January 4th, 2015

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Alan Cantwell & Frank A. Sinatra

Alan Cantwell was born in the Bronx, New York City, on January 4, 1934. His father was an orthopedic surgeon and his mother a nurse. He attended Cornell University and graduated in 1955, followed by medical school at New York Medical College. After graduating in 1959, he served an internship at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, CA.

Cantwell was inducted into the Army in September 1960 and served as a Captain in the Medical Corps until his discharge in 1962. Immediately afterward he started a dermatology residency at the Long Beach Veteran's Hospital in Long Beach, CA. Upon completion of the residency in 1965, Cantwell joined the Dermatology department of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group at the Kaiser Hospital in Hollywood, CA, where he remained his entire medical career. He retired from the hospital in 1994 at the age of 60.

During his dermatology training Cantwell discovered and later reported on tuberculosis-like bacteria in scleroderma, a disease of unknown etiology. Soon thereafter, he learned of the prior scleroderma research of Virginia Livingston, M.D., who practiced in San Diego. She first discovered "acid-fast TB-like bacteria" in scleroderma in 1974, and went on to discover similar bacteria in various forms of cancer. Livingston and her colleagues Eleanor Alexander-Jackson, Irene Diller and Florence Seibert became Cantwell's mentors during his many years of investigation into unrecognized bacteria in lupus, various forms of cancer, and AIDS. This "cancer microbe" research is considered highly controversial, and is generally ignored by the mainstream medical community.

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Source: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt2s2033zz/

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Lee Houck (born January 4)

Lee Houck was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and in 2012 celebrates 15 years of living in New York City. His debut novel, Yield, was the winner of Project QueerLit 2008, and was published by Kensington Books in September 2010. His writing appears in anthologies published in the U.S. and Australia, and in two limited-edition chapbooks: Collection (essays, 2006) and Warnings (poems, 2009). His other work includes original pieces for theater seen in Vermont, Tennessee and in New York City, art installations for the Musee de Monoian, and poetry in the Magnetic Poetry Calendar. He is currently at work on a new novel, and blogs at GrammarPiano.com.

Additionally, with Great Small Works he has performed in "B.B. in L.A." and "The Rising Tide Parade." With Jennifer Miller, he has been seen in "Cracked Ice" and "The Golden Racket," and with Circus AMOK! for many, many seasons.

Yield won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction and Best Gay Debut.

Yield by Lee Houck
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: Kensington (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758242654
ISBN-13: 978-0758242655
Amazon: Yield
Amazon Kindle: Yield

In his evocative and mesmerizing debut novel, Lee Houck depicts a contemporary Manhattan thrumming with sex and violence as seen through the eyes of Simon—a twenty-something part-time hustler with a cadre of loyal, sometimes floundering friends. As Simon grows increasingly involved with a gorgeous, guileless client named Aiden, he tries to navigate a path to fulfillment in a city where love and honesty are as dangerous as they are rare. Witty, spare, and rapier-sharp, this is an exceptional story of the friendships that sustain us, the families we create, and the pain and joy that are always within reach, waiting for us to yield…

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Agnes E. Wells & Companion

Dr. Agnes E. Wells (January 4, 1876 – July 6, 1959)  not only was one of the American's leading educators, she also was a vigorous standard bearer in the women's equal rights movement. After graduation from the former West Side Saginaw High School she spent one year at the Saginaw County Training School for Teachers. Then she studied in Dresden, Germany, and at Bryn Mawr College before obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1903. In 1916 she earned her Master of Arts degree from Carleton College, Minnesota. In 1917 she was faculty member at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. There she was acting dean of women and social director of the Helen Newberry Residence. Then she went to Indiana University as dean of women, a post she held from 1919 to 1938.


Dr. Agnes E. Wells not only was one of the nation's leading educators, she also was a vigorous standard bearer in the women's equal rights movement. In 1949 she became chairman of the National Women's Party. Wells explained to an acquaintance in the Party that her “friend of 41 years and house-companion for 28 years” had just died. (Agnes Wells to Anita Pollitzer, August 24, 1946). Morrison Hall is one of four buildings of the Agnes E. Wells quadrangle at Indiana University, along with Sycamore Hall, Memorial Hall, and Goodbody Hall---all built between 1925-1940.

Dr. Wells was nationally known as an authority on women's guidance and housing. She taught mathematics and astronomy after retiring as dean of women. In 1949 she became chairman of the National Women's Party.

In a letter in 1946, Wells explained to an acquaintance in the Party that her “friend of 41 years and house-companion for 28 years” had just died. (Agnes Wells to Anita Pollitzer, August 24, 1946).

