February 11th, 2014

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Tammy Baldwin (born February 11, 1962)

Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin (born February 11, 1962) is the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. She previously served as the U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district from 1999 to 2013, as well as serving three terms in the Wisconsin Assembly representing the 78th district. The general election on November 6, 2012, was a historic one for LGBT people. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) was a part of that history when she became the first openly gay senator in the nation to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. "I am honored and humbled and grateful, and I am ready to get to work -- ready to stand with Barack Obama, and ready to fight for Wisconsin's middle class," Baldwin said at her victory party.

Baldwin defeated her Republican opponent, former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, in the 2012 U.S. Senate election. She is the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the Senate and the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history. As of 2012, Baldwin's voting record makes her one of the most liberal members of Congress.

Baldwin was born and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, the daughter of Pamela (née Green) and Joseph Edward Baldwin. She was raised by her mother and her maternal grandparents. Her maternal grandfather was Jewish (the son of immigrants from Russia and Germany), and her maternal grandmother, who was Anglican, was English-born. Baldwin graduated from Madison West High School in 1980 as the class valedictorian. She earned a B.A. degree from Smith College in 1984 and a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1989. She practiced law from 1989 to 1992.

Baldwin was first elected to political office in 1986 when she was elected to the Dane County Board of Supervisors, a position she held until 1994. She also served one year on the Madison City Council to fill a vacancy in the coterminous district.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tammy_Baldwin

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Alexander McQueen (March 17, 1969 – February 11, 2010)

Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) was a British fashion designer and couturier best known for his in-depth knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, his tendency to juxtapose strength with fragility in his collections, as well as the emotional power and raw energy of his provocative fashion shows. He is also known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own Alexander McQueen label. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards (1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003), as well as the CFDA's International Designer of the Year award in 2003.

Born on 17 March 1969 in Lewisham, London, to Scottish taxi driver Ronald and social science teacher Joyce, McQueen was the youngest of six children. He grew up in a council flat in a tower block in Stratford. He attended Carpenters Road Primary School, started making dresses for his three sisters at a young age, and announced his intention to become a fashion designer.

McQueen later attended Rokeby School and left aged 16 in 1984 with one O-level in art, going on to serve an apprenticeship with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard, before joining Gieves & Hawkes and, later, the theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans. The skills he learned as an apprentice on Savile Row helped earn him a reputation in the fashion world as an expert in creating an impeccably tailored look.

Some of McQueen's accomplishments included being one of the youngest designers to achieve the title "British Designer of the Year", which he won four times between 1996 and 2003; he was also awarded the CBE and named International Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers in 2003.


Alexander McQueen and George Forsyth
Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer and couturier best known for his in-depth knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, his tendency to juxtapose strength with fragility in his collections, as well as the emotional power and raw energy of his provocative fashion shows. He is also known for founding his own Alexander McQueen label. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards, as well as the CFDA's International Designer of the Year award in 2003.



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

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John Antos Bobanick (February 1, 1950 - February 11, 1991)

John Bobanick was a gifted pianist who pursued composition throughout his life. He created several songs and an engaging piano solo. His work in landscape design was another outlet for his compositional talents. (Photo courtesy: estate of John Bobanick)

John was born in a small town in Pennsylvania, the youngest of five children. At an early age he became interested in music but didn't take formal piano lessons until he was twelve years old. He continued studying piano through his high school years. He attended Pennsylvania State University where he studied piano under the direction of Earl Wild. After completing his degree he moved to California, again studying with Earl Wild.

He lived for two years in the Washington, DC area and worked as a rehearsal accompanist for the Washington School of Ballet before moving to New York. There he accompanied various ballet studios, and became one of the most sought-after ballet accompanists in New York and Los Angeles, working with Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Robert Denvers, David Howard, Richard Thomas and School of American Ballet.

John then returned to California for a number of years and continued to work at composing music while supporting himself by doing catering and playing piano at night spots in Beverly Hills. In the mid-1980s he was employed at the Pallette, an upscale restaurant frequented by the Hollywood set. He also started a landscaping company and designed several gardens in Beverly Hills.

In July of 1989, he became ill and was admitted to a hospital in California where he was diagnosed with AIDS. He traveled to Maryland to attend the wedding of his niece and remained in the area, staying with his sister while recuperating from his illness. He returned to California after several months feeling quite healthy and with plans to complete several compositions on which he worked feverishly, hoping to leave a musical legacy.

