January 16th, 2014

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Arnold Aletrino (April 1, 1858 - January 16, 1916)

Arnold Aletrino (1 April 1858 - 16 January 1916) was a Dutch criminal anthropologist and writer, who published works on homosexuality in Dutch and French. He was a member of the Tachtigers, a group of young and revolutionary Dutch authors, who despised the pious poetry and prose of the mid-nineteenth century Dutch Victorian writers.

Arnold Aletrino was born 1 April 1858 in Amsterdam to Salomon Aletrino and Selima Pineda. As a medical student, he befriended Frederik van Eeden, who was to be a well-known psychiatrist and one of the most famous Tachtigers. In 1892, he married Rachel Mendes da Costa, who committed suicide five years later. Later, he married Jupie van Stockum. Aletrino never had children.

Aletrino published between 1889 and 1906 a few novels and collections of stories, all extremely bleak and cheerless in atmosphere. During this time, he worked as a medical doctor for the city of Amsterdam, especially for its firemen.

In his final years, an incurably ill man, he lived with his wife in Switzerland. Aletrino died 16 January 1916 in Chernex, Switzerland, near Geneva, aged 57.

Aletrino had been schooled by Cesare Lombroso, who attempted to explain criminality in light of a degenerating central nervous system. Aletrino broke with Lombroso over homosexuals in a Dutch article in 1897, in which he claimed that homosexuality could occur in otherwise perfectly normal and healthy individuals. In later works he campaigned against the legal intolerance and prohibition of homosexuality in Europe.

In 1901 he defended homosexuals at the Fifth Congress of Criminal Anthropology in Amsterdam. He was accused of "defending immorality." He continued to fight throughout his life to engender a more tolerant and understanding attitude of homosexuality. In 1912 he participated in founding the Dutch branch of the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, which was first founded in Germany in 1897 by gay rights pioneer Magnus Hirschfeld.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Aletrino

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Jeffrey Williams (born January 16, 1984)

Jeffrey Williams (born January 16, 1984 in Seattle, Washington), is a fashion designer who won the second season of Bravo network's Project Runway spinoff, The Fashion Show.

Jeffrey Williams was born in Seattle, Washington. He is was born to Jeffrey Williams and Beverly Minnis Williams and grew up in a blended family of 12 children. His gift for fashion and design was evident as young as age three, he loved the feel of fabrics, liked picking out his mother's dress up clothing. His mother supported and inspired her prodigious son, supplying him as young as seven, with needles, thread, and fabric his first designs were pillows. By high school he had a fully equipped design studio in his home and a Jeffrey Williams prom gown was desired by his classmates. His gift for design and style was applied to making handmade wigs for his mother during her bout with breast cancer.

Being raised in a large family that was eventually headed by one parent, he knew that the cost of pursuing fashion design would be a hard task to accomplish but after graduating from Garfield High School in 2002, he applied and was accepted in 2004 into the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. That same year his mother succumbed to breast cancer. She continues to be an inspiration. His mother left his godmother, Dawn Mason (Former WA State Representative) with instructions that she must see that Jeffrey complete design school, and that one day he would be famous.

His talent as an illustrator was recognized by his instructors, and was selected for the highly competitive Illustration program. Then following a desire at add an international appeal to his design he competed for a coveted spot at in the study abroad option. Offered by the New York Fashion Institute, he studied abroad at Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, and developed a love for working as a fashion designer, internationally. Participating in many art programs to gain notoriety. In 2009, Williams graduated from the New York Fashion Institute getting a Bachelors in International Fashion Design. Soon after graduating, he began to collaborate with many other fashion designers in order to better his own individual clothing line. The designers Williams has worked with include Alexander Wang and Peter Som. He has also worked with many celebrity stylists such as Patti Wilson.


Mary J. Blige and Jeffrey Williams in a Williams' designs. Featured in Harpers Bazaar

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Julie Anne Peters & Sherri Leggett

Julie Anne Peters (born January 16, 1952) is an American author of young adult fiction. Peters has published 20 works, mostly novels, geared toward children and adolescents, many of which deal with LGBT issues. In addition to the United States, Peters's books have been published in numerous countries, including South Korea, China, Croatia, Germany, France, Italy, Indonesia, Turkey and Brazil. Peters began her writing career with the publication of her first two books, The Stinky Sneakers Contest, illustrated by Cat Bowman Smith, in 1992, and Risky Friends in 1993. Peters lives with her partner, Sherri Leggett, in Lakewood, Colorado.

