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2017 Rainbow Awards

More than 400 books, 137 judges, all over the world, and many, many submissions, from indie publishers, from mainstream publishers and self-published authors. And, to me more important of everything, we raised more than 13.000 dollars donated to LGBT charities:

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First of all a big thank to all the judges who helped me to arrive to this result:

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And as always a big thank you to the Publishers which allow me and the judges to have all the books for the reading phase:

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And now what all you are waiting, the 2017 Rainbow Awards. And the Rainbow Awards go to:


"Rainbow Pride Cheesecake" is the official pin-up boy of the Rainbow Awards especially created by Paul Richmond

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5190449.html

Best Gay & Lesbian - PoetryCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5190667.html

Best Asexual - Contemporary & Historical RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5190939.html

Best Gay - Romantic ComedyCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5191206.html

Best Bisexual - Fantasy RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5191570.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5191765.html

Best Lesbian - FantasyCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5192030.html

Best Gay & Lesbian - EroticaCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5192300.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5192547.html

Best Asexual - Fantasy & Paranormal RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5192894.html

Best Bisexual - Romantic Comedy & SuspenceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5193002.html

Best Lesbian - Mystery / ThrillerCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5193340.html

Best Lesbian - Anthology / CollectionCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5193658.html

Best Gay - Alternative Universe/RealityCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5193741.html

Best Lesbian - Fantasy & Paranormal RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5194115.html

Best Transgender - Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance & Romantic ComedyCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5194247.html

Best Bisexual & Trangender - Contemporary General Fiction & Mystery/ThrillerCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5194595.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5194922.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5195132.html

Best Gay - FantasyCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5195401.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5195663.html

Best Bisexual, Lesbian & Transgender - Historical & Historical RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5195963.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5196147.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5196512.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5196773.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5197017.html

Best Bisexual - Alternative Universe/Reality, Fantasy & Sci-Fi / FuturisticCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5197096.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5197356.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5197627.html

Best Transgender - Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy & Fantasy RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5197989.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5198313.html

Best Gay - Fantasy RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5198525.html

Best Bisexual - Paranormal RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5198776.html

Best Gay - Romantic Suspence Collapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5199093.html

Best Gay - Sci-Fi / FuturisticCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5199146.html

Best Gay - Paranormal RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5199607.html

Best Bisexual - Contemporary RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5199720.html

Best Gay - Erotic RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5200095.html

Best Lesbian - Contemporary & Erotic RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5200284.html

Best Gay - Contemporary RomanceCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5200422.html

Best Transgender DebutCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5200891.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5200933.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5201182.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5201543.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5201862.html

Best LGBT BookCollapse )
Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5201990.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5202251.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5202572.html

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Link: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5203027.html


"Air de Capri" is a 1923 painting by Gerda Wegener, with Gerda herself and her husband, transgender male to female, Lili Elbe

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Ethan Day, judge of the Rainbow Awards

Ethan Day was on the Rainbow Awards Jury since 2010, basically the 2nd years of the awards, and when we started collecting the Honorable Mention... here are some of Ethan's:
2010
Donald Hardy - Lovers Knot: My first historical and surprisingly great w/ mystery and paranormal aspects to it. Thanks for this - who knows how long I would have gone without reading a historical if it weren't for your contest! : )
Heidi Cullinan - Miles and the Magic Flute: I really got sucked into this one, and was hooked up until the end, which lost a little bit of the luster for me. It was a little too happy of a happy ending, if that makes any sense? But overall what an awesome book!
J.c. Herneson - Spring of the Stag God: I probably fell a little on the generous side of things with this one because I've honestly never read anything like it. It's way past anywhere I've gone in terms of fantasy, as either a reader or writer.
Dorien Grey - The Secret Keeper: This one was tough for me, I could tell it wasn't the first book in the series and I felt like I was missing part of the longer story arc. Kinda ruined the story for me a bit. I'm pretty anal about reading a series in order...a pet peeve. : ) But the writing was top-notch.
Clare London - Blinded by Our Eyes: Even though I saw a few things coming in this mystery, I thought this was a really well written book and I genuinely cared about the main character.
Carol Lynne & T.a. Chase - Dracul's Blood: Another book who's premise was totally unique and brilliant - not at all wat I was expecting - I bumped it up a few points for that reason. : )
2012
Michael Griffo - Unwelcome: I feel a little bad because I think the YA book suffered slightly because I hadn't read the first book in the series and I couldn't shake the feeling that I'd missed out on something. That kept the characters from feeling as close, I think. But I felt that was my issue, and not the authors fault, so I bumped that score up to an 8 from my original 7. Reading books out of order is a pet peeve - had I realized it earlier I would've had time to get the first book and read it before. That's the problem with my procrastination. Pretty bad on my part considering thecover says 'Lesson Two'! Though it's not in very big print.
Shane Allison - Nice Butt, Gay Anal Eroticism: I'm not sure judging these stories with the same criteria is a good thing, lol! Characterization and setting seemed less important and some of these shorts did better than others, but judging it from the whole isn't easy. I did find most of it...arousing? LOL! You can give it an extra point for me if you feel like that should figure into it. But I didn't really connect with characters so much as enjoyed watching them in my head, which is more like watching porn - where characterization isn't such a big thing.
2013
Alexa Land - Feral: I enjoyed this one, it had a nice build that kept me turning the pages and held my interest. The author did a nice job with setting, taking the time to set the scene without becoming overly detailed. I enjoyed the authors ‘voice’ though there were a few character foibles here and there that seemed off and thus pulled me from the story – but I did connect to them, was able to relate to them, which was nice. So not perfect scores but overall, I enjoyed the read.
George Seaton - Saving Skylar Hand: I enjoyed this book immensely. The characters developed through childhood, into puberty and beyond and it all felt real, and I found all the characters relatable. The author has a beautiful writing style and knack for providing a sense of setting w/o needing no overkill in details - that being said, I could have personally handled a little more. But I did find myself able to see the story unfolding inside my head w/o having to work to fill in the blanks. I thoroughly enjoyed both protags. A simple story, which I can totally appreciate as well as a little bittersweet here and there, nice.
2014
Kate Aaron - The Dead Past: I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. The author drew me completely into the setting to the point I felt like I was there. I liked the characters and wanted to continue reading in order to discover more about them. The mystery was also well plotted and kept me interested in reading more, though I felt the resolution came and was resolved a little quickly. I enjoyed this enough to go looking for the author and was happy to see there is another book available in the series. I'll be picking that up. Well done, Kate! : )
2015
Kim Fielding - Astounding!: This was a bit of an odd book for me as it started out feeling like it was going to be one thing and then turned on a dime part way into the story. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, mind you, just an odd thing. The cover as well, made it feel like I was getting a contemporary romance only to be surprised by the sci-fi aspect, so I didn’t get the vintage pulp-mag connection right away. I enjoyed the characters and the author included enough setting details throughout most of the book that I didn’t have to work as hard filling in the blanks. As someone who has never visited Yosemite, I would have appreciated more details about the area, but that was a small thing. I did feel at times that the emotional aspect of the relationship was a teensy bit heavy-handed here and there, but I enjoyed the story overall! My first time reading this author and based upon what I read, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another book by her.
Kate Aaron - The Slave: What I appreciate most about this author, is her ability to take a subject matter that holds zero interest to me as a reader, while still managing to create characters that keep me engaged enough to continue reading in spite of that fact. There was enough setting and world-building to make the story feel real, though I confess I would have enjoyed seeing even more detail included, especially with regard to the Master’s complex considering the bulk of the story takes place there. The relationship is the plot here, one of self-discovery and in that sense, was well fleshed out, but otherwise not too complicated. Overall, I prefer this authors Puddledown Mysteries over this fantasy-based story, but like any great author, Kate managed to make this story work for me.
2016
Lynn Kelling - Loving the Master: The characters really put this one over the top for me. I enjoyed the fact this author didn’t completely ignore setting, adding details about the world in which the characters moved around in—I could have used more of that. I could have done without some of the sex and still enjoyed the story just as much, but that is a personal taste thing. I didn’t always ‘believe’ what was happening within the story, but the characters themselves felt real to me. All in all, I’m not much of a BDSM fan and that didn’t matter in the least with this story, the characters were well-drawn and I cared what happened to them, which allowed this story transcend the BDSM subgenre ties(no pun intended) to become a really nice romance. Two thumbs up.
Jp Bowie - Every Breath I Take (All I'll Ever Need #2): "A well-written romance with enough tension to keep me reading along to discover how it was all going to turn out at the end. I would have enjoyed more detail to setting, there was enough here that I didn’t feel like I had to work the whole time I was reading, trying to imagine those details for myself but I could have used more. I realize that’s an issue within the genre as there are many readers who don’t like much or any setting details. That being said, I’m selfish and greedy, and therefore always asking for more. : ) While the characters all felt real and I became invested in what happened to them, for me, there were perhaps too many POV’s for such a short novella length book. I would have preferred less in this size word count, or perhaps a longer book to allow the reader more time with and insight into each character. This felt like a second book in a series, so perhaps there is more to be found in an earlier work. I did appreciate that while this felt like a sequel to another book, the author provided enough backstory that I never felt lost in this book. All in all, well done!"



