March 28th, 2014

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James Barr (February 13, 1922 - March 28, 1995)

James W. Fugaté was born in Missouri on February 13, 1922. Fugaté was still a child when his mother died and, having never met his father, was relocated several times before a foster couple decided to raise him. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Fugaté studied professional writing at a university, but soon dropped out and moved to New York City where he earned a living writing advertising copy for television.

His experience in the Navy was the inspiration for his book, the groundbreaking novel, Quatrefoil, first published in 1950. Written under the pseudonym, James Barr, Quatrefoil is hailed as one of the first novels to present a frank and positive depiction of same-sex love. Following the success of Quatrefoil, he published a volume of short stories, Derricks (1951), and the play, Game of Fools (1955).

During the Korean War, Fugaté reenlisted in the U.S. Navy, but he was discharged when a background check by Naval Intelligence revealed him to be the author of Quatrefoil. Following the incident, he moved to Los Angeles where he became aware of ONE, Inc., the Mattachine Society and the early gay rights movement. As an early activist, he contributed a number of articles to homophile periodicals--such as ONE Magazine, Der Kreis ( The Circle) and Mattachine Review--throughout the 1950s. By the mid-1960s, however, he lost touch with the gay rights movement and returned to the Midwest, where he earned a living in a variety of jobs, including laborer in oil fields and reporter for the Kansas City Star. He eventually settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he died on March 28, 1995.

His papers are held at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives: Manuscripts, correspondence, clippings and photographs relating to gay author James W. Fugaté (1922-1995), who under the pseudonym James Barr, wrote the groundbreaking novel, Quatrefoil (1950), as well as other gay-themed works, including a volume of short stories, Derricks (1951), and a play, Game of Fools (1955). The collection also includes manuscripts of short stories and of articles he contributed to homophile periodicals such as ONE Magazine, Der Kreis and the Mattachine Review; correspondence with his publishers and homophile organizations such as ONE, Inc.; and photographs of Fugaté dating back to 1952.



Source: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt129029kt/

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Peter Mumford (1945 - March 28, 1993)

Peter B. Mumford was a production stage manager for Broadway and Off Broadway shows. He died on March 28, 1993, at Tisch Hospital in Manhattan. He was 48 and lived in Manhattan.

The cause was lymphoma and AIDS, his family said.

Mr. Mumford last worked on "Lost in Yonkers." His other shows included "Buddy," "The Heidi Chronicles," "Legs Diamond," "Dreamgirls," "Dancin'," "Baby," "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Gin Game" and "Same Time Next Year."

He was born in Plainfield, N.J., and attended Emerson College in Boston.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/03/31/obituaries/peter-b-mumford-stage-manager-48.html

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It Happened Today: March 28

Brian Shucker & Bill Sawyer: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3546119.html

Brian Shucker was an award-winning composer and lyricist who wrote the score of Babes, a 1940s-style musical that opened in L.A. the day he died of the complications of AIDS. In the early 80s Shucker met Bill Sawyer, his collaborator and companion. Sawyer wrote the book for "Babes," and was in the process of completing what would have been their second full musical together. Bill Sawyer died exactly four months after his companion. They are listed side by side on the AIDS quilt project.

Dirk Bogarde & Anthony Forwood: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2844738.html

Sir Dirk Bogarde was an English actor and novelist. Initially a matinee idol Bogarde later acted in art-house films like Death in Venice. For many years he shared his homes, in England and France, with his manager Anthony Forwood. The actor John Fraser said that "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"

James Barr (February 13, 1922 - March 28, 1995): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3521603.html

James Fugaté 's experience in the Navy was the inspiration for his book, the groundbreaking novel, Quatrefoil, first published in 1950. Written under the pseudonym, James Barr (February 13, 1922 - March 28, 1995), Quatrefoil is hailed as one of the first novels to present a frank and positive depiction of same-sex love. During the Korean War, Fugaté reenlisted in the U.S. Navy, but he was discharged when a background check by Naval Intelligence revealed him to be the author of Quatrefoil.

