August 14th, 2013

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Ann Lister - Fall For Me

Fall For Me (The Rock Gods) by Ann Lister
Paperback: 406 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 27, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1489580174
ISBN-13: 978-1489580177
Amazon: Fall For Me (The Rock Gods)
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Entertainment journalist, Ryan Pierce, meets the infamous bad-boy rocker, Dagger Drummond, and walks away with a great interview and a scandalous news bit that has the potential to turn the music world on its ear. Exposing the story would boost Ryan's career, but it would also come with the risk of ruining Dagger's privacy – and possibly his Rock God status. The unlikely friendship that develops between Dagger and Ryan brings Ryan to question more than just his journalistic oath to report the news. It also forces him to take a look at himself and newly discovered feelings – feelings that make Ryan blind to the risk of becoming front page news himself. Will Ryan find the courage to make a life decision to give himself true happiness with Dagger or take the path that would likely lead to heartbreak and destroy his career forever?

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Larry Benjamin - Damaged Angels

Damaged Angels by Larry Benjamin
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (April 8, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1909192198
ISBN-13: 978-1909192195
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Damaged Angels is the first collection of short fiction by Larry Benjamin. The 13 stories in this collection give voice to the invisible, the damaged: the drug addicts and hustlers, the mentally ill, the confused, and the men who fall in love with them, all of them bravely trying to make a place for themselves in the world of unbroken men. Their worlds are sometimes the mean streets of decaying cities, sometimes the great beyond and, once, the earth itself. Often dark, always evocative and lyrical, these stories delve into the lives of men clearly less-than-perfect and explore love in the context of disease and oncoming death as in "The Cross," drug addiction, as in "The Seduction of the Angel Gabriel," and mental illness in "2 Rivers." These stories explore the possibility that less-than-perfect is sometimes perfect.

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Allen Barnett (May 23, 1955 - August 14, 1991)

Allen Barnett is the author of The Body and Its Dangers and Other Stories (1990), a collection of short stories unlikely to be surpassed for its depiction of gay life at the height of the AIDS pandemic. His stories are distinguished for their meditations upon the gay body in time, and by their consciousness of how the past both clashes with and informs the present.

Barnett writes with a lyric sparseness in which emotional drama is both etched with a diamond-like sharpness and illuminated by a diamond-like brightness. One story in particular, "The Times As It Knows Us," has been repeatedly singled out for the depth of its mediation on what "it is humanly possible to do" in the face of the "unacceptable behavior" of others, and even of oneself, in a world that has itself been rendered "unacceptable" by the violent disruption of everyday life by AIDS.

Barnett was born on May 23, 1955, in a small town near Joliet, Illinois, the oldest of seven children. In an interview with Philip Gambone, Barnett records that his mother never married his father, and that his siblings were the products of her subsequent marriages to two other men. Barnett described his family as "dysfunctional." His mother temporarily put all seven children into a Roman Catholic orphanage when she found herself unable to care for them.

In 1973, Barnett enrolled in Chicago's Loyola University as a theater major, having earlier attended a thirteen-week summer drama workshop for high school students at the University of Iowa. He spent two of his undergraduate years in Rome, the site of his story "Succor."


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Source:
Author: Frontain, Raymond-Jean
Entry Title: Barnett, Allen
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2006
Date Last Updated January 28, 2006
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/barnett_a.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date August 11, 2011
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 2006 glbtq, Inc.
Phylostorgy, Now Obscure in The Body and Its Dangers is a strange, crowded, slightly elusive story yet very beautiful. Allen's death has given it a weight it didn't have when I first read it. This farewell to friends and lovers was never sentimental or melodramatic, but it is now terribly real. Preston thinks about his dead and remembers desire before we're told:

Preston believed that he would survive, not the illness, but death itself. It was one of those things that one believes despite one's self, a tiny bubble of thought that hangs suspended somewhere between the heart and mind, fragile and thin as a Christmas tree ornament yet managing to last decades. He believed in his consciousness, that it would do more than last, but would have impact and consequence, that wherever it went there would be discourse and agitation; decisions would be made and adhered to.

