I met my beloved Peter 25+ years ago at a high school dance. It was 1985. We were both 16 year old high schoolers. I am African American, Peter hails from Irish-German stock. All I remember about the moment I first laid eyes on him was that he was tall, had piercing green eyes and was fine as hell! Someone introduced us, and from the moment after he looked at me, smiled and said hello - that was it. He was/is my Mr. Gorgeous. Thinking back on it now, I don't know what 'it' was. All I did know was that I was going to belong to him, and he was going to belong to me. About 5 minutes after that first meeting, Peter made it clear to me that he felt "it" too. And so our 25+ year long love affair began.
Little did Peter and I know that falling in love with each other would result in a lot of fallout - from people he thought of as friends, and from complete strangers...
Zebrahead film poster (1992)
Zebrahead (1992) - is an indie film about a red-headed Jewish high school boy from Detroit (Zach) who falls in love with the new girl in town, his best friend's cousin (Nikki). They're aware that their relationship is going to cause all sorts of problems - with their friends and family. But they don't care, they're in love. All sorts of craziness insues. Rent the movie if you can. It's pretty 'old' and will probably be hard to find, but it's worth the extra effort.
|New York, late 1990s|
|Junior Prom, 1986|
We are barely 17 years old in this photo.
How did we have the stones to not care what anyone thought?