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Beautiful, Christmas, and Crying: "Freddie didn't announce publicly that he had AIDS until the day before he died in 1991. Although he was flamboyant onstage-an electric front man on par with Bowie and Jagger-he was an intensely private man offstage. But Freddie told me he had AIDS soon after he was diagnosed in 1987.I was devastated. I'd seen what the disease had done to so many of my other friends. I knew exactly what it was going to do to Freddie. As did he. He knew death, agonizing death, was coming. But Freddie was incredibly courageous. He kept up appearances, he kept performing with Queen, and he kept being the funny, outrageous, and profoundly generous person he had always been. As Freddie deteriorated in the late 1980s and early '90s, it was almost too much to bear. It broke my heart to see this absolute light unto the world ravaged by AIDS. By the end, his body was covered with Kaposi's sarcoma lesions. He was almost blind. He was too wealk to even stand. By all rights, Freddie should have spent those final days concerned only with his own comfort. But that wasn't who he was. He truly lived for others. Freddie had passed on November 24, 1991, and weelks after the funeral, I was still grieving. On Christmas Day, I learned that Freddie had left me one final testament to his selflessness. I was moping about when a friend showed up at my door and handed me something wrapped in a pillowcase. I opened it up, and inside was a painting by one of my favorite artists, the British painter Henry Scott Tuke. And there was a note from Freddie. Years before Freddie and I had developed pet names for each other, our drag-queen alter egos. I was Sharon, and he was Melina. Freddie's note read, "Dear Sharon, thought you'd like this. Love, Melina. Happy Christmas." I was overcome, forty-four years old at the time, crying like a child. Here was this beautiful man, dying from AIDS, and in his final days, he had somehow managed to find me a lovely Christmas present. As sad as that moment was, it's often the one I think about when I remember Freddie, because it captures the character of the man. In death, he reminded me of what made him so special in life." -Sir Elton John Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End ofAIDS soundsof71: Elton John on Freddie Mercury.  (I’m not posting this less to correct the timeline portrayed in Bohemian Rhapsody, which I mostly really enjoyed, than simply to share a beautiful story that shines light on who Freddie actually was, up to the very end.)

soundsof71: Elton John on Freddie Mercury.  (I’m not posting this less to correct the timeline portrayed in Bohemian Rhapsody, which I most...

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Beautiful, Christmas, and Crying: "Freddie didn't announce publicly that he had AIDS until the day before he died in 1991. Although he was flamboyant onstage-an electric front man on par with Bowie and Jagger-he was an intensely private man offstage. But Freddie told me he had AIDS soon after he was diagnosed in 1987.I was devastated. I'd seen what the disease had done to so many of my other friends. I knew exactly what it was going to do to Freddie. As did he. He knew death, agonizing death, was coming. But Freddie was incredibly courageous. He kept up appearances, he kept performing with Queen, and he kept being the funny, outrageous, and profoundly generous person he had always been. As Freddie deteriorated in the late 1980s and early '90s, it was almost too much to bear. It broke my heart to see this absolute light unto the world ravaged by AIDS. By the end, his body was covered with Kaposi's sarcoma lesions. He was almost blind. He was too wealk to even stand. By all rights, Freddie should have spent those final days concerned only with his own comfort. But that wasn't who he was. He truly lived for others. Freddie had passed on November 24, 1991, and weelks after the funeral, I was still grieving. On Christmas Day, I learned that Freddie had left me one final testament to his selflessness. I was moping about when a friend showed up at my door and handed me something wrapped in a pillowcase. I opened it up, and inside was a painting by one of my favorite artists, the British painter Henry Scott Tuke. And there was a note from Freddie. Years before Freddie and I had developed pet names for each other, our drag-queen alter egos. I was Sharon, and he was Melina. Freddie's note read, "Dear Sharon, thought you'd like this. Love, Melina. Happy Christmas." I was overcome, forty-four years old at the time, crying like a child. Here was this beautiful man, dying from AIDS, and in his final days, he had somehow managed to find me a lovely Christmas present. As sad as that moment was, it's often the one I think about when I remember Freddie, because it captures the character of the man. In death, he reminded me of what made him so special in life." -Sir Elton John Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End ofAIDS soundsof71: Elton John on Freddie Mercury.  (I’m not posting this less to correct the timeline portrayed in Bohemian Rhapsody, which I mostly really enjoyed, than simply to share a beautiful story that shines light on who Freddie actually was, up to the very end.)

soundsof71: Elton John on Freddie Mercury.  (I’m not posting this less to correct the timeline portrayed in Bohemian Rhapsody, which I most...

