WATCH: SF Couple Bob And Fred Discuss Their 35-Year Relationship

As we all come down from the collective high that was Pride—with all the dancing boys, dykes on bikes and drag queens—it’s important to remember the folks we don’t see leading contingents at parades: The everyday couples setting an example just by living out and proud, and inhabiting the revolutionary idea that same-sex couples can endure decades of enmity, hardships and even an epidemic.

Long-term partners Fred and Bob both volunteer at the Asian Art Museum in  San Francisco—Fred is a storyteller and Bob is a docent. Above, the guys share their story of meeting 35 years ago at UC Berkeley and how their work enriches their lives and others. As curator Forrest McGill, who sent us this clip, says, “[it’s] nothing flashy—just real gay people following a shared interest, performing a public service, and finding their lives enhanced.”


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