October 31st, 2013

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Adam Bouska & Jeff Parshley

Adam Bouska (born October 31, 1983 in Decatur, Illinois) is an award winning American fashion photographer who runs a photography studio based out of West Hollywood, California. In November 2008, in response to the narrow approval in California of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, Bouska and his partner, Jeff Parshley, founded the NOH8 Campaign to promote the overturn of this ban. While beginning at a grassroots level, by April 2009 the campaign had seen support from such celebrities as Leslie Jordan, Shanna Moakler, and RichGirl; and became involved in the Miss USA 2009 controversy. The campaign has now gained the support of other notables, including Adam Carolla, Brooke Burke, Cindy McCain, Fran Drescher, Dr. Drew, Kathy Griffin, Denise Richards, Jane Lynch, Mark Hoppus, Lisa Edelstein, Rose McGowan, and Steve-O.

Bouska is known for pictures of male models in particular, and is considered a rising 'superstar photographer' in the gay community. His work has been printed in DNA Magazine and reFRESH and has already been featured on a variety of shows and mediums including The New York Times, Life & Style magazine, Guinness Book of World Records 2010, Chelsea Lately, TODAY show, The View, Million Dollar Listing, Millionaire Matchmaker, and CNBC. He is also noted for his work with celebrities Barry Manilow, Meghan McCain, James Kyson Lee, Alexa Ray Joel, Deepak Chopra, Lisa Ling, Lt. Dan Choi, Armani Exchange model, Ryan Barry, America's Next Top Models: Bre Scullark, Michelle Deighton, Amanda Babin and Michelle Babin, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's Jai Rodriguez, and JD Jordan from Bravo's Work Out.

He lives in West Hollywood, California and was recognized as the community's leading photographer at the West Hollywood awards in January 2007.

Adam Bouska (born October 31, 1983 in Decatur, Illinois) is an award winning American fashion photographer who runs a photography studio based out of West Hollywood, California. In November 2008, in response to the narrow approval in California of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, Bouska and his partner, Jeff Parshley, founded the NOH8 Campaign to promote the overturn of this ban. While beginning at a grassroots level, by April 2009 the campaign had seen support from many celebrities.


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

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Bruce Bawer (born October 31, 1956)

Bruce Bawer (born October 31, 1956, in New York City) is an American literary critic, writer and poet. His work focuses mainly on criticism and issues related to Islam.

Bawer received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he also taught courses in literature and composition.

He moved from New York to Amsterdam in 1998, where he felt that he could live better as a gay man in a more liberal society. He then moved to Oslo in 1999, and throughout the years has translated several books from Norwegian to English. He currently lives with his partner in Oslo, Norway.

Bawer's works have appeared in journals such as The New Republic, The Nation, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, The American Spectator and The Hudson Review.

In A Place at the Table, Bawer argued for what he considers a centrist and mainstream political philosophy at odds with the gay left. In Stealing Jesus, Bawer leveled sharp criticism at evangelical, Pentecostal, and other strains of modern Christianity, including premillennialism and evangelical apologism for capitalism.

In While Europe Slept, Bawer writes that Europe's politically correct culture defends and protects the Islamic fundamentalism that is preying upon its liberal social systems. Bawer argues that Islamists use welfare and religious grants to fund extremist mosques and support imams with a violent past. Once established in Western European nations, Bawer maintains, the Islamists avoid integration and answer only to sharia law, while avoiding the legal systems of their host nations, allowing abuse of women, gays, Jews, and non-Muslims. In his conclusion, Bawer states that rising Muslim birthrates and "refusal" to integrate will allow them to dominate European society within 30 years, and that the only way to avoid such a disaster is to abolish the politically correct and multicultural doctrine that, according to him, is rife within the continent.

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

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River Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993)

River Jude Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American film actor, musician, and activist. He was the oldest brother of fellow actors Rain, Joaquin, Liberty, and Summer Phoenix. Phoenix's work encompassed 24 films and television appearances, including the science fiction adventure film Explorers, the coming-of-age film Stand By Me, the action sequel Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and the independent adult drama My Own Private Idaho. Phoenix's meteoric rise to fame led to his status as a "teen sensation". There are a number of stories that refer to Phoenix’s bisexual orientation. In the March 1994 issue of Esquire, an ex-girlfriend, Suzanne Solgot, is quoted as saying, “If he loved someone, male or female, he felt he should check it out.” The same article reports that River once accepted oral sex from a fellow actor in the name of research for his upcoming role as a gay hustler in My Own Private Idaho.

