March 18th, 2014

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John Fraser (born March 18, 1931)

John Fraser (born 18 March 1931, Glasgow, Scotland) is a BAFTA-nominated Scottish-born actor and writer.

One of his earliest roles was as Inigo Jollifant in the second film version of J.B. Priestley's The Good Companions. He went on to have starring roles in films such as El Cid, The Trials of Oscar Wilde (playing Lord Alfred Douglas), and Roman Polanski's Repulsion. He made appearances on television series including Danger Man (1964), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969), Columbo (1972), Doctor Who (1981) and The Bill (1995).

In 2004, he published his autobiography, Close Up, in which he wrote frankly about his gay life (albeit occasionally inaccurately regarding some third party details) and friendships. In the book, Fraser wrote that actor Laurence Harvey was gay and that his long-term lover was his manager James Woolf. According to Fraser, "As a teenager, [Harvey] started out living with Hermione Baddeley (the two appeared together in the acclaimed film Room at the Top), a blowsy star of intimate revue more than twice his age. Then he married Margaret Leighton, old enough to be his mother (actually Leighton was only six years older than Harvey) but a woman of style. When this marriage was over, he married Joan Cohn, the widow of Harry Cohn, managing director of Columbia Pictures. Throughout all these career marriages, he still managed to string Jimmy Woolf along."

Of Dirk Bogarde, Fraser wrote, "Dirk's life with Forwood had been so respectable, their love for each other so profound and so enduring, it would have been a glorious day for the pursuit of understanding and the promotion of tolerance if he had screwed up the courage ... to make one dignified allusion to his true nature. Self-love is no substitute for self-respect." In a newspaper article, [Bogarde’s friend and sometime co-star] John Fraser remarked on the singularity of Bogarde’s relationship with his manager, Anthony Forwood, who had left his wife, Glynis Johns, to devote the rest of his life to Dirk. Forwood always insisted that theirs was nothing more than a business association, although they seemed as close as the happiest of married couples. There was never a hint in any of Bogarde’s brilliant part-autobiographical books that he and “Forwood” (as he always called him, making him sound like a butler) were anything but just good friends. This was surely long after the days when any disclosure of a personal relationship between them could have disillusioned any of his early fans who were still alive.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Fraser_(actor)

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Bil Wright

Bil Wright is an award-winning novelist and playwright. His novels include Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy (Lambda Literary Award and American Library Association Stonewall Book Award), the highly acclaimed When the Black Girl Sings (Junior Library Guild selection), and the critically acclaimed Sunday You Learn How to Box. His plays include Bloodsummer Rituals, based on the life of poet Audre Lorde (Jerome Fellowship), and Leave Me a Message (San Diego Human Rights Festival premiere). He is the Librettist for This One Girl’s Story (GLAAD nominee) and the winner of a LAMI (La Mama Playwriting Award). An associate professor of English at CUNY, Bil Wright lives in New York City.


Bil Wright by Robert Giard
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)
Further Readings:

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416940049
ISBN-13: 978-1416940043
Amazon: Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy
Amazon Kindle: Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

In this spirited exploration of strength and personality, a fabulous NYC teen knows he’s destined for greatness—if only he can survive his first job.

Carlos Duarte knows that he’s fabulous. He’s got a better sense of style than half the fashionistas in New York City, and he can definitely apply makeup like nobody’s business. He may only be in high school, but when he lands the job of his dreams—makeup artist at the FeatureFace counter in Macy’s—he's sure that he’s finally on his way to great things.
But the makeup artist world is competitive and cutthroat, and for Carlos to reach his dreams, he'll have to believe in himself more than ever.