Julie Anne Peters was born in Jamestown, New York, on January 16, 1952. When she was five, her family moved to the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. Her parents divorced when she was in high school. She has three siblings: a brother, John, and two younger sisters, Jeanne and Susan.

Peters received a B.A. in elementary education from Colorado Women's College in 1974, with a minor in French. She taught fifth grade for a year, until she and the principal mutually agreed that teaching was not the career for her. Peters then returned to school, earning a B.S. in computer and management science from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1985. During the next ten years, Peters worked as a research analyst, computer programmer, and systems engineer. In 1989, Peters earned an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado Denver with emphasis in information systems.

Peters first worked as a teacher, teaching fifth grade and working as a special needs education assistant in the Jefferson County School District in Lakewood, Colorado, 1975. Peters then worked as a secretary, research assistant, computer programmer and systems analyst for Tracom Corporation in Denver from 1975 until 1984. Following this, Peters was a computer systems engineer for "Electronic Data Systems" in Denver from 1985 until 1988.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Anne_Peters

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Dalton Flint & Mike Furey

Dangerous Muse is an American electronic rock project based in New York City, led by songwriter and vocalist, Mike Furey. Furey met Dalton Flint when a photographer didn't get a picture -- but got the guy, as they told in The Love Issue for Out Magazine:

Dalton: Well, I was planning on doing a shoot for my friend’s art publication. I asked my friend, a stylist, if he knew of anyone who’d be good for it, and he said I should ask Mike. He said no, but it was definitely a conversation starter between us. We kept talking and met up for a drunken escapade at a bar and then went to a show afterward.

Mike is very closed off, and I had a problem trusting people, but as we spent time together and started working together, the relationship evolved. This lack of walls feels really free; there are no worries. Mediocre is not in Mike’s dictionary, and I really respect that. This relationship has pushed me to make sure that everything I’m doing is something I’m really proud of. It has helped me grow.

Mike: There’s always been an ease when we’re together -- that’s a pretty clear indication of when someone important comes into your life. We gel together so nicely, and we’re able to work really well together -- that’s really separated this from other relationships I’ve had. Once we did start shooting together and collaborating on projects, everything fell together. That’s when I knew things were special.

It’s been a conscious effort of mine to be more open, and great things have come from that. I’ve been trying to fix things as they come up, trying to avoid any complications.

The future is bright. We’re staying optimistic about everything. I’m not thinking 10 years from now, I’m thinking what’s going to happen in the next year. There are a lot of things on the horizon for us personally and professionally. Great stuff has come out of this, emotionally and physically, and I expect more amazing things. (http://www.out.com/out-exclusives/love-issue/2013/01/31/picture-perfect-mike-furey-dalton-flint)


Dangerous Muse is an American electronic rock project led by Mike Furey. When Furey met Dalton Flint, the photographer didn't get a picture, but got the guy: "I was planning on doing a shoot for my friend’s art publication. I asked my friend, a stylist, if he knew of anyone who’d be good for it, and he said I should ask Mike. He said no, but it was definitely a conversation starter between us. We kept talking and met up for a drunken escapade at a bar and then went to a show afterward." --Dalton


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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Furey

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Art Campbell & Stephen M. Kritsick

Dr. S.M. Kritsick (1952 - January 16, 1994) was a regular on the TV program Good Morning America, where he provided advice and information about pet care. He was known as the “veterinarian to the stars.” His TV career began in 1978 and included nine years on Romper Room and CNN. He also wrote books and magazine articles. Kritsick died of AIDS-related illness in 1994 and was survived by his companion of 3 years, civil engineer Art Campbell.

A native of Cambridge, Mass., he graduated from Michigan State University, where he also earned his degree in veterinary medicine. He worked in the emergency room of the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan from 1978 to 1982, when he became associated with the Park East Animal Hospital.

Dr. Kritsick later worked at the Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital of the A.S.P.C.A. in Manhattan and at the Bide-a-Wee Home Association. He was staff veterinarian and spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States in Washington.

