Born in 1925 in South Dakota, Boyd McDonald entered Harvard as a high-school dropout after serving in the army in World War II: "I was a pioneer high school dropout," he writes, "leaving school to play badly in a bad traveling dance band. I was drafted into the Army, graduated from Harward and came to New York, where my principal activity was taking advantage of the city's public sexual recreation facilities.
Allen Barnett is the author of The Body and Its Dangers and Other Stories (1990), a collection of short stories unlikely to be surpassed for its depiction of gay life at the height of the AIDS pandemic. His stories are distinguished for their meditations upon the gay body in time, and by their consciousness of how the past both clashes with and informs the present.
Christopher Cox (1949-1990), an editor, author, actor, director, and producer, was born August 27, 1949, in Gadsden, Alabama, to Howard R. Cox, a prominent banker, and Dorothy Trusler Cox. His birth name was Howard Raymond Cox Jr., and his family and childhood friends called him Ray throughout his life. He graduated from Emma Sansom High School, as did his brother Timothy, and sisters Carol and Nancy.
Darrell Yates Rist, a writer and co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, died on December 23, 1993, in St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He was 45 and lived in Manhattan.His companion, Robert M. Cataldo, said he died from an AIDS-related illness.He championed the cause of gay rights in his writings. His last book was "Heartlands: A Gay Man's Odyssey Across America" (Dutton, 1992).
George Stambolian (born April 10, 1938 – December 22, 1991, New York) was an American educator, writer, and editor of Armenian descent. Stambolian was a key figure in the early gay literary movement that came out of New York during the 1960s and 1970s. He was best known as the editor of the Men on Men anthologies of gay fiction.
Essex Hemphill (1957 – 1995) was an American poet and activist. He was a 1993 Pew Fellowships in the Arts.Poet, editor, and activist Essex Hemphill was born April 16, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised in Southeast Washington, DC, and began to write poems at the age of fourteen. He was educated at the University of Maryland.Hemphill's first books were the self-published chapbooks Earth Life (1985) and Conditions (1986).
David Barish Feinberg (November 25, 1956 - November 2, 1994) was an American writer and AIDS activist.Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Feinberg grew up in Syracuse, New York. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, majoring in mathematics and studying creative writing with novelist John Hersey, graduating in 1977.
Peter Gregory McGehee (October 6, 1955 - September 13, 1991) was an American-born Canadian novelist, dramatist and short story writer.Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Frank Thomas and Julia Ann May McGehee, Peter moved with his family to Little Rock when he was six. He was the second of three children. McGehee played the trombone at Parkview High School in Little Rock where he graduated in 1973.
Douglas Wilson (1950-1992) was a Canadian gay activist, graduate student, publisher and writer born in Saskatchewan. In 1975, he gained prominence in a fight for gay rights with the University of Saskatchewan. The University's Dean of the College of Education refused to allow Wilson into the school system to supervise practice teachers because of his public involvement with the gay liberation movement.
Guy Hocquenghem (3 December 1946 – 28 August 1988) was a French writer and queer theorist.Guy Hocquenghem was born in the suburbs of Paris and was educated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. At the age of fifteen he began an affair with his high school philosophy teacher, René Scherer. They remained lifelong friends. His participation in the May 1968 student rebellion in France formed his allegiance to the Communist Party, which later expelled him because of his homosexuality.
Jay B. Laws passed away on Nov. 9, 1992, at age 34.Author and playwright, he won awards for his play A Night for Colored Glass and his first novel, Steam.
Ian Stephens (died March 22, 1996) was a Canadian poet, journalist and musician from Montreal, best known as one of the major Canadian voices in the spoken word movement of the 1990s. Most of his work focused on his experiences living with AIDS. In the late 1980s, Stephens released an album with the short-lived band Disappointed a Few People. In 1992, Stephens released a spoken word CD, Wining Dining and Drilling, which featured his poetry with a punk rock-influenced musical backing.
Melvin Dixon (1950-October 26, 1992) was an American Professor of Literature, and an author, poet and translator. He wrote about black gay men.Born in Stamford, Connecticut, he earned a BA from Wesleyan University in 1971 and a PhD from Brown University in 1975.In 1989, Trouble the Water won the Charles H. and N. Mildred Nilon Excellence in Minority Fiction Award.He was a Professor of Literature at Queens College from 1980 until his death, at age 42.
Alanson Russell "Lance" Loud (June 26, 1951 – December 22, 2001) was an American magazine columnist and new wave rock-n-roll performer. Loud is best known for his 1973 appearance in An American Family, a pioneer reality television series that featured his coming out, leading to his status as an icon in the gay community.Loud was born in La Jolla, California, while his father was in the United States Navy.
