May. 22nd, 2015

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Fallen from Grace (Spirit of Grace Book 2) by Adrian J. Smith
Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC; 1 edition (June 1, 2015)
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Parables and riddles can’t undo the confusion Deputy Grace Halling experiences after her close call with death. Each morning she wakes up, puts on a uniform that feels far more like a target, and goes out to enforce the laws and protect the innocent. While her comrades in blue are murdered one by one with each passing month, Grace pushes for a call to action from her Captain. Her worst fear has become a reality.

Grace doesn’t know if she’s next.

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Mark Kendrick was born to a wee Scottish couple in the Middle Ages. He was covered with a fine white down at birth. When he was three days old, his mother set him down in a bassinet next to the kitchen fireplace. The family dog (a magical dog who could speak seven languages) padded by, sniffed at the down, and proceeded to lick all of it off. The down removed, Mark was transformed into a vessel - a database of words, phrases, and yes, even entire sentences. Once he had his fill of words his imagination soared toward the center of the galaxy. The relativistic effect of traveling so quickly allowed him to live until the 21st century, at which time he began writing stories, mostly to get the words out of his head. Unbeknownst to him, new ones began filling in the emptiness left behind.

"I remember being fascinated with pens at an early age. That was just about the time I learned how to write in cursive. The fact that a pen would put a permanent mark on a page, as opposed to a pencil, which could be erased, was intriguing. I sought to make sure that what I wrote would be permanent and legible.

Fourth grade was a pivotal period in my young life. I was enrolled in one of those experimental 'open concept' schools that year. Although they were a failed educational experiment nationwide, the concept worked on me like no other grade before or after. I took my first Spanish class then. It stuck. I read my first SF book then. It's a genre that I still read and can't get enough of. I learned how to read a map. That came in very handy once I became a Boy Scout. To this day I have a fascination with maps. We did those SRA Reading Labs modules that year, too. Boy, was I hooked on reading because of them. I wrote my first imaginative story. My life was never the same when I realized that my imagination was restless, was overflowing, and needed a voice.


Mark Smith (left), Glenn Hessel and Radar relax in the ruins in the backyard of their Palm Springs home. (Photo: Photograph by Jake Stanford)
Mark Kendrick (born May 22) is married with Glenn Hessel (born September 21, 1963). "I am BLESSED to have had this awesome man in my life for the last 25 years." Their anniversary is on April 21, 1988. So far, Mark is the author of six novels: Desert Sons, Into This World We're Thrown, Stealing Some Time, Vol I and II, The Rylerran Gateway, and
Trenekis of Hiera. Trenekis of Hiera won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic.

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Desert Sons by Mark Kendrick
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: iUniverse Star (June 24, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0595191304
ISBN-13: 978-0595191307
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Scott Faraday is sixteen and has no idea that his world is about to radically change. Scott is fun-loving, in a small-town rock band, and out—but only to a select few.

Isolated in a high desert town, Scott doesn’t know anyone else who is gay. When Ryan St. Charles, a troubled 17-year-old, moves to Yucca Valley, Scott’s world tilts on its axis.

Ryan is a brash seventeen-year-old who has just severed a long relationship with a man, but still considers himself straight. As Scott and Ryan’s friendship develops, Scott begins to suspect that Ryan might be covering up that he’s gay. When Scott comes out to Ryan, their friendship is transformed into his first real relationship.

Tightly focused on these two characters, Desert Sons follows the thoughts and emotion of the ups and downs of a young adult gay relationship. Filled with first-time wonder, teenage angst, and the swirl of emotions that can only be expressed by youth, readers are pulled headlong into a highly-charged drama.

Trenekis of Hiera by Mark Kendrick
Paperback: 275 pages
Publisher: Infinity Publishing (April 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0741458640
ISBN-13: 978-0741458643
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An Arduous Journey.
A Mysterious Stranger.
An Impossible Relationship.

Arasen Vatch, the leader of a fanatical religious order known as the Path Holders, rose to power on Eridanus Colony in 2757 CE. Tens of thousands died when loyalists committed a heinous act of terrorism. Arasen fled in cold sleep hibernation with his closest followers. No one knew he had led them to a faraway star system and founded a new settlement, dedicated to his `Path of Perfection'. Yet, years later, an inevitable schism occurred.

