March 22nd, 2014

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Anthony Creighton (1922 – March 22, 2005)

Anthony Creighton (1922, Swanage – 22 March 2005), a British actor and writer, is best known as the co-author of the play Epitaph for George Dillon with John Osborne.

He served in the RAF during the war as a navigator on bomber aircraft. He was awarded the DFC for gallantry for saving the crew of his Halifax bomber over Hamburg. During the war he met Terence Rattigan who was then a wireless operator and air gunner. They appeared together in entertainment for fellow servicemen at RAF ground stations. After the war he completed a course at RADA and subsequently joined a company at Barnstaple in Devon. Shortly afterward he formed his own travelling company, the Sage Repertory Group, with £200 given to him by his mother and was joined by three other actors from Barnstaple. An advertisement in The Stage in 1949 offering actors no salary but a share of the profits was answered by John Osborne who joined the company in Ilfracombe. His company took their plays from village to village but enjoyed little success, they presented a summer residency at the Victoria Theatre on Hayling Island but this too was short-lived. Shortly after he collaborated on two plays with Osborne, the first Personal Enemy fell foul of the censors at the time, the second was An Epitaph for George Dillon.

Although Creighton had little other dramatic success, he remained a close friend and confidant of Osborne, and was living with him on a houseboat in the Thames in 1954, the year Osborne wrote Look Back in Anger. Creighton is believed to have been the model for Cliff in the play.

The friendship between Osborne and Creighton faded over time. In 1960 Creighton co-wrote another play with his American lover Bernard Miller, Tomorrow with Pictures which was produced at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1961. It achieved little success and was to be Creighton's last produced play. Subsequently he taught drama at various London education establishments.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Creighton

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Dan Hartman (November 4, 1950 - March 22, 1994)

Dan Hartman (November 4, 1950, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - March 22, 1994, Westport, Connecticut) was a Singer/Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist (Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Drums), Producer-

Dan Hartman started classical piano studies at the age of seven, but changed his focus under the influence of pop radio. At thirteen he had his own band, The Legends, and was writing songs and producing gospel at a local studio.

Impressed by Hartman's demo tape, Steve Paul introduced him to Edgar Winter, who had just disbanded White Trash. The result of Hartman and Winter's first collaboration, the double platinum They Only Come Out at Night, featured Hartman on bass, guitar and keyboards; he also co-wrote half the songs on the album and sang lead on the hit single "Free Ride." He was a member of the Edgar Winter Group for three years. In the 1970s he also worked as a session musician with artists as diverse as Ian Hunter, Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren, and Ronnie Montrose; co-produced Winter's solo album Jasmine Nightdreams; and produced Foghat's Nightshift.

After three years with Winter, Hartman left the band and turned his attention to writing his own music. He released his first solo recording, the pop/rock Images, in 1976.

In 1978 he shifted from rock to disco. His album Instant Replay was a hit, as was the title single, and led to a world-wide tour. The next album, Relight My Fire, featured a duet with Loleatta Holloway on the title track, and Hartman jamming with Edgar Winter and Stevie Wonder on the song "Hands Down," but was less successful than Instant Replay. Hartman then spent some years producing other artists, including .38 Special, the Average White Band, and James Brown; he was the producer for Brown's comeback hit, "Living in America," in 1986.

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Source: http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/music/catalogue/hartmand.html

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Ian Stephens (? - March 22, 1996)

Ian Stephens (died March 22, 1996) was a Canadian poet, journalist and musician from Montreal, best known as one of the major Canadian voices in the spoken word movement of the 1990s. Most of his work focused on his experiences living with AIDS.

In the late 1980s, Stephens released an album with the short-lived band Disappointed a Few People.

In 1992, Stephens released a spoken word CD, Wining Dining and Drilling, which featured his poetry with a punk rock-influenced musical backing. The album included tracks such as "Coroner Wants a Kiss," "Loser w/ a Hard-On," "Sex is Dog," "Queer in Amerika", "I Started to Get Sick in New York" and "The AIDS Guy". He published a book of poetry, Diary of a Trademark, in 1994; the following year, he released an album of the same title, featuring his recitations of many of the pieces in the book. The title track was later included on Word Up, a compilation of spoken word poetry.

Stephens was also a regular writer for the Montreal Mirror, contributing book reviews and a 1994 cover story, "A Weary State of Grace", on living with AIDS.

He died in 1996 of AIDS-related lymphoma.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Stephens_(poet)

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John B. Whyte (May 22, 1928 - March 22, 2004)

John Burlingame Whyte (May 22, 1928 - March 22, 2004) was an American real estate entrepreneur and former magazine model who developed Fire Island Pines, New York.

Whyte was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for two years before moving to New York City.

He was involved in the famous drag queen "Invasion" of the Pines from the Grovers (the people who were living in Cherry Grove, always in Fire Island: the incident that is said to have provoked Grovers beyond endurance was a public humiliation of the Grove's flashy and popular Italian-American drag queen, Teri Warren, by top male model and Pines Botel/disco owner John B. Whyte. According to Thom Hansen, "Teri Warren or someone had gone over in drag and had been refused to be served dinner, because they were in drag, not properly attired. It was just shunned, not acceptable."

