October 4th, 2012

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Edgar Sandifer (born October 4, 1929)

Edgar Allen Sandifer, Jr. was born on October 4, 1929, in Cotton Valley, Louisiana, to Beulah Myrtis and Harvey Edgar Allen Sandifer, a Southern Baptist minister. Professing to have never been in the closet, even while in the military, Sandifier served in the Korean War from 1950-1953 and was honorably discharged as a sergeant with an operative care specialization. His experience in the Army's Operative Care Unit led to his work as a nursing home administrator from 1955-1977.

Sandifer officiated gay wedding ceremonies throughout the 1970s. At a 1958 Mattachine Society meeting, Sandifer was referred to as "the only queer from the South" (quotes from Outweek, June 27, 1990).

Sandifer fought for gay, lesbian, women's, elderly, laborer, prisoner, and minority causes, creating a wide network of humanitarian affiliations and memberships. His grassroots work aimed to change the status quo and fill gaps in government social services through education, legal, and monetary support services. His organizational projects include the Mississippi Gay Alliance (MGA) where he was director from 1973-1989; the Jackson Gray Panthers (JGP) where he was project director from 1976-1987; and the Persons with AIDS Project (PWA), an MGA offshoot, where he was director from 1982-1989. He was also on the board of directors for the Mississippi Health Systems Agency from 1982-1986, the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform from 1982-1986, and the National Gray Panthers Health Watch Task Force. He also served as a member of the Workers World Party and the People's Anti-War Mobilization (PAM).

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Source: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt296nf1rx/

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Lionel Johnson (March 15, 1867 - October 4, 1902)

Lionel Pigot Johnson (15 March 1867 – 4 October 1902) was an English poet, essayist and critic. He was born at Broadstairs, and educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, graduating in 1890. He became a Catholic convert in 1891. He lived a solitary life in London, struggling with alcoholism and his repressed homosexuality. He died of a stroke after a fall in the street, though it was said to be a fall from a barstool in the Green Dragon in Fleet Street.

During his lifetime were published his The Art of Thomas Hardy (1894), Poems (1895), Ireland and Other Poems (1897). He was one of the Rhymers' Club, and cousin to Olivia Shakespear (who dedicated her novel The False Laurel to him).

In 1892, Johnson converted to Catholicism. He repudiated former friend Oscar Wilde and directed a sonnet at him called "The Destroyer of a Soul" (presumably the soul of his cousin Lord Alfred Douglas, whom he had introduced to Wilde the previous June). In the following year, Johnson wrote what some consider his masterpiece, "The Dark Angel".

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

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: K.C. Burn - Cop Out

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Albuquerque in October (http://gayromlit.com/authors.php) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: every day I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments! (comments close on October 6)

And the ebook giveaway goes to: strive4bst, please contact me.

Today author is K.C. Burn (http://www.kcburn.com/)

Cop Out by KC Burn
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613722133
ISBN-13: 978-1613722138
Amazon: Cop Out
Amazon Kindle: Cop Out

Detective Kurt O'Donnell is used to digging up other people's secrets, but when he discovers his slain partner was married to another man, it shakes him. Determined to do the right thing, Kurt offers the mourning Davy his assistance. Helping Davy through his grief helps Kurt deal with the guilt that his partner didn't trust him enough to tell him the truth, and somewhere along the way Davy stops being an obligation and becomes a friend, the closest friend Kurt has ever had.

His growing attraction to Davy complicates matters, leaving Kurt struggling to reevaluate his sexuality. Then a sensual encounter neither man is ready for confuses them further. To be with Davy, Kurt must face the prospect of coming out, but his job and his relationship with his Catholic family are on the line. Can he risk destroying his life for the uncertain possibility of a relationship with a newly widowed man?
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An Elf for All Centuries by S.A. Garcia

At more than 400 pages, I almost skipped this one due to the involvement it would take me to read it… and it would have been a big mistake. Even if fantasy is not exactly my cup of tea, I plenty enjoyed this funny romp tale: Fabion is a XXXIX century elf who makes his living as model; he is uber-hot and in that century elves are a rare breed looked upon by filthy human as odd creatures with an alluring appeal. Modern time is a polluted world, in which evil elves manages all the money, and poor human are living in filth and poverty; everything that is natural is dying and artificial things are substituting the living one. The legends of the elves ancestors are like fairy tales: people still narrate about the powerful Henda, the mighty king, so beautiful and kind, who unfortunately faded away and with him also all the beauty of the world.

Then suddenly Fabion is whisked away in the XVIII century: apparently Fabion is the reincarnation of Henda’s husband, a beautiful elf who died an horrible death, and a crashed Henda decided to follow him in the alterlife: he is now a sleeping beauty waiting for his prince’s kiss. To Fabion the XVIII century is not as bad as you can imagine: he is served and revered like a prince, exactly as he is in his own time. Plus Henda is an hunk of a king, and Fabion has no qualms in being his house-husband… no one can pretend from him to be a warrior like the previous Fabion, and neither an housekeeping; the only think in which Fabion excels is being pretty and sexy, and of course he is able to satisfy Henda’s every desire in the bedroom.

The tale is really funny, light and cute. It’s not really complex, but sincerely nothing is in surplus in the story and all more than 400 pages are right where they were. And so, if you want to try it, buck up and enjoy the long ride, there will be plenty of smiles.

Amazon: An Elf for All Centuries
Amazon Kindle: An Elf for All Centuries
Paperback: 574 pages
Publisher: Silver Publishing (June 19, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161495738X
ISBN-13: 978-1614957386

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