The relationships were not (necessarily) consecutive. They braided. They interwove. They were simultaneous. (Several times I saw Gary in the morning and Arly and/or Tommy in the afternoon.) These relationships did not annoy or in any way distress the man I was living with—because they had their limits. They were not the central relationships of my life. They made that central relationship richer, however, by relieving it of many anxieties.

Samuel R. Delany
Bryce Wilner

Samuel R. Delany, Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1999) (New York University Press, 2019), p. 57.