January 6th, 2014

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Danny Pintauro & Wil Tabares

Daniel John "Danny" Pintauro (born January 6, 1976) is an American actor best known for his role on the popular American sitcom Who's the Boss? and his role in the 1983 film Cujo. He came out as gay in 1997, in an interview with the National Enquirer tabloid. In April 2013, he was engaged to his boyfriend, Entertainer and Cosmopolitan casino employee Wil Tabares: the happy couple, who live and work in Las Vegas, headed to Palm Springs, Calif. to celebrate their one-year anniversary together. Over a romantic dinner on Wednesday April 3, Tabares popped the question by playing a homemade video -- featuring a ring!

Pintauro first appeared on the television soap opera As the World Turns as the original Paul Ryan and in the film Cujo. He first came to prominence on the television series Who's the Boss?. After the conclusion of that series, he was less frequently cast. Pintauro went on to act in stage productions like The Velocity of Gary and Mommie Queerest.

He also worked as a Tupperware sales representative and as of 2013, he was managing a restaurant in Las Vegas.

Pintauro was born in Milltown, New Jersey, the son of Margaret L. (née Sillcocks) and John J. Pintauro, a manager. In 1994, he took time off from professional acting and attended Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, and later Stanford University to study English and theater and graduated in 2001.


Danny Pintauro is an American actor best known for his role on the popular American sitcom Who's the Boss? He came out as gay in 1997, in an interview with the National Enquirer tabloid. In April 2013, he was engaged to his boyfriend, Entertainer and Cosmopolitan casino employee Wil Tabares: the happy couple, who live and work in Las Vegas, headed to Palm Springs to celebrate their one-year anniversary together. Tabares popped the question by playing a homemade video -- featuring a ring!

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Pintauro

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Ian Charleson (August 11, 1949 – January 6, 1990)

Ian Charleson (11 August 1949 – 6 January 1990) was a Scottish stage and film actor. He is best known internationally for his starring role as Olympic athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire. He is also well known for his portrayal of Rev. Charlie Andrews in the 1982 Oscar-winning film Gandhi.

Charleson was a noted actor on the British stage as well, with critically acclaimed leads in Guys and Dolls, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Fool for Love, and Hamlet, among many others. Over the course of his life Charleson performed numerous major Shakespearean roles, and the annual Ian Charleson Awards were established in his honour in 1991, to reward the best classical stage performances in Britain by actors aged under 30.

The Houghton Mifflin Dictionary of Biography describes Charleson as "a leading player of charm and power" and "one of the finest British actors of his generation." Alan Bates wrote that Charleson was "definitely among the top ten actors of his age group." Ian McKellen said Charleson was "the most unmannered and unactorish of actors: always truthful, always honest."

Charleson, who was gay, was diagnosed with HIV in 1986, and died of AIDS-related causes in January 1990 at the age of 40. He died eight weeks after performing the title role in a run of Hamlet, in Richard Eyre's production at the Olivier Theatre. Fellow actor and friend Sir Ian McKellen said that Charleson played Hamlet so well it was as if he had rehearsed the role all his life.

Charleson requested that it be announced after his death that he had died of AIDS, in order to publicize the condition. This unusual decision by a major internationally known actor — the first show-business death in the United Kingdom openly attributed to complications from AIDS — helped promote awareness of HIV and AIDS and acceptance of AIDS patients.


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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Charleson

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Catt Ford

Catt Ford lives in front of the computer monitor, in another world where her imaginary gay friends obey her every command.

She likes cats, chocolate, swing dancing, sleeping, Monty Python, Aussie friends, being silly, spinning other realities with words, and sea glass. She dislikes caterpillars, cigarette smoke, and rude people who think the F-word (as in faggot, or bundle of sticks) is acceptable.

A frustrated perfectionist, she comforts herself with the legend about the weavers of Persian rugs always including one mistake so as not to anger the gods, although she has no need to include a mistake on purpose. One always slips through. Writing fiction has filled a need for clever conversations, only possible when one is in control of both sides, and erotic romances, where everything for the most part turns out happily ever after.

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1404882.Catt_Ford

Further Readings:

A Strong Hand by Catt Ford
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935192833
ISBN-13: 978-1935192831
Amazon: A Strong Hand
Amazon Kindle: A Strong Hand

Nicholas Sayers, needing money for college, takes a job as assistant to infamous photographer Damian Wolfe. It's just taking pictures, right? Wrong. While Nick has never questioned what kind of man he is or what he truly wants in life, working for Damian during a BDSM photo shoot opens his eyes to all sorts of sexual possibilities, and many of them include the handsome Mr. Wolfe. Damian has serious doubts about getting involved with a younger man who knows nothing about the BDSM lifestyle, but Nick's adventurous and humorous approach to new experiences is far too alluring to resist. Although he knows it might be a mistake, Damian takes Nick into his life. Flirting on the edges of control, submission, and pain excites Nick more than he would have ever dreamed possible. With Damian, Nick learns about his own deeply hidden desires and finds out that relinquishing control doesn't make him weak-having someone else in control of his sexual pleasure simply heightens it. And the reverse is true for Damian: Control turns him on. So they set out to explore these sensual boundaries together, neither expecting to find love along the way.

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It Happened Today: January 6

Catt Ford: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3995567.html

For Catt Ford writing fiction has filled a need for clever conversations, only possible when one is in control of both sides, and erotic romances, where everything turns out happily ever after. In A Strong Hand, Damian has serious doubts about getting involved with a younger man who knows nothing about the BDSM lifestyle, but Nick's adventurous and humorous approach to new experiences is far too alluring to resist. Although he knows it might be a mistake, Damian takes Nick into his life.

