Brian Shucker was an award-winning composer and lyricist who wrote the score of Babes, a 1940s-style musical that opened in L.A. the day he died of the complications of AIDS. In the early 80s Shucker met Bill Sawyer, his collaborator and companion. Sawyer wrote the book for "Babes," and was in the process of completing what would have been their second full musical together. Bill Sawyer died exactly four months after his companion. They are listed side by side on the AIDS quilt project.
Dirk Bogarde & Anthony Forwood: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2844738.html
Sir Dirk Bogarde was an English actor and novelist. Initially a matinee idol Bogarde later acted in art-house films like Death in Venice. For many years he shared his homes, in England and France, with his manager Anthony Forwood. The actor John Fraser said that "Dirk's life with Forwood had been so respectable, their love for each other so profound and so enduring, it would have been a glorious day for the pursuit of understanding and the promotion of tolerance if he had screwed up the courage"
James Barr (February 13, 1922 - March 28, 1995): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3521603.html
James Fugaté 's experience in the Navy was the inspiration for his book, the groundbreaking novel, Quatrefoil, first published in 1950. Written under the pseudonym, James Barr (February 13, 1922 - March 28, 1995), Quatrefoil is hailed as one of the first novels to present a frank and positive depiction of same-sex love. During the Korean War, Fugaté reenlisted in the U.S. Navy, but he was discharged when a background check by Naval Intelligence revealed him to be the author of Quatrefoil.
Jane Rule & Helen Sonthoff: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3009186.html
Jane Vance Rule, CM, OBC was a Canadian writer of lesbian-themed novels and non-fiction. Rule taught at Concord Academy in Massachusetts where she met Helen Sonthoff and fell in love with her. Rule moved to work at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1956, but Sonthoff visited her and they began to live together. Rule and Sonthoff lived together until Sonthoff's death in 2000. Rule surprised some in the gay community by declaring herself against gay marriage.
Modest Mussorgsky (March 21, 1839 – March 28, 1881): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3522353.html
Modest Mussorgsky was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". Mussorgsky is best known today for his popular piano composition Pictures at an Exhibition: the Russian composer drew inspiration for the piece from an exhibit of watercolors by his lover, artist Victor Hartmann. When Hartmann died in 1874, the grief-stricken and always melodramatic Mussorgsky exclaimed, "What a terrible blow! Why should a dog, a horse, a rat live on - and creatures like Hartmann die!"
Peter Bellinger & Joe Grubb: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3552926.html
Peter Lake Bellinger was a composer and painter. Upon receiving his HIV diagnosis, he retired and began to pursue composition, and continued to write music for over ten years. He and his partner, Joe Grubb, were together for nearly twenty-three years. Peter Bellinger, born in Honolulu, died of liver cancer in San Francisco at the age of 54 on April 18, 2001. “My aim is to entertain people, not to educate them. Above all, I believe music should be reasonably accessible." --Peter Bellinger
Peter Mumford (1945 - March 28, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3521961.html
Peter B. Mumford was a production stage manager for Broadway and Off Broadway shows. He died on March 28, 1993, at Tisch Hospital in Manhattan. The cause was lymphoma and AIDS, his family said. Mr. Mumford last worked on "Lost in Yonkers." His other shows included "Buddy," "The Heidi Chronicles," "Legs Diamond," "Dreamgirls," "Dancin'," "Baby," "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Gin Game" and "Same Time Next Year." He was born in Plainfield, N.J., and attended Emerson College in Boston.
Terry Helbing (May 21, 1951 - March 28, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1461327.html
Terry Helbing served as Managing Editor of The Drama Review for four years beginning in 1977 and contributed to many theatrical and gay and lesbian publications, including "The Advocate" and "TheaterWeek". He was theater editor at "New York Native" from 1981 until his death, and he contributed a weekly theater news column at "Stonewall News". In 1979, he was founder and publisher of the JH Press (named for his father, John Helbing), which became the drama division of the Gay Presses of NY.
Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1461041.html
Virginia Woolf was an English author, essayist, publisher, regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. "Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway is, in many ways, the perfect modern novel. Or, a novel born of modernity, and perfectly expressive of modernity. I've reread my copy of Mrs. Dalloway so many times that it's fallen apart. The prose is deceptively casual, a style that would be characterized as 'stream of consciousness'" --Tomas Mournian
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