Which Allen managed to achieve in his single, wonderful book. He can still affect how we think about our lives. His bubble of consciousness survives. --Christopher Bram, The Lost Library
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Billy Wilson (1935 - August 14, 1994)

Billy Wilson was a director and an Emmy-award-winning choreographer of PBS's Zoom. Also choreographed Bubbling Brown Sugar.

Billy Wilson, the director and choreographer of "Bubbling Brown Sugar" and other Broadway musicals, died on August 14, 1994, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. He was 59 and lived in Teaneck, N.J.

The cause was AIDS, said his daughter, Alexis Wilson.

Mr. Wilson was known as an experienced and dependable director who injected extra life and energy into his productions, adding small, telling details and encouraging performers to be more expressive than they believed they were. In a 1976 interview in The New York Times, he described the process of turning "Guys and Dolls" into a black musical as something "like taking chicken soup and making it a little more gumbo." A Range in Theme and Tone

He also choreographed dances, performed by major companies in New York, Philadelphia and the Netherlands, that ranged in theme and tone, from "Rosa," a simple, powerful dramatic piece about Rosa Parks, created for Philadanco, to the effervescent Gershwin "Concerto in F," which is in the repertories of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theater of Harlem.

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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/08/16/obituaries/billy-wilson-59-director-and-choreographer.html

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John Fox (1952 - August 14, 1990)

John Fox (d. August 14, 1990, aged thirty-eight) was an American novelist and short-story writer. His most famous, successful and influential novel, The Boys on the Rock, detailed the coming out and falling in love of a homosexual teenage swimmer by the name of Billy Connors.

Fox was born in the Pelham Bay area of the Bronx (where Connors's life is set) and graduated from both Cardinal Hayes High School and Lehman College.

He died of AIDS-related complications in his Manhattan home in 1990.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1990/08/22/obituaries/john-fox-writer-38.html
You always remember your first love, and for me, John Fox’s coming of age novel was it. First-person adolescent narrators get compared to Holden Caulfield all the time, but Fox’s Billy Connors is one of the few who actually lives up to the praise. Set during the summer of ’68 (the guy Billy falls in love with is campaigning for Bobby Kennedy), this book buzzes with energy of the era right before gay liberation, when change was in the air but not yet a guarantee. Halfway through the book Billy tells the reader, “Maybe I’ll rewrite all this and unscramble everything and take out all the lies.” A narrator admitting half of what he says had been a lie—that was a revelation, and when I read it at the age of 20, it felt like model for truthful living. Related reading: Fox died before he published another book—a loss for gay literature—but if you can track down the 1985 anthology First Love/Last Love: New Fiction from Christopher Street, you’ll find two of his short stories inside. --K.M. Soehnlein
"The Boys on the Rock is some of the brightest, funniest, most touching writing about adolescence I've read in a long time. And if ever a book will give straight readers an exact sense of what it's like to grow up gay, surely The Boys on the Rock will." --Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story

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Simeon Solomon (October 9, 1840 – August 14, 1905)

Simeon Solomon (9 October 1840 No. 3 Sandys Street, Bishopsgate, London, England – 14 August 1905 in St. Giles's Workhouse, Endell Street) was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter. (Picture: Simeon Solomon by David Wilkie Wynfield)

Solomon was born into a prominent Jewish family. He was the eighth and last child born to merchant Michael (Meyer) Solomon and artist Catherine (Kate) Levy. Solomon was a younger brother to fellow painters Abraham Solomon (1824–1862) and Rebecca Solomon (1832–1886).

Born and educated in London, Solomon started receiving lessons in painting from his older brother around 1850. He started attending Carey's Art Academy in 1852. His older sister first exhibited her works at the Royal Academy during the same year.

As a student at the Royal Academy Schools, Solomon was introduced through Dante Gabriel Rossetti to other members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle, as well as the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne and the painter Edward Burne-Jones in 1857. His first exhibition was at the Royal Academy in 1858. He continued to hold exhibitions of his work at the Royal Academy between 1858 and 1872. In addition to the literary paintings favoured by the Pre-Raphaelite school, Solomon's subjects often included scenes from the Hebrew Bible and genre paintings depicting Jewish life and rituals. His association with Swinburne led to his illustrating Swinburne's Lesbia Brandon in 1865.

