February 3rd, 2014

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Felix Partz, AA Bronson & Jorge Zontal

Ronald Gabe (born 1945 in Winnipeg, Manitoba), publicly known as Felix Partz, was a Canadian artist and cofounder of the artistic collective General Idea with Jorge Zontal and AA Bronson. (Picture: Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal and AA Bronson)

The General Idea artists group was founded in 1969 by Bronson, Jorge Zontal and Felix Partz. The three worked and lived together for 25 years, until their collaboration was terminated with the death of both Zontal and Partz in 1994. General Idea exhibited internationally in private galleries and museums in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, as well as undertaking countless temporary public art projects around the world.

AA Bronson has been working independently since that time.

Partz tended toward the iconoclastic. While still at the University of Manitoba School of Fine Arts in Winnipeg he made photocopies of famous artworks for his print-making class. At the time of his death he had just finished work on a series of AIDS-related General Idea projects that incorporated mutated simulations of works by Mondrian and Duchamp.

He died on June 5, 1994 of AIDS-related causes.

Canadian musician Peaches recorded a song entitled "Felix Partz" on her album The Teaches of Peaches.

Slobodan Saia-Levy (born 1944 in Parma, Italy - February 3, 1994), publicly known as Jorge Zontal, was a Canadian artist and cofounder of the artistic collective General Idea with Felix Partz and AA Bronson.


Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal and AA Bronson at the drafting board ponder the construction of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion., photo: Rodney Werden, courtesy General Idea

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Ferzan Özpetek (born February 3, 1959)

Ferzan Özpetek (b. 3 February 1959, Turkey) is a Turkish film director and screenwriter, residing in Italy; who also has Italian citizenship.

Ferzan Ozpetek was born in Istanbul in 1959. When he was a young student in 1976, he decided to move to Italy to study Cinema History at Sapienza University of Rome. He completed his education attending art history and costume design classes at the Navona Academy. He also attended director classes at the Silvio D'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art.

After receiving stage experience with Julian Beck’s Living Theatre, he moved to the cinema landscape, by working as a director assistant to Massimo Troisi, Maurizio Ponzi, Ricky Tognazzi, Sergio Citti and Francesco Nuti. His first work was as Troisi’s assistant director for Scusate il ritardo, followed by Ponzi’s Sono contento, where he had a small role performing as a “madonnaro”.

His directorial debut was with Hamam, an Italian, Spanish and Turkish co-production. The movie, released in May 1997, was presented at the 50th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in the Quinzaine des Realisateurs session. The movie was presented in other international festivals and was sold for distribution in more than 20 countries around the world.

In 1999, he directed Harem Suare, set in his native land of Turkey, telling the tormented love story between the sultan’s favourite, Safiye, and the eunuch Nadir, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the background. The story was written by Özpetek himself in collaboration with Gianni Romoli, who also produced the movie with Tilde Corsi and their R&C Production company. The film was presented in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as at the London Film Festival and at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Gengoroh Tagame (born February 3, 1964)

Gengoroh Tagame (田亀 源五郎 Tagame Gengorō?, born 3 February 1964) is a Japanese manga artist who specializes in gay BDSM erotic manga, many of which depict graphic violence. The men he depicts are hypermasculine, and tend to be on the bearish side. (P: 「出入り」 Taking the Field (1994), Brush, Ink & Acrylic on Paper)

Born into a family descended from samurai, Tagame began his career as a manga artist in 1982, while he was studying graphic design at Tama Art University (多摩美術大学). His works have been published in several Japanese gay magazines, including Sabu, G-men and SM-Z. Since 1986, he has used the pen-name Gengoroh Tagame, and since 1994 Tagame has lived off the profits of his art and writings. In recent years, Tagame has edited a two volume artbook series about the history of gay erotic art in Japan from the 1950s to the present, 日本のゲイ・エロティック・アート (Nihon no gei, erotikku āto, Gay Erotic Art in Japan) volumes 1 and 2.

