February 19th, 2014

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Stephen Sapuppo (October 17, 1959 - February 19, 1993)

Stephen Sapuppo was an actor who appeared on Another World as well as in the film Hanging Heart. The Stephen Sapuppo Prize, established in 1993 by Helen and Michele Sapuppo and family in loving memory of their son and brother Stephen, A'81, is awarded to a junior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in drama, with preference for a member of Torn Ticket Two.

Stephen John Sapuppo was born in 1959 in Lawrence, attended schools in Lawrence and Andover, and graduated from Governor Dummer Academy in Georgetown, Massachusetts in 1977.

Very active in drama at all schools, he was presented the Best Thespian Award from Governor Dummer Academy "for meritorious work in the field of dramatics, for inspiring participation, providing leadership, and developing theatrical knowledge and abilities."

His acting abilities were continued at Tufts University and as a president of Torn Ticket. After graduating in 1981 with a B.A. cum laude, his acting interests took him to New York and later to Los Angeles in pursuit of his dreams until his untimely death in 1993. He was kind and considerate of friends and family; talented, entertaining, and a wonderful son.

His parents Mike and Helen, his brothers Nunzi, Michael, and Christopher and sisters Lisamarie and Saramichelle have established the scholarship in Stephen's name to perpetuate his love of drama. They look for qualities and talents similar to Stephen's in Tufts students to help provide them an opportunity to pursue that dream in the entertainment world.

Source: http://dl.tufts.edu/catalog/tei/tufts:UA069.005.DO.00001/chapter/S00033

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John Weir

John Weir’s nonfiction pieces have appeared in Details, Rolling Stone, Spin, New York, The Advocate, The Village Voice, and The New York Times, as well as published in anthologies including The Columbia Reader in Lesbian and Gay Studies, Taking Liberties, and Beyond Queer, among others. Weir is an associate professor in the English department at Queens College.

Further Readings:

What I Did Wrong: A Novel by John Weir
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (March 23, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670034843
ISBN-13: 978-0670034840
Amazon: What I Did Wrong: A Novel
Amazon Kindle: What I Did Wrong: A Novel

The long-awaited second novel by the author of The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket

In 1989, John Weir’s debut novel, The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket, was one of the first novels to convey the horror of the AIDS epidemic and critics quickly recognized it as one of the truly outstanding works in that genre. Now, Weir follows up with another terrifically moving— and often disarmingly funny—book about loss, survival, and sexuality in the post-AIDS era.
Returning to a Manhattan haunted by the memory of all the young men who died in the late 1980s and early 90s, What I Did Wrong has at its heart a protagonist for whom that loss is still all too palpable. Tom, a forty-two-year-old English professor, watched his best friend die years earlier and now finds himself sliding into middle age while questioning everything he thought he knew about his "gay identity." His Queens College classes are filled with borough boys displaying their own bravado along with their confused masculinity. As Tom balances their friendship with the occasional displaced erotic overtones, he finds an unexpected common ground with these proud young men and, surprisingly, claims his place in the world and in history. What I Did Wrong is a dazzling work juxtaposing low comedy and heartfelt tragedy with astonishing finesse, a book worthy of John Weir’s return to fiction that will be warmly welcomed by critics and readers alike.

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It Happened Today: February 19

André Gide & Marc Allégret: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3076406.html

Marc Allégret (22 December 1900 – 3 November 1973) was a French screenwriter and film director. Allégret became André Gide's lover when he was fifteen and Gide was forty-seven. Later, Marc was to fall briefly under the spell of Cocteau, who Gide feared would "corrupt" him. His relationship with Gide ended in 1927, as Allégret found out that he preferred women after having experiences with women. They nevertheless remained close friends until Gide's death in 1951.

Beth Ditto & Kristin Ogata: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4212077.html

Mary Beth Patterson, known by her stage name Beth Ditto is an American singer-songwriter, most famous for her work with the indie rock band Gossip. Ditto, who is a lesbian, is well known for her outspoken support of both LGBT and feminist causes. In July 2013, Ditto married girlfriend Kristin Ogata in Maui, Hawaii. Ditto wore a gown by Jean Paul Gaultier; Ogata wore a jacket, shirt and shorts. Ditto released a memoir called Coal to Diamonds, which she co-wrote with Michelle Tea, in 2012.

