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It Happened Today: February 2

Adolf Brand (November 14, 1874 – February 2, 1945): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4173133.html

Adolf Brand was a German writer, individualist anarchist, and pioneering campaigner for the acceptance of male bisexuality and homosexuality. Adolf Brand gave up homosexual activism in the early 1930s, after constant harassment from the Nazis who silenced Der Eigene, destroyed his life's work and left him in financial ruin. The Nazis sacked and burned the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, and this ended the movement. He and his wife were killed by an Allied bomb on 2 February 1945. He was 70.

Casey Spooner & Warren Fischer: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4173523.html

Casey Spooner (born February 2, 1970) is an American artist and musician. He was born in Athens, Georgia and resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Spooner is openly gay. While attending the Art Institute of Chicago he met Warren Fischer. The two went on to cofound Fischerspooner in New York in 1998. He served as the opening act for Scissor Sisters on their North American tour. This was possible thanks to the funding provided by his fans through Kickstarter, the crowdfunding online platform.

Cat Grant (born February 2): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4174073.html

Award-winning author Cat Grant (born February 2)'s been scribbling naughty stories since she was knee-high to a bug. She lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs. Complications won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best Best Bisexual / Transgender Novel, 3rd place, and Power Play Awakening, co-authored with Rachel Haimowitz, won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Erotica, 2nd place.

Hilton Edwards & Micheál Mac Liammóir: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3930367.html

Hilton Edwards was an English-born Irish actor and theatrical producer. He was the romantic partner of Micheál MacLiammóir. While acting in Ireland with a touring company, Mac Liammóir met Edwards. Their first meeting took place in the Athenaeum, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, which is currently in a state of disrepair. Deciding to remain in Dublin, where they lived at Harcourt Terrace, Mac Liammóir and Edwards threw themselves into their venture, cofounding the Gate Theatre in Dublin in 1928.

Israel David Fishman & Carl Navarro: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3079319.html

Israel David Fishman was best known for founding the Task Force on Gay Liberation, a section of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Libraries Association. In 1974, Fishman met Carl Navarro at the West Side Discussion Group. The two became boyfriends, and began living together, beginning a lasting relationship. The couple's activities included, for a number of years, lengthy annual trips to Italy, where they established many friendships. Together from more than 30 years.

Laura Baumbach (born February 2): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/374201.html

Laura Baumbach is the author of numerous short stories, novellas, novels and screenplays. Her favorite genre to work in is manlove or m/m erotic romances. Manlove is not traditional gay fiction, but erotic romances written specifically for the romantic-minded reader, male or female. In A Bit of Rough, architect James Justin impulsively lets himself be picked up in a biker bar by seductive hunk Bram Lord for a one nightstand that turns into something bigger.

Liz Smith (born February 2, 1923): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3449763.html

Liz Smith (born 1923) is an American gossip columnist. She is known as The Grand Dame of Dish. She wrote a widely syndicated news column that told all about the private lives of entertainment celebrities, but she was more guarded about her own privacy. She was, however, a valued supporter of lesbian, gay, feminist, and AIDS causes. That support even included mentions in her column advocating more queer films. Finally, in her 2000 memoir Natural Blonde, Liz Smith revealed her own bisexuality.

Oliver Sipple (November 20, 1941 – February 2, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3449895.html

Oliver William "Billy" Sipple (November 20, 1941 – February 2, 1989) was a decorated US Marine and Vietnam War veteran widely known for saving the life of US President Gerald Ford during an assassination attempt by Sara Jane Moore in San Francisco on September 22, 1975. The subsequent public revelation that Sipple was gay turned the news story into a cause célèbre for LGBT rights activists. Sipple died at 47 of heart issues. He was buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery south of San Francisco.

Ondrej Nepela (January 22, 1951 – February 2, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4173610.html

Ondrej Nepela was a Slovak figure skater who competed in the late 60s and early 70s for Czechoslovakia. He was the 1972 Olympic champion and a three-time World champion. Later in his career, he performed professionally and became a coach. In his second autobiography, Toller Cranston details a sexual tryst between himself and Nepela at the 1973 World Championships. Cranston was distracted and affected by their sexual affair and placed fifth while Nepela won the event. Nepela died of AIDS in 1989.

Robert Gluck (born February 2, 1947): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3067760.html

Robert Glück was involved in anti-nuclear and anti-interventionist politics, and was arrested many times in non-violent protests. He was an Associate Editor at Lapis Press and Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State, where he continues to teach. His most recent work, Denny Smith, a collection of stories, was published by Clear Cut Press in 2004. Glück’s two novels are Jack the Modernist and Margery Kempe. Another book of stories was titled Elements of a Coffee Service.

Thomas M. Disch & Charles Naylor: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2881208.html

Thomas M. Disch was an American author and poet. He won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book in 1999, and he had 2 other Hugo nominations and 9 Nebula Award nominations. Following an extended period of depression following the death in 2005 of his partner of 35 years, poet Charles Naylor, Disch stopped writing almost entirely, except for poetry. Disch committed suicide by gunshot on July 4 2008. The Word of God, written shortly before Naylor died, had just been published a few days before.

Xuan Dieu & Huy Can: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1388709.html

Xuân Diệu was a prominent Vietnamese poet. A colossal figure in modern Vietnamese literature, he wrote about 450 poems especially love poems, several short stories, and many notes, essays, and literary criticisms. Many people believe that he was homosexual along with his lifelong friend the famous poet Huy Cận, as shown through his many poems about love dedicated to various men. For two years (1938-1940), Xuân Diệu was Huy Cận's roommate at the College of Agriculture in Hanoi.

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