January 19th, 2014

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Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1913 – January 19, 2000)

With one of the most beautiful faces ever to appear in films, Hedy Lamarr was a sophisticated, highly intelligent woman who shares a patent for the invention of "frequency hopping spread spectrum," the technology that later made cellular telephones practical.

Lamarr’s earliest lesbian encounter was when she was seduced by a sixteen-year-old schoolmate named Georgia. Her autobiogaphy, Ecstasy and Me, was remarkably frank when it was published in 1966. She described her strong attraction to other women and detailed numerous sexual encounters with women as well as men.

Lamarr describes meeting a young actress named Marcia on the MGM lot: "... my heart was pounding a bit. I kept telling myself to keep control... I knew that the magnetic current had flowed both ways... As luncheon progressed, I knew she was on the make for me. Her hand often rubbed against my thigh under the table and once to make a point she squeezed my leg and looked into my eyes... [Later] we cuddled on the seat of the car... Her hands went under my dress and all over me and I let her do what she wanted to and all my frustration and hate left me."

Another encounter was with a wardrobe mistress named Lolly: "She began deliberately kissing me all over, starting at my breasts and working down across my stomach until she was on her knees. At my first moan, which was involuntary, she carried me to the bed and now I tried to fight her off. But she had won."



The notoriously litigious Lamarr sued Mel Brooks for making jokes about her in Blazing Saddles. She sued Corel Corporation for using her image in their advertising. She sued six husbands for divorce, in often nasty proceedings. She eventually sued her publisher, claiming that many of the anecdotes in her book had been fabricated by the ghostwriter.

Stern, Keith. Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals. Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

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Jerry Blatt (1942 - January 19, 1989)

Jerry Blatt, a composer and lyricist who had collaborated with Bette Midler since 1975, died on January 19, 1989, in Amsterdam. He was 47 years old.

Mr. Blatt's parents, who were with him when he died, said the cause of death was lymphoma.

''He had an unerring sense of how a certain piece of music could touch people, and his standards of performance were extremely high,'' Ms. Midler said. ''Everyone who worked with him adored him.''

Mr. Blatt was a writer and director on five national tours and one world tour by Ms. Midler. He first collaborated with her in 1975 in ''Clams on the Half Shell Revue.'' In addition, he co-wrote and directed ''Bette! Divine Madness,'' Ms. Midler's 1979 Broadway show.

Mr. Blatt also contributed to Ms. Midler's 1979 movie, ''The Rose,'' was co-writer of her 1982 motion picture ''Jinxed'' and contributed music and lyrics to many of Ms. Midler's albums.

Mr. Blatt, a native New Yorker, was a graduate of Queens College. He began as a collaborator on musicals at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, and later worked as a composer and lyricist on shows produced at the Actors Theater in Louisville, Ky.

Mr. Blatt also composed music and wrote lyrics for children's television shows like ''Sesame Street,'' ''Vegetable Soup'' and ''The Electric Company,'' and won an award from the International Society of Animators for the best song of 1973.


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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1989/01/28/obituaries/jerry-blatt-47-dies-composer-worked-with-bette-midler.html

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Luke McFarlane & Wentworth Miller

Thomas Luke Macfarlane (born January 19, 1980), better known as Luke Macfarlane, is a Canadian actor and musician. Macfarlane came out as gay during an interview with The Globe and Mail on April 15, 2008. After Wentworth Miller, came out as gay in an open letter addressed to Russia declining an invitation over that nation’s anti-gay law ("I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly"), Luke Mcfarlane is now making headlines as his rumored boyfriend. Miller and Macfarlane have been linked together since 2007 after Perez Hilton forcibly outed Wentworth and then said the two were dating according to a "reliable source." (http://www.thegailygrind.com/2013/08/22/is-recently-out-prison-break-star-wentworth-miller-dating-actor-luke-macfarlane/)

Macfarlane was born in London, Ontario. His father, Thomas (deceased), was the Director of Student Health Services at the University of Western Ontario, and his mother, Penny, is a mental health nurse at a London hospital. Macfarlane attended London Central Secondary School with twin sister Ruth and older sister Rebecca.

