February 10th, 2014

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Bill Sherwood (June 14, 1952 – February 10, 1990)

William Charles Patrick Sherwood, better known as Bill Sherwood (June 14, 1952 – February 10, 1990) was an American musician, screenwriter and film director.

Sherwood was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan. A talented violinist, he attended the National Music Camp and graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan in 1970, where he majored in composition. He then moved to New York City, where he was a composition student of Elliott Carter at The Juilliard School. Discouraged by his progress and fascinated by the cultural and social upheavals going on in New York at the time, he discontinued his composition studies, eventually enrolling at Hunter College as a composition major, where he earned a degree and made several short films.

He had a promising career as a filmmaker, but died in New York City from AIDS complications, without having fulfilled his potential. He is best known for his 1986 film Parting Glances, made for $310,000, a bittersweet romantic comedy that spans a 24 hour period in the upwardly-mobile New York gay scene. He wrote half a dozen screenplays and completed three short films in the six years before Parting Glances, and wrote two-and-a-half more screenplays in the four years after. They were never produced.


AIDS Quilt

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

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Fausto Bara (January 21, 1952 - February 10, 1994)

Fausto Bara was born on January 21, 1952 in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. He was an actor, known for "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West" (voice) (1991), Eliminators (1986) and Kojak: The Price of Justice (1987).

He was Gaucho in TV series, Renegades, an American crime drama television series that aired from March 4 until April 8, 1983, with Patrick Swayze in the role of Bandit. Other actors: Randy Brooks as Eagle, Paul Mones as J.T., Tracy Scoggins as Tracy, Robert Thaler as Dancer, Brian Tochi as Dragon, James Luisi as Lt. Marciano, and Kurtwood Smith as Captain Scanlon.

Bara died on February 10, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, USA.



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It Happened Today: February 10

Bill Sherwood (June 14, 1952 – February 10, 1990): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3453683.html

Bill Sherwood (June 14, 1952 – February 10, 1990) was an American musician, screenwriter and film director. He had a promising career as a filmmaker, but died in New York City from AIDS complications, without having fulfilled his potential. He is best known for his 1986 film Parting Glances, made for $310,000, a bittersweet romantic comedy that spans a 24 hour period in the upwardly-mobile New York gay scene. His film lives on as part of Outfest’s Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation.

Charles Henri Ford, Pavel Tchelitchew & Indra Tamang: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2959611.html

Pavel Tchelitchew was a Russian-born surrealist painter, set designer and costume designer. He left Russia in 1920, lived in Berlin from 1921 to 1923, and moved to Paris in 1923. In 1933 Charles Henri Ford traveled to Europe for the first time to meet artists and writers. In Paris he met Pavel Tchelitchew. Pavel, apparently dazzled by Ford, moved with Ford to New York City and thus began the stormy 26-year relationship that continued until Tchelitchew's death in 1957.
Charles Henri Ford also had a long connection with Nepal, where he bought a house. He brought Indra Tamang, a young man of 21 from a Nepalese village, back to New York City to be his caretaker. Ford died in 2002. He was survived by his elder sister, actress Ruth Ford, who died in 2009. Upon her death, Ruth Ford left the apartments she owned in the historic Dakota Building on the Upper West Side to Indra Tamang, along with a valuable Russian surrealist art collection, making him a millionaire.

Edgar de Evia, Robert Denning & David McJonathan-Swarm: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4191222.html

Robert Denning (March 13, 1927–August 26, 2005) was an American interior designer whose lush interpretations of French Victorian decor became an emblem of corporate raider tastes in the 1980s. He was just fifteen when he met Edgar de Evia. As Edgar's career as a professional photographer launched, Bob and Edgar formed "Edgar deEvia Associates". Later after the success of the Body by Fisher campaign for General Motors with photos by deEvia they also formed "Edgar de Evia Associates of Greenwich."
Edgar de Evia (July 30, 1910 – February 10, 2003) was a Mexican-born American photographer. From 1966 until his death, de Evia's companion and business partner was David McJonathan-Swarm. In a career that spanned the 1940s through the 1990s, his photography appeared in magazines and newspapers such as Town & Country, House & Garden, Look and The New York Times Magazine and advertising campaigns for Borden Ice Cream, Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation, Jell-O among other corporations.

