March 13th People

March 13th

03-13-1892 – 11-07-1978 Janet Flanner – Born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was an American writer and journalist who served as the Paris correspondent of The New Yorker magazine from 1925 until she retired in 1975. She wrote under the pen name “Genët.” She also published one novel, The Cubical City, set in New York City. Flanner went to Paris with her female lover, Solita Solano (Sarah Wilkinson). They met in Greenwich Village, and the two became lifelong lovers, although both became involved with other women throughout their relationship. Solita Solano was drama editor for the New York Tribune and also wrote for National Geographic. The two women are portrayed as “Nip” and “Tuck” in the 1928 novel Ladies Almanack, by Djuna Barnes, who was a friend of Flanner’s. Flanner was a prominent member of the American expatriate community, which included Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, e. e. cummings, Hart Crane, Djuna Barnes, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein.

03-13-1936 – 01-05-2013 Mary McIntosh – Born in Hampstead, England. She was one of the leaders of the feminist movement and was also one of the founders of the gay and lesbian movement. She worked as a graduate student and teaching assistant in the sociology department at the University of California, Berkeley from 1958 to 1960. After being arrested for protesting the House Un-American Activities Committee, she was deported. Once in England, she taught at the University of Leicester and Borough Polytechnic. In 1972 she became a research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. Her paper The Homosexual Role (1968) argued that homosexuality was not a clinical pathology and that historical and cultural influences affected same-sex relations. She helped set up the UK Gay Liberation Front. On January 5, 2013, she died of a stroke. She was survived by her partner of 23 years, Angela Stewart-Park. 

03-13-1950 David Bergman – (Place of birth unknown) He is an American gay writer and English professor at Towson University, in Towson, Maryland. He received the George Elliston Poetry Prize for his work Cracking the Code. In 2000, he and Karl Woelz won the Lambda Book Award for editing Men on Men 2000. He is openly gay.

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