The Boston Globe is reporting today that photographer and "Gay Boston" chronicler Robert "Bobby" Busnach died, earlier this summer.
Born in Cambridge, his family moved to Pennsylvania when he was ten but he ran away back to Boston where the self-described "glitter boy" lived on the streets as a hustler.
Busnach was a regular visitor to The Other Side, the Bay Village "gay discotheque" (torn down in the 1980s; near the intersection of Piedmont and Broadway) located across the street from Jacque's.
He moved to New York City in the 1970s where he remained for a few decades. He eventually ended up on the Cape where he was living when he died of heart failure on July 5, 2019.
His online presence remains; there are several YouTube videos he created and he had one of his first gallery shows this summer at AMP, the Art Market Provincetown.
Interviewed for Provincetown magazine last year, he had this to say, which seems rather fitting:
As a survivor of his chosen tribe, this work goes beyond himself, though he finds his center in it all.
"We all called ourselves fags, or dykes, fag hags, wannabees, sissies, whatever we were called we took the name for ourselves. I didn't want to be like everyone else. I want[ed] to be special. It made us special. I didn't want to be part of their society. And I still don't."