March 16th, 2014

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António Botto (August 17, 1892 - March 16, 1959)

António Botto (Concavada, Portugal, August 17, 1892 – Rio de Janeiro, March 16, 1959) was a Portuguese aesthete and modernist poet.

António Thomaz Botto was born at 8:00 a.m. to Maria Pires Agudo and Francisco Thomaz Botto, near Abrantes. His father earned his living as a boatman in the Tagus. In 1902 his family moved to the Alfama quarter in Lisbon, where he grew up in its typical and popular atmosphere, which would deeply influence his work. He was poorly educated and since youth he took to a series of menial jobs, among them that of a book-shop clerk which made him acquainted with many of Lisbon's men of letters. He got into civil service as an administrative clerk in several government offices. In 1924–25 he worked in Santo António do Zaire and Luanda, Angola.

His first book of poems Trovas was published in 1917. It was followed by Cantigas de Saudade (1918) and Cantares (1919). Canções (Songs) was published in 1920 and went unnoticed. Only when the 2nd edition was printed in 1922, and Fernando Pessoa wrote a provocative and encomiastic article about the book praising the author’s courage and sincerity for shamelessly singing homosexual love as a true aesthete, was there public scandal amongst the Lisbon society and Botto attained a lifelong notoriety.

Conservatives reacted and complained to the police about the work’s immorality ("Sodom's literature") and the book was apprehended by the authorities in 1923. Catholic college students clamored for an auto-da-fé of Botto's book and someone even suggested the author should be hanged. Nevertheless, most artists and intellectuals, headed by Pessoa (a close friend of Botto's and also his publisher and English translator), promptly took up his defence in several polemic articles.

Eventually, the scandal subsided, the next year the ban was lifted and until the end of his life Botto would publish several revised versions of the book. His work was applauded by people like Antonio Machado, Miguel de Unamuno, Camilo Pessanha, Virginia Woolf, Teixeira de Pascoaes, José Régio, Luigi Pirandello, Stefan Zweig, Rudyard Kipling, James Joyce and Federico García Lorca.

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Aubrey Beardsley (August 21, 1872 – March 16, 1898)

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was an English illustrator and author. His drawings, done in black ink and influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis.

Beardsley was born in Brighton, England, on 21 August 1872. His father, Vincent Paul Beardsley (1839–1909), was the son of a tradesman; Vincent had no trade himself, however, and instead relied on a private income from an inheritance that he received from his maternal grandfather when he was twenty-one years of age. Vincent's wife, Ellen Agnus Pitt (1846–1932), was the daughter of Surgeon-Major William Pitt of the Indian Army. The Pitts were a well-established and respected family in Brighton, and Beardsley's mother married a man of lesser social status than might have been expected. Soon after their wedding, Vincent was obliged to sell some of his property in order to settle a claim for his "breach of promise" from another woman who claimed that he had promised to marry her. At the time of his birth, Beardsley's family, which included his sister Mabel who was one year older, were living in Ellen's familial home at 12 Buckingham Road.

In 1883 his family settled in London, and in the following year he appeared in public as an "infant musical phenomenon," playing at several concerts with his sister. He attended Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School in 1884, before moving on to attend Bristol Grammar School, where in 1885 he wrote a play, which he performed together with other students. At about the same time his first drawings and cartoons were published in the school newspaper of the Bristol Grammar School Past and Present. In 1888 he obtained a post in an architect's office, and afterwards one in the Guardian Life and Fire Insurance Company. In 1891, under the advice of Sir Edward Burne-Jones and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, he took up art as a profession. In 1892 he attended the classes at the Westminster School of Art, then under Professor Fred Brown.


The Peacock Skirt, 1893

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Mark Stevenson (1950 - March 16, 1994)

Mark Stevenson, an actor who performed solo shows on Keats and Shakespeare and also established a booking agency in New York, died on March 16, 1994, at his apartment in Manhattan. He was 44.

The cause was AIDS, said his mother, Dorothy Stevenson.

