February 18th, 2014

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Michelangelo Buonarroti (March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564)

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni’s eighteen-foot sculpture David may be the ultimate expression of male beauty and homoerotic appeal. The artist’s reputation as a homosexual (as reflected in the content of his art) did not prevent him from receiving commissions from the most powerful civic and religious leaders of his time. (P: Daniele da Volterra (1509–1566)/Teylers Museum, Haarlem. Portrait of Michelangelo Buonarroti)

Michelangelo had numerous gay lovers throughout his long life, especially among the young men who were the models for his work: Gherardo Perini, nobleman Tommaso Cavalieri, Cecchino dei Bracci, and a young male prostitute named Febo di Poggio, among others. Perini lived with Michelangelo for over ten years.

“Up from the earth I rose with his wings and death itself I could have found sweet,” is how Michelangelo described their relationship. (P: Lucrezia d'Alagno (1430−1479)/Painting from monastery: i frati Cappuccini nel Lazio. Vittoria Colonna)

Bracci was thirteen when Michelangelo (then sixty-six) fell in love with him. Bracci died just two years later; Michelangelo was devastated and spent a year writing passionate epitaphs for Bracci’s tomb, including this one:
The earthy flesh and here my bones deprived
Of their charming face and beauti- ful eyes,
Do yet attest for him how gracious I was in bed
When he embraced and in what the soul doth live.
Michelangelo’s diaries, letters, and poetry contain many references to his passionate love for young men. Those writings were suppressed for centuries after his death, and his love poems written to Cavalieri were published with gender changed from male to female.


The Statue of David, completed by Michelangelo in 1504, is one of the most renowned works of the Renaissance

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Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 8593-8607). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

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Christopher Sieber & Kevin Burrows

Christopher Sieber (born February 18, 1969 in St. Paul, Minnesota) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Kevin Burke in Two of a Kind starring Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen and Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical. While It's All Relative was being produced, Sieber came out as gay and said that he was happily partnered to actor and chef Kevin Burrows. They married on November 24, 2011, in New York City.

Christopher studied acting and musical comedy at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Sieber has appeared in Broadway musicals, including Into the Woods, Monty Python's Spamalot and Shrek The Musical. He is a two-time Tony Award nominee for his work in Spamalot and Shrek The Musical.

Sieber is slated to join the Broadway company of Matilda the Musical as Miss Trunchbull on March 18, 2014.

Christopher is a 1988 graduate of Forest Lake Area High School in Forest Lake, Minnesota, and he was inducted into the Forest Lake Schools Hall of Fame in June, 2011.

Sieber made his Broadway debut as Agis in the musical Triumph of Love with Betty Buckley and F. Murray Abraham. Following this role, he appeared as a replacement in the roles of Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Billy Flynn in Chicago. Sieber played the role of Rapunzel's Prince and shared the role of the Wolf with Gregg Edelman in the revival of Into the Woods in 2002.

In March 2005, Sieber originated the role of Sir Dennis Galahad in the Broadway musical Monty Python's Spamalot. Sieber was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for this role. After leaving the musical in July 2006, he made his London debut in the same role in October 2006, before leaving in early 2007. On June 1, 2007, Sieber sang tenor in the world premiere of Eric Idle's Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) in Toronto. On January 18, 2008, Sieber returned to Broadway to resume his role as Sir Dennis Galahad in Monty Python's Spamalot.


Christopher Sieber (born February 18, 1969 in St. Paul, Minnesota) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Kevin Burke in Two of a Kind starring Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen and Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical. While It's All Relative was being produced, Sieber came out as gay and said that he was happily partnered to actor and chef Kevin Burrows. They married on November 24, 2011, in New York City. Sieber is slated to join the Broadway company of Matilda the Musical.

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Scott Norton & Craig Woodward

Scott Norton (born February 18, 1982) is a left-handed American professional bowler and attorney.

