December 24th, 2014

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Bob Smith (born December 24, 1958)

Bob Smith (born 24 dicembre 1958) is an American comedian and author. Smith, born in Buffalo, New York, was the first openly gay comedian to appear on The Tonight Show and the first openly gay comedian to have his own HBO half-hour comedy special. Smith, along with fellow comedians Jaffe Cohen and Danny McWilliams, formed the comedy troupe Funny Gay Males in 1988. He is currently in a relationship with Michael Zam, a screenwriter, script doctor, and writing coach. For five years he ran NYU's adult creative writing department, where he created and developed the program's very successful screenplay certificate program. "My moral guide is my partner Michael Zam. He’s stuck with me even though I have one of the most depressing illnesses."

With Funny Gay Males, Smith is the co-author of Growing Up Gay: From Left Out to Coming Out (1995). Smith is also the author of two books of biographical essays. Openly Bob (1997) received a Lambda Literary Award for best humor book. Way to Go, Smith! (1999) was nominated for a 2000 Lambda Literary Award in the same category. Smith published his first novel, Selfish and Perverse, in 2007, and Remembrance of Things I Forgot in 2011.

While taping a 2007 comedy special for Logo, Smith disclosed that he is suffering from a neurological disorder. He described his symptoms at that time as slurred speech, making him sound inebriated. In response to an August 2012 New York Times article on openly gay male standup comedians, Smith posted a comment stating he has ALS.

While competing on Chopped, comedienne Judy Gold mentioned she was playing for an ALS charity in honor of a friend of hers who has ALS and can no longer speak. Further research shows that Gold has recently done a benefit in honor of Smith.


@Jay Corcoran. Bob Smith and Michael Zam at lunch
Bob Smith is an American comedian and author. Smith, born in Buffalo, was the first openly gay comedian to appear on The Tonight Show and the first openly gay comedian to have his own HBO half-hour comedy special. Smith, along with fellow comedians Jaffe Cohen and Danny McWilliams, formed the comedy troupe Funny Gay Males in 1988. He is currently in a relationship with Michael Zam, a screenwriter, script doctor, and writing coach. For five years he ran NYU's adult creative writing department.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Smith_%28comedian%29

Further Readings:

Selfish and Perverse by Bob Smith
Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Alyson Books (September 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1593501498
ISBN-13: 978-1593501495
Amazon: Selfish and Perverse

When a burned-out Hollywood sketch show writer named Nelson Kunker meets and falls for Roy Briggs, a part-time salmon fisherman/full-time archaeology student who's visiting from Alaska, hilarity, love, and debauchery ensue.

Bob Smith has the distinction of being the first openly gay comedian to appear on The Tonight Show and also have his own episode of HBO Comedy Half-Hour. He lives in New York.

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Ricky Martin (born December 24, 1971)

Enrique "Ricky" Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), is a Puerto Rican pop musician, actor and author. Martin began his career at age twelve with the all-boy pop group Menudo; after five years with the group, he released several Spanish-language solo albums throughout the 1990s. He also acted on stage and on TV in Mexico, becoming a modest star in the country. In 1994 he starred on the American TV soap opera General Hospital, playing a Puerto Rican singer.

In late 1999, after releasing several albums in Spanish, Martin performed "The Cup of Life" at the 41st Grammy Awards show, which became a catalyst in bringing Latin pop to the forefront of the U.S. music scene. Following its success, Martin released "Livin' la Vida Loca" which helped him obtain enormous success worldwide and is generally seen as the song that began the Latin pop explosion of 1999 and made the transition of other Spanish-speaking artists into the English-speaking market easier. The song has sold over 8 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time. His first English-language album (also titled Ricky Martin), has sold 22 million copies and is one of the best selling albums of all time. His other studio albums include: Me Amarás (1993), A Medio Vivir (1995), Vuelve (1998), Sound Loaded (2000), Almas del Silencio (2003), Life (2005), and Música + Alma + Sexo (2011).

He has sold over 70 million albums, and has had 95 platinum records, 6 #1 Billboard albums, 11 Number 1 hit songs, 2 American Music Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 8 World Music Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards, 8 MTV Music Video Awards, with concerts in more than 60 countries across the globe.