Jon-Henri Damski (March 31, 1937 – November 1, 1997) was an American essayist, weekly columnist, poet and community activist in Chicago's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities from the mid to late 1970s until the late 1990s. At the time of his death, Damski was the longest-running columnist published in the American gay and lesbian press, having written for publication every week from November 8, 1977 until November 12, 1997.
Michael Callen (April 11, 1955 - December 27, 1993) was a singer, songwriter, composer, author, and AIDS activist. He was a significant architect of the response to the AIDS crisis in the United States.First diagnosed with "Gay related immune deficiency" (GRID) in 1982, Callen quickly became a leader in the response to the epidemic.
Reinaldo Arenas (July 16, 1943 – December 7, 1990) was a Cuban poet, novelist, and playwright who despite his early sympathy for the 1959 revolution, grew critical of and then rebelled against the Cuban government.Arenas was born in the countryside, in the northern part of the Province of Oriente, Cuba, and later moved to the city of Holguín.
Richard Barr (6 September 1917 – 9 January 1989) was an award-winning American theater director and producer. He served as the president of the League of American Theatres and Producers from 1967 until his death.Richard Barr was born on 6 September 1917 in Washington, D.C. under the name Richard Baer to parents David Alphonse Baer and Ruth Nanette Israel. In 1938, he graduated from Princeton University, where he had acted in various plays.
Scott McPherson (October 13, 1959 Columbus, Ohio - November 7, 1992 Chicago) was an American playwright.He was one of the first openly gay, HIV-positive American artists, a renowned playwright and accomplished actor. He was the author of the critically acclaimed play Marvin’s Room, later made into a film. Born in 1959, he died of AIDS complications in 1992.
Robert Chesley (March 22, 1943, Jersey City, New Jersey – December 5, 1990, San Francisco, California) was a playwright, theater critic and musical composer.Between 1965-75 Chesley composed the music to over five dozen songs and choral works, chiefly to texts by poets such as Emily Dickinson, Willa Cather, James Agee, Walter de la Mare, Gertrude Stein and Walt Whitman. His instrumental works include the score to a 1972 film by Erich Kollmar.
Steven Corbin, son of Warren Leroy Corbin and Yvonne O’Hare, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on 3 October 1953. After high school he attended Essex County College for two years. He then studied at the University of Southern California’s film school from 1975 to 1977 but never completed the degree. After leaving film school, Corbin supported himself by working as a secretary and also as a taxi driver while at the same time immersing himself in reading fiction, especially black fiction.
Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev (17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993) was a Russian dancer, considered one of the most celebrated ballet dancers of the 20th century. Nureyev's artistic skills explored expressive areas of the dance, providing a new role to the male ballet dancer who once served only as support to the women.In 1961 he defected to the West, despite KGB efforts to stop him. According to KGB archives studied by Peter Watson, Nikita Khrushchev personally signed an order to have Nureyev killed.
Steve Abbott (1943-1992) was a Nebraska-born poet, author, cartoonist and critic of primarily LGBT literature. He was also a highly regarded editor. Abbott edited the Bay Area periodical Poetry Flash for many years and the influential SOUP Magazine. In SOUP, he coined the term "New Narrative" to describe the work of Bay Area writers Robert Gluck and Bruce Boone and, with Boone, he organized the historic Left/Write conference in 1981.
John Fox (d. August 14, 1990, aged thirty-eight) was an American novelist and short-story writer. His most famous, successful and influential novel, The Boys on the Rock, detailed the coming out and falling in love of a homosexual teenage swimmer by the name of Billy Connors.Fox was born in the Pelham Bay area of the Bronx (where Connors's life is set) and graduated from both Cardinal Hayes High School and Lehman College.He died of AIDS-related complications in his Manhattan home in 1990.
Don Amador (October 23, 1942 - August 13, 1992) served in the U.S. Navy. He was aide to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, and later he was a candidate for the California State Assembly in 1977, and for the Los Angeles City Council in 1980. Los Angeles Community College professor and gay activist, Amador developed one of the nation's first accredited college courses in gay studies.His papers are held at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. Don Amador with Harvey Milk.
Tommy Nutter (17 April 1943– 17 August 1992), was a British tailor, famous for reinventing the Savile Row suit in the 1960s.Born in Barmouth, Merioneth, he was raised in Edgware, Middlesex, where his father owned a local High Street Cafe. After the family moved to Kilburn, Nutter and his brother David attended Willesden Technical College. Nutter initially studied plumbing, and then architecture, but he abandoned both aged 19 to study tailoring at the Tailor and Cutter Academy.
