August 8th, 2015

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Jeff Mann (born August 8)

Jeff Mann grew up in Covington, Virginia, and Hinton, West Virginia, receiving degrees in English and forestry from West Virginia University. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications, including The Spoon River Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Crab Orchard Review, Appalachian Heritage, Best Gay Poetry, Best Gay Erotica, and Best Gay Stories. He has published three award-winning poetry chapbooks, Bliss, Mountain Fireflies, and Flint Shards from Sussex; five full-length books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine, On the Tongue, Ash: Poems from Norse Mythology, A Romantic Mann, and Rebels; two collections of personal essays, Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear and Binding the God: Ursine Essays from the Mountain South; four novels, Cub, Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisal, which won the Pauline Réage Novel Award, Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War, which won a Rainbow Award, and Salvation: A Novel of the Civil War, which won a Lambda Literary Award; three novellas, Devoured, included in Masters of Midnight: Erotic Tales of the Vampire, Camp Allegheny, included in History's Passion: Stories of Sex Before Stonewall, and The Saga of Einar and Gisli, included in On the Run: Tales of Gay Pursuit and Passion; a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; and two volumes of short fiction, Desire and Devour: Stories of Blood and Sweat and A History of Barbed Wire, which won a Lambda Literary Award. In May 2013, he was inducted into the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Hall of Fame. He teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Desire and Devour won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Erotica and Purgatory as Best Gay Historical. A Romantic Mann won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Biography / Memoir / Non Fiction / Poetry.

Further Readings:

Desire & Devour: Stories of Blood & Sweat by Jeff Mann
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Bear Bones Books (August 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213939
ISBN-13: 978-1590213933
Amazon: Desire & Devour: Stories of Blood & Sweat
Amazon Kindle: Desire & Devour: Stories of Blood & Sweat

Desire. The longing for the touch of men. The edge of hunger. The need for supplicants craving a sweaty embrace, a passionate tryst in the dark.

Devour. To drink, to dispatch, to swallow. To quench one's unimaginable thirst. To leave an empty vessel behind as one walks away into the night.

More than a hundred and fifty years before Dracula ever touched English soil, Scottish Highlander Derek Maclaine became one of the undead to bring a terrible vengeance on those who had taken the man he loved. But revenge could not sate his appetites for sweat and blood through the years; an immortal learns to survive, to love again, as the lives of mortals are bright and brief flames that attract vampires like amorous moths. Award-winning author Jeff Mann has collected his erotic and powerful stories of Derek's unlife, adventures that travel centuries and the globe. Loosen your collar, bare your throat, sigh in expectation, but do not forget to shiver as this burly and brawny stalker of men steps behind you, to brush his beard against your neck as his hands grasp you where you most need to be touched.

Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War by Jeff Mann
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Bear Bones Books (March 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213750
ISBN-13: 978-1590213759
Amazon: Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War
Amazon Kindle: Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War

During the Civil War, two young soldiers on opposite sides find themselves drawn together. One is a war-weary but scholarly Southerner who has seen too much bloodshed, especially the tortures inflicted upon the enemy by his vicious commanding officer, his uncle. The other is a Herculean Yankee captured by the rag-tag Confederate band and forced to become a martyr for all the sins of General Sheridan's fires. When these two find themselves admiring more than one another's spirit and demeanor, when passions erupt between captor and captive, will this new romance survive the arduous trek to Purgatory Mountain?

A Romantic Mann by Jeff Mann
Paperback: 134 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (April 6, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590211561
ISBN-13: 978-1590211564
Amazon: A Romantic Mann

"A tough, sweaty scent of maleness mingles with the bittersweet sense of loss in Jeff Mann's sexy new book, A Romantic Mann. His voice is tender, confident, intelligent, and engaging. His poems are the utterances of a man at the vantage point of what seems to be the middle age of a life lived gracefully, of one secure in his own skin. Whether recalling hairy chests, hairy thighs, hairy asses or evoking his childhood and his current life in Appalachia or attending to the state of the world, Mann is an urbane observer with a luscious language at his bidding. A tour de force, this is a book I dare anyone not to fall in love with." -Jim Elledge

More Rainbow Awards at my website: elisarolle.com, Rainbow Awards/2012 & 2013



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Andrew Grey & Dominic

Andrew Grey (born November 27, 1963) grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew's hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world's most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

"Seventeen years ago, on August 8, 1996, Dominic and I got married. We held a commitment ceremony with our friends and family. It was a special day and there hasn't been a day since that I haven't considered myself blessed." On October 26, 2013, Andrew legally married his partner of 20 years, Dominic.


Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, PA. "On August 8, 1996, Dominic and I got married. We held a commitment ceremony with our friends and family. It was a special day and there hasn't been a day since that I haven't considered myself blessed." On October 26, 2013, they legally married.

Source: www.andrewgreybooks.com

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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Colette, Henry Gauthier-Villars & Missy de Morny

Colette was the surname of the French novelist and performer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954). She is best known for her novel Gigi, upon which Lerner and Loewe based the stage and film musical comedies of the same title.

Colette was born to retired military officer Jules-Joseph Colette and his wife Adèle Eugénie Sidonie "Sido" Colette, (nėe Landoy) in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, Yonne, in the Burgundy Region of France. She studied piano as a child and received her primary school diploma with high marks in mathematics and dictation. In 1893, at age 20, she married Henri Gauthier-Villars, a famous bisexual wit known as "Willy" who was 15 years her senior.

Her first books, the 
Claudine series, were published under the pen name of her husband, "Willy", writer, music critic, "literary charlatan and degenerate". Claudine still has the power to charm; in belle epoque France it was downright shocking, much to Willy's satisfaction and profit.

In 1906 she left the unfaithful Gauthier-Villars, living for a time at the home of the American writer and salonist Natalie Barney. The two had a short affair, and remained friends until Colette's death. She was also, according to author Jean-Claude Baker’s book Josephine: The Hungry Heart, involved for some time with actress Josephine Baker.


In 1889, Henry Gauthier-Villars or Willy, a French fin-de-siecle writer and music critic, met Colette, 14 years younger than he was; they married on May 15, 1893. Willy and Colette had an affair with the same woman, the American socialite Georgie Raoul-Duval, née Urquhart. In 1906, Colette left Gauthier-Villars, living for a time with American writer and salonist Natalie Clifford Barney. After her, Colette became romantically involved with Missy de Morny, Marquise de Belbeuf. During this time she also was involved  with the Italian writer Gabriele D’Annunzio. Another affair was with the automobile-empire scion Auguste Heriot.



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

Henry Gauthier-Villars (8 August 1859 - 12 January 1931) or Willy, his nom-de-plume, was a French fin-de-siecle writer and music critic who is today mostly known as the mentor and bisexual first husband of Colette. Other pseudonyms used by Gauthiers-Villars are: Henry Maugis, Robert Parville, l’Ex-ouvreuse du Cirque d’été, L’Ouvreuse, L’Ouvreuse du Cirque d’été, Jim Smiley, Henry Willy, Boris Zichine. (Picture: Henry Gauthier-Villars by Giovanni Boldini)

Born on 8 August 1859 in Villiers-sur-Orge, Essonne into a bourgeois Catholic family, he attended the Lycee Fontanes and later the Jesuit Collège Stanislas in Paris. He became fluent in Latin and German. In 1885, he obtained a law degree and subsequently started with a job in the family’s publishing firm of Gauthier-Villars.

Willy was a ladies man; Rachilde described him "as a man of the world, a brilliant Parisian rake". In 1889 he met Colette, 14 years younger than he was; they married on 15 May 1893. As a writer and music critic he was an incessant and effective self promoter, under whose directions his "slaves" wrote articles and novels. His ghostwriters may or may not have received recognition but participated because publication under the Willy name secured a high publication rate and good income. With his literary workshops Willy published more than 50 novels. Curnonsky was one of his ghostwriters, as was his fellow gastronomist Marcel Boulestin. His participation varied and included conceptionalizing, editing, and adding sections, plots, and puns. Henry's favourite song which he could often be heard singing on his way to dinner was I am Henery the Eighth.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Gauthier-Villars

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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Judy Holliday & Katharine Hepburn

Judy Holliday (June 21, 1921 – June 7, 1965) was an American actress. During the 1940s Holliday lived and loved with a policewoman, and Darwin Porter's biography of Katherine Hepburn claims that Hepburn had an affair with Holliday.

Holliday began her career as part of a night-club act, before working in Broadway plays and musicals. Her success in the 1946 stage production of Born Yesterday as "Billie Dawn" led to her being cast in the 1950 film version, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. She appeared regularly in film during the 1950s. She was noted for her performance on Broadway in the musical Bells Are Ringing, winning a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical and reprising her role in the 1960 film.

