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William M. Milliken (1889 - March 14, 1978), second director of the CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART, was born in Stamford, Conn., to Thomas Kennedy and Mary Spedding Mathewson Milliken (1858-1932). His father was a New York linen importer and manufacturer. The younger Milliken graduated from Princeton University (1911). Summers were spent traveling in Europe where he became familiar with the Gothic churches and art museums. After graduation he was assistant curator of the Dept. of Decorative Art in New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The curator, William R. Valentiner, had returned to Germany during World War I. During this time, the Met hosted the loaned collection of magnificent medieval object collection of Board president J. P. Morgan (1837-1913). Milliken had a first-hand opportunity to study these pieces (the show remained until 1916). That year, 1916, the Morgan pieces became part of the Metropolitan and Milliken was promoted to Assistant Curator. With the United States entry into the War the following year, Milliken enlisted serving as a ground officer in the 282nd Air Squadron in England. Following his discharge, he became curator of decorative arts at CMA, a post he held until his retirement from the museum in 1958.

He published his first article for the museum the same year as his employment, "French Gothic Sculpture in the Museum," in the Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Milliken's first major acquisition for the museum was the 1922 small ivory plaques. He has so impressed board president and wealthy collector Jeptha Homer Wade II (1857-1926), that Wade purchased them personally and made them a gift to the museum. The following year Milliken purchased the Spitzer Cross enamel and the Stroganoff ivory in 1925, all with the assistance of Wade. After Wade's death, Milliken purchase the nine spectacular Guelph Treasure pieces (one was later exchanged in a purchase deal for the Gertrudis Altar). Milliken was appointed director of the Museum in 1930, but retained his position as curator of Decorative Arts. He set about to make the Museum one of the major art centers in the nation and one particularly attuned to the public. Milliken hired the innovative art education curator, Thomas Munro the same year. During the Depression, Milliken headed the Public Works of Art Project for the mid-west ("Region 9"), part of the federally funded WPA. He instituted the "May Show," an annual exhibition of local design arts which connected Cleveland industry and commerce with the Museum. In the 1940s, Milliken was awarded an Honorary M.A., Princeton University in 1942 and Doctor of Fine Arts at Yale University in 1946. He retired as director in 1958 and was succeeded by Sherman E. Lee.

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AJ Kelton was the dynamic writing team of Angel Rothamel and Jordan. The couple met online several years ago on an Alexander fan site and have been friends ever since. Angel soon found that Jordan had a flare for storytelling with several half-finished stories on her computer. Angel encouraged Jordan to finish the stories and with help in creative description she decided to send the stories off to MLR press. They were both shocked and excited when they got the news that Faelon was accepted for publication. While Jordan may have a flare for storytelling she didn’t enjoy the smaller details in getting a story ready for publication. That is where Angel came in; she spent countless hours getting the story ready after line edits, going over each line in proofing and formatting, making decisions such as covers and fonts, all things that Jordan just had problems focusing on.

Angel loved to read, take pictures and attend concerts of all kinds. She loved all things 80’s. Angel lived in Texas with her two dogs, Daisy a beagle who she insisted was nothing like snoopy and her Chihuahua Bonita.

Angel was in the hospital with pneumonia and started to experience complications which resulted in kidney failure, respiratory troubles, and heart problems. She was then put into a medically induced coma and was receiving dialysis. At one point she appeared to be doing better but unfortunately she passed away on January 17, 2014, at 39 years old.


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Frederick Wadsworth Loring (December 12, 1848 – November 5, 1871) was an American journalist, novelist and poet. Loring was born on December 12, 1848, in Boston, Massachusetts to David and Mary Hall Stodder Loring. He was a fifth great grandson to immigrant Thomas Loring. He attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Class of 1866, and then Harvard University, where he first made his mark with contributions to the Harvard Advocate. He graduated in 1870. Inheriting a love of literature from his mother, who died when he was eleven, he quickly gained in stature as an up-and-coming American author. In 1871, he published a novel, Two College Friends, and a book of poems, The Boston Dip and Other Verses. Two College Friends, which featured highly charged scenes of young men in battle during the Civil War, has been singled out as an important work in the history of romantic male friendship. His characters, Tom ("soft, curling brown hair, deep blue eyes and dazzling complexion") and Ned ("the complexion is olive, the eyes brown., the lips strongly cut"), fall in love in school and eventually go off to war together. In a torrid scene at the novel's end, Ned visits Tom, who is lying wounded in a military hospital:
"O my darling, my darling, my darling! please hear me. The only one I have ever loved at all, the only one who has ever loved me... O Tom, my darling! don't forget it. If you knew how I love you, how I have loved you in all my jealous, morbid moods, in all my exacting selfishness, -
O Tom, my darling, my darling!"
He also made numerous journalistic and creative contributions to such periodicals as the Atlantic Monthly, Appletons' Journal, Old and New, the Independent and Every Saturday during this time.

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José Julio Sarria (December 12, 1922 or 1923 – August 19, 2013) was an American political activist from San Francisco, California. Known for his years of performing at the historic Black Cat Bar in that city from the 1950s and 1960s, Sarria entertained patrons with satirical versions of popular songs and operas while encouraging them to live their lives as openly as possible. He frequently dressed in drag.

Sarria was born to Julio Sarria and Maria Dolores Maldonado. His parents did not marry and his father showed no interest in his son's life. Maria initially raised José on her own, but when this became too difficult she placed him with another couple. Both they and his mother indulged his early interest in wearing girl's clothing. Sarria showed an affinity for languages, which led to his first serious romance with another man. Sarria tutored Paul Kolish, an Austrian baron who had fled from the Nazis. Sarria and Kolish fell in love, and their relationship endured until Kolish and his son were killed in a car accident in 1947.

Sarria served in the United States Army during World War II. Following his discharge, he studied to become a teacher and frequented the Black Cat. He met waiter Jimmy Moore, whom Sarria describes as "the love of [his] life". Sarria was hired as a cocktail waiter. Following a conviction on a morals charge, Sarria, realizing he could not now become a certified teacher, began performing in drag. He appeared regularly at the Black Cat. An early LGBT activist, Sarria co-founded several homophile organizations, including the League for Civil Education, the Tavern Guild and the Society for Individual Rights. Sarria became the first openly gay candidate for public office in the United States when he ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961. In 1964 Sarria declared himself "Empress José I, The Widow Norton" and founded the Imperial Court System, which grew to become an international association of charitable organizations.

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Louis Crompton, noted scholar of 19-century British literature and a pioneer of gay studies, died July 11, 2009, in El Cerrito, Calif. Crompton is survived by his husband, Luis Diaz-Perdomo, El Cerrito, Calif. Born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada, on April 5, 1925, he was the son of Clarence and Mabel Crompton. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a master’s degree in mathematics in 1948, and received his doctorate in English from the University of Chicago in 1954. After teaching at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, he joined the English department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1955, retiring in 1989.

Crompton had an international reputation as a Shavian scholar. In 1966, he was awarded the Frank H. Woods Foundation Fellowship to conduct research on Bernard Shaw at the British Museum. His book on Shaw’s plays, “Shaw the Dramatist,” won the national Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism in 1969.

In 1970, Crompton’s pioneering course in gay studies, the second to be offered in the nation, became a hot-button issue in the Nebraska state elections. One legislator introduced a bill banning the teaching about homosexuality at any state college. The bill failed.

Crompton served as faculty adviser for the Gay Action Group, the first gay student organization at UNL. He advised its successor, the Gay/Lesbian Student Association, for two decades. He also helped establish UNL’s Homophobia Awareness Committee, which was started by faculty, staff, and students to improve the climate for gay and lesbian people on campus. He was a long-time member of UNL’s Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns, and in 2003 received the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community.

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Homosexuality and Civilization by Louis Crompton (2006)
Paperback: 648 pages
Publisher: Belknap Press (November 30, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0674022335
ISBN-13: 978-0674022331
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How have major civilizations of the last two millennia treated people who were attracted to their own sex? In a narrative tour de force, Louis Crompton chronicles the lives and achievements of homosexual men and women alongside a darker history of persecution, as he compares the Christian West with the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, Arab Spain, imperial China, and pre-Meiji Japan. Ancient Greek culture celebrated same-sex love in history, literature, and art, making high claims for its moral influence. By contrast, Jewish religious leaders in the sixth century B.C.E. branded male homosexuality as a capital offense and, later, blamed it for the destruction of the biblical city of Sodom. When these two traditions collided in Christian Rome during the late empire, the tragic repercussions were felt throughout Europe and the New World. Louis Crompton traces Church-inspired mutilation, torture, and burning of “sodomites” in sixth-century Byzantium, medieval France, Renaissance Italy, and in Spain under the Inquisition. But Protestant authorities were equally committed to the execution of homosexuals in the Netherlands, Calvin’s Geneva, and Georgian England. The root cause was religious superstition, abetted by political ambition and sheer greed. Yet from this cauldron of fears and desires, homoerotic themes surfaced in the art of the Renaissance masters—Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Sodoma, Cellini, and Caravaggio—often intertwined with Christian motifs. Homosexuality also flourished in the court intrigues of Henry III of France, Queen Christina of Sweden, James I and William III of England, Queen Anne, and Frederick the Great. Anti-homosexual atrocities committed in the West contrast starkly with the more tolerant traditions of pre-modern China and Japan, as revealed in poetry, fiction, and art and in the lives of emperors, shoguns, Buddhist priests, scholars, and actors. In the samurai tradition of Japan, Crompton makes clear, the celebration of same-sex love rivaled that of ancient Greece. Sweeping in scope, elegantly crafted, and lavishly illustrated, Homosexuality and Civilization is a stunning exploration of a rich and terrible past.

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Esera Tavai Tuaolo (born July 11, 1968) is a retired American professional football player. He was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for nine years.

Tuaolo, who is of Samoan ancestry, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was raised in poverty in a banana-farming family in Waimanalo. His father died when Tuaolo was ten years of age.

He played college football at Oregon State University and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was selected in the 1991 NFL Draft. Nicknamed "Mr. Aloha", Tuaolo played nose tackle for several teams in his career, reaching the Super Bowl in 1999 while playing with the Atlanta Falcons. He also played for the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers during his career.

He also recorded the last tackle of football legend John Elway.

In 2002, having retired from sports, he announced to the public that he is gay, coming out on HBO's Real Sports. This made him the third former NFL player to come out, after David Kopay and Roy Simmons. He has since worked with the NFL to attempt to combat homophobia in the league and is a board member of the Gay and Lesbian Athletics Foundation. He also made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004 to share his coming out story as well.

In 2006, Tuaolo sang the national anthem at the opening ceremony of the Gay Games VII, a quadrennial Olympics-style event. During his career with the Packers, Tuaolo once sang the anthem before a game against the Chicago Bears. Kopay administered the official's oath during the opening ceremony. Also that year, he testified at the State Legislature Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in opposition to an anti-gay-marriage bill.

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Alone in the Trenches: My Life As a Gay Man in the NFL by Esera Tuaolo (2006)
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks (June 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402209231
ISBN-13: 978-1402209239
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This is Esera Tuaolo's own searing story of terror and hope. A Samoan raised on a Hawaiian banana plantation, he had a natural talent, football. He went on to play for five NFL teams: the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers, and the Atlanta Falcons in the 1999 Super Bowl. But for the nine years he played professional football he lived in terror that when his face flashed upon the TV screen, someone would divulge his darkest secret. Esera Tuaolo is gay.

Alone in the Trenches takes you inside the homophobic world of professional football and describes fears that almost drove him to suicide. He evokes heartbreak--how his older brother, Tua, died of AIDS--and hope when, Esera, a deeply devout Christian fell in love and started a family.

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Charles Pierce, impressionist and comedian, was one of the foremost American female impersonators in the second half of the 20th century.

Born in Watertown, New York, on July 14, 1926, he started his acting career at the Pasadena Playhouse in the early 1950s. During this period, he was inspired by several nightclub acts in Los Angeles to develop his own act. His first professional performance was at Café La Vie in Altadena, California, in 1954.

Because of laws against cross-dressing, Pierce performed in a tuxedo with accessories such as a boa, hats, and pocketbooks. It was not until ten years after he began his career that Pierce donned full female costumes, reflecting changes in legislation that had made such acts legal. Pierce had lengthy and celebrated engagements at various venues including the Plush Room in San Francisco's York Hotel in the early 1980s, and engagements at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel's Venetian Room and New York's Top of the Gate and The Ballroom.

His portrayals included Tallulah Bankhead, Carol Channing, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Gloria Swanson, and Mae West. He appeared on numerous television shows (not always in drag), including Fame, Laverne and Shirley, Designing Women, Starsky & Hutch, and Love, American Style. His films include Rabbit Test (1978), Torch Song Trilogy (1988), and Nerds of a Feather (1990). He also issued several recordings, including Live at Bimbo's (circa 1972) on the Blue Thumb label, and a video, Charles Pierce at The Ballroom (1988).

He died in North Hollywood, California, on May 31, 1999, at the age of 72.


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Bruno Fonseca (1958 – May 31, 1994) was an American artist who shifted between abstract and figurative styles and worked in both painting and sculpture. After contracting AIDS, Fonseca returned to New York from Spain where he was living. He married his pupil, German painter Anke Blaue, shortly before his death. He died of AIDS in 1994 at age 36.