Macfarlane went to school in Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts, then later studied drama at Juilliard in New York City, where he starred in the productions of Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, The School of Night, Blue Window, The Grapes of Wrath, and As You Like It before graduating from the drama division in 2003.

Macfarlane was one of the four leads in Juvenilia at the Playwrights Horizons Theater from November 14–December 21, 2003. He played the lead role in the American premiere of the play Where Do We Live, staged at the Vineyard Theatre in May 2004. The production was cited by the 2005 GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway and Off-Broadway. He also appeared with Jill Clayburgh and Hamish Linklater in the off-Broadway production of The Busy World is Hushed, again at Playwrights Horizons, in Summer 2006. He reprised his role of Thomas for the L.A. Premiere at the Skirball Cultural Center from February 7–11 of 2007.


Luke Macfarlane is a Canadian actor and musician. Macfarlane came out as gay during an interview on April 15, 2008. After Wentworth Miller, came out as gay in an open letter addressed to Russia declining an invitation over that nation’s anti-gay law, Luke Mcfarlane is now making headlines as his rumored boyfriend. Miller and Macfarlane have been linked together since 2007 after Perez Hilton forcibly outed Wentworth and then said the two were dating according to a "reliable source."

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Robert B. Nofsinger (July 11, 1963 - January 19, 1993)

Robert B. Nofsinger (July 11, 1963, Peoria, Illinois - January 19, 1993, San Francisco, California) was a composer, pianist and singer.

Robert Nofsinger was raised on a quiet Illinois farm and began taking piano lessons at the age of eight. His first major composition was the sound track to a movie he made with friends at Washington High School.

He studied music at Goshen College in Indiana and University of Wisconsin at Madison, and also attended schools in England and Taiwan. He then moved to San Francisco. There he taught Chinese at a public high school and studied the language independently while continuing his work as a composer and singer. Nofsinger was a member of the Society of Gay and Lesbian Composers (SGLC), and served as recording secretary for some years until 1991.

Several of his compositions, such as Upon Leaving for Taiwan, were performed in SGLC concerts in 1988 and 1989. His Feng Qiao Ye Bo (Anchored at Night by Maple Bridge), Portas Coeli for men's chorus, and Rainbow Song for voice and piano were performed at an SGLC concert given in his memory in June 1993.

He was a member of the Metamora Mennonite Church.

Robert Nofsinger died of AIDS in San Francisco at the age of 29 on January 19, 1993.

—Nurit Tilles

Source: http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/music/catalogue/nofsinger.html

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Natalie Cook & Sarah Maxwell

Natalie Louise Cook OAM (born 19 January 1975) is an Australian professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist. Cook currently resides in Brisbane and is married to fellow beach volleyballer Sarah Maxwell. They exchanged vows in an intimate New Zealand ceremony on November 2008, and then enjoyed an extended honeymoon on Queensland's Hamilton Island. They decided on a Celtic hand-fastening ritual for the commitment ceremony and the couple exchanged necklaces handed down by their mothers instead of rings.

In addition to her sporting career, Cook tours on the public speaking circuit and has launched her own beach volleyball-related business, Sandstorm.

Cook was born in Townsville, Queensland. She was the dux of her school, Corinda State High (located in the western suburbs of Brisbane). She enrolled in pre-medicine college courses, and also took up volleyball, captaining the Australian Indoor Junior Team in 1992. In 1993 she began playing beach volleyball. In 1994 she went professional and gave up her pursuit of a medical degree.

Cook partnered with Kerri Pottharst to represent Australia at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, winning a bronze medal - the first time that beach volleyball had been an Olympic sport. In the same year, the pair won a silver medal at the world championships, and came first in the World Tour Event in Japan.

