May 18th, 2015

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Erik Mortensen & Pierre Balmain

Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain (b. Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, 18 May 1914 – Paris, France, 29 June 1982) was a French fashion designer. Known for sophistication and elegance, he once said that "dressmaking is the architecture of movement." His companion was the Danish designer Erik Mortensen, who worked as a designer at Balmain from 1948 until 1991.

Balmain's father, who died when the future designer was seven years old, was the owner of a wholesale drapery business. His mother and her sisters operated a fashion boutique. Balmain studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts, but did not complete his studies. He spent his time there designing dresses. While attending the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Balmain went to Molyneux, who promised to give him a trial. Balmain then left his architectural studies to work for the fashion designer Edward Molyneux, for whom he worked from 1934 until 1939. He joined Lucien Lelong after World War II and opened his own fashion house in 1945. The house showcased long bell-shaped skirts with small waists - a line which later became popular as Dior's New Look. In 1951 he opened branches in the United States selling ready-to-wear clothes. (Picture: Erik Mortensen)

During the 1950s, Balmain popularized the stole for day as well as evening wear and created a vogue for sheath dresses beneath jackets. His talent as a designer lay in his ability to make simple, tailored suits as well as grand evening gowns, all with the same aesthetic of slender and elegant lines. Balmain also designed the iconic uniform of the Singapore Airlines Singapore Girl, loosely based on the traditional Indonesian kebaya. 


Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain (b. Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, 18 May 1914 – Paris, France, 29 June 1982) was a French fashion designer. Known for sophistication and elegance, he once said that "dressmaking is the architecture of movement." His companion was the Danish designer Erik Mortensen, who worked as a designer at Balmain from 1948 until 1991. When Pierre Balmain died in 1982, Erik Mortensen took over as head designer of the house. Mortensen died in 1998 at the age of 72.


Haute-couture deux-pièces (dress & jacket), ca. 1950s (©27)


Pierre Balmain

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

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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Jack Baker & Michael McConnell

Jack Baker (born Richard John Baker, 1942) is a gay activist in the U.S. state of Minnesota who pressed for the right of same-sex couples to marry from 1969 to 1980. He and Michael McConnell (born James Michael McConnell, 1942) repeatedly sought to obtain a marriage license and at one point succeeded in doing so and were married. Their attempt to assert their rights as a married couple ended when the Minnesota Supreme Court decided the case of Baker v. Nelson in 1972 and the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed their appeal "for want of a substantial federal question." Mr Baker was the first activist to understand the significance of campaigning for gay marriage, and he and his partner Michael applied for a marriage certificate on May 18, 1970.

Gay activists from Minnesota Free University at the University of Minnesota created a campus organization run by and for gay students, Fight Repression of Erotic Expression (FREE), that the University recognized in 1969, shortly before the Stonewall riots, and elected first-year law student Jack Baker as president. It was the second such organization in the United States, following Columbia Queer Alliance recognized by Columbia University in 1967.

The Twin Cities Assembly Committee on Student Affairs approved FREE's application on November 1. "FREE is the first student gay organization to gain recognition in the upper mid-west," the organization's news release proclaimed. "Its leaders believe it to be the first such organization on a Big Ten campus."


©Kay Tobin/Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. Michael McConnell and Jack Baker, Portraits for Lahusen's book, The Gay Crusaders, ca. 1970 (©15)
Jack Baker is a Minnesota gay activist who pressed for the right of same-sex couples to marry from 1969 to 1980. He and Michael McConnell repeatedly sought to obtain a marriage license and at one point succeeded in doing so and were married in 1970. The Minnesota Supreme Court decided the case of Baker v. Nelson in 1972 and the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed their appeal "for want of a substantial federal question." Baker and McConnell were still living as a married couple as late as Dec 2012.