Fonseca was born in New York to a family of artists. His younger brother Caio Fonseca is a well known contemporary painter. His father, Gonzalo Fonseca, was an Uruguayan sculptor. Fonseca suffered from dyslexia and stuttering as a child, conditions so severe he was treated by a psychiatrist. Fonseca was able to compensate for his verbal difficulties with a tremendous visual fluency, reproducing paintings by Michelangelo and other Great Masters at an early age. Raised in a house on West Eleventh Street in Greenwich Village, Fonseca studied at the Dalton School in Manhattan and St. Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights. Fonseca failed to graduate from high school and at age 18, he moved to Barcelona, where he studied with Augusto Torres. Fonseca lived in Barcelona until 1993, when he returned to New York a few months before his death.

Fonseca had what his sister called "a slightly perverse anti-taste for exquisite goods and 'luxuries' of all kinds." He preferred old objects, old clothes and junk that he collected from the streets of Barcelona. He chose to live in Barcelona's red-light district, among the city's poor, cripples, addicts, street girls, and bohemians.

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Greg Berlanti (born May 24, 1972) is an American television writer, producer and director. He is the creator of the cult television series Everwood and co-creator of Jack & Bobby, No Ordinary Family, and Arrow. He also co-wrote the 2011 DC Comics film Green Lantern. TMZ reports that Greg Berlanti is dating since May 2013 Robbie Rogers, who plays for the LA Galaxy and is one of 2013 OUT100 honorees. (P: Genevieve. Greg Berlanti, 2012)

Berlanti was born in Rye, New York. His parents are Barbara Moller Berlanti and Eugene Berlanti. Greg has one sister, Dina and is the uncle of two nieces. He has Italian and Irish ancestry. He described his early life in an August 2004 interview with Entertainment Weekly: "We were Italians in a town of WASPs" and his family was not "doing as well as 90% of the community." The Berlanti Television production logo, which follows each episode of shows he produces, features a family with their backs to the audience and the spoken quote, "Greg, move your head!" This is an homage to Berlanti's father, Gene, who would yell at Greg when he was blocking the television screen.

He is the writer, creator, and producer behind several creative and lauded television series, including ABC's Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone, and Political Animals. He got his start in television as a writer and executive producer on Dawson's Creek before going on to create two of the WB's most critically acclaimed dramas, Everwood and Jack & Bobby.

Berlanti co-wrote and co-produced the DC Comics film Green Lantern, as well as directed the 2010 film Life As We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. He is set to produce Pan for Warner Bros. under his Berlanti Productions banner. The film is due for released on July 17, 2015.

Greg Berlanti (born May 24, 1972) is an American television writer, producer and director. He is the creator of the cult television series Everwood and co-creator of Jack & Bobby, No Ordinary Family, and Arrow. He also co-wrote the 2011 DC Comics film Green Lantern. TMZ reports that Greg Berlanti is dating since May 2013 Robbie Rogers, who plays for the LA Galaxy and is one of 2013 OUT100 honorees. In February 2013, Rogers came out as gay, becoming the second male footballer in Britain to do so.

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Robert Moore (February 1, 1927 – May 10, 1984) was an American stage, film and television director and actor.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Moore studied at the Catholic University of America Drama Department under Gilbert V. Hartke, OP. He is best known for his direction of the ground-breaking play The Boys in the Band, his Broadway productions (which garnered him five Tony Award nominations), and his collaborations - three plays and three films - with Neil Simon, including the classic detective spoof, Murder By Death.

As an actor, he played a disabled gay man opposite Liza Minnelli in the 1970 drama Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, appeared in two episodes of Valerie Harper's sitcom Rhoda (for which he also directed 26 episodes), in one episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (as Phyllis' brother) and was a regular on Diana Rigg's short-lived 1973 sitcom Diana. His other television directing credits include The Bob Newhart Show and the 1976 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Laurence Olivier, and Maureen Stapleton.

Moore died of AIDS-related pneumonia in New York City.


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Junior Durkin (July 2, 1915 – May 4, 1935) was an American stage and film actor.

Born Trent Bernard Durkin in New York City, Durkin began his acting career in theater while a child. He entered films in 1930, playing the role of Huckleberry Finn in Tom Sawyer (1930), and Huckleberry Finn (1931). Under contract with RKO Radio Pictures he was cast in a series of “B” films in comedic roles that capitalized on his gangly appearance. He achieved another success in Hell's House (1932) co-starring then newcomer Bette Davis.

RKO began grooming him for a transition into more adult roles, and in his final film Chasing Yesterday (1935), he was billed as Trent Durkin.

In 1935 he was traveling with his friend, actor Jackie Coogan, and three other people, including Coogan's father and producer Robert J. Horner, when their vehicle was involved in a road accident in San Diego, California. Jackie Coogan was the only survivor of the accident. Durkin was living with agent Henry Willson at the time of his death. The two reportedly were lovers.

Durkin was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


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Brian James Pockar (October 27, 1959 — April 28, 1992) was a Canadian figure skater. He was the 1982 World bronze medalist, a three-time Canadian national champion (1978–80), and competed at the 1980 Winter Olympics. He was born and died in Calgary.

After turning pro, Pockar toured with Stars on Ice and worked as a choreographer. He died of AIDS in 1992. Scott Hamilton outed Pockar as gay in Hamilton's autobiography, Landing It.


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Kris Kirk, full name Christopher Pious Mary Kirk, (1950, in Carlisle, England – 27 April 1993) was a gay activist, journalist and author who became well known as a pop music journalist in the 1980s.

He was brought up in the northeast of England by Catholic parents, who gave him his religious name. In the late 1960s he studied American Literature at Nottingham University, where he first came out as an openly gay man and founded the University’s first Gay Liberation Society. He performed in several student drama productions, (on one notable occasion appearing as the Devil in Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus, completely naked apart from a large leather phallus), and after graduating he obtained a number of theatre jobs, including working as a theatrical dresser for Tommy Steele and Benny Hill.

In the early 1980s he moved to London, and changed the spelling of his name to "Kristopher", writing under the byline of "Kris Kirk". He worked as a journalist for Gay News and Gay Times and in 1984 he also began writing about the pop scene for Melody Maker, becoming the first openly gay music journalist in the UK. He also wrote numerous freelance articles for music publications, including Smash Hits and The Face and for other publications such as The Guardian and City Limits.

In 1988, Kris Kirk moved to rural Wales to open a secondhand book shop with his boyfriend, photographer Ed Heath. In 1991 he was diagnosed with AIDS and reluctantly returned to London for treatment. He went blind the following year. With equipment supplied by the RNIB, he was able to carry on writing, and in June 1992, he wrote an article on his condition for Gay Times, 'Descent Into Darkness'; becoming one of the first people with AIDS to come out publicly.
"As long as I have my friends, my family, my fags, my coffee, my opera tapes and my writing I guess I shall tootle along, even though I may not have all my coat buttons done up properly. Life is for living and I am trying to live it as well as I can. But I suppose that I feel that when death finally comes I shall be ready for it. Perhaps that is what life is all about."
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Casey Legler (born 26 April 1977) is a French former swimmer who competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics. She is an artist, working in New York City, and is the first woman with a contract as a male Ford Model.

Legler attended school in Florida, and began competitive swimming at the age of 13. She competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics at the age of 19, where she came 29th in the Women's 50 metres Freestyle event and 10th in the Women's 4x100 metres Freestyle Relay event.

She gave up the sport two years later and subsequently studied architecture, obtained a scholarship for law school, and began medical school, before moving to New York to focus on a musical and artistic career. She was signed by Ford Model after her friend, the photographer Cass Bird, showed them photographs of her.

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Thomas Hal Phillips (October 11, 1922 – April 3, 2007) was an American actor and screenwriter.

Born in Corinth in Alcorn County in northeastern Mississippi, Phillips graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State College. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1948, he earned a master's degree in writing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He then taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and wrote books. In 1959, he was appointed by Democratic Governor James P. Coleman to the Mississippi Public Service Commission to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Phillips' younger brother, attorney Rubel Phillips. In 1963, Hal Phillips managed his brother's unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial campaign against the Democrat Paul B. Johnson, Jr.

His first novel The Bitterweed Path was a best seller in its first paperback edition from Penguin Press. The novel was first published in an almost underground way, as a very small, limited run in hardback in 1950 by Rinehart & Co., Inc., and advertised, at the time, as "something new in the literature dealing with man's love for a period when even psychologists knew little of such matters, and people in small towns new nothing." The book, The Bitterweed Path depicts the struggles of two gay men in the Southern United States at the turn of the century, and how an unconventional love triangle involving these two men, and one of their fathers, impacts their three marriages in small-town, deep South.

After returning to the US from service in France in World War II, where he was stationed and fought as a Captain in the US Navy, he began a successful career in Hollywood. His screenplay career continued through the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. He died in Kossuth, Mississippi.


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Catherine Lundoff (born March 30):

Catherine Lundoff is an author and editor, with 5 books currently in print/available as ebooks. She writes in multiple genres including science fiction and fantasy, erotica and romance. Hellebore and Rue co-edited with JoSelle Vanderhooft won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Sci-fi/Fantasy, 3rd place: the essence of fantasy is magic and the folklore of women has often dwelt on the innumerable powers they possess. Magic that heals, magic that destroys, magic that saves their community.

Hollis Frampton (March 11, 1936 – March 30, 1984):

Hollis Frampton was an American avant-garde filmmaker, photographer, writer/theoretician, and pioneer of digital art. His most significant work is arguably Zorns Lemma, a film which drastically altered perceptions towards experimental film at the time. He was seen as a structural filmmaker, a style that focused on the nature of film itself. In an interview with Robert Gardner he stated a discomfort with that term because it was too broad and didn't accurately reflect the nature of his work.

Michael Jeter & Sean Blue:

Michael Jeter was a Tony– and Emmy-winning American actor of film, stage, and television. He his best known as Herman Stiles on the sitcom Evening Shade from 1990 until 1994 and for playing Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle on Elmo's World from 2000 until 2003. His film roles include Zelig, Waterworld, Air Bud, The Green Mile, Jurassic Park III and The Polar Express. He died on March 30, 2003. Although he had HIV, he had been in good health for many years. His partner since 1995 was Sean Blue.

Nella Larsen (April 13, 1891 – March 30, 1964):

Constrained by the social conventions of the time, the bisexual African-American novelist Nella Larsen was covert in her treatment of lesbianism. In the late 1920s, she published two major novels: Quicksand (1928), for which she received the Harmon Foundation Bronze Award, and Passing (1929). She was accused of plagiarism in her short story "Sanctuary." During the final thirty years of her life, forgotten by the literary world, she was found dead in her apartment in 1964.

Nick Enright (December 22, 1950 - March 30, 2003):

Nick Enright (22 December 1950 - 30 March 2003) was an Australian playwright. He wrote the book of the original version of The Boy from Oz. He edited Holding the Man, a memoir by his former NIDA student, Timothy Conigrave, and, following Conigrave's death, saw it to publication by Penguin Books. n June 2004 he was posthumously made a Member of the Order of Australia for 'service to the performing arts, particularly as a playwright, teacher, actor, director, and as a mentor of emerging talent'.

Paul Verlaine & Arthur Rimbaud:

Arthur Rimbaud sent Paul Verlaine two letters containing several of his poems. Verlaine, who was intrigued by Rimbaud, sent a reply that stated, "Come, dear great soul. We await you; we desire you." Rimbaud arrived in late September 1871. Rimbaud and Verlaine began a short and torrid affair. On the morning of 10 July 1873, Verlaine bought a revolver. That afternoon Verlaine fired two shots at Rimbaud, wounding him. Rimbaud and Verlaine met for the last time in March 1875, in Stuttgart, Germany.

Susan Juby (born March 30, 1969):

"I was a lunatic for horses when I was younger. I owned horses and I became obsessed with an equestrian sport called dressage. I quit riding when I left home for college, but part of me always thought I could have been a "contender". (In retrospect, I'm not sure why I would have thought that.) The story was initially about two girls, but soon I fell in love with a secondary character, a boy named Alex, and the book became mainly about him. That is my most recent book, Another Kind of Cowboy."

Suzy Solidor & Tamara de Lempicka:

Suzy Solidor was a French singer and actress, appearing in films such as La Garçonne. Solidor met Tamara de Lempicka sometime in the early 1930s and Suzy asked the artist to paint her. Tamara agreed, but only if she could paint Solidor in the nude. Solidor agreed and the painting was finished in 1933. In 1941 she recorded the song "Lili Marleen" with French words by Henri Lemarchand and was popular with German officers. After the war she was convicted by the Épuration légale as a collaborator.

Wade Rouse (born March 30):

We all dream it. Wade Rouse actually did it. In At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream, Wade and his partner, Gary, leave culture, cable, and consumerism behind and strike out for rural Michigan–a place with fewer people than in their former spinning class. There, Wade discovers the simple life isn’t so simple. Battling blizzards, bloodthirsty critters, and nosy neighbors equipped with night-vision goggles, Wade is sorely tested with humorous and humiliating frequency.
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Andrew Mattison & David McWhirter:

By exploring a subject that had personal and societal implications, Andrew Mattison helped bring gay relationships into the media spotlight. Teaming with his life partner of 34 years, Dr. David McWhirter, Dr. Mattison wrote the ground breaking book "The Male Couple," an in-depth study evaluating the quality and stability of long-term homosexual relationships. Mattison died of stomach cancer at 57. McWhirter, who was 16 years younger than Mattison, died of a stroke less than 7 months later.

Antony Hamilton (May 4, 1952 – March 29, 1995):

Antony Hamilton was an English-born Australian actor, model, and dancer. Hamilton began his career as a ballet dancer with The Australian Ballet before becoming a model. He later transitioned into acting and won his first notable role in the film Samson and Delilah. In 1984 he took over the lead role in the series Cover Up after the death of the series' lead actor, Jon-Erik Hexum. One of Hamilton's best known roles was that of Max Harte, an agent in the 1988 revival of Mission: Impossible.

