July 4th, 2015

andrew potter

Tom O’Connor & Victor Bumbalo

Victor Bumbalo (born 1948) is an American actor and playwright.

Victor Bumbalo is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced worldwide. He graduated from the Masters Program in Theater at Bennington College. Coming to New York City, Bumbalo became immersed in the Off- and Off-Off Broadway theater scene. He directed the American premiere of Mrozek’s The Enchanted Night and became the artistic director of the Soul and Latin Theater, one of the first successful street theaters. Their productions toured the streets of New York for four consecutive summers.

But as a gay man, he felt the need to put the lives of gay people on the stage. He wrote Kitchen Duty, produced by John Glines. Then came Niagara Falls, a comedy about a working-class family’s reaction to their gay son and his lover arriving unexpectedly for his sister’s wedding. This play has enjoyed a long life, playing in both mainstream and alternative theaters.

In the 1980s he received two MacDowell Fellowships and a Yaddo and Helene Wurlitzer Residency.

Then the era of AIDS began. Almost everyone involved with Kitchen Duty died of the disease. Bumbalo volunteered with GMHC where he headed a team that took care of people with AIDS. He worked with the Anti-Violence Project and tried to avoid writing. Finally, confronting his demons, an award from the Ingram Merrill Foundation allowed him to complete Adam And The Experts, his first play dealing with AIDS. It was loosely based on his relationship with his friend, the novelist and journalist, George Whitmore, and their search for a way out of the nightmare. The New York Times said of the play ”it is the most important play to deal with the AIDS crisis in gay society since William Hoffman’s As Is and Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart.” After the successful Off-Broadway run the play has had numerous productions in the United States, England, and Canada.


Victor Bumbalo is a playwright, screenwriter, and director. Tom O’Connor has been on the senior staffs of the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic and has been Executive Director for the Pasadena Symphony and the Santa Monica Symphony. Victor Bumbalo and Tom O’Connor met at Bennington College in the spring of 1967.  It was almost a cliché romance.  They were both buying coffee in the Commons and struck up a conversation, which went on forever.

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

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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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Paola Concia & Ricarda Trautmann

Anna Paola Concia (born 4 July 1963; Avezzano) is an Italian politician and gay rights activist. She was the first openly lesbian member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. In August 2011 she registered her partnership with Ricarda Trautmann in Frankfurt.

Concia was born in Avezzano, and she graduated in sports science from L'Aquila's Istituto Superiore di Educazione Fisica; following her graduation, she has worked as a physical education and tennis instructor. She first became involved with politics while at ISEF, and she was initially a member of the Italian Communist Party.

Concia moved to Rome in 1992 following the death of her mother and the collapse of her marriage. She worked as a parliamentary assistant before working as an adviser to Anna Finocchiaro, the minister responsible for equal opportunities. Concia later advised Giovanna Melandri after her promotion to Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities in 1998. Following the 2001 general election, Concia left politics to pursue her work in tennis. She came out a year later.

Concia was named as the Democratic Party's spokesperson on homosexuality, and she used her position within the party to become a prominent activist for equal rights. She was first elected to the Chamber of Deputies in the 2008 general election.


Anna Paola Concia (born 4 July 1963; Avezzano) is an Italian politician and gay rights activist. She was the first openly lesbian member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. In August 2011 she registered her partnership with Ricarda Trautmann in Frankfurt. Concia was named as the Democratic Party's spokesperson on homosexuality, and she used her position within the party to become a prominent activist for equal rights. She was first elected to the Chamber of Deputies in the 2008 general election.

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

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Bia Lowe (born July 4, 1950)

Bia Lowe's essays have appeared in many magazines and journals, including Salmagundi, The Kenyon Review, Harper's, and the webzine Killing the Buddha.

Her work has been anthologized in Another City: Writings From Los Angeles (City Lights Books), Turning Toward Home: Reflections On The Family From Harper's Magazine (Franklin Square Press), Sister & Brother: Lesbians & Gay Men Write About Their Lives Together (HarperSanFrancisco) and Helter Skelter: L.A. Art In The 1990s (Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.)

Her first book, Wild Ride won the 1996 QPB New Visions Award for creative non-fiction.

She divides her time between California, New York and Ireland.

Source: http://www.bialowe.com/bio.html

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James Carroll Pickett (December 17, 1949 - July 4, 1994)

James Carroll Pickett was the playwright of Bathhouse Benediction, Dream Man, and Queen of Angels. He was also a teacher at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

James Pickett's performances in William Girdler's early pictures helped make those films shine. Pickett acted in three of Bill’s Louisville efforts, creating some truly standout characters in the process. He’s best remembered by trash fans for his role in the exploitation classic Three on a Meathook. As it turns out, his later role of humanitarian and award-winning writer proved far more significant.

