Born: June 20, 1917, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 24, 1998, New York City, New York, United States
Education: West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Yale School of Drama
Buried: Forest Grove Cemetery, Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
Books: A Gay Diary, more
Donald Vining was a gay diarist. Vining published essays on gay relationships - his own with his partner Richmond Morell Purinton lasted more than 43 years - which appeared in varied American periodicals. Many of Vining's original diaries (1932-1958) are now at Yale University. Donald Vining was a pacifist who admitted his homosexuality to his draft board because his mother needed his support, and he could not afford to be placed in a camp for conscientious objectors. In his review, John D'Emilio said, "A Gay Diary is, unquestionably, the richest historical document of gay male life in the United States that I have ever encountered.... It chronicles a whole life in which homosexuality is but one part and an ever changing part at that.... It illuminates a critical period in gay male American history.” D'Emilio discusses the earlier years of the diary at some length in his Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority. The strength of Vining's diary lies precisely in his detailed chronicle of the daily life of non-professional gay men in Manhattan over a period of more than 40 years.
Together from 1946 to 1989: 43 years.
Donald Vining (June 20, 1917 – January 24, 1998)
Richmond M. Purinton (November 9, 1905 - November 16, 1989)
Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
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At Augusta, the capital of the U.S. state of Maine, Donald Vining (1917-1998) is buried together with his long-time companion, Richmond Purinton (1905-1989), at Forest Grove Cemetery (Winthrop St, Augusta, ME 04330). Donald Vining was a gay diarist, he published essays on gay relationships, his own with Purinton lasted more than 43 years.
Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
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