January 12th, 2014

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Tony Bonifant (1952 - January 12, 1995)

Bruce E. ("Tony") Bonifant (ca. 1952, Washington, DC - January 12, 1995, Washington, DC) was a Singer/Songwriter, Hairdresser, and AIDS Activist. He graduated from University of Texas in 1985.

Bruce "Tony" Bonifant grew up in Washington, DC and studied at the University of Texas on a scholarship, graduating in 1985. He lived in California from 1986 to 1988, and there performed his original songs in clubs and other venues.

Due to health reasons, he returned to Washington where he had worked as a hair stylist at Hair Inc. and Flashback.

Bonifant was a fundraiser for the Whitman Walker Clinic, and participated in a Georgetown Family Center study on the signficance of relationships in managing AIDS for long-term survivors. He also founded a support group for long-term AIDS patients.

Bruce Bonifant died of AIDS in Washington, DC at the age of 43 on January 12, 1995.

Source: www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/music/catalogue/bonifant.html

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Lorraine Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965)

Lorraine Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965) was an African American playwright and author of political speeches, letters, and essays. Her best known work, A Raisin in the Sun, was inspired by her family's legal battle against racially segregated housing laws in the Washington Park Subdivision of the South Side of Chicago during her childhood.

Hansberry attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, but found college uninspiring and left in 1950 to pursue her career as a writer in New York City, where she attended The New School. She worked on the staff of the black newspaper Freedom under the auspices of Paul Robeson, and worked with W. E. B. DuBois, whose office was in the same building. A Raisin in the Sun was written at this time, and was a huge success. It was the first play written by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway. At 29 years, she became the youngest American playwright and only the fifth woman to receive the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. While many of her other writings were published in her lifetime - essays, articles, and the text for the SNCC book The Movement, the only other play given a contemporary production was The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window.

In 1961, Hansberry was set Vinnette Carroll as the director of the musical, Kicks and Co, after its try-out at Chicago's McCormick Place. It was written by Oscar Brown, Jr. and featured an interracial cast including Lonnie Sattin, Nichelle Nichols, Vi Velasco, Al Freeman, Jr., Zabeth Wilde and Burgess Meredith in the title role of Mr. Kicks. A satire involving miscegenation, the $400,000 production was co-produced by her husband Robert Nemiroff; despite a warm reception in the Windy City, the show never made it to Broadway.

After a long battle with pancreatic cancer she died on January 12, 1965, at the age of 34. According to James Baldwin, Hansberry was prescient about many of the increasingly troubling conditions in the world, and worked to remedy them with literature. Baldwin believed "it is not at all farfetched to suspect that what she saw contributed to the strain which killed her, for the effort to which Lorraine was dedicated is more than enough to kill a man." Hansberry's funeral was held in Harlem on January 15, 1965. Paul Robeson gave her eulogy. The presiding reverend, Eugene Callender, recited messages from James Baldwin and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. which read: "Her creative ability and her profound grasp of the deep social issues confronting the world today will remain an inspiration to generations yet unborn." She is buried at Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorraine_Hansberry
There were people whose social analysis had its origins in multiple identities, especially the experience of being both black and homosexual. One example is playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun (1959) and The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (1964), which included an openly homosexual character and dealt with issues of race, freedom, and responsibility. In a letter to The Ladder in 1957, Hansberry argued that in the homophile movement, "there may be women to emerge who will be able to formulate a new and possible concept that homosexual persecution and condemnation has at its roots not only social ignorance, but a philosophically active anti-feminist dogma." --A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
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Felipe Rose (born January 12, 1954)

Felipe Rose (born January 12, 1954) is a founding member of the disco group the Village People, in which he is the Red Indian. His mother is Puerto Rican and his father is Lakota Sioux.

Rose was born in New York City as Felipé Ortiz Rose and raised in Brooklyn where he displayed an interest in the arts during his childhood. His mother was his main inspiration as she herself had been a dancer for the Copacabana during the 1940s and 1950s. In 1970, when Rose was 16-years-old, he won a scholarship to study dance with the Ballet de Puerto Rico under the guidance of Pascual Guzman. He participated in a dance-drama recital of Julia de Burgos at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with the Ballet Company. The New York Post called his performance "poignant and compelling".

Soon, Rose started to venture into the nightclub scene and at the same time his aunt introduced him to other influences in dance and recommended that he honor his father's heritage by dressing in his tribal regalia - this led to the "Red Indian" attire. Rose was working as a dancer and a bartender in a gay New York Go-Go club, dressed as an Indian when he was discovered by French producer Jacques Morali and executive producer Henri Belolo and so became the first recruit for Village People.

