February 1st, 2014

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Derek Rawcliffe (July 8, 1921 – February 1, 2011)

The Rt Rev Derek Rawcliffe OBE (8 July 1921 – 1 February 2011) was an English clergyman and author. He served as Anglican Bishop of the New Hebrides and Episcopalian Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway. He was the first bishop in the Church of England to announce that he was gay, after disclosing his sexuality on television in 1995. He discussed his sexual orientation in a BBC interview following a statement by Anglican Cardinal Basil Hume condemning discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Rawcliffe's superiors in the church were supportive. The Bishop of Ripon, the Rt. Reverend David Young, said in an interview to Press Agence on March 8, 1995: "I do not regret his appointment. I have made it clear that clergy who are homosexual are amongst the best of our clergy. It is possible to argue that because of their orientation they have gifts which heterosexual clergy do not have."

He was born in Manchester, the son of a tobacconist, on 8 July 1921, brought up in Gloucester, educated at Leeds University, and ordained in 1944. After a curacy at Claines St George, Worcester he was a teacher in the Solomon Islands until 1953 when he became Archdeacon of Southern Melanesia and the New Hebrides. He was the first Bishop of the New Hebrides from 1975 to 1980 when he was translated to Glasgow and Galloway, in the Scottish Episcopal Church. He retired in 1991.

Rawcliffe died on 1 February 2011 at the age of 89.

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

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Edward Myers (1951 - February 1, 1993)

Edward Myers, for 14 years a much admired dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, died on February 1, 1993, at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., of an HIV-related illness.

Myers, 42, had been artistic director of the Nashville Ballet since 1991 and was active until his death, overseeing that company's recent production of ''The Nutcracker" and attending the post-production cast party. He entered the hospital on Saturday, Jan. 30, with a high fever.

A native of Maryland, Myers joined the Pennsylvania Ballet in 1974, after performing with the Washington Ballet for five years.

When he retired from the company in 1988 at age 37, he had achieved ballet's top performing rank, principal dancer, and was a favorite with local audiences.

He loved the Pennsylvania Ballet and thought of it as his "family."

Although he often said that his only goal in getting into ballet had been ''to become the prince," it was his talent as a character actor that made his dancing unique.

His portrayal of Herr Drosselmeyer the mysterious host of "The Nutcracker" and Madge, the delicious witch in "La Sylphide," were two roles so associated with him that he continued to perform them after his retirement.


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Source: http://articles.philly.com/1993-02-03/news/25955999_1_pennsylvania-ballet-nashville-ballet-washington-ballet

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Ronnie Kroell (born February 1, 1983)

Ronnie Kroell (born February 1, 1983) is an American fashion model best known for appearing on the first season of the Bravo reality series Make Me a Supermodel.

Kroell was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Niles North High School in Skokie. There, he became interested in theater. After a break, he attended Harper College, earning his Associates Degree in political science.

Kroell appeared on season one of Bravo's Make Me a Supermodel. In the show, Ronnie entered into a notable bromance with fellow contestant Ben DiChiara, which was dubbed "Bronnie". He became very popular on the show and won the title of "Fan Favorite" despite placing second behind Holly Kiser.

Following his appearance on the series, Kroell continued to work to establish himself as a model. He signed a contract with New York Model Management and has walked the catwalks for designers such as Philip Sparks, Loris Diran, Malan Breton and Richie Rich. He also featured the cover of Next and Instinct magazines. In June 2010 he appeared on the cover of Playgirl magazine in a nude layout shot by the internationally renowned fashion photographer Lope Navo. Kroell is currently working on developing a fragrance line and filming a new reality show. He also appeared in the fourth installment of Q. Allan Brocka's popular Eating Out series, "Eating Out 4: Drama Camp", in the role of Beau.

Kroell is openly gay. He came out at the age of 15 after his mother found him kissing a boyfriend. Kroell has been the guest of honor or grand marshal at gay pride events across the United States. He currently lives in Los Angeles.



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

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Kevin Scott

KEVIN SCOTT is a screenwriter ("Key Exchange"), playwright ("Hide Your Love Away"), and critic whose arts reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Genre Magazine and other publications. "The Boys in the Brownstone" is his first novel.

He teaches screenwriting at New York University. He taught film history at Princeton and for many years was Literary Manager of the New Group Theater in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University.

