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With Pride I Go Forth

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Being gay has always had its pitfalls, but nothing could have prepared us for the devastation of the last two decades of the twentieth century. Michael is very sick, but there is one more thing he feels the need to do as he lays in bed waging the biggest fight of his life. As an activist, he still wants to be of some use, no matter how little. It's not his nature to give up until he has to. This is a story about PRIDE, and what it represents to our community. Pride month means many things to many people. For some it is a parade and a chance to celebrate, but for others, it holds different connotations.  

You will find some sadness here... real life often is... but there is hope too. This story was initially written for the one thousand word limit Pride Flash Challenge, but it got out of control. 

Copyright © 2021 Headstall; All Rights Reserved.

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chris191070

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Michael's story is a great show of PRIDE. This is a vibrant, but thoughtful story as we watch him battle the greatest illness of his life.

 

Response from the author:

Thanks so much for leaving a review, Chris. Michael is one of many heroes from that time period, someone who cared for his brothers and sisters, and fought hard for justice. When I think of PRIDE, I think of him, and others like him, ones who weren't so fortunate to still be alive in 1996. Cheers! :hug: 

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Story Reader

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

This was a most powerful story of a man that should have had love his entire life in a short letter. Gary, you should have a OSCAR for writing this. Hope I don't start crying all over again before I go to bed. But the tears will be worth it.

Response from the author:

The best thing I could hear is that tears shed are worthy ones. I totally agree. This was a difficult part of our history, and this story takes place on the cusp of change. This is when hope turned into something real. Thank you for your kind words, and I hope they will encourage others to read this little story... and think about all that PRIDE means. Cheers!

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Ty4650

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Reading this brought back many memories of the 80's and 90's and my best friend Jim, who I watched die of AIDS.  We had the same lifestyle, yet he got sick and I didn't.  I still don't know why, but I'm grateful I made it. After all these years, I still miss Jim and will always.  Michael's ruminations were so much like Jim's, but the only problem is, Jim didn't make it.  I could see him writing this and I wish his story had turned out as Michael's did.  This is very much worth reading.  It makes one realize what a struggle we have been through and what the rewards are for making it through more or less intact.   Thanks Headstall!

Response from the author:

Thank you, Ty. I see you related strongly to this little story, and while that is the goal for me as a writer, I am sorry for your loss. Jim deserves to be remembered, as do all the other victims of this horrible scourge. Thank you for sharing your thoughts of him in your review. It is what I was doing in telling Michael's story. Unfortunately, miracles were scarce during those years, so all we can do is not forget them. Happy pride, my friend. :hug: 

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84Mags

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

A powerful story vibrantly narrated by Michael as he navigates what must be the toughest battle of his life. Read it for PRIDE month, and again for every month of the year. With Kleenex. 

Response from the author:

Thanks, Mags. I'm glad you found it so. We must never forget that time when reason was found to hope, nor the desolate times before it, and those who were sacrificed. Yes... Kleenex might be a good idea. :)  Cheers!

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CincyKris

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

This is a beautiful declaration of pride.  Grab a Kleenex or two!

Response from the author:

Thanks so much, Kris. I hope this will encourage other readers to give it a chance. Cheers! G.

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