Jane Rule & Helen Sonthoff: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3009186.html

Jane Vance Rule, CM, OBC was a Canadian writer of lesbian-themed novels and non-fiction. Rule taught at Concord Academy in Massachusetts where she met Helen Sonthoff and fell in love with her. Rule moved to work at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1956, but Sonthoff visited her and they began to live together. Rule and Sonthoff lived together until Sonthoff's death in 2000. Rule surprised some in the gay community by declaring herself against gay marriage.

Modest Mussorgsky (March 21, 1839 – March 28, 1881): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3522353.html

Modest Mussorgsky was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". Mussorgsky is best known today for his popular piano composition Pictures at an Exhibition: the Russian composer drew inspiration for the piece from an exhibit of watercolors by his lover, artist Victor Hartmann. When Hartmann died in 1874, the grief-stricken and always melodramatic Mussorgsky exclaimed, "What a terrible blow! Why should a dog, a horse, a rat live on - and creatures like Hartmann die!"

Peter Bellinger & Joe Grubb: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3552926.html

Peter Lake Bellinger was a composer and painter. Upon receiving his HIV diagnosis, he retired and began to pursue composition, and continued to write music for over ten years. He and his partner, Joe Grubb, were together for nearly twenty-three years. Peter Bellinger, born in Honolulu, died of liver cancer in San Francisco at the age of 54 on April 18, 2001. “My aim is to entertain people, not to educate them. Above all, I believe music should be reasonably accessible." --Peter Bellinger

Peter Mumford (1945 - March 28, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3521961.html

Peter B. Mumford was a production stage manager for Broadway and Off Broadway shows. He died on March 28, 1993, at Tisch Hospital in Manhattan. The cause was lymphoma and AIDS, his family said. Mr. Mumford last worked on "Lost in Yonkers." His other shows included "Buddy," "The Heidi Chronicles," "Legs Diamond," "Dreamgirls," "Dancin'," "Baby," "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Gin Game" and "Same Time Next Year." He was born in Plainfield, N.J., and attended Emerson College in Boston.

Terry Helbing (May 21, 1951 - March 28, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1461327.html

Terry Helbing served as Managing Editor of The Drama Review for four years beginning in 1977 and contributed to many theatrical and gay and lesbian publications, including "The Advocate" and "TheaterWeek". He was theater editor at "New York Native" from 1981 until his death, and he contributed a weekly theater news column at "Stonewall News". In 1979, he was founder and publisher of the JH Press (named for his father, John Helbing), which became the drama division of the Gay Presses of NY.

Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1461041.html

Virginia Woolf was an English author, essayist, publisher, regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. "Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway is, in many ways, the perfect modern novel. Or, a novel born of modernity, and perfectly expressive of modernity. I've reread my copy of Mrs. Dalloway so many times that it's fallen apart. The prose is deceptively casual, a style that would be characterized as 'stream of consciousness'" --Tomas Mournian

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Love and Murder

Gay Mystery / Thriller
Love and Murder by W.S. Long

Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (February 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1496138600
ISBN-13: 978-1496138606
Amazon: Love and Murder
Amazon Kindle: Love and Murder

Jake Chandler is a struggling small-town Florida lawyer, and his life is falling apart. His ex-wife makes seeing his daughter difficult, his boyfriend Noah may be cheating on him, and his money woes are growing. Jake hopes that a new murder defense case will help with his money woes, but his ex-wife Elena is the prosecutor. It’s bad enough she has to fight with him over custody of their daughter. Now she wants nothing more than to beat him in the courtroom, too.

And then people around him start dying.

First, an ex-lover gets his brains blown out while he and Jake have coffee. The danger comes even closer. Then Jake meets handsome FBI agent Xavier, who is investigating the crimes surrounding him. Can Jake trust this new man in his life? Is Xavier who he says he is? Or does his involvement put Jake and those he loves in even more danger?

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/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
50$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
83$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
132$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
150$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
190$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
400$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 1315$*

* 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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