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It Happened Today: March 18

Anne Will & Miriam Meckel: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4261816.html

Anne Will (born March 18, 1966) is a television journalist from Germany. She was anchorwoman of the daily Tagesthemen news broadcast on ARD from April 14, 2001, to June 24, 2007. Will came out in 2007 at a Jewish Museum event in Berlin when she publicly acknowledged her relationship with long-time partner Miriam Meckel, Professor for Corporate Communication and Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Bil Wright: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4262241.html

Bil Wright is an award-winning novelist and playwright. His novels include Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy (Lambda Literary Award and American Library Association Stonewall Book Award), the highly acclaimed When the Black Girl Sings (Junior Library Guild selection), and the critically acclaimed Sunday You Learn How to Box. His plays include Bloodsummer Rituals, based on the life of poet Audre Lorde (Jerome Fellowship), and Leave Me a Message (San Diego Human Rights Festival premiere).

John Fraser (born March 18, 1931): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3507898.html

John Fraser (born 18 March 1931, Glasgow, Scotland) is a BAFTA-nominated Scottish-born actor and writer. In his acclaimed autobiography, Close Up: An Actor Telling Tales, John Fraser takes us from the council estates of prewar Glasgow to the glamour of 1960’s Hollywood and beyond. Funny, honest and acutely observant about himself, his family and his friends, John Fraser presents such legendary figures as Rudolf Nureyev, Hedy Lamarr, Dirk Bogarde and Bette Davis in a new and startling light

John Kander & Fred Ebb: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1455840.html

John Kander's first produced musical was A Family Affair, written with James and William Goldman. He met lyricist Fred Ebb in 1962 and began a songwriting collaboration that would last for more than four decades. Later that year rising star Barbra Streisand recorded the duo's songs, "My Coloring Book" and "I Don't Care Much." In 1965, Kander and Ebb landed their first show on Broadway, Flora the Red Menace, directed by George Abbott, in which Liza Minnelli made her initial Broadway appearance.

Kevin Hague & Ian: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4261901.html

Kevin Hague is a New Zealand MP representing the Green Party who was first elected to parliament in 2008. Hague is openly gay and in 1988 began work as a research officer for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. He has been with his partner, Ian, since 1984, and has one son, Thomas, born in 1992. Hague said once the Louisa Wall's Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill had passed its 3rd reading, in 2013/04, there would be a number of "incredibly emotional" weddings between gay couples.

Michael Kirby & Johan van Vloten: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3507497.html

Michael Kirby is an Australian retired judge, jurist, and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. When AIDS came along, he and his partner became involved and this was code language for his sexuality. Formally, they announced their relationship in Australian Who's Who in 1999. Van Vloten, who migrated to Australia from the Netherlands in 1963, has lived with Kirby since 1969. Kirby has often spoken publicly in support of gay rights.

William R. Olander & Christopher Cox: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3096817.html

William R. Olander was an art historian, museum curator, and critic. After internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Toledo Museum of Art, Olander was appointed curator of modern art at the Allen Memorial Museum at Oberlin College. On January 1, 1985, he became curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and met Christopher Cox in the spring of 1986. Olander was senior curator at the New Museum when he died from AIDS-related complications on March 18, 1989.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Alpha Trine

Bisexual Sci-fi / Futuristic
Alpha Trine (The Valespian Pact) by Lexi Ander
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (September 25, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620042444
ISBN-13: 978-1620042441
Amazon: Alpha Trine (The Valespian Pact)
Amazon Kindle: Alpha Trine (The Valespian Pact)

The sole survivor on a science vessel adrift in deep space, Zeus was adopted by the Emperor and Empress of the Mar'Sani, though he is both human and blind, and seen by most as unfit to join the royal family. Though they were able to repair his vision, Zeus does not trust his eyes and the nobles of his parents' court refuse to ever trust a frail human. Dargon Kal-Turak, along with his symbiote and lover Alpha, command one of the most dangerous ships in the stars. Narrowly escaping a trap, they dock in a space port to make repairs, but find that the Psonics hunting them are closing in fast. In desperation they kidnap the port Master Mechanic, unaware that the man they've brought on board is more than he seems, and will bring far more upheaval to their ship, their lives, and the stars than any of them could have imagined.

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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