March 15th, 2015

andrew potter

Barbara Carrellas & Kate Bornstein

Katherine Vandam "Kate" Bornstein (born March 15, 1948) is an American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist. Having been born male and then receiving gender reassignment surgery in 1986, Bornstein says, "I don't call myself a woman, and I know I'm not a man". Bornstein has also written about having anorexia, being a survivor of PTSD and being diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder. (Picture: Kate Bornstein in 1986)

Kate and partner since 1997 Barbara Carrellas live in New York City with three cats, two dogs and a turtle.

Born in Neptune City, New Jersey, into a middle-class Conservative Jewish family of Russian and Dutch descent, Bornstein studied Theater Arts with John Emigh and Jim Barnhill at Brown University (Class of '69). Bornstein joined the Church of Scientology, became a high ranking lieutenant in the Sea Org but later became disillusioned and formally left the movement in 1981. Bornstein's antagonism toward Scientology and public split from the church have had personal consequences; Bornstein's daughter, herself a Scientologist, no longer has any contact with Bornstein per Scientology's policies.

Bornstein never felt comfortable with the belief of the day: that all trans women are "women trapped in men's bodies." Bornstein did not identify as a man, but the only other option of the day was to be a woman, a reflection of the gender binary, which required people to identify according to only two available genders. Another block in Bornstein's path was the fact that Bornstein was attracted to women. Bornstein had sex reassignment surgery in 1986.


Kate Bornstein (born March 15, 1948) is an American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist. Having been born male and then receiving gender reassignment surgery, Bornstein says, "I don't call myself a woman, and I know I'm not a man". Bornstein has also written about having anorexia, being a survivor of PTSD and being diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder. Kate and partner since 1997 Barbara Carrellas live in New York City with three cats, two dogs and a turtle.

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

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Gerda Wegener & Lili Elbe

Lili Elbe (28 December 1882 – 13 September 1931) was a transgender woman and one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery. Elbe was born in Denmark as Einar Mogens Wegener and was a successful artist under that name. She also presented as Lili, sometimes spelled Lily and publicly was introduced as Einar's sister. After transitioning, however, she made a legal name change and stopped painting. (P: Lili Elbe by Gerda Gottlieb)

Eddie Redmayne, who has become the darling of Hollywood with his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, is preparing to take on another challenging role - that of Lili Elbe. The Oscar-winner is reportedly already losing weight to play the Danish painter born Einar Wegener who, with the support of his wife, fellow artist Gerda Gottlieb, first started living as a woman and finally became one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery in the 1930s. Directed by Tom Hooper, the film will explore the extraordinary life of a figure who risked her reputation, marriage and finally her life to be the person she felt she should be.

Elbe's year of birth is sometimes stated as 1886. This appears to be from a book about her, which has some facts changed to protect the identities of the persons involved. Factual references to Gerda Gottlieb's life indicate that the 1882 date is correct as they clearly married while at college in 1904.


Eddie Redmayne as Lili


Lili Elbe and Gerda Gottlieb
Lili Elbe was a male to female transgender and one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery. She was a successful artist under the name Einar Mogens Wegener. Elbe met Gerda Gottlieb at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and they married in 1904. Gottlieb became famous for her paintings of beautiful women with haunting almond-shaped eyes dressed in chic fashions. In approximately 1913, the unsuspecting public was shocked to discover that the model who had inspired Gottlieb's depictions of petite femmes fatales was in fact Elbe.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lili_Elbe

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
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
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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Cover Reveal: My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange


My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange
Link: tqstrange.blogspot.ca/p/my-zombie-boyfriend.html

Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.

With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.

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About the Author: My Zombie Boyfriend is T. Strange’s first full-length novel, though she has published several shorter works with Torquere Press. When not writing, T. enjoys gardening, spending time with her horse, and, of course, reading. T. lives in Canada with her wife, surrounded by pets.

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What's in a Name? by Pat Henshaw

Not sure why this story pickedd my interest, it was probably the description of "Guy", the bartender who basically rescues and beds Jimmy without revealing much of himself, if not he is for sure a better guy that the manys Jimmy met before.

Guy seems to not ask much and instead gives a lot. He is safe and strong without being domineering, he is kind and gentle without losing masculinity, he is, in one word, my dream man. And apparently also Jimmy's dream.

If I have to find an irk with the story is that, for how much money Guy's family may have accumulated in the years, I don't think it's likely Guy may afford a Ferrari, that even second-hand, I think it's a more than 300.000 $ car. Sure Guy's character is well-established, with his own property, but he is in any case a local shop owner, a Ferrary was out of character.

Said that, I loved Guy (without the Ferrari :-) ) and he is the main reason why this novel was so good. And by the way, I understood which was Guy's real name way before Jimmy, probably at the first hint Guy gave him, and it was funny to see how instead Jimmy was without a clue.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (January 21, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: What's in a Name?

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