July 14th, 2012

andrew potter

Queer History: Karl-Heinrich Ulrichs (August 28, 1825 - July 14, 1895)

Karl-Heinrich Ulrichs (born 28 August 1825 in Aurich, died in L'Aquila, 14 July 1895), is seen today as the pioneer of modern LGBT rights movement.

Ulrichs was born in Aurich, then part of the Kingdom of Hanover, in north-western Germany. Ulrichs recalled that as a young child he wore girls' clothes, preferred playing with girls, and wanted to be a girl. His first homosexual experience was in 1839 at the age of fourteen, in the course of a brief affair with his riding instructor. He graduated in law and theology from Göttingen University in 1846. From 1846 to 1848, he studied history at Berlin University, writing a dissertation in Latin on the Peace of Westphalia.

From 1849 to 1857 Ulrichs worked as an official legal adviser for the district court of Hildesheim in the Kingdom of Hanover. He was dismissed when his homosexuality became open knowledge.

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

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Dan Wiesendanger (June 5, 1915 - July 14, 1996)

Dan Wiesendanger was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 5, 1915.

He served in the U.S. Army from June 1941 until December 1945, for the majority of the time as non-commissioned officer in charge of Special Services Section, Athletics and Entertainment, in the headquarters offices of various regiments, divisions, and corps.

He later settled in Los Angeles, where for many years he lived with his roommate Clint at 3279 Descanso Drive.

He was a modernist painter, working in a variety of media. He is credited with developing geometric abstraction in the late 1960s.

He was also a songwriter and member of ASCAP.



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Source: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt4j49q9kx/

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Custom Toys Made to Order [Sexually Awkward 1] by Gabrielle Evans

I picked this title since I wanted to try something by this author, but truth be told I wasn’t expecting much; so it was a more than pleasant surprise to read a thoroughly enjoyable funny romance, sweet but also sexy.

The main theme of this series, of which Custom Toys Made to Order is the first book, is to pair sexually awkward young men with more experienced partner; a group of six friends, Atticus Drake, Thaddeus Young, Nigel Durbin, Brenner West, Cedric Barrows, and Dorian Elder (so I suppose there will be at least 6 books) own and operate Fantasy Creations, a company producing custom made sex toys for paranormal creatures. The strange thing is that all of them are virgins, nerds who have never had a chance to “test” the toys they produce.

Atticus “Atty” Drake meets his mate, vampire prince Salem Constantine and everything seems perfect, if not for the fact that Salem has to marry in less than a month and his consort has to be a vampire. Turning a shapeshifter into a vampire is a cruel thing, an act that can push the newly made vampire into suicide. There is a bit of drama due to this subplot but this is basically a sweet and sexy romance; Atty’s awkwardness is endearing, when his feline comes out he seems more a domestic pet than a wild animal, but nevertheless Salem loves that hidden side of his mate.

I also liked that the play role of both main characters were not rigid; sure Salem is the more experienced partner, and probably the dominant one, but he is not the usual obsolete Alpha male, he is able to be “light” and funny, and to conquer Atty more with tenderness than dominance.

If you enjoy the more lighter paranormal romances, give this author a chance, I bet you will not be disappointed.

Amazon: Custom Toys Made to Order [Sexually Awkward 1]
Amazon Kindle: Custom Toys Made to Order [Sexually Awkward 1]
Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc. (June 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622411897
ISBN-13: 978-1622411894

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