New York gays are reeling from the news that legendary performer, writer and icon Dean Johnson died last week. Washington DC police found the 45-year old Johnson’s body, but have yet to releas a cause of death.
Johnson has a New York nightlife fixture since the early-1980s, when he flung himself into the downtown punk scene. In addition to fronting two bands – the Weenies and the Velvet Mafia – Johnson founded Homo Corp at CGBG.
While we don’t know why Johnson traveled to DC, we do know that he planned on returning this week to organize October 10th, Dean Johnson’s weekly Reading For Filth at Rapture Cafe.
Unfortunately, Johnson won’t be making it this week, but well wishers are encouraged to roll on through and rock out. As someone said, “He would have wanted it that way”. Too true.