You can buy a set of cards HERE!
These cards are based on these babies seen in Sissydude’s 2013 “THE CUTEST ABC CARDS” post HERE!





Responding to a question on Twitter asking her how she felt about Trump selecting Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Nancy Sinatra responded, “Just remember the first line of the song.”

Lyric FYI: “And now, the end is near, And so I face the final curtain”

Nancy’s Twitter HERE



So I’m home with a flu/ cold that just lingers and won’t go away… and for some reason DRUMMER Magazine popped up in my head. Lately, I’ve been seeing images of vintage covers popping up on Instagram, Tumblr and such. The graphics and photos really look amazing to me. So here are some mind-blowing images that I found, mostly via some lovely soul named Vince who scanned a full 20 issues! LOVE… probably one of my fave Sissydude posts. Enjoy!

Images posted here via VINCE @ SCRIBD. You can look through Vince’s scans of a full 20 issues HERE.
So much great stuff to savour!

WIKIPEDIA: Drummer was an American magazine targeted at gay men with an interest in the leather subculture founded by John H. Embry and Jeanne Barney in Los Angeles, 1975. Because of police harassment, the magazine moved to San Francisco in 1977, with Jack Fritscher as new editor-in-chief (1977–1999). The last number of the magazine, issue 214, was published in April 1999.

Drummer was the most successful of the American leather magazines and was also sold overseas. The publication had a major impact of spreading gay leather as a lifestyle and masculinity as a gay ideal. The magazine was originally focused on quality writings about leather but gradually changed into more of a photo magazine. Among the published writers and artists were Phil Andros, Tim Barrus, Scott Masters, Tom of Finland, Robert Opel, Fred Halsted, David Hurles, Rex (artist), British artist Bill Ward and Larry Townsend. It featured comic strips starring buff gay secret agent Harry Chess by Al Shapiro (under the name “A. Jay”). The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe contributed a photograph for the cover of issue 24, September 1978.

The magazine arranged yearly International Mr. Drummer contests in San Francisco, 1981–1999 (ca).

(watch a bit of the 1985 contest at the end of this post)

Manga artist Gengoroh Tagame has pointed to the magazines illustrated strips as a major influence on his own work.

Also check out the 3 part interview with GLBT Historian Jack Fritscher (the founding San Francisco editor in chief of the legendary leather magazine Drummer
(1975-1999) at the end of this long obsessive post.


GAYBLEVISION (Canada’s first television program made “for gay people by gay people”)

VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE: Gayblevision, Canada’s first television program made “for gay people by gay people”, was produced through Vancouver’s West End Cable 10 between 1980-1986. It documented the local LGBTQ community – the issues, people, events, businesses and organizations that defined the early 1980s. It includes rare interviews with community leaders and cultural icons, and provides insight into the formation of the Pride movement and the impact of AIDS.

Co-founder and first President, Don Durrell, donated the collection in 1993. It includes over eighty Gayblevision episodes and those of Pacific Wave, a series initiated December 1983 by Durrell and other Gayblevision producers. Co-founder Mary Anne McEwen donated additional Gayblevision videos including raw footage of their Tennessee Williams interview. Other videos include an AIDS Special, Pride tapes, promotional segments, audio tracks, and working cassettes. In 2014 a donation of production stills and other ephemera was made in honour of McEwen.

STONEWALL GAZETTE: This is historically important archival footage of activist Alan Hicox, from a segment produced for Gayblevision in 1983. Hicox died on Sept 26, 1984; he was only 21 years of age. Gayblevision was Canada’s first gay TV show and was produced in Vancouver. In this footage, Hicox shares his experience with AIDS and talks about how he is helping to educate the public. FULL 4:44 VERSION HERE. Video @ XTRA



above “Prozac Pill” by Karen Shapiro, 2016, Raku ceramic. 4 1/2 in diameter, 11.4 cm diameter
available for $500. US HERE

ELLE MAG: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds–who died on December 27 and December 28, respectively–had a memorial service today in Hollywood Hills. Carrie, who chose to be cremated, had some of her ashes buried with her mother. The rest were carried in a Prozac pill-shaped urn by Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher.

