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My First Day Podcast: 'There Was Life In San Diego' For The Gay Community

Amanda Ferrier
Fernando Zweifach López Jr. is pictured in this photo taken 1999 in El Centro, Calif.
Fernando Zweifach López Jr. escaped a difficult childhood growing up in the Imperial Valley and discovered a new life a short drive—yet a whole new world—away. About the show: My First Day is a KPBS Explore series that explores these important days through people who came to San Diego from elsewhere, and now call it home. About the producer: Andrew Bracken is a documentary mediamaker working with audio, video, and interactive media. He is the creator, producer, and host of the KPBS podcast My First Day. Follow the show: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/myfirstdaystories/ Contact: myfirstdaystories@gmail.com

Growing up as a queer person in 1980s Imperial Valley, a rural desert region east of San Diego, was not easy for Fernando Zweifach López Jr.

In a new episode of KPBS Explore podcast "My First Day," host Andrew Bracken talks to López about what it was like to escape a difficult childhood growing up in the Imperial Valley and discover a new life a short drive—yet a whole new world—away.