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We need to do that for each other. Search Input Search Sections Menu. Phil had lived in Detroit all his life and was going to church because he loved it and always had. But after a while the friends eventually stopped showing up.

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And for so many years, I could never imagine myself growing old, being healthy, in love and happy in this city, like Mike and Phil. It was, for both of them, the first day with a new congregation. Months later, Phil ran into one of the young men while grocery shopping and discovered why.

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They worked. in ProfileSolid. Bored with his administrative job at the Chrysler Foundation, a particularly cushy gig for a Black man in s Detroit, Phil decided to quit.

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In high school, his best friend was a football player and drag queen. With their newfound freedom, they eventually ended up renting a farmhouse. What I learned, from a very early age, is that you have to be strong in who you are, what you are and what you think you want to be.

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To offer us support. Wp Get the full experience. The power of media to shape how we view ourselves and what is possible for our future is well-studied and documented, but I still feel an inexplicable joy, a profound sense of relief, to be able to sit with Mike and Phil, watching them love and support each other after 50 years, and think, One day, that could be me. Phil Pugh and Mike Petross, thriving at 79 and 75, respectively, serve as strong models for younger queer people. September 24, at a.

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On my second visit to their home, Mike led me to a wooden chest in their basement, and pulled out multiple photo albums filled with Polaroids from that time on the farm. I loved it. Story continues below advertisement. I simply had no concept of what longevity looked like for gay Black men.

Settled into retirement, the gentlemen dedicate much of their time to volunteering, working with organizations like LGBT Detroit to help build a more equitable future for young queer Black people in the city. The idea of growing old as a gay man used to terrify me. Share this story.

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Choose your plan ArrowRight. Phil smirked as he watched Mike collapse in his chair, laughing at his own joke, and as we settled into a calm stillness, we began to recount how much life has changed since our last conversation, on this same patio, two years ago. To teach us about health. Among the tens of thousands of likes and retweets, I was most struck by the comments from younger people, the people who told me that they had never seen a version of love like this before.

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The group of friends started to drift apart soon after. I came out of the closet there. Sections Menu. And we stayed there for 10 years. It was nearly impossible to find images of them, especially older LGBTQ people of color, and particularly images of health, love and joy. And, as their neighborhood rapidly changes around them, they continue to pour love into their home, still obsessing over the layout of the wicker furniture set on the deck, or the contrast of a bright red wall and a tufted, cream-colored linen sofa in their sun room.

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Before that day, however, their lives could not have been more different. One of them ended up committing suicide two weeks later.

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The next decade was a whirlwind. There is one set of patrons, however, whose memory haunts the couple to this day: In the weeks after they first went into business in the s, a group of eight gay teenagers came to the restaurant every Sunday.

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Soon after meeting, they moved in together. Mike had recently moved to the city and was looking for community.

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By Jamal Jordan. I was sent as his guardian angel. After our first meeting, I posted a snippet of their story and a portrait to Twitter, where it went viral and still pops up in random posts from time to time.

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Until I met Mike and Phil. About US is a forum to explore issues of race and identity in the United States.

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Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary action — Joseph Beam.


I was a few weeks into my job at The New York Times when I realized I was never taught how to love another gay, black man.


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