May 31st, 2014

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Bruno Fonseca (1958 – May 31, 1994)

Bruno Fonseca (1958 – May 31, 1994) was an American artist who shifted between abstract and figurative styles and worked in both painting and sculpture. After contracting AIDS, Fonseca returned to New York from Spain where he was living. He married his pupil, German painter Anke Blaue, shortly before his death. He died of AIDS in 1994 at age 36.

Fonseca was born in New York to a family of artists. His younger brother Caio Fonseca is a well known contemporary painter. His father, Gonzalo Fonseca, was an Uruguayan sculptor. Fonseca suffered from dyslexia and stuttering as a child, conditions so severe he was treated by a psychiatrist. Fonseca was able to compensate for his verbal difficulties with a tremendous visual fluency, reproducing paintings by Michelangelo and other Great Masters at an early age. Raised in a house on West Eleventh Street in Greenwich Village, Fonseca studied at the Dalton School in Manhattan and St. Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights. Fonseca failed to graduate from high school and at age 18, he moved to Barcelona, where he studied with Augusto Torres. Fonseca lived in Barcelona until 1993, when he returned to New York a few months before his death.

Fonseca had what his sister called "a slightly perverse anti-taste for exquisite goods and 'luxuries' of all kinds." He preferred old objects, old clothes and junk that he collected from the streets of Barcelona. He chose to live in Barcelona's red-light district, among the city's poor, cripples, addicts, street girls, and bohemians.

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Charles Pierce (July 14, 1926 - May 31, 1999)

Charles Pierce, impressionist and comedian, was one of the foremost American female impersonators in the second half of the 20th century.

Born in Watertown, New York, on July 14, 1926, he started his acting career at the Pasadena Playhouse in the early 1950s. During this period, he was inspired by several nightclub acts in Los Angeles to develop his own act. His first professional performance was at Café La Vie in Altadena, California, in 1954.

Because of laws against cross-dressing, Pierce performed in a tuxedo with accessories such as a boa, hats, and pocketbooks. It was not until ten years after he began his career that Pierce donned full female costumes, reflecting changes in legislation that had made such acts legal. Pierce had lengthy and celebrated engagements at various venues including the Plush Room in San Francisco's York Hotel in the early 1980s, and engagements at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel's Venetian Room and New York's Top of the Gate and The Ballroom.

His portrayals included Tallulah Bankhead, Carol Channing, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Gloria Swanson, and Mae West. He appeared on numerous television shows (not always in drag), including Fame, Laverne and Shirley, Designing Women, Starsky & Hutch, and Love, American Style. His films include Rabbit Test (1978), Torch Song Trilogy (1988), and Nerds of a Feather (1990). He also issued several recordings, including Live at Bimbo's (circa 1972) on the Blue Thumb label, and a video, Charles Pierce at The Ballroom (1988).

He died in North Hollywood, California, on May 31, 1999, at the age of 72.


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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes

Gay Contemporary Romance
At First Touch (International Men of Sports 3) by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes
Series: International Men of Sports
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (January 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781846634
ISBN-13: 978-1781846636
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Excelling at the game he loved was everything to King, until Lukas showed him at first touch how much better his life could be… Ewansiha 'King' Kroenig is at the pinnacle of his professional football career, even with a problem knee. He keeps his cool and keeps his head down, and that control has served him well. King is bisexual and has been known to date beautiful women, while he also occasionally satisfies his craving for men with the team's trainer. It's a good life, but starting with one bizarre and personal request from his ex, Silvia, his orderly life goes spinning out of control. Lukas has no problem admitting he's gay, but with a loudly homophobic team captain, he knows better than to go there around the team. He has his whole career ahead of him and is being groomed to take over for their star player, King Kroenig. If he admires King for more than his athletic prowess, what can it hurt? No harm, no foul…until a certain trainer who knows them both well decides to play matchmaker, then all bets are off. And once they've experienced that first taste, they want more. But it's not as simple as hooking up or dating when you're teammates, with high profiles and little privacy. And when they each suddenly gain responsibilities they never expected, they must figure out a way to reconcile their personal lives with the expectations of others.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Blindsided (International Men of Sport 4) by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes
Series: International Men of Sport
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (January 31, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 178184710X
ISBN-13: 978-1781847107
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When Liam is transferred to Melbourne, he’s blindsided by his growing feelings for the hottest lifeguard on the beach. Luckily Matty knows mouth-to-mouth… How did alone turn into lonely? Rugby player Liam Holmes is forced to ponder that when he’s transferred from Canberra to Melbourne, away from his cousin and all that’s familiar. It’s part of playing pro, adjusting to a new team and teammates, but Liam finds himself searching for something more than his career. Matty loves the beach and being a lifeguard is all he’s ever wanted to do. He notices the new hottie at the beach right away and wonders what his story is. When he encounters him at the pub, he takes the reserved league player under his wing and into his group of mates, and they soon become fast friends. Friends isn’t all they want to stay, however. And once they give in to their attraction, the two are blindsided by the emotions that come with their deepening relationship. Can two men without any experience at relationships both navigate their way to steady ground?