Over the years he tended to the pets of a variety of celebrities. His broadcast experience dated to 1978, when he started a nine-year stint as the veterinarian for "Romper Room," a children's show on WOR-TV. Before "Good Morning America" he also appeared regularly on Cable News Network.

He was the author of two books, "Dr. Kritsick's Tender Loving Cat Care" (1987), and "Creature Comforts: The Adventures of a City Vet" (1983, with Patti Goldstein). He also wrote columns and articles for newspapers and magazines.



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Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 7193-7196). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

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David Thomas Lord

David Thomas Lord is the author of the bestselling vampire novel Bound In Blood, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. In 2006, he released the sequel, Bound In Flesh, and the novella, "The Secrets of the Fey", both nominees for the Lambda and the Spectrum Awards. He is currently working on his first non-horror novel.

Further Readings:

Bound In Blood: The Erotic Journey of a Vampire by David Thomas Lord
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (May 1, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1575667649
ISBN-13: 978-1575667645
Amazon: Bound In Blood: The Erotic Journey of a Vampire

This is a gloriously haunting vampire novel set in the glittering world of elite New York. Jean-Luc "Jack" Courbet has the perfect life. His art critiques appear regularly in the "New York Times". His Greenwich Village apartment is filled with tasteful antiques. And his finely chiselled face and body make him an object of desire for the men he meets in clubs and bars - men who satisfy his dual need for pleasure and cruel pain. For Jack, though, the antiques aren't antique at all. And the need for pleasure and pain is an instinct rather than a predilection. Beneath the glittering whirl of his elite lifestyle lies a simple, deadly secret: he is a vampire, transformed a century ago in Paris by his powerful stepfather. Now, driven by an age-old thirst for vengeance and locked in a game of cat-and-mouse with the mother who wants to destroy him, Jack haunts the streets of New York City, hunting for sex and blood - until he falls for aspiring actor and model Claude Halloran. In Claude, Jack glimpses the innocence he has lost - an innocence that gives new meaning to his life lived in darkness. An erotic journey of the heart will take Jack beyond the threshold of desire into the pain of his own past - from France's closeted nobility to the hidden obsessions of Victorian London - and finally into a present-day world of flesh and fantasy where love and lust are more than appetites: they are the keys to survival.

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It Happened Today: January 16

Denis O'Hare & Hugo Redwood: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4135607.html

Denis O'Hare is an American actor noted for his performances in Take Me Out and Sweet Charity as well as the show True Blood. O'Hare is married to Hugo Redwood and the couple have a son. "We got married because we could," Redwood explained. "A lot of the impetus for doing it was because, if we weren’t married, then we’d have to go through two rounds of adoption. I would be Declan’s father, and then Denis would have to adopt him. This way, it’s neat and clean. Now I’m a married man with child."

Arnold Aletrino (April 1, 1858 - January 16, 1916): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1413202.html

Arnold Aletrino (1858-1916) was a Dutch criminal anthropologist and writer, who published works on homosexuality in Dutch and French. He was a member of the Tachtigers, a group of young and revolutionary Dutch authors, who despised the pious poetry and prose of the mid-19 century Dutch Victorian writers. He claimed that homosexuality could occur in perfectly normal and healthy individuals. In later works he campaigned against the legal intolerance and prohibition of homosexuality in Europe.

David Thomas Lord: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4136871.html

David Thomas Lord is the author of the vampire novel Bound In Blood, a Lambda Literary Award finalist: a gloriously haunting vampire novel set in the glittering world of elite New York; in Claude, Jack glimpses the innocence he has lost - an innocence that gives new meaning to his life lived in darkness. In 2006, he released the sequel, Bound In Flesh, and "The Secrets of the Fey", both nominees for the Lambda and the Spectrum Awards. He is currently working on his first non-horror novel.

Derek Anson Jones (1962 - January 17, 2000): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4135607.html

In 1994 Denis O'Hare met Derek Anson Jones. He was the 1999 nomination for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play with Wit: a close friend of Margaret Edson, Derek Anson Jones, was eventually able to convince the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, to produce the play. Jones had told O’Hare he was H.I.V. positive 2 weeks after they met. “I thought about it and decided you don’t get to pick who you love,” said O’Hare. Jones died on January 17, 2000.

