May 8th, 2015

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David Borrow & John Garland

David Stanley Borrow (born 2 August 1952) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Ribble from 1997 to 2010. He is currently a Labour Party councillor on both Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council. From May 2013 he is Deputy Leader of Lancashire County Council. He entered into a civil partnership with children's entertainer John Garland (born 1963), his long standing partner since 1994, on May 8, 2006, the first MP to do so. He came out publicly in 1998 in order to be able to speak honestly during the age of consent campaign and raise issues that are important to all lesbians and gay men. He also contributed articles to the gay rights magazine Outcast.

Born in Huddersfield, David Borrow was educated at Mirfield Grammar School and the Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) where he was awarded a degree in economics.

He joined the Labour Party in 1970 aged 18, and in 1973 he became a trainee at the Yorkshire Bank. He was appointed as an assistant clerk at the Lancashire Valuations Tribunal in 1975, being promoted to Deputy Clerk in 1978. He was the Deputy Clerk to the Manchester South Valuations Tribunal in 1981, before becoming the Clerk to The Tribunal at the Merseyside Valuations Tribunal in 1983. David Borrow was elected as a councillor to the Preston Borough Council in 1987, and was the council leader between 1992 and 1994, and again from 1995 until his election to Westminster. He stood down from the council in 1998.

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Henry Finder & Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah (born May 8, 1954) is a philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. Kwame Anthony Appiah grew up in Ghana and earned a Ph.D. at Cambridge University. He was the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, before moving to New York University in 2014. He currently holds an appointment at NYU’s Department of Philosophy and NYU's School of Law. He lives with his husband, Henry Finder, in an apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan, and a home in Pennington, New Jersey. Appiah has written about what it was like growing up gay in Ghana.

Appiah was born in London to Enid Margaret Appiah, an art historian and writer, and Joe Emmanuel Appiah (born 16 November 1918), a lawyer, diplomat, and politician from the Asante region, once part of the British Gold Coast colony but now part of Ghana. For two years (1970–72) Joe Appiah was the leader of a new opposition party that was made by the country's three opposing parties, simultaneously he was the president of the Ghana Bar association. Between the years 1977 and 1978, he was Ghana's representative at the United Nations. He died on 8 July 1990 in an Accra hospital at the age of 71.

Anthony Appiah was raised in Kumasi, Ghana, and educated at Bryanston School and Clare College, Cambridge, where he earned his BA (First Class) and Ph.D. in philosophy. Appiah has three sisters: Isobel, Adwoa and Abena. As a child, he also spent a good deal of time in England, staying with his grandmother Isobel, the Honourable Lady Cripps, widow of the English statesman the Right Honourable Sir Stafford Cripps.


Fabulously learned, these two men of letters split time between New York — where Mr. Finder is the editorial director of The New Yorker — and Princeton – where Mr. Appiah is a chaired professor of philosophy. But it’s not all Ivory Tower contemplation for the author of Cosmopolitanism, he has also contributed to Time, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Review of Books. (http://observer.com/2011/07/new-yorks-media-power-couples-the-addendum-23-list/pm_henry-finderkwame-anthony-appia-2/#ixzz3ZWiPNoyI)
Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. He was the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, before moving to New York University in 2014. He currently holds an appointment at NYU’s Department of Philosophy and NYU's School of Law. He lives with his husband, Henry Finder, in an apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan, and a home in Pennington, New Jersey.

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

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Kevin Jennings & Jeff Davis

Kevin Jennings (born May 8, 1963) is the Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation a leading global foundation advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues. Specifically, Arcus works to advance LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality, as well as to conserve and protect the great apes. Mr. Jennings and his partner, Jeff Davis, a senior executive at Barclay’s, celebrated their 17th year together in 2011. They are the proud “parents” of a a Bernese mountain dog, Ben, and also have a “granddog” in Ben’s son, Jackson.

Kevin has a long and distinguished career as an educator, a social justice activist, a teacher, and an author. From 2011-2012 Kevin was CEO of Be the Change, a nonprofit that creates national issue base campaigns on pressing problems in American society. While there he helped launch Opportunity Nation, a campaign designed to increase opportunity and economic mobility in America.

From 2009-2011 Kevin served as Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, heading the department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS). In this role, Mr. Jennings led federal efforts to promote the safety, health and well being of America’s students. Kevin led the Obama Administration’s anti-bullying initiative, which culminated in March 2011 with the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention keynoted by President Obama.


Kevin Jennings is the Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation a leading global foundation advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues. Specifically, Arcus works to advance LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality, as well as to conserve and protect the great apes. Jennings and his partner, Jeff Davis, a senior executive at Barclay’s, celebrated their 17th year together in 2011. They are the proud “parents” of a a Bernese mountain dog, Ben, and also have a “granddog” in Ben’s son, Jackson.

