March 5th, 2014

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Cyril Collard (December 179, 1957 - March 5, 1993)

Cyril Collard (19 December 1957, Paris − 5 March 1993) was a French author, filmmaker, composer, musician and actor. He is known for his unapologetic portrayals of bisexuality and HIV in art, particularly his autobiographical novel and film Les Nuits Fauves (Savage Nights). Openly bisexual, Collard was also one of the first French artists to speak openly about his HIV-positive status.

Collard was born into a liberal, middle-class family in France. He attended Lycée Hoche in Versailles, and pursued an engineering degree at Institut Industriel du Nord in Villeneuve d'Ascq, later known as École centrale de Lille before deciding to drop out.

The semi-autobiographical Savage Nights (Les Nuits Fauves), finished in 1992, was Collard's first and only feature film. It won four Césars (best editing, best film, best first work, and most promising actress) in 1993. Unfortunately, Collard did not live to accept his award; he had died three days earlier.

Early in his career, Collard assisted fellow director Maurice Pialat and directed six music videos, as well as several television programs. Among the music videos he directed were those of French-Algerian band Carte de Séjour, whose lead singer Rachid Taha is one of the most famous rock-ethnic musicians in France today.

Collard's own experiences with AIDS undoubtedly influenced his work. He died of AIDS-related illness aged 35.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyril_Collard

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Laurie Toby Edison (born March 5, 1942)

Laurie Toby Edison (born 1942) is an internationally exhibited portrait photographer. Her three suites of photographs include a series of nude environmental portraits of fat women (Women En Large), a series of nude environmental portraits of a very diverse cross-section of men (Familiar Men), and a series of clothed environmental portraits of women living in Japan (Women of Japan). Edison's work is black-and-white fine art photography, with an underlying social change message, which she often phrases as "making the invisible visible.” (P: Carol Squires. Laurie Toby Edison)

She was born and raised in New York City, raised in a family of artists and designers. She and her writing partner Debbie Notkin blog about body image and related topics at Body Impolitic. She has two daughters, one a dance choreographer and the other a biotechnology scientist. She’s a long-time resident of San Francisco, and lives in the Mission District.

She has published two black-and-white fine art photography books: Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes (1994); and Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes (2004).

Women of Japan, a suite of clothed portraits of women in Japan, from many Japanese cultures and backgrounds, was completed in 2007. Photographs have been exhibited in Japan, China and the US, and will be included in an exhibition in Shenyang, China in 2014.

A retrospective of one hundred of her photographs “Meditations on the Body: Recent Work” was exhibited at the National Museum of Art in Osaka in 2001. Her photographs have also been exhibited around the world, including New York City, Tokyo, Kyoto, Toronto, Boston, London, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and San Francisco. The complete Women of Japan project was shown at the Pacifico Convention Center in Yokohama in the fall of 2007.

Edison has photographs in the permanent collections of Gallery Fleur, Kyoto Seika University, and the National Museum of Art, Osaka. The National Museum included six of her photographs in their 35th anniversary exhibition, The Allure of the Collection, in 2012.





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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Toby_Edison

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Richmond Barthé (January 28, 1901 – March 5, 1989)

James Richmond Barthé (January 28, 1901 – March 5, 1989) was an African-American sculptor known for his many public works, including the Toussaint L’Ouverture Monument in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a sculpture of Rose McClendon for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House.

Barthe once said: “...all my life I have be interested in trying to capture the spiritual quality I see and feel in people, and I feel that the human figure as God made it, is the best means of expressing this spirit in man.”

Richmond Barthé was born in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi (in January 1901). His father died at 22, when Richmond was only one month old, leaving his mother to raise him alone. Barthé spent his teen years in New Orleans, Louisiana.

His fourth-grade teacher and his parish priest influenced young Richmond’s aesthetic development, and he showed great promise as an artist at a young age, but as a Colored American in the South, he was barred from enrolling in any of the art schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, near his home. When he was twelve, his work was shown at the county fair in Mississippi, and he continued to develop remarkably as an artist.

