May 31st, 2015

andrew potter

Ben de Lisi & Gerardo Vidaurre

Ben de Lisi (born May 31) is an American born fashion designer based in London. He is best known for his collections with high street store Debenhams, and as a mentor and judge on the television series Project Catwalk. He has also appeared on UK television show Come Dine With Me.

In 2009 he revealed his long-term relationship with his partner, Gerardo Vidaurre, had ended 18 months earlier. "I became single but not by choice, which was heartbreaking. I put my life on hold for two years waiting for him to come home." Unable to process the grief — "It hit me at a bad time and I just couldn't breathe" — he found it hard to get out of bed. His elderly parents — "the most important people in my life" — flew over from America for a month to look after him. "They just got me back on track and I started to put my ducks in a row."

He decided he could expand his interior design business, which he started a decade ago, and focus on his "BDL by Ben de Lisi" collection for Debenhams. "After 30 years of nurturing this brand — this child — it was time it went out and took care of Daddy for a change. When you're so close to something, you just don't realise how valuable a brand is. Because you're just dealing with the crap that's on hand, and the banks. You never realise what you can do when you put everything into perspective. I began to think: who's going to take care of me? I don't have a wife or a husband who's going to watch over me. I wanted the brand to pay me back." He also wanted to work from home — a ultra-stylish but modest terrace cottage built in 1862 on the river by Battersea Bridge he shares with his three French bulldogs, Luca, Noah and Tea.


Ben de Lisi with his three French bulldogs, Luca, Noah and Tea


Ben de Lisi is an American born fashion designer based in London. He is best known for his collections with high street store Debenhams. In 2009 he revealed his long-term relationship with his partner, Gerardo Vidaurre, had ended 18 months earlier. "I became single not by choice, which was heartbreaking. I put my life on hold for two years waiting for him to come home." Today he and Gerardo are seeing each other again but he's learned how important it is to be more independent in relationships.



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

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Huy Can & Xuan Dieu

Ngô Xuân Diệu (February 2, 1916 – December 18, 1985) more commonly known by the pen name Xuân Diệu, was a prominent Vietnamese poet. A colossal figure in modern Vietnamese literature, he wrote about 450 poems (largely in posthumous manuscripts) especially love poems, several short stories, and many notes, essays, and literary criticisms. (P: Xuan Dieu (©2))

He was born in Gò Bồi, Tùng Giản commune, Tuy Phước District, Bình Định Province, Vietnam (maternal homeland). His father was Ngô Xuân Thọ, a teacher, and his mother was Nguyễn Thị Hiệp. He studied in Qui Nhơn, Huế, and later Hanoi (1938–1940). He obtained a degree in agricultural engineering in 1943 and worked in Mỹ Tho for a while before returning to Hanoi.

In 1943, he joined the Viet Minh and became one of the leading poets writing to promote resistance against the French.

Although well-known for his love poems, he married only briefly before separating from his wife in his youth and died a bachelor. Many people believe that he was homosexual along with his lifelong friend the famous poet Huy Cận, as shown through his many poems about love dedicated to (and apparently addressed to) various men. These poems include "Tình trai" ("Man's Love", about the love affair between the French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine) and "Em đi" ("You leave", a heartfelt poem dedicated to a younger man with whom the poet shared a house for several years). In his memoirs published in 1993, the writer Tô Hoài confirmed that Xuân Diệu was reprimanded while in the Viet Minh for molesting other men in bed.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu%C3%A2n_Di%E1%BB%87u

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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Jack Fontan & Ray Unger (plus Alexander Jensen Yow & Bill Harris)

Browsing for the lives of known artists and writers (Christopher Isherwood, George Platt-Lynes, Paul Cadmus…), I started to always find the same names for those models who were the above artists favourites. I started to wonder, who were these men? How was their life? Most of the time they were themselves artists, not famous enough to even have money for a meal, they shared their lives (and bodies) with artists (and not only on the canvas). Some of them had wealthy patrons, some of them even inherited money or real estate properties from those wealthy patrons, and some of them loved each other in poverty.

“On January 1 [1950], Bill Harris arrived to stay with Christopher [Isherwood]. He had come from New York to California to visit his mother, who was living in La Jolla. Bill was greatly excited by Jack Fontan [discovered by talent scouts in a gym Jack Fontan was given a role as a sailor in the Broadway musical South Pacific in 1948], his new lover. Jack had a small but prominent part in "South Pacific", which had opened in New York the previous April. The character Jack played was called Staff Sergeant Thomas Hassinger on the program, but he was already known to hundreds of queers as "The Naked Sailor". Wearing nothing but a pair of the shortest shorts, without underwear, Jack sprawled in the midst of the group which sang "What ain't we got? We ain't got dames" - displaying nearly all of his large and magnificent body, including glimpses of his genitals. Bill has a reclining photograph of him stark naked; it had had to be shot in three separate sections because of Jack’s great length. Bill proudly displayed it on a shelf in the bedroom where he slept during his visit. (Picture: Jack Fontan, 1954, by George Platt-Lynes) 

 
The Bath, 1951, by Paul Cadmus (Jack Fontan & Alexander Jensen Yow)
Christopher Isherwood met American artist Bill Harris in the summer of 1943. Later Bill became Pancho Moraturi’s lover. In 1949 Harris met actor Jack Fontan, who had a role as a sailor in the Broadway musical South Pacific. Paul Cadmus used Fontan and Alexander Jensen Yow  (later Pierpont Morgan Library curator and Lincoln Kirstein’s lover) as models in The Bath (1951). Fontan spent 53 years with his companion, Ray Unger, American artist and astrologer, also known for his beauty (he was a male nude model for Pat Milo).


 
Jack Fontan, 1954, by George Platt-Lynes

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Source: http://frounch.blogspot.com/2010/01/jack-fontan-friends.html

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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Blackberri (born May 31, 1945)

Born in 1945 as Charles Timothy Ashmore, Blackberri is a singer, composer, poet, photographer, and political activist. He is of mixed origins and started is career as gospel singer. He came out to his mother when he was a teenager and his mother accepted his being gay. After going into the armed services, he stopped singing gospel, but he returned to music in 1967. He then attended the University of Arizona but left for the Bay Area of California before completing his degree due to the homophobia and racism he experienced at the university.

By the late 1970s, he had become an icon of San Francisco's burgeoning gay community; in 1979, his songs were included on Walls to Roses, an album devoted to the antisexist men's movement, and in 1981, his album Finally was released. Blackberri's film credits include an appearance in the 1977 documentary Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives and the use of his music in Isaac Julien's Looking for Langston (1989), a poetic meditation on Langston Hughes, and in Marlon Riggs's Tongues Untied (1991). His writings have appeared in anthologies including The Road Before Us (1991) and in journals including BLK and Fag Rag.

In recent years, although Blackberri has continued to perform, he has devoted much of his time to the AIDS-related causes and organizations, including the Black Brothers Esteem Program at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center, also in San Francisco. In 2002, he was honored at the San Francisco Candlelight Vigil with a Lifetime Achievement AIDS Hero Award.

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Source: Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Participation in African Inspired Traditions in the Americas by Randy P. Conner

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