Emil with Phillip
Emil is 81 years old and was born in Brooklyn, New York. At an early age, Emil was bullied and called all sorts of names for being gay. His parents even sent him to a home for “wayward” boys for a few years before he joined the U.S. Navy. He vacationed for two weeks in San Francisco in 1958, before moving to San Francisco for good in 1960. For many years, Emil worked as a bartender. Today, Emil lives in the Nob Hill apartment he first moved into with a roommate on Labor Day of 1978.
Phillip was born in San Francisco. He is a junior at the University of San Francisco, majoring in English Writing, and is a member of USF’s Dual-Degree Teaching Program, a five-year master’s program in education that offers graduate courses during the undergraduate years. Phillip enjoys reading, running, eating, and watching sports.
Emil’s dining room, where he shared his life story with Phillip.
Emil talks about first coming to San Francisco in 1958 and finding the city’s gay bars.