October 30th, 2013

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Craig Russell (January 10, 1948 – October 30, 1990)

Russell Craig Eadie (January 10, 1948 – October 30, 1990), better known by his stage name Craig Russell, was a Canadian female impersonator and actor.

Born in Toronto, Russell became president of Mae West's fan club as a teenager, and he briefly worked and lived in Los Angeles as her secretary. He returned to Toronto where he moved in with the writer Margaret Gibson. He worked as a hairdresser while pursuing his career as a stage performer. By 1971, he was a regular performer in Toronto gay clubs and had a burgeoning international following.

His impersonations included Carol Channing, Bette Davis, Mae West, Barbra Streisand, Tallulah Bankhead, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Midler, Anita Bryant, Shirley Bassey, Peggy Lee and Judy Garland. While performing, he always spoke and sang in the voices of the celebrities he was impersonating.

In 1977, Russell starred in the film Outrageous!, based on a short story written by Gibson about their time as roommates. The film was entered into the 28th Berlin International Film Festival, where Russell won the Silver Bear for Best Actor. A decade later, in 1987, he starred in the sequel to Outrageous! entitled Too Outrageous!.

Russell fathered a daughter, Susan Allison ("Allison"), who was born January 6, 1973 in Toronto. Father and daughter developed a relationship in the years prior to his death. Although he publicly identified as gay rather than bisexual, Russell married his close friend Lori Jenkins in 1982.

Russell remained married to Lori until his death in 1990 of a stroke related to complications from AIDS. He was cremated and buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Port Perry.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Russell_(actor)

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Hubert Kennedy (born October 30, 1939)

Hubert Kennedy (b.1931) is an American author and mathematician.

Kennedy was born in Florida and studied mathematics at several universities. From 1961 he was professor of mathematics, with research interest in the history of mathematics, at Providence College (Rhode Island), He spent three sabbatical years doing research in Italy and Germany.

Kennedy came out as gay on the cover of the magazine The Cowl, and, along with Eric Gordon, was part of the first Gay Pride parade in Providence, Rhode Island, which was held on June 26, 1976.

In 1986 Kennedy moved to San Francisco, where he continued his historical research, now in the beginnings of the gay movement in Germany. Since 2003 he has been in a home for assisted living in Concord, California. He has over 200 publications in several languages, from an analysis of the mathematical manuscripts of Karl Marx and a revelation of Marx's homophobia, to theoretical genetics and a proof of the impossibility of an organism that requires more than two sexes in order to reproduce. In addition, Dr. Kennedy has written biographies of the Italian mathematician Giuseppe Peano and the German homosexual emancipationist/theorist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, and has edited the collected writings of Ulrichs. His translations of the boy-love novels of the German anarchist writer John Henry Mackay and his investigations of the writings of Mackay have helped establish Mackay's place in the gay canon.

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

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Jack Plotnick (born October 30, 1968)

Jack Stuart Plotnick (born October 30, 1968) is an American film and television actor.

Born in Worthington, Ohio, Plotnick has appeared on Ellen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Drawn Together, Wrong and his drag persona, "Evie Harris" in Girls Will Be Girls. He had a recurring role on The Mentalist as Red John suspect Brett Partridge.

Along with co-stars Miss Coco Peru and Varla Jean Merman, Plotnick shared the Best Actor Grand Jury Award at Outfest 2003 and "Best Actress" honors at the 2003 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival for his role in Girls Will Be Girls.

Plotnick performed in the July 2012 edition of Don't Tell My Mother! (Live Storytelling), a monthly showcase in which actors, authors, screenwriters and comedians share true stories they would never want their mothers to know.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Plotnick

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Ramón Novarro (February 6, 1899 – October 30, 1968)

Ramón Novarro (February 6, 1899 – October 30, 1968) was a Mexican leading man actor in Hollywood in the early 20th century. He was the next male "Sex Symbol" after the death of Rudolph Valentino. Novarro was the victim of a violent extortion attempt which resulted in his death. (Picture: Ramon Novarro (1934) photo by Carl Van Vechten)

Navarro was born José Ramón Gil Samaniego on February 6, 1899 in Durango, Mexico, to Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego. He moved with his family to Los Angeles, California, to escape the Mexican Revolution in 1913.

Allan Ellenberger, Novarro's biographer, writes:
...the Samaniegos were an influential and well-respected family in Mexico. Many Samaniegos had prominent positions in the affairs of state and were held in high esteem by the president. Ramon's grandfather, Mariano Samaniego, was a well-known physician in Juarez. Known as a charitable and outgoing man, he was once an interim governor for the State of Chihuahua and was the first city councilman of El Paso, Texas...
Ramon's father, Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego, was born in Juarez and attended high school in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After receiving his degree in dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to Durango, Mexico, and began a flourishing dental practice. In 1891 he married Leonor Gavilan, the beautiful daughter of a prosperous landowner. The Gavilans were a mixture of Spanish and Aztec blood, and according to local legend, they were descended from Guerrero, a prince of Montezuma.

