January 28th, 2014

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Carlton T. Jones (1959 - 28 January 1993)

Carlton T. Jones was the Rainbow Tribe Founder and Artistic Director. A dancer and choreographer, Carlton T. Jones began his dance training in New York City at the Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey schools, after which he danced on Broadway and in Los Angeles and choreographed for television and film.

With his charisma and powerful physicality, Carleton T. Jones was a natural on stage. His talents took him to the Broadway stage, where he appeared in A Chorus Line (as Richie), A Broadway Musical and Dancin’, and led to his groundbreaking music video and television work with Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul and Tracy Ullman. Along the way, Jones developed street-smart choreography that ultimately dominated the visual components of music videos for the MTV generation.

After introducing the street-funk trend at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio in the early 1990's, Jones believed that his “Rainbow Tribe” could cement his passion for dance with the desire to help others embrace motion to develop self-confidence and bridge cultural differences. The dance company emerged onto the scene at the Boston Dance Festival Showcase in 1992. Jones’ life was claimed by AIDS in 1993 but his vision for Rainbow Tribe lives on.

Source: http://www.rainbowtribe.org/dpl/History

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Clark Tippet (October 5, 1954 – January 28, 1992)

Clark Tippet (October 5, 1954 in Parsons, Kansas – January 28, 1992 in Parsons, Kansas) was a danseur and choreographer. He was a member of the American Ballet Theatre company in New York City. Among other roles, he was the male Spanish Dancer in Mikhail Baryshnikov's production of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker. The production was first televised in 1977. (Picture: Clark Tippet, Photo: David C. Tippet, brother and photographer)

A leading ballet dancer with American Ballet Theatre and an up-and-coming ballet choreographer, Clark Tippet choreographed five ballets for ABT and other works for Pacific Northwest Ballet and Kansas City Ballet. A soloist with ABT starting in 1975, Tippet took a leave of absence from 1978 to 1982 to remedy his drug addiction. In 1986, he choreographed his first piece, Enough Said, for ABT. After Tippet's death, the company presented a memorial service at the Joyce Theater.


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Source: http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/dance/catalogue/tippet.html

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Gary Clare (1962 - January 28, 1994)

Gary Clare was director of creative development for the performance-programs department at Thirteen/WNET, the public television station in New York. He died on January 28, 1994, at his home in Manhattan. He was 32.

The cause was AIDS-related, his family said.

Mr. Clare supervised program development and financing for "Great Performances," the performing-arts series produced by WNET for PBS. Among the programs he worked on were "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall," "Gregory Hines's Tap Dance in America" and "In the Wings: Angels in America."

He also helped develop "In the Spotlight," a series of pop music specials, and "Theater in America," a documentary series on the history of the American theater.

A native of Providence, R.I., he received B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Brandeis University, where he staged plays and musicals. Before joining WNET in 1987, he worked as a director and stage manager in regional theater and Off Broadway.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/02/02/obituaries/gary-clare-director-32.html

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Jerry Mills (February 26, 1951 - January 28, 1993)

Jerry Mills ( February 26, 1951 - January 28, 1993 ) was a gay cartoonist, noted particularly for his creation of the "Poppers" comic strip. The strip told of the adventures of Billy, a West Hollywood muscleboy, and his sidekick Yves (based on Mills), a big-hearted nebbish who offered good advice and caution (usually unheeded) for his glamorous friend. Yves always went along for the ride with Billy, commenting on the action, a function he took over from a witty crab louse that lived on Billy's pubic hair, when it was phased out after the first few strips.

In the early 1980s Mills worked in the subscriptions department of In Touch for Men, an adult magazine targeted at the gay male community. John Calendo, editor at the time, encouraged Mills to write a regular comic strip, to add variety to the magazine's content. The result, "Poppers", began in April 1982. (The title referred to "poppers", alkyl nitrites which were commonly used in the gay community.) By the mid-80s the strip was also being published ( in translation ) in Gai Pied Hebdo, a French-language gay magazine, and in the Japanese magazine Barazoko. Reprints of the strip also appeared sporadically in Gay Comix under the editorship of Howard Cruse, Robert Triptow, and Andy Mangels.

