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October 7, 2018

Scott Wilson Actor of The Walking Dead, Died Today at 76




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His first film was 'In the Heat of the Night,' and he also stood out in 'The Ninth Configuration,' 'Dead Man Walking' and 'Monster.'

Scott Wilson, the Georgia-born actor admired for the intensity he demonstrated in such dark, disturbing projects as In Cold BloodThe Walking Dead and The Ninth Configuration, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
Details were not immediately available, but the official Twitter account for The Walking Dead comic book, on which the popular AMC show of the same name is based, confirmed the news Saturday. "We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76," the statement read. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you."
At New York Comic-Con 2018, Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang announced that Wilson would reprise his role as Hershel in season nine — which premieres Sunday — though she offered no word on the timing of his appearance or how many episodes in which he was slated to appear. However, sources have confirmed that Wilson had filmed some scenes. The announcement was made a little more than an hour before news of Wilson's passing spread on social media.
In a statement to THR, a spokesperson for AMC said: "Scott will always be remembered as a great actor, and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person. The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Like Scott in our lives, Hershel was a character whose actions continue to inform our characters’ choices to this day. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. Scott will be missed."
CSI fans know Wilson as the crooked Las Vegas casino owner Sam Braun, the father of Marg Helgenberger's Catherine Willows, and he played the troubled neighbor Judd Travers in the three Shiloh family films released in 1996, 1999 and 2006.
Wilson also was memorable in The Great Gatsby (1974), where his character, the owner of a filling station, shoots and kills Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford) while he's lounging in his mansion swimming pool, then turns the gun on himself. He often brought anxiety and melancholy to his roles.
After portraying the murder suspect Harvey Oberst in his first feature, the Oscar best picture winner In the Heat of the Night (1967), Wilson was cast as real-life murderer Dick Hickock for In Cold Blood (1967). The chilling documentary-like drama was directed by Richard Brooks, who also adapted Truman Capote's sensational 1965 best-selling novel for the screenplay.
Hickock had met fellow drifter Perry Smith (played by Robert Blake in the film) in jail, and after they were paroled, they headed to a farm in Holcomb, Kansas, for a robbery. Finding little cash on hand, they killed four members of the Clutter family — the husband, wife and two of their teenage children — in 1959. (The pair spoke with Capote for the book before being executed in 1965).



Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene on 'The Walking Dead.'
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Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene on 'The Walking Dead.'
Wilson, then 24, got the job in part because of his resemblance to Hickock.
"Every actor in the English-speaking world wanted those two roles, including [Paul] Newman and [Steve] McQueen," Wilson recalled in a 1996 interview with the Los Angeles Times. "Brooks hired two 'unknowns,' and he wanted to keep it that way. We were treated like two killers he had somehow run across."
Wilson, Blake and Capote posed on a dusty stretch of Kansas highway for the cover of Life magazine on May 12, 1967, with the headline "Nightmare Revisited," though the young actors went unidentified on the front. And for a billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Wilson noted, "Brooks had the poster with our eyes taken down and replaced with one of the real killers' eyes."
Murder scenes were filmed on location at the Clutter home.
Brooks set up a private screening for Wilson and Blake after the movie was finished, and "after seeing the film, I went to the restroom and threw up," he told Elvis Mitchell in a 2017 interview. "I realized what I had just seen. I was part of something that would stand up for a period of time, a classic."
The blue-eyed Wilson, now with a bushy white beard, saw his career revitalized in 2011 when he joined AMC's The Walking Dead in the second season as Hershel Greene, a stubborn farmer and veterinarian who loses a leg before eventually meeting his end — by decapitation — in season four. (Fans were very sorry to see him go.) He filmed the series in his home state of Georgia.
As Hershel, Wilson often provided the sage voice of wisdom in the ear of lead character Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and other survivors of the apocalypse. Wilson told THR he never auditioned for the role: "My rep called and said they were interested in me for two to three episodes," he said. "I asked what show it was about and they said zombies. I said, 'Give me some good news.'"
After watching the first season, Wilson was more encouraged about his future with The Walking Dead. "I hadn't done a lot of TV at the time," he said. "I did CSI and played Marg Helgenberger's father and got that after working with Danny Cannon on a film. I found it very interesting working on Walking Dead because I'd never really played the same character for that amount of time; it's different than doing a play or film."
Co-star Khary Payton, who portrays Ezekiel on the show, shared his condolences: "The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become a part of … was a family. He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir. & I will continue. I promise. See you on the other side, my friend." Fellow TWD actor Michael Cudlitz added, "Rest easy my friend." And Jesus actor Tom Payne said, "Goodbye Scott Wilson you absolute legend." Chandler Riggs, who played Carl through eight seasons, said that he will "never forget the things you told me and the time we spent together on set."
"Scott was one of the greats, both as an actor and a man," said Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. "We in #TheWalkingDeadFamily are truly grief stricken. He lived life to the fullest with his true love, his wife Heavenly. He is now a shining star in heaven spreading kindness and light forever."
In the psychological thriller The Ninth Configuration (1980), written and directed by William Peter Blatty of Exorcist fame, Wilson played Captain Billy Cutshaw, a former astronaut in an insane asylum for military personnel, receiving a Golden Globe supporting actor nomination for his work.
He also portrayed a prison chaplain in Sean Penn's Dead Man Walking (1995), and his character, a john, was slain by Charlize Theron's victim turned serial killer in Patty Jenkins' Monster (2003).
For a performer of his obvious ability, Wilson went lengthy stretches without working. He filled one slow period by painting drug stores.
"Not many people survive a long period of time as actors," Wilson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2016. "I've been fortunate to have a long career and play a variety of roles. I've had my down periods. I went four years without work. You have stretches where it feels like starting over. But a lot of people never even get the first break. You're incredibly fortunate if you get that."
William Delano Wilson was born in Atlanta on March 29, 1942. After the death of his father, he graduated from Thomasville High School in 1960 and was awarded an athletic scholarship to Georgia's Southern Polytechnic State University. 
Wilson, though, didn't stay in school; instead, he spent three days hitchhiking to Los Angeles, arriving with $40 in his pocket. One night, he got drunk and wound up in an acting class. 
"At the end of the class, the teacher came up to me and said, 'I don't know what your problem is; don't come back to my class drunk,'" he recalled in a 2012 interview. "I went back the next week to apologize. He gave me a monologue to do from a Eugene O'Neill one-act play, The Long Voyage Home. I came back the next week and did it and said, 'This is it, this is what I want to do.'"
Wilson spent the next five-plus years participating in acting classes and workshops and appearing in local plays like Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
His friend's stepfather was an agent who introduced Wilson to casting director Lynn Stalmaster, who recommended the untested actor to director Norman Jewison and producer Walter Mirisch for In the Heat of the Night.
"It was heaven," he told Mitchell. "Here I was parking cars and pumping gas and doing odd jobs to support myself, then all of a sudden I'm working with people that you talk about in acting class." His Southern accent, which he had been trying to lose, helped him get the job.
Wilson bonded with In the Heat of the Night star Sidney Poitier, who recommended him to Brooks for In Cold Blood. (Wilson was 6 when he met Blake the first time, getting an autograph from the actor who was then playing Little Beaver in a series of Westerns at Republic Pictures.)
Wilson appeared in Sydney Pollack's Castle Keep (1969), John Frankenheimer's The Gypsy Moths(1969) and Robert Aldrich's The Grissom Gang (1971), then played a disillusioned rookie in Richard Fleischer's The New Centurions (1972).
Wilson later starred as a private who falls in love in postwar Poland in Krzysztof Zanussi's A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and reteamed with the Polish director in Our God's Brother (1997), a film adaptation of a play written years earlier by Pope John Paul II.
He also appeared as test pilot Scott Crossfield in The Right Stuff (1983) and in other films like Johnny Handsome (1989), Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story (1993), The Grass Harp (1995) — based on another Capote novel — Clay Pigeons (1998), The Way of the Gun (2000), Pearl Harbor (2001), Junebug (2005), The Heartbreak Kid (2007) and Hostiles (2017).
Wilson also recently had gigs on such TV shows as BoschThe OA and, from Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara, Damien. His Bosch co-star Titus Welliver was one of the first to comment on Wilson's passing on Saturday night. "Scott Wilson has departed. I am heartbroken. We are fewer. Go easy into the light brother," he wrote on his Twitter account.
Survivors include his wife, Heavenly, an artist and attorney whom he married in 1977. His mother, Jewell, died in March 2017 at age 102.
All in all, Wilson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2011, he "accomplished more than I would have hoped to have accomplished. I don't want to be a big movie star. I can be someone who walks the streets and not get mobbed. Yet I want to be as fine an actor as I can be. I am still striving for that — to be as good as I can be."

