STORY: 1981 – In this photo, I’m with my housemates and my weekend date from Boston (John Shade, with our arms around each other) on the beach in Fire Island Pines.
It was the first time I had taken a share for the summer. It was an innocent time. But, the discovery of a “gay cancer” had just been announced the month before in a front-page article in the NY Times.
I remember sitting with my housemates at the coffee table in our living room and, as we perused the article, we asked whether or not that announcement would end up having any impact on us. Little did we know!