July 18th, 2015

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Kyell Gold (born July 18)

Kyell Gold writes primarily anthropomorphic ("furry") fiction focused on gay relationships. He has won a dozen Ursa Major awards for his novels and short stories. Out of Position also won the Rainbow Award for Best Gay Novel of 2009, and in 2010, his short story "Race to the Moon," published in "New Fables," was nominated for a WSFA Short Story Award. Other strange things he likes to write about include mystical decks of cards, superheroes, and sports; his "Dev and Lee" series (Out of Position, Isolation Play, Divisions) takes place in the world of professional football; his recent novel Green Fairy is a "gay non-love story with ghosts and absinthe."

He was not born in California, but now considers it his home. He loves to travel and dine out with his partner of many years, Kit Silver, and can be seen at furry conventions in California, around the country, and abroad. With his friend K.M. Hirosaki, he hosts a podcast about writing called "Unsheathed," produced by Kit, and although Kit and K.M. both enjoy a glass of wine, Kyell prefers Coke Zero to fuel his podcasting and writing.

Out of Position won a 2009 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Fantasy and Best Gay Novel.

Further Readings:

Out of Position (Dev and Lee) by Kyell Gold
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Sofawolf Press (January 23, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 097914969X
ISBN-13: 978-0979149696
Amazon: Out of Position (Dev and Lee)
Amazon Kindle: Out of Position (Dev and Lee)

Dev is a football player at Forester University, a small liberal arts college where he and his teammates get to strut around and have their pick of the girls on Friday nights. That's as good as it gets--until he meets Lee, a fox with a quick wit and an attractive body.

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Sloan Parker (born July 18)

Sloan Parker writes passionate, dramatic stories about two men (or more) falling in love. She enjoys writing in the fictional world because in fiction you can be anything, do anything--even fall in love for the first time over and over again. Sloan lives in Ohio with her partner and their neurotic cats. Her greatest moments in life are spent with her family, her friends, and her characters.

More won a 2010 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary Romance. Breathe won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Contemporary Romance and Best Gay Novel.

Further Readings:

More by Sloan Parker
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477635998
ISBN-13: 978-1477635995
Amazon: More
Amazon Kindle: More

For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father's radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and never fall in love again. But one night of explosive sex and two men he can't get out of his head have Luke breaking them all. Richard and Matthew push him past all his boundaries--both sexually and personally--and now he's no longer hiding from his senator father; he's taking him on. And he isn't just falling for one man; he's falling for two. If you're going to break the rules, might as well break them big.

But Luke's father has his reasons for hating how his son lives, and he'll do whatever he can and use all his power to keep Luke away from Richard and Matthew.

Can this threesome find a way to make their unconventional relationship last with the world around them trying to pull them apart? And will Luke be able to keep breaking his rules for Richard and Matthew, or will he head back to his familiar way of life just when his new lovers want to pull him closer?

Breathe by Sloan Parker
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1480061980
ISBN-13: 978-1480061989
Amazon: Breathe
Amazon Kindle: Breathe

Lincoln McCaw lost everything—his home, his job, his partner—after he caused a fatal accident. A year later, he's drowning the guilt and despair in whiskey, but he needs to move on. His sister and her kids are counting on him. Then he meets a man who ignites a passion Lincoln thought he’d never find. Too bad one night is all they can have together. Now he needs to figure out how to turn away from the only person who makes him feel alive…before whoever is sending him threats decides Lincoln needs to suffer more than he already has.

Jay Miller is surrounded by grief and misery until he finally gives in to all those years of sexual fantasies about being with another guy. Realizing he’s ended up in the arms of the man who caused his wife’s accident, he tries to pull away. But how can he give up a friendship he needs more than anything—a friendship and a love that could save him? He may not have time to make the choice before someone else destroys it all.

