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Mitch Rebecki Gets a Life by Julie Bozza
Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (February 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908312831
ISBN-13: 978-1908312839
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Investigative journalist Mitch Rebecki loves his job and loves New York. He doesn’t mind making enemies, either. When a crime boss threatens retaliation, Mitch’s editor sends him out of harm’s way to Sydney. In exile and resentfully working on lifestyle pieces, Mitch is miserable. But he makes a friend or two, meets a man … and discovers that Australians do organized crime, too, in a small way. Mitch soon finds himself in too deep on all counts, and trying to head home again seems the only solution.

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Redemption by Viki Lyn and Vina Grey
Publisher: ViVi (April 16, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Redemption (Deliverance Book 1)

Thou shall not kill
Archangel Raziel had no choice. He would break the Infinite’s commandment again to save his lover, Uriel, from a demon’s talons. Yet even the Infinite’s most trusted archangel cannot avoid punishment. Forced to go through the Cleansing, Raziel loses his memories and is renamed Izar, a Protector sworn to kill for the angels.
Years later, Izar is summoned to work alongside Uriel to capture a killer. Izar is shocked when his bloodlust spikes hot for the archangel. But a relationship between Protectors and angels is forbidden. As they rush to find the killer, their passion plays into the demon’s plan. Izar will have to choose between life and death if he is to save Uriel again.

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About the authors:
Viki Lyn: Multi-published and award winner, Viki Lyn is a successful writer of gay paranormal and contemporary romance. After reading and collecting whatever she could get her hands on, she wrote her first male/male romance. And that was ‘it’ for her. She never looked back. Viki travels the world in search of inspiration. She considers herself blessed to have traveled to many of the mystical sites she had dreamed about as a child. Her travel experiences have been influential in creating her paranormal worlds. When she needs to relax, she calls a friend to meet at their favorite coffee house. When the chattering in her head goes off the charts, she plays one of her favorite RPGs on her PS4 and immerses herself in the world of dragons and magic.

Vina Grey: Vina Grey has lived in eight different states and if her family hadn’t grounded her, she’d be on the move again. So, instead she writes, living out her adventure-lust in her books. She made up stories in her head from the time she could register thoughts, so yes, there are many more books to come. Coffee, chocolate, Scotch, Kindle books, and traveling to far away lands are among her…ahem…very few vices. Actually they can be lands close by, too. But at the end of the day, to write a love story that makes a reader sigh with satisfaction–that’s what it’s all about.

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Sanford Friedman (June 11, 1928 – April 20, 2010) was an American novelist.

Friedman's Totempole (1965) features an army love affair between its protagonist and a North Korean doctor war prisoner. Some have identified the Stephen Wolfe persona in this novel as being the first instance of a main character who is both Jewish and gay in American fiction.

Friedman was born in New York City, the son of Leonard and Madeline (Uris) Friedman. A 1945 graduate of the Horace Mann School, in the same class as his lifelong friend Allard K. Lowenstein, Friedman earned a BFA from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. From 1951 to 1953 he served in the US Army as a military policeman in Korea, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. He has taught writing at the Juilliard School and at SAGE. He was a friend to many noted artists like Lee Krasner and Fritz Bultman, and for several years Friedman was the companion of the noted American poet, translator, and critic Richard Howard. Howard dedicated his poem "1915: A Pre-Raphaelite Ending, London" to him. Friedman was also active off-Broadway as a writer and producer, collaborating with actor Howard Da Silva; author Ben Maddow; and playwright Arnold Perl. Perl authored a 1957 play, “Tevya and his Daughters,” co-produced by Friedman and starring Mike Kellin as Sholem Aleichem’s dairyman — a production which inspired 1964’s “Fiddler on the Roof.” In 1968, Friedman signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. Friedman died of a heart attack in his Manhattan apartment on April 20, 2010.

In 1965 Friedman was given the O. Henry Award from the Society of Arts & Sciences for Ocean, which formed part of his novel Totempole.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanford_Friedman
Totempole was a formative work for me. To my knowledge it contains the only literary treatment of instructions for being able to enjoy passive anal intercourse. It is a beautiful scene, and one I've rarely heard anyone talk about. I met Friedman once, a man of rigorous intelligence and refinement. His novel had a huge impact on me. --Gilbert Cole
Sanford Friedman, 1989, by Robert Giard )

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Katherine V. Forrest (born 1939 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is an American writer. She lives with her wife, Jo Hercus, were long-time resident of the San Francisco area and now live in Palm Springs. After 17 years together, on July 15, 2008, in San Francisco they were married by California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno.

Forrest is best known for her eight novels about lesbian police detective Kate Delafield. The character was the very first lesbian police detective in the American lesbian mystery genre and is described as "Miss Marple with k.d. lang, Sherlock Holmes with Candace Gingrich, and you've got Kate Delafield: ex-Marine, homicide detective for the LAPD, queer-as-the-day-is-long heroine". The second novel in the series, Murder at the Nightwood Bar, was optioned for film by director Tim Hunter The screenplay had been written and roles cast with Mary Louise Parker as Delafield and Tom Arnold as her police partner, but the project was ultimately shelved.

Her romance Curious Wine is considered a classic of American lesbian literature. In discussion of the "light" element of the lesbian romance Forrest said, "I think it's political as hell... Here were two women who had a lot of choices in life, a lot of options, and out of all of those options they chose the hardest one, which was to love each other." The novel is credited as one that "broke through many misconceptions about lesbians and lesbian relationships."

Of her personal political sensibilities, Forrest said, "We are the only subculture that incorporates both genders, all races, all colors, all creeds... Being visible can make us free...and give us a power we have never known." After relocating from Los Angeles to San Francisco, near The Castro district, she said, "It would be impossible to live here and not be political." This was a marked departure from her early life, of which she wrote, "Even after I committed the Big Sin and made that irrevocable passage, and even though I thereafter found women who loved me, and even though I had loving relationships, I remained essentially in the grip of all the early shame and my own powerful homophobia."


Jo Hercus and Katherine Forrest,with Ann Bannon and Gail Lang
Katherine V. Forrest (born 1939 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is an American writer. She lives with her wife, Jo Hercus, were long-time resident of the San Francisco area and now live in Palm Springs. After 17 years together, on July 15, 2008, in San Francisco they were married by California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno. Forrest is best known for her eight novels about lesbian police detective Kate Delafield. Her romance Curious Wine is considered a classic of American lesbian literature.

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Katherine V. Forrest, 1989, by Robert Giard )

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Douglas Sadownick (born April 20) is a gay American writer and psychologist. He co-created The Buddy Systems (1985) with Tim Miller, with whom Sadownick was involved in a 14-year relationship.

Born in the Bronx, he attended Columbia College for his B.A., New York University for his graduate work in English, and the graduate program in clinical psychology at Antioch College in clinical psychology. He received his Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Clinical Psychology in 2006. His dissertation was entitled, Homosexual Enlightenment: A Gay Science Perspective on Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

He is the director of the nation's first LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology, at Antioch University. He is also the co-founder of the Institute for Contemporary Uranian Psychoanalysis, which offers continued education units to licensed psychotherapists on the issues of gay-affirmative psychotherapy. He was also a principal co-founder of Highways Performance Art Space in 1989. (Picture: Tim Miller)

His work Sacred Lips of the Bronx was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His second book was called Sex Between Men: An Intimate History of the Sex Lives of Gay Men, Postwar to Present. His articles have appeared in the Advocate, the Los Angeles Times, Genre, High Performance, the New York Native, and the L.A. Weekly. He received a GLAAD award for excellence in reporting. He works as a private practice psychotherapist in Los Angeles. His most recent paper, "Reading Literature Gay-Affirmatively: A Homosexual Individuation Story," was published in Spring 2006 in the journal Arts and Humanities.


Tim Miller has been an inspiring figure for 25 years and is the author of The Buddy Systems, created with writer Douglas Sadownick, with whom Miller was involved in a 14yo relationship. Douglas Sadownick is the director of the nation's first LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology, at Antioch University. His work Sacred Lips of the Bronx was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His second book was called Sex Between Men: An Intimate History of the Sex Lives of Gay Men, Postwar to Present. 

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Sadownick
In researching this essay I located a New York Times article from 1994: Coping: Growing up Gay in the Heart of the Bronx, a short profile of the author in the year his novel was published. The article contained a surprising confession: Hector didn‘t exist. While Mike found first love in the Bronx, in real life the young Sadownick never repeated any of his rendezvous with the boys he met on the Grand Concourse. ―Hector in the book was a way for me to redeem what I see now as a lot of missed opportunities.
How discourteous to contradict an author‘s interpretations concerning his book, much less his own life, but Sadownick made that observation while still pretty young; the longing and unusual jealousy that Sacred Lips of the Bronx inspired dissipated once I kissed the right boy. What I had considered ―missed opportunities‖ were simply the necessary preparations for the experiences that ended up counting the most. That rush to recapture what I had mistakenly considered lost had nearly cost me everything. The book at the bottom of my sleeping bag was in no way illicit but a rather splendid and sturdy diving board. --Tom Cardamone, The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered
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A pathbreaking performance artist and dancer, John Jeffery Bernd (May 8, 1953 - August 28, 1988) melded dance with "out" gay performance, thereby establishing himself as a prime mover in the downtown performance scene. Also an activist and organizer, Bernd organized a weekly improvisation group called "Open Movement" held at P.S. 122. Originally from Nebraska, Bernd graduated from Antioch College in Ohio with a B.A. in Dance and Performance Studies. After moving to New York, he worked at P.S. 122 and frequently collaborated with Tim Miller, ex-lover and friend. He was one of the first New York performers to die of AIDS.

His large circle of surviving friends included Jennifer Monson, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Michael Stiller, Lori E. Seid, Yvonne Meier, Lucy Sexton, Annie Iobst, Jeff McMahon, Richard Elovich, Fred Holland, Jeannie Hutchins, Dona McAdams, and Johnny Walker.

Other dancers who knew or worked with Bernd include Joe Pupello, Suchi Bronfman, Deborah Oliver, and Donald Byrd.

According to Tim Miller and Ishmael Houston-Jones, Dona Ann McAdams was Bernd's main photographer, she shot practically everything he did at P.S. 122 and most pieces at other places as well. A beautiful photo of John, as well as some of his drawings, appears in her book Caught in the Act (Aperture). Photographer Kirk Winslow, with whom John collaborated on several projects, passed away from AIDS complication on summer 2002. Kirk was the son of the artist Maryette Charlton who is responsible for getting John's archives to Harvard. Maryette Charlton was a New York artist and filmmaker who had a particular interest in performance art and apparently knew Bernd.


Tim Miller and John Bernd in Live Boys (1981), ©Gene Bagnato
A pathbreaking performance artist and dancer, John Bernd melded dance with "out" gay performance, thereby establishing himself as a prime mover in the downtown performance scene. Bernd organized a weekly improvisation group called "Open Movement" held at P.S. 122. Bernd graduated from Antioch College. After moving to New York, he worked at P.S. 122 and frequently collaborated with Tim Miller, ex-lover and friend. He was one of the first New York performers to die of AIDS.

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Source: http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/dance/catalogue/bernd.html

Tim Miller (born September 22, 1958 in Pasadena, California) is an American performance artist and writer, whose pieces frequently involve gay identity, marriage equality and immigration issues. He was one of the NEA Four, four performance artists whose National Endowment for the Arts grants were vetoed in 1990 by NEA chair John Frohnmayer.

