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Jan Holmgren (April 25, 1939 - March 29, 1993)

Buried: The Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Buried Alongside: Yves François Lubin aka Assotto Saint
Find A Grave Memorial# 161933698

Assotto Saint (born Yves François Lubin) was a poet, dancer with the Martha Graham Company, and playwright. Jan Holmgren was a composer for theatrical works of Saint and his companion of 13 years. Saint was known for his acting up and acting out: at fellow black gay poet Donald W. Woods's funeral, Saint openly confronted the family for their hypocritical elision of Woods's gayness; outraged, especially since Woods had fought to end the repressive forms of silence that equal death for gay individuals and AIDS victims, Saint stood up and "testified" on his brother's behalf. In the preface to the anthology The Road before Us: 100 Gay Black Poets, Saint had requested that, in protest of the indifference of American society to those dying of AIDS, that the American flag be burned at his funeral and its ashes scattered on his grave. The Road before Us was a 1992 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Here to Dare was nominee in 1993 for Gay Anthology, Wishing for Wings was a nominee in 1995 for Gay Poetry, Spells of a Voodoo Doll was a 1997 nominee for Gay Biography/Autobiography.

Together from 1980 to 1993: 13 years.
Assotto Saint (October 2, 1957 - June 29, 1994)
Jan Holmgren (April 25, 1939 - March 29, 1993)

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Cemetery: At Cemetery of the Evergreens (1629 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207) is buried Ella Wesner (1841-1917), the most celebrated male impersonator of the Gilded Age Vaudeville circuit. At the time of her death she was living at 431 Claremont Pkwy, Bronx, NY 10457. In the same cemetery are buried together Jan Holmgren (1939-1993) and Assotto Saint (1957-1994). When Assotto Saint delivered to the Names Project his quilt panel, he also enclosed a copy of Holmgren's funeral program and a moving note he had penned by hand, an intimate death notice of his partner and himself. "I made this quilt for my 13-year life-partner, Jan Urban Holmgren. He was my Jan & my man. Born in Alno, Sweden, on April 25, 1939, he died in my arms on March 29, 1993. We both found out in late 1987 that we were HIV-positive. Jan came down with full-blown AIDS in early 199o. I came down with full-blown AIDS in late 1991. Yes, it is a strange phenomenon when both life-partners in a relationship are fatally ill. Because of my disbelief in God & a spiritual after-life, it gives me great pleasure to know that at least we will be physically reunited in the same grave at The Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY."

Queer Places, Vol. 1.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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