A guy in the dorms would wake up in the morning feeling sluggish and experiencing abdominal pains. This went on for a week or two before he sought medical attention at Cowell. After the exam the doctor asked the student if he was gay. The student responded that he was not. The sluggishness was due to heavy drug use. The student left Cowell stunned.
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For decades, the women lived in the Chicago area and worked at the same interior design company, telling people they were "cousins" or "roommates" who lived together to split the rent. They eventually came out as gay to their families in , six decades after they first got together. Their enduring, enviable romance is the subject of Netflix documentary "A Secret Love" now streaming , directed by Donahue's great-nephew Chris Bolan. Living in Chicago in the '40s and '50s, they largely steered clear of gay bars, where women could be arrested during regular police raids if they weren't wearing at least three items of women's clothing. People thought to be gay or lesbian would also have their names published in newspapers, leading to divorces, firings from jobs, and sometimes suicide. Bolan says many of his family members suspected Donahue and Henschel were a couple and asked them point-blank "Are you gay? We took them at their word and left it at that," Bolan says.
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F or Carren Strock, the revelation came when she was She had met her husband — "a terrific guy, very sweet" — at high school when she was 16, had been married to him for 25 years, had two dearly loved children, and what she describes as a "white-picket-fence existence" in New York. Then, one day, sitting opposite her best friend, she realised: "Oh my God. I'm in love with this woman. From that moment Strock's understanding of her sexuality changed completely.