February 2nd, 2014

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Adolf Brand (November 14, 1874 – February 2, 1945)

Adolf Brand (14 November 1874 – 2 February 1945) was a German writer, individualist anarchist, and pioneering campaigner for the acceptance of male bisexuality and homosexuality. (P: Photo postcard of Adolf Brand, ca. 1930)

Born in Berlin in 1874, Brand became a school teacher briefly before establishing a publishing firm and producing a German homosexual periodical, Der Eigene (The Unique) in 1896. This was the first ongoing homosexual publication in the world, and ran until 1931. The name was taken from writings of egoist philosopher Max Stirner, who had greatly influenced the young Brand, and refers to Stirner's concept of "self-ownership" of the individual. Der Eigene concentrated on cultural and scholarly material, and may have had an average of around 1500 subscribers per issue during its lifetime, although the exact numbers are uncertain. Contributors included Erich Mühsam, Kurt Hiller, John Henry Mackay (under the pseudonym Sagitta) and artists Wilhelm von Gloeden, Fidus and Sascha Schneider. Brand contributed many poems and articles himself. Brand's writings, together with those of other contributors to Der Eigene, aimed at a revival of Greek pederasty as a cultural model for modern homosexuality.

In 1899/1900 Brand published Elisar von Kupffer's (1872–1942) influential anthology of homoerotic literature, Lieblingminne und Freundesliebe in der Weltliteratur. The work was reprinted in 1995.

In 1899 he was sentenced to a year in prison for publicly striking Ernst Lieber, a Reichstag delegate and head of the Catholic Church-linked Center Party, with a dog whip.

Brand became involved in Magnus Hirschfeld's Scientific-Humanitarian Committee (the first public homosexual rights organization), until there was a split in 1903; that same year Brand led the formation of the Gemeinschaft der Eigenen organisation with the scientist Benedict Friedlaender as principal theorist, and Wilhelm Jansen. To this new group, male-male love, in particular that of an older man for a youth, was viewed as a simple aspect of virile manliness available to all men; they rejected the medical theories of doctors such as Magnus Hirschfeld who found that a gay man was a certain type of person, the intermediate sex. The GdE was a sort of scouting movement that echoed the warrior creed of Sparta and the ideals of pederasty in Ancient Greece, and the ideas on pedagogic eros of Gustav Wyneken. The GdE was heavily involved with camping and trekking and occasionally practiced nudism - the latter then common as part of the Nacktkultur ('culture of nudity') sweeping Germany. In the 1920s this would develop into the Freikörperkultur under Adolf Koch.

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

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Liz Smith (born February 2, 1923)

Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Smith (born February 2, 1923) is an American gossip columnist. She is known as The Grand Dame of Dish. She wrote a widely syndicated news column that told all about the private lives of entertainment celebrities, but she was more guarded about her own privacy. She was, however, a valued supporter of lesbian, gay, feminist, and AIDS causes. That support even included mentions in her column advocating more queer films. Finally, in her 2000 memoir Natural Blonde, Liz Smith revealed her own bisexuality.

Smith was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She married her high school sweetheart, George Edward Beeman, a World War II bombardier, in 1944. But she left him to enroll in college and they were divorced several years later.

Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism in 1949, where she wrote for The Daily Texan, then moved to New York where she worked as a typist, a proofreader and a reporter before she broke into the media world as a news producer for Mike Wallace at CBS Radio. She spent five years as a News producer for NBC-TV.

In the late 1950s Smith worked as a ghostwriter for the popular Cholly Knickerbocker gossip column that appeared in the Hearst newspapers. After leaving that column in the early 1960s she went to work for Helen Gurley Brown as the entertainment editor for the American version of Cosmopolitan magazine, later working simultaneously as Sports Illustrated entertainment editor as well.

Liz Smith is one of the founding members, along with Lesley Stahl, Mary Wells Lawrence and Joni Evans of wowOwow.com. A new website for women to talk culture, politics and gossip.

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Oliver Sipple (November 20, 1941 – February 2, 1989)

Oliver William "Billy" Sipple (November 20, 1941 – February 2, 1989) was a decorated US Marine and Vietnam War veteran widely known for saving the life of US President Gerald Ford during an assassination attempt by Sara Jane Moore in San Francisco on September 22, 1975. The subsequent public revelation that Sipple was gay turned the news story into a cause célèbre for LGBT rights activists.

