May 15th, 2015

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Gene Gant (born May 15, 1978)

Gene Gant lives with his family in a small, rural community in West Tennessee. He has been a ghost writer for many years and is looking forward to publishing more works under his own name.

Battle for Jericho won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Bisexual Novel.

Further Readings:

The Battle for Jericho by Gene Gant
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (January 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623809177
ISBN-13: 978-1623809171
Amazon: The Battle for Jericho
Amazon Kindle: The Battle for Jericho

A battle is brewing in the conservative little town of Webster's Glen. Gay activist Dylan Cussler stirs up the establishment when he moves in with his boyfriend and sues the state over its gay adoption ban. Sixteen-year-old Jericho Jiles and his best friend, Mac Travis, decide to do their bit to convince Dylan and his boyfriend to leave town. But when Dylan turns up before they can finish trashing his house, Jericho panics, leaving Dylan unconscious and wounded.

Drowning in guilt, Jericho returns to Dylan's home to make amends. He is surprised when Dylan forgives him and opens his eyes to the world around him. Soon Jericho comes to a life-changing realization: he is attracted to boys as well as girls. That's a problem, considering Jericho has a girlfriend and very strict, very religious parents. Accepting his sexuality means he must question not only his identity and his place in the world but his relationship with his girlfriend, his parents, and with God.

And so begins the battle for Jericho's soul.

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Andy Towle & David Grant

Andy Towle (born May 15, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American blogger and media commentator based in New York City. Towle, who is gay, started his blog Towleroad in 2003 while he was in Los Angeles. The blog focuses on gays, pop culture, photography, politics, media, entertainment, technology, and travel. Towle works full-time creating Towleroad. He currently lives in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan with his partner since 2009 and Emmy Award-winner, David Grant.

Towle was previously the editor in chief of Genre magazine, a North American gay men's lifestyle publication and editor at large for The Out Traveler, a North American gay travel quarterly.

Towle's poetry has appeared in The Paris Review in 2001, and in Poetry Magazine on many occasions from 1988 through 1997.

Occasionally Towle hands over control of the blog to guest editors including the novelist Christopher Rice, photographer Lewis Payton, Josh and Josh of the blog Josh and Josh are Rich and Famous and Kenneth Walsh of kenneth in the (212).


Towle was one of the organizers of a large New York City demonstration against California Proposition 8.
Andy Towle (born May 15, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American blogger and media commentator based in New York City. Towle, who is gay, started his blog Towleroad in 2003 while he was in Los Angeles. The blog focuses on gays, pop culture, photography, politics, media, entertainment, technology, and travel. Towle works full-time creating Towleroad. He currently lives in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan with his partner since 2009 and Emmy Award-winner, David Grant.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Towle

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Dennis Heymer, Frankie Howerd & Chris Byrne

Frankie Howerd was a staple of British comedy radio, television, and film for over forty years. Following service in World War II, he joined other veterans as the host of the Variety Bandbox for BBC Radio. By 1950 he was the most popular comedian on the BBC. He co-starred with child actor (and later pop phenom) Petula Clark in the 1954 comedy film The Runaway Bus. This was followed by The Ladykillers, The Mouse on the Moon, and a couple of the Carry On series of slapstick films.

Howerd made near-annual appearances in pantomimes, the traditional British Christmas-season fairy tales for children, usually featuring men in dresses. He starred as Pseudolus in the West End premiere of the musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This led to a BBC series, Up Pompeii! (1969-1970), in which Howerd played a Roman slave to Max Adrian’s camp Senator Sextus. The series was a hit, spinning off three films, a couple of related TV series, and revivals in 1975 and 1991.

Howerd lived for over thirty years in a not-always-monogamous relationship with his manager Dennis Heymer. They shared houses in London and Somerset with him until Howerd's death in 1992. A dapper figure, Heymer was working as a wine waiter at the Dorchester on Park Lane when he met Howerd, who was having dinner there with Sir John and Lady Mills; it was 1958, homosexuality was still illegal, and Howerd was beginning to despair about his career and his physical attractiveness. Over the following weeks, Howerd regularly reappeared at the hotel on his own. His secret relationship with the comedian was featured in a BBC4 drama aired last year, Rather You Than Me, in which the actor Rafe Spall played Heymer to David Walliams's Howerd.


Frankie Howerd was a staple of British comedy radio, television, and film for over forty years. Howerd lived for over thirty years in a not-always-monogamous relationship with his manager Dennis Heymer. A dapper figure, Heymer was working as a wine waiter at the Dorchester on Park Lane when he met Howerd, who was having dinner there with Sir John and Lady Mills; it was 1958, homosexuality was still illegal, and Howerd was beginning to despair about his career and his physical attractiveness.