Gay Contemporary Romance
Burning Up The Ice (International Men of Sports 5) by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes
Series: International Men of Sports
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (March 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781847479
ISBN-13: 978-1781847473
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Two men, two very different sports and one rink—sharing ice has never been so hot. Olivier ‘Big Bang’ St Pierre is back in his hometown while he recovers from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hockey’s a contact sport—still, he didn’t count on the locker room being dangerous. As a professional hockey player, he also didn’t count on it being hard to find ice time. But when a rink shuts down unexpectedly in a winter-sport-crazy town, even being a big name won’t help as people scramble for whatever they can get. The first time Ethan Campbell hears from the local hockey legend he knew as a kid, Olivier manages to insult both his family’s rink and his new sport—curling. So he’s not exactly receptive when Olivier shows up in person to plead his case. He makes a sarcastic offer…and is shocked when Olivier takes him up on it. Ethan’s bad experience with hockey had left him cold. But soon he and Olivier are burning up the ice. Ethan is tied to his town, job and family, while Olivier will be going back to Chicago to rejoin his team as soon as he’s able. It can’t possibly last…can it?

Gay Contemporary Romance
Serving Love At Carnival (International Men of Sports 6) by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes
Series: International Men of Sports
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (March 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781847614
ISBN-13: 978-1781847619
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Anything goes during Carnival, and two men are about to discover just how hot the nights can get in Rio. A long-time member of a samba school, Pablo knows that Carnival in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro is always hot, and the tall, sexy man he hooks up with during the festivities is even hotter. He usually doesn’t go back for repeats, but something about Diego has him working harder than he ever has to try to meet up again. Diego travels all over the world on the pro beach volleyball tour, but has found that the sexiest man he’s ever met lives right there in Rio. After a few false starts, they finally seem to hit a groove, but as time goes on, ghosts from Pablo’s past begin to affect their present. It’s tough being the partner of a professional athlete, competing with travel, fans and training for their limited time. Pablo’s always been let down by people who found it easy to leave him behind. Is he prepared to accept what Diego can offer?

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ Odyssey Youth Center:
25$ Lancaster LGBT Center:
25$ YouthCare:
30$ Covenant:
50$ Wes for Youth:
50$ PFLAG:
50$ Lambert House:
50$ Ruth Ellis Center:
75$ CARE:
75$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center:
100$ The Center Colorado:
105$ Moveable Feast:
110$ Lambda Legal:
125$ The Trevor Project:
150$ Point Foundation:
160$ UCAN:
312$ Lost-n-Found Youth:
313$ COLORS:
317$ Galop:
425$ SAGE:
710$ Other Funds
710$ Ali Forney Center:
TOTAL: 3992$*

* 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.

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UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet: H. Lewis-Foster

Starting from March up until June I will feature authors attending the UK GLBTQ Meet in Bristol (June 7 & 8, 2014:

Today author is H. Lewis-Foster: H. Lewis-Foster has worked with books, in one form or another, since leaving university. As a keen reader of gay fiction, she decided to try writing herself, and is now the proud author of several short stories and a debut novel Burning Ashes. Her stories range from contemporary to historical and even futuristic, with an equally wide array of characters, from doctors to performance artistes.
H. has lived in various parts of the UK and currently lives in the north of England. She enjoys city life, especially the theatres and cinemas, and likes visiting the beautiful villages in the surrounding countryside. She also loves cooking and discovering the fabulous local food shops. H. tries not to watch too much television, but is a big fan of Downton Abbey, and while she’s writing, she likes listening to Test Match Special (where they spend far more time talking about cakes than cricket!)
H. has also ventured into playwriting and was thrilled to see her first play performed at the Southend Playwriting Festival earlier this year.

H. Lewis-Foster is offering a copy of Burning Ashes 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.

Burning Ashes by H. Lewis-Foster
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627981969
ISBN-13: 978-1627981965
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Intelligent and confident, Australian cricketer Nat Seddon is one of the world's best bowlers. He's openly gay, but keeps his private life to himself, everything under control. But on the last day of his team’s “Ashes” tour of England, he meets Scott Alverley, England’s promising new batsman. Nat tries not to be attracted to Scott, but he can’t help finding the privileged young man handsome and endearing. Nat is tempted by a little end of tour fun, but finds himself playing agony uncle to a virgin. Instead of going home to bask on a beach, he spends a wet week in the north of England with Scott. Try as he might to resist, he can’t help falling hopelessly in love.

The hectic sporting calendar is a persistent obstacle to their growing romance; Nat and Scott are rarely even on the same continent. They make the most of the time when they can be together, but the months apart take a toll on Scott, professionally and personally. The possible solutions are nearly unthinkable, but if they are willing to make sacrifices that will change their lives forever, they might hold on to the love they found in the Ashes.

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