December 31st, 2013

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Joe Dallesandro (born December 31, 1948)

Joseph Angelo D'Allesandro III (born December 31, 1948), better known as Joe Dallesandro, is an American actor and Warhol superstar. Although he never became a mainstream film star, Dallesandro is generally considered to be the most famous male sex symbol of American underground films of the 20th century, as well as a sex symbol of gay subculture.

Dallesandro starred in Flesh as a teenage street hustler. Rolling Stone magazine in 1970 declared his second starring vehicle, Trash, the "Best Film of the Year", making him a star of the youth culture, sexual revolution and subcultural New York art collective of the 1970s.

He was born in Pensacola, Florida and raised in New York. His father, Joseph Angelo D'Allesandro II, was an Italian-American sailor, and his mother was 16-year-old Thelma Testman. By the time Dallesandro was five, his mother was serving five years in a Federal Penitentiary for interstate auto theft. Dallesandro and his brother, Bobby, were taken to New York with their father, who worked as an electrical engineer. Both boys were eventually placed into the Angel Guardian Home in Harlem, prior to being fostered by a couple in Brooklyn. The family later moved to North Babylon. The senior Dallesandro would visit them about once a month at their foster parents' home. Dallesandro was initially happy living with his foster parents, but he began to resent them thinking that they were preventing him from living with his father.

Dallesandro began acting out and became aggressive. He repeatedly ran away from his foster home until his father finally relented and allowed him to live with him. At the age of 14, Dallesandro and his brother moved to Queens to live with their paternal grandparents and their father. At 15, he was expelled from school for punching the principal, who had insulted his father. After his expulsion, Dallesandro began hanging out with gangs and started stealing cars. In once such instance, Dallesandro panicked and smashed the stolen car he was driving through the gate of the Holland Tunnel. He was stopped by a police roadblock and shot once in the leg by police who mistakenly thought he was armed. Dallesandro managed to escape being caught by police, but was later arrested when his father took him to the hospital for his gunshot wound. He was sentenced to Camp Cass Rehabilitation Center for Boys in the Catskills in 1964.


Joe Dallesandro and his son Michael

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

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Jovette Marchessault (February 9, 1938 - December 31, 2012)

Jovette Marchessault, the first Québécoise novelist unequivocally to declare her lesbianism, was born on February 9, 1938, in Montreal but spent her earliest years in the nearby countryside where her father was employed as a munitions worker during World War II. In her autobiographical novel, La Mère des herbes (1980; translated as Mother of the Grass, 1989), she recounts the devastation she felt when the family was forced to move to one of the poorest districts in the center of Montreal after the munitions plant closed.

The sense of a lost paradise is one that appears frequently in her prose fiction where she often laments the disappearance of paradises of all sorts--sexual, spiritual, natural--crushed by the heavy weight of religious and social sanction.

The strongest influence on Marchessault's early life was her grandmother, a half-Indian herbalist, gifted pianist, and inspired painter of hen portraits. This formidable creativity served, she said, as a kind of "alibi" that relieved her of the necessity to create in her own right.

Instead, she spent the years between thirteen (when she left school) and thirty-one in a series of jobs that ranged from washing diapers to operating a machine in a garment factory, to clerking in a bookstore and, finally, to a four-year stint pursuing delinquent accounts for the Grolier encyclopedia firm.

These jobs were punctuated by long Greyhound bus trips to Mexico and the West Coast and visits to the bars and cafes frequented by gays and intellectuals in the heavily repressive atmosphere of Duplessis's Quebec. Through this whole period, she read voraciously, becoming almost wholly self-educated.

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Citation Information
Author: Klein, Yvonne M.
Entry Title: Marchessault, Jovette
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2002
Date Last Updated July 28, 2003
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/marchessault_j.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date February 9, 2013
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates

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Leigh Bowery (March 26, 1961 – December 31, 1994)