George Kelly & William Weagley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3672044.html

George Kelly was an American playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. He became best known for his satiric comedies. George Kelly maintained a 55-year relationship with his William Weagley up until his death and was often referred to as his valet. That Kelly was gay was a closely guarded secret and went unacknowledged by his family to the point of not inviting Weagley to his funeral; he instead slipped in and sat on a back seat, weeping quietly and completely ignored. He died a year later.

Jeffrey Williams (born January 16, 1984): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4135856.html

Jeffrey Williams (born January 16, 1984 in Seattle, Washington), is a fashion designer who won the second season of Bravo network's Project Runway spinoff, The Fashion Show. He won as The Ultimate Designer, beating eleven other contestants. On the series finale, he was highly praised by the show's judges Iman, and Mary J. Blige, who described this work as very unique and of high value. Since the ending of the show, he has gained confidence to venture into other projects and ideas.

Julie Anne Peters & Sherri Leggett: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4136049.html

Julie Anne Peters is an American author of young adult fiction. Peters has published 20 works, mostly novels, geared toward children and adolescents, many of which deal with LGBT issues. In addition to the USA, Peters's books have been published in numerous foreign countries. Peters began her writing career with the publication of The Stinky Sneakers Contest, illustrated by Cat Bowman Smith, in 1992, and Risky Friends in 1993. Peters lives with her partner, Sherri Leggett, in Lakewood, Colorado.

Mike Furey & Dalton Flint: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4136429.html

Dangerous Muse is an American electronic rock project led by Mike Furey. When Furey met Dalton Flint, the photographer didn't get a picture, but got the guy: "I was planning on doing a shoot for my friend’s art publication. I asked my friend, a stylist, if he knew of anyone who’d be good for it, and he said I should ask Mike. He said no, but it was definitely a conversation starter between us. We kept talking and met up for a drunken escapade at a bar and then went to a show afterward." –Dalton

Stephen M. Kritsick & Art Campbell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4136651.html

Dr. S.M. Kritsick was a regular on the TV program Good Morning America, where he provided advice and information about pet care. He was known as the “veterinarian to the stars.” His TV career began in 1978 and included nine years on Romper Room and CNN. Kritsick died of AIDS-related illness in 1994 and was survived by his companion of 3 years, civil engineer Art Campbell. He was the author of two books, "Dr Kritsick's Tender Loving Cat Care" and "Creature Comforts: The Adventures of a City Vet."

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The Walled Garden by F.M. Parkinson

I liked this story, more I loved it. Yes, it was long, and not really fast-paced, but I loved every single word, and in a way, I found it to be sweet and romantic, but also passionate; not overtly on your face, but more a passion shimmering beneath the ashes, ready to spark into a burst of flame if stoked, but otherwise warm and constant, slowly feeding the love of these two men.

This is not really a beyond the social barriers story, it’s clear to everyone, Mr Hillier included, that his new gardener, Mr Ashton, isn’t from the working class, but more likely a destitute from the middle class. They are on the same social status, but something happened in Mr Ashton’s past, and Mr Hillier respects the other desire to not talk about it. Slowly but steadily their friendship deepens, to a level that Mr Hillier realizes his feelings for Mr Ashton aren’t simply friendship; for Mr Ashton there wasn’t any doubt from the start, cause he well knows his preferences are for men, and that is the reason why he has nothing in the world: homosexuality is a crime, and he wouldn’t wish to anyone what happened to him, let alone to Edward, who is married with children. But fate will give them a push towards an happiness that, if not open, it’s at least comforting.

While reading this story, I was feeling that yes, what was happening was possible; even in the small details, for how much sad (like the death of small children due to the lack of health care knowledge) to the big picture of the attitude toward homosexuality in a Victorian society, everything was realistic. When Edward realizes he is in love with William, he is not only scared, he is aghast; even if he arrives to admit he is in love with William, and shares a bed with him, the thought of anal sex is impossible, a crime not only for the law (and Edward is a lawyer) but also to the eyes of God (a God that Edward has started to question, even before his homosexual feelings for William).

The Walled Garden is the best example of historical romance, cause it manages to remain realistic but at the same time delivers a romantic lovestory.

Publisher: Manifold Press (April 12, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: The Walled Garden

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