March 21st, 2014

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Dack Rambo (November 13, 1941 – March 21, 1994)

Norman Jay Rambeau (November 13, 1941 – March 21, 1994), professionally known as Dack Rambo, was an American actor, most notable for appearing as Walter Brennan's grandson Jeff in the ABC series The Guns of Will Sonnett, as Steve Jacobi in All My Children, as cousin Jack Ewing on CBS's Dallas, and as Grant Harrison on the NBC soap opera Another World.

Born in Earlimart, California, Rambo had a twin brother, Orman Ray Rambeau, who would ultimately go professionally as Dirk Rambo. After moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s, the brothers were discovered by actress Loretta Young and cast in her CBS series, The New Loretta Young Show. In February 1967, Dirk died in a road accident, being hit by a drunk driver. Later that same year, Rambo landed the role of Jeff Sonnett on The Guns of Will Sonnett, and co-starred in the short-lived Gunsmoke spin-off, Dirty Sally, with Jeanette Nolan.

During the 1970s and 1980s, he made guest appearances on Marcus Welby, M.D., House Calls, Wonder Woman, Charlie's Angels, All My Children, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel and Murder, She Wrote.

While working on the soap opera Another World in 1991, Rambo learned that he was infected with HIV. He quit the series shortly thereafter, and retired from acting. Rambo then publicly announced that he was HIV positive, He was extremely candid as to his bisexuality and detrimental lifestyle, advocating safe sex and helping to establish an international data bank for AIDS research.

Rambo died in 1994 at the age of 52 of complications from AIDS. He is now buried near his brother, Orman "Dirk" Rambo. "Somebody once asked me, 'Are you sorry about anything?' And I said, 'No. What is, is.' Actually, I'm grateful for all those experiences. I wouldn't trade them. I had a varied background, and you pay the price for that, I guess."


Dack and Dirk Rambo



Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dack_Rambo & www.welovesoaps.net/2011/12/dackrambo.html

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Gavin Arthur (March 21, 1901 - 1972)

Gavin Arthur, an astrologer and occultist, was born Chester Alan Arthur III, the grandson and namesake of the 21st President of the United States. He grew up in wealth, but did not pursue a career in the professions, choosing instead to join the Merchant Marines. He later panned for gold and sold newspapers.

In the 1930s he travelled widely and came to know many of the counterculture elite of his day. Among his acquaintances were pioneer sexologists Edward Carpenter, Havelock Ellis and Alfred Kinsey.

Arthur is a key figure in what has come to be called the gay 'apostolic succession' from Walt Whitman through Allen Ginsberg, via Carpenter, Arthur, Neal Cassidy and on to William Burroughs and beyond...

He was unashamedly gay and a forerunner of gay activism. He helped Kinsey with his groundbreaking research into male sexuality.

In the 1950s he settled in San Francisco and devoted his time to astrology. He began to move in the alternative spirituality and sexuality community that first became known for its identification with beat Zen, and he became well-known as an astrological counsellor. He began to develop a perspective on astrology that, contrary to the mainstream of astrological writing, took account of homosexual and bisexual gender preferences. His ruminations culminated in 1966 with his major writing, The Circle of Sex.

Arthur moved beyond traditional observations on sexual roles (that continue to dominate astrology books) that treat issues of sexual attraction and compatibility to argue that each person possesses a distinct combination of Yin and Yang. We attract and repel others as they tend to balance our own combination of male/female attributes. He then placed this under-standing that allowed for women with much Yang and men with much Yin, into a complex system of correspondences that involve the astrological signs, the planets, and houses of the horoscope.

Drawing on his reading of gay writers, Arthur concluded that sexuality needs to be separated from the single need to procreate. Heterosexuals need to be free of the constraints of marriage, for only then will the transgendered, homosexuals, and bisexuals be liberated. Or something .

Source: http://gayfortoday.blogspot.co.uk/2007/03/gavin-arthur.html

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Joan Werner Laurie & Nancy Spain

Joan Ann Werner Laurie (17 November 1920 – 21 March 1964) was an English book and magazine editor. She met journalist and broadcaster Nancy Spain in 1950 and they became life partners.

