July 19th, 2013

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Elliott DeLine - I Know Very Well How I Got My Name

I Know Very Well How I Got My Name by Elliott DeLine
Paperback: 118 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1482797526
ISBN-13: 978-1482797527
Amazon: I Know Very Well How I Got My Name
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The night he loses his virginity, he becomes Dean. Amy Wagner names him—and she would know best. Amy knows all kinds of things that Dean doesn’t understand—things about sex, music, and the darker side of life. All Dean knows is his safe suburban home with his parents, books, and imaginary games. Until now, he’s been able to hide his true identity, even from himself. To the rest of the world, he is a teenage girl—an awkward, boyish teenage girl, but a girl nonetheless. Meeting Amy changes everything. Soon that protected world around him begins to fall apart, and he is left with no other option but to face himself and the truth. I Know Very Well How I Got My Name chronicles Dean’s clumsy progression through the American public school system. It is the 90’s and early 2000’s, in suburban Syracuse, New York—a world in which LGBTQ bullying is not yet a hot topic in schools, and there is little tolerance for outsiders of any kind. A prequel to the award-winning novel Refuse, Elliott DeLine’s second book is about the prevailing myths surrounding bullying and abuse, and the hardships of being young and transgender without a community, support, or a roadmap.

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Dusty Pruitt (born July 19, 1946)

Rev. Dusty Pruitt was born on July 19, 1946, in Ballinger, Texas, the firstborn of three sisters, one 15 months younger and the other 12 years younger. Dusty grew up in Bronte, Texas, a town of just under 1,000 people in west central Texas. Her father was a World War II bomber crewman, who completed 35 missions over Germany before coming home. The family moved to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, when her father’s reserve unit was activated during the Korean War.

Dusty’s father became a Baptist minister for the Baptist Missionary Association when she was six. This began a moving saga in which she attended ten different schools before she graduated at age 17 from high school. She earned on Associate of Arts degree from Jacksonville Baptist College in Jacksonville, Texas, in 1965. Then she attended University of Texas at Arlington and graduated in 1970 from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish with a minor in Education.

Pruitt entered the Army as a second lieutenant in 1970. There she came to understand that she was gay. After meeting Sgt. Sandy McMillan in 1971, she was introduced to Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in Atlanta, Georgia. After being transferred to Army Recruiting in Dallas, Texas, Pruitt joined Agape MCC in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1972 as a charter member.

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Source: http://dustypruitt.com/?page_id=33

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Norman Andersson (1953 - July 19, 1993)

Norman Andersson was a singer with the Metropolitan Opera as well as the San Francisco and Pittsburgh symphonies.

Norman Andersson, a bass-baritone who sang at the Metropolitan Opera and with several symphony orchestras, died on July 19, 1993, at his home in Chatham Center, N.Y. He was 40.

The cause was AIDS, said a statement from Dorothy Cone, his press representative.

Mr. Andersson made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1980-81 season. His Met appearances included roles in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette." He also sang with opera companies in Newark, Dallas, Philadelphia and New Orleans.

He was a soloist with a number of orchestras, among them the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco and Pittsburgh Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

A graduate of Temple University, he earned a master's degree in music at Indiana University, where he studied with Margaret Harshaw.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/07/21/obituaries/norman-andersson-bass-baritone-40.html

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Stephen Gendin (February 20, 1966 - July 19, 2000)

Stephen Gendin (February 20, 1966 – July 19, 2000) was a prominent AIDS activist, involved with ACT UP, ActUp/RI, Sex Panic!, Community Prescription Service, POZ Magazine, and the Radical Faeries. Gendin was raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he was an Eagle Scout. He attended Brown University, where he learned that he was HIV positive as a first-year student in 1985. He aggressively experimented with new medications for HIV and maintained a healthy and active lifestyle for many years, but did not survive treatment for AIDS-related lymphoma.

