June 6th, 2013

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Robin Roseau - Fox Run

Fox Run (The Madison Wolves) by Robin Roseau
Publisher: Robin Roseau; 1 edition (April 27, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Fox Run (The Madison Wolves)

Michaela Redfur is a were fox living a quiet life in Bayfield, Wisconsin. She has a quiet job that gets her out of doors and avoids the werewolves as if her life depended on it. Which it does.

That all changes early one morning when Lara Burns, the Madison Wolves alpha, introduces herself, much to Michaela's chagrin. Lara explains to Michaela that "we only want to talk", but when a werewolf comes knocking on a tiny, delicate foxes' front door, Michaela knows talking is the last thing in the wolfy mind.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Max Ellendale - Glyph

Glyph (Legacy) by Max Ellendale
Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: Breathless Press (April 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1771011483
ISBN-13: 978-1771011488
Amazon: Glyph (Legacy)
Amazon Kindle: Glyph (Legacy)

Shawnee's life is entirely normal-or so she'd like to believe. A doctor unknowingly working for an organization set out to destroy all werecreatures is average, isn't it? Is love enough to help Shawnee stop the evil from destroying her new family? When deadly and mysterious cases start appearing in the emergency room of Mercy General Hospital, Doctor Shawnee Twofeathers cannot continue to ignore it. While coming to terms with her own identity, Shawnee decides that it's up to her to stop the evil organization behind the incidences before they realize who she is and the werewolf company she is trying to protect. Can Shawnee single-handedly stop the demise of the innocent humans and werecreatures that she has come to love? Or will she need to rely on the pack she's learned to call family?

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Harvey Fierstein (born June 6, 1952)

Harvey Forbes Fierstein (born June 6, 1952) is an American actor and playwright, noted for the distinction of winning Tony Awards for both writing and originating the lead role in his long-running play Torch Song Trilogy, about a gay drag-performer and his quest for true love and family, as well as writing the award-winning book to the musical La Cage aux Folles. He has since become a champion for gay civil rights.

Fierstein was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jacqueline Harriet (née Gilbert), a school librarian, and Irving Fierstein, a handkerchief manufacturer. Raised Jewish, Fierstein is now an atheist.

Fierstein occasionally writes columns about gay issues. He was openly gay at a time when very few celebrities were. His careers as a stand-up comic and female impersonator are mostly behind him. Fierstein resides in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The gravel-voiced actor is perhaps best known for the play and film Torch Song Trilogy, which he wrote and starred in both Off-Broadway (with the young Matthew Broderick) and on Broadway (with Estelle Getty and Fisher Stevens). The 1982 Broadway production won him two Tony Awards, for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play, two Drama Desk Awards, for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play, and the Theatre World Award, and the film adaptation earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Male Lead.

Fierstein also wrote the book for La Cage aux Folles (1983), winning another Tony Award, this time for Best Book of a Musical, and a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Book. Legs Diamond, his 1988 collaboration with Peter Allen, was a critical and commercial failure, closing after 72 previews and 64 performances. His other playwriting credits include Safe Sex, Spookhouse, and Forget Him.

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

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Holly Near (born June 6, 1949)

Holly Near (born June 6, 1949 in Ukiah, California) is an American singer-songwriter, actor, teacher, and activist for social change. As a result of her travels in the Pacific with the FTA show, Near became a feminist, linking international feminism and anti-war activism. In 1976, Near came out as a lesbian and began a three-year relationship with musician Meg Christian. Near was probably the first out lesbian to be interviewed in People Magazine. She added LGBT issues to her international peace work as she continued to present social change music around the world and at home. Although Holly was one of the most visible artists in the lesbian community, she was also becoming aware that "monogamous" defined her sexuality more than any other title.

