April 18th, 2015

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Aram Hosie & Louise Pratt

Louise Clare Pratt (born 18 April 1972) is a former Australian politician. She was a Labor member of the Australian Senate from July 2008 until June 2014, representing the state of Western Australia. She had been assured of election at the 2007 federal election after winning the first position on the Labor ticket, defeating incumbent Senator Ruth Webber in a preselection contest. Pratt previously served as a member of the Western Australian Legislative Council from 2001 to 2007. She was the youngest woman ever elected to the Legislative Council at the time of her election, the second open lesbian to be elected to an Australian parliament, and the first to have a transgender man as a partner. Senator Pratt has a partner, Aram Hosie, a trans man and activist in the Western Australian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Pratt was born in Kalgoorlie, and grew up in the outer hills suburbs of Perth, where she attended Eastern Hills Senior High School. She studied arts at the University of Western Australia, where she became involved in student politics. After taking on a number of positions at her campus, she was elected as the state education officer for the National Union of Students, as well as a member of its national executive, in 1994.

After university, Pratt became involved in gay rights activism, serving as a regular spokesperson for Gay and Lesbian Equality, a prominent advocacy group in the state. This saw her addressing issues such as discrimination, unequal age of consent laws, homophobia in schools and property rights, and frequently saw her clash with the conservative Liberal Party of Australia government of Richard Court. It also saw Pratt working in concert with fellow activist Brian Greig, who later went on to become an Australian Democrats Senator.


Senator Louise Pratt (right) with partner Aram Hosie.
Louise Clare Pratt (born 18 April 1972) is a former Australian politician. She was the youngest woman ever elected to the Legislative Council at the time of her election, the second open lesbian to be elected to an Australian parliament, and the first to have a transgender man as a partner. Senator Pratt has a partner, Aram Hosie, a trans man and activist in the Western Australian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

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


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Bret Shuford & Stephen Hanna

Stephen Robert Hanna (born 1980) is a dancer in “Billy Elliot” on Broadway. Until 2008, he was a principal dancer for the New York City Ballet. He married Bret McCole Shuford on April 18, 2011, at Greenwich Town Hall in Greenwich, Conn.

He is a son of Edward J. Hanna and Marcella F. Hanna of South Park, Pa. His father retired as a maintenance supervisor at a General Motors stamping plant in West Mifflin, Pa.

Bret Shuford (born 1980) is an actor. In 2011 he appeared in the revival of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J. He has also appeared on Broadway in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid.”

He is a son of Deanna L. Shuford and Preston N. Shuford of Orange, Tex. His mother retired as an emergency room nurse at Baptist Hospital in Orange. His father is a vice president of the barge line subsidiary of Higman Marine Services, a Houston shipping company.

The couple met on Christmas Eve in 2006. Shuford was hosting a party, and Hanna arrived with some friends. Hanna’s first impression of the host was: “Who is this guy? I couldn’t keep my eyes off him.” They were both dating other people at the time, so they became friends. A few months later they both found themselves unattached, and Shuford said he had an “aha” moment regarding Hanna.

Hanna said that he had always hoped they would be more than friends: “I was so attracted from the moment I saw him. I really cared for him.” He added, “The second we had the opportunity, it turned into something else.”


Photo Credit Laura Marie Duncan Photography
Stephen Hanna is a dancer in “Billy Elliot” on Broadway. Until 2008, he was a principal dancer for the New York City Ballet. He married Bret Shuford on April 18, 2011, at Greenwich Town Hall in Greenwich, Conn. Bret Shuford is an actor. He appeared on Broadway in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Little Mermaid" and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The couple met on Christmas Eve in 2006. Shuford was hosting a party, and Hanna arrived with some friends.

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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/fashion/weddings/24Hanna.html (NYTimes, By PAULA SCHWARTZAPRIL 22, 2011)

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Andrew Frist & Tom Dolby

Tom Dolby (born January 17, 1975) is an American novelist, essayist, journalist, and editor. He is the author of the best-selling novel The Trouble Boy (2004), The Sixth Form (2008), and the Secret Society books, including Secret Society (2009) and The Trust: A Secret Society Novel (2011). He was also the co-editor of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (2007). He currently lives in Manhattan and Wainscott, New York. In June 2008, his engagement to Andrew Frist was announced. Dolby and Frist were legally married in Connecticut in April 2009, and celebrated their union with a wedding ceremony and reception for family and friends in Sonoma, California in September 2009. The couple met through social media in 2006: the romance began on Friendster, when Drew sent Tom a smiley face. Dolby and Frist were involved in an appeal that raised over $150,000 towards efforts to promote the legalization of same-sex marriage in California. On October 19, 2010, they adopted two daughters, Julia and Violet.

