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In her explorations of the damage done to the individual by racism and sexism, Alice Walker depicts lesbianism as natural and freeing, an aid to self-knowledge and self-love. In the mid-1990s Walker had a relatively quiet affair with singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman, noting in a 2005 interview with The Guardian that "it was delicious and lovely and wonderful and I totally enjoyed it and I was completely in love with her but it was not anybody's business but ours."

Alice Malsenior Walker was born February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia, to an African-American sharecropper family. She attended Spelman College from 1961 to 1963, and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1965. In 1964, she traveled to Africa and began to write poetry, some of it published in the 1968 collection, Once.

After college, she worked for New York City's welfare department and for the civil rights movement in Mississippi. In 1967, she married Melvyn R. Levanthal, a civil rights lawyer, and they had a daughter, Rebecca, in 1969. In 1976, they were amicably divorced.

In the 1970s, Walker's writing career began to blossom. By 1974, she was a contributing editor at Ms Magazine.

Walker has received many writing fellowships from, for example, the MacDowell Colony, the Radcliffe Institute, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has taught at several universities and has published numerous volumes of poetry, fiction, and essays.

Among the prestigious awards she has received are the Lillian Smith Award for Revolutionary Petunias (1973), which was also nominated for a National Book Award; the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1974); and the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple (1982).

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Author: Lee, Dorothy H.
Entry Title: Walker, Alice
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2002
Date Last Updated October 29, 2007
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/walker_a.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date February 9, 2013
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates

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Holly Johnson (born William Johnson; 9 February 1960; legal name William Holly Johnson) is an English artist, musician and writer, best known as the lead vocalist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and former bassist for Big in Japan. He released his debut solo album in 1989 and in the 1990s embarked on a painting career.

Johnson was born in Liverpool. Actively involved in the Liverpool punk rock/New Wave scene of the late 1970s, Johnson played bass with Big in Japan and released two solo singles on the Eric's label. Both "Yankee Rose" and "Hobo Joe" made no impact on the market. Johnson later found fame as the lead singer and lyricist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, who experienced both controversy and phenomenal commercial success during their heyday in 1983 and 1984.

Johnson left FGTH in 1987 due to disagreements regarding their musical direction. He became the subject of an injunction from the group's record company, ZTT Records, and its sister publishing company, Perfect Songs, which cited a breach of his prior recording and publishing contracts, thus barring him from pursuing a solo career with any other new label. He embarked on a two-year legal battle with ZTT, the case being settled in Johnson's favour on 10 February 1988, the judge ruling that the original contracts had constituted an unreasonable restraint of trade, remarking that "Mr. Johnson could be 70 years old and still be bound to this contract". ZTT unsuccessfully appealed against the decision, the Appeal Court concluding on 26 July 1989 that the original recording and publishing contracts were "not a fair bargain". The result represented a landmark legal outcome, contemporary press reports stating that the result "set a legal precedent which rocked the music business", adding that ZTT had by this time released most of its artists from their original contracts. Johnson's relationship with ZTT owners Trevor Horn and Jill Sinclair broke down irretrievably due to the court case: "They [Horn and Sinclair] have never really forgiven me for winning my freedom in the law courts", the singer said in 2001, adding that the worst part of being in FGTH was "the contract we signed with ZTT."

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

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Isabelle Christian Holland (born June 16, 1920 in Basel, Switzerland — died February 9, 2002) was an author of children and adult fiction. Her father was the American Consul in Liverpool, England during WWII. She moved to America in 1940 due to the war. She wrote gothic novels, adult mysteries, romantic thrillers and many books for children and young adults. She wrote over 50 books in her lifetime, and was still working at the time of her death at age 81 in New York City.

Two of her novels have been made into movies: Bump in the Night, 1991, and The Man Without a Face, 1993.

Both these novels deal with issues or allegations of pedophilia.

The Man Without a Face is a 1993 American drama film starring and directed by Mel Gibson. The film is based on Isabelle Holland's 1972 novel of the same name. Gibson's directorial debut received respectful reviews from most critics.

The film's treatment of sexuality between Justin McLeod and Chuck Norstadt differs from the book by Isabelle Holland. In the original novel, McLeod behaves in a way that could be interpreted as child grooming, taking Chuck swimming and being affectionate to him. Chuck, meanwhile, seems to be attracted to McLeod as more than just as a father figure. There is one scene where it is strongly implied that McLeod sexually abuses Chuck in his bedroom. In the film, McLeod demonstrates no sexual interest in the boy at all, even though Chuck appears downstairs in his underwear when the police officer calls. Critics have noted that the book's criticism of homophobia had been obscured in the film version.

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

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Jim J. Bullock (sometimes credited as Jm J. Bullock) (born February 9, 1955) is an American comedian, stage, television and film actor. In 1985, while Too Close For Comfort was being retooled as The Ted Knight Show, Bullock learned that he was HIV positive. The sole bright spot during this period was his partner, John Casey, whom he met in 1990. In 1996 John Casey, died from AIDS-related complications. Bullock is a longtime survivor of the virus and, as of 2011, was still healthy due in part to antiretroviral drugs.

