Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Friday, April 17, 2015

Richmond Arce - u'Cumbe


"I'm only 30 years old and I've lost 30 friends in the last 8 years to Aids, suicide, cancer and other sad things. I'm way too young to have lost so many people I love. That is why I live with joy.
That's why I try to live without regret...for them. My high school saying, much to the dismay of the staff at Island Christian, was ' I'd rather regret having done something than regret not doing anything at all.'
I love working here with the great people at uCĂșmbe, but if I could do my dream thing it would be to have a show horse farm in Kentucky. I lease a horse with a friend that we keep at the Horse Barn down here. Islamorada is a great place though and I'm thankful for all my family and friends here. We are 5 generations deep here. It will always be home.
It was kind of tough going to Island Christian.I spent a lot of time in the Counselor's office. With my flamboyance and over the top personality, I didn't fit the mold and refused to. I remember one day we were having lessons on how a marriage should be like the man should work and make money and the woman should stay home with the children. I asked them what about if you don't have children, shouldn't you both work? Back to the counselors office.
The happiest time in my life was when I moved to Key West for a while and was a female impersonator no less. But, the freedom of finally being who I was, was just so liberating. I paid a price for it though with fractured relationships especially with my family. The other happiest moment of my life was reuniting with my family and their acceptance and love. Love does win out if you let it."

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