All his works contain "virile males, or youths, and their apprenticeship of physical and mental submission". Works of his include: Jujitsu Kyoshi at B Product; Emono, Shirogane no Hana (3 vol.) and Pride (3 vol.) at G-Project. Pride Focuses on a masculine power top who is discovered by his even more masculine professor as harboring masochistic tendencies. The professor and the student form a relationship with the professor being the dominant and treating the boy as a slave, using him as a human urinal by peeing in his mouth, and punishing him when he "deserves" it with ways ranging from beating him with a whip to defecating in his mouth to gang rape. Naburi mono, ("Laughing stock") serialised in G-Men in 1994, is about the kidnapping of a wrestler who refused a yakuza boss. One of the yazuka falls in love with the wrestler. They go into hiding together and eventually commit joint suicide to preserve their honour.


G-58 / The Top Man (2000), Pencil & Acrylic on Paper

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Kenneth Anger (born February 3, 1927)

Kenneth Anger (born Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer; February 3, 1927) is an American underground experimental filmmaker, occasional actor and author. Working exclusively in short films, he has produced almost forty works since 1937, nine of which in particular have been grouped together as the "Magick Lantern Cycle", and form the basis of Anger's reputation as one of the most influential independent filmmakers in cinema history. His films variously merge surrealism with homoeroticism and the occult, and have been described as containing "elements of erotica, documentary, psychodrama, and spectacle." Anger himself has been described as "one of America's first openly gay filmmakers, and certainly the first whose work addressed homosexuality in an undisguised, self-implicating manner", and his "role in rendering gay culture visible within American cinema, commercial or otherwise, is impossible to overestimate", with several being released prior to the legalisation of homosexuality in the United States. He has also focused upon occult themes in many of his films, being fascinated by the notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley, and is a follower of Crowley's religion, Thelema.

Born to a lower middle class family in Santa Monica, California, Anger would later claim to have been a child actor who appeared in the film A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), although the accuracy of this claim has come under dispute. He began making short films when he was ten years old, although his first film to gain any recognition, the homoerotic Fireworks (1947), would only be produced a decade later. The controversial nature of the work led to him being put on trial on obscenity charges, but he was acquitted, subsequently beginning a friendship and working relationship with pioneering sexologist Alfred Kinsey. Moving to Europe, he produced a number of other shorts inspired by the artistic scene on the continent, such as Rabbit's Moon (released 1970) and Eaux d'Artifice (1953).

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"If you are a member of the media, you belong to the public. You've made that Faustian bargain with your public. Take me – all of me – I'm yours." --Kenneth Anger
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Anger
Concurrent with theater, underground film culture was thriving during the 1950s and 1960s. As early as 1947, twenty-year old Kenneth Anger, formerly a child actor in Hollywood films, made the homosexual-themed Fireworks, a masturbatory dream film starring himself. Fireworks became a touchstone for underground film culture. By the early 1960s, openly gay filmmakers such as James Broughton, Michael and George Kuchar, Andy Warhol, and Jack Smith - whose 1964 Flaming Creatures was continually banned throughout the United States for decades - were in the forefront of redefining the possibilities of American film. This was a pivotal cultural movement for homosexual artists. They now had the permission to produce openly gay work without clear traditions and antecedents. --A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
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Nathan Lane (born February 3, 1956)

Nathan Lane is a two-time Tony Award-winning American actor of stage, screen, and television. He is best known for his roles as Mendy in The Lisbon Traviata, Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and his voice work in The Lion King and Stuart Little. In 2006, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2008 he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

Lane was born Joseph Lane in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Irish American Catholic parents. He was named after his uncle, a Jesuit priest. His father, Daniel, was a truck driver and an aspiring tenor who died from alcoholism when Lane was eleven; his mother, Nora, was a housewife and secretary who suffered from manic-depression, and died in 2000. He has two brothers, Robert and Daniel. Lane attended Roman Catholic schools in Jersey City, including Jesuit-run St. Peter's Preparatory High School, where he was voted Best Actor in 1974, and years later received the 2011 Prep Hall of Fame Professional Achievement Award.

A reporter for Us Weekly once asked Lane if he was gay; he replied, "I'm 40, single and work a lot in the musical theater. You do the math." When at age 21 he told his mother he was gay, she replied, "I would rather you were dead," to which he replied, "I knew you'd understand." Lane, who came out publicly after the death of Matthew Shepard, has been a long-time board member of and fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and The Trevor Project for his work in the LGBT community. Lane resides in New York City.