Nineteen-year-old Trenekis Idero lives in the heretical village of Hiera. Brought there as an infant, he has only recently been told he's Arasen's son. Knowing this, he dares not tell anyone he's gay.

Niko Savaidras and his planetary exploration team discover Arasen's long lost destination. Niko, who is also gay, is unaware that he will soon be intimately involved with the son of a notorious mass murderer. Trenekis has no idea this will solve multiple problems he faces.

But the Path Holders are watching and they intend to keep their isolated planet a secret, even if everyone has to die.

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Barbara May Cameron (May 22, 1954 - February 12, 2002) was a lesbian Native American activist and writer.

Born May 22, 1954 in Fort Yates, North Dakota, Cameron was raised on the Standing Rock Reservation by her grandparents. According to her partner, Lynda Boyd, at age 9 she read an article about San Francisco and told her grandmother that one day she would live there "and save the world, too." She did her best to fulfill her promise.

After two years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she attended the American Indian Art Institute, majoring in photography and film after high school, she moved to San Francisco. There, in 1975, just a few years after the Stonewall riots in New York, she co-founded Gay American Indians with activist Randy Burns.

At the time, "it was just about impossible to stand up and say who you were. If you had a job you'd get fired. Your family might disown you. You certainly would be ridiculed," recalled Maurice Kenny in "Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America."

Cameron's refusal to be queer in one corner of her life, and native in another, is as radical and transformative now, as it was then. In an interview with The Gully, Chrystos, a Native American poet and activist, and long-time friend of Cameron, credits her with "giving me a sense of dignity about my place in the world, and my right to be in that place."


Barbara May Cameron by Robert Giard
Barbara May Cameron was a Native American activist and writer. Cameron was raised on the Standing Rock Reservation. According to her partner, Lynda Boyd, at age 9 she read an article about San Francisco and told her grandmother that one day she would live there "and save the world, too." She did her best to fulfill her promise. She died in San Francisco and was brought to her final rest at Wakpala, on Standing Rock. She is survived by Linda Boyd, her partner of 21 years, and their son Rhys.

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://www.thegully.com/essays/gaymundo/020313_barbara_cameron.html (Remembering Barbara Cameron by Kelly Cogswell)

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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Jack Fritscher, Ph.D. (born June 20, 1939) is an American author, novelist, magazine journalist, gay historian, photographer, videographer, university professor, and social activist known internationally for his fiction and non-fiction analyses of gay popular culture. As a pre-Stonewall gay activist, was an out and founding member of the American Popular Culture Association. On May 22, 1979, the night after the White Night riots, Fritscher met his spouse Mark Hemry under the marquee of the Castro Theatre during a post-riot Castro Street peace demonstration that also celebrated the birthday of Harvey Milk. Following a civil union in Vermont (July 12, 2000) and a Canadian marriage (August 19, 2003), they were married in California (June 20, 2008). Fritscher's previous significant partners were David Sparrow and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Fritscher is the founding San Francisco editor in chief of Drummer Magazine. Among literary peers Edmund White, Felice Picano, Andrew Holleran, Ethan Mordden, and Rita Mae Brown, Fritscher was the first born, the earliest published, the only documentary filmmaker, and the most explicit literary writer.

Fritscher was raised in Peoria, Illinois. His father was the child of Socialist Austrian-Catholic immigrant stonemasons (arrived in 1885) and his mother was the grandchild of Irish-Catholic immigrant steelworkers (arrived in 1847). His uncle and namesake was the noted World War II Catholic army chaplain, Father John B. Day. Born during the Great Depression and growing up during World War II in rental housing, Fritscher was part of the gay generation who in their teens, during the 1950s, rebelled against conformity through the birth of pop culture and the Beats. In their twenties, during the 1960s, these gay youth marched for peace and civil rights, and in their thirties, during the 1970s, they worked to secure the cultural and aesthetic foundations of modern gay liberation in its first decade after the Stonewall riots.


Jack Fritscher is an American author, novelist, gay historian, photographer, videographer, university professor, and social activist known internationally for his fiction and non-fiction analyses of gay popular culture. On May 22, 1979, the night after the White Night riots, Fritscher met his spouse Mark Hemry under the marquee of the Castro Theatre during a post-riot peace demonstration. Following a civil union in Vermont and a Canadian marriage, they were married in California on June 20, 2008.

