Compiled and Produced By- LGBT Historian, DeoVonte “Deo” Means
…We come, and we go, like the ripple of a stream…Tomorrow was made for some, but tomorrow may never come, for all we know…- Donny Hathaway, For All We Know
Each year before we descend into our holiday gala parties celebrating Auld Lang Syne; we take the time to honor and memorialize those of our peers whom we lost the past year. See, all too often when those amongst us are called home and ushered into God’s glory – we pay our respects and send our RIP’s for a few days immediately following their transition – but then their memory dissipates into the clouds to almost be forgotten. We here at The Flyy-Life fundamentally believe that no matter how great or small their name may have been in our community, they indeed were an intrinsic and individualistic piece of the fabric which makes up the beautiful cloth of our community. They were here! They lived, they loved. They were here, they’ve did, they’ve done, and they will leave their mark, so everyone will know. Their memory should never be forgotten, and this is a platform in which their eternal flame will blaze brightly and permanently until our last minute. They left the world just a bit better, because they were here. This year, we honor and memorialize these fallen angels by the words of Donny Hathaway- For All We Know. “For all we know we may never meet again. Before you go make this moment sweet again. We won’t say good night, until the last minute. I’ll hold out my hand, and my heart will be in it.” It’s in these words that the lyrical genius of Donny is exemplified and manifested. He reminds us that life is precious and unpredictable. So, take advantage of each moment and love those whom are amongst you, because although tomorrow was made for some – for us – tomorrow may never come for all we know. It’s in this spirit that we light our flame of remembrance to those we lost in 2018. We also whisper a short prayer for the family and friends whose lives they touched and left a lasting impression. For to live is Christ, but to die is gain.