Gilbert and I became family years earlier when we met after his move to N.Y.C. and months before his mile-long Rainbow Flag would be unfurled at the Stonewall 25 Anniversary Celebration. We met in his new and evolving “Raise the Rainbow” sewing workshop on West 16 Street. I stopped by to volunteer my services and simply offer another pair of hands on a day of a snowstorm. I stayed long into the excitement of that last weekend in June!
I am proud to have been a part of this history and grateful to have met my dear, dear friend Gilbert. I knew the colorful celebrity and activist Gilbert — but also and equally wonderful, the quiet and very gentle person who I was most close to. Gilbert, peace, dear brother.