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It happened today: January 2

André Aciman (born January 2, 1951): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3415171.html

André Aciman (born on 2 January 1951) is a writer, currently distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of City University of New York teaching the history of literary theory and the works of Marcel Proust. Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Aciman's critically acclaimed debut novel is a frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion.

Clyde Martin (born January 2, 1918): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3991691.html

Clyde Martin (born January 2, 1918) was assistant to Dr Alfred Kinsey and co-author of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. The 2003 musical Dr. Sex focuses on the relationship between Martin, Kinsey and his wife, with the character of Wally Matthews being based on Martin, Martin and Kinsey sharing Kinsey's wife as sex partner. In December 1938 Martin sought out Kinsey and gave Kinsey his sexual history. The pair formed a bond, and Kinsey offered a cash-strapped Martin work in Kinsey’s own garden.

John Wojtowicz & Elizabeth Eden: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3992471.html

Elizabeth Eden was an American transsexual woman whose boyfriend John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a bank to pay for her sex reassignment surgery. The incident was made into the '75 film Dog Day Afternoon. Wojtowicz was sentenced to 20 ys, although he was released in April 1978; while imprisoned, he sold the movie rights to the story for $7,500 and subsequently was able to help finance Eden's sex reassignment surgery. Eden died of AIDS-related pneumonia, aged 41. Wojtowicz died of cancer in 2006.

M. Carey Thomas, Mamie Gwinn & Mary Elizabeth Garrett: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3991826.html

Martha Carey Thomas was an American educator, suffragist, linguist, and second President of Bryn Mawr College. In 1885 Thomas, together with Garrett, Gwinn, King, and Rogers, founded The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore Maryland. Thomas lived for many years in a relationship with Gwinn. After Gwinn left Thomas in 1904 to marry Alfred Hodder (1866-1907) (a love triangle fictionalized in Gertrude Stein's Fernhurst), Thomas started another relationship with Garrett.

Peter Harvey & Paul Thek: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3992268.html

Paul Thek met set designer Peter Harvey (born January 2, 1933) in Miami Beach in 1954. He had been supporting himself as a hustler while developing his art. Wilbur Pippin, a friend, introduced Thek and Harvey to the renowned mid-century photographer George Platt Lynes. Harvey graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables in 1955 and immediately secured work doing theatrical set design, earning enough money to support Thek and free him from having to hustle to support himself.

Todd Haynes (born January 2, 1961): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3447027.html

Todd Haynes (born January 2, 1961) first gained notoriety with a short film, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, employing Barbie dolls to portray the ill-fated pop singer and other characters. Haynes’ Far From Heaven, set in 1950s Connecticut, deals with issues of race and sexuality. Dennis Quaid portrays a married executive struggling with his homosexuality. His ex-lover and editor, Jim Lyons, died of AIDS-related illness shortly before the release of I’m Not There.

William Haines & Jimmie Shields: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1395339.html

William Haines was a film actor and interior designer. In New York in 1926, Haines met Jimmie Shields, probably a pick-up on the street. Haines convinced Shields to move to Los Angeles. In 1933 Haines was asked to choose between a sham marriage and Shields. Haines chose Shields and they remained together for the rest of their lives. Soon after Haines died, Shields, who suffered from Alzheimer's Disease, put on Haines' pajamas, took an overdose of pills, and crawled into their bed to die.

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