“Carrie’s favorite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago. A big pill. She loved it, and it was in her house, and Billie [Lourd, Fisher’s daughter] and I felt it was where she’d want to be. We couldn’t find anything appropriate. Carrie would like that. It was her favorite thing, and so that’s how you do it.” – Todd Fisher



photo above: chalxharn

Mario by Dick Mitchell for Summer Diary

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Felix D’EON

Vintage NEW YEARS/ PORN images via GOLDENFLEECING, 70s/ 80s AWESOME porn/camp images via POPULAR SIZES




R.I.P.SPECT: CARRIE FISHER (lots of pics and vids cus I love her so)



circa 1953: Hollywood film actress Zsa Zsa Gabor. Zsa Zsa is probably most famous for her marriages, her jewellery and her lifestyle and she has always courted publicity of any kind. (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)




FILM FREEWAY: On May 20, 2015 Oregon became the third state to ban the practice of “conversion therapy,” the attempt to change LGBTQ individuals’ orientation based on disproven theory. Radical Inconvenient Love focuses on one man’s involvement in the effort to pass the ban, experience with the exempted Portland Fellowship, and perspective on how he lives with the practice’s deleterious repercussions.


“An artful, delicately revealing portrait of a gay man’s journey from religious self-loathing into self acceptance and pride.”
David Weissman, filmmaker (The Cockettes, We Were Here)

“Radical Inconvenient Love is a moving and important film.”
Eric Slade, director (Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton, Hope Along the Wind)

“Inspiring! Sheds vital light on a soulful transformation ~ beyond shame to liberation, activism and community.”
Stephen Silha, Journalist and filmmaker (Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton)



















What price Hollywood? was the title of an early George Cukor film, but is a question every closeted movie star has probably asked himself. In 1930, the top box office star was a gay man. Billy Haines lived with his lover, Jimmie Shields, and never posed on the red carpet with a beard on his arm. By 1933, he was washed up in show business; and by 1936, he had become hugely successful in an entirely new line of work-interior decorator. Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: the Life of William Haines details the extraordinary life of Billy Haines, the only matinee idol who ever decided that Hollywood’s price was too high and walked away from film stardom.













VICE: The skateboarding community worships Brian Anderson as a god, but for many years kept his sexuality a secret from nearly everyone in his life. Our guy Reda sat down with Brian and some of his closest friends to talk about being gay in the professional skateboarding industry and why he chose now to come out.







Arquette’s siblings — David Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Patricia Arquette and Richmond Arquette — have released a statement on her passing, noting she was “surrounded by love” in her final moments.

“Our sister, Alexis Arquette, passed away this morning, September 11th, 2016.

“Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor. She starred in movies like ‘Last Exit to Brooklyn’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Jumpin’ at the Boneyard’, ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘The Wedding Singer’, and ‘The Bride of Chucky’. Her career was cut short, not by her passing, but by her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman. Despite the fact that there are few parts for trans actors, she refused to play roles that were demeaning or stereotypical. She was a vanguard in the fight for understanding and acceptance for all trans people.

“She fiercely lived her reality in a world where it is dangerous to be a trans person — a world largely unready to accept differences among human beings, and where there is still the ugliness of violence and hostility towards people that we may not understand.

“Alexis was born as Robert, our brother. We loved him the moment he arrived. But he came in as more than a sibling — he came as our great teacher. As Alexis transitioned into being a woman, she taught us tolerance and acceptance. As she moved through her process, she became our sister, teaching us what real love is.


“We learned what real bravery is through watching her journey of living as a trans woman. We came to discover the one truth — that love is everything.

“In the days leading to her death, she told us she was already visiting the other side, and that where she was going, there was only one gender. That on the other side, we are free from all of the things that separate us in this life, and that we are all one.