Near has been in a relationship with a man since 1994. However, she does not identify as bisexual. When asked why in a 2010 interview by JD Doyle for Queer Music Heritage, she replied, "I don't know why. Just isn't a handle I relate to. I include human and civil rights in all that I do. I am monogamous. I relate to that term. I am a feminist. If I am with a woman I am a feminist. If I am alone I am a feminist. If I am with a man I am a feminist. And until the one I am with and I part ways, then I am just what I am in that relationship and I don't much think about what I will do next. I focus more on what I bring to that relationship. It is a full-time job being honest one moment at a time, remembering to love, to honor, to respect. It is a practice, a discipline, worthy of every moment. I think my feminism and my ability to love has been highly informed by having had lesbian relationships. The quality of my life has, without question, been elevated." "For a brief moment in time I struggled with sexual identity, somewhere in the mid-'80s. Then I realized it was the wrong question for me. That is not to say it is the wrong question for others. It just wasn't important to me. So I haven't really thought much about it since. I am going to sing lesbian love songs and support gay rights no matter what. The rest is public relations."



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Jeremy Bentham (February 15, 1748 – June 6, 1832)

Jeremy Bentham (15 February 1748 OS – 6 June 1832) was a British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. (Picture: Jeremy Bentham by Henry William Pickersgill)

Bentham became a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law, and a political radical whose ideas influenced the development of welfarism. He advocated individual and economic freedom, the separation of church and state, freedom of expression, equal rights for women, the right to divorce, and the decriminalising of homosexual acts. He called for the abolition of slavery, the abolition of the death penalty, and the abolition of physical punishment, including that of children. He has also become known in recent years as an early advocate of animal rights. Though strongly in favour of the extension of individual legal rights, he opposed the idea of natural law and natural rights, calling them "nonsense upon stilts".

Bentham's students included his secretary and collaborator James Mill, the latter's son, John Stuart Mill, the legal philosopher John Austin, as well as Robert Owen, one of the founders of utopian socialism. Bentham has been described as the "spiritual founder" of University College London, though he played little direct part in its foundation.

Bentham said that it was the placing of women in a legally inferior position that made him choose, at the age of eleven, the career of a reformist. Bentham spoke for a complete equality between sexes.

The essay Offences Against One's Self, argued for the liberalisation of laws prohibiting homosexual sex. The essay remained unpublished during his lifetime for fear of offending public morality. It was published for the first time in 1931. While Bentham clearly is not condoning homosexual activities, he does not believe them to be unnatural, describing them as "irregularities of the venereal appetite". The essay chastises the society of the time for making a disproportionate response to what Bentham appears to consider a largely private offence – public displays or forced acts being dealt with rightly by other laws.

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

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James Agate (September 9, 1877 – June 6, 1947)

James Evershed Agate (9 September 1877 – 6 June 1947) was a British diarist and critic. In the period between the wars, he was one of Britain's most influential theatre critics. After working in his father's business until his late twenties he found his way into journalism, being on the staff of The Manchester Guardian (1907–14); drama critic for The Saturday Review (1921–23), and The Sunday Times (1923–47), and holding the same post for the BBC (1925–32). Agate also wrote novels and published nine volumes of his diaries under the title Ego.

In his self-penned obituary he noted: "His brusqueness was proverbial. When a visitor said to him: ‘I mustn’t outstay my welcome,’ Agate gowled: ‘Who said anything about welcome‘?"’

James Harding, in his 1986 biography of Agate, described him as "the archetypal ‘man about town,’ wit, spendthrift, homosexual, eccentric, gossip-monger." Kemieth Tynan described meeting Agate when Tynan was eighteen and Agate sixty-eight: Agate placed his hand on the young man’s knee and asked him if he was gay. Tynan told him, "I’m afraid not," to which Agate replied, well. I thought we’d get that out of the way."

Agate once wrote, "The Englishman can get along with sex quite perfectly so long as he can pretend that it isn’t sex but something else."

