I remember, as a teenager, first hearing about AIDS. It’s a foggy memory of a news broadcaster talking about Rock Hudson dying. And I remember not knowing who that was, but my mom was distraught, tears rolling down her face.
“Why are you crying, Mom?”
“Rock Hudson was such an idol of mine. I can’t believe he’s gay and has AIDS.”
It left an indelible welt on me that continued to grow and redden with every passing year, sexual awakening, and HIV scare. My dad (like myself, a gay man) kept his orientation secret from my mom during the early…
Sean McKenna opened his eyes and was surprised to find himself alive.
He reached out to touch the things around him, confirming their physical existence and, by extension, his own. He turned on the small television next to his hospital bed just as Bette Midler was singing a song from her new album on the Today show.
That threw him for a moment. If there was a heaven, Bette Midler would surely be in it.
The previous night, when McKenna closed his eyes to go to sleep, he had made his peace with the idea that he might not wake…
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