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This profile was last updated on 11/5/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Candida Scott Piel

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Employment History

  • Community Liaison
    American Foundation for AIDS Research
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Webmaster -- fundraising, web, amfAR -- jriordan
www.jimmyriordan.com, 5 Nov 2006 [cached]
TRIBE and ALCHEMY fundraiser ads were created for Candida Scott Piel, Community Liaison at amfAR. LINK TO VIEW RELATED & OTHER PRINT ADS.
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www.flaggercentral.com [cached]
- Candida Scott Piel
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Candida Scott Piel, whom many consider the mother of today's New York tribe, says that in the '70s a group of gay men visiting New York from San Francisco went out to a club called 12 West and witnessed several men - who were actually Broadway chorus boys - dancing with fans. The visitors returned to San Francisco, where they bought fans in Chinatown and began dancing with them in the popular club The Trocecdero. The paper fans soon fell apart, which let to the renovation of replacing the paper with fabric. Other technical improvements followed, including replacing the metal pin holding the fan's spines together with waxed shoe lace or leather, and fan dancing as we know it was born. This, Piel adds, is "history as told to me by the late Frank Teramani of San Francisco, who was one of the Trocadero 'Fantasy' fan group.
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"So many fan players had kept their cards close to their chests - had not shared their gift, their secrets of fan making and playing, "Piel explains, "So when they died, they left no legacy. And there were plenty who lived but who disappeared because the music disappeared and going out ceased to be a pleasant or friendly experience."
The art form was on the verge of extinction until just recently. Newer generations of partygoers are becoming more receptive to the art, Piel says, and music styles are once again more conducive to fanning.
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That was where he approached Piel and Stephen DeRose regarding the art.
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- Candida Scott Piel
AIDS, Muscles and Marabou
Some fanners claim that fan dancing is connected to an old school of queerness, one that carries associations with effeminacy and with AIDS. Those who came out in the '80s suffered from an AIDS-driven internalized homophobia, Piel says. They felt that "if they didn't associate themselves with vestiges of the '70s/Saint era, that if they didn't fan or play finger cymbals, then they wouldn't get it. But that's changing. "There is something ancient and primal about fan playing that is far older than gay dance culture," Piel says.
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My life changed the moment I met Candida [Scott Piel].
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"I have recognized a couple of rag-fan players as having been taught by Stephen DeRose," says Piel, who learned fanning and flagging in '93 from Jeffrey Reichlin and others.
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Revered by flaggers everywhere as the godmother of flagging, Candida Scott Piel is worried. "It bothers me that you can buy a bag of flags at your local rainbow tchotchkes store," she exclaims from New York, where she works as a community liaison for the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Over the phone, Piel's voice has a Betty Davis timbre and, like Davis, she speaks with a resolute authority.
"I've taught it all, fans and flags, and it upsets me when it becomes a performance instead of a ceremony," says Piel, whose fanning knowledge hails back to the the form's original heyday in New York.
amfAR
www.amfar.org, 5 Feb 2003 [cached]
Candida Scott Piel Community Liaison
Candida Scott Piel, whom many ...
www.flaggercentral.com, 22 April 2006 [cached]
Candida Scott Piel, whom many consider the mother of today's New York tribe, says that in the '70s a group of gay men visiting New York from San Francisco went out to a club called 12 West and witnessed several men - who were actually Broadway chorus boys - dancing with fans. The visitors returned to San Francisco, where they bought fans in Chinatown and began dancing with them in the popular club The Trocecdero. The paper fans soon fell apart, which let to the renovation of replacing the paper with fabric. Other technical improvements followed, including replacing the metal pin holding the fan's spines together with waxed shoe lace or leather, and fan dancing as we know it was born. This, Piel adds, is "history as told to me by the late Frank Teramani of San Francisco, who was one of the Trocadero 'Fantasy' fan group.
...
"So many fan players had kept their cards close to their chests - had not shared their gift, their secrets of fan making and playing, "Piel explains, "So when they died, they left no legacy. And there were plenty who lived but who disappeared because the music disappeared and going out ceased to be a pleasant or friendly experience."
The art form was on the verge of extinction until just recently. Newer generations of partygoers are becoming more receptive to the art, Piel says, and music styles are once again more conducive to fanning.
...
That was where he approached Piel and Stephen DeRose regarding the art.
...
- Candida Scott Piel
AIDS, Muscles and Marabou
Some fanners claim that fan dancing is connected to an old school of queerness, one that carries associations with effeminacy and with AIDS. Those who came out in the '80s suffered from an AIDS-driven internalized homophobia, Piel says. They felt that "if they didn't associate themselves with vestiges of the '70s/Saint era, that if they didn't fan or play finger cymbals, then they wouldn't get it. But that's changing. "There is something ancient and primal about fan playing that is far older than gay dance culture," Piel says.
...
My life changed the moment I met Candida [Scott Piel].
...
"I have recognized a couple of rag-fan players as having been taught by Stephen DeRose," says Piel, who learned fanning and flagging in '93 from Jeffrey Reichlin and others.
...
Revered by flaggers everywhere as the godmother of flagging, Candida Scott Piel is worried. "It bothers me that you can buy a bag of flags at your local rainbow tchotchkes store," she exclaims from New York, where she works as a community liaison for the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Over the phone, Piel's voice has a Betty Davis timbre and, like Davis, she speaks with a resolute authority.
"I've taught it all, fans and flags, and it upsets me when it becomes a performance instead of a ceremony," says Piel, whose fanning knowledge hails back to the the form's original heyday in New York.
The Village Voice: Features: The Queer Issue: It's Back! by Steve Weinstein
ftp.freetimes.com, 21 Sept 2001 [cached]
"Young people are coming into the gay world fully armed, like Athena from the head of Zeus," says Candida Scott Piel, the community liaison at the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) and a passionate observer of the scene.This sense of ease and entitlement extends to kink and even hustling.
Sean is 22, cute, blond, a college student, and an escort.He's having the time of his life, getting fucked and making more money doing it in one night than he made in a week waiting tables.Most of his clients are older and married, but that doesn't bother him."I'm more predatory than they are," he laughs.
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Piel cites the perfect-body images so prevalent in porn as raising the bar impossibly high for most people."There was a time when everyone attempted to validate the notion of versatility," she says."Besides, it was a lot easier to don a mustache, flannel shirt, and jeans than to spend hours in a gym and stick a needle in your ass."Even Tim Ranney, whose Tom of Finland and Manhunt dance parties celebrated a Village People array of masculine imagery, says he tries to avoid going to Chelsea: "It's just so parasitic.It's all about the body; my pecs are bigger than your pecs.Any little hint of intimacy scares them off."
Insecurity has fueled the use of crystal meth and GHB.
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"The condom code was instituted for an emergency, like a flood or fire," says Piel."It isn't viable.Acknowledging that is crucial."The popularity of barebacking led Brandon to start his PozParties, limited to HIV-positive men, an idea now imported by other cities."These are venues for guys who are positive without having to risk spreading the disease," Brandon says."It's about taking control of a situation that's out of control."
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