“She passed away surrounded by love. We held her and sang her David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ as she punched through the veil to the other side. We washed her body in rose petals and surrounded her with flowers.

“Alexis always had to do everything first. She left before we were ready to let her go. We are all heartbroken that she is no longer with us, but we are grateful for the grace and kindness we were all shown during this difficult time. We are comforted by the fact that Alexis came into our family and was our brother and then our sister, and that she gave us so much love. We will love you always, Alexis. We know we were the lucky ones.

“The family asks that in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations please be sent to organizations that support the LGBTQ community in honour of Alexis Arquette.

“Please respect our privacy during this time of grieving.”











Seed Money is the story of Chuck Holmes, a San Francisco pornographer turned philanthropist. Holmes helped create and shape gay identity in the years after Stonewall, and later became a major contributor to gay advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign and the LGBT Victory Fund. Later in life he would come to find that, while his money was welcome in philanthropic circles, he sometimes wasn’t.

“Director Mike Stabile has crafted a loving homage to the legendary Falcon Studios and the man, Chuck Holmes, who created the Empire”, said Breaking Glass’ Co-President Richard Ross. “This is a fitting tribute to a bygone era, and the beginning of the most recognizable brand in gay adult films.”


Starting October 4, SEED MONEY will be available to buy/rent on the following platforms: iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, and On Demand through local Cable & Satellite Providers.



Just bought this on iTunes tonight… really loving the mellow quirkiness of it so far.

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You can listen to the full album for FREE here @ REMYSOUNDS
Check out some of the songs and see what you think! XOXO




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"Medallion," by Gluck (August 13, 1895 – January 10, 1978), depicts the artist (right) and their lover, Nesta Obermer, 1937. Born into a wealthy British family as Hannah Gluckstein, Gluck rose to prominence in the 1920s and 1930s for portraits and floral prints. From the start of Gluck's career, they insisted on being referred to only as Gluck–"no prefix, suffix, or quotes"–and they resigned from an artists' cooperative that identified the artist as "Miss Gluck." Gluck showed their work only at solo exhibitions, refusing to identify with other artists, particular schools of art, or artistic movements. Gluck is best known for "Medallion" (1937) (pictured), a dual portrait with Nesta Obermer. According to biographer Diana Souhami, the artist was inspired after they attended a production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" with Obermer: "…they sat in the third row and [Gluck] felt the intensity of the music fused them into one person and matched their love." "Medallion" later was used as the cover of a popular edition of Radclyffe Hall's "The Well of Loneliness." In the 1950s, fueled by dissatisfaction with the quality of available artist's paints, Gluck started a decades-long campaign to increase quality that led ultimately to the British Standards Institution adopting a new standard for oil paints. Gluck died on January 10, 1978, at the age of eighty-two. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #QueerHistoryMatters #HavePrideInHistory #Gluck

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Just came across @lgbt_history… it’s pretty AWESOME! Check out some of great these posts I chose to share. FOLLOW @lgbt_history!!!

"Gay is Good," pioneer Craig Rodwell, New York City, October 14, 1969. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. On August 12, 1968, forty-eight years ago today, in the only unanimous vote of a contentious meeting of representatives of the twenty-six gay rights organizations that made up the North American Conference of Homophile Organizations (NACHO), delegates formally adopted pioneer Frank Kameny's phrase "Gay Is Good" as NACHO’s official slogan. The resolution, drafted by Kameny, provided that "because many individual homosexuals…suffer from diminished self-esteem, doubts and uncertainties as to their personal worth…; and…are in need of psychological sustenance to bolster and support a positive and affirmative attitude toward themselves and their homosexuality…; and because it would seem to be very much a function of [NACHO] to attempt to replace a wishy-washy negativism toward homosexuality with a firm no-nonsense positivism…; and because the Negro community has approached similar problems and goals with some success by the adoption of the slogan: 'Black Is Beautiful'…, it is hereby adopted as a motto for NACHO that GAY IS GOOD." Frank Kameny, who was responsible for a countless number of gay rights victories in his fifty-plus years of activism, later wrote that "if I'm remembered for only one thing, I would like it to be for having coined 'Gay is Good'"; the phrase is inscribed on Kameny's headstone. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #QueerHistoryMatters #HavePrideInHistory #GayIsGood #FrankKameny #CraigRodwell #FredWMcDarrah

