‘Moon Over’ Alert: “Dmitry Fyodorovich Borin! Come out now!”

When we last saw Ian and Dima, Peltsin was striding down the corridor toward their hotel room. Now he’s pounding on their door. Will they make it to the ferry port and the islands where they can be more anonymous?

The very first time I took a ferry from Piraeus to Mykonos, I found myself lying on a deck with my friends, surrounded by crowds of mostly college-age students. In those days, being publicly gay was becoming normalized among progressive young people — but more in Europe than in the US. So when I noticed a scattering of gorgeous young men being openly affectionate with one another, almost as affectionate as young straight couples, I knew I was in for a an eye-opening holiday.

I didn’t know then, as neither Ian nor Dima knows in this story, that Mykonos was a popular gay mecca.

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