February 13th, 2014

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Bruce Voeller (May 12, 1934 – February 13, 1994)

Bruce Raymond Voeller (May 12, 1934 – February 13, 1994) was a biologist and researcher, primarily in the study of AIDS.

Voeller was born in Minneapolis. When he was at school, he was assured by a school counselor that he was not homosexual, even though he had felt such feelings very early on.

Voeller graduated with a bachelor's degree from Reed College in 1956, and after winning a five year fellowship to the Rockefeller Institute, he gained a Ph.D. in biology in 1961. He eventually worked his way up to the position of associate professor in 1966 at the institute. He wrote four books while at the institute, as well as editing others' work, and writing numerous papers and articles. He married Kytja Scott Voeller, whom he met at graduate school, and they had three children.

He came out at the age of 29, and divorced from his wife in 1971. After becoming president of the New York Gay Activists Alliance, he decided it was not wide enough in its coverage. Therefore, with some friends, he founded National Gay Task Force in October 1973, of which he was the director until 1978. The Task Force established affiliation with more than 2000 gay groups, and by 1978 had over 10,000 members. He also founded the Mariposa Foundation, which specializes in sex research, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Before the 1980s, AIDS was known by various names, including GRIDD (Gay Related Immune Defense Disorder). Since this term was inaccurate, Voeller coined the term acquired immune deficiency syndrome. His partner was Richard Lucik, who was also his associate at Mariposa. Voeller died in 1994 of an AIDS related illness in California, at the age of 59.


AIDS Quilt

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

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Joe Phillips (born February 13, 1969)

Joe Phillips (born February 13, 1969) is an American artist, known for his mainstream comic book art and for his work depicting his views of gay life. He currently lives in San Diego, California.

Phillips was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1969. He attended Northside School of the Arts where he learned skills such as set design and designing costumes. Upon graduation he travelled to Europe where he furthered his artistic skills, taking part in various projects such as guerrilla street art. Upon his return to the United States, he worked on the comic book title Southern Knights.

His first major comic book job was working on the comic book"Speed Racer" for seven issues. His first cover art was in August 1989 for "Mister Miracle" number 7, He continued to work on Miracle until its end in 1991. From then onwards, he produced artwork for titles including "Justice League of America", "Silver Surfer", "X-Men", "Legion of Super-Heroes", "The Incredible Hulk" and "Lobo". In 1991 he worked under George Pérez as a penciller on Wonder Woman for two issues.

Phillips was one of the founding members of Gai-Jin Studios, a comic book studio whose past members include artists such as Adam Hughes and Brian Stelfreeze. In late 1992 he began work on the revival of "Timber Wolf," written and inked by Al Gordon, where he worked as both a penciller and as the cover artist, this run lasted for an entire story arc. In 1996 he created a new comic book character, "The Heretic", of which he was both a writer and artist. The title was released by Dark Horse Comics. Other later work included "Captain America", "Wolverine", "Green Lantern" and "Superboy". In 2008 he worked on the Doctor Who comic book. Phillips has worked for various comic book companies including Marvel, DC and Dark Horse comics.



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

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Lori Shannon (May 18, 1938 - February 13, 1984)

Lori Shannon (born Don Seymour McLean, (May 18, 1938 - February 13, 1984) was an openly gay female impersonator who was associated with the drag revues at Finocchio's nightclub in San Francisco. He wrote an entertainment column for the Bay Area Reporter. The way he appeared on the stage was notable for his size at a height of 6'6" with a raspy basso voice, and sarcastic humor.

To the American television audience, Shannon was best known for portraying female impersonator Beverly LaSalle in three episodes of the CBS sitcom All in the Family. The episodes in which he appears are "Archie the Hero" (1975), "Beverly Rides Again" (1976), and "Edith's Crisis of Faith, Part 1" (1977).

Shannon died of a heart attack at the age of 45 on February 13, 1984.



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David Paul & Nick Verreos

Nick Verreos (born February 13, 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American fashion designer, fashion commentator and former Project Runway contestant. He began his career in Los Angeles working for a variety of companies, before forming his own design firm, NIKOLAKI, with partner David Paul in 2001. He and partner David Paul live in the Los Angeles area with their dog Benny.

Verreos was born in Missouri on February 13, 1967 to a Greek-American father and a Panamanian mother. Though born in St. Louis, Missouri, he spent his early childhood in Caracas, Venezuela. Verreos and his family moved back to the United States when he was 10, and he finished elementary and high school in San Francisco, California. He began college at UCLA, studying Political Science and International Relations, but after graduation, turned his interest to fashion design and pursued additional work at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. He completed the Advanced Fashion Design Program at FIDM in 1993.