Miller was born in Pasadena, California but grew up in nearby Whittier.

He has developed shows based on his personal life as a gay man and as an activist. A member of ACT UP and other campaigning organizations, Miller has participated in numerous demonstrations to call for funding of AIDS research and treatment and to promote equal rights. His civil disobedience has led to his arrest on several occasions.
I was seventeen going on eighteen and I was desperate for love and dick. I searched everywhere for it. I hung around the Whittier Public Library, leaning suggestively against the stacks in the psychology section, waiting to be picked up by some graduate student. I leaned too far, once, and almost knocked over an entire row of bookshelves. -— Tim Miller, Boys like us, 1996
Miller's interest in performance began in high school, where he took classes in theater and dance. He played the lead role of John Proctor in Lowell High School's production of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. At nineteen he moved to New York and studied dance with Merce Cunningham.


In 1999 in Glory Box, Tim Miller took on the topic of immigration rights for gay and lesbian partners of American citizens, the immigration issue a personal cause as Alistair McCartney, his partner since 1994, is Australian. In 2003 in Us, Miller returned to the theme of the problems of Americans with same-sex life partners, the title refers both to his relationship with McCartney and to the laws in the US which could prevent them from being together. Miller & McCartney married on June 26, 2013.


Tim Miller and Douglas Sadownick, 1994-1996, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1082041)
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)
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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Miller_(performance_artist)

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Blanche Wiesen Cook (born April 20, 1941 in New York City), Distinguished Professor of history at John Jay College in the City University of New York, is the author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One 1884-1933, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winning biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Cook's biography is controversial because of her claims that Roosevelt had a lesbian affair with reporter Lorena Hickok. An out lesbian, Cook is also the author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2 , The Defining Years, 1933-1938, and The Declassified Eisenhower: A Divided Legacy of Peace and Political Warfare.

She and her partner, Clare M. Closs, celebrated their twenty-fifth year together in 1994. They lived in New York City and East Hampton.

Clare M. Coss (born 1935) has a BA in theatre from Louisiana State University and a master‘s degree in theatre education from New York University and, in the mid-1970s, she completed a master’s degree in social work at the State University of New York·Stony Brook and trained as a psychotherapist. She divides her two careers between her psychotherapy practice in New York City and her writing work in her studio on Long Island.

In the late 1960s, when Coss began writing plays. she dealt primarily with two major themes: plays inspired by women breaking down interior and exterior barriers and plays about women who strove to forge their vision of a just society. ln 1971 the Berkshire Theatre Festival gave Coss her tirst full production. From 1977 to 1981, she was a cofounder and co-artistic director of the Women`s Experimental Theatre, and producer Margot Lewitin invited the group to be in residence at the Interart Theatre in New York. There, with Sondra Segal and Robena Sklar, Coss coauthored a trilogy on women in the family. Then, in the early 1980s. Coss left in order to write her own plays. Various readings and workshops led to productions of three of her plays. In 1996 she edited an anthology of lesbian love poems. Arc of Love, published by Simon and Schuster.


Blanche Wiesen Cook and Clare Coss, 1993, by Robert Giard
Blanche Wiesen Cook, Distinguished Professor of history at John Jay College in the City University of NYC, is the author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One 1884-1933, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winning biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. She and her partner, Clare M. Closs, celebrated their twenty-fifth year together in 1994. They lived in NYC and East Hampton. Clare Coss divides her two careers between her psychotherapy practice in New York City and her writing work in her studio on Long Island.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanche_Wiesen_Cook
Two factors define the complicated lives of these women, regardless of whether they were erotically or romantically attracted to other women. The first is that they were frequently connected to one another through a large, close-knit network of relationships that sustained them personally and professionally. The second is that they often focused on social issues that affected women and children. Historian Blanche Wiesen Cook argues that "networks of love and support are crucial [for] women to work in a hostile world... frequently the networks of love and support that enable politically and professionally active women to function independently and intensively consist largely of other women." --A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
Blanche Wiesen Cook and Clare Coss, 1993, by Robert Giard )

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Baron Anton van Kaak II, Viscount di Vreeland (born September 4) also known as Tony Clark came to Fine Art through a background in ballet in Europe and America where he was a soloist with the Paris Opera Ballet and Maurice Bejart’s Ballet Mudra.

He also worked with Loring, Hightower and Cunningham.

The French government awarded him a knighthood as Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, in recognition of his curation and organizing exhibitions, and in keeping the French arts alive.

As a tireless supporter of the arts, he produced sixty-four events in one year alone.

William A. Emboden (born February 24) Ph.D., F.L.S is the author of Leonardo da Vinci on Plants and Gardens and The Visual Art of Jean Cocteau followed it.

Emboden is an artist/poet in his own right.

He is also a botanist and has written several books in that field.

Upon his return to the USA, Clark and Emboden founded Arts of the Theatre Gallery, Los Angeles.

Together since 1971, their Anniversary is on April 20.

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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Andrew Tobias (born 20 April 1947) is an American journalist, author, and columnist. His main body of work is on investment, but he has also written on politics, insurance, and other topics. Since 1999, he has been the treasurer of the Democratic National Committee.

Tobias graduated from Harvard College in 1968 with an A.B. in Slavic languages and literatures. In 1972, he obtained his Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. During his schooling, he wrote for New York Magazine, and after graduation became a contributing editor.

Tobias is also an author. Among his titles on investment are The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need, The Only Other Investment Guide You'll Ever Need, My Vast Fortune, Money Angles, The Invisible Bankers: Everything the Insurance Industry Never Wanted You to Know and The Funny Money Game. Tobias also wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Best Little Boy in the World under the pen name "John Reid" in 1973. He used a pen name because he wasn't comfortable yet with publicly disclosing his homosexuality to a broad audience. This book was later republished in 1998 under his real name to coincide with the sequel, The Best Little Boy in the World Grows Up. Despite his writing and successful investing on his own behalf, he has never been employed in the investment industry. He parlayed his writings and advice into success in the software industry as well with his Andrew Tobias's Managing Your Money financial application, which was ultimately eclipsed by Quicken.


Charles Nolan, a fashion designer who proudly wore his politics on his sleeve, and also on his runway, died on January 30, 2011, at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was 53. The cause was cancer of the head and neck, said Andrew Tobias, the financial writer, who was Mr. Nolan's partner of 16 years. Tobias also wrote the autobiography The Best Little Boy in the World under the pen name "John Reid" in 1973. Nolan was a force behind the expansion of mainstream American sportswear.

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The Best Little Boy in the World by John Reid was my first "openly gay" book, and such a wonderful throwback. Good, old-fashioned self-hatred and inhibition are allowed, and it was even published under a pen name. ("John Reid" turned out to be finance guru and journalist Andrew Tobias.) And it's all so WASP-y, like me! Still closeted, I was scanning the shelves in a friend's apartment, and the second I saw the title The Best Little Boy in the World, I knew what it had to be about: the paralysis, the image-managing, always trying to say the right thing and do one's duty. And while we East Coast urbanites may think "all that's changed" for young gay men in 2010, it hasn't changed for any but the most privileged. (Not even: how privileged is Ken Mehlman?) I have not re-read Best Little Boy in years, but I am sure that today, 37 years after publication, it is still dead-on in terms of feelings. --David Pratt
Having come of age as a brow-beaten, Irish Catholic gay boy in the late 1970’s (am I that old?), I devoured The Best Little Boy in the World by Andrew Tobias, a lighthearted autobiography about a queer kid who’d been trained to willfully deny just about everything human about himself; I was sure that Andrew Tobias had somehow channeled me while writing it. I’m recovered now, thanks to a string of good therapists, a partner who chastises me should I momentarily regress into my BLBITW routine, and this book. --Nick Nolan
The Best Little Boy in the World by John Reid was the very first gay book I ever read, the one that started it all for me, and set me on my journey of reading and ultimately writing gay fiction. And it´s still the best coming of age, coming out book I´ve ever read. Full of humor and honesty, it´s one of those books that you start and read all the way through to the very end. Poignant and touching and witty, there´s a good reason it´s still a gay classic more than 30 years after it was published! --Rob Rosen
Charles Nolan (June 5, 1957 - January 30, 2011), a fashion designer who proudly wore his politics on his sleeve, and also on his runway, died on January 30, 2011, at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was 53.
 
The cause was cancer of the head and neck, said Andrew Tobias, the financial writer, who was Mr. Nolan’s partner of 16 years. Tobias also wrote the autobiography The Best Little Boy in the World under the pen name "John Reid" in 1973. He used a pen name because he wasn't comfortable yet with publicly disclosing his homosexuality to a broad audience. This book was later republished in 1998 under his real name to coincide with the sequel, The Best Little Boy in the World Grows Up. 

Early in his career, Mr. Nolan was a major force behind the expansion of mainstream American sportswear labels like Bill Blass, Ellen Tracy and Anne Klein. But he was perhaps better known publicly for the work he did dressing private clients, including many prominent women on the political scene.

At the 2000 Democratic National Convention, for example, Tipper Gore was wearing a periwinkle Charles Nolan coat-and-dress ensemble when she was kissed so passionately by her husband, Vice President Al Gore, that the resulting image was widely described as humanizing Mr. Gore’s robotic reputation during his run for president. 

Since establishing his own label in 2004, Mr. Nolan recruited a number of his famous friends and clients to appear as models at his runway shows. Peggy Kerry, a sister of Senator John Kerry, walked in a show in 2007, and Kerry Kennedy, a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, appeared on his runway in 2006. 



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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/fashion/31nolan.html?_r=1&#h[] (By Eric Wilson,A version of this article appeared in print on January 31, 2011, on page B7 of the New York edition.)Further Readings )

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Oluwarotimi (Rotimi) Adebiyi Wahab Fani-Kayode (20 April 1955 - 21 December 1989) was a Nigerian-born photographer, who moved to England at the age of 12 to escape the Biafran War. He explored the tensions created by sexuality, race and culture through stylised portraits and compositions. The main body of his work was created between 1982 and 1989. Upon his return to England after completing his graduate studies in 1983, Fani-Kayode met his partner photographer/filmmaker Alex Hirst, and began an important personal and collaborative relationship. The two moved to London, and Fani-Kayode continued his focus on part-autobiographical and mythical portraits; pursuing the theme of the male black body as a subject of desire.
“My identity has been constructed from my own sense of otherness, whether cultural, racial or sexual. The three aspects are not separate within me. Photography is the tool by which I feel most confident in expressing myself. It is photography therefore — Black, African, homosexual photography — which I must use not just as an instrument, but as a weapon if I am to resist attacks on my integrity and, indeed, my existence on my own terms.”
Rotimi was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in April 1955,the second child of Chief Babaremilekun Adetokunboh Fani-Kayode and Chief Mrs Adia Adunni Fani-Kayode, This prominent Yoruba family moved to Brighton, England, in 1966, after a military coup and the ensuing civil war. Rotimi pursued his secondary education in England, where he went to a number of private schools, including Brighton College, Seabright College and Millfield, then moved to the USA in 1976 to complete his education. He read Fine Arts and Economics, gaining a BA, at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and gained an MFA at the Pratt Institute, New York, in Fine Arts & Photography. While in New York, he became friendly with Robert Mapplethorpe and later admitted to Mapplethorpe's influence on his work.


