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Happy Valentine’s Day! – 9 Fascinating Gay Couples Throughout History

Happy Valentine's Day! - 9 Great Gay Couples Throughout History


Publius Aelius Hadrian and Antinous: Hadrian (76-138 AD), considered one of the greatest Roman emperors while Antinous was his most favorite slave or household page. They met when Hadrian was 39 and Antinous was about 14. Rather than an accident or suicide, it is believed Antinous may have been drowned in Egypt by jealous imperial servants. Hadrian so distraught over Antinous’ death that he declared the former slave or page to be a god, and, on the spot where his body was found, named a city, Antinopolis, after him. Statues of Antinous were carved to honor the new deity, and were erected throughout the Roman Empire.

Alexander and Hephaiston: Alexander, the Great, has been known as one of the mightiest conquerors the world has ever seen. While he conquered this world, he was in turn smitten by Hephaistion — his childhood friend and second in command after him. Alexander’s famous words, “Hephaistion is Alexander” have been seen as unambiguous testimony to his love for Hephaiston. When his lover was killed in a war, Alexander declared him God. Not being able to bear the loss, the mighty Greek general himself died within six months.

Noel Coward and Graham Payne: Noel Coward was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, and flamboyance, both in his literary works as well as personal life. Coward was homosexual but, following the convention of his times, this was never publicly mentioned. Coward’s most important relationship, which began in the mid-1940s and lasted until his death, was with the South African stage and film actor Graham Payn. Coward featured Payn in several of his London productions. Payn later co-edited with Sheridan Morley the collection of Coward’s diaries, published in 1982.

Leonardo da Vinci and Giacomo Caprotti: Leonardo has long been regarded as the archetypal Renaissance Man, one whose skills ranged from painting, sculpture and architecture to science, physiognomy, research and philosophy. Leonardo maintained long-lasting relationships with two pupils who were apprenticed to him as children. These were Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno, who entered his household in 1490 at the age often as well as Count Francesco Melzi, the son of a Milan aristocrat who was apprenticed to Leonardo by his father in 1506, at the age of fourteen, remaining with him until his death. Of these it is speculated that Caprotti, or as he was nicknamed Salai, was probably the greater object of affection on the basis of erotic drawing probably modeled on Salai like John the Baptist and The Incarnate Angel.

Bruhs Mero and Gean Harwood: Bruhs Mero and Gean Harwood met in New York in 1929, and remained together until Bruh’s death in 1995. Bruhs Mero was a dancer, dance teacher and lyricist while Gean Harwood was a music composer, pianist and author. Like partners in life, the two were collaborators in work as well and co-wrote about sixty songs. Gean authored their story in a book titled, “The Oldest Gay Couple in America” which is a moving account of their journey through the “corridor of fear ” as Harwood puts it in a time before gays were legally allowed to live as couples. At the same time though it is a chronicle of love and companionship which shows how before Bruhs was fully incapacitated by Alzheimer’s Disease, he and Gean became the toast of the New York gay scene and how their late emergence served as spokespersons for older gays and as well as role models for the young.

Robert Wright and George Forrest: Less open about their personal relationship were one of the most famous musical teams of Broadway, Robert Wright and George Forrest. For more than 70 years, Robert and George were life partners as well as collaborators writing music and lyrics for film, stage, and club acts. The couple worked together on 60 films, 18 stage productions, and 13 TV specials though today they are best known for the 1953 Broadway musical and 1955 musical film “Kismet”, for which they had adapted musical themes by Alexander Borodin.