Bruce Weber (born March 29, 1946):

Bruce Weber (born March 29, 1946) is an American fashion photographer and occasional filmmaker. Weber's fashion photography first appeared in the late 1970s in GQ magazine, where he had frequent cover photos. Nan Bush, his longtime companion and agent, was able to secure a contract with Federated Department Stores to shoot the 1978 Bloomingdales mail catalog. He came to the attention of the general public in the late 1980s and early 1990s with his advertising images for Calvin Klein.

Dora Carrington (March 29, 1893 – March 11, 1932):

Giles Lytton Strachey was a British writer & critic. Dora Carrington was a British painter and decorative artist, remembered for her association with the Bloomsbury Group. Though Strachey spoke openly about his homosexuality with his Bloomsbury friends, it was not widely publicised until the late 1960s, in a biography by Michael Holroyd. In 1921 Carrington agreed to marry Ralph Partridge, not for love but to secure the 3-way relationship. She committed suicide two months after Strachey's death.

Jeanine Deckers & Annie Pécher:

Jeanine Deckers, better known as Sœur Sourire, was a Belgian singer-songwriter and initially a member of the Dominican Order in Belgium. She acquired world fame in 1963 with the release of the song "Dominique", which topped the U.S. Billboard. In 1963 she was sent by her order to take theology courses at the University of Louvain. She liked the student life, if not her courses. She reconnected with a friend from her youth, Annie Pécher, with whom she slowly developed a very close relationship.

Jimmy McShane (May 23, 1957 - March 29, 1995):

Jimmy McShane (23 May 1957 - 29 March 1995) was a Northern Irish singer, known as the front-man of Italian band Baltimora. He made his debut playing in small clubs in his hometown and was presented to various audiences, without success. In view of his low artistic success, McShane decided to work as an emergency medical technician for the Red Cross in Ireland until he met Bassi with whom he created Baltimora. The band found success with its most popular single, Tarzan Boy, released in 1985.

Justin Spring:

Justin Spring is a New York based writer specializing in twentieth-century American art and culture. His biography SECRET HISTORIAN is a 2010 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a 2010 National Book Award Finalist, an Amazon Top 10 Biography of the Year, an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book for 2011, winner of the 2011 Lamda Literary Award in Biography; the winner of the 2011 Randy Shilts Prize in Non-Fiction from the Publishing Triangle.
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Brian Shucker & Bill Sawyer:

Brian Shucker was an award-winning composer and lyricist who wrote the score of Babes, a 1940s-style musical that opened in L.A. the day he died of the complications of AIDS. In the early 80s Shucker met Bill Sawyer, his collaborator and companion. Sawyer wrote the book for "Babes," and was in the process of completing what would have been their second full musical together. Bill Sawyer died exactly four months after his companion. They are listed side by side on the AIDS quilt project.

Dirk Bogarde & Anthony Forwood:

Sir Dirk Bogarde was an English actor and novelist. Initially a matinee idol Bogarde later acted in art-house films like Death in Venice. For many years he shared his homes, in England and France, with his manager Anthony Forwood. The actor John Fraser said that "Dirk's life with Forwood had been so respectable, their love for each other so profound and so enduring, it would have been a glorious day for the pursuit of understanding and the promotion of tolerance if he had screwed up the courage"

James Barr (February 13, 1922 - March 28, 1995):

James Fugaté 's experience in the Navy was the inspiration for his book, the groundbreaking novel, Quatrefoil, first published in 1950. Written under the pseudonym, James Barr (February 13, 1922 - March 28, 1995), Quatrefoil is hailed as one of the first novels to present a frank and positive depiction of same-sex love. During the Korean War, Fugaté reenlisted in the U.S. Navy, but he was discharged when a background check by Naval Intelligence revealed him to be the author of Quatrefoil.

Jane Rule & Helen Sonthoff:

Jane Vance Rule, CM, OBC was a Canadian writer of lesbian-themed novels and non-fiction. Rule taught at Concord Academy in Massachusetts where she met Helen Sonthoff and fell in love with her. Rule moved to work at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1956, but Sonthoff visited her and they began to live together. Rule and Sonthoff lived together until Sonthoff's death in 2000. Rule surprised some in the gay community by declaring herself against gay marriage.

Modest Mussorgsky (March 21, 1839 – March 28, 1881):

Modest Mussorgsky was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". Mussorgsky is best known today for his popular piano composition Pictures at an Exhibition: the Russian composer drew inspiration for the piece from an exhibit of watercolors by his lover, artist Victor Hartmann. When Hartmann died in 1874, the grief-stricken and always melodramatic Mussorgsky exclaimed, "What a terrible blow! Why should a dog, a horse, a rat live on - and creatures like Hartmann die!"

Peter Bellinger & Joe Grubb:

Peter Lake Bellinger was a composer and painter. Upon receiving his HIV diagnosis, he retired and began to pursue composition, and continued to write music for over ten years. He and his partner, Joe Grubb, were together for nearly twenty-three years. Peter Bellinger, born in Honolulu, died of liver cancer in San Francisco at the age of 54 on April 18, 2001. “My aim is to entertain people, not to educate them. Above all, I believe music should be reasonably accessible." --Peter Bellinger

Peter Mumford (1945 - March 28, 1993):

Peter B. Mumford was a production stage manager for Broadway and Off Broadway shows. He died on March 28, 1993, at Tisch Hospital in Manhattan. The cause was lymphoma and AIDS, his family said. Mr. Mumford last worked on "Lost in Yonkers." His other shows included "Buddy," "The Heidi Chronicles," "Legs Diamond," "Dreamgirls," "Dancin'," "Baby," "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Gin Game" and "Same Time Next Year." He was born in Plainfield, N.J., and attended Emerson College in Boston.

Terry Helbing (May 21, 1951 - March 28, 1994):

Terry Helbing served as Managing Editor of The Drama Review for four years beginning in 1977 and contributed to many theatrical and gay and lesbian publications, including "The Advocate" and "TheaterWeek". He was theater editor at "New York Native" from 1981 until his death, and he contributed a weekly theater news column at "Stonewall News". In 1979, he was founder and publisher of the JH Press (named for his father, John Helbing), which became the drama division of the Gay Presses of NY.

Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941):

Virginia Woolf was an English author, essayist, publisher, regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. "Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway is, in many ways, the perfect modern novel. Or, a novel born of modernity, and perfectly expressive of modernity. I've reread my copy of Mrs. Dalloway so many times that it's fallen apart. The prose is deceptively casual, a style that would be characterized as 'stream of consciousness'" --Tomas Mournian
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Adrienne Rich & Michelle Cliff:

Adrienne Rich was a poet, essayist and feminist. She was called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century", credited with bringing "the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse." In 1976, Rich began her lifelong partnership with Jamaican-born novelist and editor Michelle Cliff. In 1979, she received an honorary doctorate from Smith College and moved with Cliff to Montague. Rich and Cliff were editors of LGBT journals.

Binkie Beaumont & John Perry:

Binkie Beaumont was a British theatre manager and producer, sometimes referred to as the "éminence grise" of the West End Theatre. John Perry, actor, playwright, theatrical agent, was one of the last surviving members of H.M. Tennent Ltd - "the Firm", as it was known - which under the management of Hugh "Binkie" Beaumont dominated the West End and provincial theatres for more than 30 years. In 1938 John Gielgud's then partner, Perry, fell for and moved in with Beaumont.

Edith Craig, Christabel "Christopher" Marshall and Clare "Tony" Atwood:

Edith Craig was a prolific theatre director, producer, costume designer and early pioneer of the women's suffrage movement in England. She was the daughter of actress Ellen Terry and architect-designer Edward William Godwin. She lived with Christabel Marshall (Christopher St. John) from 1899 until they were joined in 1916 by the artist Clare 'Tony' Atwood, living togehter until Craig's death in 1947. Virginia Woolf is said to have used Edith Craig as a model for Miss LaTrobe in Between the Acts.

Joe LeSueur & Frank O'Hara:

Frank O'Hara was an American writer, poet and art critic. He was a member of the New York School of poetry. He then attended graduate school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While at Michigan, he won a Hopwood Award and received his M.A. in English literature 1951. That autumn O'Hara moved into an apartment in New York City with Joe LeSueur, who would be his roommate and sometime lover for the next 11 years. It was in New York that he began teaching at The New School.

Frank O’Hara & Larry Rivers:

Frank O'Hara (March 27, 1926 – July 25, 1966) also had a relationship with artist Larry Rivers in the late 1950s and Rivers delivered the eulogy at O'Hara's funeral in 1966. Larry Rivers (August 17, 1923 - August 14, 2002) was an American artist, musician, filmmaker and occasional actor. Rivers resided and maintained studios in New York City, Southampton, New York (on Long Island) and Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" and "Grandfather" of Pop art.

Freda Stark & Thelma Mareo:

Freda Stark was a New Zealand dancer. In 1933, Stark joined Ernest Rolls' revue, and met a young dancer named Thelma Trott, and the two women fell in love. In 1934 Trott married Eric Mareo, their conductor. In 1935 Trott took a fatal overdose of a prescription drug, leading to Mareo being charged with her murder. During the Second World War, she was a famed exotic dancer at Auckland's Wintergarden cabaret and nightclub, a favourite of American troops and she earned the title "Fever of the Fleet"

Kenneth Macpherson, Jimmie Daniels, Algernon Islay de Courcy Lyons & Norman Douglas:

Bryher was the pen name of the novelist, poet, memoirist, and magazine editor Annie Winifred Ellerman. In 1927 she married Kenneth Macpherson, a writer who shared her interest in film and who was at the same time H.D.'s lover (H.D. was Bryher’s lover as well). In Burier, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva, the couple built a Bauhaus-style style structure that doubled as a home and film studio, which they named Kenwin. They formally adopted H.D.'s young daughter, Perdita.

Richmond Barthe said he chose Jimmie Daniels as his subject because of his dazzling smile, but it was actually Kenneth Macpherson's wife, Winifred Ellerman aka Bryher, who commissioned the bust. Kenneth Macpherson was Jimmie Daniels' lover and his was a marriage of convenience. Bryher supported her husband, who in turn supported Jimmie, thus affording him a high-class life in a Greenwich Village apartment for several years.

George Norman Douglas was a British writer, now best known for his 1917 novel South Wind. Kenneth Macpherson bought a home on Capri, "Villa Tuoro", which he shared with his lover, the photographer, Algernon Islay de Courcy Lyons. Bryher, Macpherson’s wife, supported her husband and his friend on Capri, requesting that they take into their home the aging Douglas. Douglas had been friends of Bryher and Macpherson since 1931. Macpherson remained on Capri until Douglas's death in 1952.

Islay Lyons was a notable Welsh photographer, novelist and linguist. During the WWII, he served in North Africa and then he was sent to the Far East to learn Japanese in 3 months. He did this with amongst others, Richard Mason, who was a lifelong friend and cousin by marriage. Lyons is portrayed by the character 'Peter' in Mason's book 'The Wind Cannot Read'. Lyons had been the last lover of the film-maker, Kenneth Macpherson, both of them living in the ‘Villa Tuoro’ on Capri.

Perry Deane Young (born March 27, 1941):

Perry Deane Young is the author of Two of the Missing, about fellow journalists Sean Flynn (son of Errol Flynn) and Dana Stone, who went missing during the Vietnam War and whose fates remain unknown, and the co-author of The David Kopay Story, a biography of 1970's football player David Kopay, who revealed in 1975 that he is gay. He has lived in the basement of a non-profit counseling and support group in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, working around the building in lieu of rent, since 1993.

Timothy McGivney (born March 27, 1972):

Timothy McGivney resides in Palm Springs, California, is single, and currently dating (his TiVo). Zombielicious won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Paranormal / Horror and Best Gay Debut: Amidst a zombie outbreak, Walt, athletic and confident, meets shy and quiet Joey, the attraction between them both instant and electric. With strength in numbers, they band together alongside fellow survivors. In this apocalyptic new world of the dead, an anything-goes attitude has become the law of the land.
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Beauford Delaney (December 30, 1901– March 26, 1979):

When Beauford Delaney made the portrait of James Baldwin in 1963, his protégé was at the height of his powers. Baldwin's novel, Another Country, was a best-seller, and he had recently published his collection of essays, The Fire Next Time. Delaney had once served as a surrogate "father in art" to the teenaged Baldwin in New York. Baldwin, in turn, was inspired by the older artist's ideas, devotion to his work, and struggles with the challenges of homosexuality, mental illness, and alcoholism.

Cecil Rhodes, Neville Pickering & Leander Starr Jameson:

In 1882 Cecil Rhodes drew up a will leaving his estate to Neville Pickering. Two years later, Pickering suffered a riding accident. Rhodes nursed him faithfully for six weeks, refusing even to answer telegrams concerning his business interests. Pickering died in Rhodes's arms, and at his funeral, Rhodes was said to have wept with fervour. Rhodes also remained close to Leander Starr Jameson. Jameson nursed Rhodes during his final illness and was residuary beneficiary of his will.

Dorothy Porter & Andrea Goldsmith:

Dorothy Featherstone Porter (26 March 1954 – 10 December 2008) was an Australian poet. In 1993 she moved to Melbourne's inner suburbs to be with her partner and fellow writer, Andrea Goldsmith. They lived together until Porter's death in 2008. The couple were coincidentally both shortlisted in the 2003 Miles Franklin Award for literature. In 2009, Porter was posthumously recognised by the website as one of the most influential gay and lesbian Australians.