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Anaconda, Anime, and Bad: MASTERPOST OF LITERALLY EVERYTHING baku: ever wanted to do some stuff? like, different stuff? tired of having to scroll through your huge ref tag? LOOK NO FURTHER!! Have a masterpost of LITERALLY EVERYTHING which took me 5 hours to make so reblog it Art: Painting tutorial Female/male arms Kneeling + Sitting ref Dragon head view tutorial SAI brushes 86786 Drawing expressions Sai Brushes 1 NGE colour palette 1 100+ colour palletes Avoiding same face Face contours/highlighting  free art MyPaint Body anatomy help 1 How to shift images using blur in PS Drawing clothe folding How to draw ice Colour palette 1 Colour palette 2 SAI brush settings 2 SAI/PS pixel brushes Warm/Cool gray Flower crown tutorial Skin colour palette Pink colour sheet How to draw buttsthighs The male torso Drawing glowing stuff in SAI Drawing horse/animal legs on humans Drawing clouds Muscular male with bow stock photos Pastel colours Drawing grass fields in SAI ExpressionsLegs All about the human body 20+ colour palettes  Colour conversion Kissing ref Creature design  Colour meanings Creating expression Tutorial masterpost (100+) Lineart Canine How to colour Pose studies Feline comparisons How to draw penis Leaf pressing 100+ anatomy references  How to draw folds SAI brushes 3 Sitting poses Colour palette 4 Cloud painting How to draw 3D rooms Colour info Colouring ref Hair tutorial Clothing ref Bodies and poses SAI brushes 5 Colour scheme designer Folding ref HeadsAngles  Paint tool SAI masterpost Drawing ref masterpost (10+) Hair+Fur How to draw faces SAI brushes 4 Anatomy of mutant humans What should I draw? Free art software pastel colour ref Mass art ref Soft SAI brushes ways to draw stuff SAI brush settings baseball cap ref Penis ref Drawing human wings Cool free art software Huge art ref Colour blender 2 SAI brushes Photoshop for free  Writing: Inspiration 1 Instead of ‘whispered’ Music for writing fight scenes Writing fantasy Emotions vocab sheet How to reveal character Writers block resource Writing a death scene BIO help Music to help you write Writing prompt generators Got writers block? How to torture a character Degrees of emotion ULTIMATE writing ref, 500+ Character names Body language 25 days of fic HOW TO DRAW ANYTHING Writing people of colour nanowrimo start kit character flaws General:  Becoming an adult masterpost cute OTP things Resource masterpost For bored people Anime + Manga recs how to make a blanket nest Getting an apartment what should i read next? If you’re bored Delete tourists from photos Cute pet nicknames Family tree explained  Pulling an all nighter  masterpost of themes/pixels/emoticons List of demon names Demons Deities in the bible Moss graffiti  Types of attraction Trampoline = outside bed College textbooks God masterpost Creepypasta OTP necklaces Super silky summer legs Plastic keychains How to write cover letters make music on itunes sound great Documentarys  Classic lit Makeup: Black/gold ref 1 Cosplay eye makeup Halloween eye gore makeup (tw eye gore) Rotting skin halloween makeup Eyeliner ref bloody halloween nails Gender: Getting gender-neutral pronouns on facebook Backgrounds: Pokemon mystery dungeons iphone Ghosty backgrounds  Themes/pixel/backgrounds Clothing:  1000+ everything clothing ref Awesome jackets Cheer up/Be happy If you’re having a bad night Movies to watch when you’re down Confidence Sowing: 8ft giant squid pattern Food: Cheeseburger cupcakes Deep-dish cookie for one Exercise:  Burning stomach fat Games: PokéRadar guide Play pokémon games online Pkmn Shiny hunting guide Animal crossing new leaf face/hair guide Free RPG games Mental health: Talking about your mental health
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Birthday, Life, and Love: LOCAL GIRL S When you surprise your little sister on her 11th birthday with everything drag queen related 😂 including a life size @rupaulofficial !! birthday love sister

When you surprise your little sister on her 11th birthday with everything drag queen related 😂 including a life size @rupaulofficial !! birt...

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