It was reported today that Masae Aida, better known by her screen name Setsuko Hara, died 05 September 2015, aged 95. Hara starred in Late Spring (1949), Early Summer (1951), Tokyo Story (1953), and 98 other movies including a fruitful 12 year collaboration with Yasujiro Ozu. Despite being one of the biggest stars in Japan, in 1963 she walked away from her acting career, living in seclusion for the rest of her life.
In 1971, "decades before any state had seriously considered legalizing gay marriage, long before anyone had thought of creating—never mind repealing—a policy called “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” before Reagan, before AIDS, before the American Psychiatric Association determined that homosexuality was not a mental illness, and before half the people currently living in America were even born, a man named John Singer stepped into the King County marriage license office in Seattle." Meet Faygele ben Miriam, the radical activist who pioneered the fight for same-sex marriage in Washington State, 41 years ago. Via.