Van Kirby is a successful Indianapolis business owner and contributor to civic causes. He is gay. But in the 1970s, he was also the father of four children who needed a more stable home. This is the story of how, against all odds, Van fought for and won the right to raise his children. It is also an extraordinarily unvarnished story of coming of age—and coming out—when being gay wasn't cool. It's a story of family: how Van and his longtime partner, Dan, made a life for those kids, and for themselves.
Van Kirby continues with his partner of 41 years, Dan Detrick, to manage a hair styling salon in Indianapolis’ Broad Ripple. He and Dan now divide their time between homes in Indianapolis Broad Ripple, and Sarasota, Florida.
It’s holiday time again. Another Christmas. This one’s a little different. I’m relaxed, for one thing. And I’m about to be a greatgrandpa.
I have three daughters, Debbie, Lora and Michelle. We’ll be getting together in the next few days and assembling gifts to take to homeless shelters. My son, Scott, lives on the east coast, or he’d be helping us too.