May 3, 2018

Startup CEO Aaron Traywick 28, Found Dead in a Flotation Therapy Tank.





 
 
Aaron Traywick, a biohacker who once injected himself with an untested herpes therapy on a crusade to expand access to medications, was found dead on Sunday morning in Washington, DC, police confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

Traywick, 28, was found in a spa in Northwest DC, according to police. Staff discovered him in a sensory deprivation flotation tank, according to his colleague Tristan Roberts.
His body was taken for an autopsy, and his cause of death was not immediately known. Their investigation is still ongoing, but the police say they don't suspect foul play.
Traywick was the CEO of Ascendance Biomedical, a tiny, controversial biotech startup on a mission to speed up the process of getting potentially life-saving treatments to patients.
At a biohacker conference in Austin in early February, Traywick made himself a guinea pig, injecting his leg with a never-before-tested, non-FDA-approved, gene-altering herpes treatment made by the company. “I do what has to be done for the science to move forward and for other people to feel free enough to be able to seek interventions for themselves,” he told BuzzFeed News at the time.
A few months prior, Roberts, another Ascendance employee, had injected himself with an experimental HIV treatment.
Both radical stunts drew crowds on Facebook Live and made headlines around the world. But many watched with heavy skepticism: The company had released scant details about the underlying science of how these treatments might work.
On Tuesday, Roberts described Traywick as a "passionate visionary" and "a warrior for a better future."
"He seemingly never tired as he brought people together to work on some of the most imposing challenges facing humanity," Roberts said in a statement. "While many in the biohacking scene disagreed with his methods, none of them doubted his intentions. He sought nothing short of a revolution in biomedicine; the democratization of science and the opening of the floodgates for global healing."
Shortly after the Austin event, Traywick locked himself in one of the company's labs for several hours and locked out other employees, according to Gizmodo. Some employees said that they had become uncomfortable with Traywick's theatrics and false claims to the press and would no longer be working with him.
And soon after that, Traywick sued Gizmodo and a biohacker, Josiah Zayner, for libel, claiming that they had made false and defamatory statements about the company and its research. Last month, the suit was dismissed, according to court documents.
In the biohacking world, Zayner and Traywick were considered rivals. Zayner — who's done his own self-gene-editing experiments in an attempt to beef up his muscles — had criticized the Ascendance CEO for making unsubstantiated and potentially dangerous claims about treating medical conditions.
"Usually, most biohackers are considered pretty crazy and very controversial, but he was the most controversial of the biohackers," Zayner told BuzzFeed News, adding, "He just wanted to get stuff out there, he didn't care about the consequences to him or sometimes other people. That could be reckless, or it could be good, depending on how it ended up."
The last time the two spoke was over the winter before the lawsuit was filed when they got into a Facebook Messenger debate about a lung cancer therapy that Traywick was working on, according to Zayner. He recalls arguing that Traywick could be putting lung cancer patients at risk.
But Zayner also credits Traywick with shaping a larger, important conversation about what kind of access patients should have to experimental treatments.
“The first person who rode an airplane or a rocket or did something crazy — like, there’s a place for those people," Zayner said. "I hope people don’t view Aaron and his life as a negative because it did contribute and it did inspire people despite all the controversy.” 

