January 25th, 2014

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Bill Kraus (June 26, 1947 - January 25, 1986)

William James "Bill" Kraus (June 26, 1947 - January 25, 1986) was an American gay rights and AIDS activist and congressional aide who served as a liaison between the San Francisco gay community and Congress in the 1980s.

He attended Dartmouth for a semester and then Ohio State, where he received both his undergraduate and master's degree in history. He attended Ohio State University in 1968 and went on to become an aide to US Representatives Phillip and Sala Burton.

Upon arriving in Castro Street in San Francisco, he learned the meticulous nature of politics through Harvey Milk, who was the first elected homosexual city supervisor. Bill Kraus would be the president of the Harvey Milk Democratic Club. After Milk's assassination, Kraus would aide Harry Britt to be elected as Milk's successor to city supervisor.

He garnered a job as gay liaison to Congressman Phillip Burton. Together, they worked on legislation and funding to fight "gay cancer", later to be named AIDS. Through the Harvey Milk Democratic Club, Kraus conducted a "safe-sex" campaign, endlessly trying to bring awareness to the gay community of the dangers of unsafe sexual intercourse. Part of their campaign was demanding the closing of San Francisco's gay bathhouses. Kraus was hit back with criticism from the gay community, being called a "sexual Nazi".


AIDS Quilt

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Kraus
Homophobia led many decision makers to discount AIDS epidemic, partly because they didn't care much about those who were sick, and partly because they believed that as long as they were straight, they themselves would never have to worry about it. The only real heroes were a few scientists inside the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), who lobbied early and often for money to fight the epidemic, and a very small group of congressmen from California and New York, including Philip Burton, Henry Waxman, and Ted Weiss, whose openly gay staff members convinced them to take the epidemic seriously. Bill Kraus, a gay aide to Burton, and Tim Westmoreland, the gay counsel to a Waxman health subcommittee, were particularly important in sounding the alarm. --The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America by Charles Kaiser
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Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton (December 3, 1830 – January 25, 1896)

Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton PRA (3 December 1830 – 25 January 1896), known as Sir Frederic Leighton, Bt, between 1886 and 1896, was an English painter and sculptor. His works depicted historical, biblical and classical subject matter. Leighton was bearer of the shortest-lived peerage in history; after only one day his hereditary peerage ended with his death. (Picture: Self portrait of Leighton (1880))

Leighton was born in Scarborough to a family in the import and export business. He was educated at University College School, London. He then received his artistic training on the European continent, first from Eduard Von Steinle and then from Giovanni Costa. When in Florence, aged 24, where he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti, he painted the procession of the Cimabue Madonna through the Borgo Allegri. He lived in Paris from 1855 to 1859, where he met Ingres, Delacroix, Corot and Millet.

In 1860, he moved to London, where he associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. He designed Elizabeth Barrett Browning's tomb for Robert Browning in the English Cemetery, Florence in 1861. In 1864 he became an associate of the Royal Academy and in 1878 he became its President (1878–96). His 1877 sculpture, Athlete Wrestling with a Python, was considered at its time to inaugurate a renaissance in contemporary British sculpture, referred to as the New Sculpture. His paintings represented Britain at the great 1900 Paris Exhibition.

Leighton was knighted at Windsor in 1878, and was created a baronet, of Holland Park Road in the Parish of St Mary Abbots, Kensington, in the County of Middlesex, eight years later. He was the first painter to be given a peerage, in the New Year Honours List of 1896. The patent creating him Baron Leighton, of Stretton in the County of Shropshire, was issued on 24 January 1896; Leighton died the next day of angina pectoris.


Flaming June (1895), oil on canvas, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico (120.6 x 120.6 cm)

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederic_Leighton,_1st_Baron_Leighton

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Cover Reveal: Holding on to Hope by Sid Love

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TITLE: Holding on to Hope
AUTHOR: Sid Love
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 68 Pages
RELEASE DATE: 14th February, 2014
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
BLURB: Bradley Parker has waited twenty years for Mr. Right, and on Valentine’s Day, he finally finds him. It’s love at first sight, and Brad even loses his virginity to the man of his dreams. But when he wakes up the next morning unable to remember anything—even what the man looked like—his best friend, Leslie, is convinced he imagined the whole thing. Brad knows he didn’t make up the best night of his life, but he has no idea of the danger he’s putting himself in as he struggles to recall the details of his perfect man. His search may lead him to parts of New York City he never dreamed existed and a war being waged in the shadows.
PRE ORDER LINK: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4724