Source: www.bykevinscott.com/bio.htm

Further Readings:

The Boys in the Brownstone by Kevin Scott
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Haworth Press; 1 edition (May 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1560232951
ISBN-13: 978-1560232957
Amazon: The Boys in the Brownstone

Alive and kicking with the ups and downs of the real world where gay men may be hot, funny, and fahionable but are also real men with jobs, families, and fears. With humor, heart, and a little bit of courage, they deal with the issues fo gay marriage, gays in the priesthood, AIDS, diversity, narcissism and lots more.

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It Happened Today: February 1

Ada Dwyer Russell & Amy Lowell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3715587.html

Ada Russell was a Mormon actress of the stage. She performed on stage in Broadway and London. In 1909 Russell met writer Amy Lowell. The two entered into long-term lesbian relationship, or a "Boston marriage" (the term for a 19th century romantic female relationship) beginning in 1912, which would last until Lowell's death in 1925. Russell was the subject of many of Lowell's explicit poems, such as the Taxi. Russell was the executrix of Amy Lowell's will, and burned all her items upon request.

Charles Silverstein & William Bory: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1481802.html

Charles Silverstein is an American writer, therapist and gay activist. Silverstein spends a considerable bulk of his memoir For the Ferryman charting the gay radicalism of the 1970s and pairs these passages with intimate glimpses into his 20 year romantic relationship with William Bory, a radical gay activist who was prone to several neuroses and a host of addictions. Rather than idealizing his lover, Silverstein captures Bory in all his complexities: charming, difficult and maddeningly broken.

Derek Rawcliffe (July 8, 1921 – February 1, 2011): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3448526.html

The Rt Rev Derek Rawcliffe OBE (8 July 1921 – 1 February 2011) was an English clergyman and author. He served as Anglican Bishop of the New Hebrides and Episcopalian Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway. He was the first bishop in the Church of England to announce that he was gay, after disclosing his sexuality on television in 1995. He discussed his sexual orientation in a BBC interview following a statement by Anglican Cardinal Basil Hume condemning discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Donald Howarth & George Goetschius: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3917088.html

Donald Howarth is a playwright and theatre director. He enjoyed a nearly fifty-year relationship with American LSE academic George Goetschius and entered into a civil partnership with him in February 2006 shortly after their introduction in the UK. They lived for most of their life together in George Devine's old Thameside house in London, theatre director Peter Gill sharing part of the property for many years. Donald Howarth is mentioned in the diary of Joe Orton when Orton visited Peter Gill.

Edward Myers (1951 - February 1, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3448680.html

Edward Myers, for 14 years a much admired dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, died on February 1, 1993, at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., of an HIV-related illness. Myers, 42, had been artistic director of the Nashville Ballet since 1991 and was active until his death, overseeing that company's recent production of ''The Nutcracker" and attending the post-production cast party. "Eddy had a real esthetic sense and always wanted us to be a little bit better." Jane Fabian

Kay Ryan & Carol Adair: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3873072.html

Kay Ryan is an American poet and educator. She has published 7 volumes of poetry. Ryan was 16th United States Poet Laureate, from 2008 to 2010. She was named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow. Since 1971, she has lived in Marin County, California, and has taught English part-time at the College of Marin in Kentfield. Carol Adair, who was also an instructor at the College of Marin, was Ryan's partner from 1978 until Adair's death in 2009. They were married in a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall in 2004.

Kevin Scott: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4171571.html

Kevin Scott is a screenwriter, playwright, and critic whose arts reviews have appeared in The New York Times and other publications. "The Boys in the Brownstone" is his first novel: alive and kicking with the ups and downs of the real world where gay men may be hot, funny, and fahionable but are also real men with jobs, families, and fears. With humor, heart, and a little bit of courage, they deal with the issues fo gay marriage, gays in the priesthood, AIDS, diversity, narcissism and lots more.

Muriel Spark & Penelope Jardine: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2580337.html

Muriel Spark was an award-winning Scottish novelist. After living in NYC for some years, she moved to Rome, where she met the artist and sculptor Penelope Jardine in 1968. They settled in Tuscany and lived in the village of Civitella della Chiana. She was the subject of frequent rumours of lesbian relationships from her time in New York onwards, although Spark and her friends denied their validity. She left her entire estate to Jardine, taking measures to ensure her son received nothing.

Rebekah Weatherspoon (born February 1): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4171375.html

After years of meddling in her friends’ love lives, Rebekah Weatherspoon turned to writing romance as a means to surviving a stressful professional life. She was raised in Southern New Hampshire and now lives in Southern California with an individual who is much more tech savvy than she ever will be. The Fling won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Erotic Romance and Better Off Red won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Paranormal/Horror and Best Best Lesbian Debut.