James Jackson Bullock was born in Casper, Wyoming, and raised in Odessa, Texas, in a Southern Baptist home. As a youth, Bullock planned to study to become an evangelical Christian minister. He received a music scholarship to attend Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, but he left school without graduating.

Bullock became a notable entertainment figure in the 1980s when he co-starred on the sitcom Too Close for Comfort (credited as "Jm J. Bullock") and was a regular "square" on John Davidson's updated version of Hollywood Squares (1986–1989), also substituting for Davidson as host on occasion. He also appeared as a semi-regular on Battlestars. He later became a semi-regular on ALF (from 1989–1990 as Neal Tanner).

After the sitcom went off the air, Bullock remained active with theatre, television, and film work. He briefly hosted a syndicated talk show with ex-televangelist Tammy Faye Messner. The Jim J. and Tammy Faye Show debuted in 1996, but Messner exited the program a few months later following a cancer diagnosis. Bullock continued with new co-host, Ann Abernathy, and the show became The Jim J. and Ann Show until it was canceled.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_J._Bullock

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Sheila James Kuehl (born February 9, 1941; Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American politician, and a former child actress. She most recently served as a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing the 23rd district in Los Angeles County and parts of southern Ventura County. A former member of the California State Assembly, she was elected to the Senate in 2000 and served until December 2008.

As a young actress with the stage name Sheila James, she played Jackie, Stuart Erwin's tomboy daughter, in the television series, Trouble With Father, later retitled The Stu Erwin Show. She is better known for her portrayal of the "irrepressible" Zelda Gilroy in the CBS television series, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. The running gag was Zelda's roaring crush on Dobie, and his resistance to her advances. The program spawned two sequels, an unsold television pilot, Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis? (1978) and TV movie Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis (1988). In these, Dobie had married Zelda and had a son named Georgie, who was much like Dobie had been at his age. Kuehl reprised her Zelda role in both updates.

When The Many Loves of Dobie gillis ended, James was cast as a model on an episode of ABC's The Donna Reed Show. She appeared on CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show with part of the cast of Petticoat Junction as the fourth member of "The Ladybugs", a take-off on the Beatles. In the episode "The Ladybugs", she portrayed their friend, Sally. She was also in two episodes of CBS's The Beverly Hillbillies as Virginia, "Ginny" Jennings.

James co-starred with Kathleen Nolan in the short-lived ABC television series Broadside, a female version of the hit show McHale's Navy during the 1964-65 season. After the show's cancellation, she got a job as a campus adviser to student groups at UCLA and eventually became an associate dean of students. At age 34, as Sheila Kuehl, she was admitted into Harvard Law School, where she excelled. She was elected class marshal and president of law school student council. In 1978, her final year at the law school, she chaired the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the 1953 graduation of the first group of women to be admitted to Harvard Law School. That same academic year, she became the first woman to win "Best Oralist" in the law school's prestigious Ames Moot Court Competition, judged by a panel including Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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

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James Hannaham's first novel, God Says No, was published by McSweeney's in 2009 and was a finalist for a Lambda Book Award, a semifinalist for a VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and was named an honor book by the American Library Association's Stonewall Book Awards. His short fiction has appeared in BOMB, The Literary Review, Nerve.com, Open City, and several anthologies. He has written for the Village Voice, Spin, Blender, Out, Us, New York Magazine, The Barnes & Noble Review and once, circa 1997, a tiny sidebar in the front section of the New York Times Magazine. Once upon a time in 2008, he was a staff writer at Salon.com. He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and Fundación Valparaíso and a NYFFA Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute and Columbia University. His second novel, Delicious Foods, will be published by Little, Brown in 2015.

Source: www.goodreads.com/author/show/2824712.James_Hannaham

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God Says No by James Hannaham
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Grove Press (June 8, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802144969
ISBN-13: 978-0802144966
Amazon: God Says No

Gary Gray marries his first girlfriend, a fellow student from Central Florida Christian College who loves Disney World as much as he does. They are nineteen, God-fearing, and eager to start a family, but a week before their wedding Gary goes into a rest-stop bathroom and lets something happen. God Says No is his testimony—the story of a young black Christian struggling with desire and belief, with his love for his wife and his appetite for other men, told in a singular, emotional voice. Driven by desperation and religious visions, the path that Gary Gray takes—from revival meetings to out life in Atlanta to a prayaway-the-gay ministry in Memphis, Tennessee—gives a riveting picture of how a life like his can be lived, and how it can’t.

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Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3452326.html

In her explorations of the damage done to the individual by racism and sexism, Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944) depicts lesbianism as natural and freeing, an aid to self-knowledge and self-love. In the mid-1990s Walker had a relatively quiet affair with singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman, noting in a 2005 interview with The Guardian that "it was delicious and lovely and wonderful and I totally enjoyed it and I was completely in love with her but it was not anybody's business but ours."