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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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"Hi. My name is Marcelino Rosas I'm 24 years old and my general goal in life is to make a positive contribution to the world and achieve anything and everything I set my mind to. I am an international male model and I’ve been very fortunate to have my work published throughout Europe, Australia, and also here in the USA. Since modeling is such a great passion of mine, I aim to continue on this road of success, continuously challenging myself to be the best I can be and never settling for second best. As a model, physical fitness and a healthy life style is important to me, and I've also set myself high goals for what I want to achieve in the gym and how I want to sculpt my physique. I've always been active in the sporting circles, particularly soccer and played at club level. My latest passion is cycling and I'm training for a triathlon sometime in the future.

As a Los Angeles native, I love California, but I also enjoying travelling on photo shoots and vacations, meeting new people, working with the best in the industry, making new friends and experiencing everything this culturally diverse world has to offer.

Besides modeling, I’m also a writer and I've published two novels, Afuera: A Young Latino's Journey and Fuerte: A Journey Continued. I love reading and the movies and I'm a collector of rare photography books, magazines and DVD's. My collection is continuously growing and I'm constantly on the look out to add more to it."

Marcelino (born May 22, 1989) is a Los Angeles native who writes and models for a living and owns his own publishing company Proud Peacock Publishing LLC. In 2013, he released his debut novel Afuera: A Young Latino’s Journey. Pieter (born March 24, 1968) was born in Zimbabwe, and lived equal periods in Zimbabwe, South Africa and England and now living in Los Angeles. He is an electrical engineer and works for a mobile phone company. They met in 2010 and married on October 20, 2013.


Marcelino is a Los Angeles native who writes and models for a living and owns his own publishing company Proud Peacock Publishing LLC. In 2013, he released his debut novel Afuera: A Young Latino’s Journey. Fuerte: A Journey Continued followed one year later. Pieter was born in Zimbabwe, and lived equal periods in Zimbabwe, South Africa and England and now living in Los Angeles. He is an electrical engineer and works for a mobile phone company. They met in 2010 and married on October 20, 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
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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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For an entire community, Harvey Milk is remembered as a hero, a martyr to a cause.

After three unsuccessful campaigns, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors. His election was a landmark event. The reason? Harvey Milk was gay, and his election was the first of an openly gay elected official in the United States. To win the election, Milk had to gain the support of all segments of his district. On election night, Harvey Milk reminded his supporters: "This is not my victory -- it's yours. If a gay man can win, it proves that there is hope for all minorities who are willing to fight."

Harvey Milk was born in 1930 in Woodmere, Long Island, New York. He graduated from New York College for Teachers, served four years in the US Navy, taught high school mathematics and history on Long Island and worked in finance in New York City. When he moved to San Francisco in 1972, he opened a camera store on Castro Street.

Milk's friends and associates remember him as an outgoing person with a keen sense of humor. A brilliant speaker and neighborhood leader, he was soon referred to as "the Mayor of Castro Street." He entered San Francisco politics by campaigning for supervisor as an openly gay candidate in 1973; he lost but won an impressive 17,000 votes. Milk then established the Castro Village Association of local merchants. He ran for supervisor in 1975 and lost again but Mayor George Moscone appointed Milk to the Board of Permit Appeals, making him the first openly gay commissioner in the country.


For an entire community, Harvey Milk is remembered as a hero, a martyr to a cause. After three unsuccessful campaigns, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors. On November 27, 1978, Supervisor Milk and Mayor Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, a former police officer who had clashed with Milk over gay issues. Scott Smith (October 21, 1948 – February 4, 1995) was a gay rights activist best known for his romantic relationship with Harvey Milk.

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Source: http://www.kqed.org/w/hood/castro/resourceguide/harveymilk.html

Joseph Scott Smith (October 21, 1948 – February 4, 1995) was a gay rights activist best known for his romantic relationship with Harvey Milk.

Smith was born in Key West, Florida and grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. He then attended Memphis State University.

Smith was instrumental to Milk's career as an activist and politician. He organized and managed Milk's campaigns for public office from 1974 to 1977 and his influence was widely in evidence after Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Smith was well known for orchestrating the Coors Beer boycott and putting Milk at the forefront of the issue, creating one of the first public displays of power by the gay community.

