07/06/2013 02:30 pm ET Updated Sep 05, 2013

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or his high school prom in 1942, Robert Clement bought a white orchid corsage in a fancy plastic box.

He gave it to a female staff member who organized the dance. Others would think it was a kind gesture, that he was just a considerate young man. In truth, Clement didn't have anyone else to give it to.


He liked boys. And he couldn't take a boy to the prom. Especially not seven decades ago in a small town in Pennsylvania.