August 2nd, 2013

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Chad Griffin & Jerome Fallon

In 2012 the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign, named a new president, Chad Griffin. Griffin, who was appointed in March 2012, is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and played a crucial role in trying to overturn California's Proposition 8. At 19, the Arkansas native worked on President Bill Clinton's communications office and since then he has built an impressive career fighting for equality as well as other social policies. He has been linked romantically for several years to Jerome Fallon, who accompanied him to the March 2012 state dinner at the White House for British Prime Minister David Cameron. In a gesture that set tongues wagging both in the mainstream media and the gay blogosphere, Griffin and Fallon were seated at President Obama's table.

Chad Hunter Griffin (born July 16, 1973) is an American political strategist best known for his work advocating for LGBT rights in the United States.

Griffin got his start in politics volunteering for the Bill Clinton presidential campaign, which led to a position in the White House Press Office at the age of 19. Following his stint in the White House and his graduation from Georgetown University, he led a number of political campaigns advocating for or against various California ballot initiatives, as well as a number of fundraising efforts for political candidates, such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Following the 2008 passage of California's highly-publicized Proposition 8, which barred the recognition of same-sex marriage, Griffin founded the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) to overturn the law. AFER's challenge, Perry v. Brown was ultimately successful following a decision by the United States Supreme Court in June 2013. In 2012, Griffin was appointed president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT rights organization in the United States.


In March 2012 the Human Rights Campaign, named a new president, Chad Griffin. Griffin is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and played a crucial role in trying to overturn California's Proposition 8. At 19, Griffin worked on President Bill Clinton's communications office and since then he has built an impressive career fighting for equality as well as other social policies. Griffin and his partner Jerome Fallon attended a White House dinner in 2012.

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

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Jean Dessès (6 August 1904 – 2 August 1970)

Jean Dessès (6 August 1904 – 2 August 1970), was a world leading fashion designer in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. His designs reflected the influences of his travels, specializing in creating draped evening gowns in chiffon and mousseline, based on early Greek and Egyptian robes.

Born Jean Dimitre Verginie in Alexandria, Egypt, to Greek parents, he originally set out to study law, but, in 1925, he abandoned his legal studies and began working for Maison Jane, a Parisian couture house where, in 1937, he opened his own couture salon. After World War II, he traveled extensively throughout the world. His work was influenced by his travels, creating draped evening gowns in chiffon, embroidered dresses, sheath dresses with tight jackets and flowing skirts. His fashion was very popular with European royalty and movie stars. Among his clientele were the Queen and royal princesses of Greece, the Duchess of Windsor, Madame Jean (Lilia) Ralli, the first Mrs. Aristotle Onassis and society hostess Elsa Maxwell. In 1962, he designed the wedding gown worn by Princess Sophia of Greece (later Queen Sofia of Spain) for her marriage to the future King Juan Carlos of Spain. Valentino worked with Desses for several years in the 1950s and gained much hands-on experience, as did Guy Laroche who in the 1950s was Desses' assistant.

In 1963, at age 60, he retired to Greece because of poor health, where he ran a small boutique which he had opened eight years earlier. He died in Athens in 1970. In the 1990s, his fashion designs saw a revival with the interest in vintage dresses. Naomi Campbell wore a vintage boned bodice and ruched silk Desses gown in May 1999 at a Christie's party. Later, in 2001, Renée Zellweger wore a lemon yellow strapless 1950s Desses gown to the Academy Awards. Similarly, Jennifer Lopez wore a vintage moss green Desses gown, made with 50 yards of chiffon, to the 2006 Academy Awards.

The fashion designer Jean Desses brought also out a perfume called Kalispera.


Jennifer Lopez wore a vintage moss green Desses gown, made with 50 yards of chiffon, to the 2006 Academy Awards.


In 2001, Renée Zellweger wore a lemon yellow strapless 1950s Desses gown to the Academy Awards.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Dess%C3%A8s

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Lorenzo Wilson Milam (born August 2, 1933)

Lorenzo Wilson Milam, born on August 2, 1933, in Jacksonville, Florida, is an American writer and activist who was instrumental in starting many of the first listener-supported community radio stations in the United States, beginning with KRAB-FM in Seattle in 1962.

Milam, who is credited with helping in the startup of at least 14 stations from the early 1960s through late 1970s, is often referred to as the "Johnny Appleseed" of community radio. He got his start in radio volunteering in 1958-1959 at Lew Hill's KPFA in Berkeley, California. He used a $15,000 inheritance to buy a small FM transmitter in 1959 and spent the next 3 years seeking a broadcasting license "anywhere in the US" from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which assigned him a frequency in Seattle.

With the help of volunteer engineer Jeremy Lansman he was able to get his antique Collins Radio transmitter on the air in 1962. Lansman later assisted him in launching other stations around the country, starting with KBOO in Portland, in a mini-network that was sometimes referred to as the "KRAB nebula". Mr. Milam authored the book Sex and Broadcasting, A Handbook on Starting a Radio Station for the Community.