Dennis Carney And Essex Hemphill in Brixton by Rotimi Fani-Kayodé
Rotimi Fani-Kayode was a Nigerian-born photographer, who moved to England at the age of 12 to escape the Biafran War. He explored the tensions created by sexuality, race and culture. In 1983 Fani-Kayode met his partner photographer/filmmaker Alex Hirst, and began an important personal and collaborative relationship. The two moved to London, and Fani-Kayode continued his focus on part-autobiographical and mythical portraits; pursuing the theme of the male black body as a subject of desire.


Rotimi Fani-Kayode. Every Moment Counts (Ecstatic Antibodies), 1989

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotimi_Fani-Kayode & www.autograph-abp-shop.co.uk/books/rotimi-fani-kayode-alex-hirst-photographs

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The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring (Butterfly Hunter #3) by Julie Bozza
Gay Contemporary Romance
Series: Butterfly Hunter
Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (October 31, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908312866
ISBN-13: 978-1908312860
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Dave and Nicholas, married for seven years now, are happily settled together – but as an Australian prime minister once observed, “Life wasn’t meant to be easy.” An unexpected threat to their beloved waterhole forces Dave to try asserting unofficial custodianship of the Dreamtime site, and a visit from Nicholas’s nephew Robin doesn’t help as he brings his own surprises. And there’s always the question of Nicholas’s health hanging over their heads …

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David Garnett (9 March 1892 – 17 February 1981) was a British writer and publisher. As a child, he had a cloak made of rabbit skin and thus received the nickname "Bunny", by which he was known to friends and intimates all his life. Garnett was bisexual, as were several members of the artistic and literary Bloomsbury Group, and he had affairs with Francis Birrell and Duncan Grant. (P: ©Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938)/NPG Ax140447. David Garnett, 1920 (©4))

A writer, he first met members of the Bloomsbury group in 1910 but was not fully accepted by them until 1914 when he became Duncan Grant's lover. Like Grant, Garnett was a conscientious objector and having worked in France in 1915 with the Friends War Victims Relief Mission, he worked as a farm labourer to avoid conscription on his return to England. Garnett moved with Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell to Charleston farmhouse in 1916. He married Angelica Garnett in 1942. He was present at the birth of Grant's daughter, Angelica (by Vanessa Bell, and accepted by her husband Clive Bell), on 25 December 1918, and wrote to a friend shortly afterwards, "I think of marrying it. When she is 20, I shall be 46 – will it be scandalous?". When Angelica was in her early twenties, they did marry (on 8 May 1942), to the horror of her parents. 

Garnett was born in Brighton, the only child of the writer, critic and publisher Edward Garnett and his wife Constance, a translator of Russian. As a conscientious objector in the First World War, David worked on fruit farms in Suffolk and Sussex with his lover, Duncan Grant.


Duncan Grant and David Garnett, 1914, by Duncan Grant
David Garnett was bisexual, as were several members of the Bloomsbury Group, and he had affairs with Francis Birrell and Duncan Grant. A writer, he first met members of the Bloomsbury group in 1910 but was not fully accepted by them until 1914 when he became Duncan Grant's lover. Like Grant, Garnett was a conscientious objector and having worked in France in 1915 with the Friends War Victims Relief Mission, he worked as a farm labourer to avoid conscription on his return to England.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Garnett

Duncan James Corrowr Grant (21 January 1885 – 8 May 1978) was a British painter and designer of textiles, pottery and theatre sets and costumes. He was a member of the Bloomsbury Group. (P: ©Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938)/NPG Ax141304. Duncan Grant, 1922 (©4))

His father was Bartle Grant, a "poverty-stricken" major in the army, and much of his early childhood was spent in India and Burma. He was a grandson of Sir John Peter Grant, 12th Laird of Rothiemurchus, KCB, GCMG, sometime Lt-Governor of Bengal. Duncan was also the first cousin twice removed of John Grant, 13th Earl of Dysart (b. 1946).

Grant was born on 21 January 1885 in Rothiemurchus at Aviemore in northern Scotland. He attended school in England from 1894, where he was educated at Hillbrow School, a preparatory school in Rugby, and St Paul's School, London. Grant showed little enthusiasm for studying but enjoyed art classes. He was encouraged by his art teacher and also his aunt Lady Strachey, who organised private drawing lessons for him. Eventually, he was allowed to follow his desire to become an artist, rather than join the army as his father wished, and he attended Westminster School of Art in 1902. He then studied art at the Slade School and in Italy and Paris.

He was a cousin, and for some time a lover, of Lytton Strachey. Through the Stracheys, Duncan was introduced to the Bloomsbury Group, where John Maynard Keynes became another of his lovers.


Lady Ottoline Morrell; Maria Huxley (née Nys); Lytton Strachey; Duncan Grant; Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), vintage snapshot print, July 1915, 2 1/2 in. x 4 1/8 in. (62 mm x 104 mm) image size, Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003, Photographs Collection, NPG Ax140432

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John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes of Tilton CB, was the preeminent economist of the twentieth century. As an associate of the Bloomsbury Group, he enjoyed love affairs with painter Duncan Grant and psychologist Sebastian Sprott, and wrote love letters to writer Lytton Strachey. In fact, he was with Grant for nearly eight years and supported him financially even after they broke up. Keynes eventually gave up men and married ballerina Lydia Lopokova. (©International Monetary Fund. Assistant Secretary, U.S. Treasury, Harry Dexter White (left) and John Maynard Keynes, honorary advisor to the U.K. Treasury at the inaugural meeting of the International Monetary Fund's Board of Governors in Savannah, Georgia, U.S., 1946 (©8))

Attitudes in the Bloomsbury Group, in which Keynes was avidly involved, were relaxed about homosexuality. Keynes, together with writer Lytton Strachey, had reshaped the Victorian attitudes of the Cambridge Apostles: "since [their] time, homosexual relations among the members were for a time common", wrote Bertrand Russell. The artist Duncan Grant, whom he met in 1908, was one of Keynes's great loves. Keynes was also involved with Lytton Strachey, though they were for the most part love rivals, and not lovers. Keynes had won the affections of Arthur Hobhouse, as well as Grant, both times falling out with a jealous Strachey for it. Strachey had previously found himself put off by Keynes, not least because of his manner of "treat[ing] his love affairs statistically".

Keynes' friends in the Bloomsbury Group were initially surprised when, in his later years, he began dating and pursuing affairs with women, demonstrating himself to be bisexual. Ray Costelloe (who would later marry Oliver Strachey) was an early heterosexual interest of Keynes. In 1906, Keynes had written of this infatuation that, "I seem to have fallen in love with Ray a little bit, but as she isn't male I haven't [been] able to think of any suitable steps to take."


J.M. Keynes and Duncan Grant taken sometime prior to 1913 (©19)
Duncan Grant was a British painter and designer. He was a cousin, and for some time a lover, of Lytton Strachey. Through the Stracheys, Duncan was introduced to the Bloomsbury Group, where John Maynard Keynes became another of his lovers. He was in a relationship with Vanessa Bell. Duncan had many serious relationships with men, most notably David Garnett. In Grant's later years, the poet Paul Roche, whom he had known since 1946, took care of him and enabled Grant to maintain his way of life.

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Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 6971-6974). BenBella Books, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

http://www.charleston.org.uk/painters-model-and-poet-paul-roche/#sthash.Pg1wprr1.dpufDonald Robert Paul Roche (26 September 1916 – 30 October 2007) was a British poet, novelist, and professor of English, a critically acclaimed translator of Greek and Latin classics, notably the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Sappho, and Plautus. Born in Mussoorie, India, Roche was an associate of the Bloomsbury group, especially of painter Duncan Grant, whom he met in the summer of 1946 and who lived with Roche and his family until Grant's death in 1978. (P: Paul Roche in the Studio at Charleston, by kind permission of Pandora Smith)

Duncan Grant was a British painter and designer. He was a cousin, and for some time a lover, of Lytton Strachey. Through the Stracheys, Duncan was introduced to the Bloomsbury Group, where John Maynard Keynes became another of his lovers. He was in a relationship with Vanessa Bell. Duncan had many serious relationships with men, most notably David Garnett. In Grant's later years, Paul Roche took care of him and enabled Grant to maintain his way of life. In 1958 Duncan Grant decorated the Russell Chantry at Lincoln Cathedral, using Roche as the model for Christ. In 1973 they travelled together to Turkey, resulting in the journal With Duncan Grant in Southern Turkey (1982). In 1975 they took a house and spent six months in Tangier, where Paul nursed Grant through pneumonia. Roche was made co-heir of Grant's estate. He was devastated when, in 1978, at the Roche household where he had come to live, Duncan Grant died of bronchial pneumonia at the age of 93.

Paul Roche used his translation of Sophocles', Oedipus the King, to write a screenplay for a film version of the work released in 1968 with Christopher Plummer in the title role. Roche played a small role in the Greek chorus.

Roche was ordained as a priest in 1943 but left priesthood in the 1950s. Marrried twice, he was a father of three children with his first and one with his second wife.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1568663/Paul-Roche.html

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Paul Roche in the Garden, by Duncan Grant, painted circa 1960s

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Roche

Walter John Herbert Sprott, known to friends as ‘Sebastian’ Sprott, and also known as Jack Sprott (1897–1971), was a British psychologist and writer.

Sprott was educated at Felsted School and Clare College, Cambridge, where he became a member of the Cambridge Apostles. In the 1920s, he became acquainted with other members of the Bloomsbury Group. He was romantically involved with the economist John Maynard Keynes, who was at the time also seeing the ballerina Lydia Lopokova. Sprott's affair with Keynes ended after Keynes married Lopokova. After a job as a demonstrator at the Psychological Laboratory in Cambridge, he moved to the University of Nottingham, where he eventually became professor of philosophy.


©Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938)/NPG Ax142600. Dora Carrington; Stephen Tomlin; Walter John Herbert ('Sebastian') Sprott; Lytton Strachey, 1926 (©4)
Sebastian Sprott was a British psychologist and writer. Charm and wit and oratorical skill led him effortlessly into the magic circle of John Maynard Keynes's close friends; he became an intimate of E.M. Forster, who eventually made him his literary executor, and of Lytton Strachey. He regularly went riding with Keynes, accompanied him on a holiday to Algeria and Tunisia in 1921, and was probably his last male lover. This intimacy, though not the friendship, ended with Keynes's marriage to Lydia Lopokova in 1925.


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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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Prince Edmond Melchior Jean Marie de Polignac (19 April 1834 – 8 August 1901) was a French composer. (P: James Tissot (1836-1902), The Circle of the Rue Royale (Prince Edmond de Polignac))

Edmond was a descendant of one of the more illustrious families of France. His grandmother, the duchesse de Polignac, had been the close friend of Queen Marie Antoinette. His father Auguste Jules Armand Marie, Prince de Polignac (1780–1847) was the Minister of State in the Restoration government of King Charles X, and was the author of the July Ordinances in 1830, which revoked the Constitution, suspended freedom of the press, and gave the king extraordinary powers, including absolute power in the name of "insuring the safety of the state".

The document resulted in the development of an insurgency and resulted in the "July Revolution" that ended the reign of the Bourbons. The king and his family went into exile, and his cabinet members were tried. Jules de Polignac was captured, tried, convicted and condemned in December 1830 to la mort civile: life imprisonment and a complete loss of civil rights. He was incarcerated in the fortress at Ham.

Jules de Polignac, who by his first wife Barbara Campbell had had one daughter and one son, by his second wife Mary Charlotte Parkyns (1792–1864), had, in 1830, two sons, and a daughter was born as he began his sentence. Despite the harsh sentence, visitation was allowed, and two more sons were born to Jules while he was imprisoned. Edmond was his last child, born in Paris on 19 April 1834.