James Pickett III was born December 17, 1949 near Louisville, Kentucky. He first gained local fame by playing Daniel Boone in a Louisville pageant. He began working behind-the-scenes at Actors Theatre in his early twenties. Through his association with the theater, he landed a bit part in Girdler's debut feature Asylum of Satan. He also provided some of the "gore" makeup effects that appear in the 1972 film. His talent and personal charm impressed everyone he worked with, most especially Girdler.

Pickett graduated from groaning ghoul to leading man for Girdler's second film, Three on a Meathook. In the role of Billy, the gentle would-be homicidal maniac with a bladder control problem, Pickett virtually steals the screen with his overstated country naivete. His sweet backwoodsey performance has earned him a special place in the annals of slasher film actors. Appearing alongside the always-incredible Charles Kissinger (also an Actors Theatre alumnus), Pickett holds his own rather well despite his relative lack of acting experience.


James Carroll Pickett, 1988, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1124019)
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://www.williamgirdler.com/pickett.html

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Euro Pride Con: R. J. Scott

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the Euro Pride in Munich, July 11-12, 2015, today author is R. J. Scott (R. J. Scott will also attend UK Meet in Bristol and GRL in San Diego): "Writing MM Romance with a Happy Ever After...

I am in awe that people read my writing and thank you all for taking the time to read, rate and review. Rj xxxxx

About me...I live in the UK just outside London. I love reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror; however, my first real love will always be the world of romance. My goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after."

Further Readings:

The Summer House (English Hearts Book 1) by RJ Scott
Series: English Hearts
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Love Lane Books Limited; First edition (May 25, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1785640127
ISBN-13: 978-1785640124
Amazon: The Summer House (English Hearts Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: The Summer House (English Hearts Book 1)

A standalone, English Hearts story. A rich playboy who lives for the now, and a Veterinarian who is ruled by his past, both seek a future that allows for love. Ashby Sterling-Haynes, the youngest son of a titled family, has had a lot of hook ups, but has never found someone worth keeping. When he meets introverted Veterinarian, Connor Lawson, he realizes this could be the man he's been waiting for. Connor has a painful past and no room for an entitled rich guy in his future. Ashby is everything that Connor dislikes in a man and is way too sexy to be anything but a disruption to Connor’s peaceful life. Both men refuse to believe in love for different reasons. Until they meet each other and a future together becomes real...

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UK Meet: Lane Swift

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the UK Meet in Bristol, September 11-13, 2015, today author is Lane Swift: Lane Swift is a fiction writer, mainly of contemporary romance, sometimes featuring a mild dash of paranormal.

She lives by the sea in Hampshire, England, with her husband, two children and two guinea pigs, and can often be found at her beach hut, imbibing coffee and dreaming up happy-ever-afters for her heroes and heroines.

Over the years, she’s worked as a waitress, a lab technician, a science teacher and a telecommunications consultant. She’s also played women’s rugby, climbed one mountain and run one marathon, but has never managed to learn how to whistle.

Further Readings:

The Playmaker by Lane Swift
Publisher: Less Than Three Press, LLC (April 8, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: The Playmaker

Ask Meg, and she'll say she's content. A promising career, a steady boyfriend—her future is secure. Just like her position on the Brentley Women's Rugby Team.

Her fascination with Jacqueline, the team's wild and beautiful flanker—that's nothing more than infatuation. When Jacqueline unexpectedly corners her and kisses her breathless, Meg is blindsided.

Forced to admit her secure future isn't nearly as appealing as it had seemed, Meg realises she has two options: keep playing it safe or change the game.



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GRL: TA Chase

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the GRL in San Diego, October 15-18, 2015, today author is TA Chase: "There is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates me and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how I share those insights. I live in the Midwest with a wonderful partner of thirteen years. When not writing, I’m watching movies, reading and living life to the fullest."

Further Readings:

Cold Truth (Delarosa Secrets) by T.A. Chase
Series: Delarosa Secrets
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (June 23, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784306312
ISBN-13: 978-1784306311
Amazon: Cold Truth (Delarosa Secrets)
Amazon Kindle: Cold Truth (Delarosa Secrets)

When the truth comes out, Victor and Bieito must decide how strong their love really is. Victor Delarosa has been the head of the Delarosa cartel for most of his adult life, and Bieito Perez has been there by his side the entire way. Yet Victor has secrets he’s kept hidden, even from his long-time lover, and when those secrets show up on Victor’s doorstep, he struggles to find a way to explain while hoping he won’t lose Bieito. Being Victor Delarosa’s right-hand man and his lover is difficult at times for Bieito Perez, but he wouldn’t have his life any other way—until the day he realizes Victor’s been keeping secrets and he has to re-evaluate their relationship. Between dealing with a rival cartel, law enforcement and everything else being a drug lord requires, Victor and Bieito need to redefine their lives and find the courage to say the word ‘love’ out loud before it’s too late for anything other than goodbye.





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