A memorial service will be held this coming Sunday at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers for Matt Redman, co-founder of AIDS Project Los Angeles and a former board member.
Redman died on Dec. 27 at the age of 67 of cardiopulmonary arrest. Redman, who was HIV positive, and three friends launched APLA in 1982 when AIDS was beginning to take its toll on the gay community and no one knew much about it. APLA has since rebranded itself as AIDS Health and operates health centers.
Redman and his fellow APLA members created an early awareness campaign about HIV/AIDS and dealt with the discrimination from those who saw it only as a gay sexual disease. One of APLA’s most successful ventures was the launch of the annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles in 1985, which to date has raised almost $80 million for APLA and other HIV/AIDS…
Stuart Timmons, known for chronicling the history of gay Los Angeles in “Gay L. A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians,” co-authored with Lillian Faderman, died today.
Timmons, 60, had been in ill health since 2008, when he suffered a serious stroke that left him relatively unconscious for a little more than a year. He recovered somewhat a little more than a year later and was able to continue his writing.
“Gay LA” was the first deeply researched and definitive book about the LGBTQ culture in Los Angeles, a culture whose history mirrored that of New York City, which had received more attention. Timmons also was the author of “The Trouble with Harry Hay,” a biography of one of leaders of the gay rights movement in its early years. And he launched the WeHo LGBTQ History Mobile Tour in 2015, which was…
Werner Haas, a 30-year resident of West Hollywood passed away on January 17, 2017, at the tender young age of 87. He was incredibly protective and outspoken of the city of West Hollywood and took great pride of being a resident in the city. The greatest highlight of his golden years was his time he spent on the West Hollywood Senior Advisory Board. During this time he befriended city council members and various city officials who all had a great appreciation for his raw humorous delivery of information and ideas that he contributed to the Advisory Board and beyond.
As a young child his family fled the Nazis and settled in Indianapolis. After graduating high school he served honorably in the United States Army. After the military he attended Northwestern University where he majored in Business Communication. He took his writing talent…
Efim Kutz, known as the man who led the integration of the Russian-speaking community into West Hollywood, died on Monday. He was 94. Kutz is survived by his daughter, Asya Gomelsky, and his son, Igor Kutz, and their children and his grandchildren.
Kutz was born in 1922 in Volin, Ukraine. A biography of him states that his parents died at the beginning of World War II in a Nazi-occupied territory. Kutz enlisted in the Russian army in 1944 and in 1947 joined Hungary’s armed forces. He worked in the Hungarian ministry of communications, where he supervised Kiev 32, a communications unit.
Kutz came to the United States in 1977 and worked as a manager at Executive Life Insurance. He also was active in the L.A. Association of World War II Veterans, a group largely composed of Russian-speaking veterans.
L.A. County Assessor Jeffrey…
Alexis Arquette, a longtime West Hollywood resident and well-known entertainer and transgender woman, died today at the age of 47. The cause of death has not been announced. However a statement issued by her family suggests the death was the result of a long illness. A Facebook post by Arquette’s brother, Richmond, also suggested that Arquette lately had adopted a male sexual identity.
“Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning September 11, at 12:32 am,” Richmond wrote. “He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones. We were playing music for him and he passed during David Bowie’s Starman. As per his wishes, we cheered at the moment that he transitioned to another dimension.”
Word is spreading about the death of one of the iconic (and most oddly named) figures of the Sunset Strip — Filthy McNasty.
McNasty, whose eponymous nightclub was the predecessor to what now is the Viper Room and who also owned F.M. Station in North Hollywood, died of cancer on April 13. His death at the age of 73 was disclosed on his Facebook page on Tuesday and has drawn comments from several dozen friends and co-workers. They include local rockers and James Rogan, a U.S District Court judge in California and a two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“The news of the passing of my former boss, Filthy McNasty, is devastating to all of us who knew him,” Rogan wrote in his post on McNasty’s Facebook page. “From 1979 to around 1982 I was one of his bartenders at the Strip and North Hollywood clubs. When I learned he…
Patrick J. Vettraino, a.k.a. Livonia Speaks, a noted local drag performer and the producer of the annual Sassy Prom, died yesterday. Vettraino died of cancer. He was in his early 40s and lived on Kings Road. Vettraino staged the first Sassy Prom in 1996 as a way to call out L.A.’s vibrant drag community, which […]
Brad Burlingame, for 18 years the head of West Hollywood’s visitor and tourism agency, died last night of pancreatic cancer. Burlingame, 62, was named president and CEO of what now is Visit West Hollywood in 1997. Under his leadership, Visit WeHo has helped West Hollywood become a major travel destination for people as far away […]
Holly Woodlawn, a transgender actress who starred in 1970s underground films, died today. Woodlawn was a resident of West Hollywood and died from complications of cancer. She was 69. Woodlawn was perhaps best known for her role in “Trash,” a 1970 film written and directed by Paul Morrissey. Produced on a budget of $25,000, the […]
Mary Ann McClintock, the long time manager of Micky’s in West Hollywood, died this morning. McClintock, who had worked at the popular gay bar for 25 years, was known as “was the woman behind all the men.” Aaron Bradshaw, Micky’s general manager, said the bar’s staff is still reeling from the news, even though McClintock […]