Robert Thibeault who ran gay clubs since the 1960s in Providence, RI has died as reported by the Providence Journal: "'They refer to me as the godfather of the gay life in Providence,' he said with a smile in a 2008 interview."
Leo Koury ran gay bars in Richmond, VA during the 1970s, and even resorted to murder in an attempt to muscle in on a competitor as reported by WTVR: "in 1978 Koury was indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with that murder" but Koury fled and was "on the FBI's 10-most-wanted list for 12 years" until he died in June 1991 living under an assumed identity in San Diego.
Here's one you may have overlooked. The Mafia and the Gays is a surprising but essential history of the mob's control over New York's gay club scene well into the 1980s. Crawford's book brings to light the intertwined stories of the LGBTQ community and the gangsters who operated once-illicit bathhouses, or who offered gay businesses protection from the police pre-Stonewall while hijacking gay liberation to serve the ends of families like the Genovese, who controlled the famous Haymarket.
Other titles on the list include Five Families by Selwyn Raab and Donnie Brasco by Joe Pistone. I'm so thrilled; how about that!
Ashok Pai, the man who alleges James Levine from the Metroplitan Opera sexually molested him in 1986 as a 16-year-old boy, further claims that the famed conductor's younger brother Tom Levine was "in on the game" according to a police report as reported by the New York Post: "[Pai] contended that Tom Levine 'was also around during dinners' he had with the maestro," and "signed his name to checks Pai received from 1988 to 1993, Pai said." The age of consent at the time James Levine allegedly molested Ashok Pai was sixteen, and accordingly, criminal charges will not be brought over that matter authorities announced last week.
As this blog previously reported James Levine "was a patron with his younger brother and business assistant Tom Levine of the gay hustler bar Rounds in midtown New York according to a memoir by Charles Scaglione who was one of the club's owners." Although Scaglione insists that Rounds had no mob ties another co-owner, Seymour Seiden, allegedly had a prior history with the Genovese family and its gay clubs. Indeed, in 1975 the New York Police Department and District Attorney's Office launched an investigation dubbed Operation Together which looked into the mob control of gay bars and underage boy sex rings, and the principal target was Seymour Seiden according to a retired NYPD officer with whom I spoke several years ago who worked undercover on the case.