Moreover Whyte always maintained that he invented the gay tea dance in the Pines in 1966.

He co-founded The Pines Conservation Society in 1970. In 1984, he founded From the Pines With Love which recruited celebrities to perform at fundraisers for AIDS research. In 2002, the Fire Island Pines Community House was named Whyte Hall. Shortly before his death in 2004, Whyte sold his Fire Island Pines properties. Funded largely by his estate, a completely reconstructed Whyte Hall was completed during 2007.

He died on March 22, 2004.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Whyte

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Kenneth Siminski (1952 - March 22, 1993)

Kenneth E. Siminski, a stage manager, an actor and a director, died on March 22, 1993, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. He was 41 and lived in Manhattan.

The cause was AIDS, said his brother Julian.

Using the name of Ken Simmons, Mr. Siminski was stage manager for numerous Off Broadway plays, including Tina Howe's "Approaching Zanzibar," with Jane Alexander, and "Coastal Disturbances," with Annette Bening.

He appeared in the CBS television movie "A Royal Romance" and directed more than a dozen productions at Off Broadway theaters.

He was a founder of the Theater of Youth Company in Buffalo and appeared regularly in regional stock theater in Cooperstown, N.Y. He also taught acting and speech at the Columbia School of Theatrical Arts in Maryland and elsewhere.

He is survived by his companion, Timothy Fortuna of Manhattan.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/03/26/obituaries/kenneth-siminski-41-actor-and-director.html

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It Happened Today: March 22

Anthony Creighton (1922 – March 22, 2005): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3513144.html

Anthony Creighton, actor and writer, is best known as the co-author of the play Epitaph for George Dillon with John Osborne. Although Creighton had little other dramatic success, he remained a close friend and confidant of Osborne, and was living with him on a houseboat in the Thames in 1954, the year Osborne wrote Look Back in Anger. Creighton is believed to have been the model for Cliff in the play. In 1960 Creighton co-wrote another play with his lover Bernard Miller, Tomorrow with Pictures.

Carol Anshaw & Jessie Ewing: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3514899.html

Carol Anshaw is an American novelist and short story writer. Her books include Lucky in the Corner, Seven Moves, Aquamarine, and Carry the One. When Anshaw was growing up, her family divided its time between Michigan and Ft Lauderdale, Florida. In 1968 she moved to Chicago, marrying Charles J. White III in 1969 (they were divorced in 1985). Since 1996, Anshaw has been in a relationship with photographer, filmaker and teacher Jessie Ewing. The two divide their time between Chicago and Amsterdam.

Dan Hartman (November 4, 1950 - March 22, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3513369.html

Dan Hartman (November 4, 1950, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - March 22, 1994, Westport, Connecticut) was a Singer/Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist (Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Drums), Producer. In 1978 he shifted from rock to disco. His album Instant Replay was a hit, as was the title single, and led to a world-wide tour. The next album, Relight My Fire, featured a duet with Loleatta Holloway on the title track, and Hartman jamming with Edgar Winter and Stevie Wonder on the song "Hands Down."

Ian Stephens (? - March 22, 1996): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2823487.html

Ian Stephens was a Canadian poet, journalist and musician, best known as one of the major Canadian voices in the spoken word movement of the 90s. Most of his work focused on his experiences living with AIDS. In 1992, Stephens released a spoken word CD, Wining Dining and Drilling, which featured his poetry with a punk rock-influenced musical backing. Stephens was also a writer for the Montreal Mirror, contributing book reviews and a 1994 cover story, "A Weary State of Grace", on living with AIDS.

Ilana Kloss & Billie Jean King: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3514109.html

Billie Jean King is a former professional tennis player. She won 12 Grand Slam Singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. King is an advocate for sexual equality and won The Battle of the Sexes tennis match against Bobby Riggs in 1973. She confessed in 2007 that she had concealed her sexuality for so many years because her parents were homophobic. She is now in a relationship with Ilana Kloss, former professional tennis player.

John B. Whyte (May 22, 1928 - March 22, 2004): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3514112.html

John B. Whyte was an American real estate entrepreneur and former magazine model who developed Fire Island Pines, New York. He was involved in the famous drag queen "Invasion" of the Pines from the Grovers: the people who were living in Cherry Grove, always in Fire Island: the incident that is said to have provoked Grovers beyond endurance was a public humiliation of the Grove's flashy and popular Italian-American drag queen, Teri Warren, by top male model and Pines Botel/disco owner Whyte.

Kenneth Siminski (1952 - March 22, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3514565.html

Kenneth E. Siminski was stage manager for numerous Off Broadway plays, including Tina Howe's "Approaching Zanzibar," with Jane Alexander, and "Coastal Disturbances," with Annette Bening. He appeared in the CBS television movie "A Royal Romance" and directed more than a dozen productions at Off Broadway theaters. He was a founder of the Theater of Youth Company in Buffalo and appeared regularly in regional stock theater in Cooperstown, N.Y. He was survived by his companion, Timothy Fortuna.

