November 20th, 2013

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Brian Lasser (February 8, 1952 - November 20, 1992)

Brian Lasser (February 8, 1952, Chicago, Illinois - November 20, 1992, New York, New York) was a composer, lyricist, musical director, arranger, pianist and actor. He studied at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Brian Lasser was born in Chicago, where he received his initial training in musical theater and returned to embark on a career as an actor/singer/dancer after studying at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Lasser helped re-introduce cabaret as a vital entertainment form in Chicago, playing sold-out shows at the Park West, Old Vic and Ravinia. These successes led him to more theatrical pursuits in New York.

Lasser began working with vocalist Karen Mason in 1976, and was her musical director/arranger for fifteen years. Their partnership resulted in an album, Not So Simply Broadway, and her one-woman show, One Tough Cookie, written with Gary Gardner.

Lasser's first Off-Broadway musical, The Matinee Kids, won an ASCAP Popular Music Grant. His second, Bundle of Nerves, was produced at the Village Gate in New York and won the Village Critics Award for Best Musical Score Off-Broadway in 1984. His 1991 musical The Black Tulip, written with Tracy Friedman, received its world premiere at the Center Theater in Chicago. He contributed original songs to Martin Charnin's No Frills Revue, and to Eighty-Eights' Here's To Our Friends with one of his collaborators, David Arthur.

In 1984 Lasser received an After Dark Hall of Fame Award for his lifetime contribution to entertainment in Chicago, a Chicago "Clio" Award for Best Musical Radio Spot, and an ASCAP Award for Most Promising Composer.

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Source: http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/music/catalogue/lasser.html

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Daniel A. Helminiak (born November 20, 1942)

Daniel A. Helminiak (born November 20, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American Catholic priest, theologian and author. He is a professor in the Department of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology at the University of West Georgia, near Atlanta.

Helminiak was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in a Polish-American Roman Catholic community on the city's South Side. He frequently refers to this experience in his popular writings on spirituality and community. He attended parochial grade and high schools and at age seventeen entered seminary to study for the priesthood at Our Lady of the Lake Seminary, Syracuse, Indiana, and St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he was awarded a Bachelor's degree in philosophy (1964). He completed graduate studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, earning the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology (1966) and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (1968), and was ordained there at the cathedral of Rome, St. John Lateran Basilica (1967).

Helmimiak served as an Associate Pastor of SS. Simon and Jude Church in Scott Township (Pittsburgh) for four years. On weekends throughout the 23 subsequent years, Helminiak ministered in local parishes in Baltimore, Boston, San Antonio and Austin. He came out as gay in 1976, and served in those areas and nationally as a chaplain to DignityUSA, the LGBT Catholic support network.

In 1995, Helminiak submitted to the Vatican a formal resignation from active ministry, to which, as of 2013, the Vatican has not responded.

He subsequently pursued an educational ministry, serving as junior faculty-member at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland from 1972-1973. He then completed a PhD in systematic theology in the Joint Doctoral Program of Boston College and Andover Newton Theological School (1979), served as Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio (1981–1985), completed an MA in personality theory at Boston University (1983) with a thesis that became Part I of his book Spiritual Development, and earned a second PhD in Human Development at The University of Texas at Austin (1994).

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_A._Helminiak

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Emile Ardolino & Luis Rodriguez-Villa

Emile Ardolino (May 9, 1943 in Maspeth, New York – November 20, 1993) was one of the top directors in Hollywood, particularly of dance-related films, best known for his films Dirty Dancing (1987) and Sister Act (1992).

Ardolino developed a passion for Broadway shows as a teenager. He claimed to have seen the original production of Gypsy twenty-five times.

He began his film career making documentaries of Broadway musicals, including Oh! Calcutta! and Astarte. He designed the original multimedia concept for Jesus Christ Superstar. Along with Merrill Brockway, he produced the Dance in America series for PBS.

Ardolino’s first major Hollywood film was Dirty Dancing, a hugely successful low-budget film which made Patrick Swayze a star. Ardolino’s other films include Chances Are, Three Men and a Little Lady, Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg, and The Nutcracker with McCauley Culkin.

Ardolino, who lived openly gay, died in 1993 of complications from AIDS. His longtime companion was Luis Miguel Rodriguez-Villa. He was buried in New York next to his parents, his mother having died in 1975. His last films, The Nutcracker, (based on George Balanchine's New York City Ballet version), and the television production of Gypsy starring Bette Midler in the role created on Broadway by Ethel Merman, were released and shown posthumously.



Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 1574-1583). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

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Meredith Monk & Mieke van Hoek

Meredith Jane Monk (born November 20, 1942 in New York) is an American composer, performer, director, vocalist, filmmaker, and choreographer. Since the 1960s, Monk has created multi-disciplinary works which combine music, theatre, and dance, recording extensively for ECM Records.

The documentary Inner Voice shows how the death of her partner, Dutch-born choreographer Mieke van Hoek (b. 1946), in 2002 – after they had been together for 22 years – was a breaking point in Monk’s life. In a conversation with Zen teacher Daido Loori Roshi of the Zen Mountain Monastery she talks about going straight through her fear; how she came face to face with death, both from the loss of her partner and after being thrown from a horse in 2007. In a performance of her Scared Song written in 1986, Monk, accompanying herself on keyboard, beautifully evokes the essence of fear.

Meredith Monk exemplified the avant-garde movement in contemporary music. In 1978 she formed the Vocal Ensemble, which toured the world. Her vocal innovations influenced Björk, among many others. Monk has worked with painters, including Robert RAUSCHENBERG, to create mixed-media pieces of art and music.

Meredith Monk is primarily known for her vocal innovations, including a wide range of extended techniques, which she first developed in her solo performances prior to forming her own ensemble. In December 1961, she appeared at the "Actor's Playhouse" in Greenwich Village (NYC) as a solo dancer in an Off Broadway children's musical theater adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," entitled "Scrooge" (music and lyrics by Norman Curtis; directed and choreographed by Patricia Taylor Curtis). In 1964, Monk graduated from Sarah Lawrence College after studying with Beverly Schmidt Blossom, and in 1968 she founded The House, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance.

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Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 8789-8794). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

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Savina J. Teubal (July 25, 1926 – November 20, 2005)

Savina Teubal grew up in Argentina in what she described as a "tight-knit" and sophisticated Syrian Jewish community that celebrated learning and the preservation of tradition—for sons. Savina became her own woman as she made her way to England and then to America, applying her natural understanding of the imperative of social activism and community building to create connections in her new home. In her thirties, she began to study, and claimed as her own the Biblical legacy of her people. Her ground-breaking work, Sarah the Priestess, (first published in 1984), was Savina's first gift to the world. Her reading of the Hebrew Bible's account of the first matriarch opened hearts and minds to the power of women's stories in shaping a collective consciousness. Her pioneering work opened the way to teachers, rabbis, and writers across the world to create midrash [interpretation] that would enable modern readers to reconsider the biblical narratives as living stories of real women and real choices. In 1990, her readers welcomed her second book, Hagar the Egyptian. Anita Diamant might never have imagined The Red Tent without Savina Teubal's work, and thousands who have returned to Judaism were beckoned by her recasting of ancient narratives that illuminate contemporary dilemmas.

Savina's contribution to Judaism was not limited to her books, articles, and her rich works of fiction. Harnessing the power of ritual, she boldly created a ceremony for becoming an elder. Her intention and keen understanding of the interconnections of time, space, language, and sacred objects enabled her to fashion her Simchat Hochmah ["Joy of Wisdom"], a ritual that marked the transition of an individual in the context of community that itself was transformed in the process. She was partnered by a composer, a poet, and rabbis who helped her to create a ceremony that became a model for "celebrations of wisdom" across the Jewish world. Savina chose Shabbat Lech Lecha [the Sabbath on which the Torah portion about Abraham's journey is read] for her "simcha," and as she ascended to the Torah for the first time in her life, she compared her own journey to that of Sarai and Avram as they went forth to a new and unknown future. After leading her congregation in prayer, in preparation for the Torah service, Savina donned a kittel, a traditional burial shroud, to acknowledge that this celebration was also the beginning of the last chapter of her life. Many of who joined her that brilliant Shabbat morning in November 1986 in Los Angeles were stunned by the dissonance between Savina's vitality and this symbol of death. With clarity and strength, Savina reminded all of us of the imperative of "numbering our days." On that Shabbat morning, Debbie Friedman introduced "Lechi Lach," written with Savina, a song that encourages each of us be a source of, and an agent for blessing.

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Source: http://jwa.org/weremember/teubal

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Ritch C. Savin-Williams (born 1949)

Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Ph.D, (born 1949) is a professor of developmental psychology at Cornell University who specializes in gay, lesbian, and bisexual research. He is currently the chair of the Department of Human Development at Cornell.

Savin-Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri in 1971. He later earned an MA in Religious Studies in 1973 and a Ph.D in Human Development in 1977 from the University of Chicago. Savin-Williams retrained in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1989 to 1993 before completing his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan.