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

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Paul Goodman (September 9, 1911 – August 2, 1972)

Paul Goodman (September 9, 1911 – August 2, 1972) was a novelist, playwright, poet and psychotherapist, although now best known as a social critic, anarchist philosopher, and public intellectual. Though often thought of as a sociologist, he vehemently denied being one in a presentation in the Experimental College at San Francisco State in 1964, and in fact said he could not read sociology because it was too often lifeless. The author of dozens of books including Growing Up Absurd and The Community of Scholars, Goodman was an activist on the pacifist Left in the 1960s and a frequently cited inspiration to the student movement of that decade. A lay therapist for a number of years, he was a co-founder of Gestalt Therapy in the 1940s and '50s.

Goodman was born in New York City to Barnett and Augusta Goodman, both immigrants. He had a Hebrew school education, and graduated first in his class at Townsend Harris High School. His brother Percival Goodman, with whom Paul frequently worked, was an architect especially noted for his many synagogue designs.

As a child, Goodman freely roamed the streets and public libraries of his native New York City, experiences which later inspired his radical concept of "the educative city". He graduated from The City College of New York in 1932 and completed his Ph.D. work at the University of Chicago in 1939. (He was not officially awarded his Ph.D. until 1953, for a dissertation which was later published by the University of Chicago Press as The Structure of Literature.)

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Goodman_(writer)

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Roy Cohn (February 20, 1927 – August 2, 1986)

Roy Marcus Cohn (February 20, 1927 – August 2, 1986) was an American attorney who became famous during Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigations into Communist activity in the United States during the Second Red Scare. Cohn gained special prominence during the Army–McCarthy hearings. He was also an important member of the U.S. Department of Justice's prosecution team at the espionage trials of Soviet spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Roy Cohn allegedly spent several decades living a discreet life as a closeted gay man. When he brought on Schine as chief consultant, speculation arose that Schine and Cohn had a sexual relationship, although some historians have more recently concluded the friendship was platonic. During the Army–McCarthy hearings, Cohn denied having any "special interest" in Schine or being bound to him "closer than to the ordinary friend." Joseph Welch, the Army's attorney in the hearings, made an apparent reference to Cohn's homosexuality. After asking a witness if a photo entered as evidence "came from a pixie," he defined "pixie" for McCarthy as "a close relative of a fairy." Fairy was, and is, a derogatory term for a gay man. Pixie was also a brand name for a line of cheap cameras. The people at the hearing recognized the allusion and found it amusing; Cohn later called the remark "malicious," "wicked," and "indecent." Cohn and McCarthy targeted many government officials and cultural figures not only for suspected Communist sympathies, but also for alleged homosexuality.

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

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: AKM Miles - All in the Details

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: hawk_soaring

Today author is AKM Miles: I love reading and writing M/M romance novels. I have been writing since 2007 and it's still exciting. Exciting is good. I really enjoy getting to know other authors and especially hearing from the readers. They make me happy with their comments. I've always been interested in the genre and am thrilled to be part of it. I look forward to meeting many more...both authors and fans, in the future. I hope I continue to improve and put out the kinds of books people enjoy reading. ***love is love*** AKM
Website: http://www.akmmiles.com
Most recent title : Trick's Dante
Publishers: MLR Press, Silver Publishing, Torquere Press, Total E-Bound

All in the Details by AKM Miles
Publisher: Silver Publishing (April 27, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: All in the Details

Beau Garner meets Nash Tyler under very strange circumstances. Beau's so not the gun type. He keeps saying that! Their relationship develops over a period of time filled with one wild ride after another. Beau, with his OCD, is the owner of a successful event planning company called Details. Everybody knows, or he thinks they should, that to get things done well, it's all in the details.

Beau goes from planning parties, weddings, and showers with his well-chosen staff, to nearly getting arrested, to saving a young woman, to becoming the victim of hate crimes, and then things really take a turn. Now what? Thank God he's got Nash, but what if his life is too crazy for Nash?

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Announcing new collaboration (NOT WORK SAFE)

Many of you know, since you have plenty enjoyed the beautiful "gifts" that he is sending me for the last two years, that I have the honor to be allowed to post Dylan Rosser's updatings to his male nude website, www.TheMaleForm.net, and the high quality magazine, tMf. Well, I accepted to be a content editor of the latter, basically I will have the hard task to look at beautiful pictures of naked men and think the best questions to ask the photographer... after I managed to clear my mind, that is. I have already completed my first job, and an extract of interview will be in the next tMf while I will post the full interview on my blog.

In the meantime, Dylan was so generous to send me some man candies ;-) I still think Dylan Rosser's work is among the best quality in male nude photography, but there are some of his new collaborators that have sparks of beauty in their work. I have already appreciated Ethan James in the past, and I have to say that Ian Fraser has caught my eyes too.

So, here you go... Enjoy! (and be aware of the Not Work Safe, do not click if you are faint hearts...)


Alfie by Dylan Rosser

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Jacob by Dylan Rosser

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