Robert de Montesquiou, portrait by Giovanni Boldini, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Robert de Montesquiou was a French aesthete, Symbolist poet, art collector and dandy. In 1875, he met Prince Edmond de Polignac. By 1892, Polignac, aged 57, was destitute. He had a lavender marriage with Winnaretta Singer, daughter of Isaac Singer, the sewing machine tycoon, and lesbian. Montesquiou, who felt Edmond owed him a debt of gratitude for effecting this marriage of convenience, felt slighted when Edmond was not sufficiently effulgent, and their friendship was irrevocably broken.


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Marie Joseph Robert Anatole, comte de Montesquiou-Fézensac (March 7, 1855, Paris – December 11, 1921, Menton), was a French aesthete, Symbolist poet, art collector and dandy. In 1875 he met Prince Edmond de Polignac. Montesquiou was the one who introduced, through his cousin Élisabeth Greffulhe, Polignac to heiress Winnaretta Singer, with whom Polignac had a lavender marriage. Montesquiou, who felt Edmond owed him a debt of gratitude for effecting this marriage of convenience, felt slighted when Edmond was not sufficiently effulgent, and the friendship was irrevocably broken.

He is reputed to have been the inspiration both for des Esseintes in Joris-Karl Huysmans' (1848-1907) À rebours (1884) and, most famously, for Baron de Charlus in Proust's (1871-1922) À la recherche du temps perdu (1913-1927).

Robert de Montesquiou was a scion of the famous French Montesquiou-Fézensac Family. He was a distant nephew of Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan, the model for Dumas' Musketeer. His paternal grandfather was Count Anatole de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1788-1878), Aide-de-camp to Napoleon and grand officer of the Légion d'honneur; his father was Anatole's third son, Thierry, who married Pauline Duroux, an orphan, in 1841. With his wife's dowry, Thierry bought a Charnizay manor, built a mansion in Paris, and was elected Vice-President of the Jockey Club. He was a successful stockbroker who left a substantial fortune. Robert was the last of Count Thierry's children, brothers Gontran and Aymery, and sister Élise. His cousin, Élisabeth, comtesse Greffulhe (1860-1952), was one of Marcel Proust's (1871-1922) models for the duchesse de Guermantes.

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Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac (8 January 1865 – 26 November 1943) was a musical patron and heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune. Born in America, she lived most of her adult life in France. In 1893, at the age of 29, she stepped companionably into an equally chaste marriage with the 59-year-old Prince Edmond de Polignac (19 April 1834 – 8 August 1901), a gay amateur composer. Although it was a mariage blanc (unconsummated marriage), or indeed a lavender marriage (a union between a gay man and a lesbian), it was based on profound love, mutual respect, understanding, and artistic friendship, expressed especially through their love of music. (P: NMeM 126946, Mrs Paris Singer and her daughter Miss Winnaretta)

She had affairs with numerous women, never making attempts to conceal them, and never going for any great length of time without a female lover. She had these affairs during her own marriages and afterwards, and often with other married women. The affronted husband of one of her lovers once stood outside the princess's Venetian palazzo, declaring, "If you are half the man I think you are, you will come out here and fight me."

Polignac had a relationship with painter Romaine Brooks, which had begun in 1905, and which effectively ended her affair with Olga de Meyer, who was married at the time and whose godfather (and purported biological father) was Edward VII. Composer and conductor Ethel Smyth fell deeply in love with her during their affair. In the early 1920s Polignac became involved with pianist Renata Borgatti. From 1923 to 1933 her partner was the British socialite and novelist Violet Trefusis, with whom she had a loving but often turbulent relationship. Alvilde Chaplin, future wife of the author James Lees-Milne, was involved with Singer from 1938 to 1943; the two women were living together in London at the time of Winnaretta's death.


Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac, was a musical patron and heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune. In 1893 she undertook an equally chaste marriage with Prince Edmond de Polignac, a gay amateur composer. The lavender marriage was based on profound love, mutual respect, understanding, and artistic friendship, expressed through their love of music. Polignac had a relationship with Olga de Meyer, Romaine Brooks, Ethel Smyth, Renata Borgatti, Violet Trefusis and Alvilde Chaplin.


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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnaretta_Singer

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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Undercover Blues by Chris Quinton
Gay Historical Romance
Publisher: Manifold Press (November 1, 2014)
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London, the 1930s: With the cooperation of a top-ranking scientist and his son, Tom Langton and Robert Darnley are sent in as bait for a gang that uses blackmail to steal industrial secrets at a time when Hitler’s rise to power in Germany threatens Europe. The two men are friends, but they each have secrets of their own – and both are well aware that homosexuality is against the law. Living in close quarters, having to portray an illegal relationship, adds unexpected tensions to an already dangerous situation.

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Freeing His Mercenary (Mercenary In Love Book 3) by Vanessa Sims
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What would you do if the man you loved woke up and didn’t remember you? Christian Storm was your normal kick ass bad boy, until his best friend admitted to having feelings for him. One the heel of Rick’s confession, Christian gets his act together, and starts a relationship with Rick. The case they’re working on together goes sour at the end and Rick is taken. After a few days Rick is found broken and battered. When he wakes up in the hospital, Rick doesn’t know who he or anyone else is. Now Christian has to find the man responsible for Rick’s abduction and attack before he strikes again. With his mind preoccupied with finding Logan, will Christian be able to convince Rick that they are deeply in love with each other? Or will Christian lose everything he holds dear? Freeing His Mercenary is the continuation of Taming His Mercenary.

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His Mercenary (Mercenary In Love Book 1) by Vanessa Sims
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Chase Black and his team are Mercenaries who go after Human Traffickers. Working a case for the FBI, Chase meets special agent Cameron Allen. Special Agent Cameron Allen has been with the FBI for five years. Being an openly gay man in the agency is not easy, but he does his job well. Chase and Cameron team up to find Angelo Marini, who has escaped from FBI custody. Working close together, Chase and Cameron can't fight their attraction for each other, even if they wanted to. What happens when a Mercenary and FBI agent come together to find a wanted fugitive and fall in love in the process?

Taming His Mercenary (Mercenary In Love Book 2) by Vanessa Sims
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When a missing persons case turns into a race to save a woman from human traffickers, Christian Storm and Rick North must not only deal with the increasingly dangerous situation, but also the stormy emotions building between them. Coworkers and best friends, Rick and Christian have always worked together seamlessly, but that is beginning to change. Rick has been denying his true feelings for Christian for years, but has finally been pushed to his breaking point. He decides it’s time to either move forward with Christian or move on. Christian’s a one-night-stand kind of guy who lives for fun and has no interest in a serious relationship. When Rick lays his feelings on the line one night, Christian doesn’t know what to do. He’s never thought of Rick as anything more than a friend, and is terrified that no matter how he responds to Rick’s revelation their friendship will never be the same. When the criminals they are chasing bring the fight to their doorstep one of their own is captured. Christian and Rick must put aside their emotions and work together like never before in order to stay one step ahead of the danger that threatens their very lives. With so much on the line, will Rick and Christian be able to give love a chance, or are the odds against them stacked too high?



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Ken O'Neill's novel, THE MARRYING KIND won the 2012 Rainbow Award for best debut. It won the 2013 Independent Publisher Award Silver Medal for LGBT fiction and was a finalist for the 2013 International book award in the Gay and Lesbian fiction category. The book was also included on Smart Bitches Trashy Books list of top three favorite books of 2012.

Ken (born April 18) lives in NYC with his partner, Marcus Edward (born July 20), and their two cats. They have been together since the day they met: June 14, 1997. With the fall of DOMA they were finally able to legally marry on July 31, 2013.

When he's not checking his Amazon rating to see if anyone has purchased his book, he enjoys reading, dancing (though usually only when no one is watching) and eating dark chocolate, purely for medicinal reasons.

The Marrying Kind won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction and Best Gay Debut.


Ken O’Neill,s debut novel, The Marrying Kind, won the 2012 Rainbow Award for best debut. Ken lives in NYC with his husband, Marcus Edward, and their two cats. When Ken is not checking his Amazon rating to see if anyone has purchased his book, he enjoys reading, dancing and eating dark chocolate, purely for medicinal reasons. They have been together since the day they met: June 14, 1997. With the fall of DOMA they were finally able to legally marry on July 31, 2013.

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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Tom Dolby (born January 17, 1975) is an American novelist, essayist, journalist, and editor. He is the author of the best-selling novel The Trouble Boy (2004), The Sixth Form (2008), and the Secret Society books, including Secret Society (2009) and The Trust: A Secret Society Novel (2011). He was also the co-editor of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (2007). He currently lives in Manhattan and Wainscott, New York. In June 2008, his engagement to Andrew Frist was announced. Dolby and Frist were legally married in Connecticut in April 2009, and celebrated their union with a wedding ceremony and reception for family and friends in Sonoma, California in September 2009. The couple met through social media in 2006: the romance began on Friendster, when Drew sent Tom a smiley face. Dolby and Frist were involved in an appeal that raised over $150,000 towards efforts to promote the legalization of same-sex marriage in California. On October 19, 2010, they adopted two daughters, Julia and Violet.

Tom Dolby's debut novel, The Trouble Boy, concerns a young gay freelance writer in Manhattan. It was followed by the boarding school novel The Sixth Form (2008), set in an elite Massachusetts prep school. Dolby's first young adult novel, Secret Society, was published by Katherine Tegen Books at HarperCollins in October 2009. Its followup, The Trust: A Secret Society Novel, was released in February 2011.

He was also the co-editor, with the novelist Melissa de la Cruz, of the personal essay anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men (2007), featuring works by Armistead Maupin, Ayelet Waldman, Andrew Solomon, Cindy Chupack, Simon Doonan, Gigi Levangie Grazer, David Ebershoff, and others. A reality television show inspired by the anthology, entitled Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys aired on the Sundance Channel in 2010 and 2011. Dolby and de la Cruz served as Consulting Producers.


@Patrick McMullan/Courtesy of Tom Dolby and Andrew Frist. Tom Dolby and Andrew Frist (©15)
Tom Dolby is an American novelist, essayist, journalist, and editor. He is the author of the best-selling novel The Trouble Boy (2004), The Sixth Form (2008), and the Secret Society books, including Secret Society (2009) and The Trust: A Secret Society Novel (2011). Dolby and Andrew Frist were legally married in Connecticut in April 2009, and celebrated their union with family and friends in Sonoma, California in September 2009. On October 19, 2010, they adopted two daughters, Julia and Violet.


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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Dolby & www.scooterny.com/2012/05/16/boys-who-like-boys-and-raise-girls/

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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Stephen Robert Hanna (born 1980) is a dancer in “Billy Elliot” on Broadway. Until 2008, he was a principal dancer for the New York City Ballet. He married Bret McCole Shuford on April 18, 2011, at Greenwich Town Hall in Greenwich, Conn.

He is a son of Edward J. Hanna and Marcella F. Hanna of South Park, Pa. His father retired as a maintenance supervisor at a General Motors stamping plant in West Mifflin, Pa.

Bret Shuford (born 1980) is an actor. In 2011 he appeared in the revival of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J. He has also appeared on Broadway in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid.”

He is a son of Deanna L. Shuford and Preston N. Shuford of Orange, Tex. His mother retired as an emergency room nurse at Baptist Hospital in Orange. His father is a vice president of the barge line subsidiary of Higman Marine Services, a Houston shipping company.