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Anne Will & Miriam Meckel

Anne Will (born March 18, 1966) is a television journalist from Germany. She was anchorwoman of the daily Tagesthemen news broadcast on ARD from April 14, 2001, to June 24, 2007. (P: Stuart MentiplyAnne Will)

Will was born on March 18, 1966, in Cologne, Germany. She grew up in Hürth, the daughter of an architect. After attending high school at the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium in Hürth, she studied history, politics, and anglistics (English language and literature) in Cologne and Berlin starting in 1985. During her studies she was already working as a journalist at Kölnische Rundschau (Cologne Review) and the Berliner Volksblatt newspaper. In mid-1990, she graduated with a Magister Artium from the University of Cologne and began her career in radio and television at Sender Freies Berlin (now part of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg).

At the end of 1992, she became more widely known while presenting both the talk show Mal ehrlich and the television sports magazine Sportpalast. At the time, she also hosted the show Parlazzo at station WDR from 1996 to 1998.

Will was the first woman to host the popular German sports show Sportschau starting in November 1999. During the 2000 Summer Olympics, she presented a variety of live sports shows from Sydney, Australia on ARD.

From April 14, 2001, to June 24, 2007, she presented the prime German broadcast late night news magazine Tagesthemen in alternation with Ulrich Wickert and, from September 2006, with his successor Tom Buhrow. Since September 16, 2007, she has hosted her own political talkshow Anne Will, succeeding the retired Sabine Christiansen. Her successor at Tagesthemen is Caren Miosga.


Miriam Meckel is Professor for Corporate Communication and Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Meckel lives in Berlin with long-time partner Anne Will, a television journalist from Germany and anchorwoman of the daily Tagesthemen news broadcast on ARD. Will came out in 2007 at a Jewish Museum event in Berlin when she publicly acknowledged her relationship with long-time partner, Professor Miriam Meckel.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Will

Miriam Meckel, (born July 18, 1967), is Professor for Corporate Communication and Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Meckel lives in Berlin with long-time partner Anne Will, a television journalist from Germany and anchorwoman of the daily Tagesthemen news broadcast on ARD from April 14, 2001, to June 24, 2007. Will, the current host of the top-rated political talk show Anne Will, came out in 2007 at a Jewish Museum event in Berlin when she publicly acknowledged her relationship with long-time partner, Professor Miriam Meckel. “Yes we are a couple,” Will told reporters, “but we would like to keep our private life private.” Nonetheless, their announcement make big headlines in Germany and throughout Europe, both because of Will’s fame, and Meckle’s considerable accomplishments.

In 2001 Miriam Meckel became the State Secretary at the department of the Premier of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia and government spokeswoman, later on the State Secretary for Europe, International Affairs and Media. From 1999 to 2001 she was a professor for Communication Sciences at the University of Münster in Germany. Her publications include texts on media economics, communication and cyberpolitics - in 2010 she wrote about her experience with burn-out syndrome.

As a member of international jury of the Development Gateway Foundation of the World Bank she was instrumental in designing the Development Gateway Award (Petersberg Prize).

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

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James Amster & Robert Moyer

James Amster was an interior decorator known for his traditional design style and his longstanding community involvement on the East Side. He died of leukemia on June 12, 1986, at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. He was 77 years old and lived in Manhattan. His partner of 41 years was Robert Moyer (born 1915). Mr. Amster created the landmark Amster Yard, an enclave at 211 1/2 East 49th Street, which he developed in 1944. The yard began with a 19th-century tenement, a boarding house, a couple of shacks and a scarred piece of land. When Amster died in 1986, Moyer continued to live there until 1992 and he was the last tenant to leave. Previous tenants include: fashion designer Norman Norell, interior designer Billy Baldwin, sculptor Isamu Noguchi, and the firm SWID Towell. Architect Ted Sandier and artist Harold Sterner helped Amster in renovating the yard.

In 1967, Mike Wallace anchored the documentary CBS Reports: The Homosexuals. He told he was close friends with James Amster and Amster's male long-term companion, men whom Wallace later described as "a wonderful old married couple" and "both people that he admired".

More than a decade after moving out, in 2003, Robert K. Moyer returned at the age of 88 to the tranquil embrace of Amster Yard. He held his hand to his cheek in astonishment. ''My head is swimming,'' he said. ''I'm home.''