Both Jacques and Henri were fascinated by Rose's Red Indian attire and saw the potential in organizing a singing group where each individual would wear a different costume and have a particular identity. While the producers were busy recruiting and preparing the other members of the group, Rose was sent to Paris where he choreographed a native dance number for the Crazy Horse Saloon. When he returned to the United States, he suggested that the other members of the group wear uniforms representing different "manly" occupations in New York's Greenwich Village.

In 1977, Village People had their first hit with "San Francisco", although this song became a hit only in the United Kingdom. Then in 1978 they had their first hits in the U.S. with "Macho Man" followed by "Y.M.C.A.".



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Joel Derfner (born January 12, 1973)

JOEL DERFNER graduated from Harvard with a degree in linguistics. His work for the musical theater has been produced in London, New York, and various cities in between. In an attempt to become the gayest person ever, he took up knitting and got a job as a step aerobics instructor.

Further Readings:

Gay Haiku by Joel Derfner
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Crown Archetype (May 10, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 076791984X
ISBN-13: 978-0767919845
Amazon: Gay Haiku

Impossible to resist, this hilariously sassy and sweet collection of haiku turns the perilous sport of gay dating into pure poetry.

For hundreds of years, the Japanese haiku has been equated with peaceful contemplation and spiritual enlightenment. A delicate balance of rhythm and line, the haiku has provided countless readers with an appreciation of the changing of the seasons and the miracles of nature. Now, in Gay Haiku, readers can finally appreciate more important things—like the changing of boyfriends and the miracles of shopping.

Irresistible and irreverent, this collection of one hundred and ten witty and wicked short poems captures the many dating disasters of first-time author Joel Derfner. In a wonderfully fresh and original voice, Derfner shamelessly mines his personal life to send up such broad-ranging topics as gay pop culture, politics, family, sex, and, of course, home decorating.

Gay, straight, or undecided, readers will delight in Derfner’s dry sense of humor and unmistakable charm as he tackles the big questions of life.

Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead by Joel Derfner
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books (June 16, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0767924312
ISBN-13: 978-0767924313
Amazon (Paperback): Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead

A hilarious and deeply moving account of one man’s journey from stereotype to truth.

Joel Derfner is a knitter, an aerobics instructor, a cheerleader, a go-go dancer, and a musical theater composer, but when he realizes one day that he’s a walking gay cliché he embarks on a quest for deeper meaning. A very, very funny quest for deeper meaning. And whether he’s confronting the demons of his past at a GLBT summer camp, using the Internet to “meet” men–many, many men–or going undercover to a conference of ex-gays, he discovers that what he’s looking for–and sometimes even finds, hidden underneath the surface of everyday life–is his own identity. In the tradition of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, yet with its own particular flair, Swish is a story told with not just wit but humor; not just candor but honesty; and not just compassion but humanity.

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New Release Blog Tour: Someone to Keep Me by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams

SomeoneToKeepMeWelcome to the blog tour for Someone to Keep Me by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams. K.C. & Parker are giving away a book from any of their backlists at each tour stop and a grand prize 16g Kindle Fire HD.

A Collars and Cuffs Novel

Eighteen-year-old Scott Keating knows a whole world exists beyond his parents’ strict control, but until he gains access to the World Wide Web, he really has no idea what’s out there. In a chat room, Scott meets “JeffUK.” Jeff loves and understands him, and when he offers to bring Scott to the UK, Scott seizes his chance to escape his humdrum life and see the world. But when his plane touches down and Jeff isn’t there, panic sets in.

Collars & Cuffs favorite barman and Dom-in-training, Ben Winters, drops his sister off at the airport and finds a lost, anxious Scott. Hearing Scott’s story sets off alarm bells, along with his protective instincts. Taking pity on the naïve boy, Ben offers him a place to crash and invites him to Collars & Cuffs, hoping his bosses will know how to help. Scott dreams of belonging to someone, heart and soul. Ben longs for a sub of his own. And neither man sees what’s right under his nose.

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Someone to Keep Me (Collars and Cuffs) by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (January 9, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Someone to Keep Me (Collars and Cuffs)

Bio:
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.

K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter...

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.
The laptop still has no idea of what hit it... it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
K.C. can be reached via email (k.c.wells@btinternet.com), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld) or through comments at the K.C.Wells website (www.kcwellsworld.com ) K.C. loves to hear from readers.

