Block 129: June 26, 2013



Well, today was a historic day, wasn’t it?

Date: June 26, 2013

Crane: 129

Days Spent on Project: 129

Location: Apartment, Washington Heights, NYC

Person I would have sent it to: Today, it seems appropriate to dedicate this Crane to Gil R.

Of all the friends I made at Kenyon, Gil was probably my closest (and sadly, quite possibly the only) gay male friend.

We met in the drama department; I think I remember (and this may be incorrect) that he was lucky enough to be cast in the first drama department production (The Man Who Came To Dinner) of our first year. Much like Brigid S. (yesterday’s Crane) getting into one of the first student thesis productions, this seemed like a major accomplishment.

He was definitely one to watch.

Gil was also involved in everything: the drama department, the student LGBT group, the student newspaper, and a double major (Drama and English, like we all seemed to be) to boot! A true leader, he was driven and seemed to have a way with people that made getting things done. Confident, smart, and proud, I now think he was everything I inwardly didn’t feel about myself.

Our second year, while Brigid was the president of the student run drama department “club” and I was the secretary, he was the vice president.

I was in his production of The Mousetrap our senior year. He and I took dance classes together, even dancing in a few concerts together.

He was just a good guy, you know?

I know he would be proud and happy because of today’s events. DOMA was struck down, and I believe he and his partner are celebrating.

Music I listened to while sewing: Sleep No More.

Can I tell you a secret? When I walked my dog this morning, I saw one of the SNM performers in the neighborhood. I noticeably did an awkward double-take. I don’t *think* he saw it.

But that’s awesome.

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: Today DOMA was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States, and I couldn’t be happier.

Two summers ago, back in June 2011 (right before Pride Weekend in NYC, in fact), gay marriage was legalized in New York. That development was exciting then; it’s reassuring now.

Today’s news is so great, it almost makes me want to start dating again…


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