More Lion’s Den! Back to David and Hilda —

We’ll leave our mysterious immigrant boy to his grief for now, and check back in on David. He and Howie are getting their HIV test results. Will David be able to deal with the news?

Meanwhile, Hilda isn’t quite who he thought she was. The more he learns, the more she surprises him. She’s about to connect him to history in such a personal way that he’ll never be the same again.

Author’s Notes:

She wears faded house dresses, chats in Yiddish, and entertains an elderly transvestite prostitute who carries a whip.

That sentence has been criticized a few times by readers who question my choice of vocabulary. First, I have to point out that the words aren’t mine. They’re David’s as he narrates this story. He wouldn’t have thought to say “sex worker” because that language had barely been invented yet, and he’d probably never heard it. He doesn’t call Mistress Carla “transgender” for two reasons, most importantly because that’s not what she called herself. But much more on all that will be coming later. Carla’s identity is a central element of the story.

Regarding the cast of colorful characters who hung out at the garden of the 13th St. LGBT community Center, I’m not exaggerating in the least. The garden was once my favorite spot in all of NYC, and I met the most extraordinary and delightful people there.

Turpin Patricia Copenhaver Tre L. Loadholt Left Wisdom lindsay jenn Robyn Jane kurt gasbarra Fred Shirley Adam, Diabetic Cyborg Donald Robb lindsay jenn Ronald C. Flores-Gunkle Lucy King Erotik Kaleidoscope Buddy F. Blake Rachael Pettus Little Fears Lucy King BFoundAPen Tejasvi Bhaskar Mindy Stern Adrian, Not Amelia ron Thandi Matrose Natalie Fagan

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

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