Karen Dior Memorial

Posted September 19, 2004 2:38 PM by with 3 comments

Will Clark and Marshall O Boy have announced a fundraising event and celebration of the late Geoffrey Karen Dior, adult industry legend and porn muse. The celebration, hosted by Chi Chi La Rue will rock West Hollywood on October 10th. (Coincidently, the same night as the Wet Palms launch party — but for once we don’t mind our thunder being stolen).DIOR MEMORIAL & CELEBRATION ANNOUNCED

(September 15th, 2004) Producers Marshall O Boy and Will Clark announced today the lineup for a fundraising event memorializing and celebrating the life of Geoffrey Karen Dior, one of Los Angeles’ enduring personalities. The event, which will raise money for L.A. Shanti (http://www.lashanti.org), will take place on Sunday October 10th from 6pm to 9pm at Micky’s (8857 Santa Monica Blvd near San Vicente). This event is open to the public and there will be a suggested donation at the door although no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Mickys is handicapped accessible.

Dior’s friends have volunteered to memorialize through performances. Chi Chi LaRue will host the event and DJ Canby will spin. The following are currently scheduled to perform: Billy Masters, Chris Green, Dino Philips, The Fabulous Phyllis, Irene Soderberg, Jackie Beat, Kevin Kramer, Lana Luster, Marshall O Boy and the Well Hungarians, Momma, Pat Briggs, Pussy Tourette, Richard Halpern, Sharon Kane and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence with porn pups Bastian, Rik Jammer and others providing a little extra bootylicious entertainment in the first half hour of the event (so get there early). Additional performers will be announced closer to the date of the event.

Karen, born Geoff Gann, February 14th, 1967, was an industry personality, performing songs as a woman, directing porn as a man, becoming a porn performer himself as Rick Van and of course crossing over into mainstream Hollywood entertainment appearing in a commercial for a popular razor as well as appearances on VERONICA’S CLOSET and XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. On August 25th, 2004 passed away due to complications from AIDS. You can read more about his work at http://www.karendior.net

 About L.A. Shanti: “For 20 years, L.A. Shanti has provided “Tools for Living” for diverse communities affected by HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses, serving over 4,000 clients in the last year alone. The “Tools for Living” they provide in their services are the core of how they have transformed lives: Lives enriched with physical well-being and emotional courage.

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3 responses to Karen Dior Memorial

  1. Jamie Michelle October 31st, 2004 at 9:33 PM

    God bless you, Karen Dior. From us on Earth to you above, may Heaven’s amazing grace shower you with our love.


  2. Sven January 18th, 2005 at 7:36 AM

    I didn’t know him all that well; at the most I guess you could say we were acquaintances. The first time I met him, he came over to my apartment and handed me a book as a gift and token of appreciation for having been invited over.

    I laughed because he was (and remains to this date) the only such person to ever give me a gift as ways of saying thank you for meeting. The book was a copy of his biography, entitled “Sleeping under the Stars” and before he left I made him sign it for me. During the months that followed that first meeting, we probably got together at least a dozen times. There were times he would call at midnight and we would talk on the phone for an hour because he was lonely and frustrated.

    One time he called and asked me if I would mind picking him at his doctor’s office the next day as he had no ride home. I remember thinking that if you have to call me to come pick you up at the doctor’s; chances are you probably don’t have that many other friends you can call to ask so I agreed. No big deal, right? When he met me at the reception area, he stretched his arms out and hugged me as if I was a long lost relative. I’ll never forget that. I’ll never forget that because it made me so incredible sad to see someone so lonely and so grateful for something so minor.

    The last time we talked must have been well over a year ago. Eventually we lost touch with one another; things happened and time moved on but those two events always stuck with me.

    Geoffrey Karen Dior died on August 25, 2004 due to complications of AIDS. He was 37 years old.

    I found out yesterday, purely by accident, when I was browsing a gay news site and caught the 3 sentence paragraph that mentioned his passing. Amongst his many talents, he was a former porn actor and producer. A devout Buddhist, he had the most incredibly intense set of eyes I have ever seen. And for all the stigma and detached shallowness that comes with being a porn actor, he was a nice, warm, sweet man.

    The reason I am telling you all this is because Geoff is the first man I know to die that I was intimate with. He is the first person to die in my direct life because of AIDS and it is scaring the shit out of me.

    Because I don’t want to die at the age of 37 due to complications of AIDS; laying in some hospital bed. I want to die at home; in my sleep and lying next to the person I love at the good young age of 90. Not 37, not 40 and not 50 and not “due to complications of AIDS.” It just isn’t right.

    I am sorry I lost touch with Geoff. I pray he didn’t die alone and he had someone else to call, just as he had called me to come pick him up at the doctor’s.

    For all the stars he may have slept under, he now sleeps above them all.

    My name is Sven


  3. rob May 9th, 2005 at 3:30 PM

    I never met him, I had heard of him, and I bought his book. Now I feel I know him. He lived the life I would have loved to live. I hope you Rest In Peace Geoffrey, and shag the brains outta heaven. Rob UK xxx


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