Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Dream Worker

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Dream Worker

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Billionaire David Geffen came out publicly as a gay man in 1992, announcing at AIDS Project Los Angeles's Commitment to Life dinner, "As a gay man I have come a long way to be here tonight."

The record mogul had long been the object of scorn for hedging about his sexual orientation. In 1990 Michelangelo Signorile in Out-Week magazine called upon Geffen to come out and attacked him for allowing Guns N' Roses and comedian Andrew Dice Clay to appear on his record label. Both performers had made antigay comments in their recordings.

That same year, Queer Nation activists picketed the Commitment to Life event, for which Geffen was on the benefit committee, calling him "Miss Geffen" and saying the event should really be called Commitment to the Closet. But even before Geffen came out, as a philanthropist he donated millions of dollars to the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York City, APLA, and other AIDS organizations. …

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