This is important to talk about, alto. Getting over it is something I know I’ll never do. That doesn’t mean I see myself as a helpless victim or that I think I’m damaged in ways that prevent me from functioning and contributing. But if I don’t acknowledge to myself (at least) the trauma I experienced during the plague years, then I can’t move forward.

I probably write because of the trauma. My entire life, as a matter of fact, as been defined by the epidemic. So “getting over it” isn’t something I even want to do, were I capable of it or not. It’s part of me.

And that’s fine.

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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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