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Chris DeBlasio was an American composer, best known for his song cycles. His song "Walt Whitman in 1989" was part of the presentation The AIDS Quilt Songbook. He died on July 21, 1993, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. He was 34. (Photo: courtesy estate of Chris DeBlasio)

His companion, William Berger, said the cause was AIDS.

Mr. DeBlasio attended New York University and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with John Corigliano and Giampaolo Bracali. Among his song cycles are "All the Way Through Evening," "Villagers" and "The Endless Assent." He also composed liturgical pieces.

His song "Walt Whitman in 1989" was part of "The AIDS Quilt Songbook 1992," a program presented at Alice Tully Hall in June 1992.

AIDS Quilt

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/07/23/obituaries/chris-deblasio-composer-34.html

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Denis Edward Lemon (Born 11th August 1945, Bradford-on-Avon; died 21st July 1994, Exmouth, Devon) was a magazine proprietor, editor and journalist.

Born in Exmouth, Devon, he grew up in Herne Bay and Whitstable. He went to Simon Langton School in Canterbury.

He moved to London for a job in accountancy, and later worked in a record shop in south London. He founded Gay News - Britain's pioneering gay newspaper- in June 1972 with Andrew Lumsden. Within months he was the sole editor.

In 1977 he was the first person in Britain in fifty years to be convicted of blasphemy after Mary Whitehouse brought a private prosecution for the publication of the poem called The Love That Dares To Speak Its Name by James Kirkup. Denis Lemon was given a £500 fine and a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for eighteen months. Hearings at the Court of Appeal quashed the prison sentence (but the verdict stood. The poem is freely available via the Internet but has never been published in the UK since and until someone challenges it, the ban still stands.)

For an insider account, Rictor Norton explains how, when he was a staffer on Gay News, he may have been responsible for Denis Lemon’s decision to publish the poem that led to the trial of him and his newspaper.

As a result of the world-wide publicity surrounding the trial Denis Lemon found himself as a public speaker.

Denis Lemon fell ill and sold Gay News in February, 1982. (It folded shortly afterwards.)

Denis Lemon watches [on the left] as the Tom Robinson Band - who had that year released the anthem Sing If You're Glad To Be Be Gay - play at a Trafalgar Square protest at the prosecution of Gay News in 1978.
Denis Lemon was a magazine proprietor, editor and journalist. He founded Gay News - Britain's pioneering gay newspaper- in June 1972 with Andrew Lumsden. In 1977 he was the first person in Britain in fifty years to be convicted of blasphemy after Mary Whitehouse brought a private prosecution for the publication of the poem called The Love That Dares To Speak Its Name by James Kirkup. He moved to Exeter with his lover, Nick Purshouse, and opened a restaurant at the Arts Centre.

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Source: http://gayfortoday.blogspot.it/2007/08/denis-lemon.html

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Philip Gambone (born on July 21, 1948) is an American writer.

Gambone was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts in 1948 and earned a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.A. from the Episcopal Divinity School. His writing has covered many genres, including novels and short stories, personal reminiscence, non-fiction, and scholarly essays, as well as book reviews and interviews.

He has published 4 book-length works, beginning with a collection of short stories titled The Language We Use Up Here in 1991. It was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and a review in Harvard Magazine called it "quietly inspired." Other short stories have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. Something Inside: Conversations with Gay Fiction Writers appeared in 1999. Publisher's Weekly said his "carefully probing interviews provide insight into the working methods and aesthetic, personal and social concerns of a varied group" and that his "knowledge of each writer’s work and his sensitivity to the craft is impressive." The Montreal Mirror called it "a rich collective portrait of some of the most important and interesting gay writers of the last three decades." Among the 21 included were Joseph Hansen, Edmund White, and David Leavitt.

His first novel, Beijing: A Novel, appeared in 2003. Multicultural Review noted that "What makes the book of special interest to readers of multicultural literature is its portrayal of an honest effort to see, understand, and become emotionally involved in another culture without being patronizing or distant."

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

Philip Gambone, 1990, by Robert Giard )

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General Louis Hubert Gonzalve Lyautey commanded all the southern French forces and led the French army that subdued Madagascar. After conquering Morocco, he was resident general (1912-1925) and French Minister of War (1916-1917). In 1921 he was made Marshal of France.

