My Dad’s Closet: A Father, a Daughter, a Secret; An Illustrated Talk at GLBT Historical Society in SF

Friday, October 117:00–9:00 p.m.The GLBT Historical Society Museum4127 18th St., San Francisco$5 | Free for members

In this illustrated presentation organized for National Coming Out Day on October 11, San Francisco resident Laura Hall recounts the life story of her gay father, Ralph, from 1918 to 2008. Hall was 24 when her father came out to her in 1975. She learned that in the late 1930s, her father had been in a relationship with a musician in Los Angeles. But two arrests for homosexual activity sent him back into the closet, prompted him to enlist in the Army and ultimately led him to marry a woman. With a panoramic sweep covering the conservative California Central Valley oilfield culture of Ralph Hall’s youth, to his postwar double life, to his care for dying friends during the AIDS crisis, this universal love story — a preview of Laura Hall’s recently completed memoirs — is a window into the life of a man who felt that he had no choice but to live in the shadows. Tickets are available online here.