Sipple was born in Detroit, Michigan. He served in the United States Marine Corps and saw action in Vietnam. Shrapnel wounds suffered in December 1968 caused him to finish out his tour of duty in a Philadelphia veterans hospital, from which he was released in March 1970. Sipple, who was closeted in his hometown of Detroit had met Harvey Milk back in New York and had participated in San Francisco's gay pride parades and gay rights demonstrations. Sipple was active in local causes, including the historic political campaigns of openly gay City Council candidate Milk. The two were friends and Sipple would also be later described as a "prominent figure" in the gay community who had worked in a gay bar and was active in the Imperial Court System.

He lived with a merchant seaman roommate, in a fourth-floor walk-up apartment located in San Francisco's Mission District. He later spent six months in San Francisco's VA hospital, and was frequently readmitted into the hospital in 1975, the year he saved Ford's life.

Sipple was part of a crowd of about 3,000 people who had gathered outside San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel to see President Ford on September 22, 1975. Ford, just emerging from the building, was vulnerable despite heavy security protection. Sipple noticed a woman next to him had drawn and leveled a .38-caliber pistol at Ford as he headed to his limousine. Reacting instinctively, Sipple lunged at the woman, Sara Jane Moore, just as her finger squeezed the trigger. While the gun did go off, Sipple's contact was enough to deflect her aim and cause the bullet to miss. The bullet ricocheted and hit John Ludwig, a 42-year-old taxi driver. Ludwig survived. The incident came just three weeks after Lynette Fromme's assassination attempt on Ford. Reporters hounded Sipple who at first didn't want his name used, nor his location known.



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Ondrej Nepela (January 22, 1951 – February 2, 1989)

Ondrej Nepela (22 January 1951 – 2 February 1989) was a Slovak figure skater who competed in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Czechoslovakia. He was the 1972 Olympic champion and a three-time World champion. Later in his career, he performed professionally and became a coach. (P: German Federal Archives. Friedrich Gahlbeck, Ondrej Nepela,

Born in Bratislava (then in Czechoslovakia), Nepela began skating at age seven. He was coached by Hilda Múdra. His first major international competition, at age 13, was the 1964 Winter Olympics; he finished 22nd. He went on to win the European Championships five times between 1969 to 1973; the World Championships in 1971, 1972, and 1973; and the 1972 Winter Olympics. Nepela wanted to retire from competition after the 1972 season, but agreed to continue one more year because the 1973 World Championships were to be held in his home town of Bratislava.

In 1972 he was awarded the title of Merited Master of Sport of the USSR.

In his second autobiography, Toller Cranston (born April 20, 1949) details a sexual tryst between himself and Nepela at the 1973 World Championships. Cranston was distracted and affected by their sexual affair and placed fifth while Nepela won the event and even earned a perfect 6.0 during his free skate.

Following his amateur skating career, Nepela toured for 13 years as a soloist with Holiday on Ice. He then established himself as a coach in Germany. He coached Claudia Leistner to her European title in 1989.

Nepela died of AIDS-related complications in February 1989, at the age of 38. Since 1993, the Slovak Figure Skating Association has held a competition each fall called the Ondrej Nepela Memorial. In December 2000, the Slovak Republic named him Slovak athlete of the 20th century. His former coach, Hilda Múdra, received the award on his behalf.


@German Federal Archives. Rainer Mittelstädt, Toller Cranston,

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ondrej_Nepela

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It Happened Today: February 2

Adolf Brand (November 14, 1874 – February 2, 1945): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4173133.html

Adolf Brand was a German writer, individualist anarchist, and pioneering campaigner for the acceptance of male bisexuality and homosexuality. Adolf Brand gave up homosexual activism in the early 1930s, after constant harassment from the Nazis who silenced Der Eigene, destroyed his life's work and left him in financial ruin. The Nazis sacked and burned the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, and this ended the movement. He and his wife were killed by an Allied bomb on 2 February 1945. He was 70.

Casey Spooner & Warren Fischer: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4173523.html

Casey Spooner (born February 2, 1970) is an American artist and musician. He was born in Athens, Georgia and resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Spooner is openly gay. While attending the Art Institute of Chicago he met Warren Fischer. The two went on to cofound Fischerspooner in New York in 1998. He served as the opening act for Scissor Sisters on their North American tour. This was possible thanks to the funding provided by his fans through Kickstarter, the crowdfunding online platform.

