April 22nd, 2015

andrew potter

Betsy Forster & Laura Gilpin

Laura Gilpin (April 22, 1891 – November 30, 1979) was an American photographer known for her photographs of Native Americans, particularly the Navajo and Pueblo, and her Southwestern landscapes. In 1916 she moved to New York to study photography, but she returned to Colorado Springs in 1918 after becoming seriously ill from influenza. Her mother hired a nurse, Betsy Forster (Elizabeth Fairfax Warham Forster (1886 - 1972), to care for her, and Gilpin and Forster became friends and, later, companions. She frequently photographed Forster during the more than fifty years they were together, sometimes placing her in scenes with other people as though she were part of a tableau she happened to come upon. They remained together, with occasional separations necessitated by available jobs, until Forster's death in 1972. After Gilpin recovered she opened her own commercial photography studio in Colorado Springs. She was moderately successful for a while, but in 1927 her mother died. She was left to care for her father who by that time moved from job to job. (P: Laura Gilpin. Photograph by Earnest Johansen, 1979)

Gilpin was the daughter of Frank and Emma Gilpin. Her father came from Philadelphia and was involved in cattle ranching. In an interview she said her father was a friend of the great landscape photographer William Henry Jackson, although she does not believe that she actually met him until after she was well along in her own photography career. Her mother grew up in St. Louis and Chicago, and although she moved to Colorado to be with her husband she longed for the more cultured surroundings of big cities. Gilpin's birthplace was in a home in Austin Bluffs, some 65 miles (105 km) from their ranch at Horse Creek. This was the closest place that had a doctor, and since this was her first child Mrs. Gilpin did not want to take any chances.


Laura Gilpin was an American photographer known for her photographs of Native Americans, particularly the Navajo and Pueblo. In 1918 her mother hired a nurse, Elizabeth (Betsy) Forster, to care for her, ill from influenza, and Gilpin and Forster became friends and, later, companions. She frequently photographed Forster during the more than 50 years they were together. They remained together, with occasional separations necessitated by available jobs, until Forster's death in 1972.



Betsy Forster & Laura Gilpin are both buried at the Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Gilpin

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
Amazon: Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time

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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Elizabeth Wharton Drexel & Henry Symes Lehr

Elizabeth Wharton "Bessie" Drexel (April 22, 1868 – June 13, 1944) was an American author and Manhattan socialite. (P: Elizabeth Wharton Drexel (1868-1944) in 1899)

"Bessie" was the daughter of Lucy Wharton (1841–1912) and Joseph William Drexel. Joseph was the son of Francis Martin Drexel, the immigrant ancestor of the Drexel banking family in the United States.

On June 29, 1889, Elizabeth married John Vinton Dahlgren I (1869–1899), the son of Admiral John Adolph Dahlgren (1809–1870). They had two sons, Joseph Drexel Dahlgren (1890-1891) and John Vinton Dahlgren Jr. (1892–1964). During this marriage, she made generous donations to Roman Catholic charities and to Georgetown University. The latter asked for her portrait, which was painted in 1899 by the Swiss-born American artist Adolfo Müller-Ury (1862–1947).

Dahlgren died Aug. 11, 1899, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he had gone in hopes of recovering from an illness.

Elizabeth married Henry Symes Lehr (1869–1929), aka Harry Lehr in June 1901. The marriage was never consummated.

In 1915 the Lehrs were in Paris, and Elizabeth worked for the Red Cross. They remained in Paris after World War I, where they bought in 1923 the Hôtel de Canvoie at 52, rue des Saints-Pères in the 7th arrondissement. Harry Lehr died on January 3, 1929 of a brain malady in Baltimore.


Elizabeth Wharton Drexel by Giovanni Boldini
Harry Lehr was an American socialite during the Gilded Age. He was married to heiress Elizabeth "Bessie" Wharton Drexel. He refused to sleep with her on their wedding night. She stayed in a, unconsummated marriage for 28 years, not wishing to upset her Catholic mother, née Lucy Wharton. Elizabeth is best remembered now for a famous Giovanni Boldini's painting, and her mother Lucy for the Lucy Drexel Dahlgren House in NY designed by   Ogden Codman, Jr. Lehr appears as a supporting character in Gore Vidal's novel Empire.


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

Henry Symes "Harry" Lehr (March 28, 1869 – January 3, 1929) was an American socialite during the Gilded Age. He was married to heiress Elizabeth "Bessie" Wharton Drexel. He refused to sleep with her on their wedding night. She stayed in a loveless, unconsummated marriage for 28 years, not wishing to upset her conservative, staunchly Catholic mother, née Lucy Wharton.

Henry Symes Lehr was born on March 28, 1869. His father, Robert Oliver Lehr, was a tobacco and snuff importer who became the German consul in Baltimore. He was the fourth child in a family of seven. He had a sister Alice Lehr Morton; and a brother Louis Lehr, who was a physician.