Halston (April 23, 1932 – March 26, 1990):

Halston was an American fashion designer of the 1970s. His long dresses or copies of his style were popular fashion wear in mid-1970s discotheques. Halston achieved great fame after designing the pillbox hat Jacqueline Kennedy wore to her husband's 1961 presidential inauguration, and when he moved to designing women's wear, Newsweek dubbed him "the premier fashion designer of all America." He set a style that would be closely associated with the international jet set of the era.

Louis Falco (August 2, 1942 – March 26, 1993):

Louis Falco (2 August 1942 – 26 March 1993) was an American dancer and choreographer. Falco made his debut as a choreographer in 1967. He was one of the first choreographers to experiment with rock bands and other innovations on stage, and he was noted for works created for his Louis Falco Dance Company and for his choreography of the 1980 motion picture Fame. The Falco Company's last performance in New York City was for the inauguration of the Joyce Theater in 1982.

Tennessee Williams & Frank Merlo:

Tennessee Williams was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Williams met Frank Merlo, a navy veteran, and former lover of the lyricist John Latouche, in Provincetown in 1947 where they spent a night together in the dunes. In the early autumn of 1948 Williams accidentally ran into Merlo in NYC, and by October they were living together. Merlo began the process of weaning the playwright off a toxic dependence on drugs and casual sex. They remained together until Merlo died of lung cancer in 1963.
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Louis Falco (2 August 1942 – 26 March 1993) was an American dancer and choreographer. (P: David Rothenberg (publicity) for Jose Limon Dance Company. Louis Falco, 1969)

Louis Falco was born in New York City of southern Italian immigrant parents. He began his study of dance in the 1950s at The Henry Street Playhouse with Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais. He attended the High School of Performing Arts and as a student began performing with Charles Weidman. In 1960 he began dancing professionally with José Limón, and also appeared with Flower Hujer, Alvin Ailey and Donald McKayle. He danced with the José Limón Dance Company from 1960–70 and danced opposite Rudolph Nureyev in Limon's The Moor's Pavane on Broadway from 1974-75. His farewell performance was with Luciana Savignano at La Scala Opera House in Milan in The Eagle's Nest. Falco was considered an extraordinarily gifted dancer and charismatic performer.

Falco made his debut as a choreographer in 1967. He was one of the first choreographers to experiment with rock bands and other innovations on stage, and he was noted for works created for his Louis Falco Dance Company and for his choreography of the 1980 motion picture Fame. After the explosive success of the film, he began a career in commercial choreography including music videos for a number of MTV artists. The Falco Company's last performance in New York City was for the inauguration of the Joyce Theater in 1982.

Falco completed choreography for several films and commissioned dance works, some of which were never performed in the United States. In 1986, he was recognized for a series of award winning television commercials. He died from AIDS in 1993.


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Andrew Goldstein & Jamie T. Duneier:

Andrew Goldstein is the first American male team-sport professional athlete to be openly gay during his playing career. Goldstein had been a professional lacrosse goaltender for the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse. In 2013, Goldstein and his husband, Jamie Duneier, released their first book, Ten Ways To Rescue Your Soul. The two have been together for 5 years and, in 2012, they got a domestic partnership in California. They had a commitment ceremony in July 2012 in Connecticut.

Owen Keehnen (born March 25):

Writer and historian Owen Keehnen (born March 25) has had his fiction, essays, erotica, reviews, columns and interviews appear in dozens of magazines and anthologies worldwide. Keehnen is the author of the humorous gay novel Young Digby Swank, the gay novel The Sand Bar and the horror novel Doorway Unto Darkness. He lives in Chicago with his partner, Carl, and his two ridiculously spoiled dogs, Flannery and Fitzgerald. He was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2011.

Roland Barthes (November 12, 1915 – March 25, 1980):

Like André Gide and Marcel Proust, two of his favorite writers, Roland Barthes, a semiotician many "queer theorists" find inspiring, occupied an extremely marginal position in French society. He was Protestant. He was left-handed. (France is, of course, predominantly right-handed.) He was déclassé. (Barthes's father, a naval officer, died in the First World War, and his mother had to work as a bookbinder.) He was consumptive. (Barthes spent several years in sanatoria.) And he was expatriate.

Thom Bierdz (born March 25, 1962):

Thom Bierdz (born March 25, 1962) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Phillip Chancellor III on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless, appearing from 1986 to 1989, returning for a "dream sequence" in 2004, and in a surprising twist, returned to the role in May 2009. He was also a guest star on Melrose Place as Sarah's abusive boyfriend Hank. In 2009, The Human Rights Campaign at a Black Tie Gala themed "Speak Your Truth" presented Thom with their Visibility Award.
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Thom Bierdz is the artist who will "borrow" his work to be dispalyed in Sticke Figures (a project of Matthew Montgomery).

I asked Thom if he would like to share a bit of him and his work with us, and I found a very kind but maybe shy man. Strange if you think that he is also an actor, but maybe this makes him an even more interesting person, someone I'm glad to have the chance to discover.

1) Your website says: Thom Bierdz, Actor, Artist & Author. Do you feel to be more of one of those three souls?

I am a quiet guy - my personality is really suited to be alone and create - as a painter.

2) Do you want to tell us something more on your role as Philip Cancellor III in "The Young and the Restless"?

Last year I made history by being the first out-gay actor hired on daytime for a contract role! I received a poignant HRC award.

3) You defined "Forgiving Troy" a VERY personal book. It's enough to read the blurb to understand that for sure it's, but do you care to tell something more about it and the experience to write it?

On this 3 minute clip (taped last month) from CBS news I talk about my book:

Taking the Leap

4) Looking at your Gallery, you have a very different and various portfolio. What is your background as artist?

Self-taught trial and error

5) You said that in the last 5 year, art made your living: what is the main common output for your artworks?

I have being doing a lot of personal commissions - a lot of family and dog portraits.

6) Your artworks will be protagonist in the Matthew Montgomery's movie, Sticke Figures; I suppose they will be the "paintings" of the main character, that is an artist. How did you come to this project?

My ex, best guy in the world, is Matt's boyfriend now.

7) Is it your first time on the screen not as actor?

My art has been on several tv show sets.

“2005 Emerging Artist of the Year, Los Angeles” What emerges from his personal journey onto the canvas is at times heartbreaking, haunting and profoundly affecting. Thom’s body of work ultimately proves to be an uplifting and inspiring experience of transcendence, a compelling testimony on the resilience of the human spirit.

Contradictory strategies for painting has quickly become Bierdz’s hallmark. Although he uses the same touch throughout, it can at times appear to be a number of different voices, even personalities. The reluctance to lay claim to a fixed position might at one time have been attributed to youth but it is clearly now an integral aspect of Bierdz methodology. Nothing is by chance. Even when the form appears to be a sort of free association, that’s really his expertise in terms of handling paint. The process is at times extremely rigorous and other times purely subconscious.

His paintings prove cunningly hard to pin down. One painting might be purely decorative abstraction; another an architectural interior or a figurative work. A single landscape might contain the following; asymmetrical branches that engulf a whimsical cabin, naïve animals that refer to Henri Rousseau’s paintings, atmospheric washes that evoke Rothko’s use of vivid color and bold strokes of shapes that seem to pay homage to Matisse. Whether it is a yellow-green wash over a woman in a chair or the mystical atmosphere of a moonlit landscape or storybook houses, it is a lyrical arrangement of elements that flips between symbolism, impressionism and abstract patterning. Bierdz is masterful at establishing tension between the decorative mark and recognizable imagery.

In the end, the artist allows the work to speak for itself. The very thing that takes our breath away, his diversity, his range, this combination of charm and sometimes harsh reality, are the same avenues we all walk. He holds a sort of universal mirror, as if to dare us to look at ourselves, and with a bold conviction and honesty, embrace all of who we are.

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Bob Mackie & Ray Aghayan:

Gorgen Ray Aghayan was a costume designer in the United States film industry. He won an Emmy Award in 1967 with his partner Bob Mackie for his work in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Aghayan was the lifetime partner of costume designer Bob Mackie for nearly 50 years. Aghayan was also nominated for an Academy Award for Costume Design three times for his work (Gaily, Gaily, Lady Sings the Blues, Funny Lady). Aghayan died on October 10, 2011 at his home in Los Angeles, California.

Charlotte Mew (November 15, 1869 – March 24, 1928):

Charlotte Mew's two serious love affairs, with the writer Ella D'Arcy in 1898 and with the popular novelist May Sinclair nine years later, came to nothing when the women did not return her affection. Sinclair cruelly publicized Mew's attraction to her and Mew became the butt of ridicule. Mew's poetry does not explicitly mention her lesbianism but encodes the emotional pain of hiding her sexuality in complex dramatic monologues on themes of loss and isolation.

Jim Parsons & Todd Spiewak:

Jim Parsons is an American actor. He is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. On May 23, 2012, an article in The New York Times noted that Parsons is gay and had been in a relationship for the last ten years. His partner is art director Todd Spiewak. In October 2013, Parsons called their relationship "an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs out — a regular life, boring love".

John Cavanagh (September 28, 1914 - March 24, 2003):

John Cavanagh was a successful Irish London-based couturier. Cavanagh was renowned for his elegant tailoring, sense of colour and chic, as well as the high standard and quality of his designs. Many of his staff had formerly worked for couturiers such as Nina Ricci, Lucile, and Molyneux. His personal assistant, Lindsay Evans Robertson, described his work: "Paris in London. There was a lightness of touch, a feminine delicacy, a fragility unlike the work of any of the other London couturiers."

Lanford Wilson (April 13, 1937 – March 24, 2011):

One of the pioneers of the gay American theater, Lanford Wilson proved himself to be a powerful voice speaking of the lives of gay men. One of Wilson's most successful portrayals of gay themes occurs in Lemon Sky, in which the main character, Alan (whose situation is based on Wilson's own life after high school), is forced to come to grips with his homosexuality when he attempts a reconciliation with his estranged father. The play is influenced by Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie.

Margarethe Cammermeyer & Diane Divelbess:

Margarethe "Grethe" Cammermeyer served as a colonel in the Washington National Guard (Vietnam veteran, recipient of the Bronze star, mother of four) and became a gay rights activist. She received a B.S. in Nursing in 1963 from the University of Maryland. In 1988, when she was 46, she met her partner, Diane Divelbess. In 2012, after same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington state, Cammermeyer and her partner Diane Divelbess became the first same-sex couple to get a license in Island County.
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Cristóbal Balenciaga (January 21, 1895 – March 23, 1972):

Cristóbal Balenciaga (January 21, 1895, Spain – March 23, 1972, Spain) was a Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house. In Paris, Balenciaga had a partner, Vladzio Zawrorowski d'Attainville, who designed hats, while Nicholas Biscarondo looked after the business side (as well as Balenciaga’s sexual needs). Balenciaga presented his first collection in August 1937, charging about 3,500 francs for a dress, and earning 193,200 francs in a month — a good start.

Edward Molyneux (September 5, 1891 - March 23, 1974):

Edward Molyneux (5 September 1891 – 23 March 1974) was a British fashion designer whose fashion house in Paris was in operation from 1919 until 1950. In 1923, though said to be openly homosexual, he married his first wife Muriel Dunsmuir (1890–1951), one of the eight daughters of the Hon. James Dunsmuir, Premier of British Columbia. They divorced in 1924. "The designer to whom a fashionable woman would turn if she wanted to be absolutely right without being utterly predictable" -Caroline Milbank

J.C. Leyendecker & Charles Beach:

Joseph Christian "J.C." Leyendecker (March 23, 1874 – July 25, 1951) was one of the pre-eminent American illustrators of the early 20 century. Leyendecker lived for most of his life with Charles Beach, the Arrow Collar Man, on whom the stylish men in his artwork were modeled. Leyendecker left a tidy estate equally split between his sister and Beach. Leyendecker is buried alongside parents and brother Frank at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York. Charles Beach's burial location is unknown.

Jonathan Ames (born March 23, 1964):

Jonathan Ames is an American author who has written a number of novels and comic memoirs. He was a columnist for the New York Press, and became known for self-deprecating tales of his sexual misadventures. In I Pass Like Night, Alexander Vine uses sex to stave off ennui. The circumstances are of no particular importance to him, nor are his partners: men when he's drunk; a female lover named Joy for whom he feels nothing; waterfront vagrants and street hookers when he can't get it any other way.

Julia Glass (born March 23, 1956):

Julia Glass is an American novelist. Her debut novel, Three Junes, won the National Book Award in 2002: Paul McLeod, a newspaper publisher and recent widower, travels to Greece, where he falls for a young American artist and reflects on the complicated truth about his marriage. . ..Six years later, again in June, Paul’s death draws his three grown sons and their families back to their ancestral home. Fenno, the eldest, a wry, introspective gay man, narrates the events of this unforeseen reunion.

Perez Hilton (born March 23, 1978):

Perez Hilton is an American blogger and television personality. His blog is known for posts covering gossip items about celebrities. He is also known for posting tabloid photographs over which he has added his own captions or "doodles". Hilton published a children's book entitled "The Boy With Pink Hair." Hilton described the book as a story "about every kid that's ever had a dream, felt excluded, wanted to belong, and hoped that one day they could do what they loved and make a difference."

Ronald Tavel (May 17, 1936 - March 23, 2009):

Ronald Tavel (May 17, 1936 – March 23, 2009) was an American screenwriter, director, novelist, poet and actor, best known for his work with Andy Warhol and The Factory. In 1980, he was appointed the First Playwright-in-Residence at Cornell University where he was commissioned to write the melodrama, The Understudy, which starred a young Jimmy Smitts. In 1986, Tavel was appointed Distinguished Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at The University of Colorado at Boulder.

