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James F. Jacobs (1952 - September 3, 1994)

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.

Mr. Jacobs, a native of Chambersburg, Pa., attended Shippensburg State University in Pennsylvania and the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design in New York. He appeared with several modern-dance groups and was a featured soloist with the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater from 1977 to 1982. As a designer he worked for Karizma East Ltd., the Bratan Corporation and Christina Borg Interiors in New York and for the Egger Emporium in Eschenbach, Switzerland.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/09/09/obituaries/james-f-jacobs-dancer-and-designer-42.html

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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