April 23, 2018

29 y.o. MasterChef Semi-finalist Collapsed and Died During London Marathon





Matt Campbell on the right was running his second marathon in two weeks

[From the BBC]
A MasterChef semi-finalist has died after collapsing during the London Marathon, it has been confirmed.
Matt Campbell, 29, collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark and died later in hospital.
He appeared on the BBC's MasterChef: The Professionals in December 2017, and had been running the race - the hottest on record - for his father who died 18 months ago. 
His social media posts said that it was his second marathon in a fortnight. 
The Kendal chef was running the race for The Brathay Trust in honour of his father Martin. 
On 8 April Mr Campbell completed the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. 
Helen Hokin, who was Mr Campbell's PR consultant, said: "He was a lovely, kind-hearted and down-to-earth man. I believe he was poised to become the next great innovator in British food.
"He was in the middle of a roadshow tour and he had such a way with inspiring young chefs. This is so sad."
Mr Campbell began his career working in Michelin-starred restaurants after finishing second in the BBC's Young Chef of the Year aged 20 in 2009. 
According to his website he left the UK for the French Alps and worked in private villas and "award-winning luxury" ski chalets.
A spokeswoman for MasterChef said: "We are shocked and saddened to hear the news about Matt Campbell, one of our talented contestants from last year.
"It was a privilege to have him on the show. He will always be remembered for producing some of the most innovative and groundbreaking food that we saw on the series.
"From the whole MasterChef team, our sincere condolences and thoughts are with his family and friends." According to his Justgiving page, he only completed his first ever marathon with his late father Martin and brother Josh in 2016. 
Speaking of his father he said: "The past year and a half have been the toughest of my life but his spirit and energy live on in me.
"He was the most inspirational man in my life and was the one who said: 'go on, why don't you give it a go? I know you can do it' and entered me into my first marathon."  Godfrey Owen, chief executive of the Brathay Trust paid tribute to Mr Campbell.
"He was a real creative chef and one of the things he was very keen on doing was sharing that knowledge with young chefs who wanted to get involved in the industry,"
He was such a great athlete and also a wonderful supporter of Brathay." 