Dennis Heymer & Frankie Howerd are both buried at St Gregory Churchyard, Weare, Somerset, England. At the death of Frankie Howerd, Dennis Heymer married Chris Byrne in a civil ceremony, probably to avoid inheritance tax on Howerd’s estate. On Heymer’s tombstone you can read: “Reunited with late partner of 40 years Frankie Howerd O.B.E. In loving memory, from his civil partner of 16 years, Chris Byrne. May the angels ring out”



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Source: Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals by Keith Stern

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
Amazon: Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time

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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Frank Sanders & Jos Brink

Jos Brink (June 19, 1942, in Heiloo, North Holland – August 17, 2007, in Amsterdam) was a Dutch actor, radio and musical performer, producer, author, columnist, and television and radio personality. He did much to promote acceptance of homosexuality in Dutch society. He was well known as an out gay person. He started living with his artistic partner Frank Sanders (born May 15, 1946) in 1973.

In a 1979 TV show Thank You, Your Majesty he kissed Queen Juliana (1909–2004) while congratulating her on the occasion of Juliana's 70th birthday. She laughed and applauded, her family and the posh audience in The Hague followed.

Brink died of colorectal cancer on August 17, 2007, following a July 2007 diagnosis.


Jos Brink (June 19, 1942 – August 17, 2007, in Amsterdam) was a Dutch actor, radio and musical performer, producer, author, columnist, and television and radio personality. He did much to promote acceptance of homosexuality in Dutch society. He was well known as an out gay person. He started living with his artistic partner Frank Sanders in 1973. In a 1979 TV show Thank You, Your Majesty he kissed Queen Juliana (1909–2004) while congratulating her on the occasion of Juliana's 70th birthday.



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

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Nancy Garden & Sandy Scott

Nancy Garden (May 15, 1938 – June 23, 2014) was an American writer of fiction for children and young adults, best known for the lesbian novel Annie on My Mind. She received the 2003 Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association recognizing her lifetime contribution in writing for teens, citing Annie alone.

Annie On My Mind was awarded the Lee Lynch Classic Award by the Golden Crown Literary Society in 2014, cited as one of the most important classics in lesbian literature.

Garden was born in 1938 in Boston. She was an only child who "took refuge in books, in writing, and in telling long stories to myself and sometimes acting them out." She earned a B.F.A. (1961) and an M.A. (1962) from Columbia University School of Dramatic Arts. Through school and for several years after college, Garden worked in theater, supplementing the work with odd jobs in offices. She later taught school and worked as an editor of children's literature. She has also written non-fiction, mystery and fantasy for children and young adults.

Garden is best known for Annie on My Mind, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1982. It was critically acclaimed but attracted controversy because of its lesbian characters, Annie and Liza, who fall in love. It was one of the first teen novels to feature lesbian characters in a positive light. "I wrote it to give solace to young gay people, to let them know they were not alone, that they could be happy and well adjusted and also to let heterosexual kids know that we gay people aren't monsters," she told Booklist in a 1996 interview.

In 1993, Annie on My Mind was banned by the Kansas City school system and burnt in demonstrations. It was returned to shelves only after a First Amendment lawsuit by students in 1995. It is #44 on the American Library Association list of 100 books most frequently challenged during the 1990s.


From left, Nancy Garden, Sandy Scott; taking first bites of their wedding cake in 2004.
Nancy Garden was an American writer of fiction for children and young adults, best known for the lesbian novel Annie on My Mind. She received the 2003 Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association recognizing her lifetime contribution in writing for teens, citing Annie alone. She spent many years living between Massachusetts and Maine, with her partner of 45 years Sandy Scott, their golden retriever, Loki, and their cats. Nancy Garden died of a heart attack on June 23, 2014, aged 76.


Nancy Garden, 1997, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1123939)
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)
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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Garden
ANNIE ON MY MIND by Nancy Garden is a must read! If you want literature, if you want great writing, this book is for you. And if you’re a girl who thinks you might like other girls, this compelling love story will resonate. I aspire to write like Nancy Garden. She is lyrical and this novel is beautifully realized. Winner of many awards. Deservedly so. --Lee Bantle
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Gloria Anzaldúa (September 26, 1942 – May 15, 2004)

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa (September 26, 1942 – May 15, 2004) was considered a leading scholar of Chicano cultural theory and Queer theory. She loosely based her most well-known book Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza on her life growing up on the Mexican-Texas border and incorporated her lifelong feelings of social and cultural marginalization into her works.