Charles Nolte and Terence Kilburn: Charles Nolte was an actor and teacher who had a fifty year long relationship with fellow actor Terence Kilburn. Nolte made his Broadway debut in a production of Antony and Cleopatra, starring such greats as Katharine Cornell and Charlton Heston. In 1951, he got the chance to play the title role in a Billy Budd production which garnered Charles critical attention and acclaim. He also appeared in such films as “War Paint,” “The Steel Cage,” “Ten Seconds to Hell,” and “Under Ten Flags.” Charles earned a doctorate in 1966, and taught at the University of Minnesota from the mid-1960s to late 90s. Kilburn was best known for his portrayal of  Tiny Tim in “A Christmas Carol” (1938) and as four generations of the Colley family in “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (1939). After a few guest appearances in films Terry went on to run the Meadow Brook Theater, Michigan, for many years. Charles and Terry met in the 50s in a stage door alley, when Charles was playing in “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” and Terry was next door in “The Teahouse of the August Moon.”

Gore Vidal and Howard Austen: Gore Vidal was a famous American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays and for more than fifty years of his life he lived with partner Howard Austen, a former advertising executive. Vidal’s third novel, The City and the Pillar (1948), outraged conservative critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality. Vidal always rejected the terms of “homosexual” and “heterosexual” as inherently false, claiming that the vast majority of individuals had the potential to be pansexual.In 1950, Vidal met his long-term partner Howard Austen, after he had already been in and out of many sexual relationships with both men and women. Eventually though Vidal and Austen remained together till the latter’s death in November 2003 – a relationship whose success Vidal attributed to the fact that it was a purely platonic one1.

Maurice Bernard Sendak and Eugene Glynn: Maurice Sendak was an American writer and illustrator of children’s literature who is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963. For over fifty years Sendak was in a gay relationship with his partner, psychoanalyst Dr. Eugene Glynn till the latter’s death in May 2007. After his partner’s death, Sendak donated $1 million to the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in memory of Glynn who had treated young people there.

NECCO Candy Celebrates 150 Years With “Sweethearts” Ad Featuring Gay Couple Together For 50 Years – Video

Neeco Sweethreat Gay Couple Ad

The Necco candy company based in Revere, MA , makers of the iconic heart-shaped “sweethearts” candies, is celebrating its 150th anniversary and in doing so is using two beautiful videos profiling “sweethearts” to kick it off one of which features Jack and George — an elderly gay couple who’ve spent the last 55 years together, and who are  celebrating Valentine’s Day 2016 together for the first time as a legally married couple.

In the video Jack and George explain how they met on January 19, 1961, and how they’ve been inseparable ever since, and how the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality last year changed their lives.

If he’s not there, I can’t go to sleep,” Jack says. “If he’s not around, I don’t know what to do.”

George adds, “I knew when I met Jack that that was who I was looking for, that I had spent all of my life looking for. And if that’s not love, I don’t know what is.”

At the end of the video, the men dig through a bag of Necco Sweethearts candies and choose the two they want to share with each other.

George chooses “Me and You,” while Jack goes for a more direct “Soulmate.”


Mission: America’s Linda Harvey: Show You Love This Valentines Day, Hate A Leftist Homo.

Linda Harvey


“The leftists love Valentine’s Day. This year, they will exhibit a bizarre preoccupation with the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, as America’s notion of ‘love’ is stretched to unrecognizable limits. So what can Christians do in 2015 to promote true love? Don’t be afraid to say, ‘Not true!’ when some maintain that sodomy and abortion are the high ground, as is same-sex ‘marriage,’ that children should be encouraged to change genders, that Americans are all racists and that Christianity is hateful. Get ready to say NO and shine the light of reality back at them. So, how do we do this? Start with fervent and persistent prayer. Then, commit to at least one ‘push back’ activity each week. Make one phone call to a corporate supporter of ‘LGBT’ deviance. Make an online comment challenging notions of homosexuality as ‘marriage’ or anti-Christian bigotry. Be sure to call your child’s school and object to anti-American, pro-Marxist lessons. – Linda Harvey, writing for Wingnut World Net Daily.

If you’d like to send Linda Harvey a very special Valentines message.  Write to her at:

Linda Harvey c/o
Mission America
P.O. Box 21836
Columbus,OH 43221-0836

Happy Valentines Day from Gun Oil Lube – Present Arms! – Video

Gun oil


Hot, romantic, sweet and sexy.   Someone really should send this to the One Million Moms so their old biddy brains will collectively explode.

