Recollections and other autobiographical
materials by Fred Boydell (1906-1987), recounting his experiences growing up
gay in Scotland, his emigration to California in 1969, and his life as an older
gay man in Hollywood.
Fred Boydell was born in Scotland on September 9, 1906, the son of a
dairy farmer. His father died when Boydell was thirteen, and he was apprenticed
to a manufacturer. He eventually settled near Glasgow. Although he realized he
was gay before his teens, he married in his 30s; his wife, who was aware of his
sexual orientation, died after approximately ten years, leaving a young
daughter. In 1969, facing mandatory retirement, Boydell accepted the invitation
of a friend, an antiques dealer in Los Angeles, to move to California and help
him run the business. In Los Angeles, he became involved with the Society of
Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts (SPREE). He later volunteered his services
with ONE, Inc. He died in Los Angeles in February 1987.
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