Jack Baker, left, and Michael McConnell at their home in Minneapolis. In 1970, they became the first same-sex couple in the nation known to apply for a marriage license. Credit Angela Jimenez for The New York Times

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

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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George Benson & Herbert Croft

Herbert Croft (1603–1691) was an English churchman, bishop of Hereford from 1661. (P: Herbert Croft bishop of Hereford about 1670 by an unknown artist this portrait is in the hall at Croft Castle)

Croft was born 18 May 1603 at Great Milton, Oxfordshire, his mother being then on a journey to London, the third son of Sir Herbert Croft and his wife Mary, daughter of Sir Anthony Bourne of Holt Castle. He married, before 8 April 1645, Anne Browne, the only daughter of the Very Rev. Dr. Jonathan Browne and Anne Barne Lovelace. Her half-brothers were Richard Lovelace (1618–1657) an English poet in the seventeenth century and Francis Lovelace (1621–1675), who was the second governor of the New York colony appointed by the Duke of York and of Albany (later King James II & VII.

After being for some time, like his father who had converted, a member of the Roman Catholic Church, he returned to the Church of England about 1630, and in 1644 was appointed chaplain to Charles I, and obtained within a few years a prebendary's stall at Worcester, a canonry of St George's Chapel, Windsor (1641–1662), and the deanery of Hereford (1644–1661), all of which preferments he lost during the Civil War and Commonwealth.

By Charles II he was made bishop of Hereford in 1661 and also dean of the Chapel Royal (1668–1669) from which position he preached to the King. Becoming disillusioned with court life he returned to his Hereford see. Despite his youthful adherence to that faith, he was noted for exceptional severity towards Roman Catholics, especially during the Popish Plot.


"The 17th century bishop of Hereford, Herbert Croft (May 18, 1603–1691), and the cathedral dean, George Benson (who appears to have died within a year of his friend in 1691), were buried together within the communion rails of the cathedral with a Latin inscription that runs from one ledger-stone to the other. It is inscribed In Vita conjuncti on one, In Morte non divisi on the other, in a phrase similar to that left by John Gostlin to his friend Thomas Legge: "In life united. In death not divided". Burial: Hereford Cathedral, Hereford, Herefordshire Unitary Authority, Herefordshire, England The two ledger-stones were laid side by side and are united by a pair of hands stretching from the one to the other exchanging the handfast." Alan Bray

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Heather & Miriam Margoyles

Miriam Margolyes, OBE (born 18 May 1941) is a British born Australian actress and voice artist. Her earliest roles were in theatre and after several supporting roles in film and television she won a BAFTA Award for her role in The Age of Innocence (1993). She first went to Australia in 1968, after meeting Heather, her Australian partner of more than 40 years.''All I came to love in Australia, I first came to love through Heather,'' said Margolyes of the woman she met through the family of the famous historian Professor Manning Clark. Eventually, she would like to live permanently at Yarrawa Hill, which she owns with Heather, Australian-born academic but based in Amsterdam.

She described herself as "gay" rather than as lesbian and mentioned her relationships with women on several occasions when she appeared on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs in September 2008. She has since described herself as a lesbian on the Graham Norton Show in June 2012. On becoming an Australian citizen, on Australia Day (26 January) 2013, Margolyes referred to herself as a 'dyke' live on national television and in front of Prime Minister Gillard. She is a campaigner for a respite care charity, Crossroads.

Margolyes was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, the daughter of Ruth (née Walters; 1905-1974), a property investor and developer, and Joseph Margolyes (1899-1996), a physician from Glasgow. She grew up in a Jewish family, her parents are descendants of immigrants from Belarus. She attended the local Oxford High School, at which she also opened the new buildings in March 2011, and later Newnham College, Cambridge, where she read English. There, she began acting in her twenties, and also appeared in productions of the comedy troupe the Cambridge Footlights.


Yarrawa Hill
Miriam Margolyes is a British born Australian actress and voice artist. She first went to Australia in 1968, after meeting Heather, her Australian partner of more than 40 years.''All I came to love in Australia, I first came to love through Heather,'' said Margolyes of the woman she met through the family of the famous historian Professor Manning Clark. Eventually, she would like to live permanently at Yarrawa Hill, which she owns with Heather, Australian-born academic but based in Amsterdam.

