasn’t at the now-famous nightclub that catered to New York City’s gay community.
“I was on a date with a female colleague,” said Solomon, now 69. “I was terribly closeted back then.”
A little more than a decade later, Solomon came out to his colleagues at Tufts University near Boston and began teaching some of the nation’s first college-level history courses that dealt openly with all aspects of sexuality.
Solomon, now retired and living in Bowdoinham, distinguished himself as a history professor at Tufts from 1971 through 2004 and as a vocal advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
A gentle reminder that we stand on the shoulders of giants…
Give your Monday an inspirational start: Read the full story here.