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Catholic high school corrects a 63-year-old homophobic wrong, honors gay track star


Tom Ammiano greets Halle Berry in his role as a California State Assemblyman. It’s not every day that you read an inspirational athletic story that includes the phrase “from the author of ‘ Kiss My Gay Ass .’”

But that’s the kind of life San Francisco political institution Tom Ammiano has led. And quite frankly, his story is more interesting than most inspirational figures who haven’t yelled that particular heckle at the star of “Jingle All the Way.”

While the 79-year-old Ammiano is a legend of San Francisco gay politics, he’s in the news this week because his Catholic high school in New Jersey took action to right a wrong that goes back to the days when he was 16.

In 1958, Ammiano was part of the track team at Montclair’s Immaculate Conception High School. He played a big role in their success and demonstrated his running skills by finishing first in his final one mile run of the season. In honor of his triumph, Ammiano was promised a varsity letter.

However, before the awards ceremony took place, Immaculate informed Ammiano that his victory in the final meet was being wiped off the books and […]

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