January 21st, 2014

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Billy Tipton (December 29, 1914 – January 21, 1989)

Billy Lee Tipton (December 29, 1914 – January 21, 1989) was an American jazz musician and bandleader. Born Dorothy Lucille Tipton, he is also notable for the postmortem discovery that, though he lived his adult life as a man, he was biologically female. Early in his career, Tipton presented as a male only professionally, continuing to present as a woman otherwise. He spent those early years living with a woman named Non Earl Harrell, in a relationship that other musicians thought of as lesbian. The relationship ended in 1942. Tipton's next relationship, with a singer known only as "June", lasted for several years.

For seven years, Tipton lived with Betty Cox, who was 19 when they became involved. According to Cox, they had a heterosexual relationship. Betty remembered Tipton as "the most fantastic love of my life." Tipton kept the secret of his extrinsic sexual characteristics from Betty by inventing a story of having been in a serious car accident resulting in damaged genitals and broken ribs, and that it was necessary to bind the damaged chest to protect it. From then on, this was what he would tell the women in his life.

Tipton was never formally married in a ceremony, but several women had drivers' licenses identifying them as Mrs. Tipton. In 1960, Tipton ended his relationship with Cox to settle down with nightclub dancer and stripper Kitty Kelly (later known as Kitty Oakes), who was known professionally as "The Irish Venus". They were involved with their local PTA and with the Boy Scouts. They adopted three sons, John, Scott, and William. After Tipton's death, Kitty gave several interviews about him and their relationship. In early interviews, she said, "He gave up everything... There were certain rules and regulations in those days if you were going to be a musician," in reference to breaking into the 1920−30s music industry. William described Tipton as a good father who loved to go on Scout camping trips.

Their adopted sons became difficult to manage during their adolescence. Because of the couple's ongoing arguments over how they should raise the boys, Tipton left Kitty in the late 1970s, moved into a mobile home with their sons, and resumed an old relationship with a woman named Maryann. He remained there, living in poverty, until his death.



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Eugene W. Hancock (February 17, 1929 - January 21, 1994)

Eugene W. Hancock was a distinguished organist, composer, professor of music, and authority on the Organ Music of Black Composers. (Photo: courtesy The American Organist)

He received his bachelor of music degree from the University of Detroit, his master's degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a doctorate in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He studied organ with William I. Green, Alle Zuideman, Robert Cato, Marilyn Mason,Vernon DeTar and Alec Wyton, and composition with Seth Bingham and Joseph Goodman.

In New York he served as assistant organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (1963-66), organist-choirmaster of St. Philip's Episcopal Church (1974-82), and organist-choirmaster and director of music at West End Presbyterian Church (1982-90). In Detroit he was organist-choirmaster at New Calvary Baptist Church (1967-70), St. Philip's Lutheran Church and St. Titus Lutheran Church.

Dr. Hancock was a professor of music at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) from 1970 until his death in 1994.

He was the presenter and performer for the American Guild of Organists Educational Cassette Organ Music of Black Composers (1992), featuring works by Ayo Bankole, Henry Sexton, Ralph Simpson, Don Lee White, Ulysses Kay, Joseph Hayes, Charles Coleman, Mark Fax, Adolphus Hailstork, George Walker, Samuel C. Taylor and Fela Sowande. The American Organist published his article "Organ Music by Black Composers" in 1981.

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Franz Grillparzer (January 15, 1791 – January 21, 1872)

Franz Seraphicus Grillparzer (15 January 1791 – 21 January 1872) was an Austrian writer who is chiefly known for his dramas. He also wrote the oration for Ludwig van Beethoven's funeral. (Picture: Franz Grillparzer, Aquarell von M. M. Daffinger, 1827, Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien)

His Diary and Correspondence, unpublished until 1903, revealed his affairs with men, and a long-term relationship with Georg Altmuller.