The son of Rick Norton and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Virginia Norton, he began bowling at around the age of four. When he was 18, he won 21 amateur bowling titles, won the gold medal at the Junior World Amateur Championships and, as captain of the adult team, became the youngest person ever to win the Adult National Amateur Championship. He attended California State University, Fullerton where he majored in history. He was named the collegiate bowler of the year for 2000—2001. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah, Norton attended Hastings College of the Law and passed the California bar exam in 2009.

On May 19, 2011, inspired by the coming out of Phoenix Suns President and CEO Rick Welts, Norton released a statement acknowledging that he is gay. "It is extremely important for me to come out to show other gay athletes, both current and future, that it is important to come out to show that we are just like everyone else. Being gay doesn’t define who I am as a person or as a professional athlete....It's important to show people that being gay has nothing to do with one's ability to do anything as a man, least of all compete at the highest level of sports."

Norton's spouse is Craig Woodward. The couple held a wedding ceremony on October 22, 2011 in Laguna Beach, California.

Norton joined the Professional Bowlers Association in 2008. He was named the 2009 PBA West Region Rookie of the Year. A win in December 2009 at the Sands Regency PBA Regional Players Invitational in Reno earned Norton $7,500 in prize money and an exemption, or automatic spot, on the 2010-11 PBA Tour.


Scott Norton (born February 18, 1982) is a left-handed American professional bowler and attorney. On May 19, 2011, Norton released a statement acknowledging that he is gay. "It is extremely important for me to come out to show other gay athletes, both current and future, that it is important to come out to show that we are just like everyone else. Being gay doesn't define who I am". Norton's spouse is Craig Woodward. The couple married on October 22, 2011 in Laguna Beach, California.

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Laurel Hester & Stacie Andree

Lt. Laurel Hester (August 15, 1956 – February 18, 2006) was a New Jersey police officer who rose to national attention with her deathbed appeal for the extension of pension benefits to domestic partners.

Laurel Hester was a 23-year veteran of the Ocean County prosecutor's office when she was struck down by rapidly spreading lung cancer. The cancer metastasized and spread to her brain, and it became clear that she had little time to live. Hester lived with and jointly owned a house with her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, who would not be able to afford mortgage payments upon Hester's death. A married heterosexual with Hester's years of police service would be able to pass on pension benefits to a spouse, but this privilege was not accorded to same-sex domestic partners in Ocean County.

Hester appealed to local authorities to change this policy, and was supported by the local Policemen's Benefit Association. Instead, in a private meeting on November 9, 2005, the five Republican county freeholders voted against the proposal, with freeholder John P. Kelly arguing that it threatened "the sanctity of marriage." On November 23, a rally of between 100 and 200 supporters gathered to protest the county's inaction.

On January 18, 2006, an impassioned videotaped appeal by a weakening Hester from her hospital bed was shown at a meeting of the freeholders, who then met with county Republican leaders in a teleconference on January 20. The next day, the freeholders announced that they were reversing their stance, and would meet on January 25 to extend pension benefits to registered domestic partners.

She died on February 18, 2006, aged 49, in her home in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

Her battle was documented in the 2007 film, Freeheld, winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary.


Lt. Laurel Hester was a New Jersey police officer. Laurel Hester was a 23-year veteran of the Ocean County prosecutor's office when she was struck down by rapidly spreading lung cancer. Hester lived with and jointly owned a house with her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, who would not be able to afford mortgage payments upon Hester's death. On January 25, 2006 the freeholders extended pension benefits to registered domestic partners. Hester died on February 18, 2006.

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It Happened Today: February 18

Armistead Maupin & Christopher Turner: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1501592.html

Armistead Maupin is an American writer, best known for his Tales of the City series of novels, set in San Francisco. He is married to Christopher Turner, a website producer and photographer whom he saw on a dating website. He then "chased him down Castro Street, saying, 'Didn't I see you on Daddyhunt.com?’" Maupin and Turner were married in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on February 18, 2007, though Maupin says that they had called each other "husband" for two years prior.