At fourteen, Barthé left school to take a job as houseboy and handyman, but he still spent his free time drawing. At eighteen, after Barthé had moved to New Orleans, his parish priest in New Orleans and a writer for the New Orleans Times Picayune recognized his ability. Richmond donated a portrait he made for a church fund raiser. The priest and the writer, along with his employer determined to find an art school where Barthé could study and expand his talent.

Lyle Saxon of the Times Picayune newspaper, fighting against current racist school segregation, tried unsuccessfully to get Barthé registered in art school in New Orleans. In 1924, with the aid of a Catholic priest, the Reverend Harry Kane, S.S.I, and with less than a high school education and no formal training in art, Barthé was admitted to the Art Institute of Chicago. During the next four years Barthé followed a curriculum structured for majors in painting. During his four years of study he worked as a busboy at a small café. His work caught the attention of Dr. Charles Maceo Thompson, a patron of the arts and supporter of many talented young black artists. Barthé was a flattering portrait painter, and Dr. Thompson helped him to secure many lucrative commissions from the city’s affluent black citizens.


Richmond Barthe, "Boxer" (portrait of Cuban featherweight, "Kid Chocolate"), 1942, Art Institute of Chicago

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richmond_Barth%C3%A9

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Jerry Enriquez & Wilfried Knight

Wilfried Knight, stage name of Wilfried Chevalier ( February 19, 1975 - Vancouver , March 5, 2013 ) was a French pornographic actor born in Germany, active in the field of gay pornography.

Born in Germany but raised in France, he graduated in law after studying in France, Belgium and Greece. Among the many jobs he worked for some time as a personal trainer in London. He began his career as a pornographic actor in 2004 as an exclusive model from Lucas Entertainment, taking the film Manhattan Heat, Michael Lucas' Dangerous Liaisons, Obsession and Kings of New York. Immediately got a nomination for Best Newcomer GayVN Awards 2005 and was voted "Hottest Porn Star of 2005" by the magazine Out Magazine.

In 2006 he acquired a good popularity outside of the pornographic industry, when some websites erroneously reported his participation in the video for Madonna Sorry.

After a pause, in which he had to fight against cancer, Knight was imposed on the hard scene as a prolific versatile performer, participating in more than 20 films for production companies such as Lucas Entertainment and Raging Stallion Studios. In 2010, after several nominations, won a GayVN Award for performer of the year.

On March 5, 2013 he took his own life, two weeks after the suicide of his husband, Jerry Enriquez, with whom he was legally married in Canada for seven years. Enriquez lead to the tragic gesture seems to have been the difficulty in finding a job in Canada and the impossibility of being able to return with his husband in the home country (immigration laws and the lack of recognition of their union by the United States would could lead to expulsion from the country of Knight). Knight, unable to bear the pain for the loss of his companion, killed himself in the hotel in Vancouver where they were married.


Wilfried Knight, stage name of Wilfried Chevalier ( February 19, 1975 - Vancouver , March 5, 2013 ) was a French pornographic actor born in Germany. On March 5, 2013 he took his own life, two weeks after the suicide of his husband, Jerry Enriquez, with whom he was legally married in Canada for seven years. Enriquez lead to the tragic gesture seems to have been the difficulty in finding a job in Canada and the impossibility of being able to return with his husband in the home country.

Source: it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilfried_Knight

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William Jack Sibley

William Jack Sibley's first novel ANY KIND OF LUCK was published by Kensington in 2001. It was nominated for a Lambda award (Best Romance), The Texas Institute of Letters "Funniest Book of the Year" John Bloom Award and the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year. His play MORTALLY FINE was produced Off-Broadway and numerous of his screenplays have been optioned by such directors and actors as John Schlesinger, Arthur Hiller and Diane Ladd. His writing has appeared in the UTNE READER, HALLMARK MAGAZINE, BRILLIANT MAGAZINE, THE SAN ANTONIO CURRENT, THE ORLANDO WEEKLY, THE DALLAS TIMES HERALD, HERITAGE MAGAZINE, TEXAS CO-OP MAGAZINE, THE DEAD MULE ("A Journal of Southern Literature"), FLYING COLORS, SOUTHWEST AIRLINES MAGAZINE and THE NEW YORK NATIVE. In addition to screenwriting, playwrighting and journalism Sibley is a fifth generation Texan who oversees his family's ranching operations in South Texas.