Phoenix began acting at age 10 in television commercials. He appeared in diverse roles, making his first notable appearance in the 1986 film Stand by Me, a hugely popular coming-of-age film based on a novella by Stephen King. Phoenix made a transition into more adult-oriented roles with Running on Empty (1988), playing the son of fugitive parents in a well-received performance that earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination, and My Own Private Idaho (1991), playing a gay hustler in search of his estranged mother. For his performance in the latter, Phoenix garnered enormous praise and won a Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival, along with Best Actor from the National Society of Film Critics. He was listed by John Willis as one of twelve promising new actors of 1986.

On October 31, 1993, Phoenix collapsed and died of drug-induced heart failure on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room. Prior to his death, Phoenix had been in the middle of filming Dark Blood (1993).

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

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Stanley Posthorn (December 24, 1915 - October 31, 2009)

Stanley Posthorn was twenty-six in 1941; he enlisted eight months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. "I wanted to go in," said Posthorn, who grew up in Cincinnati and settled in Manhattan when the war was over. "You had real villains, and if you were Jewish, they were sizable villains. And you had heroes. Roosevelt was a great man. And Churchill was a great man. Also, it was the experience of my generation. And I wanted to get away from home. It was a big deal to get away: a big adventure.

"I remember a man who did get out while I was still in basic training," Posthorn continued. "A man from Cincinnati, who got out based on family need. He said, `Sure I want to avenge Pearl Harbor.' But he wanted out. He was not gay; he was a straight man who was a coward, who wanted to make money, and who didn't want to be in the army. I thought he was awful."
Posthorn had been in love with a man named Alan for four years before he went into the army: "There was no one ever more beautiful in my whole life. Ever! I always felt very lucky to have attracted that man. He was Nijinsky and I was Diaghilev. I was very lucky to have that leaper." After Posthorn enlisted, he and Alan got together one more time when Posthorn came home to Cincinnati for a twelve-day leave.

"We spent three days in a hotel room-a rather seedy hotel-and I couldn't leave because if I were seen, I would be in terrible trouble with my folks, who didn't know I was home yet. So I stayed in there with my clothes off for three days, and he'd go down and sneak a sandwich. It was just heaven! It was like being enslaved to this thing we were doing constantly. It was a total cure.
"The war was on now: it was 1942. I think there was a radio in the room, but I don't think we listened. We had so much to talk about. We were very idealistic. You know, it was Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart time-Casablanca. We're going off, and we might never see each other again."

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New Releases Ebook Giveway: Young Digby Swnak & LGBT Book of Days

Owen Keehnen is giving away an ebook copy for each of hes: a novel, Young Digby Swnak, and a non fiction book, LGBT Book of Days, to whom will comment on this blog. So please welcome Owen.

"Something that concerns me as I grow older is a desire to leave the world a better place. Last month I had a minor heart attack, which is something that prompts a life review and brings that general concern into a much sharper focus. I realized that leaving the world a better place had been an ongoing theme in my activism and, looking back, it was actually a big part of both of my new books.

In my novel Young Digby Swank. I wanted to show how all the social constructs placed on kids, from gender roles to threats of damnation from organized religion (in Digby’s case the Roman Catholic Church), really warp a gay youngster’s sense of self. The world wants to convince these kids that they are the problem. I wanted to show that there are much bigger bullies out there than the other kids on the playground. I also wanted to tell a survivor’s story and show the sense of self it often takes for LGBT kids to survive all that bullshit.

However, the real challenge of Young Digby Swank was showing all this stuff, but at the same time making it really funny. A laughing reader is much more receptive than a somber one, at least that’s true for me. Plus, it made the book a lot more fun to write. Telling a painful story in a hilarious way became easier once I knew there would be a happy ending. Survivor’s always have the best stories and humor is one of the greatest survival tools at our disposal. My view of the world: if you can’t laugh, you’re in trouble. And honestly, the church and the gender roles and the small minds all become completely absurd with just a little perspective. I am really pleased with the end result, at least as pleased as I can be without feeling guilty and slightly sinful. What can I say, Catholicism casts a long shadow.

