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Martin Elmer
(1930 - living) Denmark

Martin Elmer 1930

Author and journalist

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Born Robert Carl Berg, he changed his name in 1953 to Robert (Bob) Cecil Martin Elmer Berg. From 1954 Martin Elmer contributed articles and short stories to the homophile monthly Vennen (The Friend). In 1957 he joined the editorial staff, and from 1962 was editor-in-chief until Vennen ceased publication in 1970.

Martin ElmerFrom 1961 to 1974 he was coordinator of Vennen Activist Group which from 1962 was the owner of the magazine. The first deacde of Elmer's collaboration and later editorship of Vennen was characterized by severe repression of homosexuality and homosexuals.

Elmer stood as a candidate for Parliament (Georgian Party) from 1972-77. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the State Foundation for the Arts (1972-79), and of the Danish Association of Authors (1971-79). Under the name of Robert C. Berg, Elmer has published four volumes of novels and short stories.

In 1966 Elmer and his life-companion since 1963, the textile artist Erik Fink, applied for civil marriage wich predictably was declined; they were joined in a registered partnership in 1994. In 1979 they settled in Torremolinos, Spain, where they have played a leading role in the social and cultural organisation of the Danish expatriate colony.

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Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001

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