Shaun McGill (1962 - March 23, 1992):

Shaun McGill was an ice dancer and choreographer. "He was very calm," recalled Regis Gagnon of skater Shaun McGill in 1989 after McGill was told he had AIDS. Gagnon, 32 at the time, a program adviser at the Ontario Ministry of Health, lived with McGill in Toronto for four years prior to McGill's death. "I kept informed about the latest AIDS treatments. Shaun said to me, 'Just tell me what I need to know. I'll take the pills I'm supposed to take. But don't bother me. I've got work to do.' "

Steven Saylor & Richard Solomon:

Steven Saylor is an American author of historical novels. Saylor's best-known work is his Roma Sub Rosa historical mystery series, set in ancient Rome. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, where he studied history and classics. Saylor has lived with Richard Solomon since 1976; they registered as domestic partners in San Francisco in 1991 and later dissolved that partnership in order to legally marry in October 2008. The couple split their time between properties in Berkeley and Austin.

Terry Sweeney & Lanier Laney:

Terry Sweeney is an American writer, comedian and actor. Terry Sweeney's partner is Lanier Laney, a comedy writer who also wrote for SNL in the 1985–1986 season. They first met as members of a sketch comedy troupe called the "Bess Truman Players". Laney and Sweeney were also writing partners for Saturday Night Live during the 1985–1986 season, the movie Shag, and the Sci-Fi Channel cartoon Tripping The Rift. As of 2012, the couple reside in Beaufort, South Carolina. They married on April 2012.
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Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr. (born March 23, 1978), known professionally as Perez Hilton (a play on "Paris Hilton"), is an American blogger and television personality. His blog, (formerly, is known for posts covering gossip items about celebrities. He is also known for posting tabloid photographs over which he has added his own captions or "doodles". (P: Paparazzo Presents. Paparazzo Presents celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton at Barnes & Noble book signing (Union Square, New York City, September 6, 2011))

Hilton was born in Miami, Florida. He moved to New York City in 2013, stating, "I love New York and that is where me and my growing family want to call home right now". Perez was referring to his first child, Mario Armando Lavandeira III, born on February 16, 2013, conceived with a donor egg and carried by a surrogate mother.

After graduation from New York University in 2000, and before beginning his blogging career, Hilton attempted a career as an actor. He briefly worked as a media relations assistant for LGBT rights organization GLAAD, was a freelance writer for gay publications, worked as a receptionist for NYC gay events club Urban Outings, and was briefly the managing editor of Instinct, a gay men's magazine. He says he started blogging "because it seemed easy."

Hilton's angle on celebrity gossip includes an unapologetic desire to mingle with and be a part of celebrity culture. He often describes celebrity awards shows, clubs, and private events he has attended, and posts photographs of himself with the celebrities he writes about under the "Personally Perez" category of his blog. Although Hilton has an affinity for some celebrities, such as Lady Gaga and Sophia Bush, he also has a "vendetta" against certain stars, such as Disney Channel star Vanessa Hudgens and Gossip Girl teen actress Taylor Momsen. Teen phenomenon Miley Cyrus publicized her personal disapproval of Hilton over Twitter to which he replied. Some have suggested, however, that Hilton's proximity to the celebrities about whom he writes has led to biased coverage on his blog. He purports to have befriended Paris Hilton, the source of his nickname and frequent subject of his posts. It has been noted, for example, that he rarely reports on stories or rumors casting Paris Hilton in a negative or unflattering light, and that, unlike most gossip blogs, he often acknowledges and praises her positive achievements. Additionally, Hilton has been known to speak out publicly against the discriminatory behavior of celebrities and other public figures. For instance, he called for the firing of Isaiah Washington from ABC television series Grey's Anatomy for making homophobic remarks and called for his readers to do the same. However, in early 2007, he was criticized by the blog The Hollywood Gossip for ignoring racist and homophobic remarks made by Paris Hilton.

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Anthony Creighton (1922 – March 22, 2005):

Anthony Creighton, actor and writer, is best known as the co-author of the play Epitaph for George Dillon with John Osborne. Although Creighton had little other dramatic success, he remained a close friend and confidant of Osborne, and was living with him on a houseboat in the Thames in 1954, the year Osborne wrote Look Back in Anger. Creighton is believed to have been the model for Cliff in the play. In 1960 Creighton co-wrote another play with his lover Bernard Miller, Tomorrow with Pictures.

Carol Anshaw & Jessie Ewing:

Carol Anshaw is an American novelist and short story writer. Her books include Lucky in the Corner, Seven Moves, Aquamarine, and Carry the One. When Anshaw was growing up, her family divided its time between Michigan and Ft Lauderdale, Florida. In 1968 she moved to Chicago, marrying Charles J. White III in 1969 (they were divorced in 1985). Since 1996, Anshaw has been in a relationship with photographer, filmaker and teacher Jessie Ewing. The two divide their time between Chicago and Amsterdam.

Dan Hartman (November 4, 1950 - March 22, 1994):

Dan Hartman (November 4, 1950, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - March 22, 1994, Westport, Connecticut) was a Singer/Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist (Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Drums), Producer. In 1978 he shifted from rock to disco. His album Instant Replay was a hit, as was the title single, and led to a world-wide tour. The next album, Relight My Fire, featured a duet with Loleatta Holloway on the title track, and Hartman jamming with Edgar Winter and Stevie Wonder on the song "Hands Down."

Ian Stephens (? - March 22, 1996):

Ian Stephens was a Canadian poet, journalist and musician, best known as one of the major Canadian voices in the spoken word movement of the 90s. Most of his work focused on his experiences living with AIDS. In 1992, Stephens released a spoken word CD, Wining Dining and Drilling, which featured his poetry with a punk rock-influenced musical backing. Stephens was also a writer for the Montreal Mirror, contributing book reviews and a 1994 cover story, "A Weary State of Grace", on living with AIDS.

Ilana Kloss & Billie Jean King:

Billie Jean King is a former professional tennis player. She won 12 Grand Slam Singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. King is an advocate for sexual equality and won The Battle of the Sexes tennis match against Bobby Riggs in 1973. She confessed in 2007 that she had concealed her sexuality for so many years because her parents were homophobic. She is now in a relationship with Ilana Kloss, former professional tennis player.

John B. Whyte (May 22, 1928 - March 22, 2004):

John B. Whyte was an American real estate entrepreneur and former magazine model who developed Fire Island Pines, New York. He was involved in the famous drag queen "Invasion" of the Pines from the Grovers: the people who were living in Cherry Grove, always in Fire Island: the incident that is said to have provoked Grovers beyond endurance was a public humiliation of the Grove's flashy and popular Italian-American drag queen, Teri Warren, by top male model and Pines Botel/disco owner Whyte.

Kenneth Siminski (1952 - March 22, 1993):

Kenneth E. Siminski was stage manager for numerous Off Broadway plays, including Tina Howe's "Approaching Zanzibar," with Jane Alexander, and "Coastal Disturbances," with Annette Bening. He appeared in the CBS television movie "A Royal Romance" and directed more than a dozen productions at Off Broadway theaters. He was a founder of the Theater of Youth Company in Buffalo and appeared regularly in regional stock theater in Cooperstown, N.Y. He was survived by his companion, Timothy Fortuna.

M.L. Rhodes (born March 22):

M.L. Rhodes has been writing for almost fifteen years, predominantly write gay male romance and erotic romance. In Falling, Christian Wetherly comes to the U. S. undercover, posing as a British cop, to investigate a series of murders he suspects have been committed by a dark mage. He never expects, however, to find himself intensely attracted to the American police detective, Alec Anderson, in charge of the case. Christian has struggled with his hidden desires and hasn't admitted them to anyone.

Mark Badgley and James Mischka:

Badgley Mischka is an American fashion label designed by Mark Badgley and James Mischka. Badgley and Mischka went to New York City's City Hall on March 22, 2013, to make their 28-year union official. The designers first met while students at the Parsons School of Design and launched their label in 1988 (followed by bridal, a category for which they would become internationally renowned, in 1993). They have since dressed everyone from Oprah to the Olsen twins in luxe evening wear.

Sean Kennedy (born March 22, 1975):

Sean Kennedy was born in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives in the second most isolated city in the world. Tigers and Devils, his first novel, was published by Dreamspinner Press: Football, friends, and film are the most important parts of Simon Murray's life. His best friends despair of him ever finding that special someone to share his life. They drag him to a party, where Simon barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler.

Stephen Decatur & Richard Somers:

Stephen Decatur was one of America’s first naval heroes. As a commander, he endured the loss of his closest friend and companion, Richard Somers. Battling the Barbary Pirates in 1804, Somers volunteered to blow up the pirates’ coastal stronghold. Instead it was Somers and his crew that went up in smoke, while Decatur watched helplessly from the deck of his own vessel. Prior to the fatal mission, Somers had given Decatur a gold ring, which the aggrieved seaman wore for the rest of his life.

Stephen Sondheim & Peter Jones:

Stephen Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist. Sondheim has been described as being introverted, a solitary figure. He has stated that he doesn't believe in marriage. He came out in the 1980s and did not live with a partner until he was 61, in 1991, with Peter Jones, a dramatist; they lived together for several years, until 1999. In an interview with Frank Rich, Sondheim said that "the outsider feeling – somebody who people want to both kiss and kill – occurred quite early in my life."
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Dack Rambo (November 13, 1941 – March 21, 1994):

Norman Jay Rambeau, professionally known as Dack Rambo, was an American actor, most notable for appearing in The Guns of Will Sonnett, All My Children, Dallas, and Another World. While working on the soap opera Another World in 1991, Rambo learned that he was infected with HIV. Rambo publicly announced that he was HIV positive, He was extremely candid as to his bisexuality and detrimental lifestyle, advocating safe sex and helping to establish an international data bank for AIDS research.

Gavin Arthur (March 21, 1901 - 1972):

Gavin Arthur, an astrologer and occultist, was born Chester Alan Arthur III, the grandson and namesake of the 21st President of the United States. He grew up in wealth, but did not pursue a career in the professions. He was unashamedly gay and a forerunner of gay activism. He helped Kinsey with his groundbreaking research into male sexuality. In the 1950s he settled in San Francisco and devoted his time to astrology. His ruminations culminated in 1966 with his major writing, The Circle of Sex.

Gaye Adegbalola & Suzanne Moe:

Gaye Adegbalola is an American blues singer and guitarist, teacher, lecturer, activist, and photographer. In 1991, she met her life partner, Suzanne Moe, and they lived together until 2009. From the years 1966 to 1970 she was involved in the Black Power Movement in New York and organized the Harlem Committee on Self-Defense. During this same period she met and married her husband. Her son, Juno Lumumba Kahlil was born in 1969, and would later make his own mark in the goth/industrial music world.

Jeffrey Costello & Robert Tagliapietra:

Costello Tagliapietra is a fashion house, established in New York, founded and directed by Jeffrey Costello (born in Bristol, Pennsylvania) and Robert Tagliapietra (born in New York). Jeffrey Costello moved to New York during his teenage years and began his career in fashion by designing clothing for a variety of downtown actresses and musicians. In 1994, he met partner, New York native and Parson`s School of Design graduate, Robert Tagliapietra and together they created Costello Tagliapietra.

Joan Werner Laurie & Nancy Spain:

Nancy Spain lived openly with the editor of She, Joan Werner Laurie (Jonny), and was a friend of the famous, including Noël Coward and Marlene Dietrich. She and Laurie were regulars at the Gateways club in Chelsea, London, and were widely known to be lesbians. Spain and Laurie lived in an extended household with the rally driver Sheila van Damm. Laurie has a son Nicholas, and Spain's alleged youngest son, Thomas, was born after an affair with Philip Youngman Carter, husband of Margery Allingham.

Sir Michael Redgrave, Bob Mitchell and Fred Sadoff:

Sir Michael Redgrave was an actor, director, manager and author. During the filming of Fritz Lang's Secret Beyond the Door, Redgrave met Bob Mitchell. They became lovers, Mitchell set up house close to the Redgraves, and he became a surrogate "uncle" to Redgrave's children, who adored him. Mitchell later had children of his own, including a son he named Michael. Mitchell was followed by Fred Sadoff, an actor/director who became Redgrave's assistant and shared his lodgings in NY and London.

Newton Arvin (August 25, 1900 – March 21, 1963):

During his 37 years at Smith College, Newton Arvin published groundbreaking studies of Hawthorne, Whitman, Melville, and Longfellow. He cultivated friendships with Edmund Wilson and Lillian Hellman and became mentor to Truman Capote. A social radical and closeted homosexual, the circumspect Arvin nevertheless survived McCarthyism. But in 1960 his apartment was raided, and his beefcake erotica was confiscated, plunging him into confusion and provoking his panicked betrayal of several friends.

