March 9th, 2014

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It Happened Today: March 9

Al Fischer & Charlie Robin:

Al Fischer, a gay Catholic school music teacher who was fired after revealing plans to wed his male partner, Charlie Robin, tied the knot in New York on March 9, 2012. Charlie Robin is Executive Director at Edison Theatre, Washington University. The marriage had been in the works since the year before, March 9, the couple's 19th anniversary, when Mr. Robin proposed. "He got down on one knee, put the show on pause and said, "'Just to make it official, will you marry me?'" Mr. Fischer said.

Albert Mol & Guerdon Bill:

Albert Mol was a popular Dutch author, actor and TV personality, who appeared in movies and TV shows. Mol was born in Amsterdam, and was one of the first openly gay actors in the Netherlands. He married Lucy Bor in 1948 and divorced her in 1955. They had a child together in 1949, the actress Kika Mol. On March 16, 1998, Albert Mol registered his relationship with his partner since the '70s, Guerdon "Geurt" J. Bill. Guerdon died on August 17, 2003, Mol just few months later.

Carole Maso (born March 9, 1956):

Carole Maso is a contemporary novelist and essayist, known for her experimental, poetic and fragmentary narratives. "The Art Lover is meta-fictional but effortlessly so, without pretense. The narrator is caring for a male friend dying of AIDS, but we also hear the voice of "Carole Maso," the novelist struggling to tell the story, as well as an interpolated scrapbook of everyday NYC imagery, including hand-lettered signs and the charts of the night sky the Times used to publish." --David Pratt

David Garnett & Duncan Grant:

David Garnett was bisexual, as were several members of the Bloomsbury Group, and he had affairs with Francis Birrell and Duncan Grant. A writer, he first met members of the Bloomsbury group in 1910 but was not fully accepted by them until 1914 when he became Duncan Grant's lover. Like Grant, Garnett was a conscientious objector and having worked in France in 1915 with the Friends War Victims Relief Mission, he worked as a farm labourer to avoid conscription on his return to England.

Jack Kenny & Michael Goodell:

Jack Kenny (born March 9, 1958) is an American actor, television director, writer, and producer. Kenny has been with his longtime partner, Michael Goodell, son of the late US Senator Charles Goodell of New York, and brother of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell since August 1982. The couple were legally married in California in July 2008. In 2014, Kenny joined the advisory board of Sci-Fest, the first annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, to be held in May 2014.

James Egan & John Norris Nesbit:

James Egan and John Norris Nesbit were a gay couple who had been in a conjugal relationship since 1948. Upon reaching age 65 in 1986, Egan became eligible to receive old age security and a guaranteed income supplement from the government under the Old Age Security Act. When Nesbit reached 65, he applied to the Department of National Health and Welfare for a spousal allowance. He was refused on the basis that spouse, defined in the Old Age Security Act, did not include a member of the same sex.

Mark Merlis (born March 9, 1950):

Mark Merlis is a novelist of unusual imaginative and linguistic power who examines contemporary gay concerns. And in Man about Town (2003), Joel Lingeman, a middle-aged civil servant specializing in health care issues who has just been abandoned by his longtime partner, searches for a bathing suit model about whose image in a magazine Joel fantasized as a youth. Only by deconstructing the illusions of his past is he able to address and move beyond his present alcoholic inertia.

Robert Mapplethorpe & Sam Wagstaff:

Sam Wagstaff was an American art curator and collector as well as the artistic mentor and benefactor of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who was also his lifetime companion. Wagstaff is known in part for his support of Minimalism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art and Earthworks, but his aesthetic acceptance and support of photography presaged the acceptance of the medium as a fine art. Sam Wagstaff met Robert Mapplethorpe in 1972 at a party. Wagstaff called Mapplethorpe "his shy pornographer."

Samuel Barber & Gian Carlo Menotti:

Samuel Barber was an American composer. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century; music critic Donal Henahan stated that "Probably no other American composer has ever enjoyed such early, such persistent and such long-lasting acclaim." He entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he met Gian Carlo Menotti, who became his partner in life as well as in their shared profession. Gian Carlo Menotti supplied the libretto (text) for Barber's opera, Vanessa.

