Donal Mahoney attended a Roman Catholic boys-only
high school in the early fifties. The Orlando massacre
reminded him of two apparently gay classmates from
six decades ago. There were probably other gays in
the school as well who did not fit the same stereotype.
These two classmates were never picked on to his
knowledge and they were not shunned, either. He feels
to this day straight kids at that time simply did not know
how to communicate with them nor had any interest
in doing so just as there were some straight kids who
did not “fit in” as well. There was no bullying because
neither the administration nor the students would have
tolerated that kind of behavior. If you wanted to heckle
someone, he had to appear to be your equal physically.
It was not a good time for anyone who was different but
maybe just little better than today.