Franz Grillparzer was born in Vienna, Austria. His father, E.J. Grillparzer, was a severe pedant and a staunch upholder of the liberal traditions of the reign of Joseph II, and was an advocate of some standing. His mother, Anna Franziska, was a nervous, highly-strung woman who belonged to the well-known musical family of Sonnleithner.

His father destined Grillparzer for the legal profession, and, after a desultory education, Grillparzer entered the University of Vienna in 1807 as a student of jurisprudence. Two years later his father died, leaving the family in difficult circumstances. After obtaining his degree from the university in 1811, Franz first became a private tutor for a noble family; then in 1813, he entered the civil service as a clerk at the Imperial and Royal Hofkammer (Exchequer) in Austria. In 1821, he unsuccessfully applied to the position of scribe at the Imperial Library, and later that same year, he was relocated to the Ministry of Finance. In 1832, he became director of the archives at the Imperial and Royal Hofkammer, a position he held until his retirement in 1856. Grillparzer had little capacity for an official career and regarded his position merely as a means of independence.

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R.A. Radley (1951 - January 21, 1994)

R. A. Radley, a national figure in the fight against AIDS, died on January 21, 1994, at Cabrini Hospice in Manhattan. He was 43 and lived in Manhattan.

The cause was related to AIDS, which he had for eight and a half years, the hospice said.

Mr. Radley, known as Russ, was the founding executive director of the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA) in 1986. That made him the first full-time grant-maker to AIDS services and prevention efforts.

He also was a founding board member of Gay Men's Health Crisis; Funders Concerned About AIDS, which represents foundation and business executives supporting AIDS and H.I.V. projects; New York City AIDS Fund; Photographers and Friends United Against AIDS, and the New York City Gay Men's Chorus.

A native of Whitestown, N.Y., Mr. Radley graduated from the State University of New York in Plattsburgh. In the early 1970's he was an assistant to the college's president and designed a marketing and public affairs program for S.U.N.Y. branches. Before working at the design industries foundation he operated a management consulting firm.


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Source: www.nytimes.com/1994/01/26/obituaries/r-a-radley-43-dies-national-aids-leader.html

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Sandro Penna (June 12, 1906 – January 21, 1977)

For Sandro Penna boyhood was the embodiment of desire and the inspiration for all of his poetry.

Penna was born in Perugia, but after the age of sixteen, spent most of his life in Rome. By some standards, his life was uneventful, unambitious, lonely, scruffy, and sordid. One does not have to endorse this view. Penna made firm choices about the two things in life that interested him most: poetry and boys.

He did not live a public life, even if his private life was generally conducted in public places. Furthermore, his poetry never developed beyond its earliest forms and topics; he was content to spend his life perfecting the narrowness of his craft.

Penna's friend, the bisexual poet Umberto Saba, helped him get published. He gradually accumulated a distinguished collection of friends and admirers, including the novelists Elsa Morante and Alberto Moravia.

For several years, he had a competition with Pier Paolo Pasolini to see who could make love with the greater number of boys along the overgrown banks of the Tiber and in the scattered urinals of Rome's ugly urban landscape. It was Pasolini who most consistently championed Penna's poetry.

Boyhood was Penna's inspiration and his topic. In his verse, the figure of the boy is a personification of love. Boyhood itself is Eros demythologized, the embodiment of desire. The words ragazzo and fanciullo become even more resonant than lad had been to homosexual English poets at the turn of the century.

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Citation Information
Author: Woods, Gregory
Entry Title: Penna, Sandro
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2002
Date Last Updated November 16, 2002
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/penna_s.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date January 21, 2013
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates

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William Alexander Percy (May 14, 1885 – January 21, 1942)

William Alexander Percy (May 14, 1885 – January 21, 1954), was a lawyer, planter, and poet from Greenville, Mississippi. His autobiography Lanterns on the Levee (Knopf 1941) became a bestseller. His father LeRoy Percy was the last United States Senator from Mississippi elected by the legislature. In a largely Protestant state, the younger Percy championed the Roman Catholicism of his French mother.