Morrison Hall is one of four buildings of the Agnes E. Wells quadrangle at Indiana University, along with Sycamore Hall, Memorial Hall, and Goodbody Hall---all built between 1925-1940. Morrison Hall is the home of The Kinsey Institute; founded in 1938, named after Alfred Kinsey, pioneer of human sexuality research.

Source: Biographical Sketches by Ed Miller and Jean R. Beach, Saginaw Hall of Fame and Castle Museum of Saginaw County

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher



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Ian & Marcel

Ian & Marcel was founded in 1979 by two Canadians – Ian H. Cooper (1946-1992) and Marcel B. Aucoin (1951-1991). Both trained in Canada, they met in 1976 in Toronto, where Ian was studying Fashion Desing at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute and Marcel Home and Textile Design at Sheridan School of Design. They moved to London in the late 1970s, where Cooper completed a masters degree in fashion at the St Martins School of Art. In the UK, the duo quickly established a reputation for their exquisitely hand-painted garments, and pleated silks. The latter were inspired by the work of Mariano Fortuny (1871 – 1949).

Cooper and Aucoin saw an exhibition of Fortuny’s work in 1980 at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Obviously entranced, they skilfully updated the Fortuny-look for the 1980s silhouette as this wedding dress elegantly demonstrates.

The execution of the veil, which features roses ‘drawn’ in silicone rubber, also brings Ian & Marcel’s historically inspired wedding gown into the contemporary. The duo developed a silicone rubber and silk technique to create stitch-free seams and hems, and decorative elements.

Ian & Marcel bequeathed a significant collection of their work to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1992. Both designers sadly succumbed to AIDS related illnesses in the early 1990s. Reflecting on their approach, Lady Holly Rumbold, who co-wrote Ian and Marcel: Hand Painted and Pleated Silks with Elizabeth Vernon in 1993 (Terrence Higgins Trust), wistfully observed:
‘Ian & Marcel reminded us of medieval knights, whose quest was for beauty’s perfection. They consecrated their lives to their art and the realisation of their ideals, with the same single-mindedness and fervour of Parsifal in pursuit of the Holy Grail’.


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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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Jan Erik Knarrbakk & Per-Kristian Foss

Per-Kristian Foss (born 19 July 1950 in Oslo) is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party and 2nd Vice President of the Storting. Foss has received much attention for being the first openly gay minister in a Norwegian government and lives in registered partnership with Jan Erik Knarbakk, whom he met in 1980. He was the first openly homosexual national leader. Foss and Knarrbakk married in 2002 in a ceremony in Sweden. "Yes, we entered a partnership at the [Norwegian] Embassy in Stockholm on 4 January (2002). But beyond that it is a private matter," Foss told the financial daily Dagens Naeringsliv. Knarbakk is a top manager at the Norwegian media group Schibsted, and the pair have already been described as being among Norway's most powerful couples. Foss has been openly gay, and the pair has long been living together in Oslo's fashionable Frogner district.

He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Oslo in 1981, and was re-elected on six occasions. He had previously served as a deputy representative during the term 1977–1981.

From 2001 to 2005, when the second cabinet Bondevik held office, Foss was Minister of Finance. He also acted as Prime Minister very briefly in 2002. During this period his seat in parliament was taken by Ine Marie Eriksen.

On the local level Foss was a deputy member of Oslo city council from 1971 to 1975.

From 1973 to 1977 he was the leader of the Young Conservatives (Unge Høyre), the youth wing of the Conservative Party. Per Kristian Foss was mentioned as a possible new leader for the Conservative Party after Jan Petersen resigned in 2004, but he declined to run and instead supported Erna Solberg.[3] After Høyre struggled in elections and polls during the first years of Erna Solberg´s leadership he was also mentioned as a possible new leader,[4] men he never challenged Solberg for the leadership position. At present Foss is deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and member of the party's central board.


Per-Kristian Foss is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party and 2nd Vice President of the Storting. Foss has received much attention for being the first openly gay minister in a Norwegian government and lives in registered partnership with Jan Erik Knarbakk, whom he met in 1980. He was the first openly homosexual national leader. Foss and Knarrbakk married in 2002 in a ceremony in Sweden. "Yes, we entered a partnership at the [Norwegian] Embassy in Stockholm on 4 January (2002)."

Foss has a cand.mag. degree in political science, public law and criminology from the University of Oslo (1977) and partial graduate studies in political science.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per-Kristian_Foss

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