Further Readings:

Any Kind Of Luck by William Jack Sibley
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (July 1, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758202555
ISBN-13: 978-0758202550
Amazon: Any Kind Of Luck

Mere moments after his arrival in his rural hometown of Grit, Texas with Chris, his laid-back lover, Manhattan hand model Clu Latimore is up to his stylish cut in problems that include caring for his dying mother and her pack of prize-inning Chihuahuas - and, of course, initiating the incredulous Chris into the reality of life in the land of blue bonnets, barbecue and Baptists. But just when Clu's all but ruled out suicide, along comes his former piano teacher and Grit's answer to Brooke Astor, Miss Oveta Canfield. She intends to transform the Espinosa County Livestock Barn into a dinner theatre, and recruits Clu to direct a country-western version of Agamemnon. Before Clu's odyssey is over, there will be a wedding, a birth, a funeral and, of course, a no-holds-barred production of Agamemnon - The Musical. Convinced he's seen everything, Clu can't help wondering how long a couple of gay New Yorkers can possibly survive in a dry country crawling with Bible thumpers, fire ants and temptation in the last place they ever expected to find it...

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It Happened Today: March 5

Cyril Collard (December 179, 1957 - March 5, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4242581.html

Cyril Collard was a French author, filmmaker, composer, musician and actor. Openly bisexual, Collard was also one of the first French artists to speak openly about his HIV-positive status. The semi-autobiographical Savage Nights (Les Nuits Fauves), finished in 1992, was Collard's first and only feature film. It won four Césars (best editing, best film, best first work, and most promising actress) in 1993. Unfortunately, Collard did not live to accept his award; he had died three days earlier.

Laurie Toby Edison (born March 5, 1942): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4242813.html

Laurie Toby Edison is an exhibited portrait photographer. Her 3 suites of photographs include a series of nude environmental portraits of fat women (Women En Large), a series of nude environmental portraits of a very diverse cross-section of men (Familiar Men), and a series of clothed environmental portraits of women living in Japan (Women of Japan). Edison's work is B&W fine art photography, with an underlying social change message, which she often phrases as "making the invisible visible.”

Mary Elizabeth Garrett & M. Carey Thomas: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4243070.html

After Mamie Gwinn left M. Carey Thomas in 1904, Thomas started a relationship with Mary Elizabeth Garrett; they shared the campus home, living together until Garrett's death in 1915. Miss Garrett, who had been prominent in suffrage work and a benefactor of Bryn Mawr, left to President Thomas $15,000,000 to be disposed of as she saw fit. Thomas retired in 1922. She left the college in the capable hands of Marion Edwards Park, who had served as a dean at both Simmons and Radcliffe Colleges.

Richmond Barthé (January 28, 1901 – March 5, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4243450.html

James Richmond Barthé (January 28, 1901 – March 5, 1989) was an African-American sculptor known for his many public works, including the
Toussaint L’Ouverture Monument in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a sculpture of Rose McClendon for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House. Barthe once said: “...all my life I have be interested in trying to capture the spiritual quality I see and feel in people, and I feel that the human figure as God made it, is the best means of expressing this spirit in man.”

Thomas Hermanns & Wolfgang Macht: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4243681.html

Thomas Hermanns (born 5 March 1963) is a German TV-presenter, director, TV-author and comedian. He is known for his comedy-show Quatsch Comedy Club. Hermanns has been in a relationship for 14 years with Wolfgang Macht. On 6 September 2008 Hermanns and Macht married. Hermanns has written and produced different comedy shows on TV, including Zapped (1998), Back to Life (2000) and Paranoid (2004) for Michael Mittermeier, Gayle Tufts and Cora Frost.

