February 20th, 2014

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Anthony Asquith (November 9, 1902 – February 20, 1968)

Anthony Asquith (9 November 1902 – 20 February 1968) was a leading English film director. He collaborated successfully with playwright Terence Rattigan on The Winslow Boy (1948) and The Browning Version (1951), among other adaptations. His other notable films include Pygmalion (1938), French Without Tears (1940), The Way to the Stars (1945), and a 1952 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.

Born in London, he was the son of H. H. Asquith, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the First World War, and Margot Asquith who was responsible for 'Puffin' as his family nickname. He was educated at Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford.

The film industry was viewed as disreputable when Asquith was young, and according to the actor Jonathan Cecil, a family friend, Asquith entered his profession in order to escape his background. At the end of the 1920s he began his career with the direction of four silent films the last of which, A Cottage on Dartmoor established his reputation with its meticulous and often emotionally moving frame composition. Pygmalion (1938) was based on the George Bernard Shaw play featuring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller. He was a longtime friend and colleague of Terence Rattigan, they collaborated on ten films, and producer Anatole de Grunwald. His later films included Rattigan's The Winslow Boy (1948) and The Browning Version (1951), and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (1952).

Asquith, an alcoholic, was a charming, gentle man and a closeted homosexual who never married. Asquith died from lymphoma at the age of 65.



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

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Laurence Housman (July 18, 1865 - February 20, 1959)

Laurence Housman (18 July 1865 - 20 February 1959) was an English playwright, writer and illustrator.

Laurence Housman was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, one of seven children who included the poet A. E. Housman and writer Clemence Housman. In 1871 his mother died, and his father remarried, to a cousin. After education at Bromsgrove School, he went with his sister Clemence to study art at the Lambeth School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London.

He first worked as a book illustrator with London publishers, illustrating such works as George Meredith's Jump to Glory Jane (1892), Jonas Lie's Weird Tales (1892), Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market (1893), Jane Barlow's The End of Elfintown (1894) and his sister's Werewolf (1896) in an intricate Art Nouveau style. During this period, he also wrote and published several volumes of poetry and a number of hymns and carols.

When his eyesight began to fail, he turned more and more to writing. Housman's first literary success came with the novel An Englishwoman's Love-letters (1900), published anonymously. He then turned to drama with Bethlehem (1902) and was to become best known and remembered as a playwright. His other dramatic works include Angels and Ministers (1921), Little Plays of St. Francis (1922) and Victoria Regina (1934) which was even staged on Broadway. Housman's play, Pains and Penalties, about Queen Caroline, was produced by Edith Craig and the Pioneer Players.

Some of Housman's plays caused scandals because of depiction of biblical characters and living members of the Royal House on stage, and many of them were only played privately until the subsequent relaxation of theatrical censorship. In 1937 the Lord Chamberlain ruled that no British sovereign may be portrayed on the stage until 100 years after his or her accession. For this reason, Victoria Regina could not be staged until the centenary of Queen Victoria's accession, 20 June 1937. This was a Sunday, so the premiere took place the next day.


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

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Tom Young (May 14, 1947 - February 20, 1989)

Thomas LaMar Young was born in Wood River, Illinois, on May 14, 1947, and received his undergraduate degree from Illinois Normal Teacher's College.

In 1975, he came to Minneapolis to seek treatment for alcohol abuse and became an activist in the gay community. He joined COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts and Sciences) as an Artist in the City in 1978, and founded the Howling Wolf Puppet Troupe.

Young contributed poetry to the first issue of The James White Review (October 1983), named after his friend and mentor, and subsequently become an associate editor of the periodical. From time to time he also contributed pen and ink drawings for the Review's cover. He later explored drawing in chalk and construction of complex collages. In the late 1980s, the corporate offices of Radisson Hotels purchased a number of his works for their collection.