Laurie was born in Marylebone, the daughter of Thomas Werner Laurie, a London publisher with a reputation for publishing risqué titles. Her parents had three children before they married in 1931.

After finishing school in Switzerland, she married Paul Clifford Seyler MC, son of playwright Clifford Seyler, in May 1942. She joined the WRNS shortly afterwards, serving as a clerk and then as a driver. She worked in an SPCK bookshop after the war, and had a son (Nicholas Laurie Seyler, later Nicholas Werner Laurie, now Nick Laurie), in 1946. Her husband left England soon after their son was born, and disappeared.

Her father had died in 1944, and she worked for his old company as a production editor.

From 1954 until her death, she edited the woman's periodical She, dealing frankly with a range of issue of interest to women, from menstruation, hysterectomy and abortion to recipes and carpentry. Joan and Nancy lived openly together with their sons, and later the couple provided a home to Windmill Theatre owner and rally driver Sheila van Damm. Among her other achievements she was herself a competent rally driver and navigator.

She was learning to fly when she died, with Nancy Spain and four others, when the Piper Apache aeroplane crashed near Aintree racecourse on the way to the 1964 Grand National - the Civil Aviation Authority Accident Report ended with the words "Passenger interference cannot be ruled out". She was cremated with Spain at Golders Green Crematorium, London. The relationship between Werner Laurie and Spain is described in Rose Collis' posthumous biography of Nancy Spain, published in 1997.


Nancy Spain with Gilbert Harding. Photo by Roger Storey
Nancy Spain lived openly with the editor of She, Joan Werner Laurie (Jonny), and was a friend of the famous, including Noël Coward and Marlene Dietrich. She and Laurie were regulars at the Gateways club in Chelsea, London, and were widely known to be lesbians. Spain and Laurie lived in an extended household with the rally driver Sheila van Damm. Laurie has a son Nicholas, and Spain's alleged youngest son, Thomas, was born after an affair with Philip Youngman Carter, husband of Margery Allingham.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Werner_Laurie

Nancy Brooker Spain (13 September 1917 – 21 March 1964) was a prominent English broadcaster and journalist. She was a columnist for the Daily Express, She magazine and the News of the World in the 1950s and 1960s. She also appeared on many radio broadcasts, particularly on Woman's Hour and My Word!, and later as a panelist on the television programmes What's My Line? and Juke Box Jury. Spain died in an airplane crash near Aintree racecourse while travelling to commentate on the 1964 Grand National.

Spain was born in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. She was the youngest of the two daughters of Lieutenant-Colonel George Spain, a freeman of the city and a prominent figure in local military and Antiquarian affairs. Her father was a writer himself and appeared in a number of radio plays as well as broadcasting commentaries on Newcastle United games. Her mother, Norah Smiles, was the daughter of Lucy Dorling (a sister of Isabella Beeton) and William Holmes Smiles (son of Samuel Smiles).

As a child, Spain remembered pushing the future eminent journalist William Hardcastle into the Bull Park Lake on the Town Moor, where she used to learn to ride at five shillings an hour "with other little bourgeois tots".

Spain went to the Roedean School (a family tradition) where she began wearing "mannish" clothes, and developed the speaking voice which stood her in such good stead in her eventual media career. She played lacrosse for Northumberland and Durham, and hockey for the North of England, as well as playing tennis and cricket. She also acted on BBC radio, where she took over the star parts vacated by Esther McCracken. She was a sports reporter for the Newcastle Journal, and had a love affair with local sportswoman Winifred Sargeant. During the war, Spain served in the WRNS on Tyneside, a period covered in her book Thank you, Nelson (1945). She served as a driver and was then commissioned, and worked in the WRNS press office in London.

