February 23rd, 2014

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Barry Sandler (born February 23, 1947)

Barry Sandler (born February 23, 1947, Buffalo, New York) is an American screenwriter and film producer. His career has spanned several decades, with the 1980s being his most prolific. The openly gay Sandler is perhaps best known for writing the 1982 film Making Love, the first mainstream Hollywood film to deal seriously with issues of homosexuality and coming out. Sandler discussed Making Love in the 1995 documentary film The Celluloid Closet.

In addition to his successful writing career, Sandler also teaches screenwriting at the University of Central Florida and serves as one Artistic Director to Outfest, a gay and lesbian film festival in Los Angeles.

He is the recipient of the GLAAD Media Award and the Outfest 2002 Gay Pioneer Award for Courage and Artistry, and was named by The Advocate as one of the most influential gay artists in America.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Sandler

Further Readings:

Making Love (1982)
Actors: Michael Ontkean, Kate Jackson, Harry Hamlin, Wendy Hiller, Arthur Hill
Directors: Arthur Hiller
Writers: Barry Sandler, A. Scott Berg
Producers: Alan J. Adler, Barry Sandler, Daniel Melnick, Dorothy Wilde
Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
Run Time: 113 minutes
Amazon: Making Love (1982)

What would you do if your husband fell in love - with another man? "Making Love" is about Zack (Michael Ontkean) and Claire (Kate Jackson) - two attractive, successful and playful affectionate partners who share the perfect marriage. He's a medic. She's a TV exec. And they're about to buy an absolutely gorgeous Beverly Hills home. Enter Bart (Harry Hamlin). He's a gay writer whose striking good looks pepper his social life with enough one-night stands so that he easily avoids commitment. When they first meet, Zack is merely curious. Gradually, he decides to take the plunge. Less about homosexuality than self-discovery, "Making Love" tackles the fundamentals of life - pain, loss, recovery - with astonishing sincerity and candor. Some critical scenes - such as when Zack tells Claire what's really happening to their marriage - are handled with a sensitivity rarely found in American movies. Highlighted by touching performances, "Making Love" really probes the depths of passion - in all of us.

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Guy de Cointet (1934-1983)

Guy de Cointet (1934 – 1983) was a French-born artist based in California who created text and sculptural works, often combining them as props and stage sets in theatrical. (P: Manuel Fuentes. A photograph of the artist Guy de Cointet in 1980)

Born in Paris in 1934, he moved to New York in 1965, and then to Los Angeles in 1968. He worked for a time as an assistant for the sculptor Larry Bell. Between 1975 and 1977 he taught at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, giving courses focusing on performance art.

His text works on canvas and on paper were based on systems of cryptography. He produced many encrypted publications including a completely encoded newspaper, ACRCIT.

His performance pieces combined literary puzzles inspired by the works of Raymond Roussel and the tropes of TV soap opera. The pieces were performed by actors such as Factory 'superstar' Viva and diminutive comedian Billy Barty. Theater critic Frantisek Deak once wrote of Cointet's structuralist approach in plays such as Tell Me (1979) in which fashionably attired actresses variously describe a white cardboard square featuring the black capital letters A, D, M, and T - the artist juxtaposed "lifelike casual conversation with contrived literary language ... [pointing] out that both are particular styles and that, with a certain distance, the casual conversation will appear contrived as well."

His work has influenced that of Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley, and Catherine Sullivan, among others.



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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_de_Cointet

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Keith Christopher (April 27, 1957 - February 23, 1998)

Keith Christopher (Thomson) (April 27, 1957, Portland, Oregon - February 23, 1998, New York, New York ), a singer/songwriter, actor and AIDS activist, made television history when he appeared as the first openly gay, HIV-positive performer to portray an HIV-positive gay character on NBC's Another World.

He was next invited to create the role of Wyatt Sanders, a gay HIV counselor, on the daytime drama The Guiding Light. This recurring role led to an NBC News profile by Tom Brokaw, and interview segments on Entertainment Tonight, the PBS show In the Life, Fox's TV Nation and appearances on several network television talk shows and radio shows.

Christopher dedicated the last years of his life to being a spokesperson for Gay Men's Health Crisis. At GMHC's 1997 AIDS Walk in Central Park, Christopher was a keynote speaker, along with Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Rosie Perez. He spoke of his long struggle with AIDS and his body's inability to benefit from the newest drug treatments.

