February 4th, 2014

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Bobby Blume (January 30, 1956 - February 4, 1984)

Bobby Blume was a Singer/Songwriter and Broadway Accompanist. He had a B.Mus. in Composition (minor in Piano) at Manhattan School of Music. (P: courtesy estate of Bobby Blume)

Bobby Blume was raised in Mamaroneck, New York. He achieved an Artist Certificate in flute, piano and composition from Westchester Conservatory of Music and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. He taught at Cooper Music Studios in Croton-on-Hudson, New York as well as privately. Blume was music director and/or rehearsal pianist in over 100 community theater and semi-professional productions, and was the house pianist at The Comic Strip Nightclub in New York. He orchestrated two musicals and was pianist and musical director for various club acts. He was also an accomplished piano tuner and technician. Blume was a finalist nine times in the American Song Festival Songwriting and Lyric Competition, and received five Honorable Mentions in the Music City Song Festival. He would often accompany Broadway singers in exchange for their participation in his recordings, which he recorded in his Chelsea apartment.

Bobby Blume died of AIDS in New York on February 4, 1984, five days before his 28th birthday. He was one of the first to succumb to the disease then known as Gay Related Immune Deficiency (GRID). --Joseph Dalton


AIDS Quilt



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

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Evan Wolfson & Cheng He

Evan Wolfson (born February 4, 1957) is an American attorney and gay rights advocate. He is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a group favoring same-sex marriage in the United States. Wolfson and his husband Cheng He (born 1975), a change-management consultant with a Ph.D. in molecular biology, reside in New York City. They married on October 15, 2011. (P: David Shankbone. Evan Wolfson,

It was the wit and humor of Dr. He that first attracted Mr. Wolfson, who came across his companion in January 2002 on the site gay.com. In turn, Dr. He, who was then studying for a Ph.D. in molecular biology at New York University, fell for Mr. Wolfson’s sense of humor — so much so that this normally introverted graduate student was inspired to make the first move.

“I e-mailed him first, which is unusual, because I am the shy type,” said Dr. He now a management consultant at Philosophy IB, a consultancy in Florham Park, N.J., where he assists pharmaceutical and consumer-product clients. The two men met in person at Mr. Wolfson’s West Village apartment, whereupon they began exploring their mutual love of going out to see Broadway shows and staying in to watch “Seinfeld” reruns.

In 2008 Dr. He purchased a car to commute to Philosophy IB’s offices. The consultant came home one June day to find a wrapped present. Inside was a GPS system and a note from Mr. Wolfson. It read, “Dear Cheng ... As we travel life’s journey, I’d be lost without you. Let’s travel together. Will you marry me? Love, Evan.”


@Tina Fineberg for The New York Times. The Chinese symbol for double happiness was on the cake.
Evan Wolfson is an American attorney and gay rights advocate. He is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a group favoring same-sex marriage in the United States. Wolfson and his husband Cheng He, a change-management consultant with a Ph.D. in molecular biology, reside in NYC. They married on October 15, 2011. They met in 2002, and in 2008, Wolfson proposed: “Dear Cheng ... As we travel life’s journey, I’d be lost without you. Let’s travel together. Will you marry me? Love, Evan.”

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evan_Wolfson & www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/fashion/weddings/evan-wolfson-and-cheng-he-vows.html

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Ronnie Robertson & Tab Hunter

Ronald "Ronnie" Robertson (born September 25, 1937 in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania; died February 4, 2000 in Fountain Valley, California) was an American figure skater who was best known for his spinning ability. He won the silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics and twice won the silver at the World Figure Skating Championships. He retired from skating after the 1956 U.S. Championships, where he was nearly disqualified after he was accused by the German Figure Skating Federation for excessive expenses on a European tour. His father, Albert Robertson, a naval architect, accused Hayes Jenkins for trying to disqualify his son. After a huge fight with the U.S. Figure Skating Federation, Robertson was not disqualified after he lost to Jenkins and retired from competitive figure skating and signed a two-year contract with the Ice Capades for $100,000.

In the 1950s, he had a close personal and sexual relationship with Tab Hunter, who also helped fund his amateur career. Robertson was coached by Gustave Lussi.

