Anthony and his partner Xac were always so excited for our Gay Pride theme that each year they hosted a dress-up pre-party for us in their Chelsea salon. They also hosted many a fundraiser for community charities, and even let us shoot (for free) a scene for Violet Tendencies.
I wish I could go back in time and give him another hug. Anthony was so quick to hug and so full of life. His Facebook page now is of course a non-stop flow of memories and goodbyes, and I love what he wrote in the "about me" section:
Take everything you've ever been taught, throw it all away, and discover the truth with an open mind.
A couple of weeks ago, he texted me to stop by and see him at Splash. I wish I would have gone to see his smile. My heart goes out to Xac and the rest of his tribe.
Today has not been a good day. My friend and reader Don Skiff had to face the confessed murderers of his son Donnie, who pleaded "not-guilty" and are playing the court circus for all its worth.
JD Salinger died today, too. Pause here for the Holden Caulfield metaphor I'm not going through with.
Suffice it to say, I hope to find a way to remember my friend. All those who knew Anthony sparkle a little brighter today because of him.