He was born to Camille, a French Catholic, and LeRoy Percy, of the planter class in Mississippi, and grew up in Greenville on the big river. His father was elected as US senator in 1910. As an attorney and planter with 20,000 acres under cultivation for cotton, he was very influential at the Episcopal university, Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, a postbellum tradition in his family. He spent a year in Paris before going to Harvard for a law degree. After returning to Greenville, Percy joined his father's firm in the practice of law.

During World War I, Percy joined the Commission for Relief in Belgium in November 1916. He served in Belgium as a delegate until the withdrawal of American personnel upon the U.S. declaration of war in April 1917. He served in the US Army in World War I, earning the rank of Captain and the Croix de Guerre.

From 1925 to 1932, Percy edited the Yale Younger Poets series, the first of its kind in the country. He also published four volumes of poetry with the Yale University Press. A Southern man of letters, Percy befriended many fellow writers, Southern, Northern and European, including William Faulkner. He socialized with Langston Hughes and other people in and about the Harlem Renaissance. Percy was a sort of godfather to the Fugitives at Vanderbilt, or Southern Agrarians, as John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate and Robert Penn Warren were often called.

Percy's family was plagued with suicides, including his first cousin LeRoy Pratt Percy and possibly his wife Phinizy, who died in an auto accident. William adopted his cousin's children, Walker, LeRoy (Roy) and Phinizy (Phin) Percy, after they were orphaned. As an adult, Roy married Sarah Hunt Farish, the daughter of Will Percy's law partner, Hazlewood Power Farish. He took charge of the Percy family plantation, Trail Lake. Phin married and moved to New Orleans to practice law.

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David K. Johnson

Born in New England, David received his B.A. in history from Georgetown University. After studying in Paris, working for a Washington, D.C.-area research firm, and freelancing for the Washington Blade, he returned to graduate school and earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Now an associate professor in the history department at the University of South Florida, he teaches courses on the post-1945 U.S. and the history of gender and sexuality. His first book, The Lavender Scare, won The Herbert Hoover Book Award, the Randy Shilts Award, and a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. A documentary film based on the book is in production.

His second book, The U.S. Since 1945, is an edited anthology of key speeches, articles, and government documents from modern American politics and culture. His current research, "Buying Gay," explores the history of gay consumer culture before Stonewall and the origins of the gay rights movement.

Further Readings:

The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government by David K. Johnson
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (May 15, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0226401901
ISBN-13: 978-0226401904
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In Cold War America, Senator Joseph McCarthy enjoyed tremendous support in the fight against what he called atheistic communism. But that support stemmed less from his wild charges about communists than his more substantiated charges that "sex perverts" had infiltrated government agencies. Although now remembered as an attack on suspected disloyalty, McCarthyism introduced "moral values" into the American political arsenal. Warning of a spreading homosexual menace, McCarthy and his Republican allies learned how to win votes.

Winner of three book awards, The Lavender Scare masterfully traces the origins of contemporary sexual politics to Cold War hysteria over national security. Drawing on newly declassified documents and interviews with former government officials, historian David Johnson chronicles how the myth that homosexuals threatened national security determined government policy for decades, ruined thousands of lives, and pushed many to suicide. As Johnson shows, this myth not only outlived McCarthy but, by the 1960s, helped launch a new civil rights struggle.

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New Release Blog Tour: Slow Burn by Sam B. Morgan

Slow Burn by Sam B. Morgan
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (January 7, 2014)
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Detective Douglas Brody has only ever known the life of a cop. Raised strict but fair by his police chief father, he joined the academy right out of school, climbed the ranks hard and fast, and now works homicide for the City of Charleston. The job is his entire life. For years it’s kept him happy enough to minimize the side of him that craves what he believes is wrong. An accident on the job puts him on medical leave and everything in Brody’s world changes. He has to prove himself once more to be best cop in the department, all while dealing with Zack – his persistent, sexy, and out of the closet physical therapist.

