When cancer takes away his young son Jason, it all but destroys Raphael, sending him into a deep depression. He drives away his partner, Warren, who helped raise Jason and ultimately he loses his home and business. He ends up living on the streets, in a sort of limbo of grief, where he splits his time between a homeless shelter and his son’s grave. After nearly a year of this non-existence, Raphael meets Brian, a young boy around Jason’s age who was thrown out of his home when he came out as gay.
I’ve found myself thinking a lot lately about the concept of family. Not the so-called ‘traditional’ family, with a mother, father and 2.3 children, a concept I don’t think has existed in reality since the 1970s. No, I’m talking about the families some gay men manage to find or create for themselves. Not the ‘Modern Family’ family of husband, husband and adopted third-world orphan, but a true extended family with not only a couple, but brothers, aunts and uncles too.