He attempted to establish himself as successor to Ward McAllister, arbiter elegantiorum of New York's Four Hundred, the collection of Knickerbocker and industrial families he created as a bulwark against the new wealth of the Gilded Age. He was known for staging elaborate parties alongside Marion "Mamie" Fish, such as the so-called "dog's dinner", in which 100 pets of wealthy friends dined at foot-high tables while dressed in formal attire At a later party, he impersonated the Czar of Russia, and was henceforth dubbed "King Lehr".

Lehr was never accepted as an equal by high society. Grace Graham Wilson, wife of Cornelius Vanderbilt III, who assumed the throne of Mrs. Astor after her death, had little regard for Lehr's antics. When his patron Mrs. Astor died, Lehr allied himself with Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish of New York and Newport. Together, they bucked the formality and rigidity that characterized social life in Gilded Age New York. The result was practical jokes and entertainments that brought disgrace onto "The Four Hundred" and caused their rebuke in the nation's pulpits and periodicals.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Symes_Lehr

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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Shane Bitney Crone & Tom Bridegroom

Shane Bitney Crone (born December 19, 1985) is an American filmmaker, writer, speaker and advocate for LGBT rights. Crone made headlines in May 2012 when he released a video on YouTube titled "It Could Happen to You", in which he spoke of the devastation he faced after the death of his longtime life partner, Tom Bridegroom (April 22, 1982 - May 7, 2011), a year earlier.

Crone was born in Kalispell, Montana, and moved to Los Angeles after high school graduation.

Bridegroom was an actor, songwriter, and had also hosted the TV series The X-Effect. While Crone's own family was loving and accepting of his sexual orientation, Bridegroom's family was not, and had gone so far as to threaten Shane with physical violence and blamed Crone for "making" Tom gay. After Bridegroom was accidentally killed in a fall from a rooftop in May 2011, Crone was himself threatened with physical violence if he dared to attend Bridegroom's funeral and was not mentioned in Bridegroom's obituary or memorial service. Crone had also been denied hospital visitations and other rights accorded married couples, because he was not recognized as Bridegroom's partner or family.

Crone's emotional plea for rights for same-sex couples became one of the most widely viewed clips on YouTube shortly after its release. Crone was stunned and gratified by the reception to his video, and told RadarOnline.com he made the video as a form of therapy to help him deal with his loss and to further positive change for same-sex couples in the United States.

Bridegroom, a motion picture based on the story of Crone and Bridegroom's relationship and the difficulties Crone faced after his partner's death, premiered on April 23, 2013, at the Tribeca Film Festival. Bridegroom was endorsed by President Bill Clinton, who introduced the movie Bridegroom at the Tribeca Film Festival. In his remarks, President Clinton stated, “This is really, on one level, a wonderful, sad, heartbreaking yet exhilarating and life-affirming story,...And on another level, it’s a story about our nation’s struggle to make one more step in forming a more perfect union, for which marriage is both the symbol and substance.” Bridegroom won the Tribeca Film Festival Audience's non-fiction award.


@Scott Davis: Shane Bitney Crone Love is Louder Campaign Photo
Shane Bitney Crone is an American filmmaker, writer, speaker and advocate for LGBT rights. Crone made headlines in May 2012 when he released a video on YouTube titled "It Could Happen to You", in which he spoke of the devastation he faced after the death of his longtime life partner, Tom Bridegroom, a year earlier. Bridegroom, a motion picture based on the story of their relationship and the difficulties Crone faced after his partner's death, premiered in 2013, at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Bitney_Crone

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More LGBT Couples at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Real Life Romance


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New UK event: Queer Company

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Reading, writing and publishing are fulfilling occupations in themselves, but we at Manifold Press also feel very lucky to be working in this particular genre – not least because of the wonderful sense of community. To celebrate our excellent friendships – and in the hope of making even more – Manifold Press is delighted to be hosting a new UK-based event.

Queer Company will be a small, friendly gathering designed to engage and inspire. This one-day event is planned for Saturday 9 May 2015 at The Jam Factory in Oxford.

Please be assured that everyone is welcome! Readers, authors, bloggers, publishers, reviewers … The only requirement is that you love this genre we share.

We hope this gathering will be the first of many, with annual events complementing the wonderful work done by UK Gay Romance and UK Meet.

The timing this year coincides with Manifold Press’s fifth anniversary – we’re proud and rather astonished to reflect that our first titles were released on 1 May 2010. We will also be taking the opportunity to formally launch our new anthology A Pride of Poppies, featuring modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War, all the proceeds of which will be donated to charity.

If you’d like to join us, there is more detailed information available on the Manifold Events website.

Registrations are now open.

Please note that, due to the nature of the event, we can accommodate no more than 50 people attending. (We will maintain a waiting list if necessary.)

Thank you for your interest. We’re looking forward to enjoying your company!



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