Here’s to a fantastic academic year, Fred Shirley!

I can almost not believe that I’ve been privileged to follow your journey now for almost three years.

I’ve watched you transform from a wide-eyed country boy into a disciplined academic and urban sophisticate.

Careful with that uranium now!

And with the heart beginning to heal, let’s hope love may be just over the horizon!


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