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Knud Rame
(1935 - living) Denmark

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Publisher and astrologer

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Educated as a bookseller, Rame in 1952 met Helmer Fogedgaard, founder and editor of Vennen (The Friend), the first homophile magazine in Scandinavia. Inspired by Fogedgaard's wision of homophile emancipation, Ramen, under the pseudonym Zedix, immediately began to contribute articles and short stories to Vennen.

In 1957 he married Ellinor Friang, nine years his senior; the marriage was dissolved in 1973.

In 1958 Rame, under the pen-name Kim Kent, began publication of the monthly magazine Eos. The name of the magazine referred to the Greek word for "dawn" as well as the Latin (accusative) pronoun "them". Originally the editorial policy of Eos was to avoid criticism of the authorities and concentrate on erotic entertainment (short stories, photos, personal ads). Rame's wife, and joint owner of Eos, was also his closest collaborator, editorially and pratically.

In 1963 Eos introduced the American author Samuel M. Steward (Phil Andros) to Danish homophile readers. From 1962 Rame also published the monthly Amigo as a foreign language parallel (German and English) to Eos. Although Eos and Amigo remained glossy and hedonistic magazines, they did not completely disregard homophile politics and the wider social issues of homophilia.

In 1973-77 Rame published Occulta, a quarterly devoted to spiritualism and New Age philosophy. In 1970 he founded the Astrologisk Akademi, and sdince 1980 he has owned a bookshop in central Copenhagen specialising in alternative knowledge.

Since 1991, he has been in a registered partnership with his companion since 1989, the painter and visual artist Carsten Pihl, 24 years youngher than him.

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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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