October 11th, 2012

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Franklin Kameny (May 21, 1925 - October 11, 2011)

Franklin Edward "Frank" Kameny (May 21, 1925 – October 11, 2011) was "one of the most significant figures" in the American gay rights movement. In 1957, Kameny was dismissed from his position as an astronomer in the U.S. Army Map Service in Washington, D.C. because of his homosexuality, leading him to begin "a Herculean struggle with the American establishment" that would "spearhead a new period of militancy in the homosexual rights movement of the early 1960s".

Kameny protested his firing by the U.S. Civil Service Commission due to his homosexuality, and argued this case to the United States Supreme Court in 1961. Although the court denied his petition, it is notable as the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation.

Kameny was born to Ashkenazi Jewish parentage in New York City on May 21, 1925. He attended Richmond Hill High School and graduated in 1941. In 1941, at age 16, Kameny went to Queens College to learn physics and at age 17 he told his parents that he was an atheist. He was drafted into the United States Army before completion. He served in the Army throughout World War II in Europe and served 20 years on the Selective Service board. After leaving the Army, he returned to Queens College and graduated with a baccalaureate in physics in 1948. Kameny then enrolled at Harvard University; while a teaching fellow at Harvard, he refused to sign a loyalty oath without attaching qualifiers, and exhibited a skepticism against accepted orthodoxies. He graduated with both a masters' degree (1949) and doctorate (1956) in astronomy. His doctoral thesis was entitled A Photoelectric Study of Some RV Tauri and Yellow Semiregular Variables and was written under the supervision of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin.

[Frank Kameny talking with spectators] / Kay Tobin Lahusen (1965 or 1966)

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

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Literary Heritage: Elana Dykewomon (born October 11, 1949)

Elana Dykewomon (b. Elana Nachman, October 11, 1949) is a Jewish lesbian activist, award-winning author, editor and teacher.

Dykewomon was born in New York City, to middle class Jewish parents. She and her family moved to Puerto Rico when she was eight.

She studied fine art at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, received a B.F.A. in creative writing from the California Institute of Arts, later and her M.F.A. from San Francisco State University.

Dykewomon lives in Oakland, California and teaches at her alma mater San Francisco State.

In 1974, Dykewomon published her first novel, Riverfinger Women, under her name of birth, Elana Nachman.

Her second book, They Will Know Me By My Teeth, released in 1976, was published under the name Elana Dykewoman, "at once an expression of her strong commitment to the lesbian community and a way to keep herself 'honest,' since anyone reading the book would know the author was a lesbian."

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

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Cleve Jones (born October 11, 1954)

Cleve Jones (born October 11, 1954) is an American AIDS and LGBT rights activist. He conceived of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt which has become, at 54 tons, the world's largest piece of community folk art as of 2009. In 1983, at the onset of the AIDS pandemic Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation which has grown into one of the largest and most influential People with AIDS advocacy organizations in the United States.

Jones was born in West Lafayette, Indiana, and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. His career as an activist began in San Francisco during the turbulent 1970s when he was befriended by pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk. He worked as a student intern in Milk’s office while studying political science at San Francisco State University. In 1978, Milk was assassinated along with San Francisco’s Mayor George Moscone. Jones went to work in the district office of State Assemblyman Art Agnos.

In 1983, when AIDS was still a new and poorly understood threat, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Jones conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at a candlelight memorial for Harvey Milk in 1985 and in 1987 created the first quilt panel in honor of his friend Marvin Feldman. The AIDS Memorial Quilt has grown to become the world’s largest community arts project, memorializing the lives of over 85,000 Americans killed by AIDS.

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

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John Glines & Lawrence Lane

John Glines (born October 11, 1933 in Santa Maria, California) is an American playwright and producer.

Glines graduated from Yale in 1955 with a BA in drama. As a writer in children’s television, he worked for seven years on Captain Kangaroo and for four years on Sesame Street. His play In The Desert Of My Soul was anthologized in Best Short Plays Of 1976. His musical Gulp!, written with Stephen Greco and Robin Jones, had a lengthy off-off-Broadway run in 1977.

His plays written for, and originally produced by The Glines, the non-profit organization for gay arts which he co-founded in 1976 with Barry Laine and Jerry Tobin, include On Tina Tuna Walk, In Her Own Words (A Biography of Jane Chambers), Men Of Manhattan, Chicken Delight, Body And Soul, Murder In Disguise, Key West, and Heavenly Days. His last play, Butterflies And Tigers, based on stories of the Chinese people during the Cultural Revolution, had an extended run in New York City in 1998.