November 13, 2017

Co Founder of Trailblazing Gaydar Dead at 51
























Henry Badenhorst, 

 co-founder of the trailblazing Gaydar dating website, has died after falling from a tower block in his native South Africa, close friends of the businessman have confirmed to BuzzFeed News. He was 51.
The cause of death has not yet been formally established, but it is understood he killed himself.
Along with Gary Frisch, his business and romantic partner, Badenhorst founded Gaydar in November 1999. Frisch died in 2007 – he also fell to his death from the balcony of a building.
The couple dreamed up the website after a gay friend of theirs had been complaining about how hard it was to find a boyfriend on existing online dating sites.
Rob Curtis, the current managing director of Gaydar, told BuzzFeed News: “Eighteen years ago, Henry and his partner Gary revolutionized the way that gay men meet, and in doing so created a safer environment for LGBT people everywhere. The Gaydar team is shocked and saddened to hear of Henry’s passing and send our sincerest sympathies to Henry’s friends and family.”
Frisch and Badenhorst had come to London two years earlier to set up a revenue management company called QSoft. But it was Gaydar that made their name and their fortune and forged incalculable connections between gay, bi, and queer men.
Although a few dating sites such as Gay.com had begun to capitalize on both the new opportunities the burgeoning internet offered and the need among gay and bisexual men to connect, Gaydar revolutionized the way it was done.
Badenhorst and Frisch introduced live chatrooms, sophisticated search facilities – including location searches enabling you to find the nearest gay men looking to meet – and, perhaps most important, profile pages. These provided numerous photographic features and endless capacity for people to convey who they were, what they liked and what they were looking for. It changed everything.
Gaydar enabled gay men in the closet, in the countryside, in countries where it was illegal, and in open, metropolitan environments alike to meet. It influenced a slew of copycat heterosexual sites and paved the way for mobile phone dating apps such as Grindr, Scruff, and Tinder that are today enjoyed by tens of millions. 
At the peak of Gaydar’s success in the late '00s, it had more than 5 million subscribers. The Independent on Sunday named Badenhorst the fourth most influential LGBT person in Britain in 2007. And despite becoming increasingly known as a hook-up tool – as well as a dating site – it broke into mainstream culture, attracting blue chip advertisers from Ford to American Express, such as the draw of the so-called pink pound.
It had its detractors – those who said it was responsible for encouraging a harsh shopping-list approach to sex. Matthew Todd, the author and former editor of Attitude magazine, wrote a darkly satirical hit play, Blowing Whistles, inspired by the new culture born of Gaydar. Various tabloid stories also erupted from the site: MP Mark Oaten met a male prostitute on the site; Boy George met the model he was later imprisoned for chaining up against his will; Chris Bryant MP used the site replete with a picture of himself in his underwear.
But Badenhorst remained proud of his accomplishment. He also expanded the empire, launching Gaydar radio, bringing in over a million daily listeners; Gaydar Girls, a mirror version of the site for lesbian and bisexual women; and the Lo-Profile bar, which closed in 2013, shortly after the radio station. He sold the rest of the company later that year.
Widely acknowledged as a sensitive, sweet-natured man, Badenhorst was in his understated way a quiet revolutionary – a visionary for many. Despite earning millions from his venture, his demeanor was far from the flash entrepreneur one might expect. Twinkly green eyes, a soft voice, and a shy smile greeted those he met.
Badenhorst described the loss of Frisch as the worst day of his life, and according to friends he never fully recovered from it.
Growing up in a conservative, suburban, religious Afrikaans household in Johannesburg, Badenhorst could not have dreamed of what he would later create.
He told me in 2009 while I was interviewing him for the Observer: “When I was a teenager I knew I was gay but I thought I was the only one, but these days boys go online and see there are plenty of gay men.” He also could not grasp the multitude of connections – from fleeting trysts to long-term relationships – he had facilitated: “It’s only when you meet people and they tell you how it’s affected their lives that you go back and think, ‘This is what I’ve done.’”
If anything, this – preventing millions from believing themselves to be alone – is the legacy Badenhorst leaves behind. One of his friends, who did not want to be named in this article, noted the terrible irony of this: that the man responsible for bringing so many together could have left the world so alone. The friend also made clear that he did not want the news of Badenhorst’s death to be broken by anyone outside of the LGBT press after the salacious way in which various tabloid newspapers had treated Frisch’s death a decade ago. He said Badenhorst had been suffering from depression.
A local media report yesterday described the shock of witnesses who saw a 51-year-old man falling from the 23rd floor of the Michaelangelo Towers, a hotel building in Sandton, Johannesburg, at which an array of leading public figures have stayed including US president Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey. A close friend of the Gaydar cofounder confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the man who fell was Badenhorst. He is survived by his siblings and parents.

