Today marks Fred and my twenty sixth anniversary. We are fortunate enough to be celebrating this occasion in Vieques and the view I have right now as I write this letter is pretty spectacular. It’s times like these that I feel like maybe all of our hard work is paying off. My fingers are crossed. Actually everything is crossed...except my legs of course haha.
Yesterday at dinner when our waiter asked us what brought us to Vieques and we told him of our anniversary, he asked us what so many do: What’s the secret? Everyone wants to know what magical knowledge we possess in order to stay together for so long. So lean in close my dear reader and I will tell you…
There is no secret. Being in a relationship is hard work, and I’m not even talking about the relationship I have with my husband. Being in a relationship with oneself takes a lot of strength. Life just keeps coming at each of us and we wake up every day dodging, adjusting and optimizing to get through it. This goes for me and Fred too. Far from some fairy tale, we both expend a lot of effort keeping it together like everyone else.
Case in point...the reason I’m up so early writing this as opposed to my original plan of sleeping late and waking up in Fred’s arms in paradise is because the owner of this house didn’t mention that there was construction going on right next door, nor that it would commence at 6:45am. Not the type of drilling I was expecting this morning, but what can you do? Keep it together David. Be grateful for what you got and keep it together.
Thank you guys for believing in Nasty Pig. You definitely make keeping it together that much easier.
Yours in sodomy,
CEO, Nasty Pig Incorporated.
A year ago, as we were designing our current Fall 2018 New World Order collection and thinking about what the mood of the country would be as the midterm elections approached, we wanted to do a t-shirt that paid tribute to the strength of queer people when we act collectively. We were going to use the text “An Army Of Lovers Cannot Fail” but my husband Frederick and I struggled to find an image to convey this message. Then I had an idea…let’s use a picture of our dear friends Gary and Bobby kissing. You see Bobby had been diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, and the two of them went to war together. They have had to fight that war twice and I am thrilled to report they are doing great. Bobby is cancer free. We reached out to them and pitched the idea and told them we wanted to donate all sales of this shirt to the charity of their choice. They loved it and we put it into work.
This past September, just as we were discussing how to release this shirt to the public, I found myself facing my own call to arms. After being sick for a few days, my bestie Jay, who happens to be a nurse, demanded I go to the ER. While what was making me sick turned out to be a bad case of parasites, the cat scan picked up a mass on my right kidney. A follow up biopsy determined it was cancer. Fortunately it was caught very early and could be cured surgically, so on October 9th I had that demon removed. I am happy to report that I’ve been back at work and lifting again. I’ll be keeping an eye on this situation for years to come but my prognosis is excellent.
Thank God I am alive. I dodged a bullet big time. Good thing because I’m not done with you guys yet. Halloween was the twenty fourth anniversary of the incorporation of Nasty Pig and I am the luckiest guy on earth because I get to spend my days serving my people. My best is yet to come. I’ve got so much more to give. I want to dress you guys up and make you feel sexy and inspire you to follow your dreams for at least another twenty four years.
All sales (every penny and not just the “proceeds”) go to the National LGBT Cancer Network. I’m not making a sales pitch. I’m pretty sure cancer has touched each of your lives, and this is a great way to do something to help fight it while proudly showing off that we queer people have endured centuries of persecution and we still fight and beat the odds every fucking day.
We are an Army of Lovers and we cannot fail. I love you guys and I thank you for allowing me to live this most authentic incredible life. You make it possible. I am humbled by your belief in Nasty Pig.
PS...Being a pig has never let me down. Rimming literally saved my life!
Yours in sodomy,
CEO, Nasty Pig Incorporated.
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