February 8th, 2014

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Hannah Snell (April 23, 1723 – February 8, 1792)

Hannah Snell (1723–1792) was a British woman who disguised herself as a man and became a soldier.

Hannah Snell was born in Worcester, England on 23 April 1723. Locals claim that she played a soldier even as a child. In 1740, she moved to London and married James Summs on 6 January 1744.

In 1746, she gave birth to a daughter, Susannah, who died a year later. When her husband deserted her, she borrowed a male suit from her brother-in-law James Gray, assumed his name, and began to search for Summs. She later learned that her husband had been executed for murder. According to her account, she joined John Guise's regiment, the 6th Regiment of Foot, in the army of the Duke of Cumberland against Bonnie Prince Charlie, and deserted when her sergeant gave her 500 lashes. However, the chronology of her life makes it very unlikely that she ever served in Guise's regiment and this part of the story is likely to have been a fabrication.

Following the death of her daughter, she moved to Portsmouth and joined the Marines. She boarded the ship Swallow at Portsmouth on 23 October 1747. The ship sailed to Lisbon on 1 November. Her unit was about to invade Mauritius, but the attack was called off. Her unit then sailed to India.

In August 1748, her unit was sent to an expedition to capture the French colony of Pondicherry in India. Later, she also fought in the battle in Devicotta in June 1749. She was wounded eleven times to the legs and once to the groin. She either managed to treat her groin wound without revealing her sex or she may have used the services of a sympathetic Indian nurse.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannah_Snell

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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is a San Francisco-based author and activist. She has written two novels, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly and Pulling Taffy.

In January, 2009, Sycamore initiated a public postering project called Lostmissing, which she describes as:
You know when you have a friend who you think will always be there -- no matter what, at least you'll have that friendship, right? Lostmissing is a public art project about the loss of that relationship, a specific relationship for me -- right now it's missing.
Sycamore was involved in ACT UP in the early 1990s and Fed Up Queers in the late 1990s. She was the host of the first Gay Shame event in New York, appearing with performer Penny Arcade, writer Eileen Myles, cabaret artists Kiki and Herb, and queercore band Three Dollar Bill held in Brooklyn, NY in 1998, which was captured in the documentary film entitled Gay Shame 98, by Scott Berry. She was one of the instigators of Gay Shame in San Francisco, which started in 2000 and became "a year-round direct action extravaganza dedicated to exposing all hypocrites."Sycamore was involved in the cultural center Dumba, and is a leading critic of assimilationist trends in gay culture.

Sycamore opposes the push among the GLBT movement for gay marriage, arguing that it distracts from more pressing issues like the securing of universal health care and housing security for all. Sycamore contributed to Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage, an anthology printed by the Against Equality in 2010. In 2008, Sycamore was named as a “visionary” as part of Utne Reader magazine’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World.”

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattilda_Bernstein_Sycamore

Further Readings:

Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: AK Press (January 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1849350884
ISBN-13: 978-1849350884
Amazon: Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform

"You may have thought you understood human nature before you read this book; after reading it you will be humbled by all you failed to grasp until now."--Edmund White

"These essays come like a plunge into a forest pool of revitalizing joy, honesty, and common sense. Read them. Now. No--not tomorrow. Now!"--Samuel R. Delany

Gay culture has become a nightmare of consumerism, whether it's an endless quest for Absolut vodka, Diesel jeans, rainbow Hummers, pec implants, or Pottery Barn. Whatever happened to sexual flamboyance and gender liberation, an end to marriage, the military, and the nuclear family? As backrooms are shut down to make way for wedding vows, and gay sexual culture morphs into "straight-acting dudes hangin' out," what are the possibilities for a defiant faggotry that challenges the assimilationist norms of a corporate-cozy lifestyle?

Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? challenges not just the violence of straight homophobia but the hypocrisy of mainstream gay norms that say the only way to stay safe is to act straight: get married, join the military, adopt kids! Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore reinvokes the anger, flamboyance, and subversion once thriving in gay subcultures in order to create something dangerous and lovely: an exploration of the perils of assimilation; a call for accountability; a vision for change.

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It Happened Today: February 8

Elizabeth Bishop, Louise Crane & Lota de Macedo Soares: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3307065.html

Louise Crane was a prominent American philanthropist. Crane was a friend to some of New York’s leading literary figures, including Tennessee Williams and Marianne Moore. Crane met Elizabeth Bishop while classmates together at Vassar in 1930. The pair traveled extensively in Europe and bought a house together in 1937 in Key West, Florida. While Bishop lived in Key West, Crane occasionally returned to New York. Louise Crane and her mother were sponsors of Virgil Thomson's work.

Georgette Leblanc & Margaret Anderson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4187372.html

Margaret Anderson was the American publisher of the art and literary magazine The Little Review. Georgette Leblanc was a French operatic soprano, actress, author. Leblanc was also the lover of Belgian playwright and writer Maurice Maeterlinck. She was also a close friend of fellow Gurdjieff student Anderson and some scholars speculate the two may have been lovers during the last 15 years of Leblanc's life. Anderson is buried beside Georgette Leblanc in the Notre Dame des Anges Cemetery.