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Michel Lacroix

Michel LaCroix's novel, "Alex in Wonderland," a screwball romp set in New Orleans and the Florida Keys, deals with the critical gay issue of "coming out." It was an official selection of the Insight Out Book Club and nominated for a Violet Quill Award. Alex and his friends were such a hit with readers Michel decided to create the Wonderland Series. "Through with the Looking Glass," is the second installment, followed by Down the Rabbit Hole.

A Greenwich Village resident for twenty years, Michel was associate editor of Mandate and Honcho magazines in their founding years and is the author of fifteen pseudonymous historical, adventure and romance novels. His nonfiction travel books include "The Edge Guide: New Orleans" and the New Orleans section for Harper Collins' "Access Gay U.S.A." Michel lived in an 1830s Creole townhouse in the French Quarter for eleven years before relocating to California Wine Country where he is at work on "Curiouser and Curiouser," the fourth and final intallment of the Wonderland series.

Further Readings:

Alex in Wonderland (The Wonderland Series) by Michel Lacroix
Series: Gay Men's Fiction
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: Southern Tier Editions; 1 edition (April 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1560235322
ISBN-13: 978-1560235323
Amazon: Alex in Wonderland (The Wonderland Series)
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This is a light-hearted novel that tackles a serious, uniquely gay subject, while evoking the spicy nightlife of New Orleans. Alex Sumner, 26, is the closeted gay son of an obscenely wealthy and powerful New Orleans oil tycoon. At the insistence of his father, Alex has become engaged to Camilla, the pushy and totally self-absorbed daughter of another oil man. This farce has been arranged by their fathers, who hope to unite their businesses and create a financial empire that could last for decades, even centuries. Appalled at the looming prospect of a hollow, arranged marriage, Alex hightails it for Key West. On the way, he meets Cord. Big, strong and on the skids, Cord is an out-of-work personal trainer about to humble himself begging his homophobic dad for a job. He's humiliated at the prospect of working for the man who abused him and his brother when they were kids, but sees no other way to stay afloat. Cord and Alex fall in love, but Alex's father has posted a huge reward for his return, and amateur bounty hunters are on his trail. Soon, Alex finds himself back in New Orleans. With the help of his drag queen friend and mentor Jolie, Alex finally realises the importance of being true to oneself, regardless of consequence. As his wedding date looms closer, he knows he needs to do something...something big..."Alex In Wonderland" is a true page-turner - simultaneously sexy, suspenseful and hilarious. This is one trip through the queer looking glass that no reader will soon forget!

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It Happened Today: February 3

Ferzan Özpetek (born February 3, 1959): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4175579.html

Ferzan Özpetek is a Turkish film director and screenwriter, residing in Italy. In 2008, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, dedicated a retrospective on him, screening all of his movies. He has been one of the few Italian directors to be given this honour. His next film Mine Vaganti was released in 2010. The movie was presented out of competition at the 70th edition of the Berlinale as well as at the Tribeca Film Festival 2010, getting a special recognition of the jury.

Gengoroh Tagame (born February 3, 1964): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/984176.html

Gengoroh Tagame is a Japanese manga artist who specializes in gay BDSM erotic manga, many of which depict graphic violence. The men he depicts are hypermasculine, and tend to be on the bearish side. In 2013 Picturebox released The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, which is the first completely bara work published in English in a print format. The book collects short works spanning 15 years of Tagame's career, including a new story commissioned especially for the book by book designer Chip Kidd.

Helen Stephens & Mabel Robbe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4138316.html

Helen Herring Stephens (February 3, 1918 – January 17, 1994) was an American athlete, a double Olympic champion in 1936. Helen Herring Stephens lived in Florissant, Missouri with her partner of 41 years, Mabel Robbe, until Robbe's death in 1986. At the 1936 Olympics it was suggested that Stephens and her 100 metres rival Stella Walsh, who had both X0 and XY chromosomes, were in fact male. The Olympics committee performed a physical check on Stephens and concluded that she was a woman.

