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Thursday, November 20, 2014

My brother Freddie Gray

I was young when my brother participated in the film project, but thought it was so cool that he was in the movies. I remember when my mother told me while I was in college that he came out, and I responded to her with something like, "so what, he's still my brother." Our family continued with the same closeness we always had, when many families did not and do not show acceptance. I love him with all my heart. He is and always has been the person who understands me well and knows the right thing to say when I need it. In the late 70s when I was visiting him in SF he took me to the I-Beam to dance, and I remember thinking, god, look at all these gorgeous young men and none of them are available! I'm sharing the new edition dvd with the LGBTQ club at the high school where I work. We are celebrating Ally Week. Sadly, I've learned that some posters were torn down and hurtful comments were heard from a few people. The struggle continues... Peace and love to you all. -Melissa Gray