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The Inside Reader: Ethan Day

Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends - Silas Weir Mitchell
I think that, if I was a gay man, I would be like Ethan Day ;-) No, I'm not turning into a stalker, it's only that, I believe to have a lot in common with Ethan, the love for good comedy, both in books than movies, above all. And I think that we "want" to believe in romance and happily ever after, and we want to see the good in people, or at least we try. So, I'm more than happy to guest Ethan and his list today. Enjoy!

Before settling in for my Inside Reader, I wanted to extend my thanks to Elisa for allowing me to post some of my own reviews and ramblings on her site.

For my ten list I wanted to cut through all the criteria that I hope and pray make it into every book I write: great characterization, romance, and to emotionally move the reader – whether it be with a few laughs or a few tears. Getting down to the very basic thing I want more than anything else, which is to entertain the reader. I always cross my fingers, hoping that reading one of my books is like going out on a really great date. And with any luck, have the reader ready to turn around and go out with me again.

With that thought in mind, I sat down and chose ten books (more actually as several are part of a series) which fit that criteria for me as a reader. They aren’t listed in any particular order so much as how they came to me when I sat down to write this. Let me also say that I’ve stumbled across a great many wonderful authors throughout 2009, which was a particularly good year for me, considering I was fortunate enough to have a few books of my own published. Some of those writers are on this list – to the great many that aren’t – keeping in mind the limitation of ten books – don’t hate me because you didn’t fit! : )


1) Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt – Despite not being fiction, I think one of the best lesson’s I learned as a writer from reading this book, was how important a colorful secondary cast of characters could be. I was so entertained by the southern charm of all the quirky characters that I continuously had to keep reminding myself that someone had been murdered! The movie version of course sucked-ass due to the Hollywood cliché of inserting a het-romance in some lame attempt to dial down the homosexuality, but the book is a gem and the cast of real-life characters, the envy of this writer. Who knew real people could be so interesting? : )

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage (June 28, 1999)
Publisher Link: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780679751526
ISBN-10: 0679751521
ISBN-13: 978-0679751526
Amazon: Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil

Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.

2) First You Fall: A Kevin Connor Mystery by Scott Sherman – I found this author after reading a review he wrote of one of my books on Amazon. I hadn’t read his book at the time I e-mailed to thank him for his kindness. It was something I soon rectified and was so happy I did. Kevin Connor is sweet, sexy, funny, and a hooker? A combination I never would have imagined would’ve worked for me had Sherman not decided to put pen to paper. What made this story so fresh was the fact that Kevin’s career path wasn't the focus of the story. Sherman created a delightfully fun, frisky, and at times laugh-out-loud funny book. A second installment should soon be available, and I for one, can’t wait to fall all over again.

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Alyson Books (June 1, 2008)
Publisher Link: http://www.alyson.com/9781593500597.html
ISBN-10: 1593500599
ISBN-13: 978-1593500597
Amazon: First You Fall

When his friend’s death is ruled a suicide, Kevin Connor—a hustler by trade, sleuth by default—sets out to prove a case of murder. It doesn’t help matters that the victim’s grown children, who disapproved of their father’s gay lifestyle, are only concerned about their inheritance. But they are not Kevin’s only problem. His high-strung mother has moved in with him—and she knows nothing about his questionable . . . job. Scott Sherman has written for Newsweek, Genre, Instinct, and The Washington Blade. He is the host of the number-one rated The Digital Photography Show on The Podcast Network.

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About Ethan Day: “I am a gay man living in Missouri...I can hear the gasps already!! How very un-chic of me, yes I know. It was here I was born and here I have stayed.

I'm currently single but always looking for that special someone that makes my heart skip a beat...in addition to being able to put up with my neurotic ass. The worst thing about being a romance writer is finding a real life hottie that can live up to the fantasy I create in my head and subsequently thrust upon him before actually getting to know the real him. I can hear you getting all judgie...it's an occupational hazard!! To all my past and future boyfriends, my sincerest apologies...I can't help myself!

