Fort Lauderdale Couple Featured In Love Book

Wisconsin writer Tim Clausen will read passages from his new book, “Love Together: Longtime Male Companions on Healthy Intimacy and Communication,” on Saturday, April 25 at Outwords in Milwaukee.

Clausen’s appearance at the gay bookstore is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT at the shop on 2710 N. Murray Ave.

In his book, Clausen writes of gay men in long term relationships. One of those couples is John McNeill and Charlie Chiarelli, who live in Fort Lauderdale. McNeill, 91, is a World War II veteran and founder of the New York chapter of Dignity, a gay Catholic group.

McNeill spoke to SFGN via telephone about his military service in Europe. He said he was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge, imprisoned in a concentration camp and shrunk down to 80 pounds before being rescued by the Allies. “They were trying to starve us to death,” McNeill said.

In an excerpt from the couple’s chapter, McNeill describes how he and Charlie found a spiritual home at Sunshine Cathedral. “So we go to Metropolitan Community Church, and here in Fort Lauderdale that is Sunshine Cathedral, which has over one thousand people every Sunday, and a large number of them -- maybe over half -- are exiled Roman Catholics.  I often say that we're brought up to believe that God is love, but if we didn't experience human love we couldn't know what that means.”

Outwords is advertised as Milwaukee’s premier LGBT bookstore and gift shop. For more information, call 414-963-9089.

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