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It Happened Today: February 9

Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3452326.html

In her explorations of the damage done to the individual by racism and sexism, Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944) depicts lesbianism as natural and freeing, an aid to self-knowledge and self-love. In the mid-1990s Walker had a relatively quiet affair with singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman, noting in a 2005 interview with The Guardian that "it was delicious and lovely and wonderful and I totally enjoyed it and I was completely in love with her but it was not anybody's business but ours."

Amy Lowell & Ada Dwyer Russell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1500682.html

Ada Russell was a Mormon actress of the stage. She performed on stage in Broadway and London. In 1909 Russell met writer Amy Lowell. The two entered into long-term lesbian relationship, or a "Boston marriage" (the term for a 19th century romantic female relationship) beginning in 1912, which would last until Lowell's death in 1925. Russell was the subject of many of Lowell's explicit poems, such as the Taxi. Russell was the executrix of Amy Lowell's will, and burned all her items upon request.

Henry Krieger & Robert Joy: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4189215.html

Henry Krieger is an American musical theatre composer. He most notably wrote the music for the Broadway shows Dreamgirls (1981, with lyrics and book by Tom Eyen), The Tap Dance Kid (1983), and Side Show (1997). Krieger lives in New York City's Greenwich Village. He has been romantically linked to actor Robert Joy since 1995. Robert Joy is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Sid Hammerback in CSI: NY, Charlie in Land of the Dead and Lizard in The Hills Have Eyes.

Holly Johnson (born February 9, 1960): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3452765.html

Holly Johnson (born William Johnson; 9 February 1960; legal name William Holly Johnson) is an English artist, musician and writer, best known as the lead vocalist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and former bassist for Big in Japan. He released his debut solo album in 1989 and in the 1990s embarked on a painting career. In August 2011, he performed a full set live at the Rewind Festival, using a mix of Frankie Goes to Hollywood hits with "Americanos", "Heaven's Here" and "Love Train".

Isabelle Holland (June 16, 1920 - February 9, 2002): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3452124.html

Isabelle Holland was an author of children and adult fiction. She moved to America in 1940 due to the war. She wrote gothic novels, adult mysteries, romantic thrillers and many books for children and young adults. She wrote over 50 books in her lifetime, and was still working at the time of her death at age 81 in New York City. Two of her novels have been made into movies: Bump in the Night, 1991, and The Man Without a Face, 1993. Both these novels deal with issues or allegations of pedophilia.

James Hannaham: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4190083.html

James Hannaham's first novel, God Says No, was published by McSweeney's in 2009 and was a finalist for a Lambda Book Award, a semifinalist for a VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and was named an honor book by the American Library Association's Stonewall Book Awards. He has written for the Village Voice, Spin, Blender, Out, Us, New York Magazine, The Barnes & Noble Review and once, circa 1997, a tiny sidebar in the front section of the New York Times Magazine.

Jim J. Bullock (born February 9, 1955): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4189452.html

Jim J. Bullock (born February 9, 1955) is an American comedian, stage, television and film actor. In 1985, while Too Close For Comfort was being retooled as The Ted Knight Show, Bullock learned that he was HIV positive. The sole bright spot during this period was his partner, John Casey, whom he met in 1990. In 1996 John Casey, died from AIDS-related complications. Bullock is a longtime survivor of the virus and, as of 2011, was still healthy due in part to antiretroviral drugs.

Lori L. Lake (born February 9, 1960): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4189823.html

Lori L. Lake is a writer, teacher, speaker, and author of mystery, drama, romance, and general fiction, most of which is about lesbian protagonists. Lake teaches fiction writing, most recently at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She gives talks about the craft of writing, serves as a coach to many up-and-coming writers, and is a founding mother of The Golden Crown Literary Society. A Very Public Eye and Jump the Gun won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller.

Sheila James Kuehl (born February 9, 1941): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3453122.html

Sheila James Kuehl is an American politician, and a former child actress. She most recently served as a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing the 23rd district in Los Angeles County and parts of southern Ventura County. A former member of the California State Assembly, she was elected to the Senate in 2000 and served until December 2008.She was elected to the California State Assembly in 1994, becoming the first openly gay person elected to the California legislature.

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