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17 St. Phillip Street – An Introduction

This is an introduction to a story tentatively titled 17 St. Phillip Street.

The central character is named Bobby.

Bobby is what I was called as a teen and is also the name of one of my alternates.

What makes this story different for me is that 17 St. Phillip Street is a Bobby story told in third person.

Bobby usually tells his stories in first person and the stories are based on real events.

The primary reason for this belated introduction is that I realized that Bobby lives in a different world from the world of the average 19 or 20 year-old in 2016.

Our culture is shaped by the Bobbys of the World and those who oppose them.

Bobby belonged to the youth culture of the 1960’s.

This was also known as the Counter-Culture.

Cannabis and mind altering drugs were a huge part of this culture as were the politics of the Civil Rights Movement and Feminism.

By 1972 Gay Liberation added a new dimension to what was acceptable for young people to explore.

It was a moment when nearly everyone under the age of thirty was a ‘little’ bi-sexual.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Lou Reed – Transformer

Bobby was a street kid as were many of the anonymous founding members of the Gay Liberation Front.

Street culture in 1972 consisted of kids of all classes, some of them were middle class kids who were slumming and some were like Bobby; looking for a way out.

The gay community of 1972 was also not a LGBTQ community.

Everyone on the wrong side of the sexual norm was a sexual outlaw and gay meant everyone.

These shades of differences didn’t emerge until gays became aware of the differences in the way the majority treated lesbians and gay men, gay men and transgender people, or men who are effeminate.

Bobby ‘came out’ in 1969 just before the Stonewall Riots.

The older men of the gay community in Charleston were more identified with gender stereotypes and the stereotypes of all gay men as effeminate.

It was typical for gay men who were ‘out’ to call each other she and sister.

In Bobby’s world sex had no consequences.

Venereal diseases were easy to treat.

There was no AIDS.

Women had contraceptives and the Youth Culture of 1971 practiced Free Love.

Jefferson Airplane

Bobby has struggles that are unique to him.

He does not know that he has a dissociative disorder.

He is privately confused about gender and sexual orientation.

And he loses time without knowing it.

I realized that before I could continue with the writing I needed to set and clarify the context of the story, for myself and for the reader.

17 St. Phillip Street Part one

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

Part Seven

Part Eight

Part Nine

Part Ten



12 thoughts on “17 St. Phillip Street – An Introduction

  1. It still is difficult but it must have been so much more difficult to be who you are back at that time. So much ignorance and discrimination. You (have) had a big load to carry. But amazing what you have made of it, Robert!

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    1. It was a bigger load to carry when we thought we had to carry it. Everything about the oppression of minority groups is fear based superstition if not outright lies.
      Whether it is the myth of the Black thug, the smear of the treasonous liberal, or the outright lie that all gay men are pedophiles; when you realize that you are not the lies that people tell about you and that you don’t have to live according to the rules laid down by bigots the rush of freedom that happens psychologically is incredible.

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      1. You should have felt what I felt while reading your words. Such a power and profound truth! Wow! Your first sentence explains it all “It was a bigger load to carry when we thought we had to carry it.”

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  2. Reblogged this on Daisy in the Willows and commented:

    I’m compelled to RELBOG this post. So many people are so afraid of what they don’t understand. It can be a bit scary and I’ve also had feelings about what should I say and not say about a person that has an illness I don’t and don’t know much about. to sum it all up. We are all humans. The only way to conquer fear is to educate yourself and open up your mind. A little effort and research goes a long way.

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  3. I know it can’t be easy living with disassociate disorder but I am fascinated by your others at the same time. I need to catch up n more of your story and experiences. I feel sad for Bobby. He is not aware but they say ignorance is bliss but he doesn’t seem to be happy living in the era of thinking he is trapped in. Is he happy? I’m sorry if I seem ignorant about your condition. I am in a way. I want to find out more though but not from a text book. So thank you for sharing your mind. Love a bit of Lou Reed. Bobby has good taste in music 🙂

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    1. He’s happy in the time frame, which is full of promise…He’s not happy about his oppression as a gay person but he is happy to be at the forefront od a resistance movement that would ultimately change out world.


  4. 1972 was the year I married for the first time and I married because I had the crazy idea that if i did the socially acceptable – in the eye’s of the church ergo God that I would magically become straight. We are uncountable

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