Ferzan Özpetek is a Turkish film director and screenwriter, residing in Italy. In 2008, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, dedicated a retrospective on him, screening all of his movies. He has been one of the few Italian directors to be given this honour. His next film Mine Vaganti was released in 2010. The movie was presented out of competition at the 70th edition of the Berlinale as well as at the Tribeca Film Festival 2010, getting a special recognition of the jury.
Gengoroh Tagame (born February 3, 1964): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/984176.html
Gengoroh Tagame is a Japanese manga artist who specializes in gay BDSM erotic manga, many of which depict graphic violence. The men he depicts are hypermasculine, and tend to be on the bearish side. In 2013 Picturebox released The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, which is the first completely bara work published in English in a print format. The book collects short works spanning 15 years of Tagame's career, including a new story commissioned especially for the book by book designer Chip Kidd.
Helen Stephens & Mabel Robbe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4138316.html
Helen Herring Stephens (February 3, 1918 – January 17, 1994) was an American athlete, a double Olympic champion in 1936. Helen Herring Stephens lived in Florissant, Missouri with her partner of 41 years, Mabel Robbe, until Robbe's death in 1986. At the 1936 Olympics it was suggested that Stephens and her 100 metres rival Stella Walsh, who had both X0 and XY chromosomes, were in fact male. The Olympics committee performed a physical check on Stephens and concluded that she was a woman.
James Bridges & Jack Larson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3641858.html
James Bridges (February 3, 1936 - June 6, 1993) was an American screenwriter and film director. From 1958 to 1993, his life partner was actor Jack Larson (born 1928), best known for his portrayal of Jimmy Olsen in the TV series Adventures of Superman. The James Bridges Theater at University of California, Los Angeles was named in his honor in November 1999.
Jorge Zontal, Felix Partz & AA Bronson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3637853.html
The General Idea artists group was founded in 1969 by Bronson, Jorge Zontal and Felix Partz. The three worked and lived together for 25 years, until their collaboration was terminated with the death of both Zontal and Partz in 1994. General Idea exhibited internationally in private galleries and museums in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, as well as undertaking countless temporary public art projects around the world. AA Bronson has been working independently since that time.
Kenneth Anger (born February 3, 1927): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3068351.html
As early as 1947, 20year old Kenneth Anger, formerly a child actor, made the homosexual-themed Fireworks, a masturbatory dream film starring himself. Fireworks became a touchstone for underground film culture. By the early 1960s, openly gay filmmakers such as James Broughton, Michael and George Kuchar, Andy Warhol, and Jack Smith - whose 1964 Flaming Creatures was continually banned throughout the United States for decades - were in the forefront of redefining the possibilities of American film.
Michel Lacroix: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4176088.html
A Greenwich Village resident for twenty years, Michel LaCroix's novel, "Alex in Wonderland," a screwball romp set in New Orleans and the Florida Keys, deals with the critical gay issue of "coming out." It was an official selection of the Insight Out Book Club and nominated for a Violet Quill Award. Alex and his friends were such a hit with readers Michel decided to create the Wonderland Series. "Through with the Looking Glass," is the second installment, followed by Down the Rabbit Hole.
Nathan Lane (born February 3, 1956): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4175822.html
Nathan Lane is a 2-time Tony Award American actor of stage, screen, and television. He is best known for his roles as Mendy in The Lisbon Traviata, Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and his voice work. In 2006, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2008 he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
Randy Wicker & David Combs: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3068519.html
Randy Wicker became involved with the great love of his life, a beautiful feminine little queen, David Combs. In 1972, they had an informal wedding ceremony in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's “Garden for the Blind”. Wicker leased a small shop in West Village, at 506 Hudson Street, where he remained for the following 29 years. Wicker and Combs had a stormy 18-year relationship during which they sometime parted company. On January 27, 1990, they had a more “official” deathbed wedding.
Sam D'Allesandro (April 3, 1956 – February 3, 1988): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3068913.html
Sam D'Allesandro wrote a bunch of poems, sketches and short stories and then died just as he was starting to get them published. His powerfully written, humorous and sexy stories (many set in San Francisco) were first collected as The Zombie Pit, which went out of print for years, until The Wild Creatures: Collected Stories of Sam D'Allesandro edited by Kevin Killian volume was published in 2005. His stories seem so frank and vulnerable, even though he sometimes poses as a tough guy.
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