Audre Lorde & Frances Clayton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2999554.html

Audre Lorde was a Caribbean-American writer and civil rights activist. In 1968 Lorde was writer-in-residence at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, where she met Frances Clayton, a professor of psychology, who was to be her romantic partner until 1989. From 1977 to 1978 Lorde had a brief affair with the sculptor and painter Mildred Thompson. Their affair ran its course during the time that Thompson lived in Washington, D.C. and was teaching at Howard University.

Barbara Gittings & Kay Lahusen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3076013.html

Barbara Gittings met her partner, Kay Tobin Lahusen in 1961 at a picnic in Rhode Island, and described how they began: "We hit it off, we started courting. I flew to Boston and got off the plane with a big bunch of flowers in my hand. I couldnt resist. I did not care what the world thought. I dropped the flowers, grabbed her and kissed her. That was not being done in 1961." Lahusen moved to Philadelphia to be with Gittings. Gittings and Lahusen were together for 46 years, until Gittings's death.

Christopher Sieber & Kevin Burrows: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4209534.html

Christopher Sieber (born February 18, 1969 in St. Paul, Minnesota) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Kevin Burke in Two of a Kind starring Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen and Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical. While It's All Relative was being produced, Sieber came out as gay and said that he was happily partnered to actor and chef Kevin Burrows. They married on November 24, 2011, in New York City. Sieber is slated to join the Broadway company of Matilda the Musical.

Duane Michals & Frederick Gorree: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3466566.html

Duane Michals (born February 18, 1932) is an American photographer. Michals's work makes innovative use of photo-sequences, often incorporating text to examine emotion and philosophy. Michals grew up in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in NYC. Michals has been in a relationship with his partner, architect and vice president of Gramercy Neighborhood Associates Frederick Gorree, since 1960. Though he has not been involved in gay civil rights, his photography has addressed gay themes.

Efva Attling & Eva Dahlgren: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4209912.html

Eva Dahlgren is a Swedish pop musician born 9 June 1960 in Umeå, Sweden. In 1996 Dahlgren made headlines in the Swedish press when she came out as a lesbian through her civil union with jewellery designer Efva Attling. In connection with the civil union, Dahlgren changed her surname to Dahlgren-Attling. Dahlgren was discovered by musician/producer Bruno Glenmark in 1978 after appearing on the TV show "Sveriges magasin" and her debut album Finns det nån som bryr sej om was released the same year.

Laurel Hester & Stacie Andree: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4210156.html

Lt. Laurel Hester was a New Jersey police officer. Laurel Hester was a 23-year veteran of the Ocean County prosecutor's office when she was struck down by rapidly spreading lung cancer. Hester lived with and jointly owned a house with her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, who would not be able to afford mortgage payments upon Hester's death. On January 25, 2006 the freeholders extended pension benefits to registered domestic partners. Hester died on February 18, 2006.

Michelangelo Buonarroti (March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4209179.html

Michelangelo’s eighteen-foot sculpture David may be the ultimate expression of male beauty and homoerotic appeal. The artist’s reputation as a homosexual (as reflected in the content of his art) did not prevent him from receiving commissions from the most powerful civic and religious leaders of his time. Michelangelo had numerous gay lovers throughout his long life: Gherardo Perini, nobleman Tommaso Cavalieri, Cecchino dei Bracci, and a young male prostitute named Febo di Poggio, among others.

Scott Norton & Craig Woodward: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3466984.html

Scott Norton (born February 18, 1982) is a left-handed American professional bowler and attorney. On May 19, 2011, Norton released a statement acknowledging that he is gay. "It is extremely important for me to come out to show other gay athletes, both current and future, that it is important to come out to show that we are just like everyone else. Being gay doesn't define who I am". Norton's spouse is Craig Woodward. The couple married on October 22, 2011 in Laguna Beach, California.

