April 28th, 2014

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Brian Pockar (October 27, 1959 - April 28, 1992)

Brian James Pockar (October 27, 1959 — April 28, 1992) was a Canadian figure skater. He was the 1982 World bronze medalist, a three-time Canadian national champion (1978–80), and competed at the 1980 Winter Olympics. He was born and died in Calgary.

After turning pro, Pockar toured with Stars on Ice and worked as a choreographer. He died of AIDS in 1992. Scott Hamilton outed Pockar as gay in Hamilton's autobiography, Landing It.

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





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Francis Bacon, George Dyer & John Edwards

Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. His painterly but abstracted figures typically appear isolated in glass or steel geometrical cages set against flat, nondescript backgrounds. Bacon began painting during his early 20s and worked only sporadically until his mid-30s. Unsure of his ability as a painter, he drifted and earned his living as an interior decorator and designer of furniture and rugs. Later, he admitted that his career was delayed because he had spent too long looking for a subject that would sustain his interest. His breakthrough came with the 1944 triptych Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion which sealed his reputation as a uniquely bleak chronicler of the human condition. (P: Francis Bacon in London 1979 by Dmitri Kasterine)

He often said in interviews that he saw images "in series", and his artistic output typically focused on a single subject or format for sustained periods. His output can be crudely drawn as consisting of sequences or variations on a single motif; beginning with the 1940s male heads isolated in rooms, the early 1950s screaming popes, and mid to late 1950s animals and lone figures suspended in geometric structures. These were followed by his early 1960s modern variations of the crucifixion in the triptych format. From the mid-1960s to early 1970s, Bacon mainly produced strikingly compassionate portraits of friends, either as single or triptych panels. Following the 1971 suicide of his lover George Dyer, his art became more personal, inward looking and preoccupied with themes and motifs of death. The climax of this period came with his 1982 "Study for Self-Portrait", and his late masterpiece Study for a Self Portrait -Triptych, 1985-86. Despite his bleak existentialist outlook, solidified in the public mind through his articulate and vivid set of interviews with David Sylvester, Bacon in person was a bon vivant and notably and unapologetically gay. A prolific artist, he nonetheless spent many of the evenings of his middle age eating, drinking and gambling in London's Soho with friends such as Lucian Freud, John Deakin, Muriel Belcher, Henrietta Moraes, Daniel Farson and Jeffrey Bernard. After Dyer's suicide he largely distanced himself from this circle, and while his social life was still active and his passion for gambling continued, he settled into a platonic relationship with his eventual heir, John Edwards.


George Dyer in the Reece Mews Studio (c. 1964) by John Deakin.


Portrait of George Dyer Talking (1966) by Francis Bacon

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon_%28artist%29

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Ancient House of Cards

Gay Contemporary Romance
Ancient House of Cards by Bryan T. Clark

Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494955172
ISBN-13: 978-1494955175
Amazon: Ancient House of Cards
Amazon Kindle: Ancient House of Cards

Sebastian Morales is smart, gorgeous and has just turned 30. He is also one of the youngest Priests to be assigned to the sleepy little town of Morris Colorado, nestled just below the majestic Rocky Mountains. Born in a remote village in Spain, Father Morales' life had been perfectly scripted as he obtained his dreams. Now in America, he is at task with revitalizing an aging congregation. The job seems easy until he meets Ian Stephens. Ian is troubled, good looking, openly gay and trapped between his own dreams and the responsibility he feels for the care of his aging mother. Escorting his mother to Sunday Mass one morning, Ian and Father Morales’ life intersect, changing both forever. Ian believes he has seen something in the Father’s eyes that morning, a spark, an intuition, or was he just fantasizing about the seductively alluring priest. Ian is willing to risk it all in order to find the answer, in turn feeding his own sexual desires and causing boundaries to be questioned by everyone. After an unforeseen yet unforgettable kiss between the two men, will an Ancient House of Cards be toppled when they are faced with confronting the moral dilemma that neither of them can escape?

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
25$ Unicef: www.unicef.org/
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
25$ The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
25$ No Kid Hungry: www.nokidhungry.org/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
30$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
50$ Ruth Ellis Center: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
75$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
75$ CARE: careprogram.org/
110$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
132$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
165$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
175$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
233$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
255$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
360$ Other Funds
455$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 2550$*

* 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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UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet: Jordan Castillo Price

Starting from March up until June I will feature authors attending the UK GLBTQ Meet in Bristol (June 7 & 8, 2014: http://ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/2014-registration/2014-attendees/)

Today author is Jordan Castillo Price: Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. She writes paranormal, horror and thriller novels from her isolated and occasionally creepy home in rural Wisconsin. Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who's plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made...one client at a time.
Website: http://psycop.com

Jordan Castillo Price is offering a copy of Mnevermind 1, The Persistence of Memory 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.

Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: JCP Books (May 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935540491
ISBN-13: 978-1935540496
Amazon: Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory
Amazon Kindle: Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory

Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father's heart.

While forgetting your problems won't solve them, it does seem like it would make life a heck of a lot easier. Daniel thought so once. Now he knows better. He and Big Dan have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like his father remembers.

They're both professionals in the memory field-they even run their own memory palace. So shouldn't they be able to figure out a way to overwrite the persistent false memory that's wreaking havoc on both of their lives? Daniel thought he was holding it together, but the situation seems to be sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, reminding him he hasn't had a date in ages by taunting him with flashes of an elusive man in black that only he can see.

Is it some quirk of the circuitry, or is Daniel headed down the same path to fantasy-land as his old man?

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Always With Us by Morgan Cheshire

When approaching an historical romance about same-sex lovers I always fear it will be tragic; while I know courageous men were able to find their happily ever after even then, most of the time it wasn't easy, or without drama. But the author, maybe cause she chooses to approach the story with a "prim and proper" taste, isn't reserving for these men a tragic or public exposure, their dilemma will be of course there, but lived inside their rooms, known only to their inner circle.

Harrison is from a wealthy family, not aristocracy, but middle class anyway, with a respectable career in the law field. He is the second son, so he is not expected to inherit the task to take on the family name, but in any case, he has to conduct a respectable life. A chance encounter have him face the reality of the poorest side of London, and there he meets Daniel; the impoverished son of another middle class family, Daniel is working as a clerk, but he is also doing volunteering job in a Catholic shelter. Even if it's not highlighted much, the author did notice how the Catholic origins of Daniel versus the protestant ones of Harrison are yet another point where they differ.

Harrison and Daniel's relationship is like embers more than fire; there is passion, and warmth, but they aren't full flames, so much that Harrison, until forced by someone else to analyze his feelings towards Daniel, hadn't realized they were love. I can probably see Harrison and Daniel go on for a long time with a deep friendship, and maybe in old age realizing they lived as a couple for most of their lives. While this is entirely possible if considering only Harrison, Daniel is aware of his feelings, and so, more likely, he was not to accept such development.

I don't think Harrison's attitude towards his homosexual feelings is unrealistic, actually I think many at the times did the same; many enjoyed long and deep friendships with other men, and most likely, they never turned into a love relationship... it was what they were expected to do, especially after the Wilde's scandal. Very few decided to not adhere to conveniences and expatriated in more tolerant countries (tidbit of history: did you know that Poland was the only European country who never criminalized homosexuality?)

Publisher: Manifold Press (June 27, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Always With Us

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