Thomas Schippers & Gian Carlo Menotti:

It was around 1949 that Thomas Schippers met the composer Gian Carlo Menotti while accompanying a singer for an audition. This eventually led to a long term collaboration with Menotti. Following the 1950 premiere of Menotti's opera The Consul, Schippers began conducting it on Broadway and in 1951 directed the milestone premiere television performance of Menotti's Christmas Opera Amahl and the Night Visitors broadcast live on national television on Dec. 24. Schippers died of lung cancer in 1977.

Vita Sackville-West, Violet Trefusis & Harold Nicolson:

Violet Trefusis was a writer and socialite. She was the daughter of Alice Keppel, a mistress of King Edward VII. She is chiefly remembered for her lesbian affair with the poet Vita Sackville-West. The affair was featured in novels by both parties, and also in Virginia Woolf's Orlando: A Biography. When she was 10, Violet met Vita (who was two years older) for the first time. Despite Vita and Violet’s marriages, they remained close until 1921, with a lot of passion and jealousy in the middle.
Vita Sackville-West (March 9, 1892 – June 2, 1962) was an English author, poet & gardener. She won the Hawthornden Prize in 1927 & 1933. She was famous for her exuberant aristocratic life, strong marriage (although she and her husband, Harold Nicolson, were both bisexual), her passionate affair with novelist Virginia Woolf, and Sissinghurst Castle Garden, which she and Nicolson created at Sissinghurst. Sir Harold George Nicolson KCVO CMG was an English diplomat, author, diarist and politician.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Last First Kiss

Gay Contemporary Romance
Last First Kiss by Diane Adams
Publisher: Love Lane Books Ltd (January 17, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Last First Kiss

Book 1 in the Southern Comfort series

Eighteen-year-old Gage Harris is not a part of twenty-five year old Trent Foster’s plans. He likes Gage but the intense attraction between them makes remaining just friends unlikely, and the young farmer with two small children is a complication Trent doesn’t need.

Despite all the reasons to stay away, Trent is pulled into the small family. Gage’s boys are delightful and the young man’s honesty and genuine affection impossible to resist. Trent is intrigued by a life so different from everything he’s known. As he struggles to reconcile his plans with his feelings Trent begins to suspect that his random offer of a ride in the rain might lead straight to his last first kiss.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ Lost-n-Found Youth:
25$ YouthCare:
25$ Lambda Legal:
25$ Point Foundation:
50$ Wes for Youth:
125$ Cancer Research Institute:
132$ Galop:
140$ SAGE:
160$ UCAN:
300$ Ali Forney Center:
TOTAL: 1090$*

* 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.

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GayRomLit Retreat: Jamie Lynn Miller

Starting from March up until September I will feature authors attending the GayRomLit Retreat in Chicago (October 16-19, 2014:

Today author is Jamie Lynn Miller: Jamie Lynn Miller has been writing fiction since childhood and decided to take the plunge and go pro in 2008, finding to her amazement that people truly enjoyed her love stories. She’s a romantic at heart, and her tales reflect the desire we all have to find “the one,” persevering through trials and heartache for that happy ending. Jamie has a degree in fine arts and has spent the last twenty years working as a graphic designer, though she’d much rather be writing. She was born in Chicago and still lives there today with her husband and their two furry, four-footed children, er… cats. If she’s not brainstorming story ideas, you can find Jamie at a sci-fi convention, in front of a furnace doing glass blowing, or on a mat twisted into a yoga pose.

Jamie Lynn Miller is offering a copy of Memory's Prisoner 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.

Memory's Prisoner by Jamie Lynn Miller
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (December 3, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Memory's Prisoner

Detectives Mitchell Reid and Joseph Valentino of the Chicago Police Department have finally moved from friends to lovers, partners on the job and off. Then an escaped bank robber with a thirst for vengeance shatters their world. The police tactical raid to recapture the convict goes horribly wrong, leaving Mitch severely wounded and Joey with a devastating head injury. They both survive, but Joey’s long-term coma and memory loss will change their lives—and love—forever.

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