Warren Casey (April 20, 1935 - November 8, 1988) was an American theatre composer, lyricist, writer, and actor. He is best known for being the writer and composer, with Jim Jacobs of the stage and film musical Grease.Born on April 20, 1935 in Yonkers, New York to Peter L., a steamfitter, and Signe, a nurse, (Ginman) Casey. Casey received his Fine Arts Degree from the Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts in 1957.
Dave Catney was a jazz pianist who was named 1993 Jazz Artist of the Year by the Houston Jazz Festival.Houston, Texas-based Dave Catney was one of the most gifted pianists in jazz history. Along with superb compositions and recordings, Dave left an indelible mark upon the jazz scene by transforming Cezanne, a Houston piano bar, into one of the finest jazz clubs in the country, where one could regularly hear some of the greatest jazz talent on the planet.
Billy Wilson was a director and an Emmy-award-winning choreographer of PBS's Zoom. Also choreographed Bubbling Brown Sugar.Billy Wilson, the director and choreographer of "Bubbling Brown Sugar" and other Broadway musicals, died on August 14, 1994, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. He was 59 and lived in Teaneck, N.J.The cause was AIDS, said his daughter, Alexis Wilson.
Ian & Marcel was founded in 1979 by two Canadians – Ian H. Cooper (1946-1992) and Marcel B. Aucoin (1951-1991). Both trained in Canada, they met in 1976 in Toronto, where Ian was studying Fashion Desing at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute and Marcel Home and Textile Design at Sheridan School of Design. They moved to London in the late 1970s, where Cooper completed a masters degree in fashion at the St Martins School of Art.
Michael Douglas Peters (August 6, 1948 – August 29, 1994) was an American choreographer.Peters was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in New York City to an African American father and Jewish mother. His first major breakthrough came when he did choreography for Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" in 1975.
Walter Raines, dancer and teacher, was a charter member of the Dance Theater of Harlem and artistic director of its school. He died on August 28, 1994, at his home in Manhattan. He was 54.The cause was AIDS, said Jeffrey Hankinson, his cousin.Mr. Raines was a classical ballet dancer of an elegance so unyielding that he could stand on his hands for two minutes, or so it seemed in Arthur Mitchell's "Biosfera," without losing his distinguished look.
Miguel Godreau, a former lead dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, died on August 29, 1996, at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. He was 49 and lived in Manhattan.The cause was AIDS, said a friend, Penny Frank.Small and wiry, Mr. Godreau danced with a burning, sensuous intensity that earned him the nickname ''the black Nureyev.'' He danced in musicals before joining the Ailey company in 1965, and had a Broadway dancer's knack for selling choreography.
Michael Stuart Shere was a theatrical-lighting designer whose work includes the L.A. production of Present Laughter. He was also a playwright.Michael Stuart Shere, an award-winning set and lighting designer for more than 25 years, died at the age of 47 on August 28, 1994, in Los Angeles of complications of AIDS.His work on the Noel Coward play "Present Laughter" earned him Drama-Logue awards for sets and lighting.
Dorian Corey (circa 1937 – 29 August 1993) was an American drag queen and performer who notably featured in Jennie Livingston's 1990 documentary about the ball culture of New York City, Paris Is Burning.Corey grew up in Buffalo, New York. After studying at the Parsons The New School for Design, Corey toured in the 1960s in the Pearl Box Revue, a cabaret drag act. Dorian was a member of the Pearl Box Revue, a group of night club performers managed by Jay Joyce.
Charles Horne was an American playwright. His credits include the AIDS drama The Smoking Room and the documentary Our Sisters Are Dying.Charles Horne, a playwright who detailed his battle against AIDS for a Syracuse newspaper, died here on September 2, 1994, at Community-General Hospital. He was 48.The cause was AIDS, after he suffered a stroke several weeks ago that left him paralyzed, the hospital said.
Christopher Coe (1954 - 6 September 1994, Manhattan, NYC) was an American novelist.Christopher Coe was born in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania, in 1954 but moved as an infant with his family to Portland, Oregon. Intentionally vague regarding his personal history, he had claimed that, until his parents died in his teen years, "his father was the owner and administrator of a sanitorium for disturbed Eskimoes; his mother ran a charm school".