Anzaldúa was born in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas on September 26, 1942 to Urbano Anzaldúa and Amalia Anzaldúa née García. Gloria Anzaldúa's great-grandfather, Urbano Sr., once a precinct judge in Hidalgo County, was the first owner of the Jesús María Ranch on which Anzaldúa was born. Anzaldúa's mother grew up on an adjoining ranch, Los Vergeles ("the gardens"), which was owned by her family, and met and married Urbano Anzaldúa when both were very young. Anzaldúa is a descendant of many of the prominent Basque and Spanish explorers and settlers to come to the Americas in the 16th and 17th centuries. The surname Anzaldúa is of Basque origin.

Anzaldúa began menstruating when she was only three months old, a symptom of the endocrine condition that caused her to stop growing physically at the age of twelve. Anzaldúa eventually underwent a hysterectomy to deal with uterine, cervical, and ovarian abnormalities. Reflecting upon her illness, she announced "I was born a queer."

When she was eleven, her family relocated to Hargill, Texas. Despite feeling discriminated against as a sixth-generation Tejana and as a female, and despite the death of her father from a car accident when she was fourteen, Anzaldúa still obtained her college education. In 1968, she received a B.A. in English, Art, and Secondary Education from Pan American University, and an M.A. in English and Education from the University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, she joined politically active cultural poets and radical dramatists such as Ricardo Sanchez, and Hedwig Gorski.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Anzaldua
Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands. Smart and tough and beautiful. An original warrior princess. --Sarah Black
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María Irene Fornés (born May 15, 1930)

María Irene Fornés (born May 14, 1930) is a Cuban-American avant garde playwright and director who is associated with the establishment of the Off-Off-Broadway movement in the 1960s. Fornes themes focused on poverty and feminism. In 1965, she won her first Distinguished Plays Obie Award for Promenade and The Successful Life of 3. She was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize with her play And What of the Night?. Other notable works include Fefu and Her Friends, Mud, Letters from Cuba and Sarita.

Fornés was born in Havana, Cuba, and emigrated to the United States at the age of 14, with her mother, Carmen Collado Fornés and sister, Margarita Fornés Lapinel, after her father, Carlos Fornés, died in 1945. She became a U.S. citizen in 1951. When she first arrived in America, Fornés worked in the Capezio factory. Dissatisfied by this work, she took classes to learn English. Later, she became a translator. At the age of 19, she formed an interest in painting and began her formal education in abstract art. During this time, she studied with artist Hans Hofmann in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

In 1954, Fornés moved to Europe to study painting. There, she was greatly influenced by a French production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot even though she never read the play nor did she understand French. This event shifted her creative ambitions towards playwriting.

In 1957, Fornés returned to New York City and roomed with writer Susan Sontag. They encouraged each other to write. Her first play was titled The Widow (1961). Her next major piece was There! You Died, first produced by San Francisco's Actors Workshop in 1963. An absurdist two-character play, it was later renamed Tango Palace and produced in 1964 at New York City's Actors Studio. The piece is an allegorical power struggle between the two central characters: Isidore, a clown, and Leopold, a naive youth. This play established Fornés' theatrical production style, in which she was involved in the entire staging process. Like much of her writing during this time, Tango Palace stresses character rather than plot. In the wake of this, Fornés' reputation grew in avant-garde circles, and she became friendly with Harriet Sohmers Zwerling, Norman Mailer and Joseph Papp. Her work was later championed by Performing Arts Journal' (later PAJ).

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar%C3%ADa_Irene_Forn%C3%A9s

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Rick Welts & Todd Gage

Rick Welts (born c. 1953) is an American sports executive, serving as the President and Chief of Operations for the Golden State Warriors franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to that post, Welts had also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Suns from July 2002 until September 9, 2011. From 1996 to 1999, he was the third-highest-ranking official in the NBA as its Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Welts attended the University of Washington where he joined the Delta Chi Fraternity.

He worked for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1969 to 1979 in various capacities, from an initial stint as a ballboy to director of public relations when the SuperSonics won their (to date) only NBA Championship in 1979.

Welts later worked at the NBA's league offices from 1982 to 1999, eventually rising to the positions of executive vice president, chief marketing officer and president of NBA Properties. During this time, he was credited with the creation of the NBA All-Star Weekend concept in 1984 and, as the agent for USA Basketball, the marketing campaign for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics "Dream Team." He was named Brandweek's 1998 Marketer of the Year for his work with WNBA President Val Ackerman in launching the WNBA.

On May 15, 2011, Welts publicly came out as gay in an interview with The New York Times. He is the first prominent American sports executive to come out and be openly gay. Welts is a member of the Advisory Board for You Can Play, a campaign dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports.