Steve Callahan & Matthew Montgomery: &

On the set of Pornography Steve Callahan has met Matthew Montgomery. Steve Callahan and his real-life partner since 2007 Matthew Montgomery have played lead roles together in Rob Williams's film Role/Play. After winning Best Supporting Actor at the Tampa International Gay Film Festival for the film Nine Lives, Steve has become a regular on the gay film circuit. He starred on screen in East Side Story, winner of the 2009 GLAAD Award. He also appears in Make the Yuletide Gay and Pornography.
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Agustín Gómez Arcos (January 15, 1933 - March 20, 1998):

Agustín Gómez Arcos (Enix, Almería, Spain, January 15, 1933 - Paris, March 20, 1998) was a Spanish writer. "The Carnivorous Lamb — and immediately appealed to my hyper-Christian sensibilities associated with the word "lamb," not to mention the lamb imagery replete in Lorca‘s aforementioned play. First impressions are always lasting ones, and my first encounter with Gomez-Arcos was shrouded mythic possibilities which my mind has continued to romanticize ever since." --Richard Reitsma

Gary Glickman & David Leavitt:

David Leavitt is an American novelist. Leavitt's partner since the late '70 (and until before 1992) was Gary Glickman, the author of Years From Now and Aura. After graduation Leavitt moved to NY where he lived at first with fellow students and later with Glickman. From NY he later moved with his partner in East Hampton, a favorite place of many writers, and he went in New York a few times on business travel, maintaining the Glickman's small apartment. Around 2000, Glickman moved to Santa Monica.

Sir Isaac Newton & Nicolas Fatio de Duillier:

Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist and mathematician. Newton had been reluctant to publish his calculus because he feared controversy and criticism. He was close to the Swiss mathematician Nicolas Fatio de Duillier, whom he met in London around 1690. In 1691, Duillier started to write a new version of Newton's Principia. In 1693 the relationship between Duillier and Newton deteriorated, and at the same time Newton suffered a nervous breakdown, and the book was never completed.

Jeff Miner & David Zier, John Tyler Connoley & Rob Connoley:

Jeff Miner is the pastor of Jesus Metropolitan Community Church in Indianapolis. He was raised in fundamentalist independent Baptist churches, and received his undergraduate degree from Bob Jones University. He discovered the Metropolitan Community Churches, a Christian denomination that has arisen out of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. He completed his clergy training and was ordained in 1997. Jeff lives with his spouse David Zier. They were married on September 8, 1990.

John Tyler Connoley is the son of Wesleyan missionaries. He came out to himself in 1991, while attending Indiana Wesleyan University. He is married to Rob Connoley. "The night my spouse and I first met, another couple in the room made bets on how long it would be before we were married. For me, it was one of those love-at-first-sight moments. He walked up to me at a Metropolitan Community Church event, smiled, and said, "Hi, my name's Rob," and I fell head over heels." --John Tyler Connoley

Ruby Rose, Catherine McNeil & Phoebe Dahl:

Catherine McNeil (born March 20, 1989) is an Australian fashion model. At fourteen years old, she won a model search contest hosted by Girlfriend. In 2009 she was photographed kissing Ruby Rose (born March 20, 1986), an Australian MTV VJ, during a pool party in Los Angeles. The pair were believed to be engaged, however reports have stated the engagement was called off on 2 July 2010. At the peak of her career she was ranked 12th on the Top 50 Models Women list by

Ruby Rose Langenheim (born 20 March 1986), better known as Ruby Rose, is an Australian model, television presenter, MTV VJ and recording artist. On the 18 March 2014 Rose reported that she was formally engaged to Phoebe Dahl, granddaughter of author Roald Dahl and cousin of model Sophie Dahl. Rose came out as a lesbian when she was 12. In 2008 and 2009, she was chosen as one of the "25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians" by Same Same, an Australian online gay and lesbian community.

Stephen Petronio & Jean-Marc Flack:

Jean-Marc works in the fashion industry, and he finds that he is constantly surrounded by superficiality. In 1995, after doing some research to find a fulfilling volunteer opportunity, he was attracted to the "hands-on" concept of God's Love We Deliver. Although they did not meet at God's Love We Deliver, Jean-Marc brought Stephen Petronio to the kitchen on one of their first dates in 1997. After peeling way too many pounds of potatoes, Jean-Marc knew he was in love (not with the potatoes!).
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Daniel Curzon (born March 19, 1938):

Daniel Curzon is the author of Something You Do in the Dark, first published by G. P. Putnam in 1971 and which may be considered as one of the first gay protest novels. It is the story of a gay man's attempt to avenge his entrapment by a Detroit vice squad police officer by murdering him. Dropping Names was described by Ian Young in Torso as "ferociously honest and very funny" and by Philip Clark in Lambda Book Report as "a blunt, hilarious, page-turning ride that is...impossible to put down."

Freda Stark & Thelma Mareo:

Freda Stark was a New Zealand dancer. In 1933, Stark joined Ernest Rolls' revue, and met a young dancer named Thelma Trott, and the two women fell in love. In 1934 Trott married Eric Mareo, their conductor. In 1935 Trott took a fatal overdose of a prescription drug, leading to Mareo being charged with her murder. During the Second World War, she was a famed exotic dancer at Auckland's Wintergarden cabaret and nightclub, a favourite of American troops and she earned the title "Fever of the Fleet"

Julien Macdonald (born March 19, 1971):

Julien Macdonald is a Welsh fashion designer who has appeared as judge on the television programme, Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model. In 2001 he was named "British Fashion Designer of the Year" and, on 15 March 2001, was appointed as chief designer at Givenchy (Alexander McQueen's successor). MacDonald's creations have been worn by stars such as Joely Richardson, Dannii Minogue, Geri Halliwell, Dame Shirley Bassey, Carmen Electra, Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé Knowles, Bonnie Tyler and Selena Gomez.

Karin Kallmaker (born March 19, 1960):

Karin Kallmaker is an author of lesbian fiction whose works also include those originally written under the name Laura Adams. Her writings span lesbian romance, erotica, and science-fiction/fantasy. Dubbed the Queen of Lesbian Romance, she publishes exclusively in the lesbian market as a matter of personal choice. Kallmaker and her partner of more than 30 years reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. They were married on August 25, 2008, and are the mothers of two children, Kelson and Eleanor.

Lee Rowan:

Ransom was Lee Rowan's debut in the field of Historical Gay Fiction. "Rich, historical detail, engaging characters, and tightly written scenes of action - both nautical and romantic - set this Age of Sail tale of love and lust on the high seas far ahead of the rest of the fleet." - Josh Lanyon. An officer, a gentleman...and a sodomite. The first two earn honor and respect. The third, a noose. Even as he falls in love with his shipmate, David Archer realizes it is a hopeless passion.

Marty Robinson & Tom Doerr:

"In the heady days immediately before the world's first Gay Pride parade in 1970, Marty Robinson's photograph--along with his lover Tom Doerr--appeared on the cover of America's first gay weekly newspaper. Doerr, a graphic artist, had designed a symbol--the Lambda--to represent the new movement. "It represents energy too," he explained. Doerr's lover, Marty, was clearly a young man with energy, a winning kind of vitality, truly macho on the surface, but deeply caring within." --Jack Nichols
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Anne Will & Miriam Meckel:

Anne Will (born March 18, 1966) is a television journalist from Germany. She was anchorwoman of the daily Tagesthemen news broadcast on ARD from April 14, 2001, to June 24, 2007. Will came out in 2007 at a Jewish Museum event in Berlin when she publicly acknowledged her relationship with long-time partner Miriam Meckel, Professor for Corporate Communication and Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Bil Wright:

Bil Wright is an award-winning novelist and playwright. His novels include Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy (Lambda Literary Award and American Library Association Stonewall Book Award), the highly acclaimed When the Black Girl Sings (Junior Library Guild selection), and the critically acclaimed Sunday You Learn How to Box. His plays include Bloodsummer Rituals, based on the life of poet Audre Lorde (Jerome Fellowship), and Leave Me a Message (San Diego Human Rights Festival premiere).

John Fraser (born March 18, 1931):

John Fraser (born 18 March 1931, Glasgow, Scotland) is a BAFTA-nominated Scottish-born actor and writer. In his acclaimed autobiography, Close Up: An Actor Telling Tales, John Fraser takes us from the council estates of prewar Glasgow to the glamour of 1960’s Hollywood and beyond. Funny, honest and acutely observant about himself, his family and his friends, John Fraser presents such legendary figures as Rudolf Nureyev, Hedy Lamarr, Dirk Bogarde and Bette Davis in a new and startling light

John Kander & Fred Ebb:

John Kander's first produced musical was A Family Affair, written with James and William Goldman. He met lyricist Fred Ebb in 1962 and began a songwriting collaboration that would last for more than four decades. Later that year rising star Barbra Streisand recorded the duo's songs, "My Coloring Book" and "I Don't Care Much." In 1965, Kander and Ebb landed their first show on Broadway, Flora the Red Menace, directed by George Abbott, in which Liza Minnelli made her initial Broadway appearance.

Kevin Hague & Ian:

Kevin Hague is a New Zealand MP representing the Green Party who was first elected to parliament in 2008. Hague is openly gay and in 1988 began work as a research officer for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. He has been with his partner, Ian, since 1984, and has one son, Thomas, born in 1992. Hague said once the Louisa Wall's Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill had passed its 3rd reading, in 2013/04, there would be a number of "incredibly emotional" weddings between gay couples.

Michael Kirby & Johan van Vloten:

Michael Kirby is an Australian retired judge, jurist, and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. When AIDS came along, he and his partner became involved and this was code language for his sexuality. Formally, they announced their relationship in Australian Who's Who in 1999. Van Vloten, who migrated to Australia from the Netherlands in 1963, has lived with Kirby since 1969. Kirby has often spoken publicly in support of gay rights.

William R. Olander & Christopher Cox:

William R. Olander was an art historian, museum curator, and critic. After internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Toledo Museum of Art, Olander was appointed curator of modern art at the Allen Memorial Museum at Oberlin College. On January 1, 1985, he became curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and met Christopher Cox in the spring of 1986. Olander was senior curator at the New Museum when he died from AIDS-related complications on March 18, 1989.
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Adam Geiger (December 16, 1950 - March 17, 1991):

In the early 1980s, Adam Geiger, then an executive with NCR, attended a conference in San Francisco and met the composer and musicologist Paul Attinello. With encouragement from him and other friends, Geiger resigned his job and set up a home studio in San Diego with several pianos and keyboards. From 1982 to 1989, working on his own and with Lura Jane Geiger, he produced and sold a series of cassette tapes of New Age music on the LuraMedia recording label.

Alice Austen & Gertrude Tate:

Elizabeth Alice Austen (March 17, 1866 - June 9, 1952) was a Staten Island photographer. In 1899 Alice met Gertrude Amelia Tate (1871-1962) of Brooklyn, New York. She became Alice's lifelong companion. Gertrude moved in with Alice at Clear Comfort in 1917. Clear Comfort was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark on April 8, 1976, one month after the 110th anniversary of Alice's birth. It is also known as "Alice Austen House" and is located in the Rosebank neighborhood.

Bayard Rustin & Walter Naegle:

Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987) was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, pacifism and non-violence, and gay rights. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania where his family was involved in civil rights work. In 1936, he moved to Harlem, New York City and earned a living as a nightclub and stage singer, and continued activism for civil rights. Rustin was survived by his partner of 10 years, Walter Naegle, who was also his executor & chief archivist.

Clodovil Hernandes (June 17, 1937 – March 17, 2009):

Clodovil Hernandes (Elisiário, June 17, 1937 – Brasília, March 17, 2009) was a Brazilian fashion stylist, television presenter, and politician. Hernandes made his fame as a fashion stylist during the 60s and 70s, after which he was invited to work on television. His dedication and fame on television lasted for over 40 years and various television stations. In his political career, Hernandes was known for statements deemed inappropriate, often directed at other famous personalities.

Dan Stone (born March 17):

Dan Stone (born March 17) is the author of the gay romantic fantasy "The Rest Of Our Lives" and "Tricky Serum: An Elixir of Poems" (Lethe Press). The Rest of Our Lives won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Paranormal / Horror: In this lighthearted and contemporary, gay romantic fantasy, can two male witches whose passion reincarnates century after century, find a way to express their love for each other again? Can this enchanting pair finally succeed after so many lifetimes?

Jermaine Stewart (September 7, 1957 – March 17, 1997):

Jermaine Stewart began his performing career as a teenager in Chicago, touring with the Chi-Lites and The Staple Singers and appearing on American Bandstand and Soul Train. By the mid-1980s he had worked with Shalamar, Millie Jackson, Tavares, the Temptations, and Culture Club as a background vocalist and dancer. With the help of Culture Club member Mikey Craig, he landed his first solo recording contract with Clive Davis of Arista Records (10 Records in the UK) in 1984.

Luchino Visconti & Helmut Berger:

Luchino Visconti di Modrone, Count of Lonate Pozzolo, was an Italian theatre, opera and cinema director, as well as a screenwriter. He is best known for his films The Leopard (1963) and Death in Venice (1971). Visconti made no secret of his homosexuality. His last partner was the Austrian actor Helmut Berger, who played Martin in Visconti's film The Damned. Berger also appeared in Visconti's Ludwig in 1972 and Conversation Piece in 1974 along with Burt Lancaster.

Merritt Butrick (September 3, 1959 – March 17, 1989):

Merritt R. Butrick was an American actor, known for his roles on the 1982 teen sitcom Square Pegs, in two Star Trek feature films, and a variety of other acting roles in the 1980s. Butrick died of AIDS-related toxoplasmosis on March 17, 1989, at the age of 29. The 2008 release of Square Pegs on DVD included a featurette dedicated to Butrick, in which his co-stars, including Jami Gertz and Sarah Jessica Parker, and show creator Anne Beatts, paid tributes to and recounted anecdotes about Butrick.

