Brad’s Story: New chapter

COVID19 has me flashing back painfully to the worst of the AIDS pandemic, and I’m writing to cope. I’ve wanted to tell Brad’s story for a long time, and now I’m finally setting my creative energies to the task.

These stories are true.

Every detail I include springs from events Brad told me about or that I (in later chapters) experienced at his side.

My friend Brad became an activist hero, but before all that, he was a boy shaken by first love. This (kinda hot) chapter is a peek into the very best part of his life.

Read the chapter —

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For people who want to keep up with new releases to this first draft, I’m gonna send out tagged comments like this one. As with previous serials, I’ll be including notes in these chapter alerts— with extra material, historical background or personal observations.

I’m building a list from scratch trying to include people who’ve told me they want updates or who have read the first two chapters. If you don’t want a tag, please just let me know in a comment or email me at I’ll cheerfully remove you from the list.

— Jim

A Fire Island beach like this was Brad’s first look at the ocean. The Atlantic was the only ocean he ever saw.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.