Butch lesbian ranchera singer Chavela Vargas has died at 93. Although she dropped hints all along and refused to change the female pronouns in love songs traditionally sung by men, she did not officially come out until she was 81. Responding to news of her death, Almodóvar, who used her music in his movies, wrote a long post called Adiós volcán: “Chavela Vargas made of abandonment and desolation a cathedral in which we all found a place.”
Tony winner for Hairspray, playwright, and infrequent New Yorker contributor, Mark O'Donnell collapsed in the lobby of his Upper West Side apartment building and died today at 58. I knew him briefly and very much admired his two sweet, quirky, gay novels Getting Over Homer and Let Nothing You Dismay. His two collections of comic pieces are Elementary Education: An Easy Alternative to Actual Learning and Vertigo Park and Other Tall Tales.
Ten days ago the actor who played George Jefferson died at 74 and he definitely didn't leave behind a Weezy of his own. Nor did he come out in his obituary, which called him a lifelong bachelor. Michael Musto writes a piece called "Sherman Hemsley Was A Gay! Deal With It!"