73 year-old, white, gay man John Swallow at home in Dade City, Florida. John is a drag queen. His stage name is Miss Jo Ann. He lives with his husband Russ. "In the late 60's I was raped while in the navy, I've been chased down street and mocked and beaten for who I am. It only made me stronger and made me fight for my rights and those of others to exist and live free." John Swallow is a gay man from the United States. He has been fortunate in often having the support of his family and friends. "One day under my pillow I found a note from like seven different people that I was in the service with that said: We love you no matter what." After leaving the service John began performing as Miss JoAnn, but he was still closeted with his family. "One day I had gotten drunk after a show and called my sister. And I told her, I said, 'Karen, I have a terrible secret. And I want to come home.' She said, 'do you mean the fact that you're gay?' She said 'now get your ass on a plane and get home here.' Ever since then, my whole family, everybody, friends, relatives, have always accepted me. But it took that for me to actually realize it didn't matter who I was, they loved me for who I am." John still performs in drag, but is retired and living in a community for older LGBTQI+ people. "In most places you always have to be on guard. Here you're free to be who you wanna be. Love who you wanna love."
Where Love Is Illegal WLII series
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