Ellen Gates Starr (March 19, 1859 - February 10, 1940): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4191360.html

Ellen Gates Starr (March 19, 185 – February 10, 1940) was an American social reformer and activist. She was a student at the Rockford Female Seminary (1877–78), where she met Jane Addams; their friendship lasted many years, although some historians have suggested that Starr was a lesbian who had a particularly close relationship with Addams. Starr taught for ten years in Chicago before joining Addams in 1888 for a tour of Europe. They returned to Chicago and co-founded Hull House.

Fausto Bara (January 21, 1952 - February 10, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4191523.html

Fausto Bara was an actor, known for "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West", Eliminators and Kojak: The Price of Justice. He was Gaucho in TV series, Renegades, crime drama television series aired from March 4 until April 8, 1983, with Patrick Swayze in the role of Bandit. Other actors: Randy Brooks as Eagle, Paul Mones as J.T., Tracy Scoggins as Tracy, Robert Thaler as Dancer, Brian Tochi as Dragon, James Luisi as Lt. Marciano, and Kurtwood Smith as Captain Scanlon. Bara died on February 10, 1994.

Jeffrey John & Grant Holmes: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4191998.html

Jeffrey John is a Church of England priest and the current Dean of St Albans. On 20 May 2003 John's appointment as Bishop of Reading, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Oxford, was announced. The nomination led to controversy both in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion owing to John's long-term relationship (beginning in 1976) with the Revd Grant Holmes (born 1952), also a Church of England priest. In August 2006, John and Holmes entered into a civil partnership.

John Berry & Curtis Yee: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3453974.html

John Berry (born February 10, 1959) is the US Ambassador to Australia, the first openly gay U.S. ambassador to a G-20 nation. He previously was director of the United States Office of Personnel Management. Berry was, according to the Human Rights Campaign, the highest-ranking openly gay official to serve in the executive branch in any U.S. administration. He had a domestic partner since 1997, Curtis Yee. They married on August 10, 2013, at St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington.

Jon and Michael Galluccio: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4192434.html

Written by two gay men whose court challenge helped rewrite New Jersey law to allow joint adoption by unmarried couples, An American Family explores the emotional, psychological and legal battles they faced when dealing with issues of foster care, adoption and social intolerance. Together from 1979, in 1995 they became foster parents of Adam. In 1997, they won the case, and New Jersey consequently became the first state to grant equal standing to gay and lesbian couples seeking to adopt.

Linda Kay Silva (born February 10, 1960): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4192137.html

Linda Kay Silva, a.k.a. Storm, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner and a menagerie of animals. She is the recipient of the 2013 Alice B. Medal for her body of work. Magical Echo won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Sci-Fi / Futuristic, 2nd place: between murderous antics of supernaturals who are off the grid, and becoming mired in a murder investigation with too many unanswered questions, Echo and company must navigate the treacherous waters of the Vegas strip.

Sofia Kovalevskaya & Anne Charlotte Leffler-Edgren: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3453914.html

Sofia Kovalevskaya was the first major Russian female mathematician, responsible for important original contributions to analysis, differential equations and mechanics, and the first woman appointed to a full professorship in Northern Europe. Sophia's lover in later life was Anne Charlotte Leffler-Edgren, the duchess of Cajanello. They wrote books and plays together, including A Struggle for Happiness. Leffler-Edgren wrote a biography of Kovalevsky as an introduction to her autobiography.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: A Very Civil Wedding

Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
A Very Civil Wedding by V.T. Davy
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: Liberation Publishing (October 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0957408838
ISBN-13: 978-0957408838
Amazon: A Very Civil Wedding
Amazon Kindle: A Very Civil Wedding

‘One day the Princess will be Queen and, when that happens, she will be the Supreme Governor of our organisation. At which point, we will be in the position of having as our leader someone who is, in the eyes of the church, unmarried and living in sin. Unless we ask the Lord to bless her marriage now, how can we continue the same relationship with the crown? And what then for the spiritual life of the nation? We are the Church of England, we advise, and guide, and influence our lawmakers, and we’ve done so since Henry the Eighth’s day.’ When Princess Alexandra, the eldest daughter of the Prince of Wales, wishes to marry her long-time partner, Lieutenant-Commander Grace Stephens, their wedding has the potential to cause a constitutional crisis. When the couple go further and request a blessing by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the British establishment must find a way to accommodate the wishes of the woman who will one day be the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. In this thoughtful and thought-provoking novel, V. T. Davy examines the relationship between the monarchy and the church; the arguments for and against same-sex marriage; how some of Britain’s oldest and most revered organisations have acted to give equality to homosexual men and women, and become stronger for it; and, what happens to institutions when they refuse to embrace the demands of an enlightened society. The novel’s surprising conclusion is that those most damaged by institutionalised prejudice are often the people you would least expect. It is a book that will test the opinion of every reader wherever they stand on these issues.

