December 1st, 2013

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Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945)

Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945), also known by her informal stage name, The Divine Miss M, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, comedian, film producer and entrepreneur. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and along with that has also received 13 Gold, 8 Platinum and 4 Multiplatinum albums by RIAA. She began singing in the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in the city, in the summer of 1970. During this time, she became close to her piano accompanist, Barry Manilow, who produced her first album in 1972, The Divine Miss M. It was during her time at the Continental Baths that she built up a core following. In the late 1990s, during the release of her album Bathhouse Betty, Midler commented on her time performing there, "Despite the way things turned out [with the AIDS crisis], I'm still proud of those days. I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and I hope I did my part to help it move forward. So, I kind of wear the label of 'Bathhouse Betty' with pride".

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several Off-Off-Broadway plays prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s. Throughout her career, many of her songs became hits on the record charts, including "The Rose" and "Wind Beneath My Wings" as well as her renditions of "Do You Wanna Dance?", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", and "From a Distance". In 2008, she signed a contract with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to perform a series of shows titled Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, which ended in January 2010.

Midler made her motion picture debut in 1979 with The Rose which earned her a Golden Globe and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress of 1980. In the following years she starred in a string of hit films that includes Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Outrageous Fortune, Beaches, The First Wives Club, and The Stepford Wives as well as For the Boys and Gypsy, the latter two for which she won two further Golden Globe Awards in 1992 and 1994.

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Brenda Sue Fulton & Penelope Gnesin

Brenda Sue Fulton and Penelope Dara Gnesin were married on December 1, 2012, at the Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. The Rev. Vanessa R. Southern, a Unitarian Universalist minister, performed the ceremony, with Col. J. Wesley Smith, an Episcopal army chaplain at West Point, taking part.

Fulton and Gnesin met in 1995 at a community hymn-singing event at Watchung Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield. Fulton and her friends arrived late, stood in the back of the chorus and sang harmony while everyone else sang melody.

“I saw this woman look over my shoulder and smile at me,” Fulton said. “From Penny’s point of view, her choir memebers and all the other folks were singing melody. She finally heard these harmonies coming from the back and that was me, and she got up and asked if she could come sing with us.”

They were a couple by the end of the year. Four years later, they held a commitment ceremony with no legal status. Then, they registered for a domestic partnership when they became legal in New Jersey in 2004. Then, when New Jersey passed civil unions, they held another ceremony.

Fulton (born 1959) is a marketing director in Madison, N.J., for Pfizer. In 2011 President Obama appointed her to the military academy’s Board of Visitors; she is the first openly gay or lesbian member to serve on its board. She is a founding board member of OutServe, an organization in Washington for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual service members and veterans. She graduated from West Point in the class of 1980, the first to include women. She was honorably discharged from the Army as a captain and was last posted to Flak Kaserne in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

She is the daughter of Clara Bevis Fulton and Benjamin D. Fulton of Lakeland, Fla. Her father retired as a mathematics teacher from Martin County High School in Stuart, Fla., where her mother, also retired, was the principal.

Ms. Gnesin (born 1960) is the director of Giving Voice, the women’s choir at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Monmouth County in Lincroft, N.J. She graduated from Rutgers.

She is a daughter of the late Sylvia Katz Gnesin and the late Oscar Gnesin of Long Branch, N.J. Her father retired as an electrical engineer from the United States Army Communications-Electronics Command in Fort Monmouth, N.J. Her mother retired as a history teacher from Long Branch Junior High School.

Source: www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/fashion/weddings/brenda-fulton-penelope-gnesin-weddings.html

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Paris Prince & Dr. Ravi Perry

On December 2012 for the first time in the publication’s history, JET magazine featured a gay male couple in their famous “Love” section. Grooms Dr. Ravi Perry and Paris Prince celebrated their union in the magazine’s 2012 December issue.

“The two gentlemen are a delightful couple that overcame significant obstacles to be together,” said Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of JET, about the pair. “Personally and as a policy here at JET Magazine, we respect and embrace all humanity regardless of sexuality. There is no reason not to include same sex couples in our celebration of Black love.”

Ravi, who is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., previously made headlines indirectly when he stood up for his frat brother, Nathanael Gay, during 2012 October’s so-called “gay Kappa wedding scandal.” Nathanael Gay and Robert Brown were wed while wearing white and red tuxedos but denied that their unity had any affiliation with the Greek organization. Nonetheless, a professional video of their nuptials sparked various feelings, including praise and outrage.

