March 24th, 2015

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Diane Divelbess & Margarethe Cammermeyer

Margarethe "Grethe" Cammermeyer (born March 24, 1942) served as a colonel in the Washington National Guard and became a gay rights activist. Born in Oslo, Norway, she became a United States citizen in 1960. In 1961 she joined the Army Nurse Corps as a student. She received a B.S. in Nursing in 1963 from the University of Maryland. At the University of Washington School of Nursing, she earned a master's degree in 1976 and a Ph.D. in 1991. She had a 15-year marriage to a man and they had four sons. In 1988, when she was 46, she met her partner, Diane Divelbess. In 2012, after same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington state, Cammermeyer and her partner Diane Divelbess became the first same-sex couple to get a license in Island County.

In 1989, responding to a question during a routine security clearance interview, she disclosed that she is a lesbian. The National Guard began military discharge proceedings against her. On June 11, 1992, she was honorably discharged. Cammermeyer filed a lawsuit against the decision in civil court. In June 1994, Judge Thomas Zilly of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that her discharge and the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military were unconstitutional. She returned to the National Guard and served as one of the few openly gay or lesbian people in the U.S. military while the "don't ask don't tell" policy was in effect, until her retirement in 1997.

A television movie about Cammermeyer's story, Serving in Silence, was made in 1995, with Glenn Close starring as Cammermeyer. Its content was largely taken from Cammermeyer's autobiography of the same name.

After retirement, Cammermeyer ran for the United States Congress in Washington's 2nd congressional district in 1998. She won the Democratic primary, but lost in the general election to Republican incumbent Jack Metcalf.


Margarethe Cammermeyer served as a colonel in the Washington National Guard and became a gay rights activist. In 1961 she joined the Army Nurse Corps as a student. At the University of Washington School of Nursing, she earned a master's degree in 1976 and a Ph.D. in 1991.  In 1988, when she was 46, she met her partner, Diane Divelbess. In 2012, after same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington state, Cammermeyer and her partner Diane Divelbess became the first same-sex couple to get a license in Island County.



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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margarethe_Cammermeyer

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Tim Federle (born March 24)

Tim Federle grew up in San Francisco and Pittsburgh before moving to New York to dance on Broadway. Tim's debut novel for kids, BETTER NATE THAN EVER -- described as "Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens" by Huffington Post -- was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year and a Best Book of 2013 by Amazon, Slate.com, and Publishers Weekly. The BETTER NATE THAN EVER sequel, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE!, was recently named an Amazon Best Book of 2014.

TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD: COCKTAILS WITH A LITERARY TWIST, Tim's novelty recipe guide, was voted the #1 Cookbook of the Year on Goodreads. His new cocktail book, HICKORY DAIQUIRI DOCK -- featuring nursery rhyme-inspired drink recipes, for new parents -- has been called "more fun at a baby shower than a Diaper Genie" by the Tampa Bay Times.

Further Readings:

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Age Range: 9 - 13 years
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (January 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442446919
ISBN-13: 978-1442446915
Amazon: Better Nate Than Ever
Amazon Kindle: Better Nate Than Ever

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Publishers' Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Slate Favorite Book of the Year. A small-town boy hops a bus to New York City to crash an audition for E.T.: The Musical.

Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he’d settle for seeing a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.

Tim Federle’s “hilarious and heartwarming debut novel” (Publishers Weekly) is full of broken curfews, second chances, and the adventure of growing up—because sometimes you have to get four hundred miles from your backyard to finally feel at home.

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Jim Parsons & Todd Spiewak

Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons' coming out was a non-event, but in the best way possible. It came up casually during an interview in May 2012 with the New York Times, when Parsons was talking about his role in the AIDS drama The Normal Heart. "The Normal Heart resonated with him on a few levels: Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment," Patrick Healy wrote. Though the Times doesn't identify Parsons' partner, the actor thanked Todd Spiewak during a 2010 Emmy Award acceptance speech. He has shown up to awards shows and made public theater contributions together with Spiewak, an art director, on several previous occasions. In October 2013, Parsons called their relationship "an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs out — a regular life, boring love."

James Joseph "Jim" Parsons (born March 24, 1973) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, with his performance often cited as a significant reason for the program's success. He has received several awards for his performance, including the Television Critics Association award for the highest individual achievements in comedy, the National Association of Broadcasters Television Chairman's Award for a significant breakthrough in a specific art discipline, two consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.


Jim Parsons is an American actor. He is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. On May 23, 2012, an article in The New York Times noted that Parsons is gay and had been in a relationship for the last ten years. His partner is art director Todd Spiewak. In October 2013, Parsons called their relationship "an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs out — a regular life, boring love".





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

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Lanford Wilson (April 13, 1937 – March 24, 2011)

One of the pioneers in the creation of a gay American theater, Lanford Wilson proved himself to be a powerful voice speaking of the lives of gay men. (Picture: The playwright Lanford Wilson, about 1972, James D. Gossage)

Wilson was born in Lebanon, Missouri, on April 13, 1937, the son of Ralph Eugene and Violetta Tate Wilson. His childhood home of Lebanon serves as the locale for the plays composing the Talley trilogy.

His parents divorced when Wilson was five; he then moved to Springfield, Missouri, with his mother where she found work in a garment factory. His mother remarried when he was eleven and the new family moved to a farm near Ozark, where Wilson attended high school, graduating in 1955.

He went to San Diego to visit his father and step-family in 1956, a trip that forms the basis of the autobiographical play, Lemon Sky (1970). Wilson briefly attended San Diego State, but as the play would indicate, the reunion was not a successful one, so Wilson left, moving to Chicago where he lived for six years, working as an artist for an advertising agency and taking a playwrighting course at a University of Chicago extension.

In 1962, Wilson moved to New York, where he quickly became associated with the burgeoning avant-garde theater movement in Greenwich Village. His early plays were produced at Caffe Cino and the La Mama Experimental Theater Club.

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Citation Information
Author: Lawson, Don S.
Entry Title: Wilson, Lanford
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2002
Date Last Updated March 25, 2011
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/wilson_l.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date March 24, 2013
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates

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Book Blast: Driven by Fire by Draven St. James

Driven by Fire (Firehouse Six Book 4) by Draven St. James
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (March 23, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Driven by Fire (Firehouse Six Book 4)

Taber Delane is lucky to be alive, but his career as a firefighter ended the day a beam snapped, resulting in a crushing spinal injury. Most of his friends are willing to give him space, everyone except paramedic, Deacon Hall.

Deacon hasn't met a challenge he couldn't tackle and he knows Taber needs someone in his corner who isn't afraid to stand up to the big bad fireman. The longer he’s around Taber, the more the sexy vulnerability of the man comes through. Deacon finds he doesn’t just want to be Taber’s live-in caregiver, he wants a chance at the passionate man beneath the stubborn shell.

A shell that is cracking, no matter how Taber tries to hold it together. Deacon being in his home starts to open him up—and open his eyes to the man Deacon hides from the rest of the world. Without seeing it coming, Taber soon craves more. A lot more.

Now if only Deacon can get Taber to see that it isn't so bad having him there to assist. Even if and maybe especially when Taber is naked, dripping wet, and angry as hell.

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About the author: Draven St. James is a born and raised Oregonian. She has traveled extensively in search of mischief and mayhem to fill her books. Her ventures have been quite successful in inspiring a wealth of stories. Of course at the end of the day, coffee within reach, laptop at the ready is where she finds her peace.

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