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Gay Games swimmers (including Richard Hunter and Richard Boner, foreground), Gay Games I, San Francisco, August 1982. Photo c/o Gay Games Blog. The first Gay Games, held in 1982, saw 1,300 gay and lesbian athletes and nearly 10,000 spectators converge upon San Francisco for a celebration of sport, competition, and pride. Initially called the Gay Olympic Games, the United States Olympic Committee successfully sued to preclude the use of the word "Olympic." The same year, a number of other Olympic organizations–including the "Crab Cooking Olympics," the "Diaper Olympics," and the "Rat Olympics"–were allowed to use "Olympic" without liability. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #queerhistorymatters #haveprideinhistory #rio2016 #olympics #gaygames

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Radclyffe Hall (August 12, 1880 – October 7, 1943), c. 1920s. Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall, who was born one hundred and thirty-six years ago today, was an English poet and novelist; Hall's novel, "The Well of Loneliness" (1928), generally is considered the first modern novel to present lesbianism as natural and deserving of tolerance, if not understanding and acceptance. In 1907, Hall met and fell in love with Mabel Veronica Batten; as Hall explored her sexuality, she took on a more traditionally masculine appearance and went by the nickname "John." In 1908, she published a book of poems, "A Sheaf of Verses," that included "Ode to Sappho," the last verse of which read: "Beloved Lesbian! we would not dare claim/ By that same tear fond union with thy lot;/ Yet 'tis enough, if when we breathe thy name/ Thy soul but listens, and forgets us not." During World War I, Hall fell in love with Batten's cousin, Una Troubridge, and, upon Batten's death, the couple moved in together; the relationship lasted until Hall's death. After a series of lesser-known novels, "The Well of Loneliness" was published in 1924, sparking an international outcry over its lesbian themes–deemed "moral poison" by James Douglas, editor of London's Sunday Express. Radclyffe Hall died of colon cancer on October 7, 1943; she was sixty-three. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #queerhistorymatters #haveprideinhistory #radclyffehall

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"HOMOSEXUELEN ZIJN GEEN KRIMINELEN (HOMOSEXUALS ARE NOT CRIMINALS)," activists protest Anita Bryant, Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 25, 1977. Photo by Hans Peters. According to historians Judith Schuyf and Andre Krouwel, "[r]emarkably, it was a foreign event, rather than domestic developments, that triggered the first large public manifestation of the Dutch gay and lesbian movement. In 1977, former beauty queen Anita Bryant forced the city of Miami, Florida, to hold a referendum on its antidiscrimination law. As a result, Miami's gay rights law was struck down by a seventy percent majority. In reaction to these events, gays and lesbians took to the streets of Amsterdam on 25 June 1977" (pictured). #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #queerhistorymatters #haveprideinhistory #europride2016 #iamsterdam

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"DISABILITY PRIDE" — "WE CAN'T PARK HERE BECAUSE YOU DID," Eric von Schmetterling representing ADAPT, March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights, Washington, D.C., April 25, 1993. Photo © Fred W. McDarrah. ADAPT (formerly Americans Disabled for Accessible Public Transit and Americans Disabled Attendant Programs Today), established in the 1970s in Denver, is a grassroots organization within the disability rights movement that emphasizes direct action to bring greater visibility to the fight for the rights of Americans with disabilities. On July 26, 1990, twenty-six years ago today, as a result of the work of organizations like ADAPT, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While disability rights advocates emphasize that much work remains, the ADA widely was considered a strong first step toward the ultimate goal of equal access for Americans with physical and mental impairments. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #queerhistorymatters #haveprideinhistory

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SLATE/ OUTWARD: The queer internet was dominated on Thursday by backlash to Nico Hines’ exploitative Daily Beast story on athletes’ use of sex apps in Rio, with condemnation from LGBTQ press-watchers (including us here at Outward) being universal. But, likely for reasons relating to safety and focus, we’ve heard relatively little from athletes themselves. That changed Thursday afternoon when Amini Fonua, an Olympic swimmer and gay man representing Tonga at the Rio games, let fly a tweet storm that powerfully captures the damage this story will cause.