After finishing studies at FIDM, Verreos immediately found success in the fashion industry. He won the Suisse du Jeune Talent competition, in which he represented the United States in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Four years after winning the My Scene Barbie Challenge on Project Runway, Verreos mentored a group of FIDM students as they, and he, at Mattel's request, created one-of-a-kind designs for the FIDM Barbie 50th Anniversary Collection.

NIKOLAKI gowns designed by Verreos and Paul have been worn by a number of notable celebrities, including actress/singers Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Carrie Underwood, Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin, who wore a NIKOLAKI gown to the 2008 Academy Awards, Project Runway host/supermodel Heidi Klum, Desperate Housewives cast members Eva Longoria and Brenda Strong, actress/comedian Kathy Griffin, Dancing with the Stars co-host Samantha Harris and judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and former Miss USA and TV Guide Network Fashion Wrap host Ali Landry.

In June 2005, Verreos participated in the second season of Project Runway, a reality television program in which fashion designers compete against each other for a design mentorship with Banana Republic, seed money to start their own line, and other prizes. Verreos finished in fifth place in the competition. He won the "All Dolled Up" challenge in the third episode in which designers had to design a dress for the My Scene Barbie collection. The doll was later marketed in limited release to the public and quickly sold out. He was judged one of the top three designers during the "Social Scene" challenge in the fifth episode. However, he ranked among the bottom two or three in three additional challenges: "Window Shopping" (episode six), "Flower Power" (episode nine), and "Makeover" (episode ten). He was eliminated after the Makeover Challenge in which he was charged with designing a fashion makeover for fellow contestant Daniel Vosovic.


Nick Verreos is a fashion designer, fashion commentator and former Project Runway contestant. He began his career in LA working for a variety of companies, before forming his own design firm, NIKOLAKI, with partner David Paul in 2001. He and David live in the Los Angeles with their dog Benny. NIKOLAKI gowns designed by Verreos and Paul have been worn by a number of notable celebrities, including Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin, who wore a NIKOLAKI gown to the 2008 Academy Awards.



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Mel Keegan

A self-confessed science fiction and fantasy devotee, Mel Keegan is known for novels across a wide range of subjects, from the historical to the future action-adventure ... but certainly MK is best known for the NARC series, featuring iconic characters Jarrat and Stone. Mel lives in South Australia with an eccentric family.

Further Readings:

Fortunes Of War by Mel Keegan
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: DreamCraft (June 15, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0975088491
ISBN-13: 978-0975088494
Amazon: Fortunes Of War
Amazon Kindle: Fortunes Of War

In 1588 a young mercenary and the son of an English earl meet by a quirk of fate. Dermot Channon is a soldier, while Robin Armagh has been sheltered on his father's estate. Love blossoms fast while war looms on the horizon. Under the thundercloud of armed conflict, Channon leaves England and the Spanish Armada sails soon after. Robin despairs of seeing him again, for their countries are locked in an endless struggle. Years fly by, and in 1595, when Robin's brother is taken for ransom in Panama, the dangerous duty of delivering the price of his life and liberty falls to Robin. He sails with the historical '1595 Fleet,' commanded by Francis Drake, hoping to bring home his brother. But Fortune has other plans for Robin and Channon. Ahead of them is a an epic adventure in hazardous waters where old enmities, Spanish and English, shape their future together -- and try to drive them apart.

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It Happened Today: February 13

Bruce Voeller (May 12, 1934 – February 13, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1432638.html

Bruce Raymond Voeller (May 12, 1934 – February 13, 1994) was a biologist and researcher, primarily in the study of AIDS. Before the 1980s, AIDS was known by various names, including GRIDD (Gay Related Immune Defense Disorder). Since this term was inaccurate, Voeller coined the term acquired immune deficiency syndrome. His partner was Richard Lucik, who was also his associate at Mariposa. Voeller died in 1994 of an AIDS related illness in California, at the age of 59.

Joe Phillips (born February 13, 1969): reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/546218.html

Joe Phillips is an artist, known for his mainstream comic book art and for his work depicting his views of gay life. In 2013, Phillips animated and directed the official music video for UK Rock singer/songwriter Matt Fishel's single "When Boy Meets Boy". Described by Out Magazine as a "cute (and sexy)" love story "with a superhero twist", it shows an animated version of Fishel meeting a mysterious skater boy in a bar and concludes with a superhero fight and rescue sequence.

