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It Happened Today: January 8

Charlie Condou & Cameron Laux: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3999530.html

Charlie Condou is an actor and writer best known for playing Marcus Dent, in the TV series, Coronation Street. Condou divides his time between Manchester and Islington where he lives with his Canadian boyfriend since 2004, writer Cameron Laux and his daughter and son, Georgia and Hal, who split their time between Condou and their mother, the actress Catherine Kanter. He wrote a column for The Guardian newspaper on the subject of same-sex parenting which was discontinued in July 2012.

David Bowie (born January 8, 1947): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1407198.html

David Bowie (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. "I had no problem with people knowing I was bisexual. But I had no inclination to hold any banners nor be a representative of any group of people. I knew what I wanted to be, which was a songwriter and a performer, and I felt that bisexuality became my headline over here for so long. America is a very puritanical place, and I think it stood in the way of so much I wanted to do."

Sir Edmund Backhouse (October 20, 1873 – January 8, 1944): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1407781.html

Sir Edmund Backhouse, 2nd Baronet was an oriental scholar and linguist whose work exerted a powerful influence on the Western view of the last decades of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Since his death, it has been established that some of his sources were forged. Sandhaus of Earnshaw Books, the editor of Backhouse's memoirs, argues that Trevor-Roper was offended by Backhouse's homosexuality and that Backhouse's undoubted confabulation was mixed with plausible recollection of scenes and details.

Forman Brown & Richard Brandon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1410126.html

Forman Brown was one of the world's leaders in puppet theatre, as well as an important early gay novelist. Along with Yale Puppeteers Harry Burnett and Richard Brandon (Brown's life-long lover), Brown launched Turnabout Theatre in 1941 as "a vehicle for performing both puppet plays and revues for adults." In 1933, Brown wrote, under the pseudonym Richard Meeker, a novel called Better Angel: this novel is regarded as "the first American novel to present the 'gay' experience in a healthy light."

Gilbert & George: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3867978.html

Gilbert Prousch (born 17 September 1943) and George Passmore (born 8 January 1942) are two artists who work together as a collaborative duo called Gilbert & George. The two first met on 25 September 1967 while studying sculpture at Saint Martin's School of Art. The two claim they came together because George was the only person who could understand Gilbert's rather poorly-spoken English. In a 2002 interview with the Daily Telegraph, they said of their meeting: "it was love at first sight".

Graham Chapman & David Sherlock: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3303052.html

Grahan Chapman (8 January 1941–4 October 1989) kept his sexuality a secret until the 1970s, although he did allude to it in some Monty Python sketches. He came out as homosexual on a chat show hosted by British jazz musician George Melly, becoming one of the first celebrities to come out publicly. Several days later, he came out to a group of friends at a party held at his home in Belsize Park, where he officially introduced them to his partner, David Sherlock, whom he had met in Ibiza in 1966.

Jaime Gil de Biedma (November 13, 1929 - January 8, 1990): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1407232.html

Jaime Gil de Biedma y Alba (Nov. 13, 1929 - Jan. 8, 1990) was a Spanish post-Civil War poet. As a homosexual in a strongly conservative environment, Jaime Gil de Biedma suffered discrimination all his life. Nevertheless, he did not hide his sexual orientation and displayed it openly in his poetry. He was rejected for membership of the then illegal Spanish Communist Party, allegedly because Franco's dictatorship could use his sexuality to threaten him if he were discovered to be a communist.

Kerwin Mathews & Tom Nicoll: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3717680.html

Kerwin Mathews was an American actor best known for playing the titular heroes in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Three Worlds of Gulliver and Jack the Giant Killer. He retired from acting in 1978 and moved to San Francisco, where he ran a clothing and antiques shop. He died in his sleep in San Francisco at the age of 81, survived by his partner of 46 years, Tom Nicoll. The City of Janesville subsequently renamed a 1block street adjacent to the former Janesville High School "Kerwin Mathews Court".

Michael Kearns & James Carroll Pickett: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3999432.html

Michael Kearns is an actor, writer, director, teacher, producer, and activist. He is noted for being the first openly gay actor, and after an announcement on Entertainment Tonight in 1991, the first openly HIV positive actor in Hollywood. With partner James Carroll Pickett he responded to the AIDS crisis in the mid-80s by co-founding two AIDS organizations: Artists Confronting AIDS (ACA) and STAGE (Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event, the longest running theatrical benefit in the world).

Edward Perry "Ned" Warren & John Marshall: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3407063.html

Ned Warren was an American art collector. At Oxford he met John Marshall, who he called "Puppy" Ned and John lived together at Lewes House in East Sussex. On February 15, 1928, John retired for the evening, saying that he was not feeling well. Ned gave him a kiss and joined him in bed, but John died during the night. Marshall's took his last breath while Ned sat at his bedside. Servants reported that Ned's final words to the dying man were, "Goodbye, Puppy." Warren died less than one year later.

Noel Alumit (born January 8, 1970): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1314068.html

Noël Alumit is a novelist, actor, and activist. He has been identified as one of the Top 100 Influential Gay People by Out Magazine. Letters to Montgomery Clift is an haunting and compelling novel of a Filipino boy sent to America by his parents to escape the brutal Marcos regime. This is a story of hope set against a backdrop of abuse and alienation. Following the Filipino tradition of writing letters to the ghosts of ancestors, a boy begins to write letters to the ghost of Montgomery Clift.

Sighsten Herrgård & Roar Klingenberg: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3932693.html

Sighsten Herrgård (1943 - 1989) was a Swedish fashion designer. Herrgård was the first Swedish celebrity with AIDS to go public about it, "giving AIDS a face". The saddest thing in Herrgård's memoirs is the portrayal of his lover Roar. Roar, who was a monogamous type like Herrgård, was the one who first succumbed to the virus which eventually ended even Sighsten's life. A journalist argued that Tich and Igor, Herrgård's two Grand danoiser, were the most stylish accessories he ever had.

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