Paul D. Cain acknowledged his homosexuality in 1984 and has been active in the gay community ever since. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, he moved to Southern California in 1983; to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1986; and to Reno, Nevada in 2001. He graduated from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, as Valedictorian (summa cum laude), with a Music (Voice) major and Psychology minor. He has worked as a legal secretary and paralegal, as well as Executive Director of the Lesbian and Gay Community Switchboard/Arizona AIDS Information Line. He currently works as a casino dealer in Reno, Nevada.
In 2002, Scarecrow Press published his Leading the Parade: Conversations with America’s Most Influential Lesbians and Gay Men. He has written for several publications, including Gay Today, Reno-Tahoe Outlands, Outword, the Gay Naturist Informer, and the Gay & Lesbian Review, and contributed research and interviews for several books and articles on contemporary American LGBT history. He is not afraid to speak his mind, even when it is not popular.
Paul is also an avid tennis player, having played competitively for over 35 years, and just missing bronze medals at the 1994 Gay Games in New York (doubles) and the 2002 Gay Games in Sydney, Australia (singles). He is also a nudist and a “bear,” having won the titles of Mr. CMEN (California Men Enjoying Nudism) Bare Bear 2007, Mr. CMEN 2008, and the International Bear Rendezvous Mr. International Daddy Bear 2010. He and his husband, Kurt Jacobowitz-Cain, have been together for more than 22 years, and they have been united in holy union in Phoenix in 1991, married in San Francisco in 2008, and domestically partnered in Nevada in 2009.