After the war, Spain published several books, including a series of detective novels set at a girls school, Radcliffe Hall (based on Roedean, the title an obvious allusion to Radclyffe Hall). She became a star columnist for the Daily Express, She and the News of the World in the 1950s and 1960s and made many radio broadcasts, particularly on Woman's Hour and My Word! She later appeared as a panelist on BBC TV's record review program Juke Box Jury and the panel game What's My Line? In 1962 she performed "The Blaydon Races", the Victorian Tyneside song, at London's Marquee Club with Alexis Korner and Blues Incorporated. A recording of the latter was published on the album R&B from the Marquee.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Spain

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It Happened Today: March 21

Dack Rambo (November 13, 1941 – March 21, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3511789.html

Norman Jay Rambeau, professionally known as Dack Rambo, was an American actor, most notable for appearing in The Guns of Will Sonnett, All My Children, Dallas, and Another World. While working on the soap opera Another World in 1991, Rambo learned that he was infected with HIV. Rambo publicly announced that he was HIV positive, He was extremely candid as to his bisexuality and detrimental lifestyle, advocating safe sex and helping to establish an international data bank for AIDS research.

Gavin Arthur (March 21, 1901 - 1972): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3512240.html

Gavin Arthur, an astrologer and occultist, was born Chester Alan Arthur III, the grandson and namesake of the 21st President of the United States. He grew up in wealth, but did not pursue a career in the professions. He was unashamedly gay and a forerunner of gay activism. He helped Kinsey with his groundbreaking research into male sexuality. In the 1950s he settled in San Francisco and devoted his time to astrology. His ruminations culminated in 1966 with his major writing, The Circle of Sex.

Gaye Adegbalola & Suzanne Moe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4265605.html

Gaye Adegbalola is an American blues singer and guitarist, teacher, lecturer, activist, and photographer. In 1991, she met her life partner, Suzanne Moe, and they lived together until 2009. From the years 1966 to 1970 she was involved in the Black Power Movement in New York and organized the Harlem Committee on Self-Defense. During this same period she met and married her husband. Her son, Juno Lumumba Kahlil was born in 1969, and would later make his own mark in the goth/industrial music world.

Jeffrey Costello & Robert Tagliapietra: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3512533.html

Costello Tagliapietra is a fashion house, established in New York, founded and directed by Jeffrey Costello (born in Bristol, Pennsylvania) and Robert Tagliapietra (born in New York). Jeffrey Costello moved to New York during his teenage years and began his career in fashion by designing clothing for a variety of downtown actresses and musicians. In 1994, he met partner, New York native and Parson`s School of Design graduate, Robert Tagliapietra and together they created Costello Tagliapietra.

Joan Werner Laurie & Nancy Spain: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4265742.html

Nancy Spain lived openly with the editor of She, Joan Werner Laurie (Jonny), and was a friend of the famous, including Noël Coward and Marlene Dietrich. She and Laurie were regulars at the Gateways club in Chelsea, London, and were widely known to be lesbians. Spain and Laurie lived in an extended household with the rally driver Sheila van Damm. Laurie has a son Nicholas, and Spain's alleged youngest son, Thomas, was born after an affair with Philip Youngman Carter, husband of Margery Allingham.

Sir Michael Redgrave, Bob Mitchell and Fred Sadoff: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4265244.html

Sir Michael Redgrave was an actor, director, manager and author. During the filming of Fritz Lang's Secret Beyond the Door, Redgrave met Bob Mitchell. They became lovers, Mitchell set up house close to the Redgraves, and he became a surrogate "uncle" to Redgrave's children, who adored him. Mitchell later had children of his own, including a son he named Michael. Mitchell was followed by Fred Sadoff, an actor/director who became Redgrave's assistant and shared his lodgings in NY and London.

Newton Arvin (August 25, 1900 – March 21, 1963): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3511904.html

During his 37 years at Smith College, Newton Arvin published groundbreaking studies of Hawthorne, Whitman, Melville, and Longfellow. He cultivated friendships with Edmund Wilson and Lillian Hellman and became mentor to Truman Capote. A social radical and closeted homosexual, the circumspect Arvin nevertheless survived McCarthyism. But in 1960 his apartment was raided, and his beefcake erotica was confiscated, plunging him into confusion and provoking his panicked betrayal of several friends.