I was the youngest of four children and the only boy, so needless to say, I was spoiled rotten. I've always had an extravagant fantasy life. When I played with my Star Wars action figures as a child, I liked to make up my own stories. Naturally, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo were totally meant for each other, and Princess Leia made a bitchin' wise cracking Fag Hag.

I somehow managed to survive high school living in a small racist town in Southeast Missouri and emerged unscathed, realizing life was too short to pretend to be anything other than who I was. I was the little homo that could...so damn it, I did! It was all very Lifetime Movie Network meets After School Special I assure you.

After a few stints in college, I eventually signed up for a Creative Writing course. I took the class because there were no tests. For once my scholastic laziness paid off, and I found an outlet for all the fantasies running amuck in my head. It was love at first write, and I've been doing it off and on ever since.

Now I've decided its time to un-barricade the doors and unleash my imagination onto the world. So very sorry world!! With the help of the lovely and talented team at Loose Id and MLR Press, my fantasy life is now available for public consumption. I'm desperately hoping your really, really hungry.”


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Self Preservation by Ethan Day

My first review of a book of Ethan Day, dating back to February 12, 2009.

Lately it seems that I read a lot of books that have a starting point similar to an Hollywood comedy movie, but since I love comedy, for me it's not at all a problem. And then some comedy I love more than others, like My Best Friend's Wedding, and not since I like Julia Roberts, but since I LOVE Rupert Everett, you can don't believe me, but I liked him even before is coming out, when he was a young actor in an old Italian movie, Cronaca di una morte annunciata.

Anyway in this story Davis is the classical good boy next door: gay and shy, he arrived at College still a blushing virgin and he was obviously swept away from the first good looking guy with enough patience to see behind his protective shield. Jack actually was not a bad guy, and he really liked Davis, and so, after deflowering the virgin, he also played the role of perfect boyfriend for four years, since the lights of New York called him, and he left without a good reason. Davis, poor guy, still loves him, and he has always hoped that, sooner or later, Jack will see a different light and realize that his true love is back at home. So when Davis receives a phone call from Jack announcing that he is marrying a man he met only two weeks before, Davis is sure that he is doing a big mistake and that he has to do everything to stop him. With his best girl friend in tow, he goes to Chicago with every intention to break Jack up from his future groom, Tadd.

Problem is that Tadd is every bit the perfect man, and Davis has no many chance to succeeded. But an help arrives from Alex, Tadd's best friend: Alex has his own reason to want to test Jack's love for Tadd, and then, it's not an hard work to feign interest in Davis, since the man is really cute.

It's the classical comedy of mistake, and also a whirl of possible pair: Davis-Jack, Jack-Tadd, Davis-Alex, Alex... well I need to leave a bit of mystery, needn't I? But even if there are different interaction between the men, the author manages to never actually making no one cheats on someone else: using different time level, all the possible couple are tested to allow the reader to see how they are together, but in the end, only the real one, the true love will conquer all.

I like the mix of high society party world with the small town tittle-tattle behavior of all the characters: even if Davis is plotting to do a very nasty thing, he never really behaves as a villain, and all his attempts are more funny than dangerous. In a way Davis is still that eighteen years old virgin boy who was starstruck by friendly and handsome Jack; doesn't matter if he left 6 years before, Davis is still waiting at home like a good little wife for her husband to be back home after playing around. Probably if Jack was a really bad man, the reader would have no doubt to whom Davis should choice, but instead Jack is really a good guy, maybe a bit selfish, but not so much to make him a nasty character. And so the reader has the same problem as Davis, he is unable to letting Jack go toward his new path.

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New Release: And God Belched by Rob Rosen

Hello Readers! If you’re looking for a laugh, for some romance with a bit of heat, for a truly unique book, then I invite you to check out my twelfth (and, dare I say, best) novel, And God Belched, published by MLR Press.

Here’s a little bit about the book:
In this riotously funny romantic adventure, Randy and his younger brother, Craig, find themselves in a different universe, on a strange planet, desperately searching for Milo, a handsome stranger in imminent danger, all while being chased by the heavily armed local authorities. And that's just the start of this epic journey. But what else does fate have in store for our brave heroes? And can one human save two worlds, the handsome alien he's fallen in love with, his entire family, and a self-aware watch? Read on, dear Earthlings, to find out!

Feel free to pick up a copy here:
https://www.amazon.com/God-Belched-Rob-Rosen-ebook/dp/B078GG9L4P/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1513737466&sr=8-1

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37589935-and-god-belched?from_search=true

And here’s an excerpt:
In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters, and God said, “let there be light,” and there was light.

Um, you know, sort of.

Actually, in the beginning, God belched out a universe—a big bang of a belch, in fact. It was, so it’s told elsewhere, an odoriferous, gaseous cloud of a rumbling belch. And like all good belches, it was followed by several smaller ones, each forming their own universes, which spread out and filled that above-mentioned void.

Ours was belch number four, the very last one. God had to pound his expansive chest to get that one out. “Oomph,” He said as our existence was made manifest, as out atoms spread outward, trailing those other far greater universes, just before that famous light was flicked on.

Click.

Picture, if you will, four bubbles floating through the blackness, turning end over end as they rapidly grew and expanded, as molecules collided and elements formed: hydrogen and helium and lithium—so that many years later we could have zeppelins and balloons and long-lasting batteries, and all because God was a bit gassy one day.

Anyway, that first belch, that first universe, went to the right; we veered leftward. Those other two, well, they’re not really pertinent to this story. So, for the sake of argument, let’s just say that one went up, the other down. Ta-ta, sister worlds. Live long and, um, prosper.

A year went by, two, then fourteen billion, give or take. I, too, was made manifest: Randy—both a name, namely mine, and an apt adjective. Made, in fact, by mom and dad, belching my way into the void on a cold January morning. Yep, just like it’s said, we truly are made in His image, at least in belching ability.

In any case, on that same January morning, in a universe far, far away—sort of, though, uh, not really—another baby boy was born: Milo. Well, that’s what I called him, anyway. Or at least would, at a time when those two universes happened to decide to play bumper cars together. In any case, his real name was close to a dozen letters long, strung together with nary a vowel to be had. I tried to pronounce it once, and was instantly stricken with a sore throat.

But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Back to me, Randy—the name, for the time being, not the adjective. I was born in San Francisco, the city by the bay, the city by the gays. I lived high upon a hill, one of the steepest in the city, sort of like a prince in a castle. Though our home was made of steel, not brick, not wood, not even stone. The architect was hoping to design a quake-proof house, or so the legend went. And like so many legends, such was not even close to the actual case, as it turned out. Anyway, we froze in the winter and melted when the sun poked through the endless fog. In other words, our house was wisely one of a kind.