Tuulikki Pietilä & Tove Jansson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4210305.html

Tove Marika Jansson was a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. Briefly engaged in the 1940s to Atos Wirtanen, she later during her studies met her future life partner Tuulikki Pietilä. The two women collaborated on many works and projects, including a model of the Moominhouse, in collaboration with Pentti Eistola. This is now exhibited at the Moomin museum in Tampere. Jansson is best known as the author of the Moomin books for children.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Music Teacher

Gay Historical
The Music Teacher by Bob Sennett
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (February 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590211456
ISBN-13: 978-1590211458
Amazon: The Music Teacher
Amazon Kindle: The Music Teacher

Growing up in the early years of the twentieth century, Joe Dooley allows his love for music and his passionate friendships with other young men to blind him to the tides of revolution rising around him in British-dominated Ireland. When he realizes he can't support himself teaching music in Dublin, he enlists in the British Army's peacetime reserves--only to be swept up by the Great War convulsing Europe. Guiding his men through the chaos of the Western Front, Joe comforts himself with music and memories of dear friends: adventurous Severin Coole, an Irish Nationalist, and fiercely loyal Harry Vogeler, an expatriate of Germany. A sniper's bullet throws Joe into the care of conscientious objector Davy Rose, in whose arms he begins to discover a kind of love he had not believed possible. But then he learns that Severin is actively working to liberate Ireland of the British yoke, and during the Christmas Truce discovers Harry across the trenches in the German army. Loyalties increasingly divided, Joe must choose which cause is truly his and which man will be his true partner.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
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53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
85$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
200$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 805$*

* 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.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Year of the Monsoon

Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Year of the Monsoon by Caren J. Werlinger
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: Corgyn Publishing (January 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0988650193
ISBN-13: 978-0988650190
Amazon: Year of the Monsoon
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Leisa Yeats has always defined herself by the things that are important to her – a good family, a loving relationship and a meaningful job working with kids. Life is good. But within a span of a few weeks, all of that changes. She’s always known she was adopted, but newly revealed lies and secrets kept by her parents make her question everything she thought she knew about her beginnings. Her ten-year relationship with her partner, Nan, is unexpectedly on shaky ground when she discovers that Nan, too, has kept a secret from her all these years. Suddenly, everything Leisa believed – about her life, about the people around her, about herself – everything is turned upside down, and nothing is as she thought it was. Pulling away to try and sort things out, Leisa reaches out to the wrong people and, in the process, nearly loses herself. Buffeted at every turn by storms that shake the very foundation of her world, Leisa must figure out whom and what she can hold fast to as the winds of change blow.

Charities Donation program progress:
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53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
85$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
200$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 805$*

* 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.

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Just Ask by Mia Downing

This one reminded me one of those serial romances I read when I was a teenager, in particular there was a series about people and travels, always visiting exotic locations, like this time, the Fiji Islands, a private island resort, Bendura.

Jordan is a Manhattan shark who inherits half the island from his uncle Blake. Now Blake wasn’t old, actually he was only two years older than Jordan, and the only thing I missed of this story is actually Blake, and that is strange, considering we will never “meet” him, already dead at the beginning of the story. But Blake is really a nice character, and we will feel his loss like he was an old friend.

The other partner in the resort is Ryan, Blake’s old friend and a widower. Like Jordan, Ryan arrived to the island to overcome the loss of a beloved one, his husband, and from what we gathered, Blake asked him to help Jordan overcome his loss as well. Jordan isn’t gay, and yes, maybe he likes to be dominated during sex, but by a woman, Sam, who is also Jordan’s best friend with benefits. And actually, even if he likes to bottom with Ryan, I didn’t read their relationship like a D/s one; basically Jordan likes to give up the power during sex, he finds his release like that, and he is very generous in his giving. Ryan understands that and will treasure the gift.