Glines won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award in 1983 as producer of Torch Song Trilogy. In his acceptance speech for the Tony, he was the first person ever to acknowledge his same-sex lover, Lawrence Lane, on a major awards show: "I want to thank my producing partner and lover, Lawrence Lane, who never said it can't be done". He won the Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination in 1985 as producer of As Is, and won the Drama Desk Award in 1994 for Whoop-Dee-Doo!

©Helen Bach, Courtesy of John Glines. John Glines, NYC, 2011 (©15)

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

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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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Gayromlit Giveaway: The Final Countdown

After more than three months of daily giveaways, we are at less than a week to the start of the 2012 GayRomLit Retreat in Albuquerque. As promised, I have a huge giveaway for some lucky winner: 100 ebooks, all from authors joining the 2012 GRL (http://gayromlit.com/authors.php). Plus, J.C. Calciano, director of awesome Gay Romance comedies, is donating 2 DVD, Is It Just Me? and eCupid to two other lucky winners.

The rule is again simple, you have the chance to comment on this post OR in any other post on this blog from today to Sunday, October 21. On Sunday I will draw the three winners among the commenters; please be aware that, due to the type of giveaway, I will need an email AND a snail mail address (i.e. home address, DON'T leave the snail address in the comment, I will ask it in a PM I will send to the winners, but anonymous commenters need to leave an email address). Plus, to avoid any issue of ebook pirating, I will check the IP address of the commenters.

And now the awesome prizes:

First Prize, 100 ebooks:
A.C. Katt - A Matter of Trust
A.R. Moler - How We Operate
Abigail Roux - Armed and Dangerous
AKM Miles - Take It Slow
Allison Cassatta - Dear Diary Pride
Allison Cassatta - Dear Diary
Ally Blue - Graceland
Amber Kell - Switching Payne
Amy Lane - Sidecar
Ana Bosch - Art of Death
Andrew Grey - A Foreign Range
Anel Viz - The Memoirs of Colonel Gerard Vreilhac
Anne Tenino - 18 Percent Gray
Anne Tenino - Frat Boy And Toppy
B.A. Tortuga - Just Like Cats and Dogs
B.G. Thomas - It Had to Be You
Bailey Bradford - Something Shattered
Barry Brennessel - Crossroads
Barry Brennessel - Firenze
Barry Brennessel - Reunion
Barry Brennessel - Tinseltown
Belinda McBride - When I Fall
Blake Deveraux - Dillon's Prayer
Brien Michaels - Sparks Fly
Brita Addams - A Minute after Midnight
Carol Lynne - Spring
Carolyn Gray - Long Way Home
Cat Grant - Priceless
Charlie Cochet - The Auspicious Troubles of Chance
Cherie Noel - Tian's Hero
Christopher Koehler - Rocking the Boat
Clancy Nacht & Tuesday Euclid - Celibacy NOW
D.H. Starr - Wrestling with Desire
DC Juris - On Solid Ground
Devon Rhodes - A Ring and a Promise
Eden Winters - Diversion
Edmond Manning - King Perry
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Second Prize: eCupid (2012)
Actors: Houston Rhines, Noah Schuffman, Morgan Fairchild, Brad Pennington, Andy Anderson
Directors: J.C. Calciano
Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Amazon: eCupid (2012)

From the director of Is It Just Me? comes this sparkling romantic comedy that takes online dating to the extreme! Marshall is an over-worked ad exec who is suffering from a serious case of the seven-year itch with his loving boyfriend. As his 30th birthday nears, he is hell-bent on changing his life and he comes across a mysterious dating app called eCupid. Turning his world upside down and overwhelming him with sexy, horned-up guys at every turn, Marshall gets much more than he bargained. Firing on all cylinders with sharp wit, hot cast, and even an extended cameo from Hollywood legend Morgan Fairchild, eCupid will win your heart.

Third Prize: Is It Just Me? (2010)
Actors: Nicholas Downs, David Loren, Adam Huss, Michelle Laurent, Bob Rumnock
Directors: J.C. Calciano
Writers: J.C. Calciano
Producers: J.C. Calciano
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
Language: English
Amazon: Is It Just Me? (2010)

Laugh-out-loud funny and seductively sweet, Is It Just Me? is a gay romantic comedy about one gay boy s search for Mr. Right. Adorable Blaine, (Nicholas Downs) can t seem to meet guys, let alone form a relationship.His beefy go-go boy roommate Cameron who has no shortage of willing partners can t understand why he doesn t just pounce and enjoy some one-nighters. Instead, Blaine hides in chat rooms where he meets Zander, a shy, recently relocated Texan. But when the time comes to exchange photos, Blaine accidentally sends an image of his hunky roomie, and things go from romantically promising to downright confusing. Full of witty charm and cute guys, Is It Just Me? is a bona fide feel-good winner!