“High upon a hill lives Prince Randy, clad in his ermine cape and golden crown, scepter raised in royal salute.” The story rolled off my mom’s tongue as she fed me Gerber’s mashed peas: my favorite.

FYI, the cape was my blankie, not ermine so much as polyester. The crown was a yellow bowl bought at Safeway. I still own said crown. Now I use it for cereal, as opposed to headwear. The scepter was my rattle. It was bequeathed to my younger brother a couple of years later. These days, I lift my cell phone in royal salute.


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Author of the award-winning novels Sparkle: The Queerest Book You’ll Ever Love, Divas Las Vegas, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort, Fate, Midlife Crisis, and Fierce, and editor of the anthologies Lust in Time, Men of the Manor, Best Gay Erotica 2015, and Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volumes 1 and 2 and 3.




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Samuel M. Steward, also known by the pen name Phil Andros, was a novelist and tattoo artist from Ohio, later based in Oakland. Thornton Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and for the two plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth—and a U.S. National Book Award for the novel The Eighth Day. 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. Steward kept records of his many sexual encounters in a card index he called his "Stud File". They included Rudolph Valentino (a month before his death at 31, when Steward was 17) and Roy Fitzgerald Douglas (who became Rock Hudson). Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade by Justin Spring was published in 2010. The book was the recipient of many literary honors, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Timeline & Places:

• July 23, 1909: born.

• 1927: attended Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, Stati Uniti

• December 31, 1993: died.

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Rick Sandford was born December 31, 1950, in Denver, Colorado. After his graduation in 1969, he moved to Los Angeles to see the musical, Hair and the Russian motion picture version of War and Peace. After 1972, Sandford remained in Los Angeles employed in various positions, from an usher at Grauman's Chinese Theatre to a television show stand-in. He received credit as a "research assistant" on 50 Golden Years of Oscar: the Official History of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and Ronald Haver's David O. Selznick's Hollywood. Along the way Sandford appeared on television shows and in motion pictures as an extra and in a few bit parts. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he worked as an editor on 3 gay erotic films and appeared as Benjamin Barker or Ben Barker in 13 gay erotic motion pictures including Kip Noll and the Westside Boys, Rear Deliveries, Skin Deep, The Class of '84 Part 2 Jocks, Gold Rush Boys, The Boys of San Francisco, A Night at Halsted's, and Games. In the mid 1980s, Don Bachardy sketched Sandford for his book, Drawing of the Male Nude. He also served as an assistant on the 1990 documentary Hollywood Mavericks. In 1991, his short story "Forster & Rosenthal Reevaluated: An Investigative Report" was published in the anthology, Indivisible: New Short Fiction by Gay and Lesbian West Coast Writers. In 1994, another of his short stories, "Purim" was published in Blood Whispers: L.A. Writers on AIDS, Volume 2. He died of AIDS during the evening of September 28, 1995. Two more of Sandford's short stories were published posthumously, "The Gospel Of Bartholemew Legate: Three Fragments" in His 2: Brilliant New Fiction by Gay Writers and"Manifest White" in His 3: Brilliant New Fiction by Gay Writers. In 2000, his novel, Boys Across the Street was published.

Timeline & Places:

• December 31, 1950: born.

• September 28, 1995: died. Buried at Happy Homestead Cemetery  South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, California, USA, Plot Block A-O, Row 03, Lot 09

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Queer Places, Vol. 1.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer California: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Orry-Kelly was the professional name of Orry George, a prolific Hollywood costume designer. He studied art in Sydney, and worked as a tailor's apprentice and window dresser. He journeyed to New York to pursue an acting career. He shared an apartment there with Charlie Spangles and Cary Grant. At the time, Cary Grant was Archibald Leach. Kelly and Grant carried on a domestic existence as a gay couple, developing a reputation for throwing wild parties. A job painting murals in a nightclub led to his employment by Fox East Coast studios illustrating titles. He designed costumes and sets for Broadway's Shubert Revues and George White's Scandals. Kelly went to Hollywood in 1932, working for all the major studios and designed for all the great actresses of the day, including Bette Davis, Kay Francis, Olivia de Havilland, Katharine Hepburn, Dolores del Río, Ava Gardner, Ann Sheridan, Barbara Stanwyck, and Merle Oberon. While in Los Angeles, he was living with Milton Owen, a former stage manager, a relationship that was acknowledged also by Kelly's mother. When he died, his pallbearers included Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Billy Wilder and George Cukor and Jack Warner read his eulogy.

Timeline & Places:

• December 31, 1897: born.

• February 27, 1964: died. Buried at Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, Stati Uniti

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Queer Places, Vol. 1.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer California: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Maud May Babcock (May 2, 1867 – December 31, 1954) was the first female member of the University of Utah's faculty. She taught at the university for 46 years, beginning in 1892. While there she established the University Theater, originated the first college dramatic club in the United States, directed over 300 plays and occasionally taught. She wrote five books on speech and elocution, and was a renowned traveler and lecturer. In addition to her professional interests in drama and elocution, she also favored women's suffrage and was a crusader against wasp-waist corsets. She was famed in Utah for her success in bringing big-name talent to the state. Along with all of her work in physical education and theater, Babcock was the first woman to serve as chaplain in the Utah senate.

Timeline & Places:

• May 2, 1867: born.

• 1880s: attended Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, Stati Uniti

• 1880s: attended University of Chicago, 5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, Stati Uniti

• 1892 to 1938: taught at The University of Utah, 201 Presidents Cir, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, Stati Uniti

• 1892 to 1938: lived at 273 E 11th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103, Stati Uniti

• December 31, 1954: died.

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Queer Places, Vol. 1.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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Queer Massachusetts: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Lois Eileen Bierkortte (April 12, 1921 - December 31, 2009) and Mary Anne Evans (March 19, 1931 - April 1980) are both buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia, USA. Mary Anne Evans, died in 1980, aged 49, and is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling. She was a lesbian, although the word was never used in her family. She and her life partner, Lois, lived together in a small house on Third Street in Marietta. Lois died on New Year's Eve fo 2009 in an assisted living facility in Wheeling. On her obituary online from The Wheeling News-Register there was no mention Mary Anne preceding her in death. They are buried in the same cemetery, but not together.Lois Eileen Bierkortte of Wheeling, WV, formerly of Martins Ferry, Ohio, died on December 31, 2009 in Good Shepherd Nursing Home. She was born April 12, 1931, in Wheeling, a daughter of the late Henry A. and Eva Mary Weitzel Bierkortte.She was a 1949 graduate of St. Joseph Academy, Wheeling, a former employee of the Hillsboro Ohio Gas Company, and a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry.