Ronnie Kroell (born February 1, 1983): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3449236.html

Ronnie Kroell (born February 1, 1983) is an American model best known for appearing on the first season of the Bravo reality series Make Me a Supermodel. He came out at the age of 15 after his mother found him kissing a boyfriend. Kroell has been the guest of honor or grand marshal at gay pride events across the United States. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Ronnie Kroell is very much involved in charity and awareness campaigns. In 2010, he filmed a video for the It Gets Better Project.

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Statistics: January 2014

Here are the 2 months statistics for the visits on my website and 2 journals:

Site December 2013 January 2014  
elisarolle.com 275.398 315.510 15%
reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org 13.792 12.746  
elisa-rolle.livejournal.com 32.387 25.985  
Total 321.577 354.241 10%


there was an increase of the 15% of the visits on the website, and of 10% on the total number of visits for all three locations.



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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Time Fries! Aging Gracelessly in Rehoboth Beach

Lesbian Biography / Memoir
Time Fries! Aging Gracelessly in Rehoboth Beach by Fay Jacobs

Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: A&M Books; First edition (December 12, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983796157
ISBN-13: 978-0983796152
Amazon: Time Fries! Aging Gracelessly in Rehoboth Beach
Amazon Kindle: Time Fries! Aging Gracelessly in Rehoboth Beach

A treat for longtime fans and new readers alike Time Fries! is a collection of Fay s latest columns plus some new, never published material. As the title implies, this book is about the author taking on the challenges of senior discounts and laughing in the face additional birthdays. It's all about not acting her age and having a grand time doing it. The book is provocative, political, occasionally heartwarming and reliably hilarious. Jacobs witty way of describing universal experiences in her utterly unique voice will keep you laughing, smiling and relating page after page. Echo Magazines calls Fay s books an intelligent, hysterically funny and occasionally poignant look at how we live today, with hopes for tomorrow. Recommended for everyone, male or female, gay or straight. Rehoboth Beach historian and author Rich Barnett says of Jacobs books, What I love is how these four books taken together present a social history of LGBT life in one town over 20 years of great change in American society.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Asher's Fault

Gay Young Adult
Asher's Fault by Elizabeth Wheeler

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602829829
ISBN-13: 978-1602829824
Amazon: Asher’s Fault
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The day fourteen-year-old Asher receives a Minolta camera from his aunt Sharon, he buys the last roll of black-and-white film and takes his first photograph—a picture of a twisted pine tree. He’s so preoccupied with his new hobby he fails to notice his dad’s plan to move out, his increasing alienation from his testosterone-ridden best friend, Levi, and his own budding sexuality. When his little brother drowns at the same moment Asher experiences his first same-sex kiss, he can no longer hide behind the lens of his camera. Asher thinks it’s his fault, but after his brother dies, his father resurfaces along with clues challenging Asher’s black-and-white view of the world. The truth is as twisted as the pine tree in his first photograph.

Charities Donation program progress:
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2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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Best Gay Paranormal Romance: The Gravedigger's Brawl by Abigail Roux

Surprisingly less frightening than expected, even if the gory details didn’t lack, I found myself enjoying this novel very much, even considering I’m not really a huge fun of ghost stories. More, I found it sweet and even cute at time.

Probably the element I liked more was the couple, museum curator Wyatt and flair bartender Ash, who comes along equipped with very interesting tongue piercings. So of course, you are expecting for the nerdy professor to be captivated by the domineering bartender, and instead? Wyatt displays a strong, almost dominant attitude toward Ash, especially during intimacy, making him more the protector than the captive. And Ash will unveil an endearing fragility, and here the cuteness factor came out strong and loud.

The setting was a protagonist as well, Richmond, Virginia, coming out from the pages in full force, a mix of past and current, mixed together that, while it was obvious a contemporary story, sometime it seemed we very living in the past; sure, the Gaslight ambience of the Gravedigger’s Tavern, the place where Ash is bartending, was helping in this feeling, but it was also the cobblestone streets and the old building, the tidbits of history the author was springing around, and of course, the Historian society for which Wyatt is a curator. Oh, yes, also Noah and his strange history lectures.

If you usually avoid the ghost themed stories cause they are too “involving” or scaring, mind you that, in a way, this was more a romantic thriller than a horror story.

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 9, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937551539
ISBN-13: 978-1937551537
Amazon: The Gravedigger's Brawl
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