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John Hilton & William Campbell

Freedom to Marry (http://www.freedomtomarry.org/) released a video of New Yorkers William Campbell and John Hilton telling the story of their 54-year relationship, which began just before Hilton was drafted and sent to Europe in 1957.

Campbell wrote Hilton letters throughout his deployment, and when Hilton returned and began working and going to night school, Campbell did all the cooking and laundry.

"When I was getting ready to graduate and I got my degree I told Bill he will never, ever, as long as we live, do the laundry again, and that was in 1971," Hilton said.

"And so he has never, ever done the laundry since.”

After Campbell developed Parkinson's disease, Hilton described taking care of him as "payback time" for all Campbell had done for him.

Beloved and devoted partner since 1957, Bill passed away suddenly on May 7, 2011, less than two months before marriage equality was legalized in New York.

Bill was loved and admired by everyone who knew him.

He was born in Lone Mountain, Tennessee in 1926.


William Campbell and John Hilton's 54-year relationship began just before Hilton was drafted and sent to Europe in 1957. Campbell wrote Hilton letters throughout his deployment, and when Hilton returned and began working and going to night school, Campbell did all the cooking and laundry. "When I was getting ready to graduate and I got my degree I told Bill he will never, ever, as long as we live, do the laundry again, and that was in 1971," Hilton said. "And so he has never, ever done the laundry since.” Beloved and devoted partner since 1957, Bill passed away suddenly on May 7, 2011, less than two months before marriage equality was legalized in New York.

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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