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Jo Deutsch & Teresa Williams

Jo Deutsch (born 1960) and Teresa Williams (born 1957) married on May 18, 2013, one week shy of 30 years together. They wed in Maryland, where same-sex marriage has been legal since Jan. 1. The state’s General Assembly passed a law permitting it in February 2012, and a slim majority of Maryland voters—52 percent—approved the referendum on Nov. 6, 2012.

It was a moment they had never dreamed of - a moment that seemed impossible.

They had been through sickness and health - amazingly great moments and the worst of times together. They had supported each other through their siblings' and relatives' sicknesses, injuries and deaths, but they had also shared the joy of the births of their three children and the building of their family.

And, then on May 17, 2004, the unimaginable occurred: Jo was at work when she heard the news. Teresa was at the library with their youngest child. In all their years together, they had never imagined that this day would come in their lifetimes. Jo picked up the phone and called Teresa.

"Will you marry me?" Jo asked.


Photo © Judy G. Rolfe/rolfephotography.com
Jo Deutsch and Teresa Williams married on May 18, 2013, one week shy of 30 years together. They wed in Maryland, where same-sex marriage has been legal since Jan. 1. They had been through sickness and health - amazingly great moments and the worst of times together. They had supported each other through their siblings' and relatives' sicknesses, injuries and deaths, but they had also shared the joy of the births of their three children and the building of their family.

And then, without hesitation from Teresa: "Yes."

On that day, the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts had ruled that it was unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples in the state the freedom to marry. It was an extraordinary day.

Source: www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/a-29-year-partnership-why-marriage-in-md-matters-to-jo-and-teresa

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Kaisik Wong & Steven F. Arnold

Steven Arnold (1943 - August 6, 1994) was a California-based multi-media artist, spiritualist, gender bender and protegee of Salvador Dalí. His work consisted of drawings, paintings, rock and film poster art, makeup design, costume design, set design, photography and film.

Arnold also played an instrumental role in giving The Cockettes, the famed psychedelic San Francisco drag troupe, their first chance to perform on stage in exchange for free tickets to his "Nocturnal Dream Show" - which was among the first-ever Midnight Movie showcases. This launched The Cockettes into underground fame. Early in his career, Arnold also nurtured a prolific creative relationship with the pioneer of the wearable art movement Kaisik Wong which lasted until Kaisik's death in 1989. Their work together included the production and design of a play titled Dragonfly, and several tableaux vivant photography collaborations.

Throughout his life, Arnold's eccentric modes of expression led him to the upper-crust of both American coasts, including encounters, in some cases lifelong friendships, with the likes of Vogue's Diana Vreeland, actress Ellen Burstyn, psychedelic explorer Timothy Leary, Jay Leno, The Cars, George Harrison, Blondie's Debbie Harry, John Waters' star Divine and the Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn.

Among Arnold's most notable early works is a rarely seen film gem titled Luminous Procuress, starring Pandora and featuring The Cockettes, which was lauded by Salvador Dalí, and Andy Warhol, among others. In fact, Dalí was so impressed with the film, that he invited Arnold, Pandora (Arnold's muse, and the film's star), Kaisik Wong, and their entourage to help him open his Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres, Spain. Luminous Procuress was edited and scored by the electronic music forefather Warner Jepson. The film continues to be screened worldwide, including showings at the Tate Modern in London and CPH:DOX in Denmark. Arnold's 1969 short-film "Messages, Message", which was invited to Director's Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, was recently shown at the Tate Modern and the List Visual Art Center Film Night at MIT.


Kaisik Wong, Merle Bulatao and Steven Arnold
Steven Arnold played an instrumental role in giving The Cockettes, the famed psychedelic San Francisco drag troupe, their first chance to perform on stage in exchange for free tickets to his "Nocturnal Dream Show" - which was among the first-ever Midnight Movie showcases. This launched The Cockettes into underground fame. Early in his career, Arnold also nurtured a prolific creative relationship with the pioneer of the wearable art movement Kaisik Wong which lasted until Kaisik's death in 1989.



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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Arnold_(Artist)

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