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Suzanne Brockmann (born 1960)

Suzanne Brockmann (born 1960) is an American romantic fiction writer. She lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, Ed Gaffney, and their two children, Melanie and Jason. She has also penned works under the name Anne Brock.

Brockmann attended Boston University's School of Broadcasting and Film majoring in film and minoring in creative writing before dropping out to join a band. Afterwards she met her husband and started a family. It was after having her second child that Brockmann started writing. Initially she focused on television scripts, screen plays and Star Trek novels but after doing research Brockmann decided to focus her efforts on the Romance genre. Her first published novel, Future Perfect in 1993, was written along with nine other manuscripts in 1992 after her decision to publish a romance novel.

In 1996, Brockmann published the first in her Tall, Dark & Dangerous series. The series develops among a fictional group of Navy SEALs. The books following in the series, and that of the Troubleshooters, Inc. series are all classified in a sub genre known as 'military/romantic suspense'.

Brockmann has garnered the attention of magazines such as Out and Bay Windows, both of which serve the gay community, due to a subplot dealing with the romance of an openly gay character in her Troubleshooters, Inc. series. Brockmann has stated that she is a PFLAG mom, supporting her gay son, Jason, and dedicating her 2004 book Hot Target to him. In 2007 Brockmann donated the profits of her holiday novella, All Through the Night, to MassEquality.

Brockmann is a two time winner of the RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America. She has also appeared on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll for having appeared on both the USA Today and the New York Times Best Sellers list. She has been the recipient of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards in 1996, 1998, and 1999, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Series Romance in 1997, 2000, and 2002.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzanne_Brockmann
I didn’t just read Hot Target, I lived it. If, less than halfway through the book, I start daydreaming scenarios for the characters, I am absolutely and completely hooked. The primary romantic relationship is m/f but the book belongs to Jules—FBI, gay, hot, and part of a doomed triangle. I couldn’t wait until Jules got his HEA. (And, he does, in two further books of Brockmann's, Force of Nature and All Through the Night.) --Joely Skye
I love the Troubleshooter series. I come from a big military family, so I think there’s just something about soldier stories that I find appealing, plus Brockmann’s books suspense, mystery, romance, and witty dialogue. This series was also the first place I’d seen a full-on gay romance in what I’d consider to be the mainstream. Gay characters pop up in fiction all the time, though mostly as sidekicks, and I thought that was what Brockmann was doing with Jules Cassidy—without a doubt my favorite character in the whole series—until Hot Target, when Jules meets Robin. One thing I also appreciate about the series is that, even after the HEA (in All Through the Night, which I’ve read, like, three times), Brockmann never gives short shrift to Robin’s alcoholism, never just sweeps it under the carpet. It’s still a problem he’s dealing with later in the series. --Kate McMurray
I’ve loved Brockman’s stories of her Navy SEALS since their inception – and of course have cheered her for the continuing story of Jules Cassidy, the gay FBI agent featured in many of the books. All Through the Night bring Jules, his lover, A-list movie star, Robin Chadwick, to the forefront as they prepare to get married in Boston, Massachusetts, while trying to overcome the events and people that stand in the way of their life together. Kudos to Brockman for bringing a gay romance to a mostly hetero genre. --J.P. Bowie
Further Readings:

All Through the Night: A Troubleshooter Christmas by Suzanne Brockmann
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (November 25, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345501527
ISBN-13: 978-0345501523
Amazon: All Through the Night: A Troubleshooter Christmas
Amazon Kindle: All Through the Night: A Troubleshooter Christmas

It’s Christmastime in Boston, and this year the silver bells will be wedding bells as FBI agent Jules Cassidy ties the knot with the man of his dreams, Hollywood heartthrob Robin Chadwick.

The pair plan a quiet, intimate ceremony, to be witnessed by family and close friends from the FBI, SEAL Team Sixteen, and Troubleshooters, Incorporated, including Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke. But the holiday season brings more to the happy couple than they expect.

A waterfall coming through their kitchen ceiling, a bat colony in the attic, old family tensions . . . even an international incident can’t dampen their spirits. But add to that a parade of unexpected guests, including a reporter looking for a scoop, an ex-lover hell-bent on causing trouble, and a dangerous stalker, and suddenly the wedding is poised to unravel in chaos.

But nothing will stop Jules and Robin from getting their happy ending, because along with a guest list featuring the most elite counterterrorism force in the world, they have their own secret weapon–true love.

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