Lori Shannon (May 18, 1938 - February 13, 1984): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4199198.html

Lori Shannon (born Don Seymour McLean) was a female impersonator who was associated with the drag revues at Finocchio's nightclub in San Francisco. He wrote an entertainment column for the Bay Area Reporter. The way he appeared on the stage was notable for his size at a height of 6'6" with a raspy basso voice, and sarcastic humor. To the American television audience, Shannon was best known for portraying female impersonator Beverly LaSalle in three episodes of the CBS sitcom All in the Family.

Mel Keegan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4199816.html

Mel Keegan is known for novels across a wide range of subjects, from the historical to the future action-adventure ... but certainly MK is best known for the NARC series, featuring iconic characters Jarrat and Stone. Mel lives in South Australia. In Fortunes Of War, 1588, a young mercenary and the son of an English earl meet by a quirk of fate. Dermot Channon is a soldier, while Robin Armagh has been sheltered on his father's estate. Love blossoms fast while war looms on the horizon.

Monroe Wheeler, Glenway Wescott & George Platt Lynes: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2916803.html

Upon receiving a small printing press as a gift from his father, Monroe Wheeler began producing chap books of poetry under the imprint, Manikin Press. One of his first works was The Bitterns, a collection of poems by Glenway Wescott, whom he had met in Chicago in 1919 and who would become Wheeler's long-time companion. Monroe Wheeler died in Manhattan on August 14, 1988 at the age of 89, 18 months after the death of Glenway Wescott. They were together for 68 years.
Glenway Wescott was a major American novelist during the 1920-1940 period and a figure in the American expatriate literary community in Paris during the 1920s. His relationship with longtime companion Monroe Wheeler lasted from 1919 until Wescott's death in 1987. In 1926 Wheeler was introduced to George Platt Lynes, an aspiring writer and publisher. Lynes fell in love with Wheeler, and eventually, he became a third partner in the existing relationship. Lynes died in New York City in 1955.

Nick Verreos & David Paul: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4199437.html

Nick Verreos is a fashion designer, fashion commentator and former Project Runway contestant. He began his career in LA working for a variety of companies, before forming his own design firm, NIKOLAKI, with partner David Paul in 2001. He and David live in the Los Angeles with their dog Benny. NIKOLAKI gowns designed by Verreos and Paul have been worn by a number of notable celebrities, including Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin, who wore a NIKOLAKI gown to the 2008 Academy Awards.

Vernon Lee & Clementina "Kit" Anstruther-Thomson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4199008.html

Vernon Lee's relationship with her companion Annie Meyers ended in 1881. From 1881 to 1887, her traveling companion was Mary Robinson, whom she met at a drawing-room party. Mary's eventual marriage to James Darmsteter, ended Lee's passionate attachment. Lee was comforted by her new friend Clementina Anstruther-Thomson, who was to have a profound effect on her work. Lee described her friendship with Kit Thomson as a "new love and new life." This friendship lasted from 1887 to 1897.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: This Means War

Gay Romantic Comedy
This Means War by Jane Elliot
Manifold Press
51,000 words/196 pages
Publication 1 February 2014

Life seems to be going well for Jasper Swinton and Brian Stark: they have fulfilling jobs, a cute kitten, and, despite all expectations, they’re still together after two months. When a harmless prank war goes awry, however, their perfect life starts falling apart – and it doesn’t take long before they’re finding out that actions can have unexpected consequences, and that not every love story has a happy ending …

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: The Serpent's Tongue

Gay Mystery / Thriller
The Serpent's Tongue by Dorien Grey
Series: A Dick Hardesty Mystery
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Zumaya Boundless (February 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612711367
ISBN-13: 978-1612711362
Amazon: The Serpent's Tongue (A Dick Hardesty Mystery) (Volume 15)
Amazon Kindle: The Serpent's Tongue (A Dick Hardesty Mystery) (Volume 15)

When Dick Hardesty is hired to look into threats against former priest Dan Stabile, possibly from someone whose confession Dan heard while still in the priesthood, it's just another case. Then, on a stormy Sunday, on a rain-slick road, Dan is killed, Dick’s partner Jonathan is severely injured, and suddenly, it’s personal. Was the accident really an accident…or murder? Dick learns Dan’s secret could involve a child murderer, and now it seems the man is stalking Joshua and tormenting Jonathan. The objectivity so vital to Dick’s role as a private investigator goes out the window as he pursues one lead after another, and it begins to look like Dan wasn’t the target after all.

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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Totally Bound Giveaway

Totally Bound is launching a competition today to win a kindle paperwhite and 10 eBooks from their website.

All entrants have to do is follow this link https://apps.agorapulse.com/go/19639/21202 and enter the prize draw by liking Totally Bound on facebook.

This prize draw closes on February 20th.



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