When Mills moved to the classifieds department of Advocate Men, the "Poppers" strip followed him, and was published sporadically. By the beginning of the 1990s Mills' health was deteriorating, as he developed complications associated with HIV infection, and in his final few years he worked less and less. He did, however, attend ACT UP demonstrations in Los Angeles and design posters for the off-shoot organization Queer Nation, concerned with gay visibility. Mills died of his illness in January 1993, survived by his partner Sal Lucarello.

As well as writing "Poppers", Mills also created ad hoc cartoons, and wrote an eight page history of gays in comics for the first Meatmen anthology. His predominant contribution to gay cartooning, however, was the "Poppers" strip, which was notable at the time for being one of the first cartoon strips to develop gay characters at home both with their sexuality and their humanity. Where earlier comics had tended to the stereotypical - either the nelly queen or the muscleman - Mills was one of the first to present his characters with lives beyond the stereotypes. Though overshadowed by contemporaries, most notably Tim Barela and Howard Cruse, both of whom also worked with continuing characters in comic strip format, Mills made a substantial contribution to gay cartooning. In particular, the "Chelsea Boys" strip by Glen Hanson and Allan Neuwirth is influenced by Mills.


AIDS Quilt

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Mills

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Wade Nichols (October 28, 1946 – January 28, 1985)

Dennis Posa, aka Dennis Parker, aka Wade Nichols (October 28, 1946 – January 28, 1985) was an actor and singer from Freeport, New York who started his career in pornographic movies.

His first feature film role was probably in the 1975 gay adult film Boynapped!. He subsequently appeared mostly in straight porn films shot in New York such as Barbara Broadcast, Jail Bait, Summer of Laura, Punk Rock, Marishino Cherries, and Teenage Pajama Party. Posa was credited as Wade Nichols in most of the adult films in which he appeared.

In 1979, using the name Dennis Parker, he recorded a disco album on Casablanca Records entitled Like an Eagle. The album was produced by Village People creator / producer Jacques Morali. The title track was released as a single, and appears on the 1994 box set The Casablanca Records Story.

Posa (still as Dennis Parker) also joined the cast of the soap opera The Edge of Night in 1979, as Police Chief Derek Mallory.

Seriously ill by October 1984, Posa was unable to continue working on The Edge of Night and his character was written out of the show. The date of his death is commonly reported as January 28, 1985, but the Social Security Death Index indicates that Posa died in March of that year. (According to a persistent rumor the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but this has never been confirmed.) In a tribute to Posa in a 1985 issue of Soap Opera Digest, fellow The Edge of Night actor Ernie Townsend wrote, "He died in early January after a long and painful illness that took away a talent in its prime."


AIDS Quilt

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wade_Nichols

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C.S. Pacat

Cat published the first two books of Captive Prince as an online serial (it’s still live), and she’s been working the past couple of months on getting them ready for self-publication as electronic and paper books. The amount of work and self will that has gone into the process is incredible and very inspiring.

Author's note: No fear! There will be a book three. The third book will be the final book in the series. I'm so happy to have completed another novel - truthfully it's a life milestone for me. And I couldn't have done it without you all, thank you so much for coming on this journey with me!

Because the release of Captive Prince as ebooks and paperbacks is on the way, I'll be taking some time off to work on that - I want to make this release as wonderful as possible. It's my way of saying thank you to everyone. Look out for more news soon - will keep you all updated!

Source: www.goodreads.com/author/show/4349837.C_S_Pacat

Further Readings:

Captive Prince: Volume One (Volume 1) by C.S. Pacat
Series: Captive Prince
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Gatto; 2 edition (February 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0987507397
ISBN-13: 978-0987507396
Amazon: Captive Prince: Volume One (Volume 1)
Amazon Kindle: Captive Prince: Volume One (Volume 1)

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave. Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country. For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .

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It Happened Today: January 28

C.S. Pacat: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4157839.html

Cat published the first 2 books of Captive Prince as an online serial (it’s still live), and she self-published them as electronic and paper books: Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave. Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere.

