Charlie Fredrickson - Photo Historian

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Charlie Fredrickson is a photochronicler extraordinaire, active churchman and consistent supporter of the gay community in Palm Beach County.

With tens of thousands of photographs going back to the early 80s, many of them online, Fredrickson’s opus is an invaluable resource for LGBT history in Palm Beach as well as counties further south.

Fredrickson came to Palm Beach in 1981 and immediately engaged with the newly founded MCC church, having been involved with that organization both in Philadelphia and Tacoma, WA.

“My pictures show a timeline of gay life and events in the county,” he said. “I’ve been taking photos for years and was actually able to find some pictures from the founding of the church.

“I try to support all the gay groups in Palm Beach with my presence, my pictures and often, with donations,” he said. “I belong to Compass, the Pride Business Alliance, HRC {Palm Beach County Human Rights Council] and more.”

Fredrickson recently became vice president of the Palm Beach County Prime Timers and he coordinates a monthly gay gathering at a variety of non-gay venues like the Chesterfield Hotel, the Colony and others.

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