Gay Icon Heads To Punk Party In The Sky

Dean Johnson Dead!

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.

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  • zeke

    RIP Dean. I remember seeing you in the 80’s at Spit in Boston, BoyBar and the Pyramid Club in NYC.

  • Danny C

    My Favorite Quote:
    Sung , not spoken

    “I would rather stay home all night
    Than pay the cover at Slimelight!”
    Dean Johnson

  • Tommy Toye

    I knew you as “Uncle Dean” when we met in 1983. you were a doorman at BoyBar. I was a bartender. I introduced you to Teri Toye and the like. You made a song up about me…Tommy Toye, but you quickly changed it to “Teri Toye” when you began to become popular. We got high one night at your apartment. I tweaked and you wanted to sell me off to Saudis. Guess you weren’t joking. RIP Dean.

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