Today would've been Freddie Mercury's 64th birthday. I wonder what sort of awesome songs he would've written given more time. I wish HIV drugs would've been more advanced when he was sick. I can only imagine what suffering through HIV and AIDS would be like. Somehow he kept making music and videos almost until he died despite how ill he was.
I remember I was super obsessed with Freddie Mercury from the time I was 12 until around the time I was 18. My obsession had to be put on a back burner when I had my daughters, but it was always lurking in my mind.
I had an AIDS awareness ribbon and the name Freddie put on my high school class ring. Unfortunately I don't know where that ring is now, since Celest sneaked into my closet, took my ring (among other things), and lost it.
One particular memory about my ring still sticks out in my mind. A girl from my grade in high school (that I'd known since first grade) decided to go around telling people that I shoved my ring in her face, showing it off I suppose. She went on to say something like, "Why would someone want a dead fag's name on their class ring?"
For starters, I'm not really one to brag about belongings. And I don't shove things in people's faces. As I recall she asked to see the ring and I showed it to her. Whatever comment she made at that time wasn't anything out of the ordinary, but I'm certain she didn't say anything to my face about fags.
It really pissed me off for several reasons. First, she lied about how she saw my ring and the fact that I was "shoving" it in people's faces. Second, that she called Freddie Mercury was a "dead fag". Third, that she later acted like she didn't say or do anything to me that would call for me being upset with her.
I know I grew up in a pretty close-minded and bigoted area, but thinking back on all of the stupid crap people did and said makes me both sad and sick. I'm not trying to pretend that I didn't say and do my fair share of ignorant, bigoted things. I did. But I've since changed, and I try to be a decent, open-minded person. I see that many people I went to school with haven't changed that much, by the stupid comments they've made and ignorant conversations I've had with them.
Anyway, back to Freddie Mercury. He was an awesome singer and human being. Happy birthday to him, wherever he is.