There are hundreds of images of Smith, taken by Milk and others, in the Harvey Milk Archives/Scott Smith Collection at the San Francisco Public Library. After being discharged from the United States Navy, Milk spent many hours taking pictures. Smith was his favorite model; sometimes Milk spent entire rolls of film just taking pictures of Smith.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Smith_%28activist%29

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"I am a writer and performer living and loving in Brooklyn. My first novel, HORNITO: MY LIE LIFE, was published by HarperCollins in October 2000. My second novel, THE UNDERMINER (co-written with Virginia Heffernan) was published by Bloomsbury USA in 2005. Now I am releasing THE JUNKET exclusively on Kindle for your pleasure. Check me out on mikealbo.com, on Twitter at "albomike" or on FaceBook...Below is a more extensive bio written in the 3rd person as if I had nothing to do with its creation:

Mike Albo has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, GQ, Elle Décor, Country Living, The Daily Beast, Out, The Village Voice, Details, and many other magazines and websites. He was a Senior Editor and Fashion Writer for Cargo Magazine from 2004-2006.

Albo wrote The Critical Shopper column for the New York Times from February 2007-October 2009. He has also had columns in Blackbook and Surface magazines, and wrote "Torascopes" for Heeb Magazine from 2005-2007. His love advice column in Out Magazine, "What's Your Problem?" appeared from 1998-2000. He also wrote horoscopes for Word.com (Horoscopes by Randy Lavender), from 1998-2000.

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Hornito: My Lie Life by Mike Albo
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; New edition edition (September 4, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060937106
ISBN-13: 978-0060937102
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Juxtaposing a trip to his childhood home -- where he has retreated to try to make some sense of his hectic existence in New York City -- with memories of growing up gay in seventies suburbia, Albo creates "Mike Albo." This character's memories are from a fictitious life that's outrageous, hilarious, and embarrassingly real. From a typical suburban childhood to his perpetual search for true love, Albo evokes a poignant, nostalgic past and a vibrant, energetic present. By turns vulnerable and jaded, flamboyant and obsessive, Hornito is full of subversive humor and outrageous irony.

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Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky; January 18, 1913 – March 3, 1987) was a celebrated American actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. His best known performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes, and rapid-fire nonsense songs.

There are persistent claims that Kaye was homosexual or bisexual, and some sources assert that Kaye and Laurence Olivier had a ten-year relationship in the 1950s while Olivier was still married to Vivien Leigh. A biography of Leigh states that their love affair caused her to have a breakdown. The affair has been denied by Olivier's official biographer, Terry Coleman. Joan Plowright, Olivier's third wife and widow, has dealt with the matter in different ways on different occasions: she deflected the question (but alluded to Olivier's "demons") in a BBC interview. She is reputed to have referred to Danny Kaye on another occasion, in response to a claim that it was she who broke up Olivier's marriage to Leigh. However, in her own memoirs, Plowright denies that there had been an affair between the two men. Producer Perry Lafferty reported: "People would ask me, 'Is he gay? Is he gay?' I never saw anything to substantiate that in all the time I was with him.” Kaye’s final girlfriend, Marlene Sorosky, reported that he told her, "I've never had a homosexual experience in my life. I've never had any kind of gay relationship. I've had opportunities, but I never did anything about them."


Danny Kaye, Laurence Olivier and Sid Field
Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier (22 May 1907 - 11 July 1989), the finest English actor of his time, performed sublimely in a variety of stage and screen roles. Olivier had a number of intimate relationships with men, including comic Danny KAYE (January 18, 1913 - March 3, 1987). As Olivier's third wife Joan Plowright put it: "I have always resented the comments that it was I who was the homewrecker of Larry's marriage to Vivien Leigh. Danny Kaye was attached to Larry far earlier than I."

