September 11th, 2013

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Mychal Judge & Mark Bingham

Mychal F. Judge, OFM (born Robert Emmet Judge on May 11, 1933; died September 11, 2001) was a Roman Catholic priest of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, Chaplain of the Fire Department of New York and the first certified fatality of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

On September 11, 2001, upon learning that the World Trade Center had been hit by the first of two jetliners, Judge rushed to the site. He was met by the Mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, who asked him to pray for the city and its victims. Judge administered the Last Rites to some lying on the streets, then entered the lobby of the World Trade Center North Tower, where an emergency command post was organized. There he continued offering aid and prayers for the rescuers, the injured and dead.

When the South Tower collapsed at 9:59 am, debris went flying through the North Tower lobby, killing many inside, including Judge. At the moment he was struck in the head and killed, Judge was repeatedly praying aloud, "Jesus, please end this right now! God, please end this!", according to Judge's biographer and New York Daily News columnist Michael Daly.

Shortly after his death, an NYPD lieutenant found Judge's body. He and two firemen, an FDNY Emergency Medical Technician detailed to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and one civilian bystander then carried Judge's body out of the North Tower. This event was captured in the documentary film 9/11, shot by Jules and Gedeon Naudet. Shannon Stapleton, photographer from Reuters, photographed Judge's body being carried out of the rubble by the five men. It became one of the most famous images related to 9/11. The Philadelphia Weekly reported that the photograph is "considered an American Pietà." Judge’s body was laid before the altar of St. Peter’s Catholic church before being taken to the medical examiner.

The name of Fire Chaplain Mychal Judge is seen among those of other first responders on Panel S-18 of the South Pool of the National September 11 Memorial in Manhattan, as seen on December 6, 2011. This photo was created by Luigi Novi.

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Mark Kendall Bingham (May 22, 1970 – September 11, 2001) was an American public relations executive who founded his own company, the Bingham Group. During the September 11 attacks in 2001 he was a passenger on board United Airlines Flight 93. Bingham is believed to have been one of the passengers who, along with Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick, formed the plan to overtake the plane from the hijackers, and led the effort that resulted in the crash of the plane into a field near Shanksville, and all of the passengers' deaths.

Both for his heroic actions on United 93, as well as his athletic physique and masculine lifestyle, Bingham has been widely honored posthumously for having "smashed the gay stereotype mold and really opened the door to many others that came after him."

On the morning of September 11, Bingham overslept and nearly missed the flight, on his way to San Francisco to be an usher in his fraternity brother Joseph Salama's wedding. He arrived at the Terminal A at 7:40am, ran to Gate 17, and was the last passenger to board, taking seat 4D, next to passenger Tom Burnett. During the hijacking, he phoned his mother, reporting that his plane had been hijacked and relaying his love for her.

Bingham was survived by his parents, stepmother and his boyfriend of six years, Paul Holm, who said that Bingham had risked his life to protect the lives of others before 9/11. He had twice successfully protected Holm from attempted muggings, one at gunpoint. Holm described Bingham as a brave, competitive man, saying, "He hated to lose — at anything."He was known to proudly display a scar he received after being gored at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

The name of Mark Bingham is seen among those of other 9/11 victims from United Airlines Flight 93 inscribed on bronze panel S-67 of the South Pool of the National September 11 Memorial in Manhattan, on December 6, 2011. This photo was created by Luigi Novi.

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James Klise

"I was born in Peoria, Illinois, the youngest in a big family. When it comes to family, I got really lucky. My family has been a constant source of pride and support for my entire life. I know that's not the case for a lot of people, so I'm grateful. (And if you're having a hard time at home, remember: Things can improve significantly, family-wise, just as soon as you move out of the house. In fact, it's one of the best things about living in a college dorm. Seriously!)

Speaking of college, I went to college in Washington, DC, and then to graduate school in Columbia, Missouri. I also have a master’s degree in Creative Writing from Bennington College in Vermont. Can you tell I really liked being a student? Even now, I just got back from a class where I'm learning Polish. Well, "learning" is stretching it. It's really hard! For example, the Polish word for "man" is "mezczyzna." That's three z's! The Polish sure do love their z's.

My partner Mike and I live in a 100-year old house on the North Side of Chicago. On our first date, in January of 2000, we showed up at the restaurant wearing the exact same outfit: jeans and a brown sweater over a blue-and-white checked shirt.


We got over it. But even now, before leaving the house, we always check to make sure we’re not wearing the same thing.

Love Drugged is my first novel, but I’ve been writing fiction for a long time.

