March 3rd, 2014

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Joe Bracco (May 2, 1960 - March 3, 1991)

Joe Bracco (May 2, 1960, Seaford, New York - March 3, 1991, New York, New York), a passionate and unique singer/songwriter, first appeared on the gay music scene in 1987. Although he began performing in 1980 in duet with Debra Ruth, it was not until several years later that he found his own voice, both personally and musically. An early song, "You Are My Strength," received an honorable mention from The International Songwriting Competition of the American Song Festival in 1981. To be true to himself, he stopped composing heterosexual "hits" and took a more meaningful direction, using his melodic flair to write songs that portrayed gay feelings and lives in a positive way. (Photo: courtesy estate of Joe Bracco)

As an openly gay singer, Joe appeared on national and local television and radio and performed in concerts, working with Romanovsky & Phillips, Lynn Lavner, Elliot Pilshaw, Sara Cytron and the Big Apple Corps Band, mostly in cabarets and small theaters in New York. He made appearances at benefits for ACT-UP, the People With AIDS Coalition, the New York Names Project, and the New York City Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center.

His song "Friend In My Pocket" was inspired by a GMHC [Gay Men's Health Crisis] campaign for condom use. The song was used on several cable TV shows and for a condom-use campaign. It was also featured in a multi-media exhibit on AIDS as part of a Keith Haring print retrospective, and will be published in a book on lyric writing by lyricist/composer Sheila Davis.

Joe recorded twenty-four songs before his death but was not able to see to completion their release on cassette. With the support of Joe's friends and family, Romanovsky & Phillips completed the project by adding arrangements, backing vocals, etc., and released fifteen of the songs on their Fresh Fruit label in 1992.

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

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Louis Edmonds (September 24, 1923 – March 3, 2001)

Louis Stirling Edmonds (September 24, 1923 – March 3, 2001) was an American actor from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was best known for his roles in Dark Shadows and All My Children. Though he never hid his sexuality to those he met, he came out publicly in the biography Big Lou by Craig Hamrick, published while Edmonds was in his 70s. The actor gave details of his life as a gay man.

Edmonds appeared in the musical Ernest in Love in 1960. He acted on the supernatural soap Dark Shadows as Roger Collins from 1966 to 1971. His other roles on Dark Shadows were Joshua Collins (the father of Barnabas Collins), Edward Collins (the older brother of Quentin Collins), Roger Collins PT (Roger Collins' opposite self in 1970 Parallel Time), the adult Daniel Collins (a cousin of Barnabas Collins and Millicent Collins' younger brother), Amadeus Collins (a lawyer who was the main prosecutor in the trial of Judah Zachary in 1692, whose spirit later possesses Gerard Stiles in 1840), and Brutus Collins (a ghost who haunted the secret locked room in 1841 Parallel Time). On All My Children, he played Langley Wallingford/Lenny Wlasuk from 1979 to 1995, who was married to Phoebe Tyler, portrayed by Ruth Warrick. He received Daytime Emmy nominations in 1984, 1985 and 1986. He also received Soap Opera Digest Award nominations in 1989 and 1990. Edmonds left the show due to ill health. He died of respiratory failure on March 3, 2001, in Port Jefferson, New York at the age of 77.

Edmonds began his career off-Broadway in the 1950s, appearing in mostly light comedy and classical works. He created the role of Algernon in Ernest in Love, the musical version of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest. The cast recording was recently reissued on CD. He played Max in the original Broadway production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide, but due to a temporary illness, he is not heard on the cast recording. In the 1970s and 1980s Edmonds toured in several national tours, two of the most successful were Man of LaMancha (as Cervantes/Quixote) and My Fair Lady (as Henry Higgins).

Louis was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on September 24, 1923 to Walter R. Edmonds and his wife, Katherine L. Stirling.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Edmonds

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Orland Outland

Orland Outland, the author of the romantic bestseller Every Man for Himself, has created a heartfelt valentine to the notion that love comes quietly and often in the most unlikely ways. He is also the author of A Serious Person; Different People; Coming Out: A Handbook for Men; The Principles: The Gay Man's Guide to Getting (and Keeping) Mr. Right; and the mysteries Death Wore a Smart Little Outfit, Death Wore a Fabulous New Fragrance, and Death Wore the Emperor's New Clothes. He lives in Reno, Nevada and is currently working on a play titled Less Than a Person.

