But he actually spoiled all of us. People who did not get to meet Glenn are tellingme they wish they knew him. They do know him. We all know him through hisfilms and his TV appearances. I mean, Glenn was pretty much the characters heportrayed.Glenn was not afraid of death and he often commented on the deaths of others.At one time he had to speak at the funeral of a friend and he was somewhatuncomfortable doing it. Glenn, I now understand your reservations about thatmoment.After the unexpected death of actress Natasha Richardson last year Glenn wroteabout just how fragile our existence is. He wrote I feel awkward in making acelebrity death seem more or worse than the constant circle of life and death thatgoes on around us every day. Its just that her death brings into such sharp focushow vulnerable we all are.Glenns death brings that vulnerability into focus as well. But he wouldnt wanthis own death to be blown out of proportion either. But he would want thisservice to be entertaining, I believe.
uring the years I knew Glenn, we took part in several events that promoted gayequality. He rode in the Alabama Stonewall
emocrats truck in the Pride Parade.He took part in a protest against an ex-gay ministry that attempts to pray the gayaway. And he spoke at some gay-straight alliance meetings. After the ex-gayprotest I think he really realized that kids are still suffering and being put throughmental anguish, something he had dealt with in the past, but had not reallyrealized was still going on, until that day. He wrote, An image that will alwaysstay with me is that of a young teenager being driven by what seemed to be hisparents, (to the church). He slowly raised his hand and, hidden from those in thefront seat of the car, waved at us as he was being driven into the all day seminar.His sad face haunts me. I have been there. My prayers are with him.Glenn often spoke; and wrote; about the love that his family members showedhim; his grandmothers and his mother and his siblings. But he would also talkabout his love for them and his concerns when there was a problem, large or