James F. Jacobs was an American dancer and interior designer. He was a featured soloist with the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater from 1977 to 1982.He died on September 3, 1994, at Cabrini Medical Center. He was 42 and lived in Manhattan.The cause was AIDS, said Annabella Gonzalez, a friend and choreographer with whom Mr. Jacobs danced.
James Tyeska was an Opera singer. His Credits include La Tragedie de Carmen and the role of Porgy with the Deutsche Oper Berlin.James Arnold Tyeska, II, a bass-baritone who was also a voice teacher at Sarah Lawrence College, died on September 5, 1993, at his home in New York City. He was 43. The cause was AIDS, his family said.Mr. Tyeska sang on the opera and concert stages.
Don Hall was an American songwriter. He organized Ads Against AIDS, which encouraged print and broadcast campaigns about the disease.Don Hall worked primarily as a studio musician, writing and recording songs for commercials. In the 1980s he also worked as a studio vocalist on many industrials and corporate projects with composer-writer-producer Mary Moreno.His last project, completed shortly before his death and still unreleased, was a recording of songs for children.
John Megna (November 9, 1952 – September 5, 1995) was an American actor whose Broadway success at the age of seven in 1960's All the Way Home led to his being cast as Charles Baker 'Dill' Harris, the toothy young summer visitor in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird.A half-brother of actress/singer/businesswoman Connie Stevens, Megna appeared in many television programs throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932 – September 12, 1992) was an American actor. Perkins was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his second film, Friendly Persuasion. He is best known for playing Norman Bates in Psycho. His other films include The Trial, Fear Strikes Out, Tall Story, The Matchmaker, Pretty Poison, and The Black Hole.Perkins was born in New York City, son of stage and film actor Osgood Perkins and his wife Janet Rane. He was five when his father died.
George Ashley, an arts administrator who worked with many of the leading figures of the New York avant-garde performance world, died on September 9, 1991, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 66 years old.He died of AIDS, said Rosemary Quinn of Performing Artservices, an arts management organization he joined 13 years ago.
Randall Fostvedt was a concert and record producer and artists representative. His corporate clients included Amnesty International and the Glenn Gould Foundation. He died on September 10, 1994, at St. Vincent's Hospital. He was 41 and lived in Manhattan.The cause was AIDS, said Vincent Wagner, a friend.Mr. Fostvedt represented many well-known performers, including Ivan Moravec, Albert Fuller, Rosalyn Tureck and Stephen Hough.
Robert Creel "Brad" Davis (November 6, 1949 – September 8, 1991) was an American actor, known for starring in the 1978 film Midnight Express.Born Robert Davis in Tallahassee, Florida to Welsh American Eugene Davis (a dentist whose career declined due to alcoholism) and his wife, Anne Davis, who was Irish American. His brother Gene is also an actor. According to an article in The New York Times published in 1987, Davis suffered physical abuse and sexual abuse at the hands of both parents.
Mark Jollie was a singer, dancer, music teacher, and later financial administrator of the New York City Opera.Mark Jollie, the financial administrator of the New York City Opera since 1987, died on September 9, 1993, at the New York University Medical Center. He was 41 years old and lived in Manhattan.Susan Woelzl, the spokeswoman for the New York City Opera, said that the cause was AIDS.Mr. Jollie was born in Montclair, N.J., and was a graduate of Trenton State College.
Oscar Moore (23 March 1960 – 12 September 1996) was a British journalist and the author of one novel, A Matter of Life and Sex, published in 1991 originally under the pseudonym Alec F. Moran (an anagram for roman à clef). He grew up in London and was educated at the independent Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, going on to read English at Pembroke College, Cambridge, graduating in 1982.
Jeff Wadlington was a dancer for the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York City from 1985 until his death. (Picture: Jeff Wadlington by Carolyn Jones)To dance is to live. Dancing connects me to God, myself, my fellow man, and most importantly, to life itself.Jeff Wadlington, who danced with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, died on Saturday at his home in Galisteo, N.M. He was 29.The cause was AIDS, said Nelson Bloncourt, his companion.
Hiram Ortiz was an hairstylist and makeup artist on stage shows (Madonna's Girlie Show) and films (Romeo is Bleeding).He died of complications from AIDS September 23, 1994, in Miami. He was 36. During his extensive career, Ortiz worked on such feature films as "Romeo Is Bleeding,""Zelly and Me,""Heart of Midnight" and "Pet Semetary." He did Talia Shire's hair and makeup in the "Rocky" films.