In 1873 his career was cut short when he was arrested in a public urinal at Stratford Place Mews, off Oxford Street, in London and charged with attempting to commit sodomy: he was fined £100. He was arrested again in 1874 in Paris, after which he was sentenced to spend three months in prison.


The Sleepers And The One Who Watcheth, 1867

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

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Joseph Gramm & Ron Palillo

Ronald Gabriel "Ron" Paolillo (April 2, 1949 – August 14, 2012) was an American television and film actor and teacher. He was best known as Arnold Horshack on the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–79). Palillo and his partner of 41 years, Joseph Gramm, lived in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. On August 14, 2012, Palillo suffered a heart attack at his home and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Ronald Gabriel Paolillo (he used the surname "Palillo" during his acting career) was born in New Haven, Connecticut to Gabriel and Carmel Paolillo, of Italian descent. and raised in Cheshire. He graduated from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he taught during the late 1990s.

After Welcome Back, Kotter, Palillo appeared in leading and supporting roles in various television series and films. He voiced characters on such animated series as Laverne & Shirley in the Army, Darkwing Duck, and Rubik, the Amazing Cube, in which he played the lead character. In 1996, Palillo played himself in several episodes of the television sitcom Ellen, playing Audrey (Ellen's friend)'s love interest. Palillo also spent a year on the popular daytime show One Life to Live and also acted in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), and the lead in The Curse of Micah Rood.

He returned to New York in 1991, and played such roles as Mozart in Amadeus and regionally as George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Arthur in Camelot and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. He appeared on Broadway in 2008 in Broadway Backwards 4, a charity event benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Among his other New York City credits were a one-person show in 2000 where he portrayed Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann in The Diary of Adolf Eichmann off-Broadway. Palillo, in a newspaper interview in 1997, said he lamented his role as Horshack as he was permanently typecast, which he believed had damaged his career.


Ron Palillo was an American television and film actor and teacher. He was best known as Arnold Horshack on the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–79). Palillo and his partner of 41 years, Joseph Gramm, lived in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In 2005, his first full-length play, The Lost Boy, the true story of Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie, premiered at the Helen Hayes Theatre in Nyack, New York, and later played at the Queens Theatre in the Park, in Queens, New York. He died on August 14, 2012.

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

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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Mark Pocan & Philip Frank

Mark Pocan (born August 14, 1964) is an American politician and businessman who has served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district, since 2013. The district is based in the state capital, Madison. On November 24, 2006, Pocan and his long-term partner, Philip Frank, were legally married in Toronto, Ontario. Philip Frank, has become the first same-sex spouse to receive an official congressional spousal ID card. Frank, who had originally received the “designee” card granted to unmarried partners of members of Congress, was issued the spousal ID in May 2013, the Washington Blade reports. The ID was symbolic, since it didn’t qualify for Frank for spousal benefits; the Defense of Marriage Act prevented the federal government from recognizing Pocan and Frank’s marriage, performed in Canada. “We realize that symbolism is great and important, especially when it’s recognized by the House, but even more important is making sure that we get those full benefits for the thousands and thousands of folks who work for the federal government who aren’t recognized in the same way,” Pocan said.

A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1999 to 2013, representing the 78th district. He represented much of downtown Madison, including the Wisconsin State Capitol. In November 2012, Pocan won the general election to replace Tammy Baldwin, a fellow Democrat and longtime friend who was elected to the U.S. Senate, as the next member of Congress from the district. He had also succeeded Baldwin in the State Assembly.


Mark Pocan is an American politician and businessman who has served in the US House of Representatives. On November 24, 2006, Pocan and his long-term partner, Philip Frank, were legally married in Toronto, Ontario. Philip Frank, has become the first same-sex spouse to receive an official congressional spousal ID card. Frank, who had originally received the “designee” card granted to unmarried partners of members of Congress, was issued the spousal ID in May 2013, the Washington Blade reports.

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Rider Jacobs - Legion

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: qbeeqt

Today author is Rider Jacobs: I am part of a writing duo whose books include Under the Australian Sky, Faelon and the soon to be released Marco along with my own solo project Legion.
Most recent title : Under the Australian Sky
Publishers: MLR Press

Legion by Rider Jacobs
Publisher: MLR Press
Amazon Kindle: Legion

Even the darkest of hearts can find love.