Carlton T. Jones (1959 - January 18, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3437943.html

Carlton T. Jones was the Rainbow Tribe Founder and Artistic Director. A dancer and choreographer, Carlton T. Jones began his dance training in New York City at the Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey schools, after which he danced on Broadway and in Los Angeles and choreographed for television and film. The dance company emerged onto the scene at the Boston Dance Festival Showcase in 1992. Jones’ life was claimed by AIDS in 1993 but his vision for Rainbow Tribe lives on.

Clark Tippet (October 5, 1954 – January 28, 1992): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3437458.html

Clark Tippet (died January 28, 1992 in Parsons, Kansas) was a danseur and choreographer. He was a member of the American Ballet Theatre company in New York City. Among other roles, he was the male Spanish Dancer in Mikhail Baryshnikov's production of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker. The production was first televised in 1977. In 1986, he choreographed his first piece, Enough Said, for ABT. After Tippet's death, the company presented a memorial service at the Joyce Theater.

Gary Clare (1962 - January 28, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3437631.html

Gary Clare was director of creative development at Thirteen/WNET. Mr. Clare supervised "Great Performances," the performing-arts series produced by WNET for PBS. Among the programs he worked on were "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall," "Gregory Hines's Tap Dance in America" and "In the Wings: Angels in America." He also helped develop "In the Spotlight," a series of pop music specials, and "Theater in America," a documentary series on the history of the American theater.

J.M. Snyder (born January 28): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4157561.html

A multi-published author of gay erotic/romantic fiction, J.M. Snyder began writing boyband slash before turning to self-publishing. She has worked with several different e-publishers, including Amber Allure Press, Aspen Mountain Press, eXcessica Publishing, and Torquere Press. In 2010, Snyder created JMS Books LLC to promote and publish her own work as well as that of other authors she enjoys. A Cowboy's Heart won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Bisexual/Transgender Historical, 3rd place.

Jerry Mills (February 26, 1951 - January 28, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1423175.html

Jerry Mills was a gay cartoonist, known for his creation of the "Poppers" comic strip. The strip told of the adventures of Billy, a West Hollywood muscleboy, and his sidekick Yves, a big-hearted nebbish who offered good advice and caution (usually unheeded) for his glamorous friend. Yves always went along for the ride with Billy, commenting on the action, a function he took over from a witty crab louse that lived on Billy's pubic hair, when it was phased out after the first few strips.

Paul Reed (May 28, 1956 - January 28, 2002): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2786381.html

Published in 1984, Facing It by Paul Reed was acclaimed by Rita Mae Brown and others as the first AIDS novel. Longing, the tale of a young man's search for love in San Francisco's gay community, was praised by the New York Times for its evocative style. Vertical Intercourse, his final novel, deals with aging and loss in the gay male community and was praised by media ranging from Publishers Weekly to the Bay Area Reporter and Frontiers, to The Stranger, Seattle's weekly alternative newspaper.

Shirley Tan & Jay Mercado: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4157060.html

Shirley Tan is a Philippine-American gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender activist who actively promotes gay and lesbian immigration rights in the United States. She studied in the United States and moved to California in 1986, when she overstayed her tourist visa to be with Jay Mercado, an American citizen. The couple is still living together today, and they entered into a domestic partnership under California law in 2004. Tan gave birth to twins in 1996 and applied for asylum in 1995.

Wade Nichols (October 28, 1946 – January 28, 1985): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3438086.html

Dennis Posa, aka Dennis Parker, aka Wade Nichols (October 28, 1946 – January 28, 1985) was an actor and singer from Freeport, New York who started his career in the gay adult film Boynapped! in 1975. In 1979, using the name Dennis Parker, he recorded a disco album on Casablanca Records entitled Like an Eagle. The album was produced by Village People creator / producer Jacques Morali. Posa (still as Dennis Parker) also joined the cast of the soap opera The Edge of Night in 1979.

Wayne Self & Cody Braswell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4157370.html

Wayne Self’s musical play, Upstairs, is about the 1973 arson fire that took 32 LGBT lives. This deadliest crime has been virtually ignored by the media and its victims largely forgotten. Wayne’s play tells the amazing stories of many victims and survivors. Almost 2 decades ago, Cody Braswell and Wayne Self found each other. “It was definitely lust at first sight,” he admits, “But more than lust. Interest. I wanted to know him. I wanted to spend time with him. But he was also the forbidden fruit”

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