Michael Harvey was a real estate investor and theatrical producer who brought Sweet Bird of Youth and Happy End to Broadway.Michael Harvey, a theatrical producer and real estate investor, died on TSeptember 23, 1993, at his home in Manhattan. He was 49.The cause of death was AIDS, his companion, Theodore Dell, said.
Maurice McClelland was a producer and champion of New York's experimental stage, music, dance, and TV groups. In his last years devoted himself to the fight against AIDS. He died on September 19, 1993, at his home in Jersey City. He was 53.The cause was AIDS, a spokeswoman for the family said.Mr. McClelland founded the Space for Innovative Development in the 1960's to provide low-cost practice space for fledgling theater, music, dance and television groups in Manhattan.
Bruce Ferden was a symphony conductor. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1992 with the world premiere of Philip Glass' The Voyage. He died on September 19, 1993, at New York University Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 44 and lived in Manhattan.The cause was AIDS, said his companion, Frank Ream.
Robert C. Caviano, a founder of Lifebeat, the music industry's organization to fight AIDS, died on September 22, 1992, at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. He was 42 years old and lived in Manhattan.Mr. Caviano died of AIDS complications, said Frances Pennington, a spokeswoman for Lifebeat.
Rock Hudson (born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr., November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985), was an American film and television actor. Though widely known as a leading man in the 1950s & 60s (often starring in romantic comedies opposite Doris Day), Hudson is also recognized for dramatic roles in films such as Giant and Magnificent Obsession.
Victor Valentine directed "Little Shop of Horrors" on-stage in Philadelphia, Honolulu, Boston and Tokyo.Director/choreographer Victor Anthony Wilmes died October 1, 1992, at his home in Santa Monica of complications from AIDS. Known professionally as Victor Valentine, he was 40.Valentine began his professional career as an actor/dancer performing regionally in such shows as "Dames at Sea,""Cabaret" and "Romeo & Juliet." He went on to co-found Rainbow Children's Theater in Billings, Mont.
Geoffrey Burridge (1948 - 30 September 1987) was an English actor noted for his performances in theatre and television.On television, he appeared as Mark Proctor in early episodes of Emmerdale Farm and is also remembered for his guest appearance in Blake's 7, 1978, (as Dorian in the episode "Rescue"). He appeared in American Werewolf in London, 1981, as Harry Berman.
Paul Jabara (January 31, 1948 – September 29, 1992) was an American actor, singer, and songwriter of Lebanese ancestry. He wrote Donna Summer's "Last Dance" from Thank God It's Friday (1978) and Barbra Streisand's song "The Main Event/Fight" from The Main Event (1979). He cowrote the Weather Girls hit, "It's Raining Men" with Paul Shaffer. Jabara's cousin and close friend Jad Azkoul is also a Lebanese-American musician specialising in classical guitar.
Writer and story editor David Scott Richardson was a supervisor on The Simpsons, writer on The Flintstones (1994) and appeared in Lust for a Vampire (1971) as the second villager. He died of AIDS on September 29, 1992, in Los Angeles at 30.An MFA graduate playwright from Columbia University, Richardson was a story editor on the ABC sitcom "Family Matters." An episode he wrote entitled "The Quilt" won him an NAACP Image Award nomination.
Douglas A. Pagliotti was a production stage manager for the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. He died on September 27, 1994, at his home. He was 36 and lived in San Diego.The cause was AIDS, said Will Roberson, his companion.Mr. Pagliotti, a native of Santa Barbara, Calif., was a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in Santa Monica, Calif., and of Webster College in St. Louis.
Mason Wiley was coauthor of Inside Oscar with Damien Bona, and sometime contributor to Entertainment Weekly.Mason Wiley, 39, author and freelance writer, died on October 7, 1994, at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan.The cause was complications of AIDS, said his companion, Gilbert Cole.Mr. Wiley was a co-author, with Damian Bona, of "Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards" (Ballantine) and one of four authors of "The Official Preppy Handbook".
Kenneth Nelson (March 24, 1930 – October 7, 1993) was an American actor.Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Nelson appeared in several television series in the late 1940s, Captain Video and His Video Rangers and The Aldrich Family among them. He was cast in his first Broadway show, Seventeen, a musical adaptation of the Booth Tarkington novel that opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 21, 1951 and ran 182 performances.
Richard Charles Bollig was a musician and choral singer. He was an dance accompanist for Alvin Ailey and a singer with the New York Philharmonic. He died on October 6, 1994, at his home in Manhattan. He was 51.The cause was AIDS, said Susan Paul, a friend.Mr. Bollig was born in Sleepy Eye, Minn., and graduated from the University of Minnesota. In New York City, he accompanied the ballet classes of such notable teachers as Margaret Craske and Finus Jhung.