Banished to the mortal realm for a crime he didn't commit all Nico wants to do is return home. Legion feels love is weakness, it's an emotion only felt by fools. Answering a bundled summoning attempt Legion's world is turned upside down by the exotic Nico. Intrigued by the mortal, Legion finds himself unable to stay away. Refusing to believe he might actually be falling in love he sets out to discover who has cast such a wicked spell on him. Nico has a secret though, one that could end his relationship and destroy his chance to return home.

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Best Bisexual/Transgender Fiction: Tio Jorge by Vincent Meis

Tio Jorge is two novels into one, the story of George/Jorge and Miguel, and their impossible love, and the story of Rebecca and her quest for the truth. To Rebecca, George was always Tio Jorge, her father’s best friend, and when he was accused of killing her mother, she knew something was wrong. When years later, on her graduation day from Stamford University, she sees George again, among the crowd, Rebecca realized it’s time for her to track her roots back to Mexico, to the place where his father went back, abandoning her, and where he ultimately found death.

Even if the focus is on Rebecca, I found myself looking for George’s part of the story, this man who was evidently in love with Miguel, Miguel, a man who, instead of waiting for George, flew to Mexico, bringing up another family, basically betraying not only George but also his own daughter, Rebecca. Despite this, George is clearly still in love with him, and he is conveying his love into Rebecca, and even on the remaining family that Miguel left, that family that stole Miguel from him.

Tio Jorge is not specifically a bisexual/gay novel, if not for the fact that George is gay; probably to many readers, this will be Rebecca’s story, her discovery journey, and even her own love story, but to me this was George’s story, a man who wanted a family, a lover and sons. I’m true, I blame Miguel, a character that I was not able to empathize with, I didn’t hear his voice, or maybe I didn’t want to listen, cause to my eyes, it appeared that he always opted for the easy way, even when that way was tragically wrong for the ones he loved.

Amazon: Tio Jorge
Amazon Kindle: Tio Jorge
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Fallen Bros. Publishing (May 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 061562023X
ISBN-13: 978-0615620237



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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Tia Fielding - Positive

Positive by Tia Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (August 13, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Positive

Even after a decade, the life that journalist Brent Walsh and Milwaukee homicide detective Shawn Mackey have made together is far from boring. But when a new case cuts a weekend getaway short, they aren’t quite prepared for how it will impact their personal lives. Suddenly there’s too much to juggle: Shawn will be working the case of the sharpshooter who is trying to infect random people with HIV, Brent needs to cover the story but fears a conflict of interest, one of Shawn’s colleagues is attracted to him, and Brent sincerely needs to mend the painful break with his childhood best friend, Ollie, and heal their broken hearts.

Though the case comes to a close, it’s not the end of their troubles. Shawn and Brent still face a past of old white lies, a present possibility of inviting another man to their bed, and a future with children, not to mention health issues and national fallout from the case. It’s enough to make them want to run away—until they realize they have to face those challenges head-on so they can get on with the life of love they’re hoping for.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Kindle Alexander - Texas Pride

Texas Pride by Kindle Alexander
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kindle Alexander LLC.; 1st edition (March 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989117316
ISBN-13: 978-0989117319
Amazon: Texas Pride
Amazon Kindle: Texas Pride

When mega movie star and two time Academy Award winner, Austin Grainger voluntarily gave up his dazzling film career, his adoring fan base thought he’d lost his mind. For Austin, the seclusion of fifteen hundred acres in the middle of Texas sounds like paradise. No more cameras, paparazzi, or overzealous media to hound him every day and night. Little did the sexiest man alive know when one door closes, another usually opens. And Austin’s opened by way of a sexy, hot ranch owner right next door. Kitt Kelly wasn’t your average rancher. He’s young, well educated and has hidden his sexuality for most of his life. When his long time wet dream materializes as his a new neighbor it threatens everything he holds dear. No way the ranching community would ever accept him if he came out. With every part of his life riding on the edge, can Kitt risk it all for a chance at love or will responsibility to his family heritage cost him his one chance at happiness?

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