New Brad Chapter: Fresh bread and hot dancing

In the worst of times, hard work and helping others grounds us and fills us with the strength to go on. Hot dancing (with missionary zeal) in Washington Square Park fills Brad with purpose. But will chosen family, love, and hard work be enough for him as friends die and hope flickers in and out?

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My Act Up friends and I did many of these safer-sex education zaps. We usually stuck to Washington Square Park because Brad and I, being pretty young, could appeal to the student crowd there. At the time, young people in high school and college were at huge risk of acquiring HIV, but NYC authorities were reluctant to target them with live-saving information.

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

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