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It Happened Today: February 28

Aldyn Mckean (1948 - February 28, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3480572.html

Aldyn McKean, a singer and actor who was an advocate for gay rights and the rights of people with AIDS, died on February 28, 1994, at his home in Manhattan. He was 45. On March 4, 1994, a funeral procession accross 14th Street to Union Square Park took place to honor Aldyn Mckean. They brought a sign reading: "A Great Hero In The Fight To End AIDS Honor His Life -- Take Action" "I am a person with AIDS and I am gonna fight to get what I need."

Carld Jorel Jonassaint (1962 - February 28, 1997): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3480737.html

A dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem, Carld Jonassaint was also a choreographer who produced several promising works. Three of these were performed by Ballet Inc., a company directed by Charles David Anderson, a former member of NYC Ballet. Bringing together his work as a choreographer, poet, composer and costume designer, Jonassaint created a multimedia dance/theater piece, Poetry in the Life of A.I.D.S., featuring 30 dancers, actors, singers and musicians.

Charles Aufderheide (November 30, 1920 - February 1984): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3480932.html

Charles Aufderheide was an American technician. Aufderheide came to Los Angeles with Ruby Bell and the From twins. He began working on cameras at Technicolor, and he continued there for about 30 years. According to a friend, Aufderheide's personal qualities were largely responsible for the harmony of The Benton Way Group: he had quick insight into the needs of his circle of acquaintances and friends, liked to entertain, and was able to talk practically on a wide range of sophisticated subjects.

Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff (September 25, 1889 – February 28, 1930): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3083512.html

Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff was a Scottish writer, most famous for his English translation of most of Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu, which he published under the Shakespearean title Remembrance of Things Past. It was at the wedding of Robert Graves that Scott Moncrieff met another poet, Wilfred Owen, with whom he maintained a difficult relationship for several months. Coded sonnets by Scott Moncrieff, addressed to a "Mr. W. O.," suggest that his love for Owen was unrequited.

Christian Haren (February 1, 1935 – February 27, 1996): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3481304.html

Christian Haren was an American actor, model and community activist. He is best remembered for playing the role of the Marlboro Man in print advertisements in the early 1960s. Haren was the proprietor of the popular Palm Springs gay bar CC Construction Co. In 1985 he was diagnosed with AIDS and became active in AIDS prevention education. He started "The Wedge", a "safe sex" AIDS prevention organization for teens in San Francisco. His life was the subject of the documentary short Castro Cowboy.

E.F. Benson (July 24, 1867- February 29, 1940): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2539288.html

Edward Frederic Benson was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist and short story writer, known as E.F. Benson. Benson was an excellent athlete, and represented England at figure skating. He was a precocious and prolific writer, publishing his first book while still a student. Nowadays he is principally known for his Mapp and Lucia series about Emmeline "Lucia" Lucas and Elizabeth Mapp. Benson never married but there is no evidence that he was homosexual, though thought so by many people.

Peter J. Gomes (May 22, 1942 – February 28, 2011): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3083896.html

Peter J. Gomes was an American preacher and theologian, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister at Harvard's Memorial Church. "I now have an unambiguous vocation — a mission — to address the religious causes and roots of homophobia... I will devote the rest of my life to addressing the ‘religious case’ against gays.” Same-sex marriage advocate Evan Wolfson described Gomes as an integral contributor to the cause of marriage equality."

Seth Rudetsky (born February 28): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4227367.html

Seth Rudetsky is an American musician, actor, writer, and radio host. He currently is the host of "Seth's Big Fat Broadway" on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's On Broadway. The show focuses on Rudetsky's knowledge of Broadway theatre history and trivia. Broadway Nights was released in 2007: Stephen Sheerin was born to play on Broadway—or at least, under it. He’s a musician, a conductor, and his dream is to music direct a big Broadway musical. He’s just been given his big break.

Sinclair Ross (January 22, 1908 – February 29, 1996): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4227210.html

James Sinclair Ross was a Canadian banker and author, best known for his fiction about life in the Canadian prairies. He is best known for his first novel, As For Me and My House. In 1992, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He died in 1996 after battling Parkinson's Disease, and was buried in Indian Head. At the end of his life, his homosexuality became public knowledge, thanks in large part to Keath Fraser's controversial 1997 biography As For Me and My Body: A Memoir of Sinclair Ross.

Stephen Tennant & Siegfried Sassoon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3084046.html

During the 1920s and 1930s, Stephen Tennant had a sexual affair with the poet Siegfried Sassoon. His relationship with Sassoon was to be his most important: it lasted some four years before Tennant off-handedly put an abrupt end to it. Sassoon was reportedly depressed afterwards for three months, until Sassoon married in 1933 and became a father in 1936. Seigfried Sassoon died one week before his 81st birthday in 1967. When Tennant died in 1987, he had far outlived most of his contemporaries.

Tomm Ruud (1944 - February 28, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3481599.html

Tomm Ruud was a San Francisco Ballet principal dancer, best known for his role as Drosselmeyer in "The Nutcracker." Ruud died on February 28, 1994, at his home of AIDS-related illnesses. He was 50 years old. Ruud also choreographed several works that are in the San Francisco Ballet's repertoire, including "Mobile," "Metamorphoses," "Trilogy," "Introduction and Allegro," "Richmond Diary" and "Step for Two." A short subject film, "Balances," is based on his best-known ballet, "Mobile."

Tommy Tune & David Wolfe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3481700.html

Tommy Tune is an American actor, dancer, singer, theatre director, producer, and choreographer. He has won 9 Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts. In Tune's memoir Footnotes, he writes about what drives him as a performer, choreographer and director, offers stories about being openly gay in the world of theatre, his partners, stage manager David Wolfe: "On December 25th, 1994, David died at 4.00 a.m. Thank you, God, for answering my prayer. Thank you, David, for sharing your life with me."

Travis Mathews (born 1975): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4226964.html

Travis Mathews (born 1975) is an American film director and screenwriter. Mathews lives and works in San Francisco. Primarily working within the documentary genre, including the films I Want Your Love and Interior. Leather Bar., and the web series In Your Room. I Want Your Love was refused exemption from classification to screen at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a decision to which actor James Franco (who invited Mathews to collaborate on his film Interior. Leather Bar.) reacted negatively.

Vassili & Marc Brent-Shields: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3481915.html

Marc, a dental-office manager, who at the time he met Vassili was still living at home with his parents in a Boston suburb, didn’t announce his engagement. With little fanfare, he changed the relationship status on his profile from “In a Relationship” to “Engaged.” At the time, he had been dating his fiancé, Vassili Shields, who was then 23, for a year. They met in the restaurant where Vassili used to work as a waiter. “I thought he was cute the first night he came in with his friends."

William Finn & Arthur Salvadore: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3084291.html

William Alan Finn is an American composer and lyricist of musicals. His musical Falsettos received the 1992 Tony Awards for Best Music and Lyrics and for Best Book. After a surgery, Finn experienced a year of humbled serenity and constantly felt like he had a "new brain." The musical A New Brain is based on his experience. Around 1980, Finn met Arthur Salvadore, with whom he has shared his life ever since. Salvadore figures in A New Brain as Roger Delli-Bovi, Gordon's patient, responsible lover.

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