Young's poetry was also published in The Evergreen Chronicles, No Apologies, Seattle Gay News, and PWAlive, a journal by, for, and about persons affected with AIDS. He was creator of the comic strip Perky's Dad, and a founder of PWAlive. He moved between Minneapolis, Sacramento, and Seattle, and while in the latter city he collaborated on a screenplay concerning Stonewall. Thomas Young died on February 20, 1989.

His papers are held at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives: photographs, photographic negatives, slides, graphic works, published and draft writings, and other materials relating to the life and literary and artistic career of Tom Young (1947-1989), author, artist, and assistant editor of The James White Review .

Source: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt029023t7/

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It Happened Today: February 20

André van Duin, Wim van der Pluym & Martin Elferink: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4214509.html

André van Duin (pseudonym for Adrianus Marinus Kyvon; born 20 February 1947 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch actor (in comedy and theatre), singer, writer and creator of television programs. André van Duin was in a relationship with Wim van der Pluym from 1974 until 1995. Van der Pluym died in 1995. Van Duin found a new love in Martin Elferink whom he married on 23 December 2006, ten days after their plans were announced. Ferry de Groot is currently writing a Van Duin biography.

Anthony Asquith (November 9, 1902 – February 20, 1968): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3469884.html

Anthony Asquith was a leading English film director. He collaborated successfully with playwright Terence Rattigan on The Winslow Boy and The Browning Version, among other adaptations. His other notable films include Pygmalion, French Without Tears, The Way to the Stars, and a 1952 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Asquith, an alcoholic, was a charming, gentle man and a closeted homosexual who never married. Asquith died from lymphoma at the age of 65.

Bobbie Andrews & Ivor Novello: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4214968.html

Bobbie Andrews was a British stage actor. Actor, singer, composer and film star Ivor Novello and his lover, musical comedy star Bobbie Andrews, were at the very hub of London's theatrical gay society, dubbed "the Ivor/Noel naughty set" by Cecil Beaton in his diaries. When Andrews met Ivor Novello in 1916 they became close friends, and eventually lovers. Their relationship lasted 35 years until Novello's death, during which they performed together many times in Novello's musicals and plays.

Charles Desjardins & Juan Antonio: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4214746.html

Charles Desjardins had a degree in actuarial science. A close friend of Desjardins, Andrew Hamilton, described him as the “life of every party.” “At every gathering, you would be sure to see him, fashionably dressed, talking a mile a minute and surrounded by people,” said Hamilton. Charles Desjardins died February 20, 1998 at the age of 35. His companion, Juan Antonio, an accomplished dancer and occasional choreographer, closely associated with the work of Louis Falco, had died on 24 May 1990.

Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen & Nino Cesarini: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2987585.html

Baron Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen was a novelist and poet of the early 20th century; his fame is based on a mid-century fictionalised biography by Roger Peyrefitte. In 1903 a scandal involving Parisian schoolboys made him persona non grata in the salons of Paris and dashed his marriage plans, after which he took up residence in Capri with his longtime lover, Nino Cesarini. He became one of the many "characters" of the island in the interwar years, featuring in novels by Compton MacKenzie others.

Laurence Housman (July 18, 1865 - February 20, 1959): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3078226.html

Laurence Housman (18 July 1865 - 20 February 1959) was an English playwright, writer and illustrator. A prolific writer with around a hundred published works to his name, his output eventually covered all kinds of literature from socialist and pacifist pamphlets to children's stories. He wrote an autobiography, The Unexpected Years (1937), which, despite his record of controversial writing, said little about his homosexuality. He also edited his brother A. E. Housman's posthumous poems.

Mab Segrest & Barbara: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3077819.html

Mab Segrest is a feminist writer and activist. Segrest and her partner, Barbara, wanted to have a child, but not from an anonymous sperm donor, wanting to provide their child with a father figure in her life. The two women contacted David, a gay man looking for a similar situation. Together they agreed that he would donate the sperm and Barbara would carry the child. The three successfully raised a healthy baby girl, Annie. Segrest is known for her autobiographical work Memoir of a Race Traitor.