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: Shades of Sepia

Gay Paranormal Romance
Shades of Sepia by Anne Barwell
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 31, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627985417
ISBN-13: 978-1627985413
Amazon: Shades of Sepia
Amazon Kindle: Shades of Sepia

The Sleepless City: Book One

A serial killer stalks the streets of Flint, Ohio. The victims are always found in pairs, one human and one vampire.

Simon Hawthorne has been a vampire for nearly a hundred years, and he has never seen anything like it. Neither have the other supernaturals he works with to keep the streets safe for both their kind and the humans.

One meeting with Simon finds Ben Leyton falling for a man he knows is keeping secrets, but he can't ignore the growing attraction between them. A recent arrival in Flint, Ben finds it very different from his native New Zealand, but something about Simon makes Ben feel as though he's found a new home.

After a close friend falls victim to the killer, Simon is torn between revealing his true nature to Ben, and walking away to avoid the reaction he fears. But with the body count rising and the murders becoming more frequent, either, or both of them, could be the killer's next target.

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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Gay Romance Challenge: February 2014

Here is the Bestsellers List on Amazon I'm referring to for the challenge:

Bestsellers in Gay Fiction

And here is the actual situation (in bold the books I read with link to the review and marked as New the books entering the Challenge this month):

1) Broken Pieces by Riley Hart
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I87FILS/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
2) Bonds of Denial (Wicked Play) by Lynda Aicher
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GKBHJJ8/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
3) The Days of Anna Madrigal: A Novel by Armistead Maupin
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062298720/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
4) Walk with Me (Homes Series) by Cardeno C.
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IAPM9R4/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
5) Ethan (Alluring Indulgence) by Nicole Edwards
Link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1939786177/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4133661.html
6) The Medicine and the Mob by Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HYV1YDU/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
7) Brian's Mate by Hollis Shiloh
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I92F2VS/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
8) Slow Burn by Sam B. Morgan
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HQRGQV2/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
9) Shaking the Sugar Tree by Nick Wilgus
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1627984887/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
10) The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes
Link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZYZYVK/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Review:
http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4150821.html

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Best LGBT Romantic Comedy: Slam by J.L. Merrow

While I was reading this romance I was mentally comparing it with other books by the same author, and I was more and more surprised to find how sweet it was, to a level that, for the better part of it, the two main characters barely exchange kisses, not touching below the belt allowed. And considering that 22 years old Jude is unabashedly gay, out and proud, and he is all innuendos to 34 years old David, it was almost tender to see how David wanted to know him well before moving to the next step of sex.

Jude was a joy to read, he is a stereotype, but he is the first to say it; I was already imagining him as one of those boys whose coming out was, basically, non-existent cause he was always gay; he himself confirmed it, saying he realized he was gay not cause he was different, but cause all the other people weren’t gay, and isn’t that wonderful? Jude’s mom was able to give Jude so much confidence that he starts from the perspective that it’s the outer world that is different, not him; he, Jude, cannot be wrong, cause, he is too cool to be.

At first glance David seems an unlikable character, in the closet, not proud or courageous enough to claim his love for Jude, but, truth be told, I liked him a lot; he is very private, sure, but he isn’t shy in expressing his interest for Jude, to invite him out, to bring him meeting his friends. Maybe he is not ready to come out at work, but maybe till now he hadn’t to.

The cast of supporting characters is as good as the two main, with Jude’s Mom, Miranda, the mom that every gay boy should have; she was like that mom who bought a girl dress to her boy cause he liked it and she didn’t tell him it was for a girl. In a way, she would like to create for her child a world with genders and discrimination.

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619217155
ISBN-13: 978-1619217157
Amazon: Slam!
Amazon Kindle: Slam!



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