Ricky Martín is a Puerto Rican pop musician, actor and author. Martin began his career at age 12 with the all-boy group Menudo; after 5 years with the group, he released several Spanish-language solo albums throughout the 1990s. On March 29, 2010, Martin publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in a post on his official website. In 2011, during his acceptance speech of the Vito Russo Award at the 22nd GLAAD Media Awards, Martin publicly thanked his boyfriend, Carlos González Abella, an economist. They relationship ended in January 2014.

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

Further Readings:

Me by Ricky Martin
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Celebra Trade; Enhanced edition (October 4, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 045123443X
ISBN-13: 978-0451234438
Amazon: Me
Amazon Kindle: Me

In this New York Times bestseller, international superstar Ricky Martin, who has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, opens up for the first time about memories of his early childhood, experiences in the famed boy band Menudo, struggles with his identity during the Livin' la Vida Loca phenomenon, reflections on coming to terms with his sexuality, relationships that allowed him to embrace love, and life-changing decisions like devoting himself to helping children around the world, and becoming a father. Me is an intimate memoir about the very liberating and spiritual journey of one of the most iconic pop-stars of our time.

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Dodie Bellamy & Kevin Killian

Kevin Killian (born December 24, 1952) is an American poet, author, and playwright of primarily LGBT literature. He is also a highly regarded editor. My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer, which he co-edited with Peter Gizzi, won the American Book Award for poetry in 2009. His novel, Impossible Princess, won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award as the best gay erotic fiction work of 2009.

Dodie Bellamy is an American novelist, nonfiction author, journalist and editor. Her work is frequently associated with that of Dennis Cooper, Kathy Acker, and Eileen Myles. She is one of the originators in the New Narrative literary movement, which attempts to use the tools of experimental fiction and critical theory and apply them to narrative storytelling.

Killian is also co-founder of the Poets Theater, an influential poetry, stage, and performance group based in San Francisco.

He was raised Roman Catholic. He attended a Roman Catholic parochial school run by Franciscan monks, where he suffered what he has described as routine abuse. He discussed these experiences in an essay in the edited work Wrestling With the Angel, which describes 21 gay men's experiences with religion. He was also the New York City spelling bee champion. He attended graduate school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY-Stony Brook) in the 1970s, and moved to San Francisco in 1980. Although he is gay and Dodie Bellamy is a lesbian, the couple married and have an active heterosexual sex life. Killian admired the work of JT LeRoy (later to be revealed as the pen name and persona of author Laura Albert), and held public readings of LeRoy's work in 2000.


Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian, 1989, by Robert Giard
Kevin Killian (born 1952) is an American poet, author, and playwright of primarily LGBT literature. My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer, which he co-edited with Peter Gizzi, won the American Book Award for poetry in 2009. Although he is gay and Dodie Bellamy is a lesbian, the couple married and have an active heterosexual sex life (they met in the 1980s). Dodie Bellamy featured him as a partially-fictional character in her vampire novel, The Letters of Mina Harker.


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

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Book Blast: Christmas, snow, and a... merman? by Beany Sparks

Christmas, Snow And...A Merman? (Merman Tales Book 1) by Beany Sparks
Publisher: eXtasy Books (December 21, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Christmas, Snow And...A Merman? (Merman Tales Book 1)

It’s up to Calder to show his Christmas-hating merman what the season is really about.

Calder lives a quiet life in his cabin on the edge of the bay. He has his best friend Erik and for now, that’s enough. Then his life takes an unexpected turn when an event causes him to come face-to-face with a real merman.
Tamesis knows that soon the waters will freeze over, which means that dreaded time of the year is coming—Christmas. As a merman he is not affected by the change in water temperature, but when it freezes over he can no longer spend his days watching the man on the shore. That all changes when Calder falls into Tamesis’s world.
The more the two get to know each other, the more they start to care, but will they be brave enough to admit their feelings? Or will Tamesis end up with an even bigger reason to hate Christmas?

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Author Bio:
Beany lives in Western Australia. She first started reading romance novels in 2008, but it wasn't until January 2010 when her Kindle got delivered that the world of erotic romance opened its doors to her, and she hasn't looked back.

With suggestions and support from friends, her muse—“affectionately" known as PITA—was finally able to break free, and in January 2014 her first story was written. Since she can’t put PITA back in his box, Beany has decided to give in and team up with him. Together they’ve made plans to write both MF and MM stories.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (and giveaway!)



To celebrate Christmas and the New Year, the ebook Kindle version of my Days of Love is free for 2 days, 24 and 25 of December! Enjoy!

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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