Wilfried Knight & Jerry Enriquez: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4243723.html

Wilfried Knight, stage name of Wilfried Chevalier ( February 19, 1975 - Vancouver , March 5, 2013 ) was a French pornographic actor born in Germany. On March 5, 2013 he took his own life, two weeks after the suicide of his husband, Jerry Enriquez, with whom he was legally married in Canada for seven years. Enriquez lead to the tragic gesture seems to have been the difficulty in finding a job in Canada and the impossibility of being able to return with his husband in the home country.

William Jack Sibley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4244129.html

William Jack Sibley's first novel ANY KIND OF LUCK was published in 2001. It was nominated for a Lambda award: mere moments after his arrival in his rural hometown of Grit, Texas with Chris, his laid-back lover, Manhattan hand model Clu Latimore is up to his stylish cut in problems that include caring for his dying mother and her pack of prize-inning Chihuahuas - and, of course, initiating the incredulous Chris into the reality of life in the land of blue bonnets, barbecue and Baptists.

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Event: T. Strange, One Year Publishversary Celebration

Cross-posted from tqstrange.tumblr.com/post/78258202683/one-year-publishversary-celebration

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I’m having an event to celebrate my first year of publication with Torquere Press!

I’ve got a ton of giveawaysimage lined up, from me and other authors. We’ll be giving away swag packs, ebooks and print books!

Contributing authors (etc) include: 

Saya and the all the editing staff at All Data Resources LLC

Olivia Black

Lynn Townsend

Ari Mckay

Voss Foster

Raven de Hart

Neena Jaydon

V.L. Locey

Renee Rose

Reece Butler

Elizabeth L. Brooks

Huston Piner

Shelly Bell

Raven McAllan

Serena Akeroyd


Be sure to stop by for some fun and prizes!

(Authors: If you would like to donate a prize or just stop by the event and talk about what you’re up to, please message me or email me: tq.strange (at) gmail.com)



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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Hat Trick

Gay Young Adult
Hat Trick by Jeff Adams
Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: Queerteen Press (September 7, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 149120446X
ISBN-13: 978-1491204467
Amazon: Hat Trick
Amazon Kindle: Hat Trick

Simon Roberts’ plan for his senior year is simple -- help his high school hockey team win the state championship and earn a college scholarship so he can get away from his dysfunctional family, especially his belligerent father and obnoxious older brother.

When the Central High Falcons open their season with an away game, Simon is forced to deal with the problem he’s struggled with for months -- his crush on teammate Alex Miller. After the game that night, Alex makes an unexpected announcement -- he’s gay, and in love with Simon.

Simon’s elated but scared to openly acknowledge that he’s gay, especially with so much at stake in their senior year. Now that they’re out to each other they have to decide what to do next. Should they date? Should they keep things between them secret? What about the team? Can Simon and Alex hide that they’re more than friends from the guys they spend so much time with?

Then a simple kiss is witnessed and their secret is out. The team fractures, and Simon’s family explodes as news about the gay hockey players quickly spreads. The guys must figure out how to move forward with everyone watching. Being the center of attention was in no way part of Simon’s plan for the year.

Can Simon juggle school, commitments to the team, his new relationship, and an unexpected tragedy all before the end of the hockey season?

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/
300$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 1065$*

* 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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GayRomLit Retreat: Eden Winters

Starting from March up until September I will feature authors attending the GayRomLit Retreat in Chicago (October 16-19, 2014: http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors).

Today author is Eden Winters: Eden Winters lives a somewhat nomadic existence. Her earliest memories include making up stories for the family’s pets, and through her academic years, she spent many happy hours writing short stories and poems. Dreams of writing professionally were realized, only not as planned, with a good dozen years spent as a technical documenter. From a young age, she eagerly devoured every book that caught her eye, from biographies to sci-fi. Genre? What genre? When Eden discovered M/M, she met characters she could identify with and scintillating plotlines that kept her riveted to the page. Somewhere around the three-hundredth book, her own imagination began making demands. From her fascination with, well, everything, sprang stories as diverse as a 1700’s Highlander to a modern doctor in earthquake-devastated El Salvador. Her first novel was published in 2010, and she’s never looked back. To date, five of her novels have been recognized by the annual Rainbow Awards, with one also gaining finalist status in the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards. Currently, Eden calls the southern US home, and many of her stories take place in the rural South. Her musical tastes run from Ambient to Zydeco, she owns a TV she never watches, and she’s a firm believer that life is better with pets. She also loves cruising down the road on the back of a Harley Davidson.
Website: http://www.edenwinters.com

Eden Winters is offering a copy of Corruption 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.