Agate's diaries and letters, published in a series of nine volumes under the title of Ego, are a record of the British theatre of his era and also of his non-theatrical interests, including sports, social gossip and his private preoccupations with his health and precarious finances. In addition to drama criticism he wrote about the cinema and English literature for London newspapers, and published three novels, translated a play and had it staged in London, albeit briefly, and regularly brought out collections of his theatre essays and reviews.

In 1918, while still serving in France, Agate married Sidonie Joséphine Edmée Mourret-Castillon, daughter of a rich landowner. The marriage was short-lived and after it broke up amicably, Agate's relationships were exclusively homosexual.

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

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Sandra Bernhard & Sara Switzer

Sandra Bernhard (born June 6, 1955) is an American comedienne, singer, actress and author. She first gained attention in the late 1970s with her stand-up comedy in which she often bitterly critiques celebrity culture and political figures. Bernhard is number 97 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest standups of all time. On July 4, 1998, Bernhard gave birth to her daughter Cicely Yasin Bernhard. She is a strong supporter of gay rights. Shortly after she had Cicely, she met her partner Sara Switzer and they are now living together. Until 2010, Sara Switzer was a publicist at Vanity Fair. 'Years ago she was an editor at Harper's Bazaar and asked me to write a piece for her. We bumped into each other later and just connected. It's a great relationship; she's a really solid person.' Switzer gave up her job a few weeks ago to devote her time to writing film scripts. 'We decided it was time for her to give that a full-time shot. It's good to be able to support somebody to be able to do that.'

Bernhard has often addressed her childhood in interviews and within the context of her stand-up comedy. She was born in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Jeanette and Jerome Bernhard. She has three older brothers. Her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, when she was 10.

Of her Jewish family, Bernhard stated in her show Without You I'm Nothing: "My father was a proctologist and my mother was an abstract artist, so that's how I view the world." In the documentary program Girls Who Do: Comedy, she discusses being a funny teenager. After graduating from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, she went to live and volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel. She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19. During that time she made ends meet working as a manicurist in a high-end salon.



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Sherry Glaser (born June 6, 1960)

Sherry Glaser (born June 6, 1960) is an American actress, performance artist, and political activist. Glaser lives with her wife, Sheba Love, in Albion, California. She met Sheba Love in 2005 at a weekend retreat. This Goddess Group gathered to “recognize and embody the goddess,” to tell and listen to stories “from women’s spiritual past,” and to assist each other in discovering “where their own stories are.” When the retreat was over, she and Love adapted the experience for audio theater and produced a CD that Glaser directed and Love narrated.

"I'd been invited to teach a workshop on radical emotion transformation at the first annual Goddess Gather, a three-day event for women held on the Mendocino Coast. I was also slated to perform my one -woman comedy show, Oh My Goddess! My goal was to behave and to focus on my work, instead of the beautiful women who surrounded me. But how could I do that, when I have an extremely potent libido and am notoriously incestuous with women I meet under circumstances like these?
I walked out on the porch of the old farmhouse to meet and mingle. She caught my eye and wouldn't let it go. Hmm? Who's that? Here was a woman, though not all would agree at first glance. She stood over six feet tall and was leaning against the porch railing the August sunlight. Her hair. Her hair cascaded down her back and shoulders, shocks of pure white with long streaks of black and grey. It was unlike any mane I'd ever seen, even on a horse. Her wide nostrils flared with power; I expeced her to rear up and whinny. And she had a billy goat's gruff-a beard.
The bearded lady."

The Other Woman is a collection of essays, edited by Victoria Zackheim and published by Warner Books. In this book Sherry tells the erotic and exotic story of falling in love with her wife, Sheba Love. The essay is coincidentally called, "Sheba". It is a tale of gender bending romance. Sherry is in the company of Jane Smiley, Diana Abu-Jabar, Dani Shapiro, Susan Cheever, and Connie May Fowler.