Michael Bender was one of the producers on "Beetlejuice" for Warner Bros. in 1988. He died on October 3, 1997, of AIDS complications at Tarzana Encino Hospital. He was 51.Bender began his career as an entertainment lawyer for WB and Avco Embassy. He later resigned from Warner Bros. to form a production company with partner Kim Friedman.
Denholm Mitchell Elliott, CBE (31 May 1922 – 6 October 1992) was an English film, television and theatre actor with over 120 film and television credits. In the 1980s, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in three consecutive years.Elliott was born in London, England, the son of Nina (née Mitchell) and Myles Laymen Farr Elliott. He attended Malvern College and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Daniel Krumholtz was born May 17, 1956 in Buffalo, New York, he died of complications due to AIDS on October 5, 1990 in the City of New York. He lived most of his life in Cleveland, Ohio where he was educated and recieved a degree in English and Art History form Kenyon College. He returned to New York in 1978. He made his living working for the Department of Human Resources for the City of New York. He lived with his lover, James Burke in Greenwhich Village, New York City until his death.
Bobby Michaels lived in Fort Lauderdale with hundreds – Nay! Thousands – of gorgeous, muscular men (most of them Marines) running around in his mind. Some were memories of sexual encounters, some were the characters from his many Nifty stories and Loose Id novels and some were characters from novels waiting to be written. So, though he lived alone, he was never lonely.
In his novels and short stories, plays, and critical writings, Richard Hall focused almost exclusively on issues of gay identity and community.Hall was born Richard Hirshfeld in New York City on November 26, 1926, into an extended family of transplanted Southern Jews. In 1934, his immediate family moved to the New York suburb of White Plains, where his mother became active in the Episcopal Church and he and his sister were baptized.
John Kobal (born Ivan Kobaly, 30 May 1940 – 28 October 1991) was an Austrian-born British based film historian responsible for The Kobal Collection, a commercial photograph library related to the film industry. (Picture: John Kobal by Andy Warhol, 1968)Kobal was born in Linz, Austria, but the family emigrated to Canada when Kobal was ten and settled in Ottawa.Kobal had a short-lived career as an actor in early 1960s London.
Paul Swift (August 18, 1934 — October 7, 1994) was an American film actor.Between 1970 and 1977 he appeared in roles in four of the early feature films directed by John Waters. He additionally appeared as himself in two documentary films.Swift's most notable role is his appearance as The Egg Man in Pink Flamingos (1972). Aside from that, he played mostly bit parts.Because of his work with Waters, Swift is considered one of the Dreamlanders, Waters's ensemble of regular cast and crew members.
One of the most wonderful and sharpest thorns in the rose garden of underground culture, Craig Lee, died at home last week of AIDS-related illness on October 8, 1991. He was 37. (Picture: Alice Bag and Craig Lee)Writer, critic, producer and musician, Craig roamed the outer extremities of the local alternative scene. Most people will remember his influence on Los Angeles music during the early days of the punk-rock movement. He was the controversial music editor of LA Weekly.
Manuel Ramos Otero (July 20, 1948 - October 7, 1990) was a Puerto Rican writer. He is widely considered to be the most important openly gay twentieth-century Puerto Rican writer who wrote in Spanish, and his work was often controversial due to its sexual and political content. Ramos Otero died in San Juan, Puerto Rico, due to complications from AIDS.
G. Luther Whitington was an arts and entertainment reporter for UPI's L.A. bureau. He also served as a magazine editor at The Advocate. He died on November 10, 1992, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 35 years old.He died of complications from AIDS, his family said.Mr. Whitington, who was graduated from Georgetown University in 1979, was the senior features editor at The Advocate, a national gay magazine, and had been a contributing editor of Art & Auction magazine.
Dorothy Karen "Cookie" Mueller (March 2, 1949 – November 10, 1989) was an underground American actress, writer and Dreamlander, who starred in many of filmmaker John Waters' early films, including Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Desperate Living.Cookie Mueller grew up with her parents Frank Lennert Mueller and Anne Sawyer Mueller in the Baltimore suburbs in a house near the woods, a mental hospital and railroad tracks. She was nicknamed Cookie as a baby.
Dan Erkkila (March 18, 1941, Cloquet, Minnesota - November 1, 1992, New York), noted composer and flautist, worked in theatre in New York for twenty years and was a leading member of the world music community. A virtuoso on classical flute, he was also a master on shakuhachi, Asian flutes, and a host of other unusual wind instruments such as the Tibetan thighbone trumpet.