Terri de la Peña (born February 20, 1947): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3078040.html

Terri de la Peña, novelist, short-story writer, and fifth-generation Californian, focuses her narratives on the myriad of cultural and social issues that Chicana lesbians face, such as a search for identity, cultural assimilation, class consciousness, historical awareness, internal and external racism, and homophobia. Her writings, therefore, continue a literary tradition and treatment of themes that began with earlier Chicana writers such as Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga.

Tom Young (May 14, 1947 - February 20, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3470163.html

Tom Young contributed poetry to the first issue of The James White Review, named after his friend and mentor, and subsequently become an associate editor of the periodical. He also contributed pen and ink drawings for the Review's cover. He later explored drawing in chalk and construction of complex collages. In the late 1980s, the corporate offices of Radisson Hotels purchased a number of his works for their collection. His papers are held at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.

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Blog Tour: Holding on to Hope by Sid Love

Holding on to Hope by Sid Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (February 13, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Holding on to Hope

BLURB: Bradley Parker has waited twenty years for Mr. Right, and on Valentine’s Day, he finally finds him. It’s love at first sight, and Brad even loses his virginity to the man of his dreams. But when he wakes up the next morning unable to remember anything—even what the man looked like—his best friend, Leslie, is convinced he imagined the whole thing. Brad knows he didn’t make up the best night of his life, but he has no idea of the danger he’s putting himself in as he struggles to recall the details of his perfect man. His search may lead him to parts of New York City he never dreamed existed and a war being waged in the shadows.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sid Love grew up in one of busiest cities in the world, Mumbai, listening to the excerpts of Indian epics from his father every night. While it served as an inspiration back in time, he has always had an ambitious mind. In 2007, when he had just turned sixteen, he decided that he would make his lifelong dream come true—to become a well-known, respected author some day.
Ask him and he would refuse to accept that he is obsessed with books. Or movies. Or TV shows. Addicted may even be the right word. He is a die-hard fan of Jane Austen’s romance novels and loves to reread them time and again.
You can find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sid.love.16?ref=tn_tnmn or tweet him anytime: https://twitter.com/FatefulMercy, or simply e-mail him at sidlovethewriter@live.in.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Jacob's Diary

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Jacob's Diary by Sam Sommer
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602829470
ISBN-13: 978-1602829473
Amazon: Jacobs' Diary: Sleeping with the Past
Amazon Kindle: Jacobs' Diary: Sleeping with the Past

David Jacobs is your average, everyday gay Joe. He has a good job, the two best neighbors that anyone could ask for, and a precocious twelve-year-old son. Nothing out of the ordinary has ever happened to David. That is until the day he is nearly killed by a phantom truck, saved by a handsome stranger, and receives a bizarre FAX at his office that propels him, his son, his neighbors, and the attractive stranger who saved his life into the most fascinating and disturbing adventure of a lifetime.

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: Exposition

Gay Historical Romance
Exposition by Kyle Taylor
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press LLC (August 14, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Exposition

Meet Benjamin Wyatt, a handsome young architect helping create the magnificent 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. While immersed in work at the famous architectural firm of Burnham and Root, Benjamin’s pugnacious, social climbing father, Walter Wyatt, pushes him to marry the stunningly beautiful debutante, Evelyn Van Buren—thus securing the family’s position in Chicago society. Yet, when Benjamin meets the cocky young electrical engineer, Spencer Bowles, who is also working on the fair, his world and its ambitions are forever shattered.

Set amidst the opulent splendor of Chicago in the late Victorian Age, Benjamin must confront the perils of accepting his own true love and risk destroying everything he worked so hard to achieve. Meticulously researched and filled with lush images of the Gilded Age, Exposition, tells the epic story of a love that dare not speak its name...

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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