Rick Welts & His Partner Todd Gage, Noh8 Poses
Rick Welts is an American sports executive, serving as the President and Chief of Operations for the Golden State Warriors franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA). On May 15, 2011, Welts publicly came out as gay. Welts's first partner, whom he had met in a Seattle restaurant in 1977, died in March 1994. Welts was in another relationship from 1995 to 2009, which ended in part because of Welts' requirement that their relationship be hidden from public view. After leaving the Suns Welts moved to the Bay Area to be with his current partner, flight attendant Todd Gage.

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Cover Reveal: Charlie's Hero by Nic Starr


Charlie's Hero by Nic Starr
Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6466

Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.

But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.

It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that he doesn’t need his parents to be part of a family.

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About the author: Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world. Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told! When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family.

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Remembering a nice night out and not to judge by stereotype

If you are following my blog since beginning you know I used to post male nudes (sometime I still do, by Dylan Rosser, but not much). Once I posted about a real life gay couple who did a beautiful photoshoot together, moreover their story was so romantic, meeting for working related reasons but living in different countries, they decided to move together. When I posted, one of the two commented and left a nice message. Months passed, probably a year even, the two split and the same one who left the comment send me a private message asking me if I could remove the post: he was trying to move on with his life and that post, like many others on the net, was basically forcing him to always step back. I told him, sure no trouble, and he said me I was basically the only one who replied. I gave him some advice how to contact other bloggers to ask for the removal of the pictures and that was all.


The room I booked in Dublin, very nice, very cheap, but I slept only 2 hours

We did have a small connection indeed, another friend of mine, an actor in New York City, was in a movie with him in the past. Once I was visiting New York and I planned to meet my friend for a coffee; while we were chatting, he told me the following day he was filming the sequel of that movie and many of the cast from previous movie were expected for some cameos. I told him of that other guy, but again, not really knowing him, it was just a passing comment. But right the day I was back in Italy the guy wrote again, telling me how he would have liked to meet me. I told him, next time I'm in NY? OK.


Walking to the theathre, St Stephen Green

Indeed it was two years later, in the meantime I think we chatted on Facebook, and we planned to have dinner. I was a little scared to meet a, basically, complete stranger (I'm indeed very shy) and I asked to another friend in NY to come with me. It was a wonderful night and from that moment on, everytime I was in the US, I managed a day or two in NY to meet him and other friends, but I was never able to be there when he was in a production as an actor.

And then, a time I was in London for work, he was in Dublin, and I thought, why not? London-Dublin by airplane is more or less the same cost of a train or a bus, and there was a nice hotel in the city center that was cheap. So I booked and I told him, I will be there. He obviously told me lets have drinks afterward.


On the Trinity college grounds, second before my friend recognized me from behind and called me

The night of the show, I was near the theatre some time before since it was inside the Trinity College and I wanted to take a walk on the grounds. I met my friend who was walking to the theatre with his co-actor and he introduced us. I sincerely didn't pay much attention to the other guy, I was there for my friend. When the show begun, I had a HUGE surprise: basically my friend and his co-actor were in a one-act show completely NAKED... now I remembered my friend posting about the fact he needed to be fit for the role, and the show was age-restricted, but, well, I wasn't expecting that.

The show was really nice and at the end, my friend and I didn't manage to go out alone: the co-actor, another girl working for the show and I think another friend from Dublin joined us. We went for drinks and then to the most famous gay club in Dublin, the George. Since I was there for my friend, I sincerely didn't consider the other two guys, really, and then my friend was so caring and attentive I really didn't have time to chat with anyone else. At one point I told him I needed to use the restroom, and he even wanted to come with me and wait outside... I told him it wasn't necessary, and inside me I though, we are in a gay club, I don't think I'm in danger, but well, I didn't mind: as I told I'm shy and having someone near me was reassuring.


The day after at the Chelsea Psychic Garden waiting for the flight back to Venice

Almost at the end of the night, I understood why he was so keen to not let me alone: while we were out smoking (him not me) he told me his co-actor used to take to bed a different girl every night and to not give him space... and I told him, I though he was gay, and my friend, no, absolutely not, on the contrary indeed. So we went inside, and in the end my friend let me alone for just a moment to go and take a drink, and as soon as he was out of the picture, do you remember the other guy, the one from Dublin who joined us? he sat beside me and kissed me, and after I just looked at him in a shocked way, and he told me, your were so pretty sitting there alone, and I was thinking weren't you gay? apparently not...

It was almost 3 o'clock and my flight back to London was at 7 am, so my friend took me to a taxi... sincerely even if I wanted to take up the offer from the guys, there wasn't enough time LOL

So I learned two lessons:
- online you can find real friends, I still consider this guy one of my best friend, even if I'm not able to see him as much as I would like
- do not judge by stereotype, doing so you can loose your chance :-)


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