Steve Callahan & Matthew Montgomery: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/806642.html & http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2487572.html

On the set of Pornography Steve Callahan has met Matthew Montgomery. Steve Callahan and his real-life partner since 2007 Matthew Montgomery have played lead roles together in Rob Williams's film Role/Play. After winning Best Supporting Actor at the Tampa International Gay Film Festival for the film Nine Lives, Steve has become a regular on the gay film circuit. He starred on screen in East Side Story, winner of the 2009 GLAAD Award. He also appears in Make the Yuletide Gay and Pornography.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Ghost Slept Over

Gay Romantic Comedy
The Ghost Slept Over by Marshall Thornton
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494237393
ISBN-13: 978-1494237394
Amazon: The Ghost Slept Over
Amazon Kindle: The Ghost Slept Over

When Cal Parsons travels to rural New York to claim the estate of his estranged ex-partner he discovers something he wasn't expecting...the ghost of his ex!

And worse, his ex invites Cal to join him for all eternity. As Cal attempts to rid himself of the ghost by any means, he begins to fall for the attractive attorney representing the estate. Will Cal be able to begin a new relationship or will he be seduced into the ever after?

"A highly entertaining tale of the ex who wouldn't leave, with a hilarious cast of characters you won't soon forget." Eden Winters, author of Diversion.

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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GayRomLit Retreat: Kaje Harper

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 Kaje Harper: Kaje Harper grew up in Montreal and spent her teen years writing, filling binders with stories about what guys like Starsky and Hutch really did on their days off. But as life got busy, the stories began to just live in her head. The characters grew, met, endured, loved, but rarely made it to paper. Serious authorship got sidetracked by ventures into psychology, teaching, and a biomedical career. And by the challenges of raising children. When the kids were more independent, her husband gave her a computer she didn't have to share. She began putting words down in print, just for fun. Hours of fun. Lots of hours of fun. The stories began piling up, and her husband suggested it was time to try to publish one. MLR Press accepted her first book, Life Lessons, which was released in May 2011. Kaje now has several novels and short stories in print. She currently lives in Minnesota with a creative teenager, a crazy little omnivorous white dog, and a remarkably patient spouse.
Website: http://kajeharper.wordpress.com/

Kaje Harper is offering a copy of Unacceptable Risk 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.

Unacceptable Risk by Kaje Harper
Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (October 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608204642
ISBN-13: 978-1608204649
Amazon: Unacceptable Risk
Amazon Kindle: Unacceptable Risk

Simon Conley was born a werewolf, making him one of a tiny minority in a sea of vanilla humans. The safety of the pack lies in absolute secrecy, sometimes violently enforced. In a species where pack-members are born and not made, being gay is considered a perversion. So when Simon falls in love with a human man, he's twice damned. Even his Alpha's grudging tolerance may not be enough to shield him from the hatred of the other top wolves. Then his lover Paul stumbles across pack secrets Simon was sworn to keep, and if the pack finds out, they may both end up dead.

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Fox's Folly by Teresa Noelle Roberts

Pretty nice "contemporary" fantasy romance, about a dual (meaning a born fox shapeshifter, dual cause he has two born shape, human and animal) and a male witch (actually a red witch, which, apparently, is keen on sex, but it's also monogamous) falling in love in the Sin City, Las Vegas, while investigating the strange deaths of other otherworldly creatures.

It was a good mix of humor and paranormal, that right touch of romantic comedy, with a push on romantic. Tag, the fox, is from a breed who basically approves not only menages a trois (he is a trickster, usually paired with a lord and a lady), but also polyamory in various deployment versions. Tag is bisexual, he has not really preference for men or women, probably he would be more comfortable with a pairing including both of them. But instead Paul, the witch, is bisexual as well, but he has always been more inclined to women. To both disconcerting, they are not only attracted to each other, their inner side are also considering exclusivity, something that, for the fox side of Tag has always been inconceivable.

I have to admit that more than the mystery plot involving the killer, I was more interested in the relationship between Tag and Paul, and I think the author was too, cause, while the mystery ends more or less 3/4 into the novel, the last 1/4 of the story is focused on the aftermath for Tag and Paul, and a nice too as well.

Fox's Folly is naughty and romantic, a mix that, if working, is really good experience.

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 17, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Fox's Folly (Duals and Donovans: The Different)

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