Timeline & Places:

• April 12, 1921: born.

• December 31, 2009: died. Buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 1685 National Rd, Wheeling, WV 26003, Stati Uniti. Buried near Mary Anne Evans (1931 - 1980)

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Queer Places, Vol. 1.3: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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A dancer with New York City Opera Ballet, Western Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theater, and Milwaukee Ballet, Jorge Samaniego choreographed for Puerto Rican Dance Theater and the Des Moines Ballet in Iowa. In 1978, the Des Moines Ballet directed their attention towards a more professional presentation and retained Jorge Samaniego as Artistic Director and Kenneth MacDonald as Associate Artistic Director. They provided the necessary expertise and artistic direction to make the company a reality in a very short time. Dance Magazine lists as Samaniego's surviving companion Kenneth MacDonald. On the AIDS quilt, MacDonald did for Samaniego, he wrote: "To Jorge Samaniego, my tears, my love, Kenneth" Kenneth MacDonald died of AIDS in 1995. On another panel, they are listed together, side by side.

Timeline & Places:

• December 31, 1948: born.

• 1978 to 1995: worked at Des Moines Ballet, 121 S 11th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50265, Stati Uniti

• April 20, 1995: died.

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Timeline & Places:
• December 31, 1948: born.
• 1978 to 1995: worked at Des Moines Ballet, 121 S 11th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50265, Stati Uniti
• April 20, 1995: died.
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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
Queer Places, Vol. 1.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World



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Isabella of Parma (Isabella Maria Luisa Antonietta Ferdinanda Giuseppina Saveria Domenica Giovanna; 31 December 1741 – 27 November 1763) was the daughter of Infante Felipe of Spain, Duke of Parma and his wife Louise Élisabeth, eldest daughter of Louis XV of France and Maria Leszczyńska. At 18, Isabella was married to Archduke Joseph of Austria, later Joseph II, with whom she was not happy, finding more fulfilment in her close friendship with his sister Archduchess Maria Christina, who later became, by marriage, Duchess of Saxony-Teschen. The two women seemed to have a romantic lesbian affair. During the few years Isabella and Christina knew each other, they exchanged 200 letters and "billets" while living at the same court. Only the letters of Isabella have been preserved; those of Maria Christina were destroyed after her death. The difficult birth of her daughter Maria Theresa, followed by two miscarriages, affected Isabella's mental condition, and she died soon after giving birth to another stillborn daughter.

Timeline & Places:

• December 31, 1741: born.

• 1759 to 1763: lived at Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria

• November 27, 1763: died. Buried at Imperial Crypt, Tegetthoffstraße 2, 1010 Wien, Austria

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Queer Places, Vol. 3.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Henry Gerber (June 29, 1892–December 31, 1972) was the founder of Chicago’s Society for Human Rights in 1924, the first gay rights organization in the United States. Henry Gerber was born in Bavaria as Joseph Henry Dittmar on June 29, 1892, and arrived at Ellis Island in October, 1913. With members of his family, he moved to Chicago because of its large German population. After working briefly at Montgomery Ward, he was interned as an alien during World War I. From 1920 to 1923 he served with the U.S. Army of Occupation of Germany and during this time, he came into contact with the German homosexual emancipation movement. He subscribed to German homophile magazines and was in contact with Magnus Hirschfeld's Scientific-Humanitarian Community in Berlin. In 1924, Gerber returned to Chicago and was hired by the post office. With several friends, Gerber formed an organization which was later incorporated as The Society for Human Rights, a nonprofit corporation in the State of Illinois. The organization published a newsletter, Friendship and Freedom, which was distributed to its small membership. In July, 1925, the society came to an abrupt end. The wife of one of the co-founders reported her husband, a reputed bisexual, to her social worker who contacted the police. Following a police raid, Gerber and several others were arrested and prosecuted for their deviancy. The case against Gerber was dismissed but he lost his entire life savings defending himself. After his ordeal, Gerber moved to New York City where he reenlisted in the U.S. Army and served for 17 years. During the 1930s he managed a personal correspondence club and wrote articles in gay publications under a pseudonym. The correspondence club became a national communications network for gay men. On December 31, 1972, Gerber died at the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home in Washington, D.C., at the age of 80. He lived to see the Stonewall Rebellion and the start of a new era of activist gay and lesbian liberation organizations.

Timeline & Places:

• June 29, 1892: born.

• 1920s: lived at 1710 North Crilly Court, Chicago, IL 60614, USA

• December 31, 1972: died. Buried at Soldiers Home Cemetery, Washington, Distretto di Columbia 20011, Stati Uniti. Memorial at Gerber Hart Library, 6500 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626, Stati Uniti

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Queer Places, Vol. 1.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.3: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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Grace Nicholson was an American art collector and art dealer, specializing in Native American and Chinese handicrafts. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nicholson attended Philadelphia High School for Girls, graduating in the class of 1896. She briefly worked as a stenographer after high school. In 1901, using her inheritance, Nicholson moved to California, and soon opened a small shop in Pasadena, selling Native American handicrafts such as baskets and weaving. In 1924, she designed a new building for her collections, which (reflective of changing fashions) had begun to focus on Asian art. The architectural firm of Marston, Van Pelt & Maybury worked with Nicholson to realize her vision. Her design, nicknamed the "Treasure House," borrowed elements from buildings she had seen in China. The building was opened as an art gallery and shop in 1925, although the interior garden courtyard was not completed until 1929. Her building was deeded to the City of Pasadena in 1943, but she continued to live in her private apartment on the second floor until her death from cancer in 1948. Nicholson was an active charter member of the Zonta Club of Pasadena, and hosted meetings at her home, including a 1929 Christmas party attended by Amelia Earhart. She was the art patron of Lilian May Miller.

Timeline & Places:

• December 31, 1877: born.

• 1924 to 1948: lived at USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, Stati Uniti

• August 31, 1948: died. Buried at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 215 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, Stati Uniti

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Queer Places, Vol. 1.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.3: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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Queer California: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Felice Rahel Schragenheim was a Jewish resistance fighter during World War II. She is known for her tragic love story with Lilly Wust and death during a march from Gross-Rosen concentration camp (today Poland) to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany or, not later than, March 1945 in Bergen-Belsen. Erica Fischer portrays the story of the relationship between Schragenheim and Wust in the 1999 film Aimée & Jaguar, by director Max Farberbock, and in a book by the same name. It is also the subject of the 1997 documentary Love Story: Berlin 1942. “Felice, I love you! What a feeling it is to be able to say that! Oh, Felice, the nicest fate I could hope for is that of lasting happiness. I want to live with you for a long, a very long time, do you hear? And life is so beautiful, so wonderful. Felice, do you belong to me - without limit? To me only? Please say you do, at least for a very long time to come, please! Do you love me? I'm acting like a seventeen-year-old, aren’t I?” (Lilly to Felice, March 31, 1943)

Timeline & Places:

• March 9, 1922: born.

