Sustaining The Audre Lorde Project (ALP) for years to come requires passion, commitment, and planning on the part of a broad collective of individuals. One of ALP’s founding board officers, B.Michael Hunter — whom we knew as Bert — embodied all three of these values and encouraged the community that is ALP to support its mission-critical work by 1) making regular financial gifts to ALP and 2) drawing up our wills, no matter how little or much we perceive we have.
John Manzon-Santos happened upon this brand of cologne, which he believes he either gave to B.Michael (born April 15) as a gag gift, or came across after his death. It became the perfect amphora in which to send to Colin Robinson some of B.Michael’s ashes for scattering off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago. Colin later reported that, after snapping the above photo and dispersing the ashes that day at Maracas Beach, the bottle got swept away along with a brand new coveted pair of eyeglasses. Colin later wondered if B.Michael was playing a trick on him!
This piece by Colin Robinson was originally published in Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Writing — the third Other Countries volume.
Lavender Light, the Black and People of All Colors Lesbian and Gay Gospel Choir, honorably included B.Michael on page 4 of their concert program.2001F02-Lavender-Light-BMH-memorial