In 1994 Christopher was honored by Billboard Magazine with a Certificate of Achievement award for his song "Smiling in the Dark." His song "One People" was commissioned by the United Nations Environmental Project, and "Pieces of Lives" was written for and performed by Christopher at the first display of the Names Project Memorial Quilt in New York City. At the time of his death in 1998 he was nearing completion of his first CD, Naked Truth, posthumously released by Significant Other Records.

Keith Christopher died of AIDS in New York at the age of 40 on February 23, 1998. —Joseph Dalton

Source: http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/music/catalogue/christopher.html

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Carl Sautter (April 29, 1948 - February 23, 1993)

Carl Sautter (April 29, 1948 - February 23, 1993) was an Emmy nominated writer born in the United Kingdom. Sautter wrote for highly rated television series including Trapper John, M.D. on CBS, Moonlighting on ABC and Beverly Hills, 90210 on FOX. He also contributed to Hanna-Barbera's Jetsons: The Movie.

Sautter started his professional life as an urban planner for local government before pursuing a career as a writer. It took seven years of failure before his writing career took off. Cognisant of the difficulties other writers have in breaking into the entertainment industry, Sautter shared his knowledge as an instructor at screenwriting workshops, including Selling to Hollywood, the New Writers Awards (sponsored by NBC), the Hawaii International Film Festival, and more.

Sautter published How to Sell Your Screenplay in 1992.

Sautter's last major project was as writer and story advisor for the 1993 Italian television series Lucky Luke, based on a French comic book character. The series featured a largely American cast but was never broadcast in the United States.

Sautter died on February 23, 1993 at the age of 44.

In the mid-1990s, the Scriptwriter's Network created the Carl Sautter Memorial Screenwriting Competition as well as the Producer's Outreach Program for Television.

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

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Scott Symons (July 13, 1933 - February 23, 2009)

Hugh Brennan Scott Symons (b in Toronto, Ontario 13 Jul 1933 – d in Toronto, Ontario 23 Feb 2009) was a Canadian writer. Born into a wealthy family, he attended a number of private schools, the University of Toronto, Cambridge University and the Sorbonne. A rising star of Canadian literature in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he wrote two novels with homoerotic themes before leaving Canada to live in Morocco.

He was openly gay at a time when this was very difficult, publishing his first novel, Place d'Armes, which dealt directly with homosexuality, two years before gay sex was decriminalized in Canada. He was an avid diarist and many of his observations and episodes from his life found their way into his novels.

He died in Toronto at the age of 75.

Symons is the subject of a documentary film, God's Fool (1998), by Nik Sheehan.

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David Shneer

David Shneer is the Louis P. Singer chair in Jewish history, professor of history and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His newest book, Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust (Rutgers University Press, 2011), finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, looks at the lives and works of two dozen Soviet Jewish World War II military photographers to examine what kinds of photographs they took when they encountered evidence of Nazi genocide on the Eastern Front.His other books include Queer Jews, finalist for the Lambda Literary award, Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora, which has sparked discussion in publications like the Economist and the Jerusalem Post. His new project, Not On Their Last Road, examines Yiddish musical culture's role in the clash between fascism and Communism through the life and work of Lin Jaldati, a Dutch-Jewish Yiddish-singing cabaret singer, who survived the Holocaust and was the last person to see Anne Frank alive. After the war, she moved to East Germany and became the Yiddish diva of the Communist world until her death in 1988.

Further Readings:

Queer Jews by David Shneer & Caryn Aviv
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Routledge (June 30, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0415931673
Amazon: Queer Jews
Amazon Kindle: Queer Jews

Queer Jews describes how queer Jews are changing Jewish American culture, creating communities and making room for themselves, as openly, unapologetically queer and Jewish. Combining political analysis and personal memoir, these essays explore the various ways queer Jews are creating new forms of Jewish communities and institutions, and demanding that Jewish communities become more inclusive.

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It Happened Today: February 23

Barry Sandler (born February 23, 1947): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4218818.html

Barry Sandler is an American screenwriter and film producer. His career has spanned several decades, with the 1980s being his most prolific. The openly gay Sandler is perhaps best known for writing the 1982 film Making Love, the first mainstream Hollywood film to deal seriously with issues of homosexuality and coming out. Sandler discussed Making Love in the 1995 documentary film The Celluloid Closet. He was named by The Advocate as one of the most influential gay artists in America.