• December 31, 1944: died. Memorial at Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Anne-Frank-Platz, 29303 Lohheide, Germania

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Queer Places, Vol. 3.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Bessy Marbury was born and raised in the affluent and cultured home of one of 19th century New York's oldest and most prominent "society" families. Elizabeth Arden’s name is a household word; her line of cosmetics are popular in the world. She invented the beauty industry at a time when most women were preparing their own lotions and creams at home. Using artful packaging to convey an image of quality, Arden collaborated with a chemist to create the first “scientific” makeup formulations. She introduced modern eye makeup to America, and created the concept of the makeover. In the 1930s, it was said that there were only three American names known in every corner of the globe: Singer Sewing Machines, Coca-Cola, and Elizabeth Arden. Less well known was Arden’s intimate relationship with literary agent Bessie Marbury. It was perhaps a case of opposites attract: Arden was beautiful, fit, and politically conservative, while Marbury was an older, obese political firebrand. While they were together, Arden supported her girlfriend’s Democratic fundraising and feminist activities. They spent many weekends at Marbury’s Maine home, Lakeside Farm. After Marbury’s death in 1933, Arden bought the property with the intention of fulfilling Marbury’s wish that it be turned into a home for working women—though it eventually became part of a luxury resort instead.

Timeline & Places:

• December 31, 1878: born.

• 1933 to 1966: managed Maine Chance Spa, Maine Chance Ln, Mt Vernon, ME 04352, Stati Uniti

• 1940s: lived at Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR, Regno Unito

• October 18, 1966: died. Buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, 540 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591, Stati Uniti

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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Queer New York State: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Brandon Teena (December 12, 1972 – December 31, 1993) was an American trans man who was raped and murdered in Humboldt, Nebraska. His life and death were the subject of the Academy Award-winning 1999 film Boys Don't Cry, which was partially based on the 1998 documentary film The Brandon Teena Story. Both films also illustrated that legal and medical discrimination contributed to Teena's violent death. Teena's murder, along with that of Matthew Shepard, led to increased lobbying for hate crime laws in the United States.

Timeline & Places:

• Lincoln Memorial Park, Lincoln, Nebraska 68506, Stati Uniti

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Queer Places, Vol. 1.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Anna Gurney and Sarah-Maria Buxton are buried together at the Church of St Martin, Overstrand, Norfolk. Their Tombstone reads: “They were partners and chosen Sisters knit together in the Love of God, and Heirs together of Eternal Life, through Christ Jesus.” Anna Gurney was a British scholar specialising in Old English and a member of the Gurney family. In 1825, after the death of her mother, Anna Gurney went to reside at Northrepps Cottage, near Cromer, with Miss Sarah-Maria Buxton. The lady died in 1839, and Miss Gurney continued to inhabit the cottage for the remainder of her life.

Timeline & Places:

• December 31, 1795: born at Keswick Old Hall, Norwich NR4 6TJ, Regno Unito

• 1825 to 1857: lived at Northrepps Cottage, Northrepps Rd, Cromer NR27 0JR, Regno Unito, sharing with Sarah-Maria Buxton

• June 6, 1857: died. Buried at St Martin, Cromer Rd, Overstrand, Cromer NR27 0NY, Regno Unito. Buried alongside: Sarah-Maria Buxton (1789 – August 18, 1839)

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Queer Places, Vol. 2.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Peter Cook Corren (died December 30, 2009)

Peter and Murray Corren are LGBT-rights activists from Vancouver, British Columbia whose complaint before British Columbia's Human Rights Tribunal led to an agreement whereby the provincial Ministry of Education would consult them on how gays are presented in the school curriculum. In 1971 Murray Warren, a Canadian graduate student doing research in Britain, walked into a closeted gay bar in London called the Arts and Battledress Club, and saw a man who, he later recalled, had "the most incredible blue eyes I'd ever seen." Warren moved in with that man, Peter Cook, four days later, and the couple remained together for 38 years. Warren married Cook in their False Creek garden in 2004. The couple combined their surnames and jointly adopted the name Corren prior to their nuptials. They successfully lobbied the provincial government to change the adoption regulations in 1993, to allow same-sex partners to adopt jointly. Several years later, they adopted a 21-year-old son, Brent, whom they had raised as foster parents for four years.

Timeline & Places:

• 1971: attended Arts and Battledress Club, Orange St, Leicster Square, London WC2H 7HQ, Regno Unito

• 2000s: lived at False Creek, Vancouver, BC V6H 3N7, Canada, sharing with Murray Warren Corren

• December 30, 2009: died.

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Queer Places, Vol. 2.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer Places, Vol. 3.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Paul Bowles was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator. Jane Bowles was an American writer and playwright. Jane spent her life examining lesbian identity with an honest and sardonic wit. Jane's adventures in the lesbian and gay bars of Greenwich Village, and her open pursuit of women lovers, caused her mother and her family consternation. In 1937, she was introduced to Paul--himself a homosexual--and agreed to marry him. The two soon recognized that their marriage would succeed only as a platonic friendship; both continued their homosexual liaisons. After a brief sojourn in France, they were prominent among the literary figures of New York throughout the 1940s, with Paul working under Virgil Thomson as a music critic at the New York Herald Tribune. In 1947, Bowles settled in Tangier, Morocco. Except for winters spent in Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon) during the early 1950s, Tangier was Paul Bowles’ home for the remaining 52 years of his life. Paul Bowles died in 1999 at the age of 88. His ashes are buried in Lakemont Cemetery in upstate New York.

Timeline & Places:

• December 30, 1910: born.