The couple met on Christmas Eve in 2006. Shuford was hosting a party, and Hanna arrived with some friends. Hanna’s first impression of the host was: “Who is this guy? I couldn’t keep my eyes off him.” They were both dating other people at the time, so they became friends. A few months later they both found themselves unattached, and Shuford said he had an “aha” moment regarding Hanna.

Hanna said that he had always hoped they would be more than friends: “I was so attracted from the moment I saw him. I really cared for him.” He added, “The second we had the opportunity, it turned into something else.”


Photo Credit Laura Marie Duncan Photography
Stephen Hanna is a dancer in “Billy Elliot” on Broadway. Until 2008, he was a principal dancer for the New York City Ballet. He married Bret Shuford on April 18, 2011, at Greenwich Town Hall in Greenwich, Conn. Bret Shuford is an actor. He appeared on Broadway in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Little Mermaid" and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The couple met on Christmas Eve in 2006. Shuford was hosting a party, and Hanna arrived with some friends.

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Louise Clare Pratt (born 18 April 1972) is a former Australian politician. She was a Labor member of the Australian Senate from July 2008 until June 2014, representing the state of Western Australia. She had been assured of election at the 2007 federal election after winning the first position on the Labor ticket, defeating incumbent Senator Ruth Webber in a preselection contest. Pratt previously served as a member of the Western Australian Legislative Council from 2001 to 2007. She was the youngest woman ever elected to the Legislative Council at the time of her election, the second open lesbian to be elected to an Australian parliament, and the first to have a transgender man as a partner. Senator Pratt has a partner, Aram Hosie, a trans man and activist in the Western Australian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Pratt was born in Kalgoorlie, and grew up in the outer hills suburbs of Perth, where she attended Eastern Hills Senior High School. She studied arts at the University of Western Australia, where she became involved in student politics. After taking on a number of positions at her campus, she was elected as the state education officer for the National Union of Students, as well as a member of its national executive, in 1994.

After university, Pratt became involved in gay rights activism, serving as a regular spokesperson for Gay and Lesbian Equality, a prominent advocacy group in the state. This saw her addressing issues such as discrimination, unequal age of consent laws, homophobia in schools and property rights, and frequently saw her clash with the conservative Liberal Party of Australia government of Richard Court. It also saw Pratt working in concert with fellow activist Brian Greig, who later went on to become an Australian Democrats Senator.


Senator Louise Pratt (right) with partner Aram Hosie.
Louise Clare Pratt (born 18 April 1972) is a former Australian politician. She was the youngest woman ever elected to the Legislative Council at the time of her election, the second open lesbian to be elected to an Australian parliament, and the first to have a transgender man as a partner. Senator Pratt has a partner, Aram Hosie, a trans man and activist in the Western Australian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Pratt
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Secrets and Bow Ties by Lou Harper
Gay Romantic Comedy

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (May 19, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Secrets and Bow Ties

Who said nerdy can’t be sexy?

Secrets, Book 3

Self-confessed gold digger Dylan Price is cooling his heels as a waiter at a trendy West Hollywood restaurant, waiting for the sugar daddy of his dreams to walk through the doors. Someone rich, sophisticated. Preferably old.

Bookish Simon Wainwright couldn’t be further from Dylan’s ideal. Aside from his terrible fashion sense, Simon suffers from a glaring lack of a Beverly Hills mansion. And he’s barely over thirty!

Dylan, however, isn’t made of stone. Coincidence, an obscene candle, even Simon’s dorky cardigan compel him to give the shy academic a very special birthday gift, which Dylan files away as a one-night stand. But when Dylan’s quest lands him in hot water, he runs to Simon to hide.

The two take off for Las Vegas, where Dylan takes upon himself to give Simon a complete makeover. For reasons he can’t comprehend, Dylan begins to reevaluate his life—and what he holds most dear. But with danger not far behind, he might be too late.

2015 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2015.html
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Just The Way You Are (Series: Just Life #4) by E E Montgomery
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632168626
ISBN-13: 978-1632168627
Amazon: Just The Way You Are (Series: Just Life #4)
Amazon Kindle: Just The Way You Are (Series: Just Life #4)

After ten years in an abusive relationship and a near-fatal knife wound, Jonathan Watson is finally free. Unused to being able to make even the smallest decision and smothered by family and well-meaning neighbors, he’s floundering in the real world. Jonathan is afraid of falling into another relationship too quickly and realizes he needs time to rediscover who he is before he attaches himself to another man.

He never counted on meeting Ben Urquhart, though. Ben tempts Jonathan to forget everything and take a leap. For Ben, it's love at first sight, and he doesn't want to take it slow. He wants to build a life with Jonathan, free from harm and full of laughter. But before they can take the next step, they must protect Jonathan from his possessive, threatening ex. Jonathan must find the courage to confront him and break the chains of his past before he can be truly free to build a future with Ben.

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About the author: E E Montgomery wants the world to be a better place, with equality and acceptance for all. Her philosophy is: We can’t change the world but we can change our small part of it and, in that way, influence the whole. Writing stories that show people finding their own ‘better place’ is part of E E Montgomery’s own small contribution.
Thankfully, there’s never a shortage of inspiration for stories that show people growing in their acceptance and love of themselves and others. A dedicated people-watcher, E E finds stories everywhere. In a cafe, a cemetery, a book on space exploration or on the news, there’ll be a story of personal growth, love, and unconditional acceptance there somewhere.

Where to find the author:
You can contact E E Montgomery at eemontgomery11@gmail.com; on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ewynelaine.montgomery; on Twitter: @EEMontgomery1; or at her web site: http://www.eemontgomery.com/ and blog: http://www.eemontgomery.com/blog.
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25163510-just-the-way-you-are



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Irena Klepfisz (born April 17, 1941) is a Jewish Lesbian author, academic and activist.

Klepfisz was born in the Warsaw Ghetto on April 17, 1941 and was 2 years old during the "varshever geto oyfshtand", (Yiddish for 'the Warsaw ghetto uprising'). Her father, Michał Klepfisz, a member of "der algemeynernyidisher arbeter bund", (the Jewish Labour Bund), was killed on the second day of uprising.

Klepfisz escaped with her mother to the Polish countryside where they survived the Second World War by hiding and concealing their Jewish identities, aided by Polish peasants. After the war, the remaining family moved briefly to Łódź before moving to Sweden in 1946. Irena and her mother moved to the United States in 1949.

Klepfisz attended City College of New York, and studied with distinguished Yiddish linguist Max Weinreich, a founder of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Klepfisz graduated CCNY with honors in English and Yiddish.

In 1963, she attended the University of Chicago to do graduate work in English Literature. Irena Klepfisz received a Ph.D. in English in 1970.

Today Klepfisz is known as a Yiddishist, but her מאַמע־לשון (mame-loshn, literally "mother tongue") was Polish; as a child she also learned Swedish. She began to learn Yiddish in Lodz in elementary school after the Second World War. She learned English after emigrating to the United States. In The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women's Anthology, which she co-edited with Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, Klepfisz describes the experience, up to age 16 or 17, of having "no language in which I was completely rooted.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irena_Klepfisz

Irena Klepfisz, 1987, by Robert Giard  )

More Particular Voices at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Particular Voices
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Nick Burd attended the University of Iowa and received his MFA from the New School. His debut novel The Vast Fields of Ordinary was published in May 2009 by Dial Books for Young Readers and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Library School Journal, and BookList. The New York Times Sunday Book Review hailed the title as “fascinating and dreamy” and “the best kind of first novel” and also named it a Notable Book of 2009. In 2010, The Vast Fields of Ordinary won the American Library Association’s inaugural Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The book is currently being translated into German and has been optioned for film. Nick lives and writes in Brooklyn. 

Source: http://www.nick-burd.com/

Further Readings:

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (March 17, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 014241820X
ISBN-13: 978-0142418208
Amazon: The Vast Fields of Ordinary
Amazon Kindle: The Vast Fields of Ordinary

It's Dade's last summer at home, and things are pretty hopeless. He has a crappy job, a "boyfriend" who treats him like dirt, and his parents' marriage is falling apart. So when he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Alex Kincaid, Dade feels like he's finally experiencing true happiness. But when a tragedy shatters the final days of summer, he realizes he must face his future and learn how to move forward from his past.

More Spotlights at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels
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Samuel Morris Steward (July 23, 1909 – December 31, 1993), also known by the pen name Phil Andros, was a novelist and tattoo artist from Ohio, later based in Oakland, California.

He was born in Woodsfield, Ohio and began attending Ohio State University in Columbus in 1927. He began teaching English at OSU as a university fellow in 1932 during the final year of his PhD and was given his first post as a university professor in 1934 at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. In 1936 he was dismissed from a position at the State College of Washington due to the portrayal of prostitution in his novel Angels on the Bough. He moved to Chicago, teaching at Loyola until 1946 and then at DePaul University. In 1952 he began tattooing in Chicago under the name Phil Sparrow partly because he did not want to jeopardize his teaching job at DePaul. He stopped teaching two years later to write and tattoo full time.

In 1932 he was taking college courses from Clarence Andrews, who had written a book which was the vehicle for Maurice Chevalier's first American movie Innocents of Paris (1929). Andrews spent half the year in Paris, where he visited Gertrude Stein many times and then returned to teaching for six months in the U.S, where he told Steward about her. After Andrews died suddenly in 1932, Steward wrote to tell her of his death, and began a long correspondence and friendship with Stein. He visited Paris in 1937 and met her and Alice B. Toklas with whom he corresponded for 20 years after Stein's death. He also met with many other literary figures such as Lord Alfred Douglas (the lover of Oscar Wilde), Thomas Mann, and André Gide.


Samuel M. Steward, also known by the pen name Phil Andros, was a novelist and tattoo artist. Thornton Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes. Gertrude Stein, who at the time regularly corresponded with the both of them, introduced Steward to Wilder. Wilder drafted the third act of Our Town during a brief visit by Steward in Zurich, their first meeting. They began a sexual friendship then that lasted 11 years.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Andros
The fact that the fairy constituted the dominant public image of the male homosexual during this period had ambiguous consequences for other gay men. On the one hand, the flamboyant stereotype diverted attention from other, more guarded men, and made it relatively easy for them to pass as straight. As a result of the straight world's ignorance of the existence of a hidden middle-class gay world - a world that did not fit the fairy stereotype - police harrassment posed considerably less threat to that world than it did to the fairy resorts. As the writer and tattoo artist Samuel M. Steward recalled of the 1920s, '30s and '40s, "Those of us who could maintain our secret lived under an extraordinary protective umbrella: the ignorance and naivete of the American public... We existed under the shadow and cover of such naivete". --Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 by George Chauncey
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Samuel M. Steward, 1988/89, by Robert Giard )

Thornton Niven Wilder (April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975) was an American playwright and novelist. He received three Pulitzer Prizes, one for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and two for his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and a National Book Award for his novel The Eighth Day.

Wilder was born in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Amos Parker Wilder, a US diplomat, and Isabella Niven Wilder. All of the Wilder children spent part of their childhood in China because of their father's work.

Thornton Wilder's older brother, Amos Niven Wilder, was Hollis Professor of Divinity at the Harvard Divinity School, a noted poet, and foundational to the development of the field theopoetics. Amos was also a nationally ranked tennis player who competed at the Wimbledon tennis championships in 1922. His youngest sister, Isabel Wilder, was an accomplished writer. Both of his other sisters, Charlotte Wilder, a poet, and Janet Wilder Dakin, a zoologist, attended Mount Holyoke College and were excellent students. Additionally, Wilder had a sister and a twin brother, who died at birth.