Robertson's skating career was also well known on television. He appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957, and his fast forward upright spin was described as being "faster than an electric fan." He also appeared on The Mickey Mouse Club that year.

After leaving skating to run a small hotel which he owned with his partner, Ronnie was persuaded by Ted Wilson, a rink designer and manager in Hong Kong, to return to the ice and teach as a guest coach. Ronnie along with former Japanese champion, Sashi Kuchiki, made annual one-month trips to Hong Kong for 10 years teaching at Cityplaza Ice Palace on Hong Kong Island. Ronnie was an extremely popular coach during that period and made a lasting impression with his skills and kindness.

Ronnie Robertson died on February 4, 2000 at a hospital in Fountain Valley, California from complications of pneumonia.

He was exposed as gay by his former coach, Michael Kirby, in a memoir published the year of Robertson's death (2000).

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Robertson_(figure_skater)

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Sascha Brastoff (October 23, 1918 - February 4, 1993)

Sascha Brastoff, potter, metal sculptor, and jewelry designer, was born Samuel Brostofsky in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 23, 1918. He attended Glenville High School in Cleveland, and took drama classes under the future Hollywood producer Ross Hunter. At age 17, he began studying dance with Edward Caton, and later danced for several seasons with the Cleveland Ballet. Impressed with his artistic abilities, his art teachers formed a small private scholarship to enable him to attend the Western Reserve University School of Art in Cleveland.

In 1940, Brastoff moved to New York where he designed window displays for Macy's and joined the Clay Club, where in 1941 he held a one-man show of his terra cotta "whimsies". In 1942, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force, where he designed costumes and scenery for Special Services events to entertain the troops; he also appeared on stage, and became well known for his comic interpretation of Carmen Miranda.

In 1944, Brastoff moved to California, where he signed a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox as a designer and entertainer. In 1947, he opened his first ceramic plant in Los Angeles, selling hand-painted earthenware. In 1952, with backing from Winthrop Rockefeller, Brastoff opened a new factory in Los Angeles. It was destroyed by fire six months later, and in 1953, Brastoff opened a new 35,000-square foot factory and showroom that eventually employed more than 100 people. In 1960, the business began to decline, and in 1962 Brastoff suffered a nervous collapse and left the company, which continued to sell wares under his name until it finally closed in 1973.

After several years away from business, Brastoff returned in 1966 with a one-man show of metal sculpture at the Dalzell Hatfield Galleries in Los Angeles. He thereafter designed and produced lines for ceramic, jewelry, and decorative arts companies.



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Fred Hunter

Fred Hunter is the author of eight previous novels in the Ransom/Charters series as well as five novels in the Alex Reynolds series. He lives in Chicago.

Further Readings:

Capital Queers (Alex Reynolds Mysteries) by Fred Hunter
Series: Alex Reynolds Mysteries
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Stonewall Inn Mysteries; 1st edition (May 5, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312263015
ISBN-13: 978-0312263010
Amazon: Capital Queers (Alex Reynolds Mysteries)

Alex Reynolds and his lover Peter Livesay discover that a mysterious cult has killed friends of theirs over their friends' accidental possession of a stolen religious artifact. Now, Alex, Peter, and Alex's mother have inherited their friends' annoying dog Muffin as well as the unwanted and deadly attention of the killers.

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It Happened Today: February 4

Bobby Blume (January 30, 1956 - February 4, 1984): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4177706.html

Bobby Blume achieved an Artist Certificate in flute, piano and composition from Westchester Conservatory of Music and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. He taught at Cooper Music Studios as well as privately. Blume was music director and/or rehearsal pianist in over 100 community theater and semi-professional productions, and was the house pianist at The Comic Strip Nightclub in New York. He orchestrated two musicals and was pianist and musical director for various club acts.

Evan Wolfson & Cheng He: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4178050.html

Evan Wolfson is an American attorney and gay rights advocate. He is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a group favoring same-sex marriage in the United States. Wolfson and his husband Cheng He, a change-management consultant with a Ph.D. in molecular biology, reside in NYC. They married on October 15, 2011. They met in 2002, and in 2008, Wolfson proposed: “Dear Cheng ... As we travel life’s journey, I’d be lost without you. Let’s travel together. Will you marry me? Love, Evan.”