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Source: http://www.kevinjennings.com/

Further Readings:

Always My Child: A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter by Kevin Jennings
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Touchstone (January 2, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0743226496
ISBN-13: 978-0743226493
Amazon: Always My Child: A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter
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The first book to focus on the day-to-day experiences of adolescents dealing with sexual identity issues, Always My Child provides the insights and practical strategies parents need to support their kids and cope themselves.

Parents whose children are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or who are going through a "questioning phase" are often in the dark about what their children face every day. As a result, offering support that will comfort and fortify them feels like solving a puzzle with missing pieces. In Always My Child, Kevin Jennings supplies the missing pieces by guiding parents through the world their child inhabits. He explains what these teens often encounter -- teasing and harassment -- and offers solutions for parents who want to better understand their LGBTQ children and learn how to protect their self-esteem.

Always My Child makes it possible for parents to create the kind of relationship with their children that allows them to grow into emotionally healthy adults.

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Michael Downing (born May 8)

Michael Downing is the author of three previous novels, Perfect Agreement, Mother of God, and A Narrow Time, and a play, "The Last Shaker." He studied at Harvard University and now teaches creative writing at Tufts University, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Source: http://ase.tufts.edu/faculty-guide/fac/mdowni01.english.htm

Further Readings:

Breakfast with Scot: A Novel by Michael Downing
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Counterpoint (January 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1593761864
ISBN-13: 978-1593761868
Amazon: Breakfast with Scot: A Novel
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Sam and Ed live the high life, and see no reason to add to their happy twosome. Then 11-year-old Scot’s mother dies, and a wine-soaked promise pushes the couple into parenthood. They dutifully make all the usual arrangements, but Scot is far from usual, sporting makeup and enduring bullying at school. Soon Sam and Ed begin to question their parenting, their commitment to each other, and the compromises they’ve made to live in a straight society. Breakfast with Scot is a humorous, heartwarming novel about the true meaning of family.

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Tom Mendicino (born May 8)

Tom, a 1976 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, was fortunate to come under the early influence of the writers Mark Harris, Jerre Mangione, and, especially, the generous and supportive Elaine Scarry. He spent six raucous years roaming the country and barely eeking out a living in the sales departments of several New York publishing houses before attending the law school of the University of North Carolina. While at Chapel Hill, he published one of the first student-authored articles on AIDS and the law in The University of North Carolina Law Review. He began his legal career as a litigator at the Philadelphia firm Pepper Hamilton and clerked for the Honorable Anita Brody of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Since 1994, he has practiced as a health care lawyer specializing in medical staff affairs, physician contracting and hospital-based employment and labor law. He has also acted as an arbitrator for the American Health Lawyers Association.

His stories have been published in the anthologies Best Gay Love Stories 2005, Best Gay Love Stories 2006, Best Gay Love Stories: New York City, Best Gay Love Stories: Summer Flings, Best Date Ever and Best Gay Love Stories 2010 (all Alyson publications) as well as The Mammoth Book of New Gay Erotica, (Carroll & Graf).

He’s lived with his partner Nick Ifft, a physician dedicated to HIV-care and a founder of the fourth oldest AIDS service organization in the country, since 1979. He’d like to thank the good doctor for tolerating his obsessions with Major League Baseball (Go Phillies! Sorry, Dad), superhero comics, loud music and horror movies.

Source: http://www.tommendicino.com/about.html

Further Readings:

Probation by Tom Mendicino
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758238789
ISBN-13: 978-0758238788
Amazon: Probation
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All it took to destroy Andy Nocera's seemingly perfect life was an anonymous tryst at an Interstate rest area. Sentenced to probation and thrown out by his wife, he spends his week as a traveling salesman, and his weekends at his mother's house where no questions are asked--and no explanations are offered.
To clear his record, the State of North Carolina requires Andy to complete one year of therapy without another arrest. He attends his sessions reluctantly at first, struggling to comprehend why he would risk everything. Answers don't come easily, especially in the face of his mother's sudden illness and his repeated failure to live as an openly gay man. But as Andy searches his past, he gets an opportunity to rescue another lost soul--and a chance at a future that is different in every way from the one he had envisioned.

With profound honesty, sharp wit, and genuine heart, this debut novel portrays one man's search--for love and passion, acceptance and redemption--and for the courage to really live.