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

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989), the finest English actor of his time, performed sublimely in a variety of stage and screen roles. He is perhaps most famous for his films of SHAKESPEARE’s Henry V, Hamlet (which won an Academy Award), and Richard III. He was eventually nominated nine times for Academy Awards and was given a special Oscar in 1979. From 1962 to 1973 he was the director of the National Theatre Company in London. He wrote On Acting and the autobiography Confessions of an Actor. He was knighted in 1947 and made a peer of the realm in 1970. (Picture: Laurence Olivier by Carl Van Vechten)

Olivier was a child prodigy who impressed Dame Sybil Thorndike with his performance in Julius Caesar at age nine. At fourteen he played Katharina in a boys’ staging of The Taming of the Shrew at the Shakespeare festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. Olivier was given his big break in the English theatre by Noel COWARD, who was in love with him. Olivier played opposite Coward and Gertrude LAWRENCE in the original production of Private Lives in 1930.

The beginning of Olivier’s film career was less propitious. Greta GARBO rejected him as her leading man in Queen Christina, and it took him several years to establish himself in Hollywood. Eventually, however, Olivier starred in screen versions of Wurthering Heights, Rebecca, and Pride and Prejudice. Television work included his Emmy-winning performance in the 1982 series Brideshead Revisited.


Private Lives, 1930, Laurence Olivier, Adrienne Allen, Noel Coward, and Gertrude Lawrence

Laurence Olivier, the finest English actor of his time, performed sublimely in a variety of stage and screen roles. There are also claims that Olivier was intimate with Noel Coward. In his autobiography, Olivier refers to . . my nearly passionate involvement with the one male with whom some sexual dalliance had not been loathsome to contemplate. I remained firm in my conviction that heterosexuality was romantically beautiful . . though . . make me waver—well, I must allow that it did do that."


As You Like It, 1936, Henry Ainley and Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier, the finest English actor of his time, performed sublimely in a variety of stage and screen roles. Terry Coleman’s authorized biography of Olivier also suggests a relationship between Olivier and an older actor, Henry Ainley (21 August 1879 – 31 October 1945), based on 15 sexually explicit letters from Ainley to Olivier. Henry Ainley was known on the London stage at the beginning of the twentieth century. They performed together in As You Like It in 1936, Ainley's final film.

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Source: Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals by Keith Stern

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Bertha Harris (December 17, 1937 – May 22, 2005) was an American lesbian novelist. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she moved to New York City in the 1960s. She is highly regarded by critics and admirers, but her novels are less familiar to the broader public.

She is best known for her stylistically bold novel Lover, published in 1976. She published two other novels, Catching Saradove (1969), and Confessions of Cherubino (1972). Lover and Confessions of Cherubino were brought out by the independent house Daughters, Inc., a small publisher of women's fiction. In all three novels, Harris engaged the aesthetics of late twentieth-century literature; they may be considered examples of literary postmodernism. Her novels are stylistically akin to the work of modernist writers such as Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, and Djuna Barnes (whom she greatly admired), and she has acknowledged as inspiration the work of Jill Johnston and the dancer Yvonne Ranier. She once proclaimed that Djuna Barnes's work was "practically the only available expression of lesbian culture we have in the modern western world" since Sappho.

Much of Harris's work, most notably Lover, is written with the Women's Movement of the 1970s as its primary inspiration and its audience. Indeed, Lover might be viewed as a literary mother of Queer Theory; her novel resonates almost as strongly with third-wave feminism as it does with the second-wave feminism of its origins.

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

Bertha Harris, 1993, by Robert Giard  )

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Maurice Berger (born May 22, 1956) is an American cultural historian, curator, and art critic. (P: Maurice Berger, September 2011 (photo: Donna DeSalvo))

He is Research Professor and Chief Curator at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Consulting Curator at the Jewish Museum in New York. A student of the pioneering theoretical art historian, Rosalind E. Krauss, he completed a B.A. at Hunter College and Ph.D. in art history and critical theory at the City University of New York. He then turned his attention to race. One of the few white kids in his low-income housing project on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Berger grew up hyper-sensitized to race. Due to his experiences, he looked beyond the world of "critical theory" to address the relevance of visual culture, and especially images of race, to everyday life.

Berger engages the issues of racism, whiteness, and contemporary race relations and their connection to visual culture in the United States. He is one of the first art historians to meld the methodologies and practices of cultural and art history with those of race studies and critical race theory, work begun by Berger in the mid-1980s as an assistant professor of art and gallery director at Hunter College. His earliest effort in this area--co-organized with the anthropologist Johnnetta B. Cole at Hunter College in 1987--was an interdisciplinary project (that included a book, art exhibition, and film program) entitled "Race and Representation." His widely-anthologized study on institutional racism--"Are Art Museums Racist?"--appeared in Art in America three years later, and helped spur a national debate on the exclusionary practices of American art museums.