Marc Berman was writer, reporter, and video columnist for Daily Variety. Also cofounder of the AIDS Action Committee.Marc Berman, playwright, Variety columnist and AIDS activist. A native of Ohio who was educated at Boston University, Berman began his career as an actor in regional theater and went on to write such critically acclaimed plays as "The Wolf Patrol," "River Downs" and "The Day Andy Warhol Got Shot."
Martin Smith (26 June 1957 - 5 November 1994, Scotland, UK) was a British actor, singer, and composer who starred in many shows in London's West End. He died from complications of AIDS at the age of 37, leaving a legacy of recorded music.He made various appearances on television and in the film Yanks (1979), but Martin Smith was best known as Micky Doyle (1985–1986) in the long-running British soap Crossroads. His early appearances in the West End in musical theatre included Che in Evita.
James Festa was the company manager of the New York City Opera and member of New York City's Gay Men's Chorus. (Picture: New York City's Gay Men's Chorus)He died on TNovember 5, 1992, at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He was 36 years old and lived in Manhattan.He died of AIDS, said Susan Woelzl, a spokeswoman for City Opera.Mr. Festa began working at City Opera in 1983 as associate company manager and became the company manager four years later.
Thomas Louis "Tom" Villard (November 19, 1953 – November 14, 1994) was an American actor. He is best known for his leading role in the 1980s series We Got it Made as Jay Bostwick (about the adventures and mishaps of two young, presumably gay men sharing an apartment in the big city. Villard himself was openly gay), as well as roles in feature films One Crazy Summer, Heartbreak Ridge, My Girl, and Popcorn.Villard was born in Waipahu, Hawaii and grew up in Spencerport, New York.
John A. Avant was a librarian who contributed reviews to Gaysweek and wrote for The New Republic, among others.John Alfred Avant, former fiction librarian and lecturer at the Main Brooklyn Library on Grand Army Plaza, died on November 13, 1993, at his home in Manhattan. He was 48.The cause was AIDS-related illness, said his companion, David Allen.Under Mr. Avant's guidance, the library's fiction collection became one of the largest in the country. He led taped monthly book discussions until 1992.
Michael Ballard, a dancer with the companies of Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais in the 1970's and early 1980's, died on November 10, 1991, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He was 49 years old.He died of AIDS, said Norman Ader, his companion of 25 years.Mr. Ballard was born in Denver. His full name was Michael Ballard Podolsky, but he eventually dropped the surname. He took his first dance class as a freshman at the University of Colorado in 1960.
Pedro Pablo Zamora (born Pedro Pablo Zamora y Díaz, February 29, 1972 – November 11, 1994) was a Cuban-American AIDS educator and television personality. As one of the first openly gay men with AIDS to be portrayed in popular media, Zamora brought international attention to HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues and prejudices through his appearance on MTV's reality television series, The Real World: San Francisco.U.S.
Howard Brunner was an actor who originated the role of Mr. Franklin in Broadway's Children of a Lesser God.A native of Atlanta, Georgia, his credits include the films, "From Noon 'Til Three" (1976), "The Lincoln Conspiracy" (1977), "Freedom Rode" (1979), and guest appearances on the television programs, "Kojak", "The Incredible Hulk", and "Quincy M.E.", "Police Story", "Harry O", "All My Children", and "Another World."
David Oliver (January 31, 1962 - November 12, 1992) was an American actor best known for roles on two television programs.From 1983 to 1985, he played the role of Perry Hutchins on the daytime soap opera Another World. In 1986 he played the role of Sam Gardner in the miniseries A Year in the Life. The miniseries then became a regular series in the fall of 1987 and ran on NBC for one season. Oliver's wife in both the miniseries and regular series was played by a young Sarah Jessica Parker.
Emile Ardolino (May 9, 1943 in Maspeth, New York – November 20, 1993) was one of the top directors in Hollywood, particularly of dance-related films, best known for his films Dirty Dancing (1987) and Sister Act (1992).Ardolino developed a passion for Broadway shows as a teenager. He claimed to have seen the original production of Gypsy twenty-five times.He began his film career making documentaries of Broadway musicals, including Oh! Calcutta! and Astarte.