Mr. Moyer could see waiters dressed as French sailors and tureens full of pâté at a long-ago Bastille Day party. He could spy Jacqueline Kennedy stopping at the Greek Island handicraft store across the yard. He could point to the apartments of the designer Norman Norell and the decorator Billy Baldwin. He could envision the antique bottles that workers once dug up, testifying to the days when this spot was a way station on the Boston Post Road.


A party at the home of James Amster in New York City's famed Amster Yard complex. From left, the butler (with back to camera), James Amster, Marian Hall, Ruby Ross Wood (seated), Billy Baldwin, William Pahlman, and Elizabeth Draper. Although there are two chandeliers, note the narrow width of the room as evidenced by the placement. Photo: THE GREAT LADY DECORATORS by Adam Lewis.
James Amster created the landmark Amster Yard, an enclave at 211 1/2 East 49th Street, which he developed in 1944. His partner of 41 years was Robert Moyer. In 1967, Mike Wallace anchored the documentary The Homosexuals. He told he was close friends with James Amster and Amster's male long-term companion, men whom Wallace later described as "a wonderful old married couple" and "both people that he admired".


Amster Yard (interior)

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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1986/06/12/obituaries/james-amster-77-decorator-dead.html

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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Larry Benjamin & Stanley Willauer, Jr.

Larry Benjamin (born October 11, 1959) is the Bronx-born wordsmith and author of the gay romances What Binds Us and Unbroken, and the short story collection, Damaged Angels. Unbroken was a 2014 Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a 2014 IPPY (Independent Publishers) Gold Medalist. Damaged Angels was a 2013 Rainbow Award Runner-Up in the Gay Contemporary General Fiction category.

Stanley Willauer (born July 18, 1959) has been employed in sales, both retail and to-the-trade, and is a freelance interior designer. Largely self-taught, he is still seeking recognition of his talents. While he and Larry have found their place with each other, he continues to search for his place in the larger world.

Together since 1996, they had a commitment ceremony on June 28, 1997 and officially married on June 28, 2014.


Larry Benjamin is the Bronx-born wordsmith and author of the gay romances What Binds Us and Unbroken, and the short story collection, Damaged Angels. Stanley Willauer has been employed in sales, both retail and to-the-trade, and is a freelance interior designer. While he and Larry have found their place with each other, he continues to search for his place in the larger world. Together since 1996, they had a commitment ceremony on June 28, 1997 and officially married on June 28, 2014.

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 (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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Lillian Faderman & Phyllis Irwin

Lillian Faderman (born July 18, 1940) is a scholar whose books on lesbian relationships and romantic friendship in history have earned critical praise and awards. Faderman is a professor of English at California State University in Fresno, California. She lives with her partner of forty years (as of 2012), Phyllis Irwin. She has one son, Avrom, who earned a PhD from Stanford University.

Faderman was raised by her mother, Mary, and her aunt, Rae. In 1923, the two emigrated from a shtetl in Latvia to the lower east side of Manhattan, hoping to marry well enough to pay for their sisters and brothers to join them in the United States. The plan was unsuccessful; the rest of the family was killed during Hitler's extermination of European Jews, and Mary blamed herself for not sending enough money to rescue them. Her guilt contributed to a serious mental illness that would profoundly affect her daughter.

Mary and Rae, Faderman's mother and aunt, worked in the garment industry for very little money. Lillian was her mother's third pregnancy; her mother aborted the first two pregnancies at her father's request, but insisted on bearing and raising the third. Mary remarried when Lillian was a teenager and died in 1979, continuing to have a profound influence on her daughter’s life.

The family moved to Los Angeles, where with her mother’s encouragement Lillian took acting classes. She began modeling as a teenager, discovered the gay bar scene and met her first girlfriend. Before she graduated from high school, she married a gay man much older than herself, a marriage which lasted less than a year and was mainly done at the insistence of her mother and aunt.


Courtesy of Phyllis Irwin. Lillian and Phyllis when they were married at the San Diego County Courthouse in 2008 (©15)
Lillian Faderman (born July 18, 1940) is a scholar whose books on lesbian relationships and romantic friendship in history have earned critical praise and awards. Faderman is a professor of English at California State University in Fresno, California. She lives with her partner since 1972, Phyllis Irwin. She has one son, Avrom, who earned a PhD from Stanford University. Before she graduated from high school, she married a gay man much older than herself, at her relatives's insistence.