In 1952, Holliday was called to testify before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee to answer claims that she was associated with communism. Although not blacklisted from films, she was blacklisted from radio and television for almost three years.

In 1950 Holliday was the subject of an FBI investigation looking into allegations that she was a Communist. The investigation "did not reveal positive evidence of any membership in the Communist Party", and was concluded after three months. Unlike many others tainted by the Communist investigation, she was not blacklisted from movies, but she was blacklisted from performing on radio and television for almost three years.


Adam's Rib, Spencer Tracy, David Wayne, Judy Holliday, Katharine Hepburn, 1949

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

In the 1930s, Hepburn had alienated much of the public with her eccentric approach to gender, sexuality, and stardom. She dressed in old clothes, wore no makeup, and drove around in a truck. After a first halfhearted attempt, she refused subsequent efforts by studio publicists to link her romantically with men. Instead, she spent her time with Laura Harding, a Philadelphia heiress with whom she shared a house.

Hepburn and Spencer Tracy never lived together. The “twenty-six years together” Hepburn often referred to were mostly spent apart, separated by thousands of miles. For large segments of that time, they did not view themselves as a couple, and neither— as letters document— did their close friends. No matter the stories she told of “our house,” Hepburn did not make her home with Tracy but rather within a community of women. Laura Harding, Emily Perkins, Constance Collier, Eve March, Frances Rich, Phyllis Wilbourn, and finally Cynthia McFadden were the ones to provide anchor, solace, and family.

Sailing out of New York Harbor in March 1934, Kath was beginning to grasp that, if she was to survive and prosper in this new Hollywood, she would have to change, rethink, reinvent. Academy Award or not, Katharine Hepburn— with her men’s trousers, gibbon, and abandoned husband— was not going to sell tickets or attract media adoration. For the damage didn’t end there. Even more troubling than the discovery of Luddy were the stories about Laura Harding, whom some in the press were labeling “Hepburn’s other half.” The Hollywood underground buzzed with rumors that the two women were more than just friends.


Katharine Hepburn and Laura Harding conducted a closeted, long-term relationship from 1928 until Harding’s death in 1994, a relationship that overlapped with her seven-year “lavender marriage” to Luddy that began the same year. “’Laura Harding was the most important relationship in her life,’ said James Prideaux. Another friend echoed with an even more precise assessment: ‘If Kate had a great love other than herself, it was Laura.’ They fell in love – for that is how any great friendship begins – on a warm night in June 1930.” –William J. Mann

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Source: Mann, William J. (2007-10-30). Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn. Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

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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Matthew Montgomery & Steve Callahan

Steve Callahan (born August 8, 1967) grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he received his B.A. in Theatre from The Ohio State University. 

After winning Best Supporting Actor at the Tampa International Gay Film Festival for the film Nine Lives, Steve has become a regular on the gay film circuit. He was last seen on screen starring in East Side Story, winner of the 2009 GLAAD Award. He also appears in Christmas comedy Make the Yuletide Gay from Guest House Films and the suspense thriller Pornography.

For the past three years, Steve has played Judas Iscariot in the Off Broadway revival and International Tour of Terrence McNally's play "Corpus Christi". The play has received international acclaim, including winning the Dublin Ireland Theatre Festival.

Currently Steve has a series regular role in the web series "WeHo" (written and directed by Nic Arnzen) as Gunther, the not so bright, sexually ambiguous personal trainer. 

On the set of Pornography he has met Matthew Montgomery. Steve Callahan and his real-life partner since 2007 Matthew Montgomery have played lead roles together in Rob Williams's film Role/Play.

1) East Side Story was one of the nicest gay themed comedy I have ever seen, and probably I can leave out even the gay themed, it’s a nice comedy point. So I was really happy to see you again in a cameo in Make the Yuletide Gay and now the news of the upcoming role in Sticke Figures. I read in your profile that for the past three years you were in the cast of Terrence McNally's play Corpus Christi. So both cinema and theatre, West Coast against East Coast… what world do you prefer?

For me, it is really the project. I have been fortunate to be a part of some incredible projects recently. I love making movies, but I'd have to say that right now my heart belongs to "Corpus Christi" (http://www.108productions.org/CorpusChristi.html). I play Judas Iscariot and it is such an incredible role and such an amazing piece of theatre. This June will mark four years that I have been a part of the show.