David Watkin & Nick Hand: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4212231.html

David Watkin was a British cinematographer, an innovator who was among the first directors of photography to experiment with the usage of bounce light as a soft light source. In Chariots of Fire, he "helped create one of the most memorable images of 1980s cinema: the opening sequence in which a huddle of young male athletes pounds along the water's edge on a beach" to the film's theme music by Vangelis. His partner for many years was Nick Hand, with whom he registered a civil partnership in 2006.

Derek Jarman & Kevin Collins: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3468726.html

In both his films and his writings, Derek Jarman's explicit project was to celebrate gay sexuality and imagine a place for it in English culture. At the Tyneside Film festival in 1987 he met Kevin Collins who was then 21. Jarman pursued Collins by letter and within a few months Kevin Collins went to London and moved in with Derek Jarman. They both were committed campaigners with OutRage!. Kevin Collins nursed Derek Jarman for the final seven years of his life. Jarman died on February 19, 1994.

Elizabeth Carter & Catherine Talbot: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4212535.html

Elizabeth Carter was an English poet, classicist, writer and translator, and a member of the Bluestocking Circle. Catherine Talbot was an English author and member of the Blue Stockings Society. February 1741 saw the beginning of her lifelong friendship with Elizabeth Carter. The two ladies carried on a lively and copious correspondence. At her daughter's death in 1770, Mrs. Talbot put her daughter's manuscripts into Elizabeth Carter's hand, leaving their publication to her discretion.

F.O. Matthiessen & Russell Cheney: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1464924.html

Russell Cheney (1881 - 1945) had a twenty-year love affair with English Literature Professor F.O. Matthiessen (1902 - 1950), an authority on American Literature, who taught at Yale and Harvard and who was also a Yale graduate and became a member of Skull & Bones in 1923. Matthiessen was twenty years Russell's junior. Their letter are collected into Rat & the Devil: Journal Letters of F.O. Matthiessen and Russell Cheney. Cheney's nickname, Rat, and Matthiessen's, Devil, came into use at Yale.

John Weir: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4212769.html

John Weir is an associate professor in the English department at Queens College. What I Did Wrong is the long-awaited second novel by the author of The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket, one of the first novels to convey the horror of the AIDS epidemic and critics quickly recognized it as one of the truly outstanding works in that genre. Now, Weir follows up with another terrifically moving— and often disarmingly funny—book about loss, survival, and sexuality in the post-AIDS era.

Paul Schmidt (1934 - February 19, 1999): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3076941.html

Paul Schmidt was an American translator, poet, playwright, and essayist. He won the Helen Hayes Award, and Kesselring Award for best play for Black Sea Follies. He taught at the Yale School of Drama. He was married to Stockard Channing. At commemorative services held in 1999 friends and family gathered to celebrate Schmidt's particular grace, his passion for literature, languages, and life, and his genteel and noble spirit. Those qualities live on in his landmark translations.

Stephen Sapuppo (October 17, 1959 - February 19, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3468848.html

Stephen Sapuppo was an actor who appeared on Another World as well as in the film Hanging Heart. Very active in drama at all schools, he was presented the Best Thespian Award from Governor Dummer Academy. The Stephen Sapuppo Prize, established in 1993 by Helen and Michele Sapuppo and family in loving memory of their son and brother Stephen, A'81, is awarded to a junior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in drama, with preference for a member of Torn Ticket Two.

Sylvia Rae Rivera (July 2, 1951 - February 19, 2002): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1435656.html

Sylvia Rae Rivera was an American transgender activist. Rivera was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance and helped found STAR, a group dedicated to helping homeless young street trans women, with her friend Marsha P. Johnson. "One of our main goals now is to destroy the Human Rights Campaign, because I'm tired of sitting on the back of the bumper. It's not even the back of the bus anymore — it's the back of the bumper. The bitch on wheels is back."

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Raising Shawna

Gay Paranormal Romance
Raising Shawna (Love & Life in the Panhandle) by Vicktor Alexander
Publisher: The Rooster & The Pig Publishing (November 13, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Raising Shawna (Love & Life in the Panhandle)

What would you do if the spirit of your dead twin brother came back?

What about if he inhabited the body of your adopted daughter?

Former drug addict, turned state prosecutor, Shane Occena has to deal with this when the little girl he rescues one night, named Shawna, declares that she's the reincarnation of his brother Shawn, that he'd lost over eight years before. Feeling a connection to Shawna that can't be talked away, Shane begins the adoption process and gains custody. When Shawna begins acting like Shawn, Shane takes her to see Child Psychologist, Tucker Ames. And that's when his life really changes.

