February 17th, 2015

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Anne Harriman & William Kissam Vanderbilt

Anne, or Granny Vanderbilt, was with her husband William K., a notable host in New York City and Paris and at their chateau and racing stable in Poissy, some 20 miles from Paris, (where great-grandfather Sands was killed) and on their yacht, Valiant. (P: Anne Harriman Sands Rutherfurd, the second wife of William Kissam Vanderbilt circa 1915)

Granny particularly enjoyed entertaining musical notables. Her friend, Eleanor Robson Belmont, recalled an evening early in 1911 when Engelbert Humperdinck, in New York for the premiere of his opera Die Konigskinder at the Metropolitan, was at one of her parties with Giacomo Puccini, in New York for the premiere of his opera The Girl of the Golden West. After dinner Josef Hoffman played with Humperdinck and Puccini on either side of the piano.

Of course, this makes Granny sound rather frivolous but that was not the case. Although she was certainly a participant in society, (she was one of the founders of the Colony Club in 1903) she was also a lifelong philanthropist. She was responsible for the building of the "open-stair" apartment houses, four large buildings with 384 apartments on Avenue A (now York Avenue) between 77th and 78th streets in New York. These revolutionary new buildings were intended to house patients suffering from tuberculosis, then the scourge of New York slums, and their families in airy, sanitary surroundings. She paid the $1 million cost of the partments, which were designed by Henry Atterbury Smith. Completed in 1910, the buildings still exist and are still occupied.


William K. Vanderbilt House on Fifth Avenue, New York City
In 1903, Willian K. Vanderbilt married Anne Harriman, daughter of banker Oliver Harriman. She was a widow to sportsman Samuel Stevens Sands and to Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, Jr., son of the astronomer Lewis Morris Rutherfurd. Always in 1903, along with Anne Morgan and Bessie Marbury, Anne helped organize the Colony Club, the first women's social club in New York. The also created the exclusive neighborhood of Sutton Place, along Manhattan's East River, which prompted gossip papers of the 1920s to loudly whisper of an "Amazon Enclave“.

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Source: http://www.faubourgmontmartre.com/ah1861.html

William Kissam Vanderbilt I (December 12, 1849 – July 22, 1920) was a member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family. He managed railroads and was a horse breeder.

The second son of William Henry Vanderbilt, from whom he inherited $55 million (equal to about $1.4 billion today), and grandson of "The Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, William Kissam Vanderbilt was for a time active in the management of the family railroads, though not much after 1903. His sons, William Kissam Vanderbilt II (1878–1944) and Harold Stirling Vanderbilt (1884–1970), were the last to be active in the railroads, the latter losing a proxy battle for the New York Central Railroad in the 1950s.

In 1879 after taking over P. T. Barnum's Great Roman Hippodrome which was on railroad property by Madison Square Park he renamed the facility Madison Square Garden. 

Vanderbilt's first wife was Alva Erskine Smith (1853–1933), whom he married on April 20, 1875. She was born in 1853, in Mobile, Alabama, to Murray Forbes Smith, a commission merchant, and Phoebe Ann Desha, daughter of US Representative Robert Desha. They had three children. Consuelo Vanderbilt was born on March 2, 1877, followed by William Kissam Vanderbilt II on March 2, 1878, and Harold Stirling Vanderbilt on July 6, 1884. Alva later maneuvered Consuelo into marrying Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough on November 6, 1895. Alva divorced Vanderbilt in March 1895, at a time when divorce was rare among the elite, and received a large financial settlement reported to be in excess of $10 million (equal to about $280 million today). The grounds for divorce were allegations of Vanderbilt's adultery. Alva remarried to one of their old family friends, Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, on January 11, 1896.

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

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
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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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Alain Claude Sulzer (born February 17, 1953)

Alain Claude Sulzer (born February 17, 1953) is a Swiss writer and translator. He was born in Basel and worked as a journalist. He has published more than ten books and has won a number of literary awards in the process.

His novel A Perfect Waiter won the Prix Medicis Etranger and the Prix des Auditeurs de la Radio Suisse Romande and has been translated into several languages. Another novel Aus den Fugen has also met with critical and commercial success and is set to be translated into English.

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A Perfect Waiter by Alain Claude Sulzer
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (January 19, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0747596271
ISBN-13: 978-0747596271
Amazon: A Perfect Waiter

Erneste works in a grand hotel in Switzerland. He is the 'perfect waiter', a model of order in every way. But inwardly this polite, withdrawn man has been caught in the grip of an overwhelming passion that began in the summer of 1935 with Jakob, a fellow waiter. For Jakob the affair is just a fling, but for Erneste it is true love. When the great German writer Julius Klinger arrives at the hotel, seeking sanctuary from Hitler's Germany, his gaze, too, lights on Jakob. One morning, three decades later, Erneste receives a letter with a US postmark from Jakob asking for help. It is a call that forces Erneste to engage with the world again and risk discovering the truth behind his memories of the great love of his youth. Shifting skilfully between two eras, Sulzer's tense, moving and elegantly written novel is a small masterpiece about the joy and pain of love.