Tom Dolby's debut novel, The Trouble Boy, concerns a young gay freelance writer in Manhattan. It was followed by the boarding school novel The Sixth Form (2008), set in an elite Massachusetts prep school. Dolby's first young adult novel, Secret Society, was published by Katherine Tegen Books at HarperCollins in October 2009. Its followup, The Trust: A Secret Society Novel, was released in February 2011.

He was also the co-editor, with the novelist Melissa de la Cruz, of the personal essay anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men (2007), featuring works by Armistead Maupin, Ayelet Waldman, Andrew Solomon, Cindy Chupack, Simon Doonan, Gigi Levangie Grazer, David Ebershoff, and others. A reality television show inspired by the anthology, entitled Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys aired on the Sundance Channel in 2010 and 2011. Dolby and de la Cruz served as Consulting Producers.


@Patrick McMullan/Courtesy of Tom Dolby and Andrew Frist. Tom Dolby and Andrew Frist (©15)
Tom Dolby is an American novelist, essayist, journalist, and editor. He is the author of the best-selling novel The Trouble Boy (2004), The Sixth Form (2008), and the Secret Society books, including Secret Society (2009) and The Trust: A Secret Society Novel (2011). Dolby and Andrew Frist were legally married in Connecticut in April 2009, and celebrated their union with family and friends in Sonoma, California in September 2009. On October 19, 2010, they adopted two daughters, Julia and Violet.


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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Dolby & www.scooterny.com/2012/05/16/boys-who-like-boys-and-raise-girls/

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
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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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Blog Tour: Freeing His Mercenary by Vanessa Sims

Freeing His Mercenary (Mercenary In Love Book 3) by Vanessa Sims
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What would you do if the man you loved woke up and didn’t remember you? Christian Storm was your normal kick ass bad boy, until his best friend admitted to having feelings for him. One the heel of Rick’s confession, Christian gets his act together, and starts a relationship with Rick. The case they’re working on together goes sour at the end and Rick is taken. After a few days Rick is found broken and battered. When he wakes up in the hospital, Rick doesn’t know who he or anyone else is. Now Christian has to find the man responsible for Rick’s abduction and attack before he strikes again. With his mind preoccupied with finding Logan, will Christian be able to convince Rick that they are deeply in love with each other? Or will Christian lose everything he holds dear? Freeing His Mercenary is the continuation of Taming His Mercenary.

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Author Bio: I live in Texas but originally I am from Trenton, NJ. When I graduated from high school, I joined the military. Yay me. I did three years with one tour to Iraq. I am happily married because seriously would put that they are unhappy. I have three kids. No pets, they scare me. I am currently a stay at home mom and I love to read! A lot.

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Tour Schedule
4/15/2015 Man2mantastic, The Purple Rose Tea House, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
4/16/2015 Molly Lolly, RJ Scott
4/17/2015 Hearts On Fire Reviews, Diverse Reader, Carly's Book Reviews
4/18/2015 Love Bytes reviews, Elisa - My reviews and Ramblings, Chicks After Dark
4/20/2015 MM Good Book Rviews, Divine Magazine, Inked Rainbow Reads
4/21/2015 Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Cate Ashwood
4/22/2015 The Novel Approach, Sue Brown's Stories, Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
4/23/2015 Prism Book Alliance, Jill Prand
4/24/2015 Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words, BFD Book Blog
4/25/2015 Bayou Book Junkie, Drops of Ink, Rainbow Gold Reviews

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His Mercenary (Mercenary In Love Book 1) by Vanessa Sims
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Chase Black and his team are Mercenaries who go after Human Traffickers. Working a case for the FBI, Chase meets special agent Cameron Allen. Special Agent Cameron Allen has been with the FBI for five years. Being an openly gay man in the agency is not easy, but he does his job well. Chase and Cameron team up to find Angelo Marini, who has escaped from FBI custody. Working close together, Chase and Cameron can't fight their attraction for each other, even if they wanted to. What happens when a Mercenary and FBI agent come together to find a wanted fugitive and fall in love in the process?

Taming His Mercenary (Mercenary In Love Book 2) by Vanessa Sims
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When a missing persons case turns into a race to save a woman from human traffickers, Christian Storm and Rick North must not only deal with the increasingly dangerous situation, but also the stormy emotions building between them. Coworkers and best friends, Rick and Christian have always worked together seamlessly, but that is beginning to change. Rick has been denying his true feelings for Christian for years, but has finally been pushed to his breaking point. He decides it’s time to either move forward with Christian or move on. Christian’s a one-night-stand kind of guy who lives for fun and has no interest in a serious relationship. When Rick lays his feelings on the line one night, Christian doesn’t know what to do. He’s never thought of Rick as anything more than a friend, and is terrified that no matter how he responds to Rick’s revelation their friendship will never be the same. When the criminals they are chasing bring the fight to their doorstep one of their own is captured. Christian and Rick must put aside their emotions and work together like never before in order to stay one step ahead of the danger that threatens their very lives. With so much on the line, will Rick and Christian be able to give love a chance, or are the odds against them stacked too high?





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