How Gay-rights pioneers are finding the family they never had

posted Jun 21, 2016, 3:51 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 21, 2016, 3:55 PM ]

Nancy Valverde pulls out her jingling set of keys and unlocks one, two, three padlocks attached to thick silver chains on the door to her apartment. “They didn’t like lesbians” in her old East L.A. neighborhood, she says. Today, the 83-year-old finally feels at home at Triangle Square, a low-income housing development built especially for LGBT seniors. But having spent her whole life fighting to be herself — complete with stints in jail for wearing pants — she just can’t give up those locks.
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