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Follow Amini’s Instagram & Twitter

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Got an exciting announcement coming up #staytuned

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Bye bye beard bye bye #dontwannabeafoolforyou #justanotherplayerinthisgamefortwo

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3 - 13 Most B Performance- Screen Test, Billy Name, photo by Rob Long


WIKI P: William Linich, Jr. (February 22, 1940 – July 18, 2016), known professionally as Billy Name, was an American photographer, filmmaker, and lighting designer. He was the archivist of the Warhol Factory, from 1964 to 1970. His brief romance and subsequent friendship with Andy Warhol led to substantial collaboration on Warhol’s work, including his films, paintings, and sculptures. Linich became Billy Name among the coterie known as the Warhol Superstars. He was responsible for “silverizing” Warhol’s New York studio, the Factory, where he lived until 1970. His photographs of the scene at the Warhol Factory and of Warhol himself are important documents of the Pop art era.



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Name was responsible for taking still photographs at the Factory. Indeed, Name lived and worked at the Factory, having taken up residence in a closet at the back of the studio, at 231 East 47th Street. With the gift of Warhol’s 35 mm single-lens reflex Honeywell Pentax camera, along with its operating manual, Name taught himself the technical aspects of photography. He converted one of the Factory bathrooms into a darkroom, where he mastered methods of processing and developing film. These newly acquired skills, combined with his background in lighting and experimental approach to his work, resulted in a body of work which captured the “silver years” at the Factory (1963–70).

Name’s close friendship with Warhol – and his role in creating Warhol’s artistic environment – provided him with a unique perspective of the Factory, with a particular focus on a core group of “superstars”, who largely improvised before the camera. Name’s understanding of theatre and lighting was an important influence on the look and ambience of the Factory and of Warhol’s early films.




HOTARIOUS: JOAN CRAWFORD reads her book MY WAY OF LIFE (via J. Wimbs)




“You can’t be a giver if you’re bitter.”

There are 10 sides to listen to here… she reads the whole thing. You’re welcome.
Want to read it yourself? Read this 1971 classic HERE @ THE CONCLUDING CHAPTER OF CRAWFORD (for educational purposes of course).






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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16:  Photographer Bill Cunningham attends the Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at SIR Stage 37 on February 16, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 16: Photographer Bill Cunningham attends the Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at SIR Stage 37 on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)



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FUCK YEAH bill cunningham



the_aids_memorial: The AIDS Memorial Preserving the cultural legacy of the AIDS crisis so that future generations can study & engage. Please Follow & Share your thoughts for Remembrance.

I started following the_aids_memorial a few months ago. It’s great to see amazing people who are no longer with us… celebrated, respected and remembered. It really brings context to all the mindless (yet enjoyable) bearded shirtless guys, vintage collections and cute animals that I look at all day. Lovely seeing people you never knew about or totally forgot about. The comments are frequently positive with thoughts and stories about the subjects. Starting today there are including posts of the people killed in Orlando. I’ve included a random selection here to give you an idea of the beauty of this site.

There’s so much LOVE here, please join!