Leigh Bowery (26 March 1961 – 31 December 1994) was an Australian performance artist, club promoter, actor, pop star, model and fashion designer, based in London. Bowery is considered one of the more influential figures in the 1980s and 1990s London and New York art and fashion circles influencing a generation of artists and designers. His influence reached through the fashion, club and art worlds to impact, amongst others, Meadham Kirchhoff, Alexander McQueen, Lucian Freud, Vivienne Westwood, Boy George, Antony and the Johnsons, John Galliano, the Scissor Sisters, David LaChapelle, Lady Bunny plus numerous Nu-Rave bands and nightclubs in London and New York which arguably perpetuated his avant garde ideas.
Leigh Bowery, peripheral in the notion of art practice by combining dandyism and body art, reconstructed his image while performing ...[he] uses the expression of the 'other' to create a form of cultural lip-syncing transvestism.
Leigh Bowery was born in 1961 in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine, Victoria. He often compared his early life there to a cultural wasteland in which he did not fit well. He was a sensitive and multi-gifted child in "macho" surroundings and as a teenager discovered a whole new world by reading about the London new romantic scene from British fashion magazines such as i-D. This inspired him to reinvent himself at the centre of the avant-garde art world in London. His family was conservative and he often reflected on his parents who were actively involved in the local Salvation Army. He was the older of two children, his sister Bronwyn being several years younger. He described his father as kind but macho and had a particularly close relationship with his mother from whom he inherited a love of dressmaking.

After attending Melbourne High School, and one year of a fashion design course at RMIT, he abandoned Australia and moved to London for good in 1980, initially to make his career as a fashion designer. Although this was a financial failure, it did garner him a small cult following and media interest. Eventually he was making a name for himself by dramatic performances of dance, music, and extreme exhibitionism, while wearing bizarre and very original outfits of his own design.



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

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Isabelle Rowan

A black cat for a witch may be a cliche, but add a whole bunch of tribal tattoos and an intolerance to garlic (seriously) and you have Isabelle Rowan.

Having moved to Australia from England as a small child Isabelle now lives in a seaside suburb of Melbourne where she teaches film making and English. She is a movie addict who spends far too much money on traveling... but then again, life is to be lived.

A Note in the Margin won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Contemporary, 2nd place.

Further Readings:

A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 16, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935192671
ISBN-13: 978-1935192671
Amazon: A Note in the Margin
Amazon Kindle: A Note in the Margin

John McCann, a man who judges life by the tally of an accounts ledger, has a supreme goal in life: To achieve, live, and enjoy the rarified executive lifestyle. But he's encountered one problem: The migraines are going to continue to get worse unless you make some major changes in your lifestyle. What you need is a 'sea change'... Perhaps buy a nice little business in the country, settle down, something easier to occupy your time... While John knows the doctor is right, he just can't resign from the job he's fought so hard for. He decides the sacrifice of taking a year's leave of absence won't interfere too much with his plans, and so he finds himself running Margins, a cozy little bookstore, with the help of the former owner's son, Jamie. John expects to put in his year, get his stress under control, and then get back to business. What John doesn't expect is how Margins and its denizens draw him in, particularly the quiet, disheveled man who takes refuge in the old leather chair in the second-hand book section. John's plans for an unattached year of simple business crumble when he meets David and is forced to reevaluate life, love and what he really wants from both. John and David are forced to come to terms with their pasts as they struggle to determine what possible future they might build together.

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The Bobby Michaels Award for Best Gay Erotic Romance: Incubation (Finding Peace 2) by Freddy MacKay

Not an easy read, for the sensitive matter it deals with but also for the sheer length of it, more than 500 pages, that is a lot considering this is a second part in a story that neither with this chapter will close. But truth be told, it didn’t “feel” that long, usually I struggle to finish novels this long, but it took me only 2 days, simply for the reason it was really impossible to read it in one day.

The story starts with David recoiling from, in order, coming out as gay when he was already married and his wife was pregnant, losing his wife and son to a car accident that almost killed him and left his deeply scarred, abandoning his boyfriend cause he is broken and unable to love again, being raped and badly beaten on Campus ground only for the fact they found out he is gay… yes, quite a lot (most of it happened in the previous book, so this is not a spoiling of the current story). If to someone this appear as like too much for one man only, I have to give kudos to the author to not making a pity case out of David: he is broken and traumatized, and the story doesn’t underestimate the consequences of that, but nevertheless, David is still a man who is able to try and have a life, he is not reacting like a superman who isn’t touched, and he is not a victim who is only able to hide. I think the author was able to present David in the right way, so much that I wonder if she isn’t in familiar with these types of trauma in real life, maybe for her daily job?

Even if this isn’t the end of the story, I had the feeling a cycle was complete, it still remains the desire to see what is happening next, but the reader doesn’t feel as this particular story lacked in closure.

Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC; Second edition (December 3, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Incubation: Finding Peace 2

Series: Finding Peace
1) Beginning Again
2) Incubation



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