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LGBT History Month: The Uncle I Never Met

I never met Uncle Paul. He was born to my grandmother during the Great Depression and died at 24 in a terrible car crash shortly before Christmas 1959. I know him only through my mother’s memories. She was 13 when he was killed. Her recollections of that awful December remain vivid: her father’s dreadful sobs as he cried out like a wounded animal; my grandmother lying in the bed her son woke up in that morning, placing her head in the Vitalis-stained imprint still fresh on the pillow; and the rainstorm that flooded Uncle Paul’s grave before the coffin could be lowered and covered in soil.
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