Further Readings:

Every Man For Himself by Orland Outland
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Kensington (May 1, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1575665530
ISBN-13: 978-1575665535
Amazon: Every Man For Himself

John has been working out and taking his supplements, and he has a new lease on life. Actually, he has a life, period, since he reversed the downhill slide of his health with an anti-AIDS protease-inhibitor cocktail. Once OK-looking but out-of-shape, he became very sick, but now he is 195 pounds of buffed, chiseled hunk. With the further help of doctor-approved steroids and testosterone, he now has people openly admiring, and beautiful boys propositioning, him. So his stodgy, intellectual, but caring lover, Harrison, increasingly strikes him as, well, lumpy. Then on boys' night out, John meets Brian, hot and 21, and realizes his new studliness has expanded his horizons much wider than he used to think possible. When John reencounters Brian at a gay male resort, and they reexperience their initial passion, John is off and running on his newfound path, which leads to drugs, dissolution, and disappointment. He is not in Kansas anymore, but eventually he sees that there's no place like home--especially if hubby has joined a gym. (Whitney Scott)

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It Happened Today: March 3

Danny Kaye & Laurence Olivier: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3491041.html

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier (22 May 1907 - 11 July 1989), the finest English actor of his time, performed sublimely in a variety of stage and screen roles. Olivier had a number of intimate relationships with men, including comic Danny KAYE (January 18, 1913 - March 3, 1987). As Olivier's third wife Joan Plowright put it: "I have always resented the comments that it was I who was the homewrecker of Larry's marriage to Vivien Leigh. Danny Kaye was attached to Larry far earlier than I."

James Merrill, David Jackson & Peter Hooten: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2791598.html

James Ingram Merrill (March 3, 1926 - February 6, 1995) was a Pulitzer Prize winning American poet. His father was Charles E. Merrill, founding partner of the Merrill Lynch investment firm. James Merrill's partner of more than three decades was David Jackson, also a writer. Merrill and Jackson met in New York City after a performance of Merrill's "The Bait" in 1953. Together, they moved to Stonington, Connecticut in 1955. For two decades, the couple spent part of each year in Athens, Greece.
In his 1993 memoir A Different Person, Merrill painted a candid portrait in his memoir of gay life in the early 50s, describing friendships and relationships with several men including poet Hans Lodeizen, journalist Umberto Morra, writer Claude Fredericks, art dealer Robert Isaacson, and his partner, actor Peter Hooten. The Inner Room is dedicated to Hooten. Includes the celebrated cycle of poems called "Prose of Departure", which describes a visit to Japan while a friend in NYC is dying of AIDS.

Joe Bracco (May 2, 1960 - March 3, 1991): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3490674.html

Joe Bracco, a passionate and unique singer/songwriter, first appeared on the gay music scene in 1987. Although he began performing in 1980 in duet with Debra Ruth, it was not until several years later that he found his own voice, both personally and musically. An early song, "You Are My Strength," received an honorable mention from The International Songwriting Competition of the American Song Festival in 1981. He stopped composing heterosexual "hits" and took a more meaningful direction.

Louis Edmonds (September 24, 1923 – March 3, 2001): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4238526.html

Louis Stirling Edmonds (September 24, 1923 – March 3, 2001) was an American actor from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was best known for his roles in Dark Shadows and All My Children. Though he never hid his sexuality to those he met, he came out publicly in the biography Big Lou by Craig Hamrick, published while Edmonds was in his 70s. The actor gave details of his life as a gay man. On All My Children, he played Langley Wallingford/Lenny Wlasuk from 1979 to 1995, who was married to Phoebe Tyler.

Orland Outland: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1177167.html

Orland Outland, the author of the romantic Every Man for Himself, has created a heartfelt valentine to the notion that love comes quietly and often in the most unlikely ways: John has been working out and taking his supplements, and he has a new lease on life. Actually, he has a life, period, since he reversed the downhill slide of his health with an anti-AIDS protease-inhibitor cocktail. Once OK-looking but out-of-shape, he became very sick, but now he is 195 pounds of buffed, chiseled hunk.

Susan Eggman & Renee Hall: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4238702.html

Susan Talamantes Eggman is an American politician from Stockton, California who is a member of the California State Assembly. She has been in a relationship with Renee Hall since 1982. A Democrat, she represents the 13th district, encompassing western San Joaquin County. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, she was a Stockton city councilmember and associate professor of social work at California State University, Sacramento. She is a member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus.

Victoria Kent & Louise Crane: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3874606.html

Victoria Kent was a Spanish lawyer and republican politician. Victoria Kent was Louise Crane's companion in later years. Louise Crane was a prominent American philanthropist. Crane was a friend to some of New York’s leading literary figures, including Tennessee Williams and Marianne Moore. Crane and Kent published Ibérica, a Spanish language anti-Franco magazine. Following Josephine Boardman Crane's death, Kent and Crane lived together in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and Redding, Connecticut.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Strain

Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Strain by Amelia C. Gormley
Paperback: 318 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (December 12, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626490708
ISBN-13: 978-1626490703
Amazon: Strain
Amazon Kindle: Strain

In a world with little hope and no rules, the only thing they have to lose is themselves.

