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‘Three Little Words’ bonus content for Chapter 2

Learn about the Michigan communities where Mick and Jane Morse lived before moving to Brazil, plus more information about the drug AZT.
Published Nov. 30, 2021
Updated Nov. 30, 2021

Mick Morse’s hometown of Fennville, near Saugatuck, and Janie Brandt’s hometown of Union City:

Map showing locations of Fennville and Union City, Michigan.
Map showing locations of Fennville and Union City, Michigan. [ MARTIN FROBISHER | Times art ]

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A Michigan Radio story talking about the gay-friendly community of Saugatuck, Mich.:

How the largest gay resort in the Midwest is in Michigan’s “Bible belt” — Michigan Radio, Jan. 11, 2016

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Michigan law equated homosexuality with drug users, vagrants and prostitutes:

1968 Michigan Liquor Control Act (courtesy of Michigan Radio and the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society Collection)
1968 Michigan Liquor Control Act (courtesy of Michigan Radio and the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society Collection)

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Michigan Penal Code still describes sodomy as a crime against nature punishable by life in prison — Michigan Compiled Laws

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Excerpt of the 2003 Supreme Court case that invalidated state laws criminalizing homosexuality:

2003 Supreme Court case (Lawrence v. Texas) that decriminalized sodomy.
2003 Supreme Court case (Lawrence v. Texas) that decriminalized sodomy.

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Out of DSM: Depathologizing HomosexualityBehavioral Sciences, (U.S. National Library of Medicine/ National Institutes of Health) Dec. 4, 2015

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The Morse family moved to Leblon in 1975 so Mick can take a teaching job at the Escola Americana (American School):

Location of the American School of Leblon, Brazil
Location of the American School of Leblon, Brazil

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Ronald Reagan’s Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services Dr. Robert Windom discusses AZT, or azidothymidine, at a 1986 news conference:

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The Food and Drug Administration would later approve AZT in only four months’ time:

AIDS TEST DRUG PROLONGS LIVES IN SOME CASESThe New York Times, Sept. 20, 1986