Saturday, September 29, 2007


Legendary East Village promoter, partier and high-heeled drag queen Dean Johnson died last week in Washington DC. Cause of death remains unclear. Though I mostly knew of Dean through friends (and a music video of his band Dean and the Weenies that used to loop over and over again Thursday at the Hole's Big Gulp party), Dean had major fag influence on my hood.

He worked the door at the seminal Save the Robots party, founded Rock and Roll Fag Bar and performed at numerous East Village haunts such as the Pyramid. He also ran a queer rock night at CBGBs called HomoCorps and many raunchy parties such as Magnum and XXX at various locales. More than a promoter or performer, I always admired that he was out and outspoken about his HIV. He will be missed by many.

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