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Jim Zipper

James Leo, “Jim”, Zipper, born in 1938, was a gay man living in Lynn, who wanted to make the world a more beautiful place for gays and lesbians. He graduated from Lynn Trade High School, where he was the class president. After four years in the Air Force, he worked as a test engineer at several technology companies and taught electronics at Peabody Vocational School. He died of complications from AIDS in 1993. Jim Zipper was interviewed by Janet Kahn on December 1, 1983. He speaks about the Light House Cafe and other bars, living a divided life with fear, guilt and shame, suicide, coming out to friends, co-workers, family, and to himself, betrayal by a priest, relations with police, excessive drinking, getting sober, and his hopes for a more beautiful world for people like himself.

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That ended all those relationships for a long time.

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Origins of the Light House

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Relationship patterns

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He burnt down a building ... because I was with

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Coming out at work

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Guilt- ridden over being gay

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Nice to have somebody

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First suicide attempt

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Hispanics and Blacks at the Light House

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Police raids

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Mattachine Society

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Getting sober

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Bar Fights

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A sense of community

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Sex outside of relationship

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The Lynn Police never harassed me

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Awareness at a young age

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I drank to escape the pain

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First suicide attempt

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No friends

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Fights amongst men

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Suicide

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Family

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Consciousness raising

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