Amy Lowell & Ada Dwyer Russell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1500682.html

Ada Russell was a Mormon actress of the stage. She performed on stage in Broadway and London. In 1909 Russell met writer Amy Lowell. The two entered into long-term lesbian relationship, or a "Boston marriage" (the term for a 19th century romantic female relationship) beginning in 1912, which would last until Lowell's death in 1925. Russell was the subject of many of Lowell's explicit poems, such as the Taxi. Russell was the executrix of Amy Lowell's will, and burned all her items upon request.

Henry Krieger & Robert Joy: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4189215.html

Henry Krieger is an American musical theatre composer. He most notably wrote the music for the Broadway shows Dreamgirls (1981, with lyrics and book by Tom Eyen), The Tap Dance Kid (1983), and Side Show (1997). Krieger lives in New York City's Greenwich Village. He has been romantically linked to actor Robert Joy since 1995. Robert Joy is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Sid Hammerback in CSI: NY, Charlie in Land of the Dead and Lizard in The Hills Have Eyes.

Holly Johnson (born February 9, 1960): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3452765.html

Holly Johnson (born William Johnson; 9 February 1960; legal name William Holly Johnson) is an English artist, musician and writer, best known as the lead vocalist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and former bassist for Big in Japan. He released his debut solo album in 1989 and in the 1990s embarked on a painting career. In August 2011, he performed a full set live at the Rewind Festival, using a mix of Frankie Goes to Hollywood hits with "Americanos", "Heaven's Here" and "Love Train".

Isabelle Holland (June 16, 1920 - February 9, 2002): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3452124.html

Isabelle Holland was an author of children and adult fiction. She moved to America in 1940 due to the war. She wrote gothic novels, adult mysteries, romantic thrillers and many books for children and young adults. She wrote over 50 books in her lifetime, and was still working at the time of her death at age 81 in New York City. Two of her novels have been made into movies: Bump in the Night, 1991, and The Man Without a Face, 1993. Both these novels deal with issues or allegations of pedophilia.

James Hannaham: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4190083.html

James Hannaham's first novel, God Says No, was published by McSweeney's in 2009 and was a finalist for a Lambda Book Award, a semifinalist for a VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and was named an honor book by the American Library Association's Stonewall Book Awards. He has written for the Village Voice, Spin, Blender, Out, Us, New York Magazine, The Barnes & Noble Review and once, circa 1997, a tiny sidebar in the front section of the New York Times Magazine.

Jim J. Bullock (born February 9, 1955): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4189452.html

Jim J. Bullock (born February 9, 1955) is an American comedian, stage, television and film actor. In 1985, while Too Close For Comfort was being retooled as The Ted Knight Show, Bullock learned that he was HIV positive. The sole bright spot during this period was his partner, John Casey, whom he met in 1990. In 1996 John Casey, died from AIDS-related complications. Bullock is a longtime survivor of the virus and, as of 2011, was still healthy due in part to antiretroviral drugs.

Lori L. Lake (born February 9, 1960): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4189823.html

Lori L. Lake is a writer, teacher, speaker, and author of mystery, drama, romance, and general fiction, most of which is about lesbian protagonists. Lake teaches fiction writing, most recently at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She gives talks about the craft of writing, serves as a coach to many up-and-coming writers, and is a founding mother of The Golden Crown Literary Society. A Very Public Eye and Jump the Gun won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller.

Sheila James Kuehl (born February 9, 1941): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3453122.html

Sheila James Kuehl is an American politician, and a former child actress. She most recently served as a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing the 23rd district in Los Angeles County and parts of southern Ventura County. A former member of the California State Assembly, she was elected to the Senate in 2000 and served until December 2008.She was elected to the California State Assembly in 1994, becoming the first openly gay person elected to the California legislature.
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Gay Fantasy Romance
Battle of Will by Sasha L. Miller
Paperback: 518 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (January 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620043084
ISBN-13: 978-1620043080
Amazon: Battle of Will
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At a memorial service meant to honor the dead and mark the beginning of a truce between Skirfall and Morcia, Ackley spies a figure who does not belong-a mage interrogator whose presence will only cause harm should the Morcians realize who he is and all the people he has tortured. But the problem rapidly grows much worse than that when Ackley realizes his true purpose is assassination of the Morcian crown prince-an assassination Ackley prevents, but at great cost. Banished from his own country, bound magically to the crown prince of his enemies, Ackley is certain of just one thing: whether he can figure out how to break the spell or not, his death is assured.

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TOTAL: 605$*

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Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Rangers Over Regulus by Alex Powell
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (October 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620042657
ISBN-13: 978-1620042656
Amazon: Rangers Over Regulus
Amazon Kindle: Rangers Over Regulus

Liberty is a vampire living on a space station where those who seek to avoid the government always land, and spends his days working for the assassin who runs the place. Life is as peaceful as a colony of thugs at the edge of civilization can get. Then a Ranger shows up ...

Charities Donation program progress:
53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/giving
60$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/donate
100$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/index.cfm
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/donate/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/how-you-can-donate-now
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/donate/
TOTAL: 605$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

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