Wilder began writing plays while at The Thacher School in Ojai, California, where he did not fit in and was teased by classmates as overly intellectual. According to a classmate, "We left him alone, just left him alone. And he would retire at the library, his hideaway, learning to distance himself from humiliation and indifference." His family lived for a time in China, where his sister Janet was born in 1910. He attended the English China Inland Mission Chefoo School at Yantai but returned with his mother and siblings to California in 1912 because of the unstable political conditions in China at the time. Thornton also attended Creekside Middle School in Berkeley, and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1915. Wilder also studied law for two years before dropping out of Purdue University.

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
Amazon: Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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"I'm Jake Jaxson - filmaker, artist, hopeless romantic & insatiable flirt, I live in New York with my two partners & our four pups - Raif, Sebastian, Bailey and Jackson - our god dog Bella and a snake named Samson."

He is the CEO & founder of CockyBoys.com

A Thing of Beauty, co-authored with RJ Sebastian, won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Visual Arts & Photography.

Further Readings:

A Thing of Beauty by Jake Jaxson & RJ Sebastian
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag (March 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3867876622
ISBN-13: 978-3867876629
Amazon: A Thing of Beauty

'It's not just gay porn-it's CockyBoys.' This is a fresh way of creating gay porn. There are youthful, unspoiled faces and bodies shown in an offbeat way. Photographers Jake Jaxson and RJ Sebastian effectively and emotionally draw attention to the young models who appear in various alluring poses throughout the book.

More Rainbow Awards at my website: elisarolle.com, Rainbow Awards/2014
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Mary Griggs spent over ten years running bookstores for Borders Books and Music before turning her attention toward nonprofit management. Currently, she is a partner in a non-profit consulting firm with offices in Oakland, California and New Orleans, Louisiana. Her first novel, Unbroken Circle, has been published by Bella Books.

Unbroken Circle won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Debut. In the Midst of Tribulation won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Sci-Fi / Futuristic.

Further Readings:

Unbroken Circle by Mary Griggs
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bella Books (June 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781594932434
ISBN-13: 978-1594932434
ASIN: 1594932433
Amazon: Unbroken Circle
Amazon Kindle: Unbroken Circle

Sallie Lee Hybart doesn’t see many strangers at her diner counter. Pennington, Alabama, is a town the interstate passed by, so newcomers are rare. But this one looks familiar.

Janet Bouton has nothing and no one. Her life has been stripped down to the clothing on her back. Counting out her meager change to pay for a stick-to-the-ribs meal, she is hoping to escape the diner unrecognized. She shouldn’t have come back...but no place else on earth was familiar.

An act of kindness sets a chain of events in motion and pulls Sallie Lee and Janet together, but the past has the power to tear them apart. There are still people in Pennington who remember Janet too well. Small town memories have had a lot of years to simmer, and love may not be the recipe for happiness.

Mary Griggs’ debut romance novel unites a lost soul and a determined survivor to create a passionate story that readers will remember long after the final page.

In the Midst of Tribulation by Mary Griggs
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bella Books (August 13, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594933774
ISBN-13: 978-1594933776
Amazon: In the Midst of Tribulation
Amazon Kindle: In the Midst of Tribulation

Long suspicious that the world was going to go up in flames, Jay has retreated to remote Northern California and lived off the grid for years. She didn’t want to be right—but she was.

When the war ended, it was clear nobody had won. Susan knows only one place where she and her extended family might be safe: with Jay, her ex. Desperate and frightened, the refugees rely heavily on their friend Piper, who agrees to make the journey with them.

After a ragged reunion, Jay is willing to take in the newcomers, but the only way they will all survive on the land is if they all work and sacrifice. It is easier said than done, especially when old feelings—and new ones—break the fragile peace and threaten them all.

More Rainbow Awards at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2011 & 2013
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I'm the author of a large (and growing) number of published and forthcoming novels. 

The forthcoming works are: Second Hand Heart (September, Transworld UK) and Jumpstart the World (October, Knopf). 

My newest books currently in release are Diary of a Witness (Knopf '09), When I Found You(Transworld UK '09) and the brand new trade paperback edition of Pay It Forward (Simon & Schuster '10). 

The newer works are Becoming Chloe (Knopf '06), Love in the Present Tense (Doubleday '06),The Year of my Miraculous Reappearance (Knopf '07), Chasing Windmills (Doubleday '08) andThe Day I Killed James (Knopf '08). 

My backlist titles are: Funerals for Horses (Russian Hill Press, ’97), Earthquake Weather(Russian Hill Press, ’98), Pay It Forward (Simon & Schuster, ’00), Electric God (Simon & Schuster, ’00) and Walter’s Purple Heart (Simon & Schuster, ’02). 

Most of you know that Pay It Forward turned into a movie. Not the world’s most faithful adaptation, but I’m still glad it was made. I have a handful of other titles in various stages of development. Like the book publications, I’ll add details when they are “in the bank.” 

I've written scads of short stories. They've appeared in some good literary journals. (Or at least, I think you’ll agree if you know literary journals. It's kind of a little-known world.) These include The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares and lots of others too numerous to go into here. A big handful of my stories won (or were shortlisted or nominated for) literary prizes like The Tobias Wolff award, The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and The Pushcart Prize, among others. Three of them were cited in Best American Short Stories. Some of them ended up in anthologies like Dog is my Co-Pilot. 

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Source: http://www.catherineryanhyde.com/

Further Readings:

Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (November 11, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375832602
ISBN-13: 978-0375832604
Amazon: Becoming Chloe
Amazon Kindle: Becoming Chloe

Meet Jordy. He’s on his own in New York City. Nobody to depend on; nobody depending on him. And it’s been working fine. Until this girl comes along. She’s 18 and blond and pretty–her world should be perfect. But she’s seen things no one should ever see in their whole life–the kind of things that break a person. She doesn’t seem broken, though. She seems . . . innocent. Like she doesn’t know a whole lot. Only sometimes she does.
The one thing she knows for sure is that the world is an ugly place. Now her life may depend on Jordy proving her wrong. So they hit the road to discover the truth–and there’s no going back from what they find out.
This deeply felt, redemptive novel reveals both the dark corners and hidden joys of life’s journey–and the remarkable resilience of the human soul.

Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Ember (November 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375866264
ISBN-13: 978-0375866265
Amazon: Jumpstart the World
Amazon Kindle: Jumpstart the World

Elle is a loner. She doesn't need people. Which is a good thing, because now she has to move out of her apartment so her mother's boyfriend won't have to deal with her.
Then she meets Frank, the guy who lives next door to her new place. Being with him is impossible: he's a grown-up and has a girlfriend. Still, Elle can't stop thinking about him. Frank isn't like anyone Elle has ever met. He listens to her. He's gentle. And Elle is falling for him, hard. Then Elle discovers that Frank is different in a way that Elle was never prepared for: he's transgender. Elle's head and her heart explode; her world is turned upside down. But when an accident nearly takes Frank's life, Elle must search inside herself to find not only the true meaning of friendship but her own role in jumpstarting the world. Tender, honest, and compassionate, Jumpstart the World is a stunning story to make you laugh, cry, and honor the power of love.

Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Paperback: 412 pages
Publisher: Transworld Digital (July 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1490536388
ISBN-13: 978-1490536385
Amazon: Where We Belong
Amazon Kindle: Where We Belong

Fourteen-year-old Angie and her mom are poised at the edge of homelessness... again. The problem is her little sister, Sophie. Sophie has an autism-like disorder, and a tendency to shriek. No matter where they live, home never seems to last long.
Until they move in with Aunt Vi, across the fence from a huge black Great Dane who changes everything. Sophie falls in love immediately, and begins to imitate the "inside of the dog," which, fortunately, is a calm place. The shrieking stops. Everybody begins to breathe again. Until Paul Inverness, the dog's grumpy, socially isolated owner, moves to the mountains, and it all begins again.
Much to Angie's humiliation, when they're thrown out of Aunt Vi's house, Angie's mom moves the family to the mountains after Paul and his dog. There, despite a fifty-year difference in their ages, Angie and Paul form a deep friendship, the only close friendship either has known. Angie is able to talk to him about growing up gay, and Paul trusts Angie with his greatest secret, his one dream. When the opportunity arrives, Angie decides to risk everything to help Paul's dream come true, even their friendship and her one chance at a real home--the only thing she's dreamed of since her father was killed. A place she can never be thrown out. A place she can feel she belongs.
By the bestselling author of DON'T LET ME GO, WHEN I FOUND YOU, and WALK ME HOME, WHERE WE BELONG is a poignant, heartfelt, and uplifting story about finding your place in the world, no matter how impossible it seems.

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Infected: Paris by Andrea Speed
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: DSP Publications; 1 edition (February 24, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Infected: Paris

Prequel to Infected: Prey

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

Roan is working a frustrating stalker case, with no shortage of suspects and little solid evidence, when he comes across a startling eyewitness living in his car across the street from the scene. A tiger-strain infected, the only one Roan’s ever met, Paris Lehane is a former Canadian golden boy who suffered a breakdown after becoming infected in college.

While Roan's ex, Diego “Dee” Cole, warns against falling for the infected Paris, a man doomed to die, Roan struggles with his attraction and the knowledge that no happily ever after is possible for them.

But is the knowledge enough to discourage him from following his heart? Roan helps Paris out of homelessness, and maybe a special hospital can help Paris with the infection, but Roan’s got his hands full with this case, and there’s no end in sight.

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A Good Family Man by Thianna Durston
Series: Corbin’s Bend
Book: Season Three, Book 8 (This is the first M/M book of the series)

Jack Carmichael’s natural instinct is to take care of people. In his job as a U.S. Marshal, he has done that for 25 years. Unfortunately, being married to his job has left his love life in tatters. Now classified unfit for duty, he retires and comes home to Colorado to figure things out. Dominant and used to taking control like his brother Brent, he has never been interested in spanking. Until a cute Nurse Practitioner catches his attention.
Josh Martin feels lucky. He's not only accepted into Corbin's Bend, but he'll be working at the brand new Corbin's Bend Medical Clinic as its only Nurse Practitioner. At thirty-two, he figures this is his last-ditch attempt at finding a dominant partner who isn't abusive. He finds more than his share of dominant men in Corbin's Bend, not the least of which are the Carmichael brothers. Brent's dominance is both comforting and unnerving, Jack's turns him on.
Josh is unlike any submissive male Jack has encountered and when the younger man asks him out, he decides to give it a go. One day of fun turns into two, three...until Jack, with more failed relationships than he can count in his past and unsure he can be the head of house Josh needs, leaves, burying himself once again in work. Forced to see the error of his decision, he puts aside the worries that have plagued him for months and returns to Corbin’s Bend. To become the good family man he wants to be, he has to earn back Josh’s trust and truly take on a role he’s never considered before: head of a loving discipline household.

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About the author: Thianna likes to say she’s eclectic, fun, and just a bit naughty. She can also add, subtract, multiply, and divide in her head, but if people ask her to do it at parties, she isn’t impressed. While she would love to say there wasn’t a genre she had read that she didn’t enjoy, it would be a lie. For some reason, she keeps skipping to the ends of mystery books to find out who done it.
The creator and acquisition editor for the Corbin’s Bend Romance series, she wants to know: Who else wants to be safe, secure, and spanked in Colorado?
Under the name Thianna Durston, she writes M/M romance. Under Thianna D., she writes M/F romance.