M.L. Rhodes (born March 22): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/999103.html

M.L. Rhodes has been writing for almost fifteen years, predominantly write gay male romance and erotic romance. In Falling, Christian Wetherly comes to the U. S. undercover, posing as a British cop, to investigate a series of murders he suspects have been committed by a dark mage. He never expects, however, to find himself intensely attracted to the American police detective, Alec Anderson, in charge of the case. Christian has struggled with his hidden desires and hasn't admitted them to anyone.

Mark Badgley and James Mischka: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3340197.html

Badgley Mischka is an American fashion label designed by Mark Badgley and James Mischka. Badgley and Mischka went to New York City's City Hall on March 22, 2013, to make their 28-year union official. The designers first met while students at the Parsons School of Design and launched their label in 1988 (followed by bridal, a category for which they would become internationally renowned, in 1993). They have since dressed everyone from Oprah to the Olsen twins in luxe evening wear.

Sean Kennedy (born March 22, 1975): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1089282.html

Sean Kennedy was born in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives in the second most isolated city in the world. Tigers and Devils, his first novel, was published by Dreamspinner Press: Football, friends, and film are the most important parts of Simon Murray's life. His best friends despair of him ever finding that special someone to share his life. They drag him to a party, where Simon barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler.

Stephen Decatur & Richard Somers: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4267084.html

Stephen Decatur was one of America’s first naval heroes. As a commander, he endured the loss of his closest friend and companion, Richard Somers. Battling the Barbary Pirates in 1804, Somers volunteered to blow up the pirates’ coastal stronghold. Instead it was Somers and his crew that went up in smoke, while Decatur watched helplessly from the deck of his own vessel. Prior to the fatal mission, Somers had given Decatur a gold ring, which the aggrieved seaman wore for the rest of his life.

Stephen Sondheim & Peter Jones: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3513700.html

Stephen Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist. Sondheim has been described as being introverted, a solitary figure. He has stated that he doesn't believe in marriage. He came out in the 1980s and did not live with a partner until he was 61, in 1991, with Peter Jones, a dramatist; they lived together for several years, until 1999. In an interview with Frank Rich, Sondheim said that "the outsider feeling – somebody who people want to both kiss and kill – occurred quite early in my life."

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Carnal Sacraments

Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century by Perry Brass
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: Belhue Press; 2nd Edition edition (March 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1892149184
ISBN-13: 978-1892149183
Amazon: Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century
Amazon Kindle: Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century

What happens when you re caught in the cross hairs of an all-seeing international government corporation? A perfect narrative for the age of Edward Snowden. "Layered with philosophical elements, fascinating descriptions, and a clear focus on character overall, Brass's . . . work is one of the most unusual novels I've read in years," Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco.
"I would definitely recommend this book to readers who get tired of reading erotic homosexual stories, and would like to try this sensual book," Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society.

Perry Brass has created a page-turning thriller that takes the reader on one helluva roller coaster ride, and oh, the places you ll go!" White Crane Journal. "Unusual and unpredictable," Mandate Magazine.

A white-knuckle suspense story set in the year 2075, the distant yet close-enough future, when constant corporate + government surveillance is Standard Operating Procedure. Endless war and endless security punch their way through individual lives. And your job level will determine exactly if and how you live and die.

In a glittering city in a very internationalized Germany, Jeffrey Cooper, Alabama-born design star, has made a pact with the Devil himself. No matter what age he is, the mega-Corporation running the world will keep him looking movie-star young and handsome. Cooper has left his past, his history and heart behind. But they will catch up with him when he meets a handsome young Dutchman who offers him his real soul back but with even a higher price than the Corporation is making him pay.

A perfect tale for the currrent age of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency, and a world business culture in which many gay men have taken key roles and given up so much of themselves in return. Carnal Sacraments is a book you won t put down until the very end.

This 2nd Edition edition features an arresting new cover with a painting by German Symbolist painter Sascha Schneider, a Foreword by the author, as well as a biographical note on Sascha Schneider, a long-lost gay artist from the more sexually-liberated German twilight between world wars.

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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Steamroller by Mary Calmes

Having just read another novel by Mary Calmes, it was easy to recognize some of her themes, the young and pretty boy, Vincent, not sparkling beautiful but more sweet, big brown eyes, a little temperamental, but basically a good guy, and clever to both, who falls in love for the very beautiful poster boy, Carson. But on the contrary of the previous novel, where the poster boy will be a cheater and someone not to trust, here Carson is a dream comes true, and he is one to trust, one that will sweep Vince off to ride on a white horse towards the horizon (figuratively speaking of course).

The novel doesn't span for a long length of time, actually I think little more than one week, and so the feeling of being swept along with Vince is there. Carson comes out like a very intense character, solid and trustworthy, but also sexy. While he is going fast once he catches Vince, it's not something sudden for him, he was lusting after Vincent for a long time, and it's like, once he manages to get him, it's never enough, he needs more, sooner and faster.

The novel reads quickly but not for that less intense.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 4, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Steamroller

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