• 1930s: attended University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Stati Uniti

• 1940: lived at February House, 7 Middagh St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Stati Uniti, sharing with Carson McCullers, W. H. Auden, Benjamin Britten, Gypsy Rose Lee

• 1947: lived at Rue Riad Sultan, Tanger, Marocco

• 1952: lived at Taprobane Island, Sri Lanka

• November 18, 1999: died. Buried at Lakemont Cemetery, Dundee, NY 14837, Stati Uniti

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.3: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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Queer New York State: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer Places, Vol. 3.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer Places, Vol. 3.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Patti Smith (born December 30, 1946)

Patricia Lee Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. On November 17, 2010, she won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids. The book fulfilled a promise she had made to her former long-time roommate and partner, Robert Mapplethorpe. In 1967, she left Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and moved to Manhattan. She met photographer Robert Mapplethorpe there while working at a book store with a friend, poet Janet Hamill. She and Mapplethorpe had an intense romantic relationship, which was tumultuous as the pair struggled with times of poverty, and Mapplethorpe with his own sexuality. Smith considers Mapplethorpe to be one of the most important people in her life, and in her book Just Kids refers to him as "the artist of my life." Mapplethorpe's photographs of her became the covers for the Patti Smith Group albums, and they remained friends until Mapplethorpe's death in 1989. In 1969 she went to Paris with her sister and started busking and doing performance art. When Smith returned to Manhattan, she lived in the Hotel Chelsea with Mapplethorpe; they frequented Max's Kansas City and CBGB. Smith provided the spoken word soundtrack for Sandy Daley's art film Robert Having His Nipple Pierced, starring Mapplethorpe.

Timeline & Places:

• December 30, 1946: born.

• 1960s: attended Deptford Township High School, 575 Fox Run Rd, Deptford Township, NJ 08096, Stati Uniti

• 1967: attended Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, NJ 08028, Stati Uniti

• 1969: lived at Hotel Chelsea, 222 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011, Stati Uniti, sharing with Robert Mapplethorpe

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Queer Places, Vol. 1.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.3: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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Queer New York City: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Larry Duplechan (born December 30, 1956)

Larry Duplechan's life partner, since 1976, is his college sweetheart Greg Harvey, legally married in 2008. For years, Duplechan struggled in the music business. "I was in a relationship with a man who, while he really admired my talent, really, really wanted me to be home having dinner with him. He said, 'You can continue to do this singing thing, or you can be with me, but you can't do both.' I actually chose the guy and stopped singing. So I wrote instead." Larry Duplechan is the author of five novels, including Blackbird (1986) and the Lambda Literary Award-winning Got ‘til It’s Gone (2008). His erotic art is posted at ChoklitDaddysSketchbook.blogspot.com. Greg Harvey is a banker, and Larry’s biggest fan.

Timeline & Places:

• December 30, 1956: born.

• 1970s: attended University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90095, Stati Uniti

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer California: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Leslie Poles Hartley (1895–1972), known as L. P. Hartley, was a British novelist and short story writer. Hartley was born in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, the son of Bessie and Harry Hartley. While he was young, the family moved to a small country estate near Peterborough. Hartley was educated in Cliftonville, Thanet, then briefly at Clifton College, where he first met Clifford Henry Benn Kitchin, then at Harrow. In 1915, during WWI, he went up to Balliol College, to read modern history, and there he befriended Aldous Huxley. In 1916, with the arrival of conscription, Hartley joined the army, and in February 1917 he was commissioned as an officer in the Norfolk Regiment, but for health reasons he was never posted overseas for active duties. Invalided out of the army after the war, he returned to Oxford in 1919, where he gathered a number of literary friends, including Lord David Cecil, the platonic ‘love of his life’ according to Francis King. He was introduced by Huxley to Lady Ottoline Morrell. Kitchin, who was also then at Oxford, introduced him to the family of H. H. Asquith, and Cynthia Asquith became a lifelong friend. Despite being named after Leslie Stephen, Hartley always belonged to the Asquith set and was rebuffed by the Bloomsbury group. Hartley was homosexual but not open about his sexuality until toward the end of his life. Hartley regarded his 1971 novel “The Harness Room” as his "homosexual novel" and feared the public reaction to it.

Timeline & Places:

• December 30, 1895: born.

• 1910s: attended Clifton College, 32 College Rd, Bristol BS8 3JH, Regno Unito

• 1910s: attended Harrow School, 5 High St, Harrow HA1 3HP, Regno Unito

• 1915: attended University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JD, Regno Unito

• December 13, 1972: died. Buried at Golders Green Crematorium, 62 Hoop Ln, London NW11 7NL, Regno Unito

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Queer Places, Vol. 2.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer Places, Vol. 2.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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World War II veteran, Johnnie Phelps was a brave, wonderful, kind and generous woman, who later headed the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women. In 1947, General Eisenhower told Johnnie Phelps, a member of the Women's Army Corps and a lesbian, "It's come to my attention that there are lesbians in the WACs, we need to ferret them out...." Phelps replied, "If the General pleases, sir, I'll be happy to do that, but the first name on the list will be mine." Eisenhower's secretary added, "If the General pleases, sir, my name will be first and hers will be second." Phelps then told Eisenhower, "Sir, you're right, there are lesbians in the WACs – and if you want to replace all the file clerks, section commanders, drivers, every woman in the WAC detachment, I will be happy to make that list. But you must know, sir, that they are the most decorated group – there have been no illegal pregnancies, no AWOLs, no charges of misconduct." Eisenhower dropped the idea. Johnnie passed away at the Veterans Home in Barstow. Grace Bukowski, her life partner of 22 years, survived her.

Timeline & Places:

• April 4, 1922: born.

• December 30, 1997: died. Buried at Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049, Stati Uniti

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer California: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Denton Welch started at the Goldsmith School of Art in New Cross in 1933, where he studied for 3 years; among his teachers was the printmaker and graphic designer Edward Bawden. He moved into a house near Greenwich Park where the landlady was Evelyn Sinclair, who became a close lifelong friend. Eric Oliver was introduced to Welch in November 1943 at a time when Oliver, a conscientious objector, was working on the land and Welch was living as a semi-invalid, following a road accident when he was 20, near Hadlow, in Kent. The intensity of Welch's emotions was not returned, for on his own admission Oliver was incapable of love ("You must never take me seriously," he wrote in the only letter of his to Welch which survives), but, once they had sorted out the imbalance in their relationship, Oliver moved in with him, and as Welch's physical condition deteriorated Oliver nursed him with practical expertise. When Welch died on December 30, 1948, in Oliver's arms, the manuscript of his third and finest novel, A Voice Through a Cloud, lay by the bed, and Oliver was instrumental in John Lehmann’s publishing it in 1950, with a foreword signed by Oliver but probably written by Lehmann.

Timeline & Places:

• March 29, 1915: born.

• 1930s: attended Repton School, Willington Rd, Repton, Derby DE65 6FH, Regno Unito

• 1931: lived at 33 The Little Boltons, Kensington, London SW10 9LL, Regno Unito

• 1933: lived at 34 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER, Regno Unito

• 1935: lived at Middle Orchard, Crouch, Borough Green, Sevenoaks TN15 8QB, Regno Unito, sharing with Eric Oliver

• December 30, 1948: died.

