Gorilla’s thinking today about his good friend Dennis deLeon, who died yesterday, and that’s why the blog will be on hold this week.
Dennis had AIDS for more than 20 years.
He never let it get him down.
He was a great human rights activist, a far better human being, a man who gave everything he had to make this life count.
He was also brilliant, and funny, and didn’t suffer fools gladly, particularly in restaurants.
He was a big shot in New York City and he did his level best to make being a big shot count for those who are not big shots.
He’ll be missed terribly, most of all by his partner Bruce, a great and wonderful friend of Gorilla’s, and by the lives he touched, numbered in the millions.
Gorilla’s going to his funeral, because Dennis made Gorilla’s life immeasurably better.
Respect and admiration are in short supply these days, there’s too much attention to compromise and playing it safe, but Dennis deLeon was admirable, he never compromised, and he played the game to win for everyone who never would…