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Perry Moore (November 4, 1971 - February 17, 2011)

William Perry Moore IV (November 4th, 1971 — February 17, 2011) was an American author, screenwriter, and film director. He was best known as the executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia film series and the author of the award-winning book Hero (about a gay teenage superhero).

Moore was born on November 4, 1971, in Richmond, Virginia, to William and Nancy Norris Moore. His father was a Vietnam War veteran who received the Bronze Star. He had two sisters, Jane and Elizabeth. He grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and graduated high school from Norfolk Academy in 1990. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1994, and while still in college interned at the Virginia Film Festival. He also served as an intern in the White House and at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in New York City.

He worked on the production team for The Rosie O'Donnell Show, then joined Walden Media (a media production company created by conservative billionaire Phillip Anschutz to produce family-friendly movies, documentaries, and television programs). He was the executive in charge of production for the film I Am David, an adaptation the Anne Holm novel North to Freedom.

Moore was also the executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Moore spent several years seeking the movie rights to the seven novels which comprise the Narnia books. Moore's persistence proved critical for Walden Media in winning the rights. (An obituary in Variety called his role "instrumental".) As the New York Times reported in 2005: "At the beginning of 2001, Perry Moore embarked on a forbidding quest. Mr. Moore, an executive with an untested movie company called Walden Media, dispatched an impassioned letter to the chief executive of the C. S. Lewis Company, seeking movie rights to the much-loved Chronicles of Narnia fantasy novels." After a meeting of executives, a handshake sealed the deal for the rights. Moore continued his role as executive producer with Prince Caspian (2008) and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).


William Perry Moore IV was an American author, screenwriter, and film director. He was known as the executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia film series and the author of the award-winning book Hero. Moore was openly gay and lived in NYC with Hunter Hill (a writer for Paper magazine). He was was also asked what the perfect recipe for romance is: “Good waves. Good wine. Great new wave music. A little bit of dancing. Writing 10 great pages. And collapsing into the arms of the one you love.” Moore died on February 17, 2011, at the age of 39, at his home in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.

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I'm like a superhero, with no powers or motivation...
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Moore

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Glen Retief & Peterson Toscano

Peterson Toscano (born February 17, 1965 in Stamford, Connecticut) is a playwright, actor, Bible scholar, blogger, and gay activist. Toscano spent nearly two decades undergoing ex-gay treatment and conversion therapy before accepting his homosexuality and coming out as a gay man. He has since shared his experiences internationally through various media outlets, especially plays. Peterson Toscano lives in Sunbury, Pennsylvania with his husband, South African writer Glen Retief. (P: Tina Encarnacion. Peterson Toscano (born 1965),

Toscano was featured in the second season of the Be Real program on Logo TV, and has appeared on several TV and radio programs including the Tyra Banks Show, the Montel Williams Show, Faith Under Fire, PBS In the Life, PRI To the Point, Connecticut Public Radio Where We Live (PRNDI Award winning episode), BBC Radio Ulster Sunday Sequence and BBC World Service Reporting Religion.

In addition to print, television and radio, Toscano appears in various documentaries including the 2005 film Fish Can't Fly, which explores the conflict that many lesbians and gays have had with their Christian faith, and the 2008 Canadian documentary Cure for Love. He appears in and is associate producer for the 2011 film This is What Love in Action Looks Like.

Toscano is also the co-host of the podcast Queer and Queerer.

Glen Retief is a South African writer who won a Lambda Literary Award in 2012 for his memoir The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood. The Jack Bank was also an Africa Book Club Book of 2011.


Peterson Toscano is a playwright, actor, Bible scholar, blogger, and gay activist. Toscano spent nearly 2 decades undergoing ex-gay treatment and conversion therapy before accepting his homosexuality and coming out as a gay man. Toscano lives in Sunbury, PA with his husband, South African writer Glen Retief. Retief is a South African writer who won a Lambda Literary Award for his memoir The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood. The Jack Bank was also an Africa Book Club Book.

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Blog Tour: Godsend by Sloan Johnson

Godsend by Sloan Johnson
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Amazon Kindle: Godsend

You can’t choose who you fall in love with. Despite knowing from a young age that he was gay, Scott Murphy couldn’t imagine life without Shelly. He threw away the labels and had eleven amazing years with her, but now, he feels even more lost trying to figure out how to move on after Shelly’s death. After nearly a year of watching Scott fade away, Shelly’s father forces him to start living again.

As much as Chris loathes the idea of attending a bereavement group week after week, it’s one of the only places he can go in this town, other than the bar, to not feel so alone. When there’s nothing to distract him or dull his senses, he spends too much time obsessing over how he should have been able to help his sister. When Scott shows up at his group session, Chris decides that maybe some good can come out of his sister’s death.

There’s no denying that Chris is the first man to catch Scott’s attention in a long time, but how can he move on when just thinking of Shelly sends him to his dark place?

The road to recovery won’t be an easy one, but Chris is determined to help Scott see that life is still worth living. But before Scott can allow himself to admit what he feels for Chris, he knows he has to reveal the full truth about Shelly’s death.

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Author Bio: Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.
When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.
Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?
Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.



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