Russo developed material for "Closet" following screenings of films shown as fundraisers for the 1970s organization, Gay Activists Alliance. He died of AIDS-related complications in 1990.
I very highly recommend the book and, also, the film documentary (1995) based on it. Talking heads in the movie include Lily Tomlin, Shirley MacLaine, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon and Tom Hanks. Fabulous film clips! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112651/
Neil Tennant formed Pet Shop Boys with band mate Chris Lowe. Their first smash hit was "West End Girls" (1984) and, for three decades, they have remained successful and relevant in the realms of pop, dance-music and electronica, their singles and albums continually charting on both radio and club charts. I've always considered this erudite neo-disco gentleman, Neil, a hottie as well (http://djbuddybeaverhausen.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-top-five-most-fabulous-men.html).
The Pet Shop Boys' new dance album, Electric, will be released in the US, on July 16, on their new label, Kobalt.