Rudolf Nureyev & Erik Bruhn:

Erik Bruhn met Rudolf Nureyev, the celebrated Tatar dancer, after Nureyev defected to the West in 1961. Nureyev was a great admirer of Bruhn, having seen filmed performances of the Dane on tour in Russia with American Ballet Theatre, although stylistically the two dancers were different. Bruhn became the great love of Nureyev's life and the two remained close for 25 years, until Bruhn's death. Nureyev, iconic dancer of the XX century, had it all: beauty, genius, charm, passion, and sex appeal.
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António Botto (August 17, 1892 - March 16, 1959):

António Botto was a Portuguese aesthete and modernist poet. His first book of poems Trovas was published in 1917. Canções (Songs) was published in 1920 and went unnoticed. Only when the 2nd edition was printed in 1922, and Fernando Pessoa wrote a provocative and encomiastic article about the book praising the author’s courage and sincerity for shamelessly singing homosexual love as a true aesthete, was there public scandal amongst the Lisbon society and Botto attained a lifelong notoriety.

Aubrey Beardsley (August 21, 1872 – March 16, 1898):

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was an English illustrator and author. His drawings, done in black ink and influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis.

David Feintuch (July 21, 1944 - March 16, 2006):

David Feintuch was a science fiction and fantasy author and attorney. He wrote one major fantasy series, Rodrigo of Caledon: When Rodrigo took control of the mystical powers of the Still, he gained the knowledge of his forefathers. On the battlefield, the Still is a potent weapon and Rodrigo proves to be a gifted strategist. But the Still doesn’t make him perfect, and even the wisdom of generations of Caledonian rulers can’t prepare Rodrigo for what will come next.

Eleonora "Eleo" Sears, Isabel Pell & Margarett Sargent McKean:

Eleonora Randolph Sears (September 28, 1881, Boston – March 16, 1968 Palm Beach) was an American tennis player of the interwar period. In addition, she was a champion squash player, and prominent in other sports; she's considered one of the leading all-round women athletes of the first half of the 20th century. Sears had multiple lesbian relationships, though none was officially announced or confirmed, including one with Isabel Pell in the 1930s.

Isabel Pell was a handsome, heroic, cruel and athletic woman who once owned 40 pairs of riding boots, seduced the women of New York, New England and France, and played a heroic but controversial role in World War II. She also remained a skeleton in the closet of Eve Pell’s upper-crust family — until the author was inspired to rediscover her, warts and all. Isabel Pell was lovers with author Honor Moore's grandmother, Margarett Sargent McKean, a painter.

Margarett Sargent's personal life was more shocking than her paintings, which reflected an expressionism not much in vogue at the time. She waited until 1920, and the age of 28, to marry another proper Bostonian, Quincy Adams Shaw McKean. The happy years fade quickly, however. Shaw and Margarett fall apart but stay together, sniping and shouting or coldly ignoring each other. Both embark on many affairs, with Margarett's more flagrant, shocking and undiscriminating as to gender.

Harry Kondoleon (February 26, 1955 - March 16, 1994):

Harry Kondoleon (February 26, 1955 - March 16, 1994) was a gay American playwright and novelist. Several of his plays were published by Theater Communications Group in an anthology entitled Self Torture and Strenuous Exercise. He is also the author of a volume of poetry, The Death of Understanding, and two novels, The Whore of Tjampuan and Diary of a Lost Boy. The latter was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1994, two months before Harry Kondoleon died of complications from AIDS.

I.A.R. Wylie & Sara Josephine Baker:

Sara Josephine Baker was an American physician notable for making contributions to public health. Ida Alexa Ross Wylie, better known as I.A.R. Wylie, was one of the most respected authors of her generation. Sara Josephine Baker wrote very little about her personal life, however she spent much of the later part of her life with Wylie, and self-identified as a 'woman-oriented woman'. In 1935, Baker and Wylie decided to move to Princeton, New Jersey, together with their friend Louise Pearce.

Jack Nichols, Lige Clarke and Logan Carter:

With his partner Lige Clarke, Nichols began writing the column "The Homosexual Citizen" for Screw magazine in 1968. "The Homosexual Citizen", which borrowed its title from the newspaper published by Mattachine D.C., was the first LGBT-interest column in a non-LGBT publication. On February 10, 1975, Clarke was shot and killed in Vera Cruz, Mexico. While his partner Nichols was convinced that the murder was the result of "machismo's homophobic influences", the murder remains officially unsolved.

"Starting as Florida Teen, He Danced Across International Stages" Robert "Bobby" Logan Carter (born May 11, 1954, in Daytona Beach, Florida, died June 23, 1988 in Los Angeles) was an American entertainer and photo model. Logan Carter's two foremost male lovers--Jack Nichols was one-- had, of necessity, to be free from the making of gender-role judgments, able to see him as a person, not as a "star" nor as a cosmetic "woman." Logan died in Hollywood Community Hospital in June, 1988, AIDS.

Jonathan Williams (March 8, 1929 – March 16, 2008):

Jonathan Williams (March 8, 1929 – March 16, 2008) was an American poet, publisher, essayist, and photographer. He is known as the founder of The Jargon Society, which has published poetry, experimental fiction, photography, and folk art for more than fifty years. A longtime contributing editor of the photography journal Aperture, Williams lived in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina. He died March 16, 2008 in Highlands, NC from pneumonia.

Leverett Saltonstall & Charles William Dabney, Jr.:

Leverett Saltonstall traveled with Charles William Dabney, Jr., Harvard classmate, after graduation and generally had a difficult time settling down; it was said that he was forced by his mother, against his will, to marry. He graduated from Harvard College in 1844, and received his law degree from Harvard in 1847. He practiced law until 1860, when he became active in the Massachusetts Democratic party, and although he was frequently nominated as a candidate for Congress, he was never elected.

Mark Stevenson (1950 - March 16, 1994):

Mark Stevenson's best-known show was "A Visitation From John Keats," which he performed at the Circle Repertory in New York, the Lincoln Center Library, the Edinburgh Festival and the Keats House in Hempstead, England. His other shows included "Shedding Light on Shakespeare" and "The Great F. Scott," a biographical piece about Fitzgerald. He also established a booking agency in New York, died on March 16, 1994, at his apartment in Manhattan. He was 44.

Sybille Bedford & Eda Lord:

Sybille Bedford (16 March 1911 – 17 February 2006) was a German-born English writer. Many of her works are partly autobiographical. Julia Neuberger proclaimed her "the finest woman writer of the 20th century" while Bruce Chatwin saw her as "one of the most dazzling practitioners of modern English prose". Bedford spent the 1950s, 60s and 70s living in France, Italy, Britain and Portugal, and during this period had a twenty-year relationship with the American female novelist Eda Lord (1907-1976).

Victor Garber & Rainer Andreesen:

Victor Joseph Garber is a Canadian film, stage and television actor and singer. Garber is known for playing Jack Bristow in the television series Alias, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Thomas Andrews in James Cameron's Titanic, and as Canadian ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, in Argo.Garber referred publicly to his homosexuality in 2012. In 2013, he said "I don't really talk about it but everybody knows." As of 2013, he lives in New York with his partner since 2000, Rainer Andreesen.
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Anthony Bowles (1931 or 1932 - March 15, 1993):

Anthony Bowles was a leading musical director and conductor in London's West End for many years. His credits include several early Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musicals, among them Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He also worked in New York at theaters such as SoHo Rep, where he conducted his original score to the musical Mandrake in 1984. His other musical theatre works include Love in the Country (1970) and Sir Thomas More (1964).

Gerald Glaskin (December 16, 1923 - March 15, 2000):

Gerald Marcus Glaskin (16 December 1923 - 2000) was a Western Australian author. Under the pseudonym Neville Jackson, he also authored a novel about a homosexual love affair, No End To The Way (1965). Interviewed in later life about the novel, Glaskin said: "It was banned in Australia and the paperback publishers, Corgi, researched the Australian censorship laws, and discovered that the book could not be shipped to Australia. So they chartered planes and flew them in".

Howard Greenfield & Tory Damon:

Howard Greenfield's companion from the early 1960s to his death was cabaret singer Tory Damon; Greenfield died, aged 49, in Los Angeles, California in 1986 from complications due to AIDS. He was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills). Damon died from AIDS complications just a few days later. Tory Damon died just 26 days after Greenfield and is interred in the wall crypt to his right. Damon's epitaph reads: Love Will Keep Us Together..., Greenfield's continues: ... Forever.

Kate Bornstein & Barbara Carrellas:

Kate Bornstein (born March 15, 1948) is an American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist. Having been born male and then receiving gender reassignment surgery, Bornstein says, "I don't call myself a woman, and I know I'm not a man". Bornstein has also written about having anorexia, being a survivor of PTSD and being diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder. Kate and partner since 1997 Barbara Carrellas live in New York City with three cats, two dogs and a turtle.

Margaret Webster & Eva Le Gallienne:

Eva Le Gallienne was an actress, producer, and director. In 1934 she met actress Marion Evensen, who became her partner of 37 years. In the late 1930s Le Gallienne became involved in a relationship with theater director Margaret Webster. Basically she was living in Connecticut with Evensen and shared an apartment in NYC with Webster. The relationship with Webster ended in 1948. At the death of Evensen in 1971, Le Gallienne was devastated, and it did not help that also Webster died 1 year later.
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Howard Ashman & Bill Lauch:

Howard Ashman was an American playwright and lyricist. His life partner was William P. "Bill" Lauch. He collaborated with Alan Menken on several films, notably animated features for Disney, Ashman writing the lyrics and Menken composing the music. He is also best known for being the lyricist of two of the biggest hits of the Brazilian rock singer Cazuza, who also died of AIDS, 9 months before in 1990. His second Academy Award in 1992 was accepted by his partner, Bill Lauch.

K.M. Soehnlein & Kevin Clarke:

K. M. Soehnlein is an American writer most famous for his novels The World of Normal Boys and You Can Say You Knew Me When. His most recent novel is Robin and Ruby. He lives in San Francisco's SoMa district with his partner Kevin Clarke, a graphic designer and performer. They married on March 14, 2009, at the Lodge at the Regency Center in San Francisco. They met in 1999 when they were living around the corner from each other in the Mission district of San Francisco.

Kayne Gillaspie (born March 14, 1979):

Johnathan Kayne Gillaspie (born March 14, 1979) is an American fashion designer, specializing in beauty pageant gowns. He was a contestant on the third season of the Bravo reality series Project Runway after being rejected during second-season auditions. On October 24, 2008, Gillaspie launched his newest line, called Kayne9, dog couture. The line is made in Oklahoma and is currently available for purchase from the Johnathan Kayne Studio located in Norman, OK.

Malka Drucker & Gay Block:

Malka T. Drucker is a rabbi and author. She is the longtime companion of artist Gay Block. "While in Yerushalayim I met Barry Block who introduced me to his mother Gay who was a talented photographer. Though I had been married for 19 years, Gay and I fell in love and I left Jerusalem mid-year to reorganize my life. In 1989, I decided to try again for the rabbinate." Their work, Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust, has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, in 1992.

P.A. Brown (born March 14):

After holding a host of jobs, at 40 P.A. Brown went back to school and became a Network engineer, which eventually landed her on the shores of Bermuda where she spent 2 years learning how to drink rum swizzles and battle hurricanes. Back in Canada, she buckled down and started producing books seriously resulting in a multitude of books coming out in the next year. L.A. Heat won a Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Mystery / Thriller and Best Gay Novel, L.A. Boneyard as Best Gay Mystery / Thriller.

Sean Mathias & Sir Ian McKellen:

Sean Mathias is a British theatre director, film director, writer and actor. He is known for directing the film Bent and highly acclaimed theatre productions. He has also had a notable professional partnership with actor and former lover Sir Ian McKellen since the late 1970s. He was included in the 2006 list of the 101 most influential gay and lesbian people in Britain. Mathias is co-owner of The Grapes pub along with business partners Ian McKellen and Evgeny Lebedev, since September 2011.

Sylvia Beach & Adrienne Monnier:

While conducting some research at the Bibliotheque Nationale Sylvia Beach found the name of Adrienne Monnier's bookshop and decided to seek out the little store. There she was warmly welcomed by the owner who, to her surprise, was a plump fair-haired young woman in a peasant's dress/nun's habit, "with a long full skirt and a sort of tight-fitting velvet waistcoat over a white silk blouse. They later became lovers and lived together for 36 years until Monnier's suicide in 1955. Beach died 1962.

Timothy Meyers (August 31, 1945 - March 14, 1989):

Timothy Meyers (August 31, 1945 - March 14, 1989) was an American actor famous for originating the role of Kenickie in Grease and was a 1972 nominee for Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical. His first stage role was in 1970 as Crookfinger Jake in Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera. His film appearances include The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Night of the Juggler, I, the Jury, and To Smithereens. His television credit is the Kojak episode "Kojak's Days".

Toby Johnson & Kip Dollar:

Toby Johnson is a novelist and writer in the field of gay spirituality. In 1981, Johnson returned to his hometown where he practiced as an openly gay therapist and served as co-chair of the San Antonio Gay Alliance. Toby and Kip Dollar organized Gay Pride celebrations, worked with fledgling AIDS Foundations, & helped found gay business societies in both San Antonio and Austin. From 1988 to 1994, Johnson and Dollar ran Liberty Books, the lesbian and gay community bookstore in Austin at the time.
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Harper Fox (born March 13, 1965):

British author Harper Fox has established herself within readers of M/M romance. Harper lives in beautiful rural Cornwall with Jane, her partner of 27 years, and 3 high-maintenance cats. Scrap Metal was released in print format in 2013: one year ago, before Fate took a wrecking ball to his life, Nichol was happily working on his doctorate in linguistics. Now he’s hip deep in sheep, mud and collies. His late brother and mother had been well suited to life on Seacliff Farm. Nichol? Not so much.

