Stamping Out Deviancy: 1966


  “The community was stunned last week when Capt. Eugene Linton, commander of the Van Nuys Police Division, said homosexuals, prostitution and wife swapping parties were real problems in the area”- LA Times/ October 13, 1966 In the mid 1960s, the Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys area was stunned, and shocked, to learn that vice was rampant.…

The Optimist


The Optimist If you were to bullet point Mike Hewson’s biography, the list would sound sad: • Grew up gay in the 1950s • Drafted into Vietnam as a medic • Returned to Los Angeles and worked in a hospital • Cared for his mother during her 4-year ordeal and death from cancer • Watched…

On the Train to Hollywood.


Your Best, originally uploaded by Here in Van Nuys. I rode the train down to Hollywood and Highland the other day, my way to enter the city that is part protest and part convenience. Los Angeles is fast becoming a city. It is true that millions live here on mountain and plain extending from Palm…

A Pure Heart and a Clean Conscience.


It is an privilege to choose to serve and a dishonor lying to serve. The morality of keeping in place a system of bigotry and lies, against those who were born with a gay sexual orientation, is purely irrational. With blood and sacrifice, selflessness and honor, bravery and courage, have our young men and women…