I first got a degree in creative writing in 1993. In case you don’t remember 1993 (or weren’t born yet), it was President Bill Clinton’s first year in office, the premieres of TV shows like Frasier and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, the Gin Blossoms climbing the radio charts—and me, ready and eager to share my fiction with the world.

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Further Readings:

Love Drugged by James Klise
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Flux; Original edition (September 8, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0738721751
ISBN-13: 978-0738721750
Amazon: Love Drugged
Amazon Kindle: Love Drugged

If you could change who you are, would you? Should you?

Fifteen-year-old Jamie Bates has a simple strategy for surviving high school: fit in, keep a low profile, and above all, protect his biggest secret-he's gay. But when a classmate discovers the truth, a terrified Jamie does all he can to change who he is. At first, it's easy. Everyone notices when he starts hanging out with Celia Gamez, the richest and most beautiful girl in school. And when he steals an experimental new drug that's supposed to "cure" his attraction to guys, Jamie thinks he's finally going to have a "normal" life.

But as the drug's side effects worsen and his relationship with Celia heats up, Jamie begins to realize that lying and using could shatter the fragile world of deception that he's created-and hurt the people closest to him.

Told with equal doses of humor and suspense, Love Drugged explores the consequences of a life constructed almost entirely of lies . . . especially the lies we tell ourselves.

An American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in Children's & Young Adult Literature

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: L.C. Chase - Love Brokers, Mr. Romance

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: Andrew

Today author is L.C. Chase: Artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic and adventure seeker. After a decade of road tripping on three continents, she now calls the Canadian West Coast home. When not writing tales of beautiful men falling love, L.C. can be found designing book covers of said beautiful men, reading, drawing, running the trails with her goofy four-legged buddy who, if he were human, would be a stand up comedian, and [giving in to] fighting her root beer addiction.
Most recent title : Love Brokers: Mister Romance
Publishers: Loose Id, Riptide Publishing

Mister Romance (Love Brokers) by L.C. Chase
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (November 27, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Mister Romance (Love Brokers)

Jacob Cruz, aka “Mr. Matchmaker”, has an uncanny knack for knowing who would be perfect for whom, which led to his successful matchmaking company, His Perfect Match. His record is nearly flawless, but when it comes to his own love life he always seems to miss the mark.

Brant Hudson, aka “Mr. Romance”, is a hopeless romantic with his own romance consulting business. He knows every move in the book to win a heart and build a lasting, loving relationship, heck, he wrote the book. Even knowing what he knows, seeing his clients’ relationships bloom and grow, his own seem to miss the spark.

Sparks fly the first time Jacob and Brant meet at a New Year’s Eve party, but bad timing and sitcom-worthy mishaps conspire against them at every turn, from demanding clients to current boyfriends, spilled drinks to broken bones, and even a rogue ferret. How can the perfect couple ever hope to make it work when Old Lady Fate refuses to get out of their way?

Kindly offered by Loose ID

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Blind Faith (Blind Faith 1) by N.R. Walker

It's always interesting to see how an author deals with a love story involving a character with disability, you can belittle it or overdo. In this case I think the author found the right balance, for most of the novel, she highlighted the obvious fact that Isaac was blind, but that wasn't the reason why Carter fell for him, and at the same time it wasn't neither a reason for Carter to double think his feelings. Actually the only time it felt a little awkward, like the author highlighted in bright yellow a sentence, was when Mark, Carter's best friend, was involved, but in a way I think the author did it to prove that others could feel discomfort, but not Carter.

The love story is really sweet, for half the novel they barely kiss, and that was right considering Carter is claiming to be old fashioned, and for his sex involves commitment, and Isaac is almost a virgin, his only previous experience being with a schoolmate. I had the feeling the author wanted to highlight how the love story was ordinary, almost "average", but not in a negative way, on the contrary, to prove that nothing changes even if Isaac is a blind man. Sure, Carter has to be more careful, but Isaac is not fragile, he has temper, and his moods are actually, part of the trouble Carter is facing when deepening their knowledge.

The cast of supporting characters are good, but of course the more important one is Isaac's dog, Brady. Not to idolize him, or his breed, but he comes out like a well-tempered, good to the bones dog, probably the best match for someone like Isaac. Brady is a silent and unobtrusive pet, but he is the glue between Isaac and Carter.

Amazon: Blind Faith: Blind Faith 1 (Volume 1)
Amazon Kindle: Blind Faith: Blind Faith 1 (Volume 1)
Series: Blind Faith
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (April 14, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1484119002
ISBN-13: 978-1484119006


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