WWII veteran, LGBTQ activist celebrates 100th birthday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A hundred years is a long time, which is why community members gathered on Saturday to celebrate a man who enjoyed every second of his 100th birthday.

Rupert “Twink” Starr turned 100 in July.

Twink is a WWII veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and also a huge LGBTQ rights activist in Columbus.

His loved ones celebrated his life and accomplishments with Twink’s favorite things: friends, colorful socks and of course a cake.

Twink also got to share some words of wisdom with his friends and said it was the best birthday ever.

“I think it’s exceptional, 100th anniversary with all these friends,” Starr said. “I’m so sorry I enjoyed this so much. I would love to do this every year. Such a great group of friends, I can’t believe they took the time and energy to come and wish me a happy birthday and sing happy birthday. It’s overwhelming.

Twink received birthday greetings from the Columbus City Council and Senator Sherrod Brown.

His friends said they are grateful to Twink for looking after them for all these years and can’t wait to celebrate again next year.

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