Fans For Life: Bonus Gay Graves
Photo: Chad Snoke
Pere La Chaise, Paris, where everyone who was anyone gets laid for the last time, boasts both Oscar Wilde's suitably ostentatious, winged monument and Gertrude Stein side by side with Alice B. Toklas. Elsewhere around Europe, we found Jean Genet in Morocco and W. H. Auden back home near Vienna, Austria.
Stateside, Tallulah Bankhead is in Maryland, where she was buried after whispering "codeine…bourbon…," folks are leaving soup cans for Andy Warhol in Pittsburgh; and James Baldwin lies in Hartsdale, New York, steps from Joan Crawford and Judy Garland.
Inspired, I checked out a few of my personal favorite post-life queer icons. 1950's beefcake, Rock Hudson, was cremated after dying of AIDS in 1985; Yukio Mishima's classically Japanese headstone can be found at Tama Reien Cemetery in Tokyo; and Harvey Milk lies in San Francisco's Columbarium.