Corruption (Diversion) by Eden Winters
Series: Diversion
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626220050
ISBN-13: 978-1626220058
Amazon: Corruption (Diversion)
Amazon Kindle: Corruption (Diversion)

Renegade biker. Drug runner. Recovering addict. Wanted by the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau. But he isn’t a crook, he’s the law.

SNB Agent Bo Schollenberger’s solved his cases using his brains and not a gun, and with his partner, not alone. Now he’s handed a tough new case involving designer drugs that turn users violent. One false move could end his life as he immerses himself into a motorcycle gang to locate the source. His fate depends on how well he can impersonate someone else. Someone named Cyrus Cooper.

Cyrus is everything Bo Schollenberger isn’t, including the badass enforcer for a smuggling ring. He establishes pecking order with his fists and doesn’t take shit from anybody, not even the undercover agent who comes to help his case.

Simon “Lucky” Harrison’s always been the best, whichever side of the law he was on. Former trafficker turned SNB agent, he damned well ought to be undercover in this motorcycle gang, instead of hanging around the office going crazy with new policies, new people, and “inter-departmental cooperation” that sticks him in a classroom. Yet he’s passed over for the SNB’s biggest case in decades in favor of the rookie who shares his bed. A man Lucky thought he knew.

When survival depends on a web of tangled lies, lines blur, worlds collide, and a high stakes game turns friend to foe. Lucky knows the difference between Bo the agent and Cyrus the outlaw, but does Bo?

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Coming Soon: Pink Moon by Sal Bardo

Two teens are forced to hide an unintended pregnancy in a society where heterosexuals are persecuted and abortion is forbidden.

Praise for writer-director Sal Bardo's films:

"[A] subtle, moving film" - The Huffington Post

"Required viewing" - The Bay Area Reporter

"[T]he best of what short films should be; thought-provoking, eye-opening and reflective of the community we live in." - The Williamsburg Greenpoint News + Arts

Photos: Sasha Maslov
Photos: Sasha Maslov

ABOUT PINK MOON

In a society where heterosexuality is persecuted and procreation is tightly controlled, two teens are forced to hide an unintended pregnancy before their forbidden romance is exposed.

Written and directed by Sal Bardo, Pink Moon is a precursor/companion piece to a feature-length screenplay, which was a finalist in the CineStory Screenwriting Competition (2013) and Final Draft's Big Break Screenwriting Contest (2013).

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Over the last three years, writer-director Sal Bardo's films have screened at nearly 50 film festivals in 10 countries. In 2011, he won the Audience Award for Best First Time Filmmaker at Reel Affirmations: Washington D.C.'s International LGBT Film Festival for his short film Requited, which made its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival and is now being distributed on DVD and VOD by Guest House Films. Sal's second film, Sam, tackles gender identity and bullying, while his third project, Chaser, confronts the issue of HIV/AIDS in the gay community. Both shorts screened at film festivals around the world in 2013. www.salbardo.com

Producer Alexandra Pitz is the Director of Development of Loveless, an independent production company founded by producers Carly Hugo and Matt Parker, and associate producer of the upcoming HBO documentary Everything Is Copy, about the life and death of writer-director Nora Ephron, directed by Ephron's son, New York Times writer Jacob Bernstein, and Nick Hooker.

Associate Producer Brandon Tyler Harris (who will also star in the film) has appeared on The Big C, Smash, and Law & Order: SVU.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Making a movie takes a village. And we need your help! Back this project: www.kickstarter.com/projects/355574023/pink-moon

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