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It Happened Today: February 11

Alexander McQueen (March 17, 1969 – February 11, 2010): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3455405.html

Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer and couturier best known for his in-depth knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, his tendency to juxtapose strength with fragility in his collections, as well as the emotional power and raw energy of his provocative fashion shows. He is also known for founding his own Alexander McQueen label. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards, as well as the CFDA's International Designer of the Year award in 2003.

Anel Viz (born February 11, 1945): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4195043.html

Anel Viz, born and raised in NYC, currently resides in the Midwest, where he taught at a small liberal arts college for over 30 years. P'tit Cadeau won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Setting Development: Ben, an American art professor on a painting sabbatical in the south of France, rents a room in an isolated village to avoid the tourist crush. There he meets his landlady's brother, the sensitive and childlike loner Jean-Yves, whom the locals consider simple minded because he is "different".

Bob Randall & Gary Pratt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4194158.html

Bob Randall won a 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special for David's Mother. He was also the author of the Broadway comedy "6 Rms Riv Vu" and the head writer and co-producer of the television series "Kate and Allie," died on February 11, 1995. He was 57. The cause was AIDS, said Gary Pratt, his companion. Randall and Pratt were companion for 15 years. Pratt died in 2000. He is survived by two stepchildren, Julia and Edward Randall, whom he helped rear.

John Bobanick (February 1, 1950 - February 11, 1991): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4194532.html

John Bobanick was a gifted pianist who pursued composition throughout his life. He created several songs and an engaging piano solo. His work in landscape design was another outlet for his compositional talents. John's music is the work of a passionate man and a talented musician. The two songs for which he wrote both words and music are vivid depictions of the pain of love. His piano solo, An August Afternoon, is grand and freewheeling. According to a friend, it was a sketch for a ballet.

John Wallowitch & Bertram Ross: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3801434.html

John Wallowitch was an American songwriter and cabaret performer. He wrote over 2,000 songs; his works include "Bruce", "I See the World Through Your Eyes", "Back on the Town" and "Mary's Bar". For over 50 years he played and sang a catalogue of original songs at nightspots around New York City. John Wallowitch lived and performed in New York City with his longtime partner, Bertram Ross, until Ross's death on Apr 20, 2003, at 82 years old. Wallowitch died on August 15, 2007 in New York City.

Marie Sexton (born February 11): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4195184.html

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She's a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. Marie has a husband, one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway. Strawberries for Dessert won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary Romance. Song Of Oestend won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Fantasy. Blind Space won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Sci-fi/Fantasy.

Nick Backes & Ron Martin: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/566396.html

Professional Artist and Illustrator with extensive experience in publishing, fashion, advertising, television, and retail industries for over 25 years, Nick Backes was known for creating classic, realistic images for a diverse clientele. Accomplished in pencil, pastels, and oil, he was honored in the Society of Illustrators Show in New York City with work in the Society’s Thirty-First Annual of American Illustration. Nick was preceded in death by his beloved partner of 35 years, Ron Martin.

Ona Munson (June 16, 1903 – February 11, 1955): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4194616.html

Ona Munson was an American actress best known for her portrayal of prostitute Belle Watling in Gone with the Wind. She was married 3 times: actor and director Edward Buzzell, Stewart McDonald, and designer Eugene Berman. They were "lavender" marriages, to conceal her bisexuality and affairs with women, including filmmaker Dorothy Arzner and playwright Mercedes de Acosta. Munson was a member of a group called the "sewing circle", a clique of lesbians organized by actress Alla Nazimova.

Tammy Baldwin (born February 11, 1962): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4193911.html

Tammy Baldwin is the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. The general election on November 6, 2012, was a historic one for LGBT people. Baldwin was a part of that history when she became the first openly gay senator in the nation to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. "I am honored and humbled and grateful, and I am ready to get to work -- ready to stand with Barack Obama, and ready to fight for Wisconsin's middle class," Baldwin said at her victory party.

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