PARKER WILLIAMS began to write as a teen, but never showed his work to anyone. As he grew older, he drifted away from writing, but his love of the written word moved him to reading. A chance encounter with an author changed the course of his life as she encouraged him to never give up on a dream. With the help of some amazing friends, he rediscovered the joy of writing, thanks to a community of writers who have become his family.

Parker firmly believes in love, but is also of the opinion that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (plus a little hurt and angst, too). The course of love is never a smooth one, and Happily Ever After always has a price tag.

Website: http://www.parkerwilliamsauthor.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ParkerWAuthor
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Tour Grand prize: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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It Happened Today: January 12

Dylan Rosser (born January 12): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4128173.html

Dylan Rosser has been photographing the male nude for more than a decade. He has just recently has moved to Ibiza, but has often shoot in NYC and Los Angeles. Dylan Rosser is one of the most renowned photographers of erotic male images. His works touch us because of the sensibility of his view and the clearness of his compositions. In Full Frontal, Bruno Gmunder showcases Rosser's best work in recent years. Other bestselling books by Dylan Rosser include X-Posed and Naked.

Edith Emma Cooper & Katherine Harris Bradley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1648122.html

Michael Field was a pseudonym used for the poetry and verse drama of Katherine Harris Bradley (27 October 1846 - 26 September 1914) and her niece and ward Edith Emma Cooper (12 January 1862 - 13 December 1913). From the late 1870s, when Edith was at University College, Bristol, they agreed to live together and were, over the next 40 years, lesbian lovers, and co-authors. They had financial independence: Bradley's father Charles Bradley had been in the tobacco industry in Birmingham.

Henry Gauthier-Villars (August 8, 1859 - January 12, 1931): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1410743.html

Henry Gauthier-Villars (1859-1931) or Willy, was a French fin-de-siecle writer and music critic who is today mostly known as the mentor and bisexual first husband of Colette. The marriage to Colette lasted until 1910, although in the years prior they were already separated. While Willy made a lot of money, he squandered it with ease on women and gambling and was facing bankruptcy. Willy died on 12 January 1931 in Paris. 3000 mourners followed his casket to the Montparnasse cemetery.

Joel Derfner (born January 12, 1973): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4128810.html

Joel Derfner (born January 12, 1973) graduated from Harvard with a degree in linguistics. His work for the musical theater has been produced in London, New York, and various cities in between. In an attempt to become the gayest person ever, he took up knitting and got a job as a step aerobics instructor. Irresistible and irreverent, Gay Haiku is a collection of one hundred and ten witty and wicked short poems capturing the many dating disasters of first-time author Joel Derfner.

Long John Baldry & Oz Rexach: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3732370.html

Long John Baldry was an English and Canadian blues singer and a voice actor. It Ain't Easy was one of Baldry's biggest successes. The opener, "Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock 'n' Roll" was inspired by his arrest for busking. In 1978 Baldry moved to New York: dressed in leather, out on the town, he met the man he would spend the rest of his life with: Felix "Oz" Rexach, a charming, chatty, flamboyant Puerto Rican immigrant who frequented Studio 54. Baldry died in 2005.

Lorraine Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1410847.html

Lorraine Hansberry was an African American playwright and author of political speeches, letters, and essays. A Raisin in the Sun was inspired by her family's legal battle against racially segregated housing laws in the Washington Park Subdivision of the South Side of Chicago. Hansberry contributed to the understanding of abortion, discrimination, and Africa. She joined the Daughters of Bilitis and contributed letters to their magazine, The Ladder, in 1957 that addressed feminism and homophobia.

Nobuko Yoshiya & Monma Chiyo: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3724184.html

Nobuko Yoshiya was a Japanese novelist active in Taishō and Showa period of Japan. On January 1923, Yoshiya met Monma Chiyo, a mathematics teacher at girls' school in Tokyo. They would go on to have a same-sex relationship for over 52 years. Unlike many Japanese public persona, she was not reticent about revealing details of her personal life through photographs, personal essays and magazine interviews. In 1926, they established a collaborative working relationship of author and secretary.

Paul Mariah (1938 - January 12, 1996): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3052205.html

Paul Mariah was a pioneer of the gay literary scene in San Francisco during the 1960s and 1970s. Mariah issued bilingual editions of Jean Cocteau and Jean Genet, and revived interest in the work of Robert Ingersoll, the 19th century prison reformer and social critic. His own poetry appeared in two collections, "Personae Non Gratae" in 1971 and "This Light Will Spread" in 1978. Mariah was also prominent in the movement for prisoners' rights. He died of pneumonia January 12. He was 58.

