Charged with the crime of homosexuality, my father received a dishonorable discharge from the United States Navy and was put in military prison. It was not until the latter years of his life did he tell me. His Navy boyfriend at the time was also dishonorably discharged. My father said that even though they were never caught in the act, they were simply tried on hearsay. Within months of his discharge from the Navy, my father married my mother.
Michael Stokes (photographer/USA)