TBT … NYC GAY PRIDE 1993. We were so young and innocent. Ok, we were young!
I look at this photo, and so many emotions come up for me. The obvious: We had fun! Yes, that’s my 26-year-old self in a latex wrestling outfit borrowed from Michael Arnold and holding a beer — which is an odd sight to see, considering I’m now sober over 15 years.
The not so obvious: We were fighting and marching for our lives and the lives we were losing at alarming rates right in front of our eyes at the time.
It was the best of times, the worst of times, and certainly scary times. We were young, hopeful, driven — but certainly not carefree.
We marched, fought, memorialized, fundraised and lived “full-out with feeling” in the hopes of finding a cure, equal rights, awareness and a better life for all of us to live.
Let’s celebrate and enjoy Pride, but let’s also remember why we have Pride and let’s certainly never forget those who lost the battle.
See and remember them @theaidsmemorial.