Tony Bonifant (1952 - January 12, 1995): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4127807.html

Bruce E. ("Tony") Bonifant (ca. 1952, Washington, DC - January 12, 1995, Washington, DC) was a Singer/Songwriter, Hairdresser, and AIDS Activist. Bonifant was a fundraiser for the Whitman Walker Clinic, and participated in a Georgetown Family Center study on the signficance of relationships in managing AIDS for long-term survivors. He also founded a support group for long-term AIDS patients. Bruce Bonifant died of AIDS in Washington, DC at the age of 43 on January 12, 1995.

Wade Kelly (January 12): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4128571.html

Wade Kelly lives in conservative, small-town America. My Roommate's a Jock won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Romantic Comedy, 3rd place: Cole Reid has been a social recluse since he was 15, when he was outed by his high school baseball team. Since then, his obsessive-compulsive behavior and sarcastic nature have driven away most of the population, and everyone else hates him because he's gay. As he sees it, he's bound to repulse any prospective friends, let alone boyfriends, so why bother?

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Better Than Good by Lane Hayes

That of Matt and Aaron was a typically gay for you story if not for the attitude of Matt, that was realistically in line with what I was expecting to be a bisexual character, so much that I anticipated Matt’s turning point decision moment, when he consciously accepts he is in love with a man: Matt is equally attracted by women and men, but, as he says, and as I anticipated, it’s more convenient, and easy, to date women; no one questions you if you are heterosexual, and while sex is still sex, there is basically no need to complicate his life. Please remember Matt is a very young, still a college student, his life is an open road in front of him, no life changing decisions have ever been taken. Then Matt meets Aaron, and, even if not immediately, this time is love. Matt doesn’t deny he is immediately attracted by Aaron, and I appreciated that he wants to give it a try; yes, a try cause there is no denying that an homosexual relationship will be more complicated than an heterosexual one; but I have the feeling Matt was more scared by the fact this story could be serious, than the fact Aaron was a man.

Nice slow development of the love story between Matt and Aaron, and that also includes, and allows, Matt leaving his girlfriend before starting anything serious with Aaron, another thing that I liked, in a way Matt was giving to Aaron the respect he deserved as a prospect partner, doesn’t matter the gender.

Good cast of supporting characters, in particular Jay and Peter, whose story I wouldn’t mind to read. But also Matt’s roommates/friends, with their apparently careless attitude towards life that was instead a real caring for their friend’s well-being.

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 8, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623806399
ISBN-13: 978-1623806392
Amazon: Better Than Good
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Best Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic: Infected, Lesser Evils by Andrea Speed

I haven’t read all the books in the series, but one thing I noticed, this series is more mainstream than genre fiction, actually I think the whole series is one of the best example of urban fantasy out there right now. The writing style is unique, the main and supporting characters are original, in their being heroic without being heroes, and the storyline is tragic and engaging, always leaving the reader with the feeling of wanting more, and more will be delivered.

As the same Dylan says, they will be always in three, Roan, him and the ghost of Paris, who basically has never left Roan, living in his skin, lingering on his needs. Roan loves Dylan, I can feel it, but I also feel like Roan doesn’t believe there is a future for Dylan and me, and in a way, would prefer for Dylan to be as much as possible detached from him. I’m not sure if Roan hates the shifter in him, or if, deep down, he feels like he is that shifter, and that denying him he is denying his own self. Dylan represent normalcy, and if he wants to be with Dylan he has to refuse his lion; in a way, Roan is rejecting the lion while, in the end, I had this lingering sensation that Dylan wouldn’t be against the idea to accept it, cause, better than Roan, Dylan understand the lion is not the bad side of Roan, it’s just another side of him.

Yes, that is, after 6 books, my conclusion is that Roan hasn’t to fight the lion, but instead he has to find a way to have it coming out and being a part of him, and both of them need to “know” Dylan to love him completely (well, this is the romance reader speaking).

Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623800129
ISBN-13: 978-1623800123
Amazon: Infected: Lesser Evils
Amazon Kindle: Infected: Lesser Evils

Series: Infected
1) Prey
2) Bloodlines
3) Life After Death
4) Freefall: elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1882986.html
5) Shift
6) Lesser Evils



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