August 7th, 2013

andrew potter

Benn Howard (1939 - August 7, 1994)

Benn Howard was administrator, dancer, and choreographer of the Elle Johnson Dance Co. in Los Angeles. He died of AIDS complication on August 7, 1994.

Elle Johnson passed away at 83 years old on March 10, 2006. She is remembered as a choreographer whose ethnic dance motifs permeated her work with the eponymous Elle Johnson Dance Company. (

Few you can find on the net about Benn Howard if not the reference to a magazine photospread on Playmen, April 1971. Elle Johnson and Benn Howard dance completely and stunningly naked among the harsh Californian desert dunes. The photo shot is of famous '70 male and females nude photographer David Bruce Rawcliffe.

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Brigid Brophy, Lady Levey (June 12, 1929 – August 7, 1995)

Brigid Antonia Brophy, Lady Levey (12 June 1929 – 7 August 1995) was an English writer. In the Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Novelists since 1960, S. J. Newman described her as "one of the oddest, most brilliant, and most enduring of [the] 1960s symptoms."

She was a feminist and pacifist who expressed controversial opinions on marriage, the Vietnam War, religious education in schools, sex, and pornography. She was a vocal campaigner for animal rights and vegetarianism. A 1965 Sunday Times article by Brophy is credited by psychologist Richard D. Ryder with having triggered the formation of the animal rights movement in England.

Brophy was born in London, and attended The Abbey School, Reading, between May 1941 and July 1943. She then attended St Paul's Girls' School in London, before attending Oxford for a year.

Brophy married art historian Sir Michael Levey in 1954. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1983.

Through the 1950s and 1960s, there was an unparalleled outpouring of representation and discussion about homosexuals. Mainstream publishing houses released hundreds of novels featuring homosexual characters and themes. These included respected, popular literary works such as Carson McCullers’s 1946 Member of the Wedding, Truman Capote’s 1958 Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and James Baldwin’s 1962 Another Country. Popular literature by James Barr, Patricia Highsmith, Jay Little, Brigid Brophy, Lance Horner, and Jane Rule sold to a mainstream audience or, like Barr’s Quatrefoil, a mostly gay male readership. Marguerite Yourcenar’s 1955 The Memoirs of Hadrian and Mary Renault’s books, such as the 1956 The Last of the Wine, set in a highly homoerotic ancient Greece, allowed homosexual readers to imaginatively construct a historical past. Lakey, a lesbian character modeled on woman-loving poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, was the most prescient and emotionally balanced central figure in Mary McCarthy’s 1962 best seller The Group. The 1950 thriller by lesbian writer Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train, which would become a film by Alfred Hitchcock a year later, explored issues of guilt and innocence (and the fine distinction between being an outcast and a criminal) through a homoerotic relationship that included blackmail and murder. --Bronski, Michael (2011-05-10). A Queer History of the United States (Revisioning American History) (Kindle Locations 3827-3839). Beacon Press. Kindle Edition.
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Christopher Gillis (February 26, 1951 - August 7, 1993)

Christopher Gillis (February 26, 1951 in Montreal – August 7, 1993 in New York City), a choreographer and a longtime leading dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, died on August 7, 1993, at his home in Manhattan. He was 42.

The cause was AIDS, said Ellen Jacobs, a spokeswoman for the Taylor company.

Mr. Gillis was a prototypical Taylor dancer, with a compact body and a boyishly serious manner through which a glint of humor often showed. Anna Kisselgoff, the chief dance critic of The New York Times, wrote of Mr. Gillis's "serene muscularity full of nuance, unassuming wit and acute rhythmic training" in a review of his 1990 "Curbs and Corridors." She continued, "In his stage personality, he captures an inner reality, an interior brooding, behind a striking physical bravura."

Mr. Gillis was born in Montreal to the Olympic skiers Gene Gillis and Rhona Wurtele. He began his dance training in 1972 with two American modern-dance choreographers, May O'Donnell and Norman Walker. He also studied with Mr. Taylor, Finis Jhung and Cindi Green. He joined the Taylor company in 1976. Among his major roles in the company were the detective in Mr. Taylor's version of "Le Sacre du Printemps" and leading parts in "Profiles," "Arden Court" and "Speaking in Tongues."

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Tali Spencer - Thick as Thieves

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October ( 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 zeoanne

Today author is Tali Spencer: I am fascinated by swords, mythology, and everything ancient and magical. Though I grew up here there and everywhere, I currently live in Pennsylvania with my husband and travel whenever I can. My preferred destinations are castles and archaeological sites. When not writing, I read everything (really, everything), experiment with food, or take long walks with my loving, if slightly neurotic, poodle.
Most recent title : Thick as Thieves
Publishers: Dreamspinner Press, Resplendence Publishing, Storm Moon Press

Thick as Thieves by Tali Spencer
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 8, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623807840
ISBN-13: 978-1623807849
Amazon: Thick as Thieves
Amazon Kindle: Thick as Thieves

After Vorgell the barbarian fucks himself with a unicorn horn, he ends up in a cell with Maddog, a pretty young thief. It's lust at first sight for Vorgell-but honestly, he can't help it. Unicorn horn is a potent aphrodisiac, and now he can't stop thinking about sex. Luckily, Madd is one male witch who knows how to put Vorgell's new magical body to good use when he tricks Vorgell into a kiss that helps them escape.

Vorgell may desire sex in general-and Madd in particular-but Madd has no intention of being screwed by a man twice his size. He has problems of his own, including an enchanted collar that causes him to desire his most hated enemy. He wants that collar off as soon as possible, but that requires stealing a basilisk egg from the castle they just escaped.

Drawn together by lust and magic, the two men join forces and soon find themselves up to their necks in witches, wizards, and trouble. Vorgell and Madd might just be perfect for each other, but first they have to survive long enough to find out.

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Conduct Unbecoming by L.A. Witt

Conduct Unbecoming was a tour de force, a more than 300 pages novel when recently the average is around 200, it was nevertheless a commitment that I encourage you to take. Aside from being very well researched, both the experience of living abroad, in a completely stranger country, than the military life, it was also very good in characterization. Eric and Shane are two perfect example of military men, from difference experiences, but both of them very believable. More interesting than all was the fact they were not young, but on the other side of thirties, more near forties, and both of them with a divorce on their back. Eric more lucky than Shane, managing to maintain a friendly relationship with his ex-wife, and instead the one Shane has with his own ex-wife is barely civil. Also this was a very interesting aspect of the novel, giving the reader both side, both possible evolution of the future of a married men who comes out later in life.

The relationship between Eric and Shane starts as one night stand, hot sex without strings attached to quickly become love, so quickly that, aside for the very first encounter, love was always part of their romance. At first Eric and Shane don’t have the opportunity to meet again, and both of them are pining on the lost chance at love, because they have already understood theirs can be love. When they meet again, the spectrum of a dishonorable discharge for conduct unbecoming of a gentleman lurks over them, but the pull is too strong to be ignored. For most of the novel they will fight for their love, knowing that, if they resist for a little bit, what they are founding is a long-term relationship that will complete the rest of their lives.

It was interesting to read about this side of military life, Eric and Shane are not in a war-zone, Okinawa’s experience is almost like being professionals transferred to a abroad location (something that I experienced first-hand): there is the disorienting experience of not knowing the country, the cultural shock, missing home, and in the end, starting to appreciate the novelty so much that, when you have to go back, you know you will miss it. Okinawa and the Asian culture is an important piece of the novel, so much to be almost as much important as the love story.

Amazon: Conduct Unbecoming
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Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (December 3, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619214059
ISBN-13: 978-1619214057

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