Orlando and My First Gay Friend

Jay, born Jacob, was my first gay friend. We met soon after my divorce and his relationship breakup We were both rudderless as we navigated our personal storms. While displaced from the coupled world and uncomfortable in the single world, we found our friendship to be the perfect solution. With a wine glass in hand, we shared our stories, our heartache and our loneliness. Sometimes we went to the movies together. Sometimes, we sat in front of the television set and watched the early episodes of Seinfeld laughing all the way to the O’Henry ending. On quiet nights, he would call me out of the blue, “So what are you doing tonight? Can I come over?” He had an uncanny intuitiveness about m

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