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Queer Places, Vol. 2.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Beauford Delaney (December 30, 1901 – March 26, 1979) was an American modernist painter. He is remembered for his work with the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as his later works in abstract expressionism following his move to Paris in the 1950s. Beauford's younger brother, Joseph, was also a noted painter. In Greenwich Village, where his studio was, Delaney became part of a gay bohemian circle of mainly white friends; but he was furtive and rarely comfortable with his sexuality. When he traveled to Harlem to visit his African-American friends and colleagues, Delaney made efforts to ensure that they knew little of his other social life in Greenwich Village. He feared that many of his Harlem friends would be uncomfortable or repelled by his homosexuality. In 1953, at the age of 52, and just as the centre of the art world was shifting to New York, Delaney left New York for Paris. By 1961, heavy drinking had begun to impair Delaney's often fragile mental and physical health. Periods of lucidity were interrupted by days and sometimes weeks of madness. This pattern would continue for the remainder of his life. In the early 1970s it became clear that he could no longer cope with daily life. In the autumn of 1973 his friend, Charley Boggs, wrote to James Baldwin, "Our blessed Beauford is rapidly losing mental control." His friends tried to care for him but, in 1975, he was hospitalized and then committed to St Anne's Hospital for the Insane. Beauford Delaney died in Paris, at St Anne's, on March 26, 1979. In 1985 James Baldwin described the impact of Delaney on his life, saying he was "the first living proof, for me, that a black man could be an artist. In a warmer time, a less blasphemous place, he would have been recognised as my Master and I as his Pupil. He became, for me, an example of courage and integrity, humility and passion. An absolute integrity: I saw him shaken many times and I lived to see him broken but I never saw him bow." He further wrote, "Perhaps I should not say, flatly, what I believe – that he is a great painter – among the very greatest; but I do know that great art can only be created out of love, and that no greater lover has ever held a brush." In 2009, freelance writer Monique Y. Wells was researching an article on African-American gravesites in Paris when she learned that Delaney was buried in an unmarked grave at the Parisian Cemetery of Thiais. She discovered that Delaney's remains would be exhumed before the end of the year if the "concession" (the equivalent of a lease) on his grave was not renewed. Friends of Delaney gathered the sum required, and Wells paid the fee to the cemetery to preserve Delaney's resting place.

Timeline & Places:

• December 30, 1901: born.

• March 26, 1979: died. Buried at Cimetière de Thiais  Thiais, Departement du Val-de-Marne, Île-de-France, France

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Queer Places, Vol. 3.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer France: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Michael McDowell was an American novelist and screenwriter. He received a B.A. and an M.A. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in English from Brandeis University in 1978. Stephen King once described him as "the finest writer of paperback originals in America today". McDowell's life partner of 30 years was the theatre historian and director Laurence Senelick. McDowell died in 1999 in Boston from AIDS-related illness. His unfinished novel Candles Burning was "completed" by Tabitha King, and published in 2006.  "I am a commercial writer and I'm proud of that", he said in the book Faces of Fear in 1985. "I am writing things to be put in the bookstore next month. I think it is a mistake to try to write for the ages.” McDowell collaborated with his close friend Dennis Schuetz in writing four mysteries starring Daniel Valentine and Clarisse Lovelace, Vermillion, Cobalt, Slate, and Canary, under the pseudonym Nathan Aldyne. They are light mysteries set in and around Boston and Provincetown. Daniel is a gay social worker turned bartender and Clarisse is a straight real estate agent and later a lawyer. Descriptions of the contemporary gay scene and its problems are lively and colorful.

Timeline & Places:

• June 1, 1950: born.

• 1970s: attended Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, Stati Uniti

• 1978: attended Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham, MA 02453, Stati Uniti

• December 27, 1999: died.

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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Queer Massachusetts: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Michael Callen was a singer, songwriter, composer, author, and AIDS activist. First diagnosed with "Gay related immune deficiency" (GRID) in 1982, Callen quickly became a leader in the response to the epidemic. He was a founding member of the People with AIDS Self-Empowerment Movement, and he testified before the President's Commission on AIDS and both houses of the United States Congress. His lover was a drummer from Chicago named Richard Dworkin. The two men first met in 1982, when Callen decided to form a gay band. He put an advertisement in a local paper, and Dworkin was one of those who answered. One night, Dworkin stayed late at Callen's apartment. Callen remembered, "He made this pass at me. I was so shocked. I said, 'Wait, stop, you don't know. I have AIDS.'” Dworkin decided that he was willing to take the risk, and the two men grew devoted to each other. After the bowling alleys, the toilet stalls, and the baths, Michael Callen lived whatever days he had left much like a good Methodist from Ohio. "Love's a funny thing," Richard Dworkin said. In partnership with Oscar winner Peter Allen and Marsha Melamet, Callen wrote his most famous song, Love Don't Need a Reason, which he sang frequently at gay pride and AIDS-related events around the country.

Timeline & Places:

• April 11, 1955: born.

• December 27, 1993: died. Buried at Millville Cemetery, Hamilton, OH 45013, Stati Uniti

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.3: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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Mercedes de Acosta was involved in numerous lesbian relationships with Broadway’s and Hollywood's elite and did not attempt to hide her sexuality, which was rare in her generation. In 1916, she began an affair with actress Alla Nazimova and later with dancer Isadora Duncan. After her relationship with actress Eva Le Gallienne ended, she was involved with several famous actresses and dancers including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Ona Munson, and Russian ballerina Tamara Platonovna Karsavina. Additional unsubstantiated rumors include Pola Negri, Eleonora Duse, Katharine Cornell, and Alice B. Toklas. Mercedes threatened to throw Dietrich into a swimming pool if she continued to send flowers (Dietrich had been inundating Acosta with tulips, roses, and orchids). Unlike her professional celebrity, which was carefully crafted and maintained, Marlene Dietrich's personal life was kept out of public view. Dietrich, who was bisexual, enjoyed the thriving gay scene of the time and drag balls of 1920s Berlin. She also defied conventional gender roles through her boxing at Turkish trainer and prizefighter Sabri Mahir’s boxing studio in Berlin, which opened to women in the late 1920s. As Austrian writer Hedwig (Vicki) Baum recalls in her memoir, "I don't know how the feminine element sneaked into those masculine realms [the boxing studio], but in any case, only three or four of us were tough enough to go through with it (Marlene Dietrich was one)."

Timeline & Places:

• December 27, 1901: born.

• 1924 to 1925: lived at The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU, Regno Unito

• 1936: lived at Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR, Regno Unito

• 1970s: lived at 993 Park Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA

• May 6, 1992: died. Buried at Friedhof Schöneberg III, 12161 Berlino, Germania

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Queer Places, Vol. 1.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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Queer New York City: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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Queer Places, Vol. 2.1: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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