Fred Hunter: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4179387.html

Fred Hunter is the author of eight previous novels in the Ransom/Charters series as well as five novels in the Alex Reynolds series. He lives in Chicago. In Capital Queers, Alex Reynolds and his lover Peter Livesay discover that a mysterious cult has killed friends of theirs over their friends' accidental possession of a stolen religious artifact. Now, Alex, Peter, and Alex's mother have inherited their friends' annoying dog Muffin as well as the unwanted and deadly attention of the killers.

Liberace & Scott Thorson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4177656.html

Władziu Valentino Liberace (May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987), mononymously known as Liberace, was an American pianist and vocalist. In 1982, Scott Thorson, Liberace's 22-year-old former chauffeur and live-in lover of five years, sued the pianist for $113 million in palimony after he was let go by Liberace. Liberace continued publicly to deny that he was homosexual and insisted that Thorson was never his lover. The case was settled out of court in 1986, with Thorson receiving a $75000 settlement.

Lucius Beebe, Jerome Zerbe & Charles Clegg: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4178558.html

Charles Clegg (1916-1979) was an American author, photographer, and railroad historian. Clegg is primarily remembered as the lifelong companion of famed railroad author Lucius Beebe (1902-1966), and was a co-author of many of Beebe's best-known books. They met in 1940 and continued the writing, photography, and travel that had marked their lives until Beebe's death from a heart attack in 1966. Clegg committed suicide in 1979, on the day that he reached the precise age at which Beebe had died.

Neal Cassady & Allen Ginsberg: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4178308.html

Neal Cassady was a major figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic and counterculture movements of the 1960s. He was prominently featured as himself in the original "scroll" version, and served as the model for the character Dean Moriarty, in Jack Kerouac's 1957 version of On the Road. Cassady had a sexual relationship with Allen Ginsberg, whom he met in 1947, which lasted off and on for the 20 years, and he traveled with both Kerouac and Ginsberg on multiple occasions.

Ronnie Robertson & Tab Hunter: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4178766.html

Ronald "Ronnie" Robertson (born September 25, 1937 in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania; died February 4, 2000 in Fountain Valley, California) was an American figure skater who was best known for his spinning ability. He won the silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics and twice won the silver at the World Figure Skating Championships. In the 1950s, he had a close personal and sexual relationship with Tab Hunter, who also helped fund his amateur career. Robertson was coached by Gustave Lussi.

Sascha Brastoff (October 23, 1918 - February 4, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4179129.html

Sascha Brastoff was a potter, metal sculptor, and jewelry designer. In 1947, he opened his first ceramic plant in Los Angeles, selling hand-painted earthenware. In 1952, with backing from Winthrop Rockefeller, Brastoff opened a new factory, and in 1953 a showroom that eventually employed more than 100 people. In 1960, the business began to decline, and in 1962 Brastoff suffered a nervous collapse and left the company, which continued to sell wares under his name until it finally closed in 1973.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Paradise at Main and Elm

Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Paradise at Main and Elm by Barry Brennessel

Paperback: 282 pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC (October 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1925031586
ISBN-13: 978-1925031584
Amazon: Paradise at Main and Elm
Amazon Kindle: Paradise at Main and Elm

Adrian Stockwell and Ezra Cherevin both battle the fallout from their broken families. Yet each one's strategy is as different as each one's past. Adrian's childhood was left void by apathy, Ezra's upended by violence. The written word soon becomes their therapy, their escape. This shared passion for literature is the vehicle that brings them together. But their journey is filled with personal and familial potholes. Can these two young men carve out a life together by learning to navigate a sea of challenges? And can the people in their lives do the same?