My second new book is the non-fiction title The LGBT Book of Days. This book offers another perspective on LGBT life. This time the entertaining avenue wasn’t one of humor, but of trivia. I am a huge geek that way, an enormous geek actually. I love facts, love history, love putting it all together like the pieces of a big queer puzzle. Compiling the book was fun for me and I also knew it was going to result in a solid reference book and a great tool for people to investigate further on their own. This book isn’t a timeline, it is a book of days so it captures what things happened on each day of the year whether it is the birth or death of an LGBT person, a milestone protest, a pop culture event, a significant LGBT headline, a publication, the start of an organization, etc. I have written a few LGBT history books and it always drove me crazy that this information wasn’t compiled in one simple place with an index in the back. I wanted it to be quick reference and a lazy Sunday afternoon all rolled into one.

The LGBT Book of Days chronicles the unforgettable events and incredible lives that have forged our history and made us the strong, brave and proud global community we are today. This book was compiled to help show people, and especially youth, all the LGBT people who have come before and the wonderful contributions they have made to the world. The book is meant to be a sort of homage to those pioneers and also a means of education and inspiration for those to come.

So when I had the heart attack, one of the things that ran through my mind during all the testing and whatnot was the satisfaction that Young Digby Swank and The LGBT Book of Days were both completed. That sense of contentment, with all the chaos going on around me, made all the years of activism and struggling as a writer worth it. When I was getting wheeled in for the angiogram I just laid there thinking “What do you know, I made the right choice after all.” In retrospect, there’s no feeling like it in the world."

About Owen: Writer and historian Owen Keehnen has had his fiction, essays, erotica, reviews, columns and interviews appear in dozens of magazines and anthologies worldwide. Keehnen is the author of the humorous gay novel Young Digby Swank (Wilde City Press, 2013), the gay novel The Sand Bar (Lethe Press, 2012) and the horror novel Doorway Unto Darkness (Dancing Moon Press, 2010). He is also the author of The LGBT Book of Days (Wilde City Press, 2013). Along with Tracy Baim, he co-authored Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow (Prairie Avenue Productions, 2011) as well as Jim Flint: The Boy From Peoria (Prairie Avenue Productions, 2011). Over 100 of his interviews with various LGBT authors and activists from the 1990s have been collected in the book We're Here, We're Queer (Prairie Avenue Productions, 2011). He co-edited Nothing Personal: Chronicles of Chicago's LGBTQ Community 1977-1997 (Firetrap Press, 2009), was a contributor to Gay Press, Gay Power (Prairie Avenue Publications, 2012) and wrote ten biographical essays for the coffee table history book Out and Proud in Chicago (Surrey/Agate, 2008). Keehnen was on the founding committee and executive board of The Legacy Project and is currently a contributing biographer for the LGBT history-education-arts program focused on pride, acceptance, and bringing proper recognition to the courageous lives and contributions in LGBT history. He was the author of the Starz books, a four-volume series of interviews with gay porn stars. He has had two queer monologues adapted for the stage and served as co-editor of the Windy City Times Pride Literary Supplement for several years, was a co-founder of the horror film website RacksAndRazors.com, and a featured poet in Wilde City's 2013 collection Falling Awake. He also has written several gay erotica titles under the pen name Ewan Creed. He lives in Chicago with his partner, Carl, and his two ridiculously spoiled dogs, Flannery and Fitzgerald. He was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2011.

Young Digby Swank by Owen Keehnen
Publisher: Wilde City Press; 1 edition (September 11, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Young Digby Swank

Meet Young Digby Swank…a gay boy in a very Catholic world. This is his story—from his miraculous birth, his troubled childhood and his quest for popularity, all the way to his dreams of becoming Pope and/or a beauty queen. Follow Digby through Cub Scouts, through his stint as an altar boy, a prankster, an outcast, a cross dresser, a vengeance seeker, a hell-bound sinner, and more. But it’s not just Digby you’ll meet on this journey! Say hello to Digby’s overbearing relatives, a few bullying nuns, some eccentric neighbors, and oh, let’s not forget the parish gossips of Running Falls, the small blue collar town in which Digby lives.

Yes, meet Digby Swank. A boy searching for love, belonging… and maybe even a halo. Surely those devil horns will help keep it propped up!

The LGBT Book of Days by Owen Keehnen
Publisher: Wilde City Press; 1 edition (September 9, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: The LGBT Book of Days

The LGBT Book of Days is a reference book, a fun trivia compilation, and a tool for further investigation into our rich, colorful—and profoundly challenging—past. Year by year, month by month, day by day, this book chronicles the unforgettable events and incredible lives that have forged our history and made us the strong, brave and proud community we are today.

Compiled by gay author and historian Owen Keehnen, this comprehensive and important book has been written in appreciation of those who have come before…

And as a reminder to those who will follow.

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