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

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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
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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Stephen Donaldson (July 27, 1946 – July 18, 1996)

Stephen Donaldson (July 27, 1946 – July 18, 1996), born Robert Anthony Martin, Jr and also known by the pseudonym Donny the Punk, was an American bisexual-identified LGBT political activist. He is best known for his pioneering activism in gay liberation and prison reform, but also for his writing about punk rock and subculture.

Writer and activist Stephen Donaldson was born Robert A. Martin, Jr. on July 27, 1946 in Norfolk, Virginia. The son of a career naval officer, his childhood was spent in numerous seaport cities of the eastern United States, as well as in Germany. His parents divorced when he was seven years old, and he lived for periods of time in a boarding school and with his grandparents. While attending high school in Long Branch, New Jersey, Donaldson acknowledged his sexual attraction to a male classmate and shortly afterwards decided to "come out" as gay. In the summer of 1965 he ran away from his mother's home in Florida to New York City, where he met leaders of the Mattachine Society of New York, an early gay rights organization. Attracted by the relatively permissive sexual atmosphere of New York, he enrolled at Columbia University.

As a college student, Donaldson was a founding member of the Student Homophile League (later re-named Gay People at Columbia-Barnard) and was active in the North American Conference of Homophile Organizations. He was a participant in the spring 1968 student uprising on the Columbia campus. Donaldson worked during his college summers as a reporter for the Associated Press and Virginia Pilot and as a legislative intern in the offices of U.S. Representatives Howard H. Callaway (Republican, Georgia) and Donald E. Lukens (Republican, Ohio). He also traveled widely across the United States, often as a hitchhiker. In diary entries and letters written during these years he described his political radicalization, his experiments with marijuana and LSD and his sexual encounters with men and women. Inspired by many aspects of the sexual revolution of the late-1960s, Donaldson increasingly identified himself as bisexual. He began to publish short articles and poems in gay publications, occasionally under the pen name Stephen Donaldson. (Though he never legally changed his name, he increasingly chose to identify himself by this pseudonym, particularly during the 1980s-90s.)

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Source: http://www.lgbtran.org/Profile.aspx?ID=144 (This biographical statement written for the Stephen Donaldson Collection, Manuscripts and Archives Division, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. All rights reserved.)

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GRL: April Kelley

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 April Kelley: "Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Writing her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won't stop telling their stories. If April isn't reading or writing she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods."

Further Readings:

Hostage Love (Lakehouse Security Book 2) by April Kelley
Publisher: eXtasy Books (June 8, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Hostage Love (Lakehouse Security Book 2)

All Ryan Newell wants to do his prove to his brothers he is just as capable as them of going out on a mission. This time they actually listen, sending him out to rescue three men from a cult that is holding them prisoner. Right from the start things go wrong. One of the prisoners, Zach Landen, manages to break out of his cell and holds him at knife point.

Ryan hates the idea of calling for back up but knows he needs to after he learns Zach is very ill. It’s second nature for Ryan to take care of Zach, but Ryan’s giving nature has gotten him in trouble before. Does he really want to get hurt again?



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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller

The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller
Transgender Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 154 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (February 18, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620045109
ISBN-13: 978-1620045107
Amazon: The Errant Prince
Amazon Kindle: The Errant Prince

Myron's task is easy enough on the surface: locate the runaway Prince Tamsen and bring him home. But Tamsen is not merely a talented wizard, he's an exceptionally stubborn one, and dozens of others have already failed at the task. When he manages to find the cabin where Tamsen is hiding, Myron isn't foolish enough to mistake the find for a victory. Instead of attempting to drag the prince home by force, Myron tries a different tact: patience. He might not be able to best Tamsen magically or physically, but Myron can certainly out-stubborn him. He's nothing if not used to doing what other people say he can't. But neither prince nor soldier expected stubbornness to be the crack in armor they've both become adept at wearing...

2015 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2015.html

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