It was 20 years ago today!

by joelbear69 6 Replies latest jw friends

  • joelbear69

    1988 was a momentous year in my life.

    About this time 20 years ago, I was in college
    at the University of North Florida. I had at this
    point never talked to another gay person.

    Sometime around the middle of April of that year,
    it was the end of term. There was a guy in my
    class that I thought was gay. On the last night
    of class I asked him if he wanted to go to the
    student center and have a coke.

    His name was Ira. He was the first gay person
    I had ever communicated with gay to gay. He
    would become my first tiny step out of the closet.

    He became my best friend. He died 5 years later
    of AIDS. I was holding his hand when he died.

    He was a miracle.

  • wings

    A special memory....thank you for sharing. Best friends lost are missed deeply.

  • llbh

    I was talking to a friend last night. I knew he was gay - i am not - he said it was a problem when he first realised. Now he says it does not define him he is very at ease with himself . We need more than ever to be comfortable with ourselves

    Regards David

  • mind my own
    mind my own

    Sounds to me like he was a very lucky guy to have you as a friend!! Thanks for sharing!


  • real one
    real one

    I'm sorry you friend died of such a dreadful disease. A disease that causes so much suffering. It dosent have to be that way.

  • Casper

    I'm so sorry Joelbear,

    I can see you treasure the memories the two of you shared...hang on to the good ones...


  • stillajwexelder

    It was 20 years ago today! Sergeant Pepper Taught the Band to play

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