TRIVIA:  Gun oil lube is based on the gun oil that soldiers were issued in Desert Storm, which they soon learned to use to masturbate. It worked well as a sex lube and was cheap and available.  One enterprising solder who experienced it first hand turned into a product after returning to America.

Gun Oil products at www.GunOil.com.


Brokenhearts Clubs and Vulnerabilities Show, These Are Our Valentine’s Day Woes


We are officially in the season of love. A time we know will soon be perfumed with flowers that bloom and sweeten the air. The days become longer now and the sun greets us after a long hard day’s work. Our urges to hibernate from the cold ebb away and our mood is lighter with each passing day. We are more likely to seek out new people and places to go and endlessly imagine all we want to do when summer arrives. By nature, we as gay men are more expressive in how we show love and just become so much more livelier during this time of year. We begin to listen to more songs that speak to the beginning of love to welcome new possibilities…but this time is not all rosy.

Even though we love all aspects of love this is also the time of year when we measure our entire worth based on whether or not we have a relationship. The subject of love is always looming to the point that it feels like it’s taunting us because we are examining what love or lack there of, we have in our own lives. And we begin to dread the international day of love. A day that is penned as the day of expressing our love turns into a diatribe about shattered hearts from inflated egos of our exes. We being to relive betrayal from infidelities and show apathy towards love that did not last. We lament on missed opportunities that we fear may never grace us again, Love consumes us in every aspect of our lives around Valentine’s Day.

If we’re single, we incessantly examine if it is the men we’ve been pursuing in the past calendar year. So we begin this at first objective list of what we are looking for in our potential soulmate, with trepidation and fear. It starts off innocently enough. First we may wonder are we looking for the wrong attributes in a man, how that can be tough.  We ask if our standards too hard to obtain. Should we settle for the guy that completely lacks ambition but looks great naked, or should we abstain?  Is the city I live in just lacking in worthy men or can we never win at love again? And then we turn this one day into the biggest self-deprecating examination into our looks and personality.

Are we too fat? Too skinny? Too tall? Too short even in top hats? Too much or not enough muscle? Too little ambition with not enough hustle?  We will go on dissecting every single inch of our bodies with great care, to find a flaw that is not there.  Then we examine our faces as aging in the gay community is hardly granted any graces. We’ll ask if our eyes are too close/far apart, and if our noses are too big/small by just an ounce.

Are our brows too pronounced or are our ears too big by just an ounce. Do we allow our scruff to sprout or just all hair out. Should our clothes mismatch or is there another reason we can’t find the ultimate catch. We’ll pull at our lips to see if they’re gigantic or in desperate need of snips.  Is it our voice or a bad accessories choice, our walk our smile too wild, our laughs, our dancing has too much prancing… It all begins to sound like a bad rhyme in our heads.

We’ll ask ourselves if we’re too needy or too detached. We’ll begin to wonder if we’re not affectionate enough or if we flirt too much with other guys. Are we too political or not worldly enough. Maybe we’re just boring/bland or too adventurous and spontaneous. Ponder extensively if we don’t communicate enough or know when to leave well enough alone. Could it be we’re too dry or never takes anything seriously. Are we too trusting or should we have trusted our instincts. Maybe we’re too cocky or too insecure. Constantly questioning how our past is affecting our present.

No matter how much friends and loved ones convince us otherwise. Their words are hallow to us now and facetious to boot. We feel patronized because we want to see what the guys we pursue don’t like about us. We’ll listen to sad songs, write sad, dark poetry and darker clothes. We get angry at even the slightest mention of love, the one thing we crave with our entire being. All we crave is to feel anything other than this constant drive to fill this void placed in our hearts.

