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It Happened Today: January 18

Maulik Pancholy & Ryan Corvaia: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4140847.html

Maulik Pancholy is a actor known for his recurring role as Sanjay on Weeds, his role as Jonathan on 30 Rock, voice acting as Baljeet Tjinder in Phineas and Ferb, and as Neal during the first season of Whitney. He currently voices Sanjay Patel in the Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig. Pancholy came out as gay in a November 2013 interview with Out magazine in which he discussed his partner of nine years, Ryan Corvaia. On January 13, 2014 he got engaged at the Taj Mahal.

Adolf von Hildebrand & Hans von Marées: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4140093.html

Hans von Marees (24 December 1837, Dessau - 5 June 1887) was a German painter. He mainly painted country scenes in a realistic style. Marees' lifelong companion was art theorist and critic Konrad Fiedler (1841-1895), who, in his Kunstwissenschaft, created the theory of pure form, rejecting the concepts of Beauty and Art. But Marees also had an 8 years love affair with sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand (6 October 1847 – 18 January 1921). Von Hildebrand left von Marees to marry and go back to Germany.

Benji Schwimmer (born on January 18, 1984): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3423072.html

Benji Daniel Schwimmer is a professional dancer, choreographer and actor. On August 16, 2006 he was crowned "America's Favorite Dancer" as the winner of the second season of So You Think You Can Dance and has choreographed for both the U.S. and the international versions of the show. Benji artistically directs for LeAnn Rimes and Paula Abdul. He co-starred in the 2010 film Leading Ladies. Benji Schwimmer put a new spin on coming out by discussing his sexuality in the context of his Mormon faith.

Betty Berzon & Terry DeCrescenzo: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3431952.html

Betty Berzon was an American author and psychotherapist specialized in counseling gay men and lesbian women, as well as same-sex couples. In the 1970s, Berzon met Teresa DeCrescenzo, who would be her partner throughout the rest of her life. Berzon and DeCrescenzo lived together in Los Angeles for 33 years. Berzon died of cancer on January 24, 2006. Surviving Madness unveils the dramatic story of an emergence from mental breakdown and suicide attempts to coming out as a lesbian at age 40.

Bruce Chatwin (May 13, 1940 – January 18, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3055251.html

Bruce Chatwin was an English novelist and travel writer. Married and bisexual, he was one of the first prominent men in Britain known to have contracted HIV and died of AIDS. With his condition deteriorating rapidly, Chatwin and his wife went to live in the South of France at the house belonging to Shirley Conran, the mother of his one-time lover, Jasper Conran. There, during his final months, Chatwin was nursed by both his wife and Shirley Conran. He died in Nice in 1989 at age 48.

Cary Grant & Randolph Scott: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3365995.html

Cary Grant was an English actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Randolph Scott was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. They met in 1932 when they were cast together in Hot Saturday. They lived together for many many years in Los Angeles. Toward the end of their lives, Scott and Grant were often seen together, on one occasion holding hands late at night in the Polo Lounge, alone except for the waiters. Scott died little more than 3 months after Grant.

Cecil Beaton (January 14, 1904 – January 18, 1980): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4123780.html

Sir Cecil Beaton was an English fashion and portrait photographer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. The great love of his life was the art collector Peter Watson, although they were never lovers. He had relationships with various men, including former Olympic swordsman Kin Hoitsma. He also had relationships with women, including the actresses Greta Garbo and Coral Browne, the dancer Adele Astaire, and the British socialite Doris Castlerosse.

Evelyn Torton Beck & L. Lee Knefelkamp: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3422844.html

Evelyn Torton Beck is best known in the LGBTQ community for her ground-breaking Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology. In 1954, just out of college, she married Anatole Beck with whom she had two children, Nina Rachel Beck and Micah Daniel Beck. At the age of 40 she came out as a lesbian. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her life partner, L. Lee Knefelkamp, who is also an LGBTQ activist in the field of higher education. Beck and Knefelkamp married in Vermont as soon as it was possible.

Frankie Knuckles (born January 18, 1955): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3422559.html

Frankie Knuckles is an American DJ, record producer and remix artist. He played an important role in developing house music (an electronic, disco-influenced dance music) as a Chicago DJ in the 1980s and he helped to popularize house music in the 1990s, with his work as a producer and remixer. In 2005, Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements as a DJ. Due to his importance in the development of the genre, he is often known as "The Godfather of House Music".

