B.Michael was a stand for Queer Women, and understood that meant putting his money where his mouth was. With other Queer men, he co-organized a (more or less) annual event designed to both raise money for the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and to raise visibility of the often unsung contributions of fierce sisters in the community.
In 2000, though committed to making the event a success, B.Michael was in the midst of frightening side effects as a result of HIV medications and had to step back. He wrote the note below to fellow-organizer Mitchell Karp. It would have been special to hear the poem he was working on in its entirety.
B.Michael was a staunch supporter of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. On December 1, 1996, B.Michael and six other brothers, organized the first Brothers for Sisters fundraising event in New York City. In the above photo, (L-R) Michael Seltzer (standing), Don Kao, Mitchell Karp, B.Michael, Lidell Jackson, Ralph Tachuk, John Manzon-Santos (standing).
Artists G. Winston James and What I Miss? contributor Jacquie Bishop generously donated their time as special guests.
Below is the same post-event scene as above, snapped a millisecond later, enough time for B.Michael to cock his head slightly; also B.Michael with Steven Birnbaum, one of the evening’s guests, a new contact brought in by Don Kao.