Zack is tan skin, big grins, floppy hair and tackles his job with the same full-blown enthusiasm he does everything else. When the “patient from hell” is thrown his way by another PT who can’t handle him, Zack is committed to achieving the impossible. His new patient is a head strong and hot as hell homicide detective, who oozes as much resentment as he does sex appeal. Any involvement with a patient, especially a man who is so deep in the closet he can’t see light, is something Zack swore he’d never do. But Brody slowly proves too much to resist…


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Sam B. Morgan writes contemporary gay romance with complex, complicated men. A love of travel means settings from small town South Carolina to Sydney, Australia serve not only as backdrops, but supporting characters in each and every book. Sam enjoys fast cars, slow Sunday mornings, hot coffee, and even hotter heroes.

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It Happened Today: January 21

Billy Tipton (December 29, 1914 – January 21, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4145669.html

Billy Tipton was a jazz musician and bandleader. Born Dorothy Lucille Tipton, he is also notable for the postmortem discovery that, though he lived his adult life as a man, he was biologically female. Early in his career, Tipton presented as a male only professionally, continuing to present as a woman otherwise. With nightclub dancer and stripper Kitty Kelly, they adopted three sons, John, Scott, and William. William described Tipton as a good father who loved to go on Scout camping trips.

David K. Johnson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4146820.html

Born in New England, David K. Johnson received his B.A. in history from Georgetown University. He graduated school and earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Now an associate professor in the history department at the University of South Florida, he teaches courses on the post-1945 U.S. and the history of gender and sexuality. His first book, The Lavender Scare, won The Herbert Hoover Book Award, the Randy Shilts Award, and a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award.

Duncan Grant & Paul Roche: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3583416.html

Duncan Grant was a British painter and designer. He was a cousin, and for some time a lover, of Lytton Strachey. Through the Stracheys, Duncan was introduced to the Bloomsbury Group, where John Maynard Keynes became another of his lovers. He was in a relationship with Vanessa Bell. Duncan had many serious relationships with men, most notably David Garnett. In Grant's later years, the poet Paul Roche, whom he had known since 1946, took care of him and enabled Grant to maintain his way of life.

Eugene W. Hancock (February 17, 1929 - January 21, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4146105.html

Eugene W. Hancock was a distinguished organist, composer, professor of music, and authority on the Organ Music of Black Composers. Dr. Hancock was a professor of music at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) from 1970 until his death in 1994. Dr. Hancock was an active member of the American Guild of Organists, serving as sub-dean of the New York City AGO Chapter (1977-78), member of the National Council (1977-82) and State Chairman, Metropolitan New York (1985-87).

Franz Grillparzer (January 15, 1791 – January 21, 1872): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3427735.html

Franz Grillparzer was an Austrian writer who is chiefly known for his dramas. He also wrote the oration for Ludwig van Beethoven's funeral. His Diary and Correspondence, unpublished until 1903, revealed his affairs with men, and a long-term relationship with George Altmuller. He was buried with a ceremony that surpassed even the pomp displayed at Klopstock's funeral. He was originally buried in the Währinger Cemetery in Vienna, now known as Schubertpark. He now lies in Hietzinger Friedhof.

Lytton Strachey (March 1, 1880 – January 21, 1932): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1416322.html

Lytton Strachey was a British writer and critic. A founder member of the Bloomsbury Group and author of Eminent Victorians, he is best known for establishing a new form of biography in which psychological insight and sympathy are combined with irreverence and wit. His 1921 biography Queen Victoria was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Virginia Woolf's husband Leonard Woolf has said that in her experimental novel, The Waves, that "there is something of Lytton in Neville".

