This piece really resonates with me, Jim, having moved to Chelsea in March of 1990. My late partner (he didn’t live long enough for me to marry him) and I were gay bashed near the Christopher St pier in 1992. Or was is 93? I’m pretty sure they were from New Jersey.

Our friend joined the Pink Panthers. I joined Act Up.

In 1999, I found the concept of same-sex marriage a little puzzling, maybe even a distraction, if you want to know the truth.

How far we’ve come!

And now with Trump, how possibly precarious our victories feel. But march on we must!

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