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It Happened Today: January 21

Billy Tipton (December 29, 1914 – January 21, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4145669.html

Billy Tipton was a jazz musician and bandleader. Born Dorothy Lucille Tipton, he is also notable for the postmortem discovery that, though he lived his adult life as a man, he was biologically female. Early in his career, Tipton presented as a male only professionally, continuing to present as a woman otherwise. With nightclub dancer and stripper Kitty Kelly, they adopted three sons, John, Scott, and William. William described Tipton as a good father who loved to go on Scout camping trips.

David K. Johnson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4146820.html

Born in New England, David K. Johnson received his B.A. in history from Georgetown University. He graduated school and earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Now an associate professor in the history department at the University of South Florida, he teaches courses on the post-1945 U.S. and the history of gender and sexuality. His first book, The Lavender Scare, won The Herbert Hoover Book Award, the Randy Shilts Award, and a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award.

Duncan Grant & Paul Roche: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3583416.html

Duncan Grant was a British painter and designer. He was a cousin, and for some time a lover, of Lytton Strachey. Through the Stracheys, Duncan was introduced to the Bloomsbury Group, where John Maynard Keynes became another of his lovers. He was in a relationship with Vanessa Bell. Duncan had many serious relationships with men, most notably David Garnett. In Grant's later years, the poet Paul Roche, whom he had known since 1946, took care of him and enabled Grant to maintain his way of life.

Eugene W. Hancock (February 17, 1929 - January 21, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4146105.html

Eugene W. Hancock was a distinguished organist, composer, professor of music, and authority on the Organ Music of Black Composers. Dr. Hancock was a professor of music at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) from 1970 until his death in 1994. Dr. Hancock was an active member of the American Guild of Organists, serving as sub-dean of the New York City AGO Chapter (1977-78), member of the National Council (1977-82) and State Chairman, Metropolitan New York (1985-87).

Franz Grillparzer (January 15, 1791 – January 21, 1872): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3427735.html

Franz Grillparzer was an Austrian writer who is chiefly known for his dramas. He also wrote the oration for Ludwig van Beethoven's funeral. His Diary and Correspondence, unpublished until 1903, revealed his affairs with men, and a long-term relationship with George Altmuller. He was buried with a ceremony that surpassed even the pomp displayed at Klopstock's funeral. He was originally buried in the Währinger Cemetery in Vienna, now known as Schubertpark. He now lies in Hietzinger Friedhof.

Lytton Strachey (March 1, 1880 – January 21, 1932): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1416322.html

Lytton Strachey was a British writer and critic. A founder member of the Bloomsbury Group and author of Eminent Victorians, he is best known for establishing a new form of biography in which psychological insight and sympathy are combined with irreverence and wit. His 1921 biography Queen Victoria was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Virginia Woolf's husband Leonard Woolf has said that in her experimental novel, The Waves, that "there is something of Lytton in Neville".

R.A. Radley (1951 - January 21, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4146243.html

R. A. Radley, a national figure in the fight against AIDS, died on January 21, 1994, at Cabrini Hospice in Manhattan. He was 43 and lived in Manhattan. Mr. Radley, known as Russ, was the founding executive director of the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA) in 1986. He also was a founding board member of Gay Men's Health Crisis; Funders Concerned About AIDS; New York City AIDS Fund; Photographers and Friends United Against AIDS, and the New York City Gay Men's Chorus.

Ron Lambe (born January 21, 1936): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1416688.html

Ron Lambe was born January 21, 1936. He currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Before that he was in San Francisco. Simply titled “Celebrating Gay Spirit Visions,” the first fall conference of the Radical Faeries in 1990 was inspired by a tradition of gay men’s gatherings held from 1978 through 1989 at Running Water, a farm and retreat center in the mountains of North Carolina. John Jones, Rocco Patt, Peter Kendrick, and Ron Lambe purchased Running Water from Mikel Wilson in 1979.

Sandro Penna (June 12, 1906 – January 21, 1977): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3427579.html

For Sandro Penna boyhood was the embodiment of desire and the inspiration for his poetry. One poem sums up Penna's attitude to criticism of his thematic narrowness. Responding to the complaint that there are always young men in his poems, the poet replies: "Ma io non so parlare d'altre cose. / Le altre cose son tutte noiose" ("But I don't know how to write about anything else. Everything else is just boring"). If his sexual interest is a limitation, it is one he accepts with cheerful equanimity.

William Alexander Percy (May 14, 1885 – January 21, 1942): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4146605.html

William Alexander Percy (May 14, 1885 – January 21, 1942) was a queer plantation owner, poet, and memoirist from Mississippi. Though Percy is best known as a conservative apologist of the southern racial order, he was also a cultural relativist, sexual liberationist, and white supremacist. He travelled from Mississippi around the globe and, always, back again to the Delta. He mentored writers Walker Percy and Shelby Foote, and wrote his classic autobiography, Lanterns on the Levee.

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