John Ruggles

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JOHN RUGGLES is a fourth generation California native and a retired social worker, and has been a member of the Gay Elder Circle from its inception. He worked for several years in the early 80s at A Different Light, the first gay and lesbian bookstore in Los Angeles. After completing a master s degree and licensure as a therapist, he worked for over 20 years at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. During this time he also facilitated groups and counseled individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, and continues this work currently with Strength for the Journey. He is also very active in the 12-Step community. He sees his involvement with the Gay Elder Circle as a valuable part of a productive retirement, which also includes lots of movies, a little gardening, and piano lessons.

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