Apr. 3rd, 2014

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Thomas Hal Phillips (October 11, 1922 – April 3, 2007) was an American actor and screenwriter.

Born in Corinth in Alcorn County in northeastern Mississippi, Phillips graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State College. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1948, he earned a master's degree in writing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He then taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and wrote books. In 1959, he was appointed by Democratic Governor James P. Coleman to the Mississippi Public Service Commission to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Phillips' younger brother, attorney Rubel Phillips. In 1963, Hal Phillips managed his brother's unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial campaign against the Democrat Paul B. Johnson, Jr.

His first novel The Bitterweed Path was a best seller in its first paperback edition from Penguin Press. The novel was first published in an almost underground way, as a very small, limited run in hardback in 1950 by Rinehart & Co., Inc., and advertised, at the time, as "something new in the literature dealing with man's love for man.........in a period when even psychologists knew little of such matters, and people in small towns new nothing." The book, The Bitterweed Path depicts the struggles of two gay men in the Southern United States at the turn of the century, and how an unconventional love triangle involving these two men, and one of their fathers, impacts their three marriages in small-town, deep South.

After returning to the US from service in France in World War II, where he was stationed and fought as a Captain in the US Navy, he began a successful career in Hollywood. His screenplay career continued through the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. He died in Kossuth, Mississippi.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hal_Phillips

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Jonathan G. Silin (born April 3, 1944), a member of the graduate faculty at Bank Street College of Education in New York, has published articles in Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and Educational Theory, as well as in more popular periodicals such as Newsday, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Education Week.

His research interests include the nature of contemporary childhood and socially relevant curriculum for young children. He is the author of Sex, Death, and the Education of Children: Our Passion for Ignorance in the Age of AIDS (Teachers College Press, 1995), and My Father's Keeper: The Story of a Gay Son and His Aging Parents, coeditor of Putting the Children First, coproducer of Children Talk About AIDS (Teachers College Press, 1999) and coeditor of Putting the Children First: The Changing Face of Newark’s Public Schools (Teachers College Press, 2003).

He is the curator of the legacy by Robert Giard, his late partner, more than 600 photographes of notable LGBT "voices", writers, artists and activists.

He lives in New York.


Jonathan Silin by Robert Giard
Robert Giard was a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer who chronicled a broad survey of contemporary American gay and lesbian literary figures. In 1974, Giard settled in Amagansett with his life partner, Jonathan Silin, an early childhood educator, where they remained for nearly thirty years until Giard's death. Winner of the 1998 Lambda Literary Award for Photography and Visual ArtsIn 1985 Giard set out to create an archive of portraits of gay and lesbian writers from across the US. 


Jonathan G. Silin by Robert Giard )

Robert Giard (July 22, 1939 - July 16, 2002) was a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer who for two decades also chronicled a broad survey of contemporary American gay and lesbian literary figures. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Giard came relatively late to the practice of photography. He majored in English literature and received a B.A. from Yale (1961), and M.A. in Comparative Literature from Boston University (1965). For a time he taught intermediate grades at the New Lincoln School in New York City. By 1972, entirely self-taught, he began to photograph, concentrating on landscapes of the South Fork of Long Island, portraits of friends, many of them artists and writers in the region, and the nude figure.

In 1974, Giard settled in Amagansett, Long Island, with his life partner, Jonathan Silin, an early childhood educator, where they remained for nearly thirty years until Giard's death. In these early years, eschewing a romantic view of landscape, Robert Giard did much of his shooting during the late autumn, winter, and early spring when many of the fashionable houses of "The Hamptons" were boarded up for the season. With the region largely depopulated, the surrounding grounds assumed for him "a mysterious, even somewhat sinister air."


My one shot at immortality. So young, so thin. Also, I kind of look like a beatnik, which is strange since this was about 1990. I'm so glad the collection is in one place. It was such a remarkable project. I mean he would hunt people down and then take greyhound to photograph them. He was such a dedicated artist. Bob would go anywhere to photograph anyone, no matter how obscure the press they'd published with. He wanted the whole tapestry of that vibrant gay literary landscape. Someone should really do a big show of that important work. He would spend time with you to actually get a sense of who you were. That's why they're all so distinctive --Wesley Gibson


Male Nude, 1990

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Source: http://www.bulgergallery.com/dynamic/fr_artist_cv.asp?ArtistID=113 & http://www.robertgiardfoundation.org/

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Transgender Mystery / Thriller
Crimes of Memory (A Detective Jackson Mystery) by L.J. Sellers
Series: A Detective Jackson Mystery (Book 8)
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (October 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477809473
ISBN-13: 978-1477809471
Amazon: Crimes of Memory (A Detective Jackson Mystery)
Amazon Kindle: Crimes of Memory (A Detective Jackson Mystery)

Fresh off the leave-of-absence he took following his ex-wife's tragic death, Detective Wade Jackson's life is in upheaval. He struggles to keep his grief-stricken, out-of-control daughter, Katie, from succumbing to the same alcoholism demon as her mother, while trying to reinvigorate a passion for his work. When a body is found in a local storage unit, Jackson hopes a simple open-and-shut homicide case will help him get back on track. But when the victim is identified as ex-con Craig Cooper—a former meth addict who did time for bank robbery, the spoils of which were never recovered—it becomes quickly apparent that the case will be challenging.

The same night Cooper is murdered, a firebomb goes off in a bottled water factory on the other side of town. The prime suspects are from an organization called Love the Earth—eco-terrorists believed to be modeling themselves after the infamous Earth Liberation Front. Fears that new group is plotting another attack bring agents from the ATF and FBI to town, among them Jamie Dallas, an undercover agent with a wild streak, and Carla River, an FBI agent with a complicated past. When Jackson discovers a shocking link between the murder case and the bombing, they will have to work together to solve both crimes before they blow up in their faces.

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25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
25$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
25$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
50$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
75$ CARE: careprogram.org/
108$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
132$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
150$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
225$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
400$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
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* 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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Hi, I’m JL Merrow. Thanks to Elisa for welcoming me here today as part of the Relief Valve blog tour. :D

Giveaway: I’m offering a free signed paperback copy of 2013 Rainbow Award winning romantic comedy Slam! (I’m happy to ship internationally) to a randomly chosen commenter on the tour, plus a $10 Amazon gift certificate!
I’ll be making the draw around teatime on Monday 7th April, GMT. Good luck! :D

Today I’m here with an exclusive excerpt from my latest release, Relief Valve:

Relief Valve (The Plumber's Mate) by JL Merrow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 25, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Relief Valve (The Plumber's Mate)

If you dig up the past, be prepared to get dirty.

The Plumber’s Mate, Book 2

It hasn’t been all smooth sailing since plumber Tom Paretski and P.I. Phil Morrison became connected at the heart, if not always at Tom’s dodgy hip. Neither of their families has been shy about voicing their disapproval, which hasn’t helped Tom’s uneasy relationship with his prickly older sister, Cherry.

But when Cherry is poisoned at her own engagement party, the horror of her near death has Tom’s head spinning with possible culprits. Is it her fiancé Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and an alarming taste for taxidermy? Someone from her old writers’ circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister?

Phil is just as desperate to solve the case before someone ends up dead—and he fears it could be Tom. At least one of their suspects has a dark secret to hide, which makes Tom’s sixth sense for finding things like a target painted on his back...

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About J.L. Merrow: JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy.
She is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.
Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com, on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow

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