Where to find the author:
Thianna’s Website - http://mm.thiannad.com/
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Sean Maher (born April 16, 1975 in Pleasantville, New York) is an American actor, best known for his role as Simon Tam in the science fiction television series Firefly and follow-up movie Serenity. Maher and his partner Paul (an advertising agency president, together since 2002) have two adopted children: Sophia Rose (born 2007) and Liam Xavier (born 2010). Following the birth of their daughter, Maher took two years off from acting to be a stay-at-home dad. He publicly came out as gay in 2011, using his role as a closeted gay man on The Playboy Club as a platform.

After graduating from Byram Hills High School, Maher trained at New York University where he earned his drama degree in 1997. He acted on stage in several productions, including Yerma and Into the Woods. He is of Irish descent.

Maher starred as the title character, a rookie police officer, on the short-lived TV series Ryan Caulfield: Year One. In 2000 he was one of the main characters on the Fox show The $treet, and he has also appeared on the television series Party of Five (as Adam Matthews) and on CSI: Miami.

He reprised his role from Firefly in the film Serenity (2005). Maher was also cast as a chief resident in a hospital on the new series Halley's Comet. He appeared in the 2005 Lifetime movie The Dive From Clausen's Pier as Michelle Trachtenberg's new love interest. He also appeared as Brian Piccolo in the 2001 remake of Brian's Song.

In 2006, he appeared in the television movie Wedding Wars. After taking a brief break from acting, Maher came back to TV in 2009 as a guest star in Lifetime Television's pilot episode of Drop Dead Diva, followed by 2010 guest appearances in the second season of The Mentalist (CBS), the first season of Human Target (FOX) and the second season of Warehouse 13 (on Syfy).


Sean Maher is an American actor, best known for his role as Simon Tam in the science fiction television series Firefly and follow-up movie Serenity. Maher and his partner Paul (an advertising agency president, together since 2002) have two adopted children: Sophia Rose (born 2007) and Liam Xavier (born 2010). Following the birth of their daughter, Maher took two years off from acting to be a stay-at-home dad. He publicly came out as gay in 2011, using his role as a closeted gay man on The Playboy Club as a platform.

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Joan Snyder (born April 16, 1940) is an American painter from New York. She is a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her paintings have been exhibited at several museums, including the de Saisset Museum and the Jewish Museum. In 1980, Snyder moved to Mulberry Street in Manhattan where she raised her daughter and painted in a nearby studio. She later became afflicted with Lyme Disease. In 1989, she moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn so that she could be with her new partner, Maggie Cammer, who is a New York City Civil Court judge.

Joan Snyder's "stroke paintings" from the late 1960s and early 1970s were "abstract compositions, many of them quite large, that are loosely based on a grid format and that together constitute a dissection of the language of painting." The 1980s and 1990s saw a refinement of her earlier vocabulary as "[...] brighter feminine colors and the grid returned. Written phrases, natural materials, and fabrics such as burlap and silks also appeared."

Her paintings have been described by the Boston Globe as "abstract", "intuitive and spontaneous", and "pointedly political". She also paints with a colorful style, using floral effects which are branded with paint sprinkled with a range of materials, such as jewel-like metal objects.

In 1978, Joan Snyder's paintings were exhibited in the Neuberger Museum at the State University of New York at Purchase. Snyder's work has been featured at a number of museums. From June to August 1989, Joan Snyder Collects Joan Snyder, a collection of Snyder's favorite paintings, was featured at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. From September to October 1989, this collection was exhibited at Sonoma State University. In 2005, Joan Snyder: A Painting Survey, a retrospective collection of Snyder's paintings was exhibited at Danforth Art in Framingham, Massachusetts.


Joan Snyder Painter Brooklyn, NY Age: 67 http://www.macfound.org/fellows/838/ September 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Stewart Cairns)
Joan Snyder is an American painter from New York. She is a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her paintings have been exhibited at several museums, including the de Saisset Museum and the Jewish Museum. In 1980, Snyder moved to Mulberry Street in Manhattan where she raised her daughter and painted in a nearby studio. She later became afflicted with Lyme Disease. In 1989, she moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn so that she could be with her new partner, Maggie Cammer, who is a New York City Civil Court judge.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Snyder

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Daniel Mendelsohn (born 1960) is an American author and critic.

Mendelsohn was born on Long Island and raised in the town of Old Bethpage, New York. He attended the University of Virginia from 1978 to 1982 as an Echols Scholar, graduating with a B. A. summa cum laude in Classics. From 1982 to 1985, he resided in New York City, working as an assistant to an opera impresario, Joseph A. Scuro. In March 1985 Mendelsohn returned to Charlottesville, VA, to prepare for graduate school, and lived there until began his graduate work in Classics at Princeton University the following year. He received his M. A. in 1989 and his Ph. D. in 1994. His dissertation, later published as a scholarly monograph by Oxford University Press, was on Euripidean tragedy.

Mendelsohn began contributing reviews, Op-Eds, and essays to such publications as QW, New York Times, The Nation, and The Village Voice in 1991, while still a graduate student; after completing his Ph. D. in 1994, he moved to New York City and began writing full-time. Since then his review-essays on books, films, theater and television have appeared frequently in a number of major publications, most often in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books; others include The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Esquire, The Paris Review, and The New Republic. Between 2000 and 2002 he was the weekly book critic for New York Magazine, and between 1996 and 2006 his reviews appeared frequently in The New York Times Book Review. He has been the recipient of numerous prizes and honors both in the United States and abroad; apart from awards for individual books, these include a Guggenheim Fellowship for a translation of Cavafy's "Unfinished" poems, with commentary; the National Book Critics Circle Award Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Book Reviewing (2000); and the George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism (2002).

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Mendelsohn

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The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity by Daniel Mendelsohn

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books Ed edition (June 20, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375706976
ISBN-13: 978-0375706974
Amazon: The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity
Amazon Kindle: The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity

Hailed for its searing emotional insights, and for the astonishing originality with which it weaves together personal history, cultural essay, and readings of classical texts by Sophocles, Ovid, Euripides, and Sappho, The Elusive Embrace is a profound exploration of the mysteries of identity. It is also a meditation in which the author uses his own divided life to investigate the "rich conflictedness of things," the double lives all of us lead.

Daniel Mendelsohn recalls the deceptively quiet suburb where he grew up, torn between his mathematician father's pursuit of scientific truth and the exquisite lies spun by his Orthodox Jewish grandfather; the streets of manhattan's newest "gay ghetto," where "desire for love" competes with "love of desire;" and the quiet moonlit house where a close friend's small son teaches him the meaning of fatherhood. And, finally, in a neglected Jewish cemetery, the author uncovers a family secret that reveals the universal need for storytelling, for inventing myths of the self. The book that Hilton Als calls "equal to Whitman's 'Song of Myself,'" The Elusive Embrace marks a dazzling literary debut.

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A classically-inspired monument in St Mary Magdalene Church, Launceston, commemorates Granville Piper (died April 16, 1717) and Richard Wise (died in 1726) who are buried at Bath. It combines busts of the deceased and allegorical figures. It dates from 1731.

"There is a fine joint monument to Granville Piper and Richard Wise (who died in 1717 and 1726) erected in the church of St Mary Magdalen in Launceston marking their burial together, with an inscription recording their friendship — Fidissimum Amicorum Par: "the most faithful of friends". Their portraits are set between a single flaming funerary urn, as in the tomb monument of John Finch and Thomas Baines in Cambridge." Alan Bray

Translation from Latin inscription: The Empty Tomb of Granville Pyper, Esquire, and Richard Wise, gentleman., formerly Alderman of this Town, whose mortal remains are lying at Bath in the County of Somerset.

As they had in life been of one mind and most closely associated together, so now after death these equally true hearted of friends are not divided.

The former when much urged to seek his health at Bath, consented. He died there 16th April in the year of our Lord, 1717, in the 38th year of his age. The latter dying at Launceston on the 27th July, in the year of our Lord, 1726, aged 64 wished that his ashes should be deposited at Bath near those of his most loving and dearest Master.

This Cenotaph (a memorial of their mutual affection and of the highest respect which he always had for the most liberal and most munificent of patrons) Richard Wise, gentleman, ordered by his latest writing to be erected.


© English Heritage.NMR. Reference Number: AA98/04754. Photographer: Eric de Mare
A classically-inspired monument in St Mary Magdalene Church, Launceston, commemorates Granville Piper (died April 16, 1717) and Richard Wise (died in 1726) who are buried at Bath. It combines busts of the deceased and allegorical figures. It dates from 1731. The epitaph reads "As they had in life been of one mind and most closely associated together, so now after death these equally true hearted of friends are not divided."


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Victor Bumbalo (born 1948) is an American actor and playwright.

Victor Bumbalo is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced worldwide. He graduated from the Masters Program in Theater at Bennington College. Coming to New York City, Bumbalo became immersed in the Off- and Off-Off Broadway theater scene. He directed the American premiere of Mrozek’s The Enchanted Night and became the artistic director of the Soul and Latin Theater, one of the first successful street theaters. Their productions toured the streets of New York for four consecutive summers.

But as a gay man, he felt the need to put the lives of gay people on the stage. He wrote Kitchen Duty, produced by John Glines. Then came Niagara Falls, a comedy about a working-class family’s reaction to their gay son and his lover arriving unexpectedly for his sister’s wedding. This play has enjoyed a long life, playing in both mainstream and alternative theaters.

In the 1980s he received two MacDowell Fellowships and a Yaddo and Helene Wurlitzer Residency.

Then the era of AIDS began. Almost everyone involved with Kitchen Duty died of the disease. Bumbalo volunteered with GMHC where he headed a team that took care of people with AIDS. He worked with the Anti-Violence Project and tried to avoid writing. Finally, confronting his demons, an award from the Ingram Merrill Foundation allowed him to complete Adam And The Experts, his first play dealing with AIDS. It was loosely based on his relationship with his friend, the novelist and journalist, George Whitmore, and their search for a way out of the nightmare. The New York Times said of the play ”it is the most important play to deal with the AIDS crisis in gay society since William Hoffman’s As Is and Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart.” After the successful Off-Broadway run the play has had numerous productions in the United States, England, and Canada.


Victor Bumbalo is a playwright, screenwriter, and director. Tom O’Connor has been on the senior staffs of the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic and has been Executive Director for the Pasadena Symphony and the Santa Monica Symphony. Victor Bumbalo and Tom O’Connor met at Bennington College in the spring of 1967.  It was almost a cliché romance.  They were both buying coffee in the Commons and struck up a conversation, which went on forever.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Bumbalo

Victor Bumbalo, 1987, by Robert Giard )

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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A same-sex marriage between the two men, Pedro Díaz and Muño Vandilaz, occurred on April 16, 1061, in the Galician municipality of Rairiz de Veiga in Spain.

A priest at a small chapel married them. The historic documents about the church wedding were found at Monastery of San Salvador de Celanova. St. Rudesind (San Rosendo) founded the once wealthy abbey of Benedictines in 936.

The jewel of the complex is the small Mozarabic chapel of San Miguel, dating from 942. It is located near Allariz and 14 miles (23 km) from Ourense. In the garden is one of the oldest chapels in Spain, built before 973. In the abbey church, are the ancient sepulchers of Ilduara and Adosinda, the mother and sister of the founder, who was buried in a sepulcher supported on four pillars, and constructed after the fashion of that of San Torcuato, one of the companions of Santiago. The Christians, at the Moorish invasion, deposited his body at Santa Coinba, 10 miles (16 km) away. Being near the frontier, some Portuguese carried it off and brought it to Celanova, whose bells began to ring of their own accord.