This page is from BuzzFeed and written by
Patrick Strudwick
Patrick Strudwick

August 29, 2017

LGBT and Hollywood Giant JD Disalvatore 51 Has Died~ Best Gay Films and More




 JD Disalvatore was only 51




Award-winning LGBT film and TV director/producer JD Disalvatore graduated from Miami Palmetto High School in 1984, two years after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
One could say the filmmaker, whose 2007 movie “Shelter” won a GLAAD Media Award for the best feature film in limited release, was upstaged by the billionaire entrepreneur. But not everyone would completely agree. 
“I used to joke with JD that she was the one that would ultimately have a bigger positive impact on people’s lives. In reading all the emotional tributes people have shared about our JD, I dare say that may prove true,” said Birgitte Gilliland, her friend since those high school days. 
Disalvatore, whose films include “A Marine Story,” and “Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds,” and who did visual effects work on the “The X-Files” movie in 1998 and the 1997 Pierce Brosnan thriller “Dante’s Peak,” died Aug. 24. She was 51. 
“Cancer got a good ass kicking when it came looking for JD. She wanted to live so badly — she fought and fought and fought,” Gilliland said.
Disalvatore’s bold persona influenced the stories she chose to share in her films. As a director on “Gay Propaganda” in 2002, she recreated classic film scenes but with a queer revisionist bent.
“She involved everyone she knew in these films. To see ourselves in these roles was at first funny, but as the scenes played out they underlined a serious lack of LGBTQ representation in cinema,” writer/producer Allan Brocka wrote on the Boy Culture website.
THE DEAD Lives ON IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE PEOPLE THAT CARED FOR THEM AND JD’S HUGE ACTIVIST HEART AND HER INDOMITABLE, FIGHTING SPIRIT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. WE WILL CARRY ON ALL THE GOOD WORK SHE INTRODUCED US TO.
Lawyer/stay-at-home mom, Birgitte Gilliland.
“Shelter,” a coming-out and falling-in-love tale between two Southern California surfers, avoided the genre cliche pitfalls, critics opined. In 2010, Disalvatore produced Ned Farr’s “A Marine Story,” which took on the U.S. military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemen and women.
“She was so passionate about filmmaking and bringing LGBT stories to the big and small screen,” said casting director Tony Miros, who worked with Disalvatore on “Eating Out 2” and “A Marine Story.”
Disalvatore served as festival manager at Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and wrote The Smoking Cocktail blog to provide gay news on arts, culture, and politics. After graduating from Boston University with a communications degree, she supervised graduate film production at the American Film Institute in L.A., which she credited as having influenced her producing career.
“JD cultivated an LGBTQ film community in Hollywood with her Smoking Cocktail networking events. In a city where all of us hear no after no after no, the welcoming atmosphere of these mixers was a lifesaver,” said Brocka, who wrote and directed the movies “Boy Culture” and the first “Eating Out.”
She was born Julie Disalvatore in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on March 5, 1966, to a career Air Force father and artistically gifted mother and spent five years living in Belgium. JD, as she wanted to be known, moved to Miami in 1973. She remained through high school, returning to take a summer film program course at the University of Miami. 

JD could mix with celebrities like Sen. Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail or “21 Jump Street” actor Jonah Hill just as easily as making a shy transfer student feel welcomed to Palmetto High in her sophomore year.
“I knew no one and was quite nervous about finding my way,” Gilliland recalled. “A sympathetic guidance counselor suggested I join the marching band in spite of my atrocious clarinet playing because, as she assured me, ‘Mr. Fetterman always needed bodies.’ One of the first people to greet me beyond the music room’s double doors was JD. With trumpet in hand, she instantly made me feel at ease and welcome. That was just her way.”
JD “knew all the truisms of adolescence,” Gilliland said. “She grew up in a self-described dysfunctional home and postulated that a rocky road traveled made one especially empathetic to misfits, outcasts or anyone struggling with self-acceptance. And although we didn’t know it at the time, that included most of us in high school.” 
Her three passions were music — in particular, show tunes — film and rescue dogs and cats, her survivors, sister Roanne and brother Carl, said.
“If you had four legs, JD had your back with a megaphone in hand,” her friend, writer/producer Jane Clark, wrote for her obit.

Aside from JD’s pride over “Shelter,” which topped Logo’s NewNextNow’s list of The 100 Greatest Gay Movies of All Time in 2012, her grandest achievements, she felt, were her work with The Point Foundation to mentor LGBT youth scholars and working with her animal shelter to make Los Angeles a “no-kill city.”
“I don’t consider myself a naive or unsophisticated person, but spending time with JD often left one with the feeling that you had just fallen off the back of the turnip truck, especially when she’d spot a celebrity,” Gilliland said. “Jonah Hill would be eating a burger near you or Jennifer Garner would be selecting lettuce over there and JD would casually point it out. Not because she gave a flying fart but because she didn’t want you to miss a single thing. 
“JD’s depth and breadth of knowledge were dizzying,” Gilliland added. “She took it upon herself to school me in all the ways my education had been woefully neglected — from the Stonewall riots to juicing root vegetables so the final product didn’t taste like dirt. And she introduced me to so many things before they were hip or on anyone’s radar, like Ricky Gervais and ‘Downton Abbey.’”
Even as she fought breast cancer, JD’s resolve never flagged. “One time when I was visiting her, I overheard parts of an all-night phone call she had with a young gay man that was contemplating suicide. She was already sick and weak at the time so the marathon conversation exhausted her, but it was colossally important to her that this sacred person got to tell his whole life story and be assured that things would get better,” Gilliland said. “She. Never. Stopped.” 
A memorial is being planned. Donations in Disalvatore’s honor can go to OutfestPoint Foundation and the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, California.

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