RIP, Jim Mitchell

Susie Bright writes a moving post about Jim Mitchell, who died yesterday of a heart attack at the age of 63. From Susie:

Jim and Art made a huge difference in my life; I’m hardly alone. They gleefully supported On Our Backs when no one else in the sex trade would even speak to us. They may not have been “gay,” but they sure weren’t straight. They were the anti-squares, totally defiant, and absolutely inspirational when it came to creative subversion. Doing any kind of anarchy or politics with them was a delight from start to finish.

From the Mercury News article:

Mitchell, who walked away from San Quentin State Prison in 1997, has since lived a quiet life, with horses on the ranch, said family members and friends.

“He seemed terrifically happy,” said Jeannette Etheredge, owner of the Tosca Cafe in North Beach, where two decades ago the brothers often partied.

Mitchell was no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of the business, which includes a porn film operation and the theater. But a family members said he periodically checked in on the theater at O’Farrell and Polk streets that anchored his porn fame, and where deceased gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson once served as night manager.

RIP, Jim Mitchell, San Francisco’s poorer for your passing.

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