Gladys Bentley (August 12, 1907 – January 18, 1960): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3422344.html

Gladys Bentley (August 12, 1907 – January 18, 1960) was a blues singer during the Harlem Renaissance. Bentley was openly lesbian during her early career, but during the McCarthy Era, she started wearing dresses, married a man (who later denied that they ever married), and studied to be a minister, claiming to have been "cured" by taking female hormones. Fictional characters based on Bentley appeared in Carl Van Vechten's Parties, Clement Woods's Deep River, and Blair Niles's Strange Brother.

Jesse Green: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4141667.html

Jesse Green is the author of The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood. He is a much-anthologized, award-winning journalist and a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine; he has written for The New Yorker, The Washington Post, New York, Premiere, GQ, Philadelphia, Mirabella, and Out. His novel, O Beautiful, was called "one of the best first novels of the year" by Entertainment Weekly in 1992 and was reissued by Ballantine in 2000. He lives in New York City.

Jim Burgess (July 21, 1953 - January 18, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3423251.html

James Michael "Jim" Burgess was a disco record producer and New York DJ of the 1970s, and was variously referred to as "one of the hottest DJ's and Remixers of the Disco era." Burgess chose to end his career at age 28 with a farewell party at the Saint on 31 January 1981. During the party, he famously walked out at the peak of the night and let the record run out. Nevertheless, he still did subsequent infrequent gigs in New York, and started playing regularly at the Saint again in 1986.

Leonor Fini, Stanislao Lepri & Konstanty Jeleński: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4140797.html

Leonor Fini was a surrealist painter. She met Count Stanislao Lepri, who abandoned his diplomatic career shortly after meeting Fini and lived with her thereafter. She met the Polish writer Konstanty Jeleński, known as Kot in Paris right after the war. She was delighted to discover that he was the illegitimate half-brother of Sforzino Sforza, who had been one of her most favorite lovers. Kot joined Fini and Lepri in their Paris apartment in 1952 and they remained inseparable until their deaths.

Lewis DeSimone (born January 18): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4141419.html

A native Bostonian, Lewis DeSimone majored in English at Harvard and earned an M.A. in creative writing at the University of California, Davis. He currently lives in San Francisco, which he believes is as close to paradise as the Lower 48 can get. His debut novel, Chemistry, is a love story about the ineffable qualities that draw people together and sometimes force them apart. The Heart’s History won a 2012 Rainbow Awards as Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction, 3rd place.

Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria (May 15, 1842 – January 18, 1919): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4140331.html

Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria from the House of Habsburg was the younger brother of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. Despite his mother's attempts to arrange a marriage for him with Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, youngest sister of Empress Elisabeth, he remained a bachelor all his life. As a result of his very public homosexuality and transvestitism, culminating in a brawl at the Central Bathhouse Vienna, his brother Emperor Franz Joseph finally forbade him to stay in Vienna.

Philip Dwayne Labhart (1956 - January 18, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3423939.html

Philip Dwayne Labhart was the owner of Labhart Production Group, a commercial production and editing facility in West Los Angeles. He died on January 18, 1994, in Los Angeles of an AIDS-related disease. He was 38. He is survived by his companion, Richard Waterhouse. In addition to his production work, he produced the West Coast premiere of "Eastern Standard" at the Coast Playhouse and he directed and co-produced "Flesh and Blood" at the Hudson Theater in 1993.

Stephan A. Love (1955 - January 18, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3423525.html

Stephan A. Love was the founder of the Next Generation Dance Theater for inner-city youths. He died on January 18, 1993. He was 38 and lived in Philadelphia. He is survived by his companion, Terrence Connell. "I found my freedom, and my own sense of self when I met my partner, Stephan in the late 80s when big hair and shoulder pads were fashionable and Madonna was just beginning her rise to fame. Less than five years later, Stephan died from AIDS complications, in 1993."

Wynn Wagner & Rick Wagner: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4141138.html

Wynn Wagner and his husband, Rick Wagner, were married in Washington DC, after shacking up since the 1990s. Wynn announced that he was taking Rick’s last name. They were also married in the Old Catholic Church. Years ago, he was a programmer who helped write the tax software used by some of the world’s largest corporations. He also wrote Opus-CBCS, a computer bulletin board system that was wildly popular in the 1980s. Opus generated millions of dollars for HIV and AIDS.

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