Danny Pintauro & Wil Tabares: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3994348.html

Danny Pintauro is an American actor best known for his role on the popular American sitcom Who's the Boss? He came out as gay in 1997, in an interview with the National Enquirer tabloid. In April 2013, he was engaged to his boyfriend, Entertainer and Cosmopolitan casino employee Wil Tabares: the happy couple, who live and work in Las Vegas, headed to Palm Springs to celebrate their one-year anniversary together. Tabares popped the question by playing a homemade video -- featuring a ring!

Francesco Scavullo & Sean Byrnes: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3994565.html

Francesco Scavullo (January 16, 1921 – January 6, 2004) was an American fashion photographer known for his work on the covers of Cosmopolitan and his celebrity portraits. Scavullo died of heart failure at the age of 82, while on his way to a photo shoot with a then up-and-coming CNN news anchor, Anderson Cooper. Scavullo met Sean M. Byrnes at a fashion show in New York. Beginning in 1972 he was assisted by Byrnes, who became his life partner. Scavullo: Photographs 50 Years is dedicated to him.

Gary Kalkin & Laurence Mark: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3994715.html

Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King are some of the most successful films of all time. The man behind their campaigns was Gary Kalkin, senior vice president of domestic marketing for Buena Vista Pictures. His companion Laurence Mark was a prominent film producer in Hollywood (As Good As It Gets, Dreamgirls, Jerry Maguire, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion). In Kalkin's memorial quilt, Mark wrote: Old friend, Best friend, My hero, Thanks for 23 years, Love always, Larry.

Ian Charleson (August 11, 1949 – January 6, 1990): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3994986.html

Ian Charleson was a Scottish stage and film actor. He is best known internationally for his starring role as Olympic athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire. He is also well known for his portrayal of Rev. Charlie Andrews in the 1982 Oscar-winning film Gandhi. Charleson, who was gay, was diagnosed with HIV in 1986, and died of AIDS-related causes in January 1990 at the age of 40. He died 8 weeks after performing the title role in a run of Hamlet.

Ronica Black (born January 6, 1976): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3995217.html

Ronica Black spends her time writing works that move her with the hope that they will move others as well. She lives in the desert southwest where she enjoys exploring, spending time with family, reading, and creating. The Seeker won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller, 1st place, and Best Lesbian Novel, 3rd place. Wholehearted won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Romance, 1st place, and Best Lesbian Novel, 1st place. Ronica has five books published by Bold Strokes Books.

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New Release Giveaway: Bob Mould Comes Out about Everything

Cleis Press is running a giveaway of Bob Mould's See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody. Just leave a comment on this post, we will draw a winners among the commenters.

Starting with the blistering beats of the early hardcore scene and the birth of his first band Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould tells the riveting personal account of his life. A classic story of individualism and persistence, Mould gives us everything like he does on stage: his harrowing descent towards addiction and struggle with his sexual identity, his eventual rise to sobriety and second mothering of hit band Sugar. A melodious tender and frank self-portrait, See A Little Light imprints itself upon the heart like the greatest of songs.

"I feel so grateful that Bob chose to share his life story in such a candid and open manner. See A Little Light stands tall with the greatest rock and roll memoirs of all time." —Benjamin Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie

BOB MOULD is an American musician, singer/songwriter, producer, and DJ. An original member of the influential 1980s band Hüsker Dü, he released several albums after the band separated, including Workbook, Body of Song, and Life and Times, as well as Sugar's legendary album Copper Blue. He lives in San Francisco.

See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody by Bob Mould
Paperback: 420 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (October 29, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1573449709
ISBN-13: 978-1573449700
Amazon: See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody

Bob Mould stormed into America's punk rock scene in 1979, when clubs across the country were filling with kids dressed in black leather and torn denim. And at its center, a new band out of Minnesota called Hüsker Dü was bashing out songs and touring the country on no money, driven by the inspiration of guitarist and vocalist Bob Mould. In See a Little Light, Mould tells his dramatic story for the first time. Revealing the struggles with his own homosexuality, the complexities of his intimate relationships, and his drug and alcohol addiction, Mould takes us on a whirlwind ride through achieving sobriety, his acclaimed solo career, creating the hit band Sugar, a surprising detour into the world of pro wrestling, and finally finding his place in the world. A classic story of individualism and persistence, Mould's autobiography describes the rich history of one of punk’s most revered figures, whose driving force altered the shape of American music.

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Unspoken by R.A. Padmos

That of Stefan and Adri is not a “comfort” romance, meaning those stories where love overcomes everything and they will live happily ever after. Stefan and Adri met in 1935, in a time and country where homosexuality was still a crime; they don’t have a chance to an happily ever after, there is no place in the world where they can find it. Moreover considering that Stefan has a family, is married with 4 sons and he needs to provide to them before everything else, even his own love for Adri. And while Adri loves Stefan, he also knows he will never be happy with him, that their love will always be a dirty secret, something they will always have to hide. He has a choice in front of him: accepting it or leaving Stefan; and the oncoming war will give him more reasons to take one route over the other.

I found the story to be bittersweet but truth. Without the author knowing, there was even a small details that made it even more realistic to my eyes, my mother too was born under wartime, like Stefan’s younger daughter, and she was a redhead too, and for that reason the German soldiers who were occupying our hometown were more keen to give her some treats, cause she remembered them of the daughters they left at home.

R.A. Padmos is not trying to tell a fairy tale, she doesn’t invent some prince charming arriving on a white horse to rescue his lover; Stefan and Adri are ordinary men, not wealthy enough to believe to be above the common law, not daring, or stupid, enough to be able to leave everything behind and running alone towards the horizon. Stefan and Adri’s love is heartbreaking, without chance and often tragic. But it’s a story that many should read, cause beyond the bittersweetness, you could taste also the authenticity and strength of it.

Publisher: Manifold Press (April 12, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Unspoken

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