Rhys Cooper is a dead man. Cut off from the world since childhood, he’s finally exposed to the lethal virus that wiped out most of the human race. Now his only hope for survival is infection by another strain that might provide immunity. But it’s sexually transmitted, and the degradation he feels at submitting to the entire squad of soldiers that rescued him eclipses any potential for pleasure—except with Darius, the squadron’s respected, capable leader.

Sergeant Darius Murrell has seen too much death and too little humanity. He’s spent a decade putting plague victims out of their misery and escorting survivors to a safe haven he can never enjoy. He’d rather help Rhys live than put him down, so when Rhys can’t reconcile himself to doing what’s necessary to survive, Darius is forced to save Rhys in spite of himself.

But with each passing day, it looks less and less likely that Rhys can be saved. And that means that Darius might soon have to put a bullet in the head of the one person in years who reminds him of what it means to be human.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
25$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
83$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
140$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
275$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 1040$*

* 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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UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet: MA Ford

Starting from March up until June I will feature authors attending the UK GLBTQ Meet in Bristol (June 7 & 8, 2014: ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/2014-registration/2014-attendees/).

Today author is MA Ford: MA Ford was trying to fulfill her ambition to write a book when a friend persuaded her to take over a reporting assignment at a local racetrack. But instead of gaining the background information necessary for her story, she found herself becoming immersed in the world of motorsport. For nearly twenty years, fiction writing was left to one side, replaced by press releases, race reports, and regulations. But dreams never totally die and finally she has come full circle.
When not at the racetrack, she loves reading, and is grateful that the invention of e-books has stopped her home gradually filling up with books. She lives in Europe and dreams of moving closer to the sea.
Website: http://www.melandraanne.com/

MA Ford is offering a copy of Track Limits to one commenter on this blog. You can comment on LJ or DW if you have an account (I will send a PM to the winner), if you don't have an account, please leave a comment on DW with a contact email.

Track Limits by MA Ford
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 27, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627983988
ISBN-13: 978-1627983983
Amazon: Track Limits
Amazon Kindle: Track Limits

Is motorsport ready for a gay driver?

As the opening race in the Global GT Challenge approaches, lead driver Mark Hunter struggles to regain his confidence after Randolph Racing’s last disastrous season. Mark hesitates when owner Randy says he’s found the perfect replacement for their arrogant previous teammate, Brad Wilkins. Former single-seater star Jordan Matthews is excited to join the crew and ready to put past troubles behind him.

Trust builds as Mark and Jordan become a fine-tuned team for the number 17 Saleen, earning a podium in Abu Dhabi at the season opener. Their friendship develops into more as they continue to earn prestige for Randolph Racing. But their success sparks jealousy, and people from their pasts threaten vengeance. Jordan is reluctant to ruin his fresh start in racing by exposing the secrets that almost cost him his career ten years ago. If he can’t take the risk, he’ll never realize his dream of kissing Mark on the winner’s podium.

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Merrick by Claire Cray

Considering the setting, 1799, quite original just like that, and the plot device, a young man sent as endured servant for 5 years, I was expecting for this story to be very gothic like, dark and brooding, maybe even a little dramatic.

So it was with a little surprise that, page after page, I was discovering a romantic story, almost a sweet romance, with a kind Master who seemed more interested in taking care of his servant than using him; my prejudices almost pushed me to believe the Master was some sort of ogre and that he was fattening up the servant, but do not worry, this wasn’t the case.

Anyway, William is really a clever boy, even if only 18 years old, he had already his business as bookseller, but he had bad companies, and he ended up to pay for all his fellow mates. Merrick, his Master, is some sort of hermit, a well-respected apothecary who hides his features behind a cloak he doesn’t remove neither in front of William. But he is gentle and kind, and he treats William in a good way, so much that William starts to believe his bad fate isn’t so bad after all, and even if he has never been interested in men, now that he is in close proximity with Merrick, he is very much attracted by the man: another device plot I was used in my old fashioned romance novels, William falls for Merrick without even knowing his looks, he falls in love for the kind man who is behind the cloak, not for a pretty face.

A some sort of Beauty and the Beast, also here there is a reason for Merrick to hide himself, and William will have to prove that he loves Merrick despite all.

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Amazon Kindle: Merrick

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