Gendin's death was caused by cardiac arrest while he was undergoing chemotherapy for AIDS-related lymphoma. In addition to being a columnist and contributing editor at POZ, he was co-founder of Community Prescription Service, a national mail-order pharmacy service for people with HIV.
"I have never met a man I admired more," said POZ founder Sean Strub after Gendin's death. "Continued AIDS activism, in the absence of Stephen's integrity, excruciating honesty, and deep drive for meaning, at the moment, feels impossible."
In the summer of 2000, Gendin's death was eulogized in a widely-reprinted speech by Larry Kramer:
"I remember the first time I saw Stephen at one of the first ACT UP meetings. He'd come all the way down from Brown. And he did it weekly, just to be with us, fighting. I remember the last time I saw him, just a week or so ago, looking just as much the handsome fighter, having just come through yet another awful close call, but standing straight, tall, with that same determined expression he had that first day. I remember thinking: He's going to make it through this after all."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Gendin & http://www.thebody.com/content/art30452.html

Stephen Gendin's articles on POZ Magazine: Click Here

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Cat Grant - Flawless

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October (http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: everyday 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: lisa_thecat

Today author is Cat Grant: Cat Grant lives by the ocean in beautiful Monterey, California with one persnickety feline and way too many books and DVDs. When she's not writing, you can usually find her singing along to whatever's on her iPod or fantasizing about kinky sex with Michael Fassbender.
Website: http://www.catgrant.com
Most recent title: Flawless
Publishers: Amber Quill/Amber Allure, Ellora's Cave, Riptide Publishing, Cat Grant Books

Flawless (Irresistible Attraction) by Cat Grant
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 20, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Flawless (Irresistible Attraction)

Steve Campbell used to be a player, until a mid-life crisis opened his eyes to his long-repressed love for Connor, his soon-to-be-married best friend and business partner. Coming out at thirty-eight means learning how to date all over again, and this time, Steve’s not willing to settle for empty one-night stands. He wants the real thing.

Gil Alvarez has never had it easy, struggling through childhood and rejected by his family for a body that didn’t match who he was inside. A skilled driver and mechanic, he’s working hard to make his auto shop a success. The last thing he needs is a rich white guy in a candy-apple-red Ferrari tempting him, but Steve’s ready smile and easygoing manner prove irresistible.

One brief, intimate encounter leaves them both hungry for more. Gil’s not ashamed of who he is, but he’s terrified that Steve will reject him—or worse—when he discovers what Gil can’t find the courage to tell him.

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The Hawk and the Rabbit (The Bestiary, Volume Three) by Elizah J. Davis

The Hawk and the Rabbit is almost “innocent” in its development; the first impression I have of this story is that it has completely removed the concept of homosexuality as a sin. In this fantasy world, being gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight is like being a brunette or a blond, having brown or blue eyes, you are born with. If someone is complaining about something is, first that prince consort Henri is from a breed that is still using magic, while instead in Gaia’s kingdom magic was banned, and that Henri’s personal sorcerer, and advisor, Leal, is really too young, more a boy than a man (we will learn later that actually Leal is under a wrong spell and so his boyish looks don’t match his real age).

When Gaia falls under a dark blood spell, Leal isn’t capable alone to remove it and he has to ask help to the Dragon Knights’s Master, Hawk. Leal has a secret crush on Hawk, but the man despises magic and, in connection, he doesn’t trust Leal. Going together in a quest to retrieve some magic elementals that will help queen Gaia will allow to Hawk to understand that Leal is not a mean sorcerer, and that magic can be good (and even funny sometime).

As I said, this is quite the innocent tale, while Hawk and Leal will arrive to be intimate, it’s almost done in a “secretive” way, the reader will not take part to their intimacy. I had almost the feeling I was reading a young adult novel, or a fairy tale, it was more important the quest, and giving the change to Hawk and Leal to be alone and to know each other, other than “consuming” their love. Even the level of danger they encounter is mild, nothing cruel or really dark, and the worst it happens is to sprain a calf.

This one was a cute, light read, pleasant and smooth, and the fantasy setting wasn’t too heavy, so that I could actually enjoy the story without being distracted by the “surroundings”.

http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=106_109&products_id=370

Amazon Kindle: The Hawk and the Rabbit (The Bestiary)
Publisher: Less Than Three Press; 1 edition (November 20, 2012)

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: S.A. McAuley - Crack the Darkest Sky Wide Open

Crack the Darkest Sky Wide Open by Eric Arvin, Abigail Roux, TJ Klune, Sjd Peterson, S. A. McAuley, Jason Huffman-Black
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1489535012
ISBN-13: 978-1489535016
Amazon: Crack the Darkest Sky Wide Open
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Of humanity there are darker tales. Stories that take some squinting to see through. Unconventional stories. Tales that threaten to break the heart by cruel twists of fate, the dogs of war, or demons that are all too real; whether they be of unrequited love or a karmic slap in the face. Happy endings take a time in coming, and some never arrive. But through all the darkness there is light, a glimmer of hope and wonder…if one has the will to see it.

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