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Tuxedos for Two: LGBT History in 1980

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Aaron Fricke, the Rhode Island native who made international headlines in 1980 when he battled in court for the right to bring a same-sex date to his high school prom, has published an expanded edition of his award-winning memoir Reflections of a Rock Lobster.

The book recounts Fricke’s coming of age as a gay youth in 1970s suburban Rhode Island, and the bullying and physical violence he faced. In this moving account, Fricke explains the reason for his controversial – and groundbreaking – decision to invite his friend Paul Guilbert to the prom.

Reflections has been reprinted ten times and sold more than 100,000 copies. In print for more than two decades, it has inspired a generation of LGBT youth.This month, Fricke republishes his 1981 book with a renewed mission: “I hope to introduce the story to a whole new generation of gay and straight kids because it illustrates the value and importance of standing up to bullying.”