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Scarlet Rosebud) (September 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1628301295
ISBN-13: 978-1628301298
Amazon: Just Ask
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Top Mark by Graeme Aitken

Without doubt Top Mark is a story with a twist, so unexpected that it turned almost in a thriller from the sweet romance the author was lulling us at first.

The story of stylish Mark who meets new-hippy Mark, 6 years of difference and a whole world of experience between them, they become the Marks, Top Mark and Marx; but Marx is like a bloodsucker, eating Top Mark’s life. Does he realize it? I don’t think so, the old Marx seems really smitten by Top Mark, I liked him. Not so much now, reliving their story from Top Mark’s perspective, reading how he is basically mistreating a man in love, not giving him neither the decency of a farewell.

This is not a happily ever after romance, but it’s for sure good literature.

Publisher: 20Ten Books (May 21, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Top Mark

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New Play Sharing Stories from 6,000-Mile LGBTQ Equality Walk

CAN WE COME TO THE TABLE?

A New Play Sharing Stories from a 6,000-Mile Walk for LGBTQ Equality

From Alan Bounville’s 6,000-mile walk across the USA for gender and sexual orientation equality, comes the new interview-based play, Can We Come to the Table? - Stories About Gender Identity, Gender Expression, & Sexual Orientation. The play includes meticulously transcribed stories with people Bounville met along his walking journey.

“Walking was a transformational experience. But even more amazing were the people I met along the way. These folks, who live in some of the toughest places in the country to be LGBTQ or Allied, are heroic in their every day lives. I wanted to honor their stories. And Can We Come to the Table? does just that,” says Bounville about the play.

The stories are transcribed from video-conferenced interviews Bounville did with people after completing his walk in February of 2013. And they span a variety of subjects seen through the lens of LGBTQ or Allied experience. Stories in the play include same-gender rape, the suicide of a boyfriend that happened right outside of an interview subject’s house, becoming homeless as a queer youth, coming out as transgender to one’s mother, losing one’s husband to AIDS, what it is like to organize for LGBTQ rights, being at Stonewall the day after the 1969 riots had ended, and many more.

One of the play’s subjects, CeCe Finley Garrett, an LGBTQ Ally and Affirming Minister living in southern Mississippi, becomes the main voice that is threaded throughout the whole production. CeCe’s stories run the spectrum from tragic to triumphant to outlandish. In one story, she abruptly leaves a hair salon when the hairdresser, while straightening her hair, told her that she and the “fags” she takes into her church are going to hell. CeCe takes us on a whirlwind journey, scalp ablaze, across Hattiesburg trying to find a salon that can rinse out her hair. She finds one salon that is open. It turns out the salon owner has a child who is transgender.

In the play, transcribed in the script as literal as possible, CeCe concludes her story with, “You know. N, ahso that was nice. It was nice ta, ta have a connection. And for her da know tht somebody in Hattiesburg cares enough ta leave a salon, when, when there is bigotry. So she enjoyed it. But I- itws itws, it was a special moment. I did not enjoy it.”

The play is currently in rehearsals with its World Premiere Production to take place in New York City in June 2014. On Monday, February 17, In Our Words Project is launching an Indiegogo Campaign to help raise the funds needed to bring Can We Come to the Table? to its fully staged production. The campaign can be found here: www.canwecometothetable.com.

“Theatre is powerful. Shared stories have the power to create community, dialogue, and a greater awareness of self and other. Interview theatre is especially exceptional and delicate in this way, because it carries the undeniable truth of another tangible human being’s experience,” says Khristal Curtis, the actor portraying CeCe Finley Garrett in this production.

In Our Words Project is an interview-based theatre company in New York City. We interview people on myriad topics and construct full-length plays from stories told to us in these interviews. Our plays are performed in traditional theatre venues and in community and public spaces. The organization also offers Interview Theatre Residencies with organizations both inside and outside of New York City.

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