The flamboyant Lyautey made no secret of his admiration for young men. In fact, he went so far as to claim that he could not work with men unless he had sex with them first. Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau noted that Lyautey was "an admirable, courageous man, who has always had balls between his legs—even when they weren’t his own."

Though Lyautey showed clear preferences for handsome young officers as companions, he never promoted their careers unfairly, and so maintained the loyalty of the soldiers under his command. They suppressed their personal feelings about his sexuality in appreciation of his abilities as a soldier, administrator, and leader.

Historian Robert Aldrich, in Colonialism and Homosexuality, makes the case that gay men such as Lyautey were ideal administrators for the colonial powers. Because they were unable to live their lives freely in mother countries that shunned and repressed them, they were generally more interested than their heterosexual counterparts in learning about new languages, religions, and cultures, and were excited by the sexual opportunities opened up to them in countries that didn’t impose the sexual constraints of moralistic Europe.

Source: Queers in History by Keith Stern

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Sarah Waters (born 21 July 1966) is a Welsh novelist. She is best known for her novels set in Victorian society and featuring lesbian protagonists, such as Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith.

Sarah Waters was born in Neyland, Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1966.

She grew up in a family that included her father Ron, mother Mary, and a sister. Her mother was a housewife and her father an engineer who worked on oil refineries. She describes her family as "pretty idyllic, very safe and nurturing". Her father, "a fantastically creative person", encouraged her to build and invent.

Waters said, "When I picture myself as a child, I see myself constructing something, out of plasticine or papier-mâché or Meccano; I used to enjoy writing poems and stories, too." She wrote stories and poems that she describes as "dreadful gothic pastiches", but had not planned her career. Despite her obvious enjoyment of writing, she did not feel any special calling or preference for becoming a novelist in her youth.
I don’t know if I thought about it much, really. I know that, for a long time, I wanted to be an archaeologist – like lots of kids. And I think I knew I was headed for university, even though no one else in my family had been. I really enjoyed learning. I remember my mother telling me that I might one day go to university and write a thesis, and explaining what a thesis was; and it seemed a very exciting prospect. I was clearly a bit of a nerd.
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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Waters
Tipping the Velvet, by Sarah Waters, is a guilty pleasure. To put it mildly. I feel guilty adding it here. Why? I don’t know. It’s “not the sort of book” I usually read. Sounds like a person objecting to the person their son or daughter brings home and then trying to pass it off as something other than prejudice. Okay, I’ll say it straight out. Maybe a bit fluffy. But it was fun. It was just fun, damn it. It was approximately the size and weight of an anvil, and I raced through it in about three sittings. And if it crossed over for me, it might cross over for anybody. PS: Did I mention it’s a guilty pleasure? --Catherine Ryan Hyde
In 2003-ish, there was a BBC miniseries based on Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. A good friend of mine called and invited herself over to watch it with me. I’d never even heard of Sarah Waters, but I genuinely enjoyed the miniseries, enough so that I went out and bought the book. I love a good Victorian epic, and I still think this is one of the best I’ve ever read. I think I also really identified with Nan, and it’s fun to watch her blossom over the course of the book. --Kate McMurray
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This is the first round for the 2013 Cover Contest. Voting on each slot will happen every 2 weeks.

- in round 1 there will be 12 slots, 1 for each month in the Submission period (from September 2012 to August 2013).
- in parallel with the poll, a special jury will vote the covers; the jury is composed by: Ali, Anne Tenino, Brent Hartinger, Dylan Rosser, Jodie, Julie, Linda, Mitzie, Tammy, Zahra Owens.
- you can vote as many covers as you want, using the poll in this post

Last week, most voted cover was:

Evolution (Paul Richmond)

will pass to round 2:
Black Magic
The Boys of Summer
Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter
A Cut Above the Rest
Evolution (Paul Richmond)
The Gravemen
Hour of the Lotus (Anne Cain)
Invisible Monsters
Jonathan 2
Love Alters
Outlaw Marriages
The Perils of Pedagogy
The Sexual History of the Global South
Sixteen Songs (Reese Dante)
Tom at the Farm
Walking the Labyrinth
We Come Elemental

All the covers are here:


and here is the poll:

[Poll #1925186]

ETA: the cover "Shane" is disqualified, sorry for the unwillingly hurt I caused to J.P. Barnaby. My deeply apologies to her.


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