elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Benn Howard (1939 - August 7, 1994)

Benn Howard was administrator, dancer, and choreographer of the Elle Johnson Dance Co. in Los Angeles. He died of AIDS complication on August 7, 1994.

Elle Johnson passed away at 83 years old on March 10, 2006. She is remembered as a choreographer whose ethnic dance motifs permeated her work with the eponymous Elle Johnson Dance Company. (http://articles.latimes.com/2006/mar/17/local/me-johnson17)

Few you can find on the net about Benn Howard if not the reference to a magazine photospread on Playmen, April 1971. Elle Johnson and Benn Howard dance completely and stunningly naked among the harsh Californian desert dunes. The photo shot is of famous '70 male and females nude photographer David Bruce Rawcliffe.

Further Readings:

Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality by Patrick Moore
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press (January 14, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080707957X
ISBN-13: 978-0807079577
Amazon: Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality

The radical sexuality of gay American men in the 1970s is often seen as a shameful period of excess that led to the AIDS crisis. Beyond Shame claims that when the gay community divorced itself from this allegedly tainted legacy, the tragic result was an intergenerational disconnect because the original participants were unable to pass on a sense of pride and identity to younger generations. Indeed, one reason for the current rise in HIV, Moore argues, is precisely due to this destructive occurrence, which increased the willingness of younger gay men to engage in unsafe sex.

Lifting the'veil of AIDS,' Moore recasts the gay male sexual culture of the 1970s as both groundbreaking and creative-provocatively comparing extreme sex to art. He presents a powerful yet nuanced snapshot of a maligned, forgotten era. Moore rescues gay America's past, present, and future from a disturbing spiral of destruction and AIDS-related shame, illustrating why it's critical for the gay community to reclaim the decade

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