Richard DeFabees (May 30, 1947, Englewood, New Jersey - November 18, 1993, Lakehurst, New Jersey), was an actor who appeared in productions on Broadway and off. He died on November 18, 1993. He was 46.The cause was AIDS, said Norman Rothstein, a friend.Mr. DeFabees appeared in the original Broadway production of "Torch Song Trilogy," alternating in the lead role, as Arnold, with the play's author, Harvey Fierstein.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Cosmo cover girl Gia Marie Carangi caught the eyes of both men and women. Her life story details the tragedy of a beautiful woman battling internal demons. In Gia’s case, the demons won in the end.Gia was the quintessential supermodel, appearing on the covers of Vogue, Vogue Paris, American Vogue, Vogue Paris, Italian Vogue, and several issues of Cosmopolitan in the late 1970s and early ’80s.
Director Tony Richardson’s most famous films were Tom Jones (Academy Award for Best Picture) starring Albert Finney, John OSBORNE’s Look Back in Anger (starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom), and The Entertainer (with Laurence OLIVIER). A Taste of Honey, which was adapted from Shelagh Delaney’s play of the same name, depicted a loving and supportive homosexual character.Richardson’s The Loved One, based on Evelyn WAUGH’s book, was perhaps the most controversial film of his career.
Martin Greif was an American editor, lecturer, publisher and writer. Main Street Press was founded in 1978 by Greif and his life partner, Lawrence Grow, in Clinton, New Jersey. Greif and Grow also wrote a few books using different, sometimes female, nom de plumes - Jean Bach, Frederick S. Copely, Martin Lawrence and Leona Wesley Hunter. Grow died of a stroke associated with AIDS in 1991. Greif died of an AIDS-related illness in November, 1996, near his home in Ireland.
Spencer Henderson III was a Broadway dancer and choreographer. Credits include Steel Magnolias, Footloose, and TV's The Love Boat. He died on November 14, 1993, at his family's home in Fort Worth. He was 44. (Picture: Spencer Henderson (left) with Kevin Bacon during the filming of Footloose (1983). Photo: courtesy Betty Alvarello)The cause was AIDS, said Harold Fairbanks, a friend.Mr. Henderson danced on Broadway in "Promises, Promises" and "Jesus Christ, Superstar".
Brian Lasser (February 8, 1952, Chicago, Illinois - November 20, 1992, New York, New York) was a composer, lyricist, musical director, arranger, pianist and actor. He studied at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.Brian Lasser was born in Chicago, where he received his initial training in musical theater and returned to embark on a career as an actor/singer/dancer after studying at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
As frontman for the British rock group Queen, Freddie Mercury often appeared onstage sporting leather shorts and a matching cap. Although he valued his privacy, in a March 12, 1974, interview for New Musical Express he confessed, “I am as gay as a daffodil, my dear!” When asked whom he’d like to have been in another life, Freddie Mercury replied “Marie Antoinette . . . she had all those jewels.”
Alan Bray, who has died aged 53, was a rare combination; a senior civil servant, gay activist and scholar. His book, Homosexuality In Renaissance England, first published in 1982 and still in print, is a classic of meticulous research and independent thinking on the origins of the modern gay identity. (Alan Bray at London Gay Pride 1979). Alan Bray, civil servant, gay campaigner and historian, born October 13 1948; died November 25 2001. He is survived by his 40 years longtime partner, Graham.
Joey Stefano (January 1, 1968 – November 26, 1994) was an American pornographic actor who appeared in gay adult films.Born Nicholas Anthony Iacona, Jr., Stefano grew up in the Philadelphia area (Chester, Pennsylvania). His father died when he was 15. After several years of prostitution and hard-core drug use in New York City, Stefano moved to Los Angeles and quickly became a star in gay pornography. In addition to his good looks, his persona as a "hungry bottom" contributed to his popularity.
Alan Bowne (1945–1989) was an American playwright and author. He was a member of the New Dramatists.He wrote a number of plays including Beirut, Forty-Deuce, Sharon and Billy, and The Beany and Cecil Show, many of which are available from Broadway Play Publishing Inc..He also wrote one novel Wally Wonderstruck. He died of complications related to AIDS at the age of forty four.Alan Bowne's play Beirut was adapted to the TV screen as Daybreak (Bloodstream) starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Moira Kelly.
Cary Scott Lowenstein was a dancer, singer, and actor who played Mike on Broadway and in the national tour of A Chorus Line. He died on November 29, 1992, at Hospice-by-the-Sea in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 30 years old and lived in Los Angeles.He died of AIDS, said his parents, Daniel and Toby Lowenstein.Mr. Lowenstein played Mike, the character who sang "I Can Do That," in the national company of "A Chorus Line" in 1980 and made his Broadway debut in the same role a year later.
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