On Sunday, June 19, 2011, Taylor Siluwé, popular writer, blogger and activist died from lung cancer in his home in New Jersey. He was 43 years old.

Taylor was born January 27, 1966, in Jersey City, where he lived most of his adult life. He studied creative writing at New York University, fulfilling what he considered “a burning passion to write.” Known for his darkly erotic and humorous story telling style, Taylor’s writing has been featured in numerous publications including Details, Venus, Literary New York, Out IN Jersey, FlavaLIFE, and the E-zine Velvet Mafia. His short stories appeared in the anthologies Law of Desire (Alyson Books) and Best Gay Erotica 2008 (Cleis Press). In addition, Taylor published two sexually charged short story collections, Dancing With the Devil (SGL Café Press) and Cheesy Porn…and other Fairy Tales (SGL Café Press).

Taylor’s writing reached new heights of popularity on his blog, SGL Café.Com, which combined a canny combination of the personal and political. Taylor’s blog served has a fiery, and often hilarious, platform for the rights of same gender loving men, while also providing insightful and candid asides on his personal life, popular culture and his struggle with cancer.

Fellow writer and friend, Nathan James said of Taylor, “ [He] was one of the most beautiful human beings I’ve ever known. He was one of my best friends, and a gifted writer, as well. Like me, Taylor was a passionate LGBT activist and political junkie. We used to sit up for hours and hours at his house, talking about issues of the day. Taylor’s writing was darkly provocative, exploring a different side of LGBT life…”



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Paul Monette

6 Responses to “Remembering Taylor Siluwé”

  1. Cheril N. Clarke 20 June 2011 at 6:33 AM #

    Thank you for covering this. May he rest in peace.


  2. Lizabella Stephenson 20 June 2011 at 12:37 PM #

    R.I.P. My Brave Soldier…Your Friends Are Waiting For You With Joy.
    Go Home And Rest…You Have Been So Brave And Done So Well.
    God Bless You And Keep You Warm In His Embrace…
    ~LizaBella


  3. Perry Brass 24 June 2011 at 9:24 AM #

    This is another terrible loss of a beautiful young man. I feel so bad for him, and also for the wonderful people who loved him, like my friend Toby Grace from Out in Jersey who regularly published Taylor. It’s hard to contain my feelings about this. We need to love each other more while we’re here; that is the only thing I can say from this. Perry Brass.


  4. Herman 27 June 2011 at 2:37 AM #

    I’m sorry to hear of his passing. I met him back in 2004 when my aunt passed he was more then warm and a true friend at that time. we share some good times together he will be missed….


  5. Edina Rose 5 April 2012 at 11:56 AM #

    I just read Dancing with the devil and I loved it. I was looking for other stories by Taylor Siluwe and ended up learning about his death on SGL Cafe.com. So much talent gone. May he rest in peace.


  6. […] Well I feel like the one person who that was doing that — he’s passed on now; you know who I’m talking about Tony. […]



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