Cat Grant (born February 2): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4174073.html

Award-winning author Cat Grant (born February 2)'s been scribbling naughty stories since she was knee-high to a bug. She lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs. Complications won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best Best Bisexual / Transgender Novel, 3rd place, and Power Play Awakening, co-authored with Rachel Haimowitz, won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Erotica, 2nd place.

Hilton Edwards & Micheál Mac Liammóir: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3930367.html

Hilton Edwards was an English-born Irish actor and theatrical producer. He was the romantic partner of Micheál MacLiammóir. While acting in Ireland with a touring company, Mac Liammóir met Edwards. Their first meeting took place in the Athenaeum, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, which is currently in a state of disrepair. Deciding to remain in Dublin, where they lived at Harcourt Terrace, Mac Liammóir and Edwards threw themselves into their venture, cofounding the Gate Theatre in Dublin in 1928.

Israel David Fishman & Carl Navarro: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3079319.html

Israel David Fishman was best known for founding the Task Force on Gay Liberation, a section of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Libraries Association. In 1974, Fishman met Carl Navarro at the West Side Discussion Group. The two became boyfriends, and began living together, beginning a lasting relationship. The couple's activities included, for a number of years, lengthy annual trips to Italy, where they established many friendships. Together from more than 30 years.

Laura Baumbach (born February 2): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/374201.html

Laura Baumbach is the author of numerous short stories, novellas, novels and screenplays. Her favorite genre to work in is manlove or m/m erotic romances. Manlove is not traditional gay fiction, but erotic romances written specifically for the romantic-minded reader, male or female. In A Bit of Rough, architect James Justin impulsively lets himself be picked up in a biker bar by seductive hunk Bram Lord for a one nightstand that turns into something bigger.

Liz Smith (born February 2, 1923): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3449763.html

Liz Smith (born 1923) is an American gossip columnist. She is known as The Grand Dame of Dish. She wrote a widely syndicated news column that told all about the private lives of entertainment celebrities, but she was more guarded about her own privacy. She was, however, a valued supporter of lesbian, gay, feminist, and AIDS causes. That support even included mentions in her column advocating more queer films. Finally, in her 2000 memoir Natural Blonde, Liz Smith revealed her own bisexuality.

Oliver Sipple (November 20, 1941 – February 2, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3449895.html

Oliver William "Billy" Sipple (November 20, 1941 – February 2, 1989) was a decorated US Marine and Vietnam War veteran widely known for saving the life of US President Gerald Ford during an assassination attempt by Sara Jane Moore in San Francisco on September 22, 1975. The subsequent public revelation that Sipple was gay turned the news story into a cause célèbre for LGBT rights activists. Sipple died at 47 of heart issues. He was buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery south of San Francisco.

Ondrej Nepela (January 22, 1951 – February 2, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4173610.html

Ondrej Nepela was a Slovak figure skater who competed in the late 60s and early 70s for Czechoslovakia. He was the 1972 Olympic champion and a three-time World champion. Later in his career, he performed professionally and became a coach. In his second autobiography, Toller Cranston details a sexual tryst between himself and Nepela at the 1973 World Championships. Cranston was distracted and affected by their sexual affair and placed fifth while Nepela won the event. Nepela died of AIDS in 1989.

Robert Gluck (born February 2, 1947): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3067760.html

Robert Glück was involved in anti-nuclear and anti-interventionist politics, and was arrested many times in non-violent protests. He was an Associate Editor at Lapis Press and Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State, where he continues to teach. His most recent work, Denny Smith, a collection of stories, was published by Clear Cut Press in 2004. Glück’s two novels are Jack the Modernist and Margery Kempe. Another book of stories was titled Elements of a Coffee Service.

Thomas M. Disch & Charles Naylor: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2881208.html

Thomas M. Disch was an American author and poet. He won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book in 1999, and he had 2 other Hugo nominations and 9 Nebula Award nominations. Following an extended period of depression following the death in 2005 of his partner of 35 years, poet Charles Naylor, Disch stopped writing almost entirely, except for poetry. Disch committed suicide by gunshot on July 4 2008. The Word of God, written shortly before Naylor died, had just been published a few days before.

