Saoirse, I could not possibly agree more with your assessment of the current generation. I think they’re absolutely brilliant and destined to do incredible things.

My excellent and brilliant you friend and sort of adopted queer nephew, Fred Shirley, is a member of the generation you’re writing about. When I read so much of the disparaging of today’s youth, and when I compare those unfair generalizations to what I know about Fred and so many people like him, I bridle.

I’m so glad you wrote this story.

It’s important.

I’m gratified and humbled that you would use it to promote my own writing. Thank you!


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