R.A. Radley (1951 - January 21, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4146243.html

R. A. Radley, a national figure in the fight against AIDS, died on January 21, 1994, at Cabrini Hospice in Manhattan. He was 43 and lived in Manhattan. Mr. Radley, known as Russ, was the founding executive director of the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA) in 1986. He also was a founding board member of Gay Men's Health Crisis; Funders Concerned About AIDS; New York City AIDS Fund; Photographers and Friends United Against AIDS, and the New York City Gay Men's Chorus.

Ron Lambe (born January 21, 1936): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1416688.html

Ron Lambe was born January 21, 1936. He currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Before that he was in San Francisco. Simply titled “Celebrating Gay Spirit Visions,” the first fall conference of the Radical Faeries in 1990 was inspired by a tradition of gay men’s gatherings held from 1978 through 1989 at Running Water, a farm and retreat center in the mountains of North Carolina. John Jones, Rocco Patt, Peter Kendrick, and Ron Lambe purchased Running Water from Mikel Wilson in 1979.

Sandro Penna (June 12, 1906 – January 21, 1977): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3427579.html

For Sandro Penna boyhood was the embodiment of desire and the inspiration for his poetry. One poem sums up Penna's attitude to criticism of his thematic narrowness. Responding to the complaint that there are always young men in his poems, the poet replies: "Ma io non so parlare d'altre cose. / Le altre cose son tutte noiose" ("But I don't know how to write about anything else. Everything else is just boring"). If his sexual interest is a limitation, it is one he accepts with cheerful equanimity.

William Alexander Percy (May 14, 1885 – January 21, 1942): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4146605.html

William Alexander Percy (May 14, 1885 – January 21, 1942) was a queer plantation owner, poet, and memoirist from Mississippi. Though Percy is best known as a conservative apologist of the southern racial order, he was also a cultural relativist, sexual liberationist, and white supremacist. He travelled from Mississippi around the globe and, always, back again to the Delta. He mentored writers Walker Percy and Shelby Foote, and wrote his classic autobiography, Lanterns on the Levee.

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Best Gay Fantasy: Nor Iron Bars A Cage by Kaje Harper

I’m not really a fantasy lover, but Nor Iron Bars a Cage bore nothing of what usually makes me stay away from these novels: even if the setting was complex and original, it wasn’t overwhelming so much it eat the story: I don’t like when I spend too much time trying to follow all the details the authors is showing off to prove they have done homework. That of Lyon and Tobin is a rendering of a Medieval kingdom, so some of it was familiar, but it was a place and time where sorcerers and ghosts not only exist, they are even common occurrences; moreover, to threw the reader a little more off the current time and into the fantasy world, time and space and how to measure it was different, there wasn’t the concept of weeks or years or miles, but similar concepts (the week is actually 6 days and not 7, the length is measure in horse feet or arrows’ arch, and so on).

But what was the most beautiful thing was the sweet love story between Lyon and Tobin: they were kids together, and young, but yes, already probably in love. Tobin, second son of a nobleman, was destined to the army, Lyon, from the middle-class, was the apprentice of a sorcerer. Tobin thought they had time, that he could go in the Army do his deed, and come back to Lyon, but when he did come back, in the end, Lyon was believed to be dead. Lyon wasn’t dead, but for him, he wasn’t far from it. He is living like an hermit, in a small cottage far from the city and he is trying to not let his tragedy kill him for good. There is no space for Tobin’s memories, or maybe, he has forced himself to forget. But when Tobin knocks at his door, everything comes back in a rush, with the only difference that he is no more the boy to whom Tobin was hoping to go back home.

Tobin is a really good man, nor before or now he lets jealousy, or passion, eating his love; he loved Lyon before and he loves him more now. Even if he is one of the more trusted men of the king, he will put Lyon before his sire. Lucky for them, homosexuality doesn’t seem to be a trouble, they are fays, and being fay isn’t a condemnation. Tobin easily admits he was fay when they were young, and with that, admitting also that he was in love with Lyon. This love will give a reason to Lyon to try to overcome his tragedy, and be ready to face life again.

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