Cook and Pottharst did not play together again until 2000. They finished third in the World Tour Events, held in France and Portugal, and then participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. They dominated the competition, winning the gold medal. In the aftermath of their Olympic win, the pair were awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. Cook and Pottharst were included in the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball's Team of the Decade. After the Olympics, Pottharst retired, and Cook found a new partner in Nicole Sanderson. They won a bronze medal at the 2003 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, and by the end of the 2003 world tour, were ranked fourth in the world. They were subsequently selected to represent Australia at the 2004 Athens Olympics. After a promising start, they finished out of medal contention, losing to teams from Brazil and the United States. For the 2008 Summer Olympics, Cook partnered with Tamsin Barnett, finishing fifth overall. On 1 August 2012,Cook's record breaking beach volleyball career came to an end with her elimination from her fifth games in London.


Natalie Cook is an Australian professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist. Cook currently resides in Brisbane and is married to fellow beach volleyballer Sarah Maxwell. They exchanged vows in an intimate New Zealand ceremony on November 2008, and then enjoyed an extended honeymoon on Queensland's Hamilton Island. They decided on a Celtic hand-fastening ritual for the commitment ceremony and the couple exchanged necklaces handed down by their mothers instead of rings.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Cook

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Jay Michaelson (born 1971)

Dr. Jay Michaelson (born 1971) is a writer, teacher, and scholar in the USA. His work involves spirituality, Judaism, sexuality, and law. He is a contributing editor to The Forward, associate editor of Religion Dispatches, and a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. He has written four books, God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality (2011), Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism (2009), God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice (2006) and Another Word for Sky: Poems (2007). Michaelson has been a leading voice in "New Jewish Culture," alternative Jewish spirituality, and LGBT activism. He is openly gay and Jewish and often works in the intersecting fields of LGBT people and Jewish traditions. He has written 200 articles for The Daily Beast, Salon, The Jerusalem Post, Slate, Tikkun, Zeek, Reality Sandwich, and other publications.

Michaelson has held teaching positions at Boston University, Yale University, and New York City College with a focus on religion, law, and ethics. His 1998 Stanford Environmental Law Journal article on geoengineering and climate change was described as "seminal" by Salon Magazine and he is regarded as an early advocate of the policy.

Michaelson has been noted as an innovator and occasional gadfly in the American Jewish community, and was listed in the Forward 50 list of influential American Jews in 2009. He founded Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture in 2002 and Nehirim, an LGBT Jewish organization, in 2004. In 2009, Michaelson's essay entitled "How I'm Losing My Love for Israel" generated substantial controversy in the Jewish world, eliciting responses from Daniel Gordis, Jonathan Sarna, and others.

God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice. Michaelson's first book, God In Your Body, discusses an embodied path to spirituality, culling from mystical and traditional Jewish traditions, as well as Buddhism and meditation.

Another Word for Sky. Michaelson's first book of poetry reflects on many of the issues explored in his previous work, including spirituality, mysticism, materialism, and sexuality. One reviewer stated that "Michaelson sustains an intimate tonality that frames even obtuse sketches of people and place, but always with economy and concrete imagery."

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Further Readings:

God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality by Jay Michaelson
Series: Queer Action / Queer Ideas
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0807001473
ISBN-13: 978-0807001479
Amazon: God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality
Amazon Kindle: God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality

Does the Bible prohibit homosexuality? No, says Bible scholar and activist Jay Michaelson. But not only that: Michaelson also shows that the vast majority of our shared religious traditions support the full equality and dignity of LGBT people. In this accessible, passionate, and provocative book, Michaelson argues for equality, not despite religion but because of it.

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It Happened Today: January 19

Luke Macfarlane (born January 19, 1980): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4143058.html

Luke Macfarlane is a Canadian actor and musician. Macfarlane came out as gay during an interview on April 15, 2008. After Wentworth Miller, came out as gay in an open letter addressed to Russia declining an invitation over that nation’s anti-gay law, Luke Mcfarlane is now making headlines as his rumored boyfriend. Miller and Macfarlane have been linked together since 2007 after Perez Hilton forcibly outed Wentworth and then said the two were dating according to a "reliable source."

Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1913 – January 19, 2000): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3425173.html

With one of the most beautiful faces ever to appear in films, Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1913 – January 19, 2000) was a sophisticated, highly intelligent woman who shares a patent for the invention of "frequency hopping spread spectrum" the technology that later made cellular telephones practical. Her autobiogaphy, Ecstasy and Me, was remarkably frank when it was published in 1966. She described her strong attraction to other women and detailed numerous sexual encounters with women as well as men.

Jay Michaelson (born 1971): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4143502.html

Dr. Jay Michaelson is a writer, teacher, and scholar in the USA. God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality is Michaelson's fourth book; it argues that the preponderance of Christian and Jewish values support, rather than oppose, full equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons. It was a finalist for a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Michaelson is a contributing editor to The Forward, associate editor of Religion Dispatches, and a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

Jerry Blatt (1942 - January 19, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3425441.html

Jerry Blatt, a composer and lyricist who had collaborated with Bette Midler, died on January 19, 1989, in Amsterdam. He was 47 years old. "He had an unerring sense of how a certain piece of music could touch people, and his standards of performance were extremely high," Ms. Midler said. "Everyone who worked with him adored him." Mr. Blatt was a writer and director on five national tours and one world tour by Ms. Midler. He first collaborated with her in 1975 in "Clams on the Half Shell Revue."

Marshall Kirk McKusick & Eric Allman: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4142715.html

Eric Allman is an American computer programmer who developed sendmail. In 1998, Allman co-founded the company Sendmail, Inc. Allman lives in Berkeley, California with his partner of more than 30 years, Marshall Kirk McKusick. McKusick is a lead developer of BSD; the two first met in graduate school. "There is some sort of perverse pleasure in knowing that it's basically impossible to send a piece of hate mail through the Internet without its being touched by a gay program. That's kind of funny.”

Matthew Stadler (born January 19, 1959): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3055692.html

Matthew Stadler is a writer and editor who lives in Portland, Oregon. He has written four novels and received several awards and fellowships in recognition of his work. More recently, he has compiled four anthologies about literature, city life and public life. His essays have been published in magazines and museum catalogs around the world, and focus on architecture, urban planning and the problem of sprawl. "Sprawl is the disappearance of an idea," Stadler writes in Where We Live Now.

Natalie Cook & Sarah Maxwell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4143134.html

Natalie Cook is an Australian professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist. Cook currently resides in Brisbane and is married to fellow beach volleyballer Sarah Maxwell. They exchanged vows in an intimate New Zealand ceremony on November 2008, and then enjoyed an extended honeymoon on Queensland's Hamilton Island. They decided on a Celtic hand-fastening ritual for the commitment ceremony and the couple exchanged necklaces handed down by their mothers instead of rings.

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Memorizing You by Dan Skinner

The story is very long, maybe a tad too long, especially cause, the bittersweet ending, while with hope, it left me like robbed, I spent so much time with these two guys, that I wanted to know more about their future, and hopefully, happily ever after. So my feeling was that, if I spent a little less time with them before, and a little more time after, the balance would have been perfect.

Nevertheless the love story was really moving, emotional and with a lot of angst, but you can tell the author is a romantic, cause, even with all the drama, he still give a little tiny hope to happiness for these boys. The closing reminded me of some old fashioned romance, not those of the ’70s or ’80s, but more those love story of the wartime, or soon after, when lovers had very little chances at happiness, and it wasn’t unheard of that death set them apart; sometime, when the author didn’t want to kill even the little hope in the heart of the readers, they put those open endings, giving the more romantic women to decide if they want to believe there was still hope for the lovers.

Considering this author is more famous as a graphic designer than writer (even if I remember with fondness a previous novella I read by him), I found his writing style to be mature and beautiful, sometime poetic. I did wonder if the author wasn’t somehow more near to this story than simply a writer with their characters, cause he did seem really involved in the story.

Even if it broke my heart, I truly feel as recommending this book, maybe not if you are searching for a “light” reading, then, store this for another moment, but sooner or later, give it a chance.

Publisher: Cerberus Inc. (July 9, 2013)
Amazon: Memorizing You

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