Mr. Stevenson's best-known show was "A Visitation From John Keats," which he performed at the Circle Repertory in New York, the Lincoln Center Library, the Edinburgh Festival and the Keats House in Hempstead, England. His other shows included "Shedding Light on Shakespeare" and "The Great F. Scott," a biographical piece about Fitzgerald.

Mr. Stevenson's agency, Living Literature, booked solo touring shows nationwide to universities, schools and general audiences. He was a 1971 graduate of Amherst College.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/03/21/obituaries/mark-stevenson-actor-44.html

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It Happened Today: March 16

António Botto (August 17, 1892 - March 16, 1959): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2819648.html

António Botto was a Portuguese aesthete and modernist poet. His first book of poems Trovas was published in 1917. Canções (Songs) was published in 1920 and went unnoticed. Only when the 2nd edition was printed in 1922, and Fernando Pessoa wrote a provocative and encomiastic article about the book praising the author’s courage and sincerity for shamelessly singing homosexual love as a true aesthete, was there public scandal amongst the Lisbon society and Botto attained a lifelong notoriety.

Aubrey Beardsley (August 21, 1872 – March 16, 1898): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1453962.html

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was an English illustrator and author. His drawings, done in black ink and influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis.

David Feintuch (July 21, 1944 - March 16, 2006): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4259839.html

David Feintuch was a science fiction and fantasy author and attorney. He wrote one major fantasy series, Rodrigo of Caledon: When Rodrigo took control of the mystical powers of the Still, he gained the knowledge of his forefathers. On the battlefield, the Still is a potent weapon and Rodrigo proves to be a gifted strategist. But the Still doesn’t make him perfect, and even the wisdom of generations of Caledonian rulers can’t prepare Rodrigo for what will come next.

Eleonora "Eleo" Sears, Isabel Pell & Margarett Sargent McKean: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4259561.html

Eleonora Randolph Sears (September 28, 1881, Boston – March 16, 1968 Palm Beach) was an American tennis player of the interwar period. In addition, she was a champion squash player, and prominent in other sports; she's considered one of the leading all-round women athletes of the first half of the 20th century. Sears had multiple lesbian relationships, though none was officially announced or confirmed, including one with Isabel Pell in the 1930s.

Isabel Pell was a handsome, heroic, cruel and athletic woman who once owned 40 pairs of riding boots, seduced the women of New York, New England and France, and played a heroic but controversial role in World War II. She also remained a skeleton in the closet of Eve Pell’s upper-crust family — until the author was inspired to rediscover her, warts and all. Isabel Pell was lovers with author Honor Moore's grandmother, Margarett Sargent McKean, a painter.

Margarett Sargent's personal life was more shocking than her paintings, which reflected an expressionism not much in vogue at the time. She waited until 1920, and the age of 28, to marry another proper Bostonian, Quincy Adams Shaw McKean. The happy years fade quickly, however. Shaw and Margarett fall apart but stay together, sniping and shouting or coldly ignoring each other. Both embark on many affairs, with Margarett's more flagrant, shocking and undiscriminating as to gender.

Harry Kondoleon (February 26, 1955 - March 16, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1454264.html

Harry Kondoleon (February 26, 1955 - March 16, 1994) was a gay American playwright and novelist. Several of his plays were published by Theater Communications Group in an anthology entitled Self Torture and Strenuous Exercise. He is also the author of a volume of poetry, The Death of Understanding, and two novels, The Whore of Tjampuan and Diary of a Lost Boy. The latter was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1994, two months before Harry Kondoleon died of complications from AIDS.

I.A.R. Wylie & Sara Josephine Baker: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2985262.html

Sara Josephine Baker was an American physician notable for making contributions to public health. Ida Alexa Ross Wylie, better known as I.A.R. Wylie, was one of the most respected authors of her generation. Sara Josephine Baker wrote very little about her personal life, however she spent much of the later part of her life with Wylie, and self-identified as a 'woman-oriented woman'. In 1935, Baker and Wylie decided to move to Princeton, New Jersey, together with their friend Louise Pearce.