The mother of a Philadelphia teenager who was among the 49 people killed in the Florida nightclub attack says she was on the phone with her wounded daughter as she cowered in a bathroom stall hiding from the shooter. #AkyraMurray was in Orlando with her family, celebrating her graduation from West Catholic Preparatory High School. Natalie Murray says Akyra sent a text message at 2 a.m. on Sunday, pleading for her parents to pick her up from the nightclub because there had been a shooting. Moments later, Akyra called her mother screaming, saying she was losing a lot of blood. The 18-year-old was an honors student who graduated third in her class last week. She was headed to Mercyhurst College in Erie on a full basketball scholarship. #PrayForOrlando #RIP 🙏

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‘Eight months in the life of Robert Thomas’ ©Paul Merideth Photography “When I first met Robert in August of 1990, he was still relatively healthy and strong. He was 41. He had eight months left. Robert, who had made a good living selling real estate, was a detail person. He settled his financial affairs, arranged a living will, and purchased a vault for himself at #RosehillCemetery. He labeled the drawers of his dresser so that when he became too weak to care for himself, the volunteers would know not to put his socks in his underwear drawer. As his condition worsened he seemed to relish smaller and smaller things: a poem read to him by a friend; the smell of the air in spring, his last. For some residents, #BonaventureHouse is their only home, and its community their only family. Robert was one of these. His closest living relative, a sister somewhere in the south whom he loved very much, never came to visit him. She has two kids. She was afraid. He never complained. She sent a beautiful bouquet of flowers when he died” #aids #hiv #hivpositive #hivawareness #AMFAR #hiv #hivaids #aidsactivist #hivpositive #lgbthistory #queerlivesmatter

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#robertlatoureaux (3 June1986) was born on August 10, 1940 in #StLouis #Missouri as Robert Earl LaTurno. He was an #Americanactor best known for his role of #Cowboy, in the original #OffBroadway production and #1970 film version of #TheBoysintheBand. After the film version of The Boys in the Band was released La Tourneaux’s career declined. In an interview several years after the 1970 release of the film he claimed that all doors in Hollywood had remained closed to him. “I was too closely identified with homosexuality, with ‘Boys in the Band,’ ” he said. “I was typecast as a gay hustler, and it was an image I couldn’t shake.” The only movie roles he managed to land were bits in a few low-budget pictures made in Europe. His only other film performances were a supporting part in the #RogerCorman film #VonRichthofenandBrown (#1971) and the independent film #Pilgrimage. He also had a small role in a #1974 made-for-television version of the #MaximGorky play Enemies. On stage, #LaTourneaux appeared in a small role in a Broadway revival of The #MerchantofVenice; he was slated to appear in the #1977 #Broadway production of #TennesseeWilliams’ #VieuxCarré, but was dropped from the cast prior to the show’s opening. Unable to secure work as an actor La Tourneaux began nude modeling in gay men’s magazines. He became a prostitute. and worked in a male porno theater in Manhattan, doing a one-man cabaret act between showings of X-rated films. He said he still believed he could beat the “curse” of his famous gay role and work “straight.” But that didn’t happen. In 1983, La Tourneaux was arrested for assault after trying to extract money from a client and was incarcerated at the #RikersIsland prison. While in prison, La Torneaux attempted suicide. In the early 1980s, La Tourneaux contracted #AIDS, and received news coverage when he sought legal channels to prevent being evicted from his apartment when his landlord objected to the presence of a live-in caregiver. La Tourneaux won the court case, but died in #MetropolitanHospital on June 3, 1986. Boys co-star #CliffGorman and his wife cared for him during his illness until his death.