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UK GLBTQ Meet Ebook Giveaway: Andrea Bramhall - Ladyfish

I asked to all the authors joining the UK GLBTQ Fiction meet in Manchester in July (http://ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/2013-event/2013-attendees/spotlight_authors-2/) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: twice a week 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!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: Julie W.

Today author is Andrea Bramhall: A Stockport (near Manchester, UK) native, Andrea took her life in her hands a few years ago and crossed the great North/South divide and now lives in Norfolk with her partner, their two border collies, and two and a half cats (one isn’t sure if she wants to be theirs anymore as the lady down the street feeds her Whiskas rather than whatever is on offer at the supermarket, like they do!). Andrea spends her time running their campsite and hostel to pay the bills, and scribbling down stories during the winter months.
Andrea is an avid reader and a keen musician, playing the saxophone and the guitar (just to annoy her other half—apparently!). She is also a recreational diver and takes an opportunity to head to warmer climes and discover the mysteries of life beneath the waves!
Her novel Ladyfish won an Alice B. Lavendar Certificate in 2013.

Ladyfish by Andrea Bramhall
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (October 16, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602827478
ISBN-13: 978-1602827479
Amazon: Ladyfish
Amazon Kindle: Ladyfish

Can love blossom beneath the waves of the Florida Keys? Or will the shadows that haunt two strangers prove too much to survive?

Scuba diving instructor Olivia Zuckerman loves guiding tourists under the water almost as much as she loves guiding women to her bed. Coerced into picking up a new trainee from the airport, Oz has no idea that her life is about to change in every imaginable way.

Daniela Finnsbury-Sterling, Finn to her friends, is trying to break away from an overbearing father, a man intent on making her life fit his plans. Desperate to make her own way, she escapes to Florida to train as a diving instructor. She knows it won’t be easy. She knows her father will do anything he can to force her back into line. Unfortunately, she has no idea exactly what anything will be!

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Laurie Salzler - Right Out of Nowhere

Right Out of Nowhere by Laurie Salzler
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (March 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935627600
ISBN-13: 978-1935627609
Amazon: Right Out of Nowhere
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Roni Oatman belongs to a crew that conducts Search and Rescue Operations for the Forestry Service deep in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho. They save lost people, but Roni is a bit lost herself. She's a loner, who loves a woman she can't have. Rather than dwell on what is out of reach, she buries herself in her work-or in her other business of training horses. Which, to her chagrin, isn't going so smoothly, either. When the SAR crew is short a member, Selena Ayala is assigned to fill the empty spot. Still on the rebound from a sudden breakup with her girlfriend, Selena has issues of her own. But she has to find a way to gain the crew's trust, and gain it quickly. Often the missions in this rugged and unyielding wilderness are matters of life and death, and the SAR members have to be able to depend on each other. Just when Roni and Selena are forming a tentative friendship, Selena's ex shows up, leaving both Selena and Roni with uneasy questions. Can the two women search deep within to rescue themselves and to find love right out of nowhere?

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Donna K. Ford - Healing Hearts

Healing Hearts by Donna K. Ford
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 14, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602828776
ISBN-13: 978-1602828773
Amazon: Healing Hearts
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Christian Sutter is a broken woman. After the loss of her lover, she is plagued by survivor guilt and struggles to engage contact with others in the simplest relationships. Seeking refuge, she turns to the solitude of Willow Springs, an all-women retreat in the mountains of East Tennessee. When Christian meets a reclusive artist, her world is turned upside down again.

Elaine Barber is on the run. She is no fugitive but the victim of a vicious crime that keeps her in constant fear. A once renowned FBI profiler and psychologist, Elaine has turned her back on her career, her home, and her lover to escape the unbearable fear that someone is still out there waiting to finish what they started.

Both women will begin the journey toward healing, a journey that will take them on a collision course with the very person who can destroy them all. Can love heal all wounds? One thing is certain: the lives of the women of Willow Springs will never be the same.

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