Joan and Lucy's relationship has certainly stood the test of time, clocking in at an incredible 59 years together! Both were born in the late 1930s, and are products of a truly different generation. Joan is feisty, funny and candid, while Lucy is soft-spoken, introspective and discreet. Lucy is a lifelong resident of Monmouth County. Having lived through a time during which they could not be accepted, and having witnessed terrible violence and bigotry toward members of the LGBTQ community, they remain understandably cautious. In their own experience, Lucy lost her job as a result of their relationship, and both were nearly arrested on one occasion, were it not for a quick escape through a bathroom window in a secret gay club. They did not want to be identified by their real names or photographs, but felt their story was important to tell. They chose to refer to each other by their middle names, Joan and Lucy, during the interview. This proved difficult, having called each other by their first names for six decades. As you listen to the interview, you will hear them quickly slip into the familiarity of their first names. By their permission, we have left the tape unedited. It is big step for them, and we are so proud of them for their courage. And by the way, they were recently married on January 10th, 2020. Congratulations to the newlyweds!