James Bridges & Jack Larson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3641858.html

James Bridges (February 3, 1936 - June 6, 1993) was an American screenwriter and film director. From 1958 to 1993, his life partner was actor Jack Larson (born 1928), best known for his portrayal of Jimmy Olsen in the TV series Adventures of Superman. The James Bridges Theater at University of California, Los Angeles was named in his honor in November 1999.

Jorge Zontal, Felix Partz & AA Bronson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3637853.html

The General Idea artists group was founded in 1969 by Bronson, Jorge Zontal and Felix Partz. The three worked and lived together for 25 years, until their collaboration was terminated with the death of both Zontal and Partz in 1994. General Idea exhibited internationally in private galleries and museums in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, as well as undertaking countless temporary public art projects around the world. AA Bronson has been working independently since that time.

Kenneth Anger (born February 3, 1927): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3068351.html

As early as 1947, 20year old Kenneth Anger, formerly a child actor, made the homosexual-themed Fireworks, a masturbatory dream film starring himself. Fireworks became a touchstone for underground film culture. By the early 1960s, openly gay filmmakers such as James Broughton, Michael and George Kuchar, Andy Warhol, and Jack Smith - whose 1964 Flaming Creatures was continually banned throughout the United States for decades - were in the forefront of redefining the possibilities of American film.

Michel Lacroix: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4176088.html

A Greenwich Village resident for twenty years, Michel LaCroix's novel, "Alex in Wonderland," a screwball romp set in New Orleans and the Florida Keys, deals with the critical gay issue of "coming out." It was an official selection of the Insight Out Book Club and nominated for a Violet Quill Award. Alex and his friends were such a hit with readers Michel decided to create the Wonderland Series. "Through with the Looking Glass," is the second installment, followed by Down the Rabbit Hole.

Nathan Lane (born February 3, 1956): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4175822.html

Nathan Lane is a 2-time Tony Award American actor of stage, screen, and television. He is best known for his roles as Mendy in The Lisbon Traviata, Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and his voice work. In 2006, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2008 he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

Randy Wicker & David Combs: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3068519.html

Randy Wicker became involved with the great love of his life, a beautiful feminine little queen, David Combs. In 1972, they had an informal wedding ceremony in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's “Garden for the Blind”. Wicker leased a small shop in West Village, at 506 Hudson Street, where he remained for the following 29 years. Wicker and Combs had a stormy 18-year relationship during which they sometime parted company. On January 27, 1990, they had a more “official” deathbed wedding.

Sam D'Allesandro (April 3, 1956 – February 3, 1988): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3068913.html

Sam D'Allesandro wrote a bunch of poems, sketches and short stories and then died just as he was starting to get them published. His powerfully written, humorous and sexy stories (many set in San Francisco) were first collected as The Zombie Pit, which went out of print for years, until The Wild Creatures: Collected Stories of Sam D'Allesandro edited by Kevin Killian volume was published in 2005. His stories seem so frank and vulnerable, even though he sometimes poses as a tough guy.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Seventh Pleiade

Gay Young Adult
The Seventh Pleiade by Andrew J. Peters

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 19, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602829608
ISBN-13: 978-1602829602
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Atlantis is besieged by violent storms, tremors, and a barbarian army. For sixteen-year-old Aerander, it’s a calamitous backdrop to his Panegyris, where boys are feted for their passage to manhood.

Amid a secret web of romances among the celebrants, Aerander's cousin Dam goes missing with two boys. With the kingdom in crisis, no one suspects the High Priest Zazamoukh, though Aerander uncovers a conspiracy to barter boys for dark spiritual power. Aerander's proof— an underground vault that disappears in the morning—brings shame on his family and charges of lunacy. The only way for Aerander to regain his honor is to prove what really happened to the missing boys.

Tracking Dam leads Aerander on a terrifying and fantastical journey. He spots a star that hasn’t been seen for centuries. He uncovers a legend about an ancient race of men who hid below the earth. And traveling to an underground world, he learns about matters even more urgent than the missing boys. The world aboveground is changing, and he will have to clear a path for the kingdom’s survival.

