I first heard about this story soon after it happened. I hoped the man would survive being attacked, but sadly he did not. The funeral is today.
Anthony Anthos, a 72-year-old gay man whose great dream was to light the Michigan State Capitol dome in red, white and blue each Fourth of July, was helping a wheelchair-bound friend through the snow when a fellow bus rider irked with his singing, spouting gay slurs, bludgeoned him from behind with a metal pipe.
Anthos lingered, paralyzed from the neck down, for 10 days before dying.
A big crowd is expected at Tuesday’s visitation and Wednesday’s funeral in Center Line, Michigan, which is being funded by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.