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

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Anel Viz (born February 11, 1945)

Anel Viz, born and raised in New York City, currently resides in the Midwest, where he has taught at the same small liberal arts college for over thirty years. He has lived about one-quarter of his life in French-speaking countries. He returned to his childhood passion of writing at age sixty, and ever since he has churned out works in a variety of M/M genres: poetry, short and novel-length fiction, humor, essays, etc. He likes to experiment. Though most of his stories are romances, few of them would be called traditional romance. His work appears regularly in Wilde Oats and GayFlashFiction online magazines.

P'tit Cadeau won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Setting Development, 2nd place.

Source: www.goodreads.com/author/show/2872089.Anel_Viz

Further Readings:

P'tit Cadeau by Anel Viz
Paperback: 486 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456552430
ISBN-13: 978-1456552435
Amazon: P'tit Cadeau
Amazon Kindle: P'tit Cadeau

[P’TIT CADEAU (euphemism) – the “small gift” French hustlers ask for to let you know they expect to be paid] Ben, an American art professor on a painting sabbatical in the south of France, rents a room in an isolated village to avoid the tourist crush. There he meets his landlady's brother, the sensitive and childlike loner Jean-Yves, whom the locals consider simple minded because he is "different". Ben makes him his principal model and undertakes to build his self-confidence and prepare him to fend for himself. Jean-Yves’ has never had a friend before. As they grow closer, Ben comes to realize the extent of the young man’s emotional needs, and his total dependence and unbridled devotion frighten him. Has he taken on more responsibility than he can handle? Should he allow himself to fall in love with Jean-Yves when he knows their relationship must end when his sabbatical is over?

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It Happened Today: February 11

Alexander McQueen (March 17, 1969 – February 11, 2010): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3455405.html

Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer and couturier best known for his in-depth knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, his tendency to juxtapose strength with fragility in his collections, as well as the emotional power and raw energy of his provocative fashion shows. He is also known for founding his own Alexander McQueen label. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards, as well as the CFDA's International Designer of the Year award in 2003.

Anel Viz (born February 11, 1945): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4195043.html

Anel Viz, born and raised in NYC, currently resides in the Midwest, where he taught at a small liberal arts college for over 30 years. P'tit Cadeau won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Setting Development: Ben, an American art professor on a painting sabbatical in the south of France, rents a room in an isolated village to avoid the tourist crush. There he meets his landlady's brother, the sensitive and childlike loner Jean-Yves, whom the locals consider simple minded because he is "different".

Bob Randall & Gary Pratt: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4194158.html

Bob Randall won a 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special for David's Mother. He was also the author of the Broadway comedy "6 Rms Riv Vu" and the head writer and co-producer of the television series "Kate and Allie," died on February 11, 1995. He was 57. The cause was AIDS, said Gary Pratt, his companion. Randall and Pratt were companion for 15 years. Pratt died in 2000. He is survived by two stepchildren, Julia and Edward Randall, whom he helped rear.

John Bobanick (February 1, 1950 - February 11, 1991): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4194532.html

John Bobanick was a gifted pianist who pursued composition throughout his life. He created several songs and an engaging piano solo. His work in landscape design was another outlet for his compositional talents. John's music is the work of a passionate man and a talented musician. The two songs for which he wrote both words and music are vivid depictions of the pain of love. His piano solo, An August Afternoon, is grand and freewheeling. According to a friend, it was a sketch for a ballet.

John Wallowitch & Bertram Ross: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3801434.html

John Wallowitch was an American songwriter and cabaret performer. He wrote over 2,000 songs; his works include "Bruce", "I See the World Through Your Eyes", "Back on the Town" and "Mary's Bar". For over 50 years he played and sang a catalogue of original songs at nightspots around New York City. John Wallowitch lived and performed in New York City with his longtime partner, Bertram Ross, until Ross's death on Apr 20, 2003, at 82 years old. Wallowitch died on August 15, 2007 in New York City.

Marie Sexton (born February 11): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4195184.html

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She's a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. Marie has a husband, one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway. Strawberries for Dessert won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary Romance. Song Of Oestend won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Fantasy. Blind Space won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Sci-fi/Fantasy.

Nick Backes & Ron Martin: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/566396.html

Professional Artist and Illustrator with extensive experience in publishing, fashion, advertising, television, and retail industries for over 25 years, Nick Backes was known for creating classic, realistic images for a diverse clientele. Accomplished in pencil, pastels, and oil, he was honored in the Society of Illustrators Show in New York City with work in the Society’s Thirty-First Annual of American Illustration. Nick was preceded in death by his beloved partner of 35 years, Ron Martin.

