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James Roland “JH” Holmes (April 2, 1939 - January 7, 1999)

Buried: Holmes Cemetery, Pleasanton, Linn County, Kansas, USA

Ned Rorem is a Pulitzer prize-winning American composer and diarist. In 1966, he published The Paris Diary of Ned Rorem, which, with his later diaries, has brought him some notoriety, as he is honest about his and others' sexuality, describing his relationships with Leonard Bernstein, Noël Coward, Samuel Barber, and Virgil Thomson, and outing several others. Rorem has written extensively about music as well. These essays are collected in anthologies such as Setting the Tone, Music from the Inside Out, and Music and People. In Rorem’s diaries, James Holmes was known as JH, and on many occasions, Rorem mentioned how great his dependency on JH was. They met in 1967 when JH moved to New York City from North Carolina. Holmes was the organist and choir director at the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy. At the time when Rorem and Holmes were celebrating their 30th year anniversary, Holmes was battling cancer. Eventually, Holmes was diagnosed HIV positive, and after a great struggle with Rorem by his side, Holmes died of AIDS in 1999. Rorem described the struggle that he and JH faced in his publication, Lies. This haunting work shows the despair and brutality of watching a lover die. Since the death of JH, Rorem has said that he no longer looks forward to anything. However, while JH’s death was such a tragedy in his life, Rorem has played a larger role in AIDS awareness because of it.
Together from 1967 to 1999: 32 years.
James Holmes “JH” (April 2, 1939 - January 7, 1999)
Ned Rorem (born October 23, 1923)



Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
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Ned Rorem is a Pulitzer prize-winning American composer and diarist. In Rorem’s diaries, James Holmes (1939-1999) was known as JH, and on many occasions, Rorem mentioned how great his dependency on JH was. They met in 1967 when JH moved to New York City from North Carolina. Holmes was the organist and choir director at the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy. Holmes was diagnosed HIV positive, and after a great struggle with Rorem by his side, died of AIDS in 1999. Holmes was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, and brought up in a musical environment. As a boy he studied violin and piano and later continued his studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is buried at Holmes Cemetery, Pleasanton.  



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
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