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Updated 11:30 AM: Happy Birthday Miss M!: The Birthday Dance
Also Remember It’s World AIDS Day

Happy Birthday to the one and only, Bette Midler, The Divine Miss M! While most other stars seem to fade, yours continues to radiate brighter and more beautiful with each coming year. May you forever shine!

Now, my dear Miss M, I know we were supposed to keep this secret, but the world needed to see our divine encounter tonight. Yes, I was a little tipsy, but thank you for letting me have a birthday dance with you (however, the BetteHeads made me do it, just in case you’re mad about me visiting so late!). I really hope Martin didn’t mind us locking him in the bathroom while we did our little jig. Maybe this can become a yearly ritual????

The Birthday Dance
starring Miss M and introducing, Mister D

Love, Mister D

PS: Not to take away from the celebration of Bette’s birthday, but today is also World AIDS Day. I worked in the trenches for 5 years as a caseworker and counselor at the AIDS clinic in Pensacola. This was about 17 years ago. Yes, it was sad, but I began to see so many positives in the human spirit. The desire to make things better and to find a cure. We’ve come a long way since I worked there, but we still have such a long way to go as well…stay aware and get active in the struggle to find a cure. Manny from Australia wrote me a message…it was short, elegant, and to the point, and I hope he doesn’t mind me sharing this with you:

Just before I go, I know that December 1st is Bette’s Birthday, but it is also world AIDS day. It has been 25 years since the virus came about, 25 years of incredible losses of friends, family and loved ones. 25 years, it still feels like yesterday when we first heard about this heinous disease. While we take time out to think of Bette on her birthday and our loved ones who are no longer with us, we should all take the opportunity to also celebrate life and hope for a much brighter future, a brighter future that one day soon a cure will come along, so that world AIDS day is no longer a day of sorrow for so many, but a day of happiness for all. – Manny

Thank you Manny!

Love, Mister D

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10 thoughts on “Updated 11:30 AM: Happy Birthday Miss M!: The Birthday Dance
Also Remember It’s World AIDS Day

  1. Hi All!

    Dear Bette,

    I’m not sure if my little Birthday wish will get to you, but I just wanted to say Thank you, for all the years of laughter, tears and music. You have always been there for me in times of doubt and uncertainness, when things were changing, you were always there with a smile, a joke and a song. You taught me that it was alright to be who I am and that being Gay is nothing to be ashamed of. You are a true inspiration to so many people.

    Happy Birthday to the one and only “Divine Miss M!”

    Dear Don!

    Thank you so much for posting my small note, I just hope that it brings hope to those who have read it.

    Big Hugz!

    Manny

    Sydney Australia

    XXX

  2. ooh and hope everybody remembered to wear red for world aids day today!! and i hope everybody watched the 46664 concert (not sure if it airs where you live)

  3. my sweet angel. you my little 5’one baby divine, you are having holiday at home. home NYC. you cook. you clean. you are reading. you. you little crazy lovely. i wish you. i wish that any dream you may not have already had come true. be true. but bette. you are getting a wonderful package. a mailing that has been waiting to send for my divine. you will smile your ass off. and the handwriting from my grama will make you weep too. you get to vegas. you go. because you are burlesque. this is burlesque. feather sequin saver for the big show. well february. we cant wait. oh my god. here it comes. the single most important broad since mama rose. happy new york home holiday my dear. we love you more. we wish you love. we wish you to have the time of your life. and you aint ever you showgirl going away. never ever. cool? yule? with you. all my love. robert.

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