ABOUT SID LOVE:
Sid Love grew up in one of busiest cities in the world, Mumbai, listening to the excerpts of Indian epics from his father every night. While it served as an inspiration back in time, he has always had an ambitious mind. In 2007, when he had just turned sixteen, he decided that he would make his lifelong dream come true—to become a well-known, respected author some day. Ask him and he would refuse to accept that he is obsessed with books. Or movies. Or TV shows. Addicted may even be the right word. He is a die-hard fan of Jane Austen’s romance novels and loves to reread them time and again.
You can find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sid.love.16?ref=tn_tnmn or tweet him anytime: https://twitter.com/FatefulMercy, or simply e-mail him at sidlovethewriter@live.in.


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It Happened Today: January 25

Aaron Fricke (born January 25, 1962): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3433345.html

Aaron Fricke is an American gay rights activist (born January 25, 1962). He is best known for the pivotal case in which he successfully sued his high school for not allowing him to bring his boyfriend, Paul Guilbert, to the senior prom at Cumberland High School in Cumberland, Rhode Island. The case set a precedent that has been used across the United States to establish a legal right for students to bring same sex partners to school proms and other school social events.

Bill Kraus (June 26, 1947 - January 25, 1986): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3061171.html

Bill Kraus was an American AIDS activist and congressional aide who served as a liaison between the San Francisco gay community and Congress in the 1980s. Kraus was diagnosed with AIDS on October 1, 1984. He traveled to Paris to be treated with a drug that at the moment was believed to help AIDS patients boost their immune system called HPA-23, but it proved useless. He was there when actor Rock Hudson also traveled to Paris for the same reason. Kraus died from AIDS on January 25, 1986.

Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton (December 3, 1830 – January 25, 1896): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3432914.html

Sir Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton PRA (3 December 1830 – 25 January 1896), Baron between 1886 and 1896, was an English painter and sculptor. His works depicted historical, biblical and classical subject matter. Leighton was bearer of the shortest-lived peerage in history; after only one day his hereditary peerage ended with his death. At his funeral, on 3rd February 1896, his coffin was carried into St Paul's Cathedral, past a guard of honour formed by The Artists Rifles.

W. Somerset Maugham & Gerald Haxton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3391521.html

In 1914, W. Somerset Maugham met Gerald Haxton, a young American who would be his companion until his death in 1944, and in 1926, Maugham bought Villa Mauresque, at St. Jaen, Cap Ferrat, on the French Ri viera, where he would live, when not traveling, for most of the rest of his life. Haxton died in a private room in the Doctors Hospital, New York. Maugham later placed this dedication in his 1949 compilation, A Writer's Notebook: In Loving Memory of My Friend Frederick Gerald Haxton, 1892 -1944.

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Love Means... Renewal by Andrew Grey

Sometime is nice to have an insight on what is happening after the happily ever after; not that you want for the couple to break up or similar, but that little window in their future is usually nice and warming. For Eli and Geoff is exactly like that.

I admit I haven’t read all the series, so I didn’t know Eli and Geoff adopted a little kid, Jackie. It was a nice surprise to see them as daddies, and Jackie seems really a cute kid, very loving and loved as well. Even if Eli, currently, is very busy, and also tired, he always finds time to give love and comfort to Jackie, even when this means losing a little of intimacy with Geoff. But Geoff is not resenting it, he loves Jackie as much as Eli.

This is only a novella, there isn’t nothing new happening in their lives, but it’s a way to have a confirmation that their love is strong, and not limited to the two of them, but able to include in their circle of love the extended family they created, including family, friends and co-workers.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 26, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Love Means... Renewal (Love Means... Series)

Series: Love Means...
0.5) Love Means... Courage: elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1147399.html
1) Love Means... No Shame: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1011299.html
1.5) Simple Gifts
2) Love Means... No Boundaries
3) Love Means... Freedom: elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1645632.html
4) Love Means... No Fear
4.5) Love Means... Healing
5) Love Means... Family
5.5) Love Means... Renewal

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