during the past two years in the area near 14th and Fairmont Sts., N.W., an area frequented by drag queens who solicit sex for money. Detectives say they

 
during the past two years in the area near 14th and Fairmont Sts., N.W., an area frequented by drag queens who solicit sex for money. Detectives say they




 during the past two years in the area near 14th and Fairmont Sts., N.W., an area frequented by drag queens who solicit sex for money. Detectives say they during the past two years in the area near 14th a
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HOMOCIDE
For Ronald Gibson

Ronald Gibson, 20, was found shot to death in the 2700 block of Arizona Avenue, N.W. Police said Gibson was wearing a dress and high-heeled shoes at the time of his death. According to Homicide Det. Lloyd Davis, Gibson, also known as "Star," hung out during the past two years in the area near 14th and Fairmont Sts., N.W., an area frequented by drag queens who solicit sex for money. Detectives say they have no suspects and know of no motives in the case
–The Washington Blade, January 8, 1982
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Grief is not apparel.

Not like a dress, a wig

or my sister's high-heeled shoes.

It is darker than the man I love

who in my fantasies comes for me

in a silver, six-cylinder chariot.

I walk the waterfront/curbsides

in my sister's high-heeled shoes.

Dreaming of him, his name

still unknown to my tongue.

While I wait for my prince to come,

from every other man I demand pay

for my kisses. I buy paint

for my lips. Stockings for my legs.

My own high-heeled slippers

and dresses that become me.

When he comes,

I know I must be beautiful.

I will know how to love his body.

Standing out here on the waterfront/curbsides

I have learned to please a man.

He will bring me flowers.

He will bring me silk

and jewels, I know.

While I wait,

I'm the only man who loves me.

They call me "Star"

because I listen to

dreams and wishes.

But grief is darker.

It is a white dress

that covers my body.

It is a wig

that does not rest gently

on my head.

–Essex Hemphill