While Dr. Perry and Prince are the first male couple to be profiled by JET, two other same-sex unions have been featured. Davone Madison and Tiffany Jackson made the mag in March of 2011, while ladies Dr. Tenika Jackon and Nyema Vernon of Los Angeles did the same that August.


In 2012 JET magazine featured a gay male couple in their “Love” section. Dr. Ravi Perry and Paris Prince celebrated their union in the magazine’s December issue. Ravi, who is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, previously made headlines when he stood up for his frat brother, Nathanael Gay, during 2012 October’s so-called “gay Kappa wedding scandal.” Gay and Robert Brown were wed while wearing white and red tuxedos but denied that their unity had any affiliation with the Greek organization.

Source: rollingout.com/entertainment/jet-magazine-features-first-gay-male-couple/

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Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 - December 1, 1989)

Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 - December 1, 1989) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Ailey is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century concert dance. His company gained the nickname "Cultural Ambassador to the World" because of its extensive international touring. Ailey's choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988, just one year before his death. (P: photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955)

Ailey was born to his 17-year-old mother, Lula Elizabeth Ailey, in Rogers, Texas. His father, also named Alvin, abandoned the family when Alvin was only six months old. Like many African Americans living in Texas during the Great Depression, Ailey and his mother moved often and she had a hard time finding work. Ailey grew up during a time of racial segregation, violence and lynchings against African-Americans. When Ailey was five, his 22-year-old mother was raped by a group of white men, leaving him afraid of whites. Early experiences in the Southern Baptist church and juke joints instilled in him a fierce sense of black pride that would later figure prominently in Ailey's signature works.

In the fall of 1942, Ailey's mother, in common with many African Americans, migrated to Los Angeles, California, where she had heard there was lucrative work supporting the war effort. Ailey, aged 11, joined his mother later by train, having stayed behind in Texas to finish out the school year. Ailey's first junior high school in California was located in a primarily white school district. As one of the few black students, Ailey felt out of place because of his fear of whites, so the Aileys moved to a predominantly black school district. He matriculated at George Washington Carver Junior High School, and later attended the Thomas Jefferson High School. He sang spirituals in the glee club, wrote poetry, and demonstrated a talent for languages. He regularly attended shows at Lincoln Theater and the Orpheum Theater. Ailey did not become serious about dance until in 1949 his school friend Carmen De Lavallade introduced him to the Hollywood studio of Lester Horton. Horton would prove to be Ailey's major influence, becoming a mentor and giving him both a technique and a foundation with which to grow artistically.

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Rainbow Awards pre-party and 7th anniversary (-2 Days)

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. 190 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 and 23 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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Today excerpts are:

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The Rare Event by P.D. Singer

This was a rather complex, and well researched book primarily for two reasons: the setting into the trading funds world and the non-exclusive relationship. Now, it’s not the first time I read about non-monogamous couples, but usually it’s something they are doing together, and mostly involving someone else in their relationship on a pretty much steady basis. Here instead Jon is the accepting, if not willing, partner, who is always welcoming back his wandering boyfriend, Ricky. The most appalling thing is that, Ricky is not even hiding it, Jon knows that he has weekends in, when Ricky is with him, and weekends off, when Ricky does, more or less, everyone else. Hundreds and hundreds of men, without names and sometime even without a face. I really, really wanted to like Ricky, and to find some justification to his behavior, but actually, who will arrive to understand himself and his reasons, will be Jon and not Ricky, Ricky more or less will play the role of the little kid who realized how much he liked that toy when it was broken and too late to save it.

Now don’t think I didn’t like the story cause I really didn’t like Ricky, on the contrary, I loved the challenged it involved to understand Jon and his love for Ricky; in a way, I did like Ricky like someone with the Red Cross nurse syndrome would like him, wanting to save the desperate soul, believing you are the only one who could spare him from a dark future.

I’m not sure this is really the end for Ricky and Jon, Jon did grow a pair and was able to stand up to Ricky, but, as I said, I still think Ricky did it for the wrong reason, to have Jon back, and not cause he was really convinced that was the best for him. Plus I did miss the part in which Ricky tries to merge with Jon’s family and background, meeting parents and relatives, mingle with the good society he apparently is not part of. Moreover, there is still unresolved issues in Ricky’s past, basically Jon doesn’t really know him and his origins, making a relationship between them really difficult.

I’m not saying this book is missing something, already like this it was longer than usual, but I would consider if I was the author to revisit these two.

Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613724098
ISBN-13: 978-1613724095
Amazon: The Rare Event
Amazon Kindle: The Rare Event

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