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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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: A Special Kind of Folk

Gay Anthology / Collection / Fantasy
A Special Kind of Folk by Barry Brennessel

Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (October 25, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608209059
ISBN-13: 978-1608209057
Amazon: A Special Kind of Folk
Amazon Kindle: A Special Kind of Folk

Revenge is a dish best served with a little bit of spice, three dashes of magic, and a whole lot of flair. Your eyes are squeezed tight. Your hand is over your racing heart. Your mouth is agape. And your tongue is planted firmly in your cheek. After you've read these six mystical, magical tales of torment and revenge, you'll be looking over your shoulder, pausing at corners, and keeping that porch light burning bright all through the night. Oh, and you might chuckle once or twice, too. After all, what's fright without a little delight? Hexes, curses, old family recipes, old family secrets, stolen cars and stolen lives. It's all just another day in the lives (and deaths) of a special kind of folk. Featuring: Food & Spirits Visions Kill Them With Kindness A Special Kind of Folk All the Souls on Earth Commedia dell'Arte.

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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Best LGBT Erotica: Desire and Devour by Jeff Mann

Jeff Mann isn’t shy in using a rough imaginary to set his stories, whereas they are in XIX century American frontier, or in XVIII century Scotland, but even amidst the blood and sweat, and tears, you can find the tenderness of two men loving each other.

Angus and Derek are like two halves of the same apple, they were brought up together, Derek the laird’s son, and Angus his second hand, his protector, the one who has to give up his life in case to protect Derek. And he will do. But not only for a born duty, but also cause Angus is deeply in love with Derek and they call each other such, “lover”. The same night Angus is killed, Derek is turned into a vampire, in a ceremony that mixes love and death, sex and rape; yes, it’s rape, even if Derek will enjoy the act, he clearly didn’t want it, he was still mourning the loss of his half soul. That is the tenderness amidst the violence, a Derek in search of vengeance who is asking his sire to not have sex with him, cause, yes, he is in mourn, and he needs the time to heal.

The first story, the making of Derek, is probably the longer, taking half the book; after that we follow Derek in the centuries to come, up until modern time, with Derek paired with an husbear, Matt; not being familiar with the bear culture, it was the first time I “met” a bear bottom: it’s not really a term to describe their preferred sexual position, cause, as Derek said, they switch sometime, but it’s more to describe Matt’s playful attitude, something that remains with him way longer his young age, cause, in the end, Matt is more than 40, but nevertheless, still a bear bottom.

I didn’t really understand the decision of Derek to not turn Matt, they seem happy together. What I can think is that, deep down, Derek is still in love with Angus, a man that was totally opposite to Matt, in a way, Matt is to Derek, what Derek was to Angus, and so Derek needs someone different than Matt, someone who can be to him what Angus was. Still, deep down, I’m hoping he will change mind.

Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Bear Bones Books (August 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213939
ISBN-13: 978-1590213933
Amazon: Desire & Devour: Stories of Blood & Sweat
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Haffling by Caleb James

I was really enthralled by this Young Adult novel cause, aside from being fast paced and full of turn of events, it was also really funny, not a “light” funny, but more a subtle irony which was probably the author’s voice, clever and loud.

Alex is an Haffling, half-human, half-fairy (no pun intended), but of course at the beginning he doesn’t know it. What he knows is that he has to protect is little sister Alice from the Social Services on account of the fact their mother, Marilyn, is a schizophrenic. Better they don’t know that Alex is seeing a little fairy, Nimby, all the time flying around him and telling him things. And to complicate his life, Alex has also a crush on Jerod, the best looking guy at school, the sport champion, who happens to be also a very nice guy who suddenly is very interested in being Alex’s friend…

Haffling is a novel right for many ages, as an old medieval romance lover, I enjoyed the part regarding Lance and Katherine, whose love, even in tragedy, preserved an almost comedy tune; as a current gay romance lover, the young love between Alex and Jerod was sweet, but nevertheless love, and actually, I found Jerod, the apparently straight boy, to be “gayer” (a little pun intended) than half-fairy Alex (again, pun intended). An adult reader will find innuendos, but a young adult reader will simply appreciate this quest towards happiness, like a videogame with hints and enigmas, with scores and spare lives: pick the characters you want to be, and follow them into their run.

Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (October 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623809304
ISBN-13: 978-1623809300
Amazon: Haffling
Amazon Kindle: Haffling

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