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

Maurice Berger, 2000, by Robert Giard )

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Sasha Alyson (born May 22, 1952) is an American businessman who started Alyson Publications in 1979. It was based in Boston, Massachusetts, where Alyson lived at the time. The company concentrated on subjects important to gay people. The company particularly focused on groups that were under-represented in gay literature, including gay youth, black gay men, and older gay people. In 1990, he created the imprint "Alyson Wonderland" to publish children's books that depicted families with lesbian and gay parents. Under the penname Johnny Valentine, Alyson wrote some of these children's books including "The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans" (1991) which won a Lambda Literary Award.

In 1988, Alyson initiated publication of the book "You Can Do Something About AIDS," in which members of the publishing cooperated to produce a 126-page book that was distributed free through bookstores. Other publishers and writers contributed articles and funding, and Elizabeth Taylor wrote the book's introduction. A first printing of 150,000 copies was gone in 10 days, and the book went through additional printings. As a result of this work, Alyson received the first Lambda Literary award for Publisher's Service.

By 1992, Alyson Publications had become the largest independent publisher of gay and lesbian books, with sales of almost one million dollars a year. Alyson, and his company, were named "Publisher of the Year" by the New England Booksellers Association in 1994.

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Model Citizen by Lissa Kasey
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Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic’s life as an international supermodel was heading in the right direction. He worked part-time for his brother at his detective agency—Petroskovic Haven Investigations—and had just bought his dream house. But all that changed when he found his brother dead, a victim of PTSD-induced suicide.
Almost a year later, Ollie is trying to keep his brother’s business afloat, but can’t get his PI license. Then his brother’s best friend, Kade Alme, shows up, fresh from the battlefield after a close brush with death. Kade is looking for a new life, in more ways than one, and with PI license in hand, he’s exactly what Ollie needs to keep PHI running.
When one of Ollie's childhood friends gets in trouble, Ollie feels he has to help. Kade insists on investigating if only to keep Ollie safe. Neither realizes the danger they’re in as someone tries to tear them apart before they can find solid ground together.

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About the author: Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, and collects Asian Ball Joint Dolls who look like her characters. She has three cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at Anime Conventions masquerading as random characters when she's not writing about boy romance.

Where to find the author:
Twitter: @parisbvamp
Website: www.lissakasey.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lissa.kasey



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Dear Elisa, It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Winner in the LGBT Non-Fiction Category of the 3rd Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards. Your book, Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time, truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work. The entire team at the Beverly Hills Book Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in creating the success your book deserves. You have our warmest congratulations. Warmly, ELLEN REID President & CEO Beverly Hills Book Awards http://www.beverlyhillsbookawards.com/2015-BHBA-Winners-and-Finalists.htm#lgbtnf

Hello, I am writing with great news! Your book has been named a Finalist in the GLBT category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Congratulations! Your achievement will be published at http://www.indiebookawards.com/2015_winners_and_finalists.php along with the other Finalists and Winners. Once again congratulations from all of us at Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Catherine Goulet Awards Chair www.IndieBookAwards.com Shelley Anderson Awards Coordinator

Dear San Francisco Book Festival Entrant, the winners, runner-ups and honorable mentions of the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival have been posted to our web site, www.sanfranciscobookfestival.com. Congratulations to all who placed in the competition! We wish you continued success in your publishing endeavors and look forward to seeing you soon. Sincerely, Bruce Haring and the staff of The San Francisco Book Festival

Congratulations! It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Finalist in the 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work. The entire team at the National Indie Excellence Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in the your ongoing success. You have our deepest congratulations. Warmly, Ellen Reid President & CEO National Indie Excellence Awards http://www.indieexcellence.com/indie-results-2015-finalists.htm

A BIG Congratulations to all of the Winners and Finalists of our 6th Annual International Book Awards. Over 1200 books from 15 countries were entered into this year’s competition. We will continue to celebrate excellence in indie and mainstream publishing now and in the future!” —Jeffrey Keen, President & CEO, i310 Media Group, Los Angeles http://www.internationalbookawards.com/2015awardannouncement.html

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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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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