Professor Savin-Williams holds a Chair in Human Ecology at Cornell University. His research focuses on adolescent and young adult sexual identity development and sexual minority populations. In addition to his research, he operates a small private practice.

Savin-Williams has appeared on Good Morning America and served as a consultant for 20/20 and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition, Savin-Williams has served as an expert witness in court cases about gay adoption, same-sex marriage, sodomy laws, and the exclusion of gays in the Boy Scouts of America.

Savin-Williams has made a name for himself via his work showing the more positive aspects of LGBT young people's experiences. He has related this to a blurring of sexual identity, and its corresponding relaxing of oppressive attitudes. Using the name of the Hollywood film, The Kids Are All Right he has written about the improvements in experiences of LGBT youth.

In 2010 Savin -Williams was quoted in a New York Times article about sexuality. It read: "Pro­fes­sor Savin-Williams says that his cur­rent research reveals that the fastest-growing group along the sex­u­al­ity con­tin­uum are men who self-identify as 'mostly straight' as opposed to labels like 'straight,' 'gay' or 'bisex­ual.' They acknowl­edge some level of attrac­tion to other men even as they say that they prob­a­bly wouldn't act on it, but … the right guy, the right day, a few beers and who knows. As the pro­fes­sor points out, you would never have heard that in years past."

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritch_C._Savin-Williams

Further Readings:

The New Gay Teenager (Adolescent Lives) by Ritch C. Savin-Williams
Series: Adolescent Lives (Book 3)
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1 edition (November 30, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0674022564
ISBN-13: 978-0674022560
Amazon: The New Gay Teenager
Amazon Kindle: The New Gay Teenager

Gay, straight, bisexual: how much does sexual orientation matter to a teenager's mental health or sense of identity? In this down-to-earth book, filled with the voices of young people speaking for themselves, Ritch Savin-Williams argues that the standard image of gay youth presented by mental health researchers--as depressed, isolated, drug-dependent, even suicidal--may have been exaggerated even twenty years ago, and is far from accurate today.

The New Gay Teenager gives us a refreshing and frequently controversial introduction to confident, competent, upbeat teenagers with same-sex desires, who worry more about the chemistry test or their curfew than they do about their sexuality. What does "gay" mean, when some adolescents who have had sexual encounters with those of their own sex don't consider themselves gay, when some who consider themselves gay have had sex with the opposite sex, and when many have never had sex at all? What counts as "having sex," anyway? Teenagers (unlike social science researchers) are not especially interested in neatly categorizing their sexual orientation.

In fact, Savin-Williams learns, teenagers may think a lot about sex, but they don't think that sexuality is the most important thing about them. And adults, he advises, shouldn't think so either.

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New Release Spotlight: Let It Snow Blog Tour

Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas) by Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (November 26, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas)

The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota Northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot.

Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.
Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.

Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears

About the Author: Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren't enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.
Website: http://www.heidicullinan.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/heidicullinan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heidicullinan
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3173295.Heidi_Cullinan

Go over Heidi's blog for a list of tour stops and where to find excerpts, spotlights, even some recipes:





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New Release Spotlight: Let It Snow Blog Tour

Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas) by Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (November 26, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas)

The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota Northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot.

Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.
Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.

Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears

About the Author: Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren't enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.
Website: http://www.heidicullinan.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/heidicullinan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heidicullinan
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3173295.Heidi_Cullinan

Go over Heidi's blog for a list of tour stops and where to find excerpts, spotlights, even some recipes:





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Rainbow Awards pre-party and 7th anniversary (Day 20)

November 2013 marks the 7th anniversary since I opened my first journal (and yes, I have an itch, but I will scratch it!), on LJ, and the 5th anniversary of the Rainbow Awards. So, of course I decided for a big bash party. 188 authors, all of them in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, have donated or an ebook, or a print book, and I will use them for a Treasure Hunt. Every day, for all November, I will post 6 excerpts (a random page of the book). No reference to title, or author, or publisher. You have to match it with the book ;-) comment on the blog (do not leave anonymous comments, if you post as anonymous, leave a contact email (comments are screened)), you can comment 1 time for more matchings (you can even try for all 6 books if you like, so 6 chances to win every day). Until the end I will not say which matching is right, so you will have ALL month to try. No limit on how many books you can win, the more you try the better chance you have to win. End of November, among the right matchings, I will draw the winners. So now? let the game start!

Be aware that these previous excerpts: 11, 23, 25 have not yet been matched, so if you go back there is good chance to win them! if at the end of the treasure hunt they will be still unmatched they will go to the one who matched more books.

The books are (Author - Title - Format of prize):

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