Carl Sautter (April 29, 1948 - February 23, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3473288.html

Carl Sautter (April 29, 1948 - February 23, 1993) was an Emmy nominated writer born in the United Kingdom. Sautter wrote for highly rated television series including Trapper John, M.D. on CBS, Moonlighting on ABC and Beverly Hills, 90210 on FOX. He also contributed to Hanna-Barbera's Jetsons: The Movie. In the mid-1990s, the Scriptwriter's Network created the Carl Sautter Memorial Screenwriting Competition as well as the Producer's Outreach Program for Television. He died of AIDS at 44.

David Shneer: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4219796.html

David Shneer is the Louis P. Singer chair in Jewish history, professor of history and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado. Queer Jews describes how queer Jews are changing Jewish American culture, creating communities and making room for themselves, as openly, unapologetically queer and Jewish. Combining political analysis and personal memoir, these essays explore the various ways queer Jews are creating new forms of Jewish communities and institutions.

Guy de Cointet (1934-1983): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4219065.html

Guy de Cointet was a French-born artist based in California. Theater critic Frantisek Deak once wrote of Tell Me (1979) in which fashionably attired actresses variously describe a white cardboard square featuring the black capital letters A, D, M, and T - the artist juxtaposed "lifelike casual conversation with contrived literary language ... [pointing] out that both are particular styles and that, with a certain distance, the casual conversation will appear contrived as well."

Keith Christopher (April 27, 1957 - February 23, 1998): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3473612.html

Keith Christopher (Thomson) (April 27, 1957, Portland, Oregon - February 23, 1998, New York, New York ), a singer/songwriter, actor and AIDS activist, made television history when he appeared as the first openly gay, HIV-positive performer to portray an HIV-positive gay character on NBC's Another World. Christopher dedicated the last years of his life to being a spokesperson for Gay Men's Health Crisis. At GMHC's 1997 AIDS Walk in Central Park, Christopher was a keynote speaker.

Michael Ausiello & Kit: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4219198.html

Michael Ausiello is an American television industry journalist and actor. He was a Senior Writer at TV Guide and its companion website, TVGuide.com. In 2008, Ausiello left TV Guide for Entertainment Weekly and posted his first blog for them on July 2, 2008. On October 4, 2010, he announced his departure from Entertainment Weekly to join Jay Penske's Mail.com Media, where he launched a new TV site, TVLine.com. Ausiello is openly gay and has been in a relationship with his partner Kit since 2002.

Robin Wood & Richard Lippe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1388411.html

Robin Wood was a Canada-based film critic and educator. He wrote books on Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Ingmar Bergman, and Arthur Penn and was a member, until 2007, of the editorial collective that publishes the magazine CineACTION!, a film theory collective founded at Toronto's York University. Around mid 70s, he also had a relationship with John Anderson, the dedicatee in at least one of Wood's books. Later he was to meet Richard Lippe, with whom he lived from 1977 until his death in 2009.

Sandra Holiday & Anita Priest: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4219397.html

Sandra Holiday and Anita Priest were together for 23 years when Anita passed away from complications due to cancer. Today, her portrait hangs above the piano where she will always hear the music, something she loved very much. The gold “A” that hangs around Sandra’s neck is a constant reminder and keeps Anita close to her heart. Theirs was a storybook romance. It all began when their “eyes met across a crowded room” at Jimmy January’s in Fort Lauderdale in 1985. It was electric.

Scott Symons (July 13, 1933 - February 23, 2009): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2805779.html

Hugh Brennan Scott Symons (13 Jul 1933 – 23 Feb 2009) was a Canadian writer. He was openly gay at a time when this was very difficult, publishing his first novel, Place d'Armes, which dealt directly with homosexuality, two years before gay sex was decriminalized in Canada. He was an avid diarist and many of his observations and episodes from his life found their way into his novels. Symons is the subject of a documentary film, God's Fool, by Nik Sheehan. He died in Toronto at the age of 75.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Babette

Transgender Biography / Memoir
Babette: The Many Lives, Two Deaths and Double Kidnapping of Dr. Ellsworth by Ross Eliot
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Ross Gustafson (December 9, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0991186109
ISBN-13: 978-0991186105
Amazon: Babette: The Many Lives, Two Deaths and Double Kidnapping of Dr. Ellsworth

"Babette: The Many Lives, Two Deaths and Double Kidnapping of Dr. Ellsworth" is the story of Ross Eliot's early years in Portland, when he stumbled upon an unusual living situation with an eccentric history professor. In exchange for living quarters in her pantry, Eliot served as companion, chauffeur, confidant and sometimes medic for the flamboyant and worldly septuagenarian. His account of these years pulls the reader through religious, cultural and historical tales laced with intrigue, felony, incest and mystery.

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/
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
110$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
200$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 830$*

* 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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