openhouse Spotlight: Marc Tosca

October 20, 2009 8:51 pm By Open House Comments Off on openhouse Spotlight: Marc Tosca

“I’m old,” Marc Tosca says. “However, considering the alternative, am quite pleased. Walking upright all these years, having traveled the world, Antarctica the exception, am thus extremely opinionated.”

This neat summary, however, doesn’t even begin to illuminate his story.

“I’m really a Puerto Rican kid from the South Bronx,” said Marc, when pressed. While I’ve suffered reversals of fortune, life has indeed been very good to me.”

Marc was born in 1942 in Gurabo, Puerto Rico and lost his left eye at the age of 6 months old. During WWII, he was brought to the mainland for surgery, his family relocating to the Bronx.

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openhouse Spotlight: Nick Frausto

October 20, 2009 8:41 pm By Open House No Comments »
openhouse Spotlight: Nick Frausto

“My mother liked to fix herself up so she looked just like Elizabeth Taylor,” says Nick Frausto, a recent arrival to San Francisco. “I wasn’t too sure how she’d react when I brought my lover home to meet her – I was pretty nervous.”

Nick, whose Latino heritage made coming out doubly hard for him, had brought his lover Raye, whom he’d met in 1978 in West Hollywood, home to meet his mother after dating him for about a year. “Raye took one look at my mother and said ‘Why, you look just like Elizabeth Taylor,’ which did the trick! She made us both sit down and she went into the kitchen to fix Raye a ton of food – even though we’d both already eaten.”

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