Jack Nichols, Lige Clarke and Logan Carter: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1491256.html

With his partner Lige Clarke, Nichols began writing the column "The Homosexual Citizen" for Screw magazine in 1968. "The Homosexual Citizen", which borrowed its title from the newspaper published by Mattachine D.C., was the first LGBT-interest column in a non-LGBT publication. On February 10, 1975, Clarke was shot and killed in Vera Cruz, Mexico. While his partner Nichols was convinced that the murder was the result of "machismo's homophobic influences", the murder remains officially unsolved.

"Starting as Florida Teen, He Danced Across International Stages" Robert "Bobby" Logan Carter (born May 11, 1954, in Daytona Beach, Florida, died June 23, 1988 in Los Angeles) was an American entertainer and photo model. Logan Carter's two foremost male lovers--Jack Nichols was one-- had, of necessity, to be free from the making of gender-role judgments, able to see him as a person, not as a "star" nor as a cosmetic "woman." Logan died in Hollywood Community Hospital in June, 1988, AIDS.

Jonathan Williams (March 8, 1929 – March 16, 2008): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1454588.html

Jonathan Williams (March 8, 1929 – March 16, 2008) was an American poet, publisher, essayist, and photographer. He is known as the founder of The Jargon Society, which has published poetry, experimental fiction, photography, and folk art for more than fifty years. A longtime contributing editor of the photography journal Aperture, Williams lived in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina. He died March 16, 2008 in Highlands, NC from pneumonia.

Leverett Saltonstall & Charles William Dabney, Jr.: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4259133.html

Leverett Saltonstall traveled with Charles William Dabney, Jr., Harvard classmate, after graduation and generally had a difficult time settling down; it was said that he was forced by his mother, against his will, to marry. He graduated from Harvard College in 1844, and received his law degree from Harvard in 1847. He practiced law until 1860, when he became active in the Massachusetts Democratic party, and although he was frequently nominated as a candidate for Congress, he was never elected.

Mark Stevenson (1950 - March 16, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3503067.html

Mark Stevenson's best-known show was "A Visitation From John Keats," which he performed at the Circle Repertory in New York, the Lincoln Center Library, the Edinburgh Festival and the Keats House in Hempstead, England. His other shows included "Shedding Light on Shakespeare" and "The Great F. Scott," a biographical piece about Fitzgerald. He also established a booking agency in New York, died on March 16, 1994, at his apartment in Manhattan. He was 44.

Sybille Bedford & Eda Lord: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4207919.html

Sybille Bedford (16 March 1911 – 17 February 2006) was a German-born English writer. Many of her works are partly autobiographical. Julia Neuberger proclaimed her "the finest woman writer of the 20th century" while Bruce Chatwin saw her as "one of the most dazzling practitioners of modern English prose". Bedford spent the 1950s, 60s and 70s living in France, Italy, Britain and Portugal, and during this period had a twenty-year relationship with the American female novelist Eda Lord (1907-1976).

Victor Garber & Rainer Andreesen: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3503341.html

Victor Joseph Garber is a Canadian film, stage and television actor and singer. Garber is known for playing Jack Bristow in the television series Alias, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Thomas Andrews in James Cameron's Titanic, and as Canadian ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, in Argo.Garber referred publicly to his homosexuality in 2012. In 2013, he said "I don't really talk about it but everybody knows." As of 2013, he lives in New York with his partner since 2000, Rainer Andreesen.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Piper

Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Piper by Leona Carver
Paperback: 540 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (September 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620042428
ISBN-13: 978-1620042427
Amazon: Piper
Amazon Kindle: Piper

To combat the voracious rats that have adapted to space age living, powerful resonance technology was developed and implemented by a League of pipers, who lure the rats out of hiding and send them into open space. Master Piper Atmosphere is the most talented piper in the League, but when he meets a young scientist in the course of his latest assignment, he finds himself caught in an entirely different kind of lure. His new relationship leads him to secrets of the resonance technology the League has carefully hidden-secrets worth killing for, and which drive him to dark, drastic measures of his own.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
25$ CARE: careprogram.org/
25$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
25$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
83$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
132$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
165$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
350$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 1190$*

* 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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