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OUT100: Justin Vivian Bond

OUT100: Justin Vivian Bond

Photography by JUCO | Retouching by Anna Glen at Wet Noodle

The Moment: October 11, 1928: Virginia Woolf publishes Orlando, her semi-autobiographical novel about her lover Vita Sackville-West.

Although she pays homage to the doomed writer Virginia Woolf in this photo, Justin Vivian Bond isn’t heading to the river with stones in her pockets anytime soon. Not when “V,” the pronoun Bond prefers, is having so much fun. This year, Bond spent Valentine’s Day belting out songs at the Eiffel Tower (“the one in Paris, not Vegas”), premiered a new show, The Drift, and curated the performance and cabaret festival Spiegeltent at Bard College. As it did for many, our portfolio’s theme of LGBT history hit home with Bond. “I remember the night in the mid-’90s when we found out the AIDS ‘cocktail’ was working,” V says. “At the club Cake on Avenue B, I announced over the mic, ‘We’re gonna live!’ Many of my friends came back from the brink of death that year.”

Photographed at the aquatic greenhouse at the New York
Botanical Gardens on August 13, 2014

Hair and Makeup: Angela diCarlo

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