Single people aren’t the only ones that do this. If we’re in a relationship we are constantly evaluating if that relationship measures up to not only our standards but the standards of everyone else. Wondering how to spice things up and try new things. Speculating at how truthful those relationships that make everything seem easy when you have to put so much work into your own. Wondering why the passion has left your relationship. Maybe even if only for a minute wondering if the love has ended and you both settled for comfort.  Also, you’re wondering if he feels the same way. So the day of love becomes a critique of both yours and his performance up until this point.

I have been through all of these stages just like everyone else, especially when I first came out. So often we critique ourselves to our communities standards whether we blindly follow them or not. It resulted in bad hair experiments and excruciating muscle building regimes. Attempted a really bad clothing makeover. Stared at myself in the mirror off and on for hours readying myself for discovering something heinous that was preventing me from finding “the one”. Made a list and called my exes to see what I could’ve done differently. Secretly studying other happy couples seething at how effortlessly they made their relationship seem and comparing how my interactions with past loves measured up. Hey, I’m human just like everyone else.

I was examining what I’ve done right or did wrong in all aspects of my life for the pursuit of love. Wondering what other measures I could take to make myself more desirable both inside and out. Inspecting my body and my behavior to see what I thought others would see, through their eyes. I did this regardless of whether or not I was in a relationship or not. Constant speculation of failed relationships and lack of consistency when I had a boyfriend. All these negative thoughts about myself going round and round like a bad rhyme.

Then I remembered what love really was. How the beginning wraps you up in euphoria. How when he mentions your name you get week in the knees. How hearing his name can make your day infinitely better. The little things like small notes or buying your favorite brand of cereal to show you he cares. How kisses are electric and holding hands makes you feel immortal. How love gives you the strength you never thought you had. How you are more focused than ever on your dreams and making them come true for the both of you.

Or when after a long very difficult end to a relationship you are able to look at yourself in the mirror and smile. That even though you want love, your life is what you worked hard to make of it. That loved ones are there for you to make you laugh and smile. And even when you are not alone you are not lonely. All those moments came from confidence  They come not just from the fact that someone loves you, but also the belief that you are in fact worthy of love. And that you love yourself.

Both of those moments of strength came from self love. And as the depth of how I loved myself  grew so did the love I gave and received from others. The point of this is first to not let this day be a measurement of how successful you are in the arena of love. Too often, in the season of love, we forget to love ourselves because we are too busy evaluating what love is given to us. What constantly ask what kind of love we want in relationships, whether we’re looking for one or attempting to reinvent the one we’re currently in. Being single is not a weakness and being unhappy about some aspects of your relationships is not the end of love. And we should also remember to give the same kind of love we are seeking to ourselves.


A Valentines Day Video For Homophobes Courtesy of the FCKH8 Campaign

“A Valentine’s for Homophobes” is part of FCKH8′s current viral campaign to #OccupyValentines.

http://FCKH8.com will give 5¢ for every Facebook “Share” & Twitter tweet of this video – up to $5,000 – to http://H8Sux.com , a project that will give thousands of free “OK4U2BGAY” T-shirts to school kids to fight bullies, suicide and H8 in schools

Paris Gay Kiss In Marred By Threats Of Violence In the Name Of Religion (Video)

A gay Valentine’s Day kiss-in that was originally to be held in front of Notre Dame Cathedral was moved because Christian Fundamentalist (who call themselves “Catholic” websites put out a call to action to “defend their faith against this provocation” against the ‘aids bags’, ‘sodomites’and other homophobic insults. The websites called for a violent response so the organizers decided to change the location to place Saint Michel in the nearby Latin Quarter, after the police strongly encouraged it, saying they could not protect them in case of trouble.

The kiss in was held peacefully at St-Michel but some gays went to Notre Dame anyway and witnesses are saying 200 Christian activists were expecting them, and after they started kissing, they were attacked with motorbike helmets and kicked.”

“We can’t protect you.” The police no longer protect people from violence? Wonderful

Video of the “Non-Violent” kiss-in at St-Michel

Video of the religious zealots at Notre Dame screaming (what I believe is) “HABEMUS PAPAM” which is Latin for “We have a pope!”