My two ‘gay moth­ers’

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When I was 17 I met Charles through my friend Ryan. There was this al­ways ex­pand­ing net­work of black gay men I met early on. Each re­la­tion­ship brought you two or three ad­di­tional re­la­tion­ships. I wanted to know ev­ery­one. Charles was the first black gay man I met who shared my in­ter­est in lit­er­a­ture and art. Af­ter school dur­ing my se­nior year I would go to his house and we would talk for hours. He saw things in me that I could not yet see in my­self. I don’t think I saw my­self as be­ing par­tic­u­larly thought­ful or aware of the world un­til those con­ver­sa­tions with Charles.

Th­ese men each played an im­por­tant part of my devel­op­ment, and en­tered my life at im­por­tant stages. Th­ese re­la­tion­ships cre­ated ex­pe­ri­ences for me, joy­ful ex­pe­ri­ences, that I still draw strength from to this day.

May 1, 2015

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