Monastery of San Salvador de Celanova

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also Cage's romantic partner for most of their lives.
“Every something is an echo of nothing.” —JOHN CAGE
Cage is perhaps best known for his 1952 composition 4′33″, which is performed in the absence of deliberate sound; musicians who present the work do nothing aside from being present for the duration specified by the title. The content of the composition is not "four minutes and 33 seconds of silence," as is sometimes assumed, but rather the sounds of the environment heard by the audience during performance. The work's challenge to assumed definitions about musicianship and musical experience made it a popular and controversial topic both in musicology and the broader aesthetics of art and performance. Cage was also a pioneer of the prepared piano (a piano with its sound altered by objects placed between or on its strings or hammers), for which he wrote numerous dance-related works and a few concert pieces. The best known of these is Sonatas and Interludes (1946–48).

His teachers included Henry Cowell (1933) and Arnold Schoenberg (1933–35), both known for their radical innovations in music, but Cage's major influences lay in various East and South Asian cultures. Through his studies of Indian philosophy and Zen Buddhism in the late 1940s, Cage came to the idea of aleatoric or chance-controlled music, which he started composing in 1951. The I Ching, an ancient Chinese classic text on changing events, became Cage's standard composition tool for the rest of his life. In a 1957 lecture, Experimental Music, he described music as "a purposeless play" which is "an affirmation of life – not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we're living".


John Cage (1912 – 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919 – 2009), who was also Cage's romantic partner for most of their lives. On August 11, 1992, while preparing evening tea for himself and Cunningham, Cage suffered a stroke. He died the day after. Merce Cunningham lived another 17 years, dying of natural causes in July 2009.

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Mercier "Merce" Philip Cunningham (April 16, 1919 – July 26, 2009) was an American dancer and choreographer who was at the forefront of the American avant-garde for more than 50 years. Throughout much of his life, Cunningham was considered one of the greatest creative forces in American dance. He is also notable for his frequent collaborations with artists of other disciplines, including musicians John Cage and David Tudor, artists Robert Rauschenberg and Bruce Nauman, designer Romeo Gigli, and architect Benedetta Tagliabue. Works that he produced with these artists had a profound impact on avant-garde art beyond the world of dance.

As a choreographer, teacher and leader of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Cunningham had a profound influence on modern dance. Many dancers who trained with Cunningham formed their own companies, and they include Paul Taylor, Remy Charlip, Viola Farber, Charles Moulton, Karole Armitage, Robert Kovich, Foofwa d’Imobilité, Kimberly Bartosik, Floanne Ankah and Jonah Bokaer.

In 2009, the Cunningham Dance Foundation announced the Legacy Plan, a precedent-setting plan for the continuation of Cunningham’s work and the celebration and preservation of his artistic legacy.

Cunningham earned some of the highest honors bestowed in the arts, including the National Medal of Arts and the MacArthur Fellowship. He also received Japan's Praemium Imperiale, a British Laurence Olivier Award, and was named Officier of the Légion d'honneur in France.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merce_Cunningham

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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Nell Stark (born April 16, 1980) is an award-winning author of lesbian romance. In 2010, everafter (with Trinity Tam) won a Goldie award in the paranormal romance category and was shortlisted for the Foreword Book of the Year award in the horror category. In addition to the everafter series, she has published three standalone romances: Running With the Wind, Homecoming, and The Princess Affair. When she is not writing, Nell works as the Chair of English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at a college in the SUNY system. She and Trinity (born March 23) live, write, and parent their rambunctious child and dog a stone’s throw from the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City. They married on October 12, 2013.

Trinity Tam is an award-winning writer-producer of movies and television. Her favorite job was in video games. Her least favorite, in mutual funds. Everything in between ended in dotcom. In 1996, she graduated cum laude with a BA in East Asian Studies. She giggles whenever someone says cum laude but she doesn't blush. She thinks twelve years living in Manhattan makes her a New Yorker but concedes that loathing the Yankees makes her a bad one.

everafter won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Paranormal / Horror. nevermore won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Paranormal / Horror. sunfall won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Paranormal/Horror.





Further Readings:

everafter (Everafter Series Book 1) by Nell Stark & Trinity Tam
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821194
ISBN-13: 978-1602821194
Amazon: everafter (Everafter Series Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: everafter (Everafter Series Book 1)

How far would you go to save your lover’s soul? When medical student Valentine Darrow is bitten by a Vampire on her way home to propose to her lover, Alexa Newland, her life becomes a nightmare. She is consumed—both by a craving for human blood, and by an obsession to find her attacker and bring him to justice. Alexa is determined to be everything that Valentine needs, but when Val's appetite outstrips Alexa's ability to nourish her, Alexa risks her life to save her lover. Will Valentine be able to control her thirst—for blood and for vengeance? And can Valentine and Alexa's relationship endure against seemingly impossible odds?

nevermore (Everafter Series Book 2) by Nell Stark & Trinity Tam
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 19, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602821844
ISBN-13: 978-1602821842
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A coup. A plague. A falling soul.

In this sequel to everafter, Valentine Darrow and Alexa Newland are separated when Alexa is caught in the middle of a Wereshifter civil war halfway around the world. Meanwhile, a mysterious disease begins to ravage the shifter population of New York City. Unable to reach Alexa to warn her, Val must penetrate the darkest secrets of the Consortium in a race against time to save her lover and friends.

Will Alexa be able to avoid the clutches of a powerful Were who wants to use her as bait? And in Alexa’s absence, will Valentine be able to resist the powerful temptation of her growing thirst?

sunfall (Everafter Series Book 3) by Nell Stark & Trinity Tam
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826617
ISBN-13: 978-1602826618
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In the final installment of the everafter series, Valentine Darrow and Alexa Newland work to rebuild their relationship even as they find themselves at the heart of the struggle that will determine a new world order for vampires and wereshifters. To survive, they must defeat the growing threat posed by Balthasar Brenner, who has been a thorn in the side of the vampire-wereshifter Consortium for centuries.

The search for Brenner leads Val and Alexa deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, where they must confront Brenner’s forces and either secure peace between the paranormal races, or die in the attempt.

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Finding Matt by JD Ruskin
Gay Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632162768
ISBN-13: 978-1632162762
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When six-year-old Matt Wilson and his Shih Tzu, Pixie, step out of the Stanton Community Hospital and disappear, his desperate parents convince Jaron Greenberg, a local pet psychic, to aid the police in the search. Jaron specializes in finding lost kitties and fixing problem pooches. He isn't prepared for a case with so much at stake. And as soon as he starts, the abilities he's had since childhood begin changing and growing in unexpected ways.

Paulo Silva is a veteran detective new to the small town of Stanton. As the low man on the totem pole at Stanton PD, he isn't happy when the chief assigns him to babysit the pet psychic instead of actively working the missing child case. As Jaron uncovers clues, Paulo starts to wonder if he might be the real thing. Or maybe it's just his testosterone reacting to what he’s sure is mutual attraction.

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My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange
Publisher: Torquere Press (April 14, 2015)
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Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he accidentally creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.

With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.

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Sally Miller Gearhart (born April 15, 1931) is an American teacher, feminist, science fiction writer, and political activist. In 1973 she became the first open lesbian to obtain a tenure-track faculty position when she was hired by San Francisco State University, where she helped establish one of the first women and gender study programs in the country. She later became a nationally known gay rights activist.

Gearhart grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. She was raised by her grandmother and mother after her parents divorced. Her grandmother owned a local theater, which allowed Gearhart to watch many movies. Looking back, she said, "There was another undercurrent going on. That was my lesbianism. From when I was ten years old, I knew that I wasn't going to have children."

Gearhart attended Sweet Briar College. She graduated with a B.A. in Drama and English in 1952. At Bowling Green State University she obtained a master's degree in theater and public address in 1953. She continued on at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, getting her Ph.D. in theater in 1956.

Gearhart began teaching speech and theater at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Lutheran climate of the school did not allow Gearhart to embrace her sexuality fully. Her determination to hide her true sexual identity continued through two more teaching positions in the Midwest, and until she moved to San Francisco, California in 1970. By 1973, Gearhart was employed at San Francisco State University, where she went from teaching speech to teaching women's studies. There she was able to develop one of the first women and gender studies programs in the United States.

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Eddie Stone is the stage name of the French/Italian Montreal Canadian, born on April 15, 1977, gay pornographic industry actor Patrick Marano. Stone was discovered in Los Angeles, California while go-go dancing in a nightclub. He appeared on the Chi Chi LaRue internet sex website "Live And Raw", before being contracted in the film industry exclusively to her Rascal Video studio. Between 2003–2005, he appeared in fourteen Rascal productions (most notably: When in Rome, Stone Fox, Eddie Stone's Private Screening, Set in Stone and Master of the House; wrote, appeared and A GayVN and Grabby nominated screenwriter: Little Big League 2: Second Inning, Sharp & Unknown: Ghost of a Chance.; During his time at "Rascal" he was a cover feature of several gay porn magazine publications: XXXShowcase, Rascal magazine (the limited edition), and Unzipped; he also appeared in the erotic-coffeetable book Warning!.

In 2005, he won the "Best Newcomer" award at the Adult Video News GAYVN Awards(March) and at the Grabby Awards (May). Before coming to Los Angeles, he was the midday host on the world's first gay and lesbian commercial radio station, 103.9 Proud FM in Toronto, Ontario.


Shaun Proulx is a Canadian television personality. He married former CIRR-FM colleague, Patrick Marano, on September 10, 2011; Proulx wrote: "I’ll start this first post as a married man by saying that I really like having sex with a husband, not someone else’s. The other thing I’d like to get off my chest – and I could kick myself for forgetting when I said a few words at my recent wedding to Eddie – is how appreciative I feel to live where I do so I can choose to do what we did that day."

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Shaun Proulx (born August 1, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian media entrepreneur, performer, humorist, and radio and television personality. Presenter of his own show, The Shaun Proulx Show on OUTtv, he also regularly contributes to The Globe and Mail and to Toronto's LGBT newspaper Xtra!. Previously he was the afternoon radio host on 103.9 PROUD FM (CIRR-FM). He is in a relationship with Patrick Marano, his former CIRR-FM colleague. Marano is also known with his stage name Eddie Stone, a gay porn star. They married on September 10, 2011; Proulx wrote: "I’ll start this first post as a married man by saying that I really like having sex with a husband, not someone else’s. The other thing I’d like to get off my chest – and I could kick myself for forgetting when I said a few words at my recent wedding to Eddie – is how appreciative I feel to live where I do so I can choose to do what we did that day. That day was pretty damn fine, if I do say. And it’s fun to say, as it’s nothing I ever expected to say. As a previous post mentioned, I did have (what to me now is) a silly commitment ceremony in San Francisco with someone, in a full-on Fallon Carrington moment in my early twenties. I got engaged in my 30′s. It’s a full-fledged past; hella? But now, in my forties, feeling in my prime and and only getting better, I know what I don’t want and I know what I do."

DecAIDS – Anything Is Possible, a documentary he produced won "Best Social Documentary" at WorldFest in 2007, "Best Full Length Feature" at the New York AIDS Film Festival in 2007 and was an official selection of the Hollywood Festival the same year.

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