Hannah Snell (April 23, 1723 – February 8, 1792): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4187810.html

Hannah Snell (23 April 1723 – 8 February 1792) was a British woman who disguised herself as a man and became a soldier. Snell originally joined the army but deserted over a brutally unfair punishment to which she was subject. She then joined the marines and was wounded several times at the Battle of Pondicherry. Later she capitalized on the success of her autobiography by launching a stage career in which she would appear in her uniform doing military drills and singing patriotic songs.

Jack Larson & James Bridges: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4187525.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 (b. 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.

Jim Verraros & Bill Brennan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3451672.html

James Conrad "Jim" Verraros (born February 8, 1983) is an American singer/entertainer and native of Crystal Lake, Illinois who is most notable for being one of the top 10 finalists in the first season of American Idol. Following the end of the show and the subsequent tour, Verraros came out publicly in an article in The Advocate. On September 6, 2009, Verraros married his boyfriend Bill Brennan in a small ceremony in Illinois. They made it legal on July 24, 2011 in New York.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4187964.html

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is a San Francisco-based author and activist. She has written two novels, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly and Pulling Taffy. Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? challenges not just the violence of straight homophobia but the hypocrisy of mainstream gay norms that say the only way to stay safe is to act straight: get married, join the military, adopt kids! Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore reinvokes the anger, flamboyance, and subversion once thriving in gay subcultures.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Gift

Gay Contemporary Romance
The Gift by A.F. Henley
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (December 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620042916
ISBN-13: 978-1620042915
Amazon: The Gift
Amazon Kindle: The Gift

Doren was born with a powerful gift-a gift he's managed to use to put him well on his way to becoming a star. But there is more to that gift than just musical talent, and as careful as Doren is to hide that fact, there are some who know of the power behind the sound, and all the ways they could abuse it. August's goal in life is simple: make an impact in the music industry. An opportunity to work as the personal assistant to Doren seems to be exactly the kind of break he needs to accomplish that goal. But all too often in life, simple becomes just another complication, especially when there are people whose goal is even simpler: destroy and dominate.

Charities Donation program progress:
53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/giving
60$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/donate
100$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/index.cfm
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/donate/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/how-you-can-donate-now
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/donate/
TOTAL: 605$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

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

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Engineered Throne

Gay Fantasy Romance
The Engineered Throne by Megan Derr
Paperback: 382 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (November 13, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620042738
ISBN-13: 978-1620042731
Amazon: The Engineered Throne
Amazon Kindle: The Engineered Throne

Lord Vellem is desperate to escape. His father hides from his problems in alcohol, his mother hides from her misery in drugs, and his brother fled to the relative safety of the royal palace. Vellem found solace in the Royal Army Corp of Engineers, but true escape from a life of violence remains out of reach. Then his brother provides him with an unexpected chance: marriage to a prince of their country's oldest enemy to help bring about prince once and for all. The marriage promises Vellem not just a fresh start in a new land, but a challenge to his famed skills in building roads and bridges. But before he can settle into his new life, tragedy strikes, and Vellem isn't certain he's up to rebuilding the ruin left in its wake.

Charities Donation program progress:
53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/giving
60$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/donate
100$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/index.cfm
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/donate/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/how-you-can-donate-now
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/donate/
TOTAL: 605$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

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

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Logan's Choice (Dark Hollow Wolf Pack 3) by Shannon West

Considering the other Dark Hollow Wolf Pack’s books I read in this series, Logan’s Choice is probably the one who has also another plot in parallel with the one about an Alpha man meeting his soul mate. Ian is the Beta of his pack, the second hand to Marco, and he is also the only young widower, having lost his wife five years earlier. The woman was his blood match, so Ian knows there will be no other for him, and when someone has to be picked as the one to turn an Hunter captive, to avoid killing him, Ian agrees not only to turn Logan, but also to make him his pet if Logan agrees. Now, truth be told, asking to a man in “heat” if he wants to have sex with Ian, isn’t exactly giving him a choice, but fair enough, Logan enjoyed it.

While nor Ian or Logan had same-sex relationship before, this is not a gay for you story; Ian admits that, for werewolves, gender is basically just another attribute, like hair or eyes color: there is no prejudices, and they can mate with men or women, according to who they desire; it’s attraction that leads their bodies, and if they are attracted to a same-sex partner, their mind doesn’t prevent them from following their desire. For Logan is different, considering he has an homophobic parent.

The subplot about Logan being an Hunter, and his behavior once he will face with the chance of abandoning everything he knows to become Ian’s pet was well played, according to me; it was enough believable, cause it wasn’t an easy decision for Logan, and not something that could be easily replace by good sex only. Ian, on the other hand, was this strong man who was able to balance his desires but also his duties as Beta of the pack.

Series: Dark Hollow Wolf Pack Series
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing (September 27, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1618859099
ISBN-13: 978-1618859099
Amazon: Logan's Choice (Dark Hollow Wolf Pack Series 3)
Amazon Kindle: Logan's Choice (Dark Hollow Wolf Pack Series 3)

Series: Dark Hollow Wolf Pack
1) The Alpha's Pet: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1628201.html
2) Cry Wolf: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4388297.html
3) Logan's Choice

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