Ona Munson (June 16, 1903 – February 11, 1955): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4194616.html

Ona Munson was an American actress best known for her portrayal of prostitute Belle Watling in Gone with the Wind. She was married 3 times: actor and director Edward Buzzell, Stewart McDonald, and designer Eugene Berman. They were "lavender" marriages, to conceal her bisexuality and affairs with women, including filmmaker Dorothy Arzner and playwright Mercedes de Acosta. Munson was a member of a group called the "sewing circle", a clique of lesbians organized by actress Alla Nazimova.

Tammy Baldwin (born February 11, 1962): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4193911.html

Tammy Baldwin is the junior United States Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. The general election on November 6, 2012, was a historic one for LGBT people. Baldwin was a part of that history when she became the first openly gay senator in the nation to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. "I am honored and humbled and grateful, and I am ready to get to work -- ready to stand with Barack Obama, and ready to fight for Wisconsin's middle class," Baldwin said at her victory party.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Desperate Measures

Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Desperate Measures by P.J. Trebelhorn
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626390444
ISBN-13: 978-1626390447
Amazon: Desperate Measures

Homicide detective Kay Griffith never had a problem controlling her anger—until murder suspect Tommy Rayne finally pushes her over the edge. After assaulting him, she’s suspended from her job. She uses her unexpected time off to make some home improvements, but Kay has no idea Rayne is stalking her, and he’s hell-bent on revenge.

Brenda Jansen owns Jansen Construction with her father. A routine job brings her to Kay’s doorstep, and Brenda is blissfully unaware of the twists and turns her life is about to take. The instant attraction she feels toward her newest client is something Brenda’s doing her best to ignore. Since her two previous girlfriends cheated on her, she’s having a hard time putting her trust in anyone.

Brenda’s indifference toward her intrigues Kay, who does everything she can to get Brenda to admit their attraction is mutual. As they grow closer, so does Tommy Rayne, until he finally threatens everything Kay holds dear.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ YouthCare: 34068youthcare.thankyou4caring.org/page.aspx
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: 630$*

* 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: Ebenezer

Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Ebenezer by JoSelle Vanderhooft
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Zumaya Boundless (December 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612710689
ISBN-13: 978-1612710686
Amazon: Ebenezer
Amazon Kindle: Ebenezer

It’s Christmas Eve in the city that never sleeps, but Ebenezer doesn’t feel like celebrating. Her girlfriend of ten years has just left her, her job as a debt collector is slowly killing her, and worst of all, she hasn’t truly acted in years. But when three spirits representing the places and ambitions closest to her heart pay her a visit, Ebenezer just might find a reason to end her life—or a reason to keep going. Set during the global recession, this retelling of Charles Dickens’s immortal classic A Christmas Carol explores the vagaries of growing up and exchanging old dreams for new meaning.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ YouthCare: 34068youthcare.thankyou4caring.org/page.aspx
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: 630$*

* 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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Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane

Even if part of the story takes place under Christmas season, this is not “only” a seasonal romance. Rusty and Oliver, our boys, met during their last year in high school; Rusty’s life is already set ahead of him, he will go to Berkeley, he will become a lawyer and at the right moment he will married a nice girl, possibly from his same neighborhood, and they will have a white fenced house with 2.5 kids. Only that Oliver messes up everything, only being Oliver. Rusty only knows he likes Oliver more than all the other girls he went out with, and when he is at Berkeley, he misses him so much; doesn’t help that college is not really his cup of tea, and on the contrary of many boys his same age, Rusty is not able to fake it just for the thrill to have some years away from home at his parents expenses.

Coming back home to Oliver means that Rusty will have to change all his life, the only life he knows; but Oliver and his family are there to replace everything he is losing, and some more.

Truth be told, even if it wasn’t for sure nice to lose your family at only 18 years old, Rusty is way luckier than many other boys; when he was complaining his home wasn’t good enough to have Oliver over, I was thinking, but you have an home! And it has even more than 1 room, and it is all yours. Here, sincerely, Rusty proved how spoiled he was before meeting Oliver, how he was able to consider everything for given. He is not a bad guy, he has the heart in the right place, but he was raised by the white elite, and they taught him that he was one step above everyone else, especially Oliver, with his mixed cultural origins and his just a touch too brown skin. In a way, I think his parents were more upset that Oliver wasn’t a WASP than the fact he was a boy.

Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (December 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626490872
ISBN-13: 978-1626490871
Amazon: Christmas Kitsch
Amazon Kindle: Christmas Kitsch

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