Charities Donation program progress:
0$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/donate/
0$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/giving
50$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/index.cfm
60$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/donate
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/how-you-can-donate-now
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/donate/
TOTAL: 395$

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Death Came Calling

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Death Came Calling by Donald Webb

Series: Katsuro Tanaka Mystery
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602829799
ISBN-13: 978-1602829794
Amazon: Death Came Calling (Katsuro Tanaka Mystery)
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When Katsuro Tanaka starts digging into the mysterious death of a prominent California lawyer, bodies begin piling up. Even though it has been two years since Tanaka left the police force, after the brutal slaughter of his spouse, Patrick, he still feels responsible for Patrick’s death, and suffers from bouts of depression and anxiety. His involvement in this case threatens to derail his fragile recovery. As he delves deeper into the lawyer’s death, tension escalates between him and his handsome lover. Discouraged, he all but throws in the towel, but when the antagonist threatens his young son, his raging anger spurs him into action.

Charities Donation program progress:
0$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/donate/
0$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/giving
50$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/index.cfm
60$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/donate
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/how-you-can-donate-now
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/donate/
TOTAL: 395$

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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Moving On by H.J. Holt

An emotional tale about a young man trying to moving on an abusive relationship; considering the theme, angst was an expected factor, but I was pleasantly surprise to find out that it wasn’t the main one. Too often the authors push on the easy tears button to make a story dig on your emotional barriers, and sometime it gets old. Here there was just that touch of drama, enough to justify the changing life decisions of Luke, but not so much to destroy him. Actually, the drama he is running away back home, and that comes back to tag him in Bristol, to me could have even stayed there, a memento of something bad that shouldn’t happen again, but it wasn’t really necessary for it to reappear in current time.

When 22 years old Luke meets 36 years old Paul, it’s obvious they are from different side of life, and it’s not only a question of age; while not rich, Paul is a teacher, with a steady job and a not wanted inheritance from his late partner. He is good from a quality life point of view, not so much when you talk about feelings. Paul wasn’t expecting to be alone at mid-thirties, he had figured he was to grow old with his partner in a contented and fulfilling relationship, without much bumps but good. Luke recognizes in him a companion loneliness, and he approaches Paul at a club. At first both Paul and Luke consider it a no strings attached night, but the sex is good, good enough they want to see where it will lead.

While Paul and his friends notice the age difference, and other differences as well, I have never felt like it mattered to Luke. Luke is more worried about his lack of formal instruction, or social status, than the fact he is so much younger than Paul. And there wasn’t either the common theme of the Daddy/boy pairing, it’s obvious that Paul is older than Luke, but Luke isn’t looking for a substitute fatherly figure. Maybe Paul’s work as a teacher will help him understanding Luke and pushing him towards the right steps without forcing him.

Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 9, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613725922
ISBN-13: 978-1613725924
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A World Ago by Dorien Grey

More than “by Dorien Grey” this epistolary is by Roger Margason. Sure Dorien and Roger are the same person, but at the same time, they are not. The Roger of these letters, back in 1954, is only the embryo of Dorien, like he says “when these letters begin, I had already known I was gay for about fifteen years. Though my parents had always known, it was a secret we kept from one another. So, if while reading you spot some passages you might conceive as having some gay undertones, chances are you are right.” Aside for these gay undertones, A World Ago: A Navy Man’s Letters Home is not about a gay man, it’s about a boy far from home, learning his ways in the world, shaping the man who he will be.

At the beginning, Roger is very much a boy, and through the letter you can see him grow into a man. When he joins the Navy, the main reason, more the one he presents to his parents (paying for his college), I think was that he wanted to fly, for real but also figuratively speaking. I can recognize in that boy, the man who Dorien Grey is now, enjoying travelling and discovering new places; back then, the Navy was probably the only option allowing you to do so. Maybe Roger didn’t really consider it all, and in those first letters, even if he is bold, I can read that, only maybe, he was regretting that decision a little. But more letters come and more time passes, and towards the end, Roger has made acquaintance with it, and find a way to go through, finally and luckily finding what he was searching. Sure, he wasn’t flying, and maybe his job was boring, but he was, eventually, seeing the world, that world that now, is a world ago.

Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing (April 8, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: A World Ago: A Navy Man's Letters Home (1954-1956)

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