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April 25, 2015

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"The risk involved in these kinds of meetups probably heightened the excitement."

'Probably'? What evidence do you base this observation on? As a gay man - and like most gay men over the age of 30 - I can tell you, the social torture most of us endure from a young age does not make it "exciting" to seek out fulfillment for how we were born, and there is little question he was deeply torn by his feelings for his wife and the reality of his bisexuality. I think you have an extremely ignorant grasp of the reality of being a man in David's situation and you might want to rethink your 'probablies' and adjust them more to evidence and less to biases.

I don't think it's fair to assume that Messerschmitt was drawn to the danger of these encounters. or even that many of his encounters were dangerous. There were condoms in the room where he died, and he also appears to have had a number of regular partners.

He seems to have been a man caught between his desires and what he thought society and those closest to him expected of him. My heart goes out to his family and friends, of course. But my heart also goes out to David, who seemed to feel that gay life in the shadows was all he could aspire to in 2015.

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