Clarification of photo with Jack Chapman and me used in noodlesandbeefleftovers tumblr post

Nov 7, 2018

This photo of Jack Chapman (red top) and me (green top) was taken at Bearaoke at The Laird Hotel on June 14 2012.  It was posted to the VicBears Facebook page the following day:

The photo has since been re-used in a November 3 2108 noodlesandbeefleftovers tumblr post:

20181103 Noodles and Beef Leftovers Tumblr.png

It’s unclear what the purpose of the photo appearing in the tumblr post is but it may be connected to the sentence:

Jack had been subservient before getting the muscles and way before silicone was in the picture.

Under the VicBears post on Facebook I explained what Jack was doing to me:

20120615 VicBears Jack Michael photo

I was buying raffle tickets that were supporting the Anti Violence Project. I elected for the “$5 for as many as can fit the length of my inside-leg measurement” option and Jack was measuring me up.

Jack was kneeling in front of me so he could put a tape measure around my leg.  It was a beautiful moment of hilarity between Jack and me, but it was nothing more than that.

I would be very disappointed if this photo of us was being used to prove some point about Jack different to what actually happened.

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VicBears: Celebrating the life of Jack Chapman

Oct 28, 2018

Jack Chapman

Celebrating the life of Jack Chapman
Hosted by VicBears Inc.

Saturday, 10 November 2018 from 12:00-17:00
The Laird
149 Gipps Street, Abbotsford, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia 3067

VicBears would like to invite you to celebrate the life of Jack Chapman, one of our nearest and dearest. He touched so many lives not only here in Melbourne but around the world. To know him, was to feel loved.

At his strictest orders, this is not to be a sad or solemn occasion, but one to celebrate the ways he lived his life – limitless enthusiasm, boundless hilarity and unconquerable courage.

The ever amazing boys at The Laird have graciously given us the venue for a few hours and allowed us to extend the invite to ALL of Jacks family and friends. Anyone that knew him or knew someone touched by him is most welcome to attend and make a contribution (not just the men)!

VicBears will also be unveiling a few special surprises on the day to ensure this beloved ranga is never forgotten and continues to make a lasting positive impact on our community for years to come.

Please ensure you RSVP on this Facebook event as light snacks will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase from the bar.

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Even if you can’t be there on the day YOU CAN STILL CONTRIBUTE! No matter where you are in the world…

Prior to the day we are calling for any and all farewell messages, photos, stories or memories of your best moments with Jack. These will be displayed around the venue on the day and made available to his family (so keep them mostly family friendly please) so that they can see how much he was loved and how many lives he touched.

Send your contributions to kevin@vicbears.org.au as soon as possible to make sure they’re included.


Farewell Jack

Oct 19, 2018

This week I learnt of the death of Jack Chapman, a young man I first met around 2008.

Jack always made me feel happy.  He was someone I saw from time to time at the Laird Hotel, and around bear and gay events.

I wasn’t especially close as a friend, but Jack was there for a chat on the odd occasion, sometimes for a project of his, or for his fundraising for the Victorian AIDS Council.

In this audio clip (extracted from episode 21 of the Cubby House podcast, recorded on September 28 2009) Jack tops and tails the reading Sandra Schneiderman and I performed of Wayne Hoffman’s “A place at the table”:

After some years we kinda lost touch, more because I wasn’t hanging around the Laird as much, and because he wasn’t around either.  One day I found out he was actually living overseas, and that he was in a relationship with a guy there.  We saw each other at the Laird somewhere around this time (it’s blurry, I don’t recall if he came back or it was before he went away), and that was the last time I saw Jack.

On Wednesday this week (October 17) I was driving back from Bairnsdale to Mallacoota, parked in Lakes Entrance for a break, and Gregory (my husband) forwarded me a message he’d seen on Facebook:

20181017 Message from Gregory

The message was to a photo on a mutual friend’s page.  The caption read:

I am saddened and shocked of the news of the passing of jack/tank. R.I.P big fella

I didn’t know Jack was now using the name Tank (or that he had changed his last name).

It turns out his death on October 15 was connected to a lung condition.  Dead at 28.

Jack was one of the sweetest guys that had come into my life, and now he’s gone.  He did a lot for the community here in Melbourne.  I’ll miss him for sure.

Here’s a gallery of a few pics I took of him, or were taken of us, between 2008 and 2012.

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POSTSCRIPT (October 20)

Three redacted copies of Jack’s death certificate have surfaced (herehere and here).  It points to “Silicon Injection Syndrome” as a cause of death.  I was not previously aware of this syndrome, so looked it up and found this 2006 article published by the Radiological Society of North America:

Liquid silicone, which is often used for breast augmentation and other cosmetic procedures, can cause respiratory failure if not injected properly by a licensed physician. A study of individuals who underwent illegal silicone injections revealed a high fatality rate from pulmonary silicone embolism, or obstruction of the lungs. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

There clearly needs to be greater education around the dangers of silicone injections for cosmetic enhancement, particular if death is a likely outcome from incorrect administration.


Men on Men Art Competition 2011 at the Laird Hotel

Jun 10, 2011

This year’s “Men on Men” Art Competition at the Laird Hotel in Melbourne is well worth the visit.  You’ll find a really wide range of art styles and techniques on display, and an equally diverse range of masculinity being portrayed.  There’s definitely an abundance of talent on offer.

I was particularly taken by the larger-than-life scruffy lad overlooking the pool table (and a veritable steal for only $600).  Oh, and there’s an extremely clever entry that takes you on quite a journey around Melbourne’s metropolitan rail network (the ticket for this will cost you $450).  No guarantees you’ll still have your virginity after you’ve gone that route.

My entry into the competition this year is of a very handsome, somewhat scruffy, bearish guy.  You’ll find him well hung in the games room, over the pinball machines.  If you can’t get there, stay tuned and I’ll post my entry here after the competition closes.

Men on Men Art Competition 2011

Men on Men Art Competition 2011

Come take a look at the art, on display until June 29 at the Laird Hotel, 149 Gipps Street Abbotsford.  (Note, the Laird is generally a men-only venue, but gladly welcomes women to view the exhibition from 2-5pm on Saturday June 11.)


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