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It Happened Today: January 11

Bayard Taylor & George Henry Bocker: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3396124.html

Bayard Taylor wrote novels and essays that dealt with passionate relationships between men, including Twin Love and the poem "To a Persian Boy." Joseph and His Friend (1870) is considered to be the first American novel to deal with gay feelings. In real life, Taylor loved poet/diplomat George Henry Boker.

Diana Gabaldon (born January 11, 1952): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1015600.html

Diana J. Gabaldon is an American author, known for the Outlander series of novels. Her books merge multiple genres, featuring elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and fantasy. Lord John and the Private Matter reached #8 on The New York Times Best-Seller List in 2003. Publishers Weekly said that "Gabaldon's prose is crisply elegant" and that she "brings an effusive joy to her fiction that proves infectious even for readers unfamiliar with her work or the period."

Ed Sikov & Bruce Schackman: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4126451.html

Ed Sikov (born January 11, 1957) is a film scholar and author. His books include Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers, On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder, and Laughing Hysterically: American Screen Comedies of the 1950s. On September 17, 2011, Bruce Robert Schackman married Ed Sikov at Gramercy Tavern, a New York restaurant. The couple met in Boston in 1998 through a mutual friend after they had crashed a party given by The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review.

Eric Hebborn & Graham David Smith: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4127189.html

Graham David Smith has lived a life overflowing with incident and adventure: at the Royal College of Art, watching David Hockney perform in drag; submerging himself in the "dolce vita" of Rome in the 1960s with his lover, the celebrated art forger Eric Hebborn, where he became a hustler and first explored the world of S&M. Smith is revealed as a friend and confidant of Derek Jacobi, Sir Anthony Blunt, Christine Keeler, Fellini, Pasolini, David Bowie and Lindsay Kemp.

Eva Le Gallienne & Marion Evensen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1523829.html

Eva Le Gallienne was a theatrical actress, producer, and director during the first half of the 20th century. In 1934 she met actress Marion Evensen, who became her partner of 37 years sharing her house in Connecticut. In the late 1930s Le Gallienne became involved in a relationship with theater director Margaret Webster. The relationship with Webster ended in 1948. At the death of Evensen in 1971, Le Gallienne was devastated, and it did not help that also Webster died just one year later.

Lynne Carter (1924 – January 11, 1985): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4126692.html

Lynne Carter was a prominent entertainer, actor, and female impersonator. Carter recorded one album entitled She's a He in 1957 on Fiesta Records. He appeared on the Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas TV Shows (1960s), in the Fun City Review (1968), and in the film The Man from O.R.G.Y. (1970). In 1971 Carter became the first female impersonator to perform at Carnegie Hall. Carter's final performances were in "Hooray for Hollywood," a revue at the St. Regis-Sheraton Hotel in 1984.

Marc Acito & Floyd Sklaver: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/375744.html

Marc Acito is a novelist, humorist, and screenwriter. His comic novel How I Paid for College won the Oregon Book Awards' 2005 Ken Kesey Award for Best Novel, was voted a "Teens Top Ten for favorite young adult book" of the American Library Association. Acito is openly gay and lives with his partner since before 1988, Floyd Sklaver. They met in New York City years ago, when Floyd was running a theatrical production company that produced Broadway shows. They hit it off and became life partners.

Max Lorenz (May 10, 1901 – January 11, 1975): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4126766.html

Max Lorenz was a German heroic tenor famous for Wagner roles. Lorenz was homosexual, but from 1932 he was married to Lotte Appel, who was Jewish and was aware of his homosexuality. His homosexuality was almost tolerated by the Nazis as a well-known secret. Hitler advised Winifred Wagner, the director of the Bayreuth Festival, that Lorenz would not be suitable for the Festival. Wagner answered that in that case she might close the Festival because, without Lorenz, "Bayreuth can't be done."

Sarah Aldridge & Muriel Inez Crawford: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4126147.html

Sarah Aldridge was the pen name of Anyda Marchant, who was a founding partner for Naiad Press 1973 and A&M Books in 1995. She met legal secretary Muriel Inez Crawford in 1947. The couple was together for 57 years until Aldridge's death. Crawford died less than 6 months after Aldridge. Her first published work was a short story issued by The Ladder. The 14 lesbian novels she wrote include All True Lovers, Tottie, A Flight of Angels, The Latecomer, and The Nesting Place.

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