Henry Scott Tuke (June 12, 1858 - March 13, 1929):

Henry Scott Tuke was a British visual artist. His most notable work was in the Impressionist style, and he is probably best known for his paintings of nude boys and young men. All of Tuke's regular models were eventually called up during the First World War, and some did not return, including Maurice Clift—a model for August Blue—who was killed in France. One of the model of Ruby, Gold and Malachite was Charlie Mitchel, who was Tuke's boatman for 30 years and in his will, Tuke left him £1,000.

James Purdy (July 17, 1914 – March 13, 2009):

James Purdy (July 17, 1914 – March 13, 2009) was a controversial American novelist, short story-writer, poet, and playwright who, since his debut in 1956, published over a dozen novels, and several collections of poetry, short stories, and plays. "Purdy is one of the most underrated American writers. I believe he is one of the masters of 20th century literature and In a Shallow Grave is a gem, about a disaffected and disfigured war veteran and his love for a hired male caretaker." --Rick R. Reed

Janet Flanner & Solita Solano:

Janet Flanner was a novelist, translator, and journalist, best known for her fortnightly "Letter from Paris," which she wrote for the New Yorker from 1925 to 1975. Flanner had an affair with Edith Wharton, but Solita Solano, a well-known writer and drama critic for the New York Tribune, was her greatest love. They remained close for over sixty years. Another long-term lover was Natalia Danesi Murray, an Italian-born radio broadcaster who later became vice president of Rizzoli publishers.

Joyce Warshow & Dorothy Sander:

Joyce Warshow was a formidable champion for LGBT rights. She was honored by Senior Action in A Gay Environment (SAGE) with its Lifetime Achievement Award for her work. Sadly, she died before she was able to accept the award, at home on October 2, 2007 at the age of 70. Her beloved partner of 25 years, Dorothy Sander, was at her side. As a filmmaker, Joyce was dedicated to presenting a full spectrum of pioneering lesbian activists: her two films and a documentary about Joan Nestle.

Robert Denning, Edgar de Evia & Vincent Fourcade:

Robert Denning (March 13, 1927 – August 26, 2005) was an American interior designer whose lush interpretations of French Victorian decor became an emblem of corporate raider tastes in the 1980s. During the last decade of his life he tired of Paris, giving up his home that he had shared with Vincent in the 17th arrondissment. He was content in the familiar surroundings of his home and offices in the Lombardy Hotel in New York City, where both the lobby and restaurant were of his design.

Robin Maugham (May 17, 1916 – March 13, 1981):

Robert Cecil Romer Maugham, 2nd Viscount Maugham, known as Robin Maugham, was a British novelist, playwright and travel writer. Described as "defiantly homosexual", but in fact bisexual, Lord Maugham never married, and the viscountcy became extinct upon his death. He died from a pulmonary embolism, compounded by long-standing diabetes mellitus, though an official cause of death was difficult to obtain as his body was apparently lost for forty-eight hours after his death.

Solita Solano & Janet Flanner:

Solita Solano was an American writer, poet and journalist. In 1919 Solano got to know the journalist Janet Flanner in Greenwich Village with whom she started a relationship. In 1921 they travelled to Greece, where Janet was to work on a report for the "National Geographic". In 1929 Solano had an affair with Margaret Anderson, founder of The Little Review, who had come to Paris with her lover, French singer Georgette Leblanc. After the outbreak of WWII Solano and Flanner returned to New York.

Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton:

Susan B. Anthony was a social reformer who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. In 1851 she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who became her lifelong co-worker in social reform activities. Their interests began to diverge somewhat as they grew older. As the drive for women's suffrage gained momentum, Anthony began to form alliances with more conservative groups. Despite such friction, their relationship continued to be close. When Stanton died in 1902, Anthony grieved for months.

William Neale (1957 - March 13, 2012):

William Neale lived in Cleveland, Ohio with his partner of over a decade, Marty. Relatively new to the world of contemporary m/m romance, he spent over thirty years as a successful corporate communications executive, ad man, and PR "spin doctor." He passed away on March 13, 2012, at his home in Cleveland. The Best Gay Contemporary Romance category of the Rainbow Awards is dedicated to him, and for that reason we award every year the William Neale Award for Best Gay Contemporary Romance.
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Asher Levine (born March 12, 1988):

Asher Levine (born March 12, 1988) is an American fashion designer. He is the designer for his eponymous progressive menswear label, Asher Levine. Levine’s methods and aesthetic are far from ordinary, and his point of view is unlike any of his contemporaries. Due to Levine’s unique and innovative fabrication processes and stand out style, he has become a pioneer of avant-garde menswear, and is quickly becoming “one of Hollywood’s favorite emerging menswear designers”.

Cynthia Rich & Barbara Macdonald:

Cynthia Rich, teacher, lesbian feminist activist, and author, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 12, 1933, the daughter of Helen (Jones) and Arnold Rice Rich. Her sister was Adrienne Rich. In 1974 she taught a writing workshop at Goddard Cambridge College, where she met Barbara Macdonald, who became her domestic partner of 26 years. In 1983 Rich co-authored with Macdonald Look Me in the Eye: Old Women, Aging and Ageism, a ground-breaking examination of ageism from a feminist perspective.

Edward Albee & Jonathan Thomas:

Edward Albee is an American playwright who is best known for The Zoo Story, The Sandbox, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and a rewrite of the book for the musical version of Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. Albee's longtime partner, Jonathan Thomas, a sculptor, died on May 2, 2005, from bladder cancer. Albee was a heavy drinker, but the problem became particularly acute in the early 70s. He stopped with the help of Jonathan Thomas, with whom he has been with since 1971 "I'd be dead without him"

James Clark & Anthony Stewart:

James Clark (born 12 March 1963) is a British diplomat. On 30 March 2004, he and his partner Anthony Stewart made history by becoming the first officially recognised gay couple to have an audience with Queen Elizabeth II. Clark is Britain's first openly gay ambassador and he and Stewart are the Foreign Office's first officially recognized gay couple to be sent abroad. They moved into the official residence in Luxembourg and attended social functions there together.

Jesse Hajicek (born 1972):

Jesse Hajicek has written 27 stories for Fantasy, Supernatural, Western, Horror, Fable, Sci-Fi, Romance, Essay, General, and Humor. The God Eaters was published in 2006: Imprisioned for 'inflammatory writings' by the totalitarian Theocracy, shy intellectual Ashleigh Trine figures his story's over. But when he meets Kieran Trevarde, a hard-hearted gunslinger with a dark magic lurking in his blood, Ash finds that necessity makes strange heroes... and love can change the world.

Liza Minnelli (born March 12, 1946):

Liza Minnelli is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is the daughter of singer and actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli. Minnelli has won a total of four Tony Awards, including a Special Tony Award. She has also won an Oscar, an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes and a Grammy Legend Award for her contributions and influence in the recording field, along with many other honors and awards. She is among the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award.

Mario Mieli (May 21, 1952 – March 12, 1983):

Mario Mieli was a leading figure in the Italian gay movement of the 1970's. He combined a radical theoretical perspective with a provocative public persona. His outrageous public behavior made him a controversial figure, but he was nonetheless respected as one of the movement's most important intellectuals. He’s best known among English speakers for Towards a Gay Communism, a political pamphlet excerpted from his major theoretical work Homosexuality and Liberation: Elements of a Gay Critique.
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Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946) is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is the daughter of singer and actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli. (P: Allied Artists Pictures Corporation. Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles from the film Cabaret, 1972)

Already established as a nightclub singer and musical theatre actress, she first attracted critical acclaim for her dramatic performances in the movies The Sterile Cuckoo (1969), and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970); Minnelli then rose to international stardom for her appearance as Sally Bowles in the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical Cabaret, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She later co-starred in Arthur (1981), starring with Dudley Moore (in the title role) and Sir John Gielgud.

While film projects such as Lucky Lady, A Matter of Time and New York, New York were less favorably received than her stage roles, Minnelli became an entertainer in television, beginning with Liza with a Z in 1972, and on stage in the Broadway productions of Flora the Red Menace, The Act and The Rink. Minnelli also toured internationally and did shows such as Liza Minnelli: At Carnegie Hall, Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event, and Liza Live from Radio City Music Hall.

She starred in Liza's Back in 2002. She had guest appearances in the sitcom Arrested Development and had a small role in the movie The OH in Ohio, while continuing to tour internationally. In 2008/2009, she performed the Broadway show Liza's at The Palace...! which earned a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.

Minnelli has won a total of four Tony Awards, including a Special Tony Award. She has also won an Oscar, an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes and a Grammy Legend Award for her contributions and influence in the recording field, along with many other honors and awards. She is among the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. In 2000, Minnelli was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

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Christopher Rice (born March 11, 1978):

Christopher Travis Rice (born March 11, 1978) is an American author. Rice has written five best-selling novels: A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden, Light Before Day, Blind Fall, and his latest book, The Moonlit Earth, which was published in April 2010 by Scribner. In A Density of Souls, there's murder, suicide, and madness at the heart of this rather clumsycoming-of-age story, which focuses on the youthful friendship of Stephen Conlin, Meredith Ducote, Greg Darby, and Brandon Charbonnet.

David Carroll (July 30, 1950 - March 11, 1992):

David Carroll is particularly remembered for his portrayal of Baron Felix von Gaigern, a role he created in the 1989 musical Grand Hotel (book by Luther Davis, music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest, additional lyrics and music by Maury Yeston). The musical won 5 Tony Awards®; Carroll earned both Tony® and Drama Desk nominations for his performance. He was in the process of making the original cast recording in 1992 when he died, at age 41, of a pulmonary embolism.

David LaChapelle (born March 11, 1963):

David LaChapelle is an American commercial photographer, fine-art photographer, music video director, film director, and artist. When LaChapelle was 17 years old, he met Andy Warhol, who offered him his first job as a photographer at Interview magazine. Warhol reportedly told LaChapelle "Do whatever you want. Just make sure everybody looks good." His photographs of celebrities in Interview garnered positive attention, and before long he was shooting for a variety of top editorial publications.

Dora Carrington (March 29, 1893 – March 11, 1932):

Giles Lytton Strachey was a British writer & critic. Dora Carrington was a British painter and decorative artist, remembered for her association with the Bloomsbury Group. Though Strachey spoke openly about his homosexuality with his Bloomsbury friends, it was not widely publicised until the late 1960s, in a biography by Michael Holroyd. In 1921 Carrington agreed to marry Ralph Partridge, not for love but to secure the 3-way relationship. She committed suicide two months after Strachey's death.

John C. Wells & Gabriel Parsons:

John Christopher Wells is a British phonetician and Esperanto teacher. In September 2006 he signed a civil partnership with Gabriel Parsons, a native of Montserrat and his partner since 1968. Wells is a professor emeritus at University College London, where until his retirement in 2006 he held the departmental chair in phonetics. He is a member of London Gay Men's Chorus and has featured in their It Gets Better video. He is also a player of the melodeon and has uploaded videos to YouTube.

June Arnold & Parke Bowman:

June Arnold immersed herself in the rich cultural diversity of the Village. There she established her feminist as well as lesbian identity. Her first novel, Applesauce, dealt in part with her marriage and her difficulty in fulfilling the traditional roles. Arnold also began a relationship with Parke Bowman, a lawyer who became her long-time partner. Bowman and Arnold together with novelist Bertha Harris and political theorist Charlotte Bunch, founded Daughters Inc., Press in 1973.

Kevin Oldham (August 30, 1960 - March 11, 1993):

According to his companion, Stephen Rotondaro, Kevin Oldham became driven to write new songs. In the final verse of one of the most heartrending pieces, “Not Even if I Try,” the composer expresses longing for trying to keep a connection between life and death. “I search the stars, I watch the clouds look down to me, My thoughts are clear, My heart is aching, You’re oh so far away, I close my eyes and hold my pillow, And say a prayer for you, I won’t forget. I can’t forget, Not even if I try.”
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David LaChapelle (born March 11, 1963) is an American commercial photographer, fine-art photographer, music video director, film director, and artist. (P: Gampe. David LaChapelle at the launching his exhibition in Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, 2011)

He is best known for his photography, which often references art history and sometimes conveys social messages. His photographic style has been described as "hyper-real and slyly subversive" and as "kitsch pop surrealism." One 1996 article called him the "Fellini of photography," a phrase that continues to be applied to him.

David LaChapelle was born in Fairfield, Connecticut and lived there until he was nine years old. Then he moved to North Carolina with his family, where they lived until he was fourteen, before moving back to Connecticut. He has said to have loved the public schools in Connecticut and thrived in their art program as a child and teenager, although he struggled with bullying growing up. He also attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and School of Visual Arts in New York City. His first photograph was of his mother, Helga LaChapelle, on a family vacation in Puerto Rico.

He was bullied in his North Carolina school for being gay. When he was 15 years old, he ran away from home to become a busboy at Studio 54 in New York City. Eventually he returned to North Carolina to enroll in the North Carolina School of Arts.

LaChapelle was affiliated in the 1980s with 303 Gallery which also exhibited artists such as Doug Aitken and Karen Kilimnik. After people from Interview Magazine saw his work exhibited, LaChapelle was offered to work for the magazine.

When LaChapelle was 17 years old, he met Andy Warhol, who offered him his first job as a photographer at Interview magazine. Warhol reportedly told LaChapelle "Do whatever you want. Just make sure everybody looks good." His photographs of celebrities in Interview garnered positive attention, and before long he was shooting for a variety of top editorial publications. LaChapelle's friends during this period included Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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