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August 11, 1994
Robert F. Gentry has served on the Laguna Beach City Council since 1982. In 1983, he announced that he is gay. Gentry, 55, has been a strong advocate of environmental protection, neighborhood preservation and gay rights. He led the city's effort to pass a domestic partnership ordinance granting gay and lesbian couples some of the same rights enjoyed by husbands and wives and a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. He is associate dean of students at UC Irvine.
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August 11, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two political allies who helped define Laguna Beach as an island of liberalism in conservative Orange County since the 1980s have announced they will not seek reelection to the City Council in November. Robert F. Gentry, the first openly gay elected official in Orange County, and Lida Lenney, an outspoken environmental activist who served as mayor during the devastating fire in October, said they are bowing out for personal reasons.
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August 23, 1992 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Despite Laguna Beach's close identity with its large gay population, observers here still debate how much power gay voters really wield. The city, the only one in Orange County to pass laws protecting the rights of homosexuals, has one of the nation's highest per capita incidence of AIDS.
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February 1, 1989 | DIANNE KLEIN, Times Staff Writer
Robert F. Gentry gropes for the right way, sharing his pain and his anger, his grieving in the public eye. "My personal pain is very, very important. Part of my life is over. It's like I lost part of myself . . ." Laguna Beach's mayor says, his blue eyes staring with a glassy intensity. "(But) the fact that my Gary died, and we are being public about it, that helps people discuss it. And that's what I want. We've got to talk about it."
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August 23, 1989 | LANIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
Seven months after his longtime companion died of AIDS--seven months of worrying whether he had the disease too--Laguna Beach Mayor Robert F. Gentry learned Tuesday that he had tested negative for the virus that causes the deadly disease. The news came in a brief telephone call to his doctor's office. He gave the nurse the number he had been assigned--00966--to assure the results were anonymous. And when she said, "Well, Bob, you're negative," he thanked her, hung up the phone and began to cry.
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December 5, 1989 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
LAGUNA BEACH--Mayor Robert F. Gentry fights the tears, but they keep coming. "It happens every time I do this," he says quietly of describing a year marked by misfortune, one in which his companion of 15 years died of AIDS. "How do I describe 1989? Grief, recovery, a roller coaster ride." Gentry, often called "Southern California's most prominent openly gay elected official," will step down as mayor today in a ceremonial changing of the guard.
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December 30, 1990 | ROBERT F. GENTRY, Robert F. Gentry is a city councilman and former mayor of Laguna Beach
Feb.7, 1990 , will be a day that Orange Countians will remember for some time to come. On that day, approximately 400,000 gallons of oil began spewing from the American Trader, an 800-foot tanker operated by British Petroleum. The disaster is the worst oil spill in the history of Orange County. We are fortunate that mother nature looked favorably upon us, playing a very important role in the clean-up operation.
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December 9, 1990 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Banking away from the freeways toward the seashore, Laguna Canyon Road fairly sings of the beauty, escape and fun ahead. It skims past a shallow lagoon, then sweeps by towering eucalyptus trees and cattle grazing on hillsides. The road spills out onto Coast Highway and Main Beach, where on a warm fall day the carefree and the bronzed play volleyball and bask in the sunshine.
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