I remember well the street talk and the reality of her launch. From the tall skinny basketball player wearing a *Labrys pin to the near skeleton figure forgetting her lyrics on stage. A harrowing story of a world famous artist forced to stay in the closet by her family and her record company President. Her longest relationship was with her "assistant." Robin. It was Bobby Brown, husband and sniff partner who finally put his foot down and shouted: "Robin has to go." And Robin with dignity and sadness knowing somehow bad what was going to happen to Whitney, left. Addiction destroys relationships,
*The Labrys, or double-bladed ax comes from the goddess Demeter (Artemis). It was originally used in battle by Scythian Amazon warriors. The Amazons ruled with a dual-queen system, and were known to be ferocious and merciless in battle, but just and fair once victorious Rites associated with the worship of Demeter are believed to have involved lesbian sex. Today, the labrys has become a symbol of lesbian and feminist strength and self-sufficiency.