Yes! In some ways, I really miss the "bad old days" of the 80s and 90s when queer spaces were so much more prevalent than they are today. I miss my densely packed gay meccas, walking down 8th Avenue in lower Manhattan surrounded by my "family," massing in protest and thronging in celebration. I love how we often thrill in feminine energy, and I love that people are sometimes more apt to do that in "ordinary" spaces today. I see a new reality growing in some spaces, an ordinary queer that I don't recognize but don't fear either. I just hope I live long enough to gain a sense of where we're going. There, one good ramble deserves another. Peace to you! -- Jim

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

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