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#jacquesdebascher (1951–1989) was an affluent French quasi-aristocrat. In the early ’70s, de Bascher became the darling of the Parisian fashion scene and the object of #KarlLagerfeld’s affection. Then, the It boy began an affair with #YvesSaintLaurent in 1973, fueling the rivalry between the two influential designers. #jacquesdebascherll died of complications from #AIDS in 1989 at 37. He was an infamous character who looked like a thirties movie star, dressed like a nineteenth-century dandy, and was kept by Lagerfeld, whom he called Mein Kaiser, though the two never lived together and, according to Lagerfeld, were never sexually intimate. He says it was “amour absolu, detached from all the problems—money, family, physical relationship—that can ruin a relationship.” Once, when Lagerfeld gave an eighteenth-century ball, Jacques came as the #RialtoBridge. Another time Jacques was officially engaged by a cardinal to the equally wild #DianedeBeauvauCraon (whose grandmother was an Italian princess), at a medieval Vatican ceremony still accorded certain members of Italian nobility. Lagerfeld gave her a full-length black ermine cape from #Fendi for the occasion and assumed he would take care of the “eight kids they announced they would have,” but Jacques and Diane lost interest after the visit to the Vatican was over. Jacques would brag about his weird aristocratic ancestors (among them #GillesdeRais, a companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc known for torturing little boys and girls). He would throw wild parties where drugs abounded, and would drift easily back and forth between the #Lagerfeld and #SaintLaurent camps. Many found him utterly charming, others unsavory and creepy. “He was the wildest person in the West,” says Lagerfeld, “but this was like a double life—a kind of Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll, and I had nothing to do with that. If I had had the same kind of life I wouldn’t be here anymore, because he died from that.” #lgbthistory #actup #hiv #aids #hivawareness #lgbthistory #lgbt #hivpositive #hivaids #aidsresearch #aidsprevention #ignorancekills #aidsresearch #hivaids

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#ChristopherGillis (February 26, 1951 in #Montreal – August 7, 1993 in New York City) was a #choreographer and a longtime leading dancer with the #PaulTaylorDanceCompany, died at his home in #Manhattan. He was 42. The cause was #AIDS. Mr. Gillis was a prototypical Taylor dancer, with a compact body and a boyishly serious manner through which a glint of humor often showed. #AnnaKisselgoff, the chief dance critic of The New York Times, wrote of Mr. Gillis’s “serene muscularity full of nuance, unassuming wit and acute rhythmic training” in a review of his 1990 “Curbs and Corridors.” She continued, “In his stage personality, he captures an inner reality, an interior brooding, behind a striking physical bravura.” Mr. Gillis was born in Montreal to the Olympic skiers #GeneGillis and #RhonaWurtele. He began his dance training in 1972 with two American modern-dance choreographers, May O’Donnell and #NormanWalker. He also studied with Mr. Taylor, #FinisJhung and #CindiGreen. He joined the Taylor company in 1976. Among his major roles in the company were the detective in Mr. Taylor’s version of “Le Sacre du Printemps” and leading parts in “Profiles,” “Arden Court” and “Speaking in Tongues.” Abstract Yet Emotional Mr. Gillis also performed with his sister, the Montreal choreographer and dancer #MargieGillis, and with the companies of Miss O’Donnell and #JoseLimon. Mr. Gillis became a prolific choreographer, showing his first dances in the early 1980’s, initially independently and later as part of the Taylor company’s repertory. He created 21 works, to music ranging from Mozart to the songs of Dionne Warwick. His last piece, “Landscape,” was a solo meditation on death. Ms. Gillis performed it at the #JoyceTheater. Mr. Gillis seldom told stories in his dances, which tended to be relatively abstract with undercurrents of emotion. “I try to do movement right from the emotions,” he said in 1990, when his choreography was presented at the Next Wave Festival at the #BrooklynAcademyofMusic.