Xuan Dieu & Huy Can: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1388709.html

Xuân Diệu was a prominent Vietnamese poet. A colossal figure in modern Vietnamese literature, he wrote about 450 poems especially love poems, several short stories, and many notes, essays, and literary criticisms. Many people believe that he was homosexual along with his lifelong friend the famous poet Huy Cận, as shown through his many poems about love dedicated to various men. For two years (1938-1940), Xuân Diệu was Huy Cận's roommate at the College of Agriculture in Hanoi.

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Blame It On The Mistletoe by Eli Easton

This was mostly a funny and light seasonal romance, but indeed, it had an unexpected deepness in the characterization, subtle but not stupid. Mick is apparently a college jock, too handsome for his own good, but little by little you see hidden layers within him, the first his decision to leave the frat dorm to be able to really concentrate on his study; Mick was introduced to sex at 14 years old, basically abused by a female family friend: it’s not that Mick considers that an abuse, not until he realizes that now he considers sex with women something detached, something that is not giving him the emotional fulfillment that he needs. The only real emotional attachment he has always had has been with male friends, in particular with his current roommate, Fielding.

Fielding is basically a genius, a child prodigy who has never had the chance to “live”; Mick not only take care of him on a physical level, forcing him to eat healthy and doing some outside door activities, he is also allowing Fielding to go out from his “intellectual” cocoon. The author doesn’t touch this point, but Fielding is maybe afflicted by a light form of autism, to a level that sometime he is detached from reality. Like the time he asks Mick to touch him the art of kissing, without considering gender and sexuality: to Fielding kissing is without gender, cause no different genitalia are involved…

Really, really nice novella, a pleasure to read, especially in a cold winter night, it warms your heart.

Publisher: Eli Easton (November 16, 2013)
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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Turnbull House

Gay Historical
Turnbull House by Jess Faraday

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282987X
ISBN-13: 978-1602829879
Amazon: Turnbull House

London 1891. Former criminal Ira Adler has built a respectable, if dull, life for himself as a confidential secretary. He even sits on the board of a youth shelter. When the shelter’s landlord threatens to sell the building out from under them, Ira turns to his ex-lover, crime lord Cain Goddard, for a loan. But the loan comes with strings, and before he knows it, Ira is tangled up in them and tumbling back into the life of crime he worked so hard to escape. Two old flames come back into Ira’s life, along with a new young man who reminds Ira of his former self. Will Ira hold fast to his principles, or will he succumb to the temptations of easy riches and lost pleasures?

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Beloved Pilgrim

Transgender Young Adult
Beloved Pilgrim by Christopher Hawthorne Moss

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press; 2 edition (January 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627985387
ISBN-13: 978-1627985383
Amazon: Beloved Pilgrim
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At the time of the earliest Crusades, young noblewoman Elisabeth longs to be the person she’s always known is hidden inside. When her twin brother perishes from a fever, Elisabeth takes his identity to live as a man, a knight. As Elias, he travels to the Holy Land, to adventure, passion, death, and a lesson that honor is sometimes found in unexpected places.

Elias must pass among knights and soldiers, survive furious battle, deadly privations, moral uncertainty, and treachery if he’ll have any chance of returning to his newfound love in the magnificent city of Constantinople.

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Pleasure by Dusk Peterson

Slightly different in comparison to other serials I read by the same authors due to the sci-fi/futuristic setting instead of an historical one, there is in any case a common thread. The primitive and passionate nature of human beings is tamed by the force of intellect or by the ability to dominate their own emotions. From this perspective, even a violent act as rape becomes a teaching tool. That is probably the most difficult point for me to understand, I always avoided the gratuitous violence, and maybe, I can accept it here cause, as I said, this time there is a plan behind, a purpose, that in this futuristic society, is working. Now, take out it from this environment, and my prejudices remain the same.

Another point that let me accept it is that, while difficult, and particular in its own way, the bond between Egon and Halvar is there, and it was real, I arrived even to see it turned from captive to protector, with Egon caring for an aging Halvar, and dreading the time when Halvar will die, cause it will deprive Egon of his mainstay, the reason why he managed to find a balance in his own existence as a slave.

Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press; 2nd edition (January 17, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Pleasure (Slaves of the Northern Corporate Dominion)

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