Dr. Tucker Ames spends his days talking with children helping them heal from their scars and come to grips with their gender issues and sexuality, and his nights alone, hoping for a family of his own. When he meets Shane and Shawna Occena, he finally feels as if he's met the family that's destined to be his. But first he has to help Shawna heal from her childhood, Shane heal from his scars, and find a way to help Shawn cross over to the other side.

But when allegations are brought against Shane and Tucker's family descends on this makeshift family in Pensacola, will Tucker and Shane be able to stay together and be the parents that Shawna so desperately need? And will Shawn ever let go of his hold on Shawna and finally ascend to the afterlife? Tucker and Shane may think that they are Raising Shawna, but in the end, she may be the one to raise them all.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
25$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
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.

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

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Exception to the Rule

Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Exception to the Rule by Cindy Rizzo
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 3, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494225557
ISBN-13: 978-1494225551
Amazon: Exception to the Rule
Amazon Kindle: Exception to the Rule

What will keep you safe—and sane—when you find yourself in a new and unfamiliar place convinced you'll never find anyone like you? For Robin and Tracy, it's the rules they set for themselves as they begin their first semester at Adams University near Boston. Robin is determined to hide in her room writing until she can get back to her homeless gay friends in New York City, whose easy exchange of sex and friendship inspires her creativity. She's sworn off perfect princesses like Tracy Patterson, no matter how attractive she finds the mysterious Southerner on her hall with the long blonde hair and tight jeans. And Tracy has no interest in cynical, smart-mouthed Northerners like Robin. She has her own set of rules—fine-tuned back home in North Carolina where she had a fake boyfriend and an uncomplicated string of older female lovers, including her mother's best friend. Here at college, she already has her first conquest planned, and it's certainly not Robin Greene. This is a love story about two young women who can only find their true selves by finding one another. But are Robin and Tracy willing to give up all they think they know in order to find happiness? Sometimes in life, the person who will matter most is the one who's an exception to the rule.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
25$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
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.

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

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The Nik of Time (Assassin/Shifters) by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

That of Nik and Colin was almost a “known” story from my perception, having read books in this series up and down and around this specific one. I’m actually missing one important piece for this perspective, that of Andrej, one of Nik’s father, and how and when he separated from Vince, cause at the beginning of The Nik of Time they are happy together, and very much in love. I remember I read Vince and Keegan’s story, and I know Andrej found love with Devin, but I haven’t read his story. I think I want to.

Anyway, Nik and Colin’s was a refreshing perspective; they met when Colin was 4 and Nik a newborn baby, and they fell in love, with much amusement of their respective fathers. There is even a familiar connection cause Nik’s surrogate mother is the same of Colin’s sister, so in a way, they are relative, if not blood-ones. But then Nik went through a traumatic experience and he lost all memories of the past, and with them, also Colin. He built a separate life, he had relationships, until the day he meets Colin again, and everything crushes upon him: he knows Colin is the love of his life, the problem is he doesn’t remember him. And Colin, who was waiting for Nik (yes, in every way, also sexual) is upset that Nik instead didn’t.

Even if there was the usual crash-boom-bang of assassins, shifters, Italian an Russian mafia, and some other deadly organization, I mostly enjoy the young and somewhat sweet love of Nik and Colin. My favorite parts were those of them at college, and I wanted more of them with their family. The first part, with them as children, was really nice, very cute and tender.

Series: Assassin/Shifters
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 9, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1482722925
ISBN-13: 978-1482722925
Amazon: The Nik of Time (Assassin/Shifters)
Amazon Kindle: The Nik of Time (Assassin/Shifters)

Series: Assassin/Shifter
1) A Marked Man: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1866493.html
2) Alaska, with Love: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1878006.html
3) By the Light of the Moon
4) Half Moon Rising
5) Best Laid Plans
6) For the Love of Caden
7) The General’s Lover
8) Russian Prey: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1737908.html
9) An Ignited Passion: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1777760.html
10) Reflash: elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/2788763.html
11) The Red Zone: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/2251976.html
12) Irish Wishes: elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/2319427.html
13) Pleading the Fifth: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/2130301.html
14) Betrayed
15) Summer of Awakenings
16) Into the Lyons Den
17) The Nik of Time

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