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#MaryJaneRathbun (December 22, 1922 – April 10, 1999), popularly known as #BrownieMary, was an American medical cannabis activist. As a hospital volunteer at #SanFranciscoGeneralHospital, she became known for illegally baking and distributing cannabis brownies to #AIDS patients. Her relationship with the gay community began in the early 1970s. Her 22-year-old daughter died in a car accident, her marriage was long since over, and in her loneliness, she befriended a young gay man in the Castro. She began to bake and distribute pot brownies in the Castro as a way to make money, but the work evolved into activism. She campaigned on the local, state and national level to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. She baked the brownies in the small kitchen of her home in a housing project for the elderly in the largely gay #Castroneighborhood. She called them ”original recipe brownies” and ”magically delicious.” In one raid on her home in 1981, the police confiscated 54 dozen of them, along with more than 18 pounds of the marijuana, donated by growers. She was arrested three times and was ordered to perform hundreds of hours of community service, which she spent with AIDS patients. Her base of operations in the early years of the #AIDSepidemic was #SanFranciscoGeneralHospital. Working as a volunteer for some 10 years, she devoted untold hours to help care for ”her kids,” as the patients came to be known. Her role as a baker was but a small part of her activities. She became a San Francisco fixture for whom the city fathers proclaimed an official #BrownieMaryDay in 1992 to honor her work with dying patients in the AIDS ward. Her campaigns and arrests helped build support for the 1996 California State initiative that made the use of marijuana conditionally legal. The measure allowed use with a doctor’s consent for patients suffering from AIDS, cancer and certain other serious conditions whose symptoms are said to be alleviated by the drug. Rathbun often appeared in public wearing polyester pantsuits, and she was said to have a “sailor’s mouth. Philosophically, she considered herself an anarchist and an atheist. #aidsactivist #heroine

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#Repost @joemacdonaldsupermodel ・・・ Back story by #DavidHockney “My first friend of mine to die was #JoeMacDonald. I always went to see him when I was in New York. He was the first person I knew to become ill with #Aids, just after 1981. We’d just done Parade, Les Mamelles de Tiresias and L’Enfant et les Sortileges at the #MetropolitanOpera, in February 1981. While I was working on it in #NewYork, from late 1979 on, I saw quite a lot of Joe. Then I started on the #Stravinsky triple bill, which opened at the Metropolitan Opera in December 1981. Then I left New York to go back to California. I used to ring Joe up every two or three days and chat with him and he used to ring me. One day I rang and there was no reply; I assumed he’d gone away. Eventually his mother called me and said that he was in hospital with #pneumonia. I thought, pneumonia’s not that serious, it’s a curable thing. Now if somebody mentions pneumonia I dread it. Joe got worse and I went to see him a lot; I brought him to come and stay in California for a while and I could see he was ill, very ill. When he returned to New York, I kept going to see him. I last saw him about four days before he died. His mother had rung and said he was worse. It was horrible. In hospital they made you put on masks and rubber gloves and said we shouldn’t touch him and I thought, God, poor Joe, all his friends, he’s not even seeing their faces; if he’s dying wouldn’t it be best just to see a face of a friend? He made jokes, he said he’d had a good time. Joe, when he died, looked like a 90-year-old man. He’d lost most of his hair and his face was very sunken in, almost like a skull. He knew then, the last time I saw him, that he was very close to death and yet he said he’d had a good time, which I thought was typical of Joe. He liked to have a good time. At one point earlier, about six months before, he’d said he felt guilty about things, his life. I said, I wouldn’t do that, Joe, you shouldn’t think like that, make the best of it while you can” #joemacdonald died #April1982 #supermodel #vintage #polaroid #fireisland #artcollector #newyork #thesaint #hivaids #hivawareness #aidsresearch #actup #amfar

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#RonRichardson (January 27, 1952 – April 5, 1995) was an #American actor and #operaticbaritone. Richardson won a #TonyAward in 1985 for his performance as Jim in the #Broadway musical “Big River: the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” died at #LawrenceHospital in #Bronxville, N.Y. He was 43 and lived in #MountVernon, N.Y. The cause was #AIDS. He toured in “Big River,” in 1988 playing his role in Japan, with a Japanese cast. He sang in English but spoke his lines in Japanese, learning the dialogue phonetically, with the help of a Japanese coach. Mr. Richardson was born in #WestPhiladelphia on Jan. 27, 1952. His father was a laborer in the meat-packing industry and his mother operated a beauty parlor in their home for more than 30 years. From the age of 4, he sang in a neighborhood church; he went from high school choirs to performances in dinner theater musicals, taking time to study voice and music composition. In the early 1970’s he appeared in and around Philadelphia in “Showboat,” “Camelot” and “Man of La Mancha.” When he was 25, he played “Sportin’ Life” in the Houston Grand Opera production of “Porgy and Bess.”

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