"If you're looking for a smart, engaging, witty, sad and unusual book about the complicated nature of family and love, try Tom Mendicino's Probation. You'll be glad you did." --Bart Yates

"Probation is the rare novel that dares to take the reader on a journey through the dark night of the soul. An unflinching look at the dark side of self-discovery, it is ultimately a story of transformation and the worlds of possibilities hidden within each of us." --Michael Thomas Ford

“If David Sedaris were cast as Willy Loman, it might sound something like Probation. Andy, a sharp-tongued travelling salesman, gives us the life events that led to his being taken away in handcuffs, and the hilarious and agonizing self-inquiry that follows. Snarky, yet profound, it is a bold examination of the destructive effects of a life spent in the closet, reported with a Carolina twang.” --Vestal McIntyre

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Taylor Mead (December 31, 1924 – May 8, 2013)

Taylor Mead (December 31, 1924 – May 8, 2013) was an American writer, actor, and performer. Mead appeared in several of Andy Warhol's underground films including Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort of and Taylor Mead's Ass.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mead appeared in Ron Rice's beat classic The Flower Thief, in which he "traipses with an elfin glee through a lost San Francisco of smoke-stuffed North Beach cafes..." Film critic P. Adams Sitney called The Flower Thief "the purest expression of the Beat sensibility in cinema." Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman called Mead "the first underground movie star."

In the mid 1970s, Gary Weis made some short films of Mead talking to his cat in the kitchen of his Ludlow Street apartment on the Lower East Side called "Taylor Mead's Cat." One film of Mead extemporizing on the virtues of constant television watching aired during the second season of Saturday Night Live.

Mead lives in New York City, and continues to perform and read poetry regularly at The Bowery Poetry Club. His latest book of poems (published by Bowery Poetry Books) is called A Simple Country Girl. He was the subject of a documentary entitled Excavating Taylor Mead, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005. The film shows him engaging in his nightly habit of feeding stray cats in an East Village cemetery after bar-hopping, and features a cameo by Jim Jarmusch, in which Jarmusch explains that once, when Mead went to Europe, he enlisted Jarmusch's brother to feed the cemetery cats in Mead's absence. Mead appeared in the final segment of Jarmusch's 2003 film Coffee and Cigarettes. He has been "a beloved icon of the downtown New York art scene since the 60s."

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

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Blog Tour: Young Love, Old Hearts

Young Love, Old Hearts by A. M. Leibowitz, Adrian J. Smith, Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese, Geonn Cannon, Helena Maeve, Kassandra Lea, Lela E. Buis, Ralph Greco Jr., & Stacy O’Steen
Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC; 1 edition (May 1, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Young Love, Old Hearts

Everyone hears "He's too young for you." "She's too old for you." Not between these pages. This anthology crosses the age gap with nine enchanting stories of cross-generational relationships. Some are sweet, some are sexy, some are heartbreaking. One is downright murderous. The protagonists are gay men or women searching for true love or trying out what's right in front of them.



About the Authors:
A. M. Leibowitz: A. M. Leibowitz is a spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. She keeps warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing romantic plot twists and happy-for-now endings. Her published fiction includes her first novel, Lower Education, as well as a number of short works, and her stories have been included in several anthologies. In between noveling and editing, she blogs coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, and her family at amleibowitz.com.

Adrian J. Smith: AJ is a Christian, author, editor, spouse and all around crazy person. She’s constantly doing something at any given time and never learned to practice the word “relax.” AJ loves stories with a dramatic flair, stories that aren’t afraid to take risk and characters that are as real as the person sitting next to her. You can find her on twitter (@AdrianAJSmith) or her website (adrianjsmith.wordpress.com).

Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese: Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles from Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella Midsummer (Love’s Labour 1), is from Dreamspinner Press (May 2015). They also have a story in Best Gay Romance 2015 from Cleis Press and edited by Felice Picano. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.

Geonn Cannon: Geonn Cannon has been writing for nearly twenty years. Among the genres he's written are drama, romance, mystery, western, steampunk, and thriller. The only thing he's completely against writing are bios. Find him at geonncannon.com

Helena Maeve: Helena Maeve has always been globetrotter with a fondness for adventure, but only recently has she started putting to paper the many stories she’s collected in her excursions. She can usually be found in an airport or on a plane, furiously penning away in her trusty little notebook.

Kassandra Lea: Growing up Kassandra Lea wanted to be Batman or a horse, then she discovered writing and the ability to live vicariously through her characters. She lives in southern WI with a gang full of furry-feathered monsters and a ghost that's infatuated with the bathroom light.

Lela E. Buis: Lela E. Buis lives in Tennessee and is working hard at writing just lately. In past lives she worked at Kennedy Space Center and at a couple of different colleges. She takes care of four cats and a part time dog.

Ralph Greco, Jr.: Ralph Greco, Jr. is a professional writer living in the wilds of New Jersey suburbia.

Stacy O’Steen: Stacy spends her days pedaling wares to the masses but at night she's free to roam and explore the reaches of her imagination. She loves crafting, nerdy things and generally making a mess. Find her at stacyosteen.com



Tour Dates & Stops: May 8, 2015
Parker Williams, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Inked Rainbow Reads, Bayou Book Junkie, BFD Book Blog, Molly Lolly, Love Bytes, Hearts on Fire, Cate Ashwood, Divine Magazine, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, MM Good Book Reviews, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Velvet Panic, Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, Andrew Q. Gordon

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