Ginger Snapps Dies Former member Adrian Pendragon passed away on January 12, 1995, due to complications from AIDS. Adrian was a colorful member of our club for a few years. We will always remember his little heeled shoes he always danced with. Our sympathies are extended to his lover, Ron Mounts.
Adrian and Ron, a couple getting married, were perfect together. If you could say it, theirs was a marriage made in heaven. They were totally devoted to each other. It was a joy to see. They only just met at the beginner's class the year prior, but to look at them you'd think they had been together for years.
When I first met them, Adrian had been crocheting a wedding dress for himself. They had decided by then that they would get married. In light of that, I told Adrian it would take him years to finish the dress. He had been crocheting it with small needles and using very fine thread. I could recognize that such fine work would take a long time, and near the time of the wedding, I teased him, “Why aren't you crocheting anymore? I thought you were getting on with it.". "I decided to buy a dress," he responded. "I could see I was never going to finish it in time."
As soon as Adrian had decided to play the woman's part, he bought himself a pair of red square dance shoes. Right after he would get to the dance he would change his shoes and dance in high heels. To me, heels were a pain in the neck, or a pain in the feet!
Ron told me that they had decided to get married in their church in the spring. He wanted to make sure that I would come. Finally, spring arrived and I went to Adrian and Ron's gay wedding. They had prepared for it properly at the church by mailing out invitations.
The church is "The Metropolitan Community Church of New York, a church of the Lesbian and Gay Community." They were in the process of cleaning it up and refurbishing it. You could see where they had finished and where they had not. Everyone sat on folding chairs.
During the ceremony, the couple exchanged rings and kissed and were declared married. After that they cleared away all the chairs, squared danced, drank punch and ate cake. It was a very nice wedding. Adrian wore a dress, but all the other participants wore trousers. It was all very tasteful. All went off very smoothly.
After the wedding, a group of us dancers went over to SAGE and rehearsed our convention exhibition dance before a live audience. SAGE is a senior group of lesbians and gays who get together once in a while. The SAGE members thought the performance was very good. It is to be performed at the New York Square Dance Convention. I was in love with New York and square dancing and would have done anything to help them.
— Doris Nixon
- Times Squared newsletter, v.10 no.7 (Mar 1995), p.5
- Times Squared newsletter, v.11 no.3 (Nov 1995) p.6