Courtesy of Steve Callahan. Matthew Montgomery & Steve Callahan on the set of Role/Play (©15)
On the set of Pornography Steve Callahan has met Matthew Montgomery. Steve Callahan and his real-life partner since 2007 Matthew Montgomery have played lead roles together in Rob Williams's film Role/Play. After winning Best Supporting Actor at the Tampa International Gay Film Festival for the film Nine Lives, Steve has become a regular on the gay film circuit. He starred on screen in East Side Story, winner of the 2009 GLAAD Award. He also appears in Make the Yuletide Gay and Pornography. Matt and Steve married on March 21, 2015, on their 7th anniversary.


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Matthew: I was a long time lover of Gay-Themed Movie, when I was enough grown to choose my movie, it was the time that in Italy were airing Jeffrey, Trick and Priscilla. Then I managed to see in VHS (yes, I’m that old!) The Boys in the Band, Maurice and Torch Song Trilogy. Then, truth be told, less and less movies started to arrive in Italy and I was not yet skilled in English to see a movie in original language. When I was, I started to browse for new movies, like Big Eden, Shelter and Latter Days, and one of my friend told me about Gone, But Not Forgotten. It was quite a discovery since the men in it, not only were gay, but the sex between them was romantic and yes, also visual. I still remember a scene in front of a fireplace. Matthew Montgomery was one of those actors (and if you are wondering from the pictures I chose to post, if Matthew is always naked on the set ;-) no he is not, but you know that I’m a loser for a sweet and romantic sex scene!), and that was, I believe, his first gay character; from that moment on, he has done several movies, moving from comedy (Long Term Relationship), to drama (Back Soon), to horror (Socket), to mystery (Pornography), to romance (Redwoods), always giving a different perspective on a modern gay man. Obviously he did also other movies ;-).

1) I read you are born and bred in Texas, but if I’m not wrong, you are now living in California. When did the moving happen? I suppose it was for work related reasons, did you leave Texas with something solid in front of you or you journey to adventure?

I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. Most of my family is still down there in that part of the country in fact. But I left Texas when I was around 16 or 17 actually. It’s a bit of a long, dramatic story, but the short version is that I moved up to Michigan where I finished high school in a small town, Cass City. It’s where my mother was living at the time, and it really gave me a chance to assess what I really wanted to do next. I always knew that when I finished high school, I’d either move to New York City or Los Angeles. When I was a child, I highlighted the roads on a U.S. map that I would have to take in order to get there. I was a very ambitious and determined kid. I knew what I wanted, and that was that. My deciding to originally come to LA came down to something of a coin flip so to speak. I intended on moving to New York, and going to college there actually. But it didn’t work out for a number of reasons, and I had a great opportunity instead to move to Los Angeles and attend school there, so I thought about it for about a minute, and made the decision to move. I’d never been to Los Angeles before I moved. If it wasn’t for my financial aid for school, I literally would’ve been broke and homeless. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to think very far ahead - one of my flaws (or gifts) I suppose. (Laughs). I just figured I’d get here and everything would work itself out. And eventually it did. I left Los Angeles for a short year and a half break, and couldn’t take it and so I came back. I missed the attitude and traffic too much. That was when things really started to turn around for me and I was able to start planting the seed for a career as an actor, something I’d wanted to do since I was young enough to still be wetting the bed.

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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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Oreste Pucciani & Rudi Gernreich

Oreste Francesco Pucciani was born in Cleveland on April 7, 1916, the son of a candy manufacturer. He attended the Cleveland public schools and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Adelbert College, Western Reserve University (now Case Western University) in 1939. He took his doctorate in Romance languages from Harvard in 1943. In 1946-47, Pucciani studied in France and Italy on a Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, meeting Sartre and his companion Simone de Beauvoir. Returning to the United States in 1947, Pucciani lectured at Harvard, before joining the faculty of the University of California Los Angeles as an Assistant Professor of French in 1948. He was became an Associate Professor in 1954, and a full Professor in 1960. He was chairman of the French department from 1961 to 1966, and became emeritus in 1979. (P: The Original Mattanite Society)

Pucciani's scholarly interests were diverse. His doctoral dissertation was devoted to the reception of Walt Whitman in France. The French Theater since 1930 (1954) remains a useful anthology of French theater in the years between the world wars. He also published a well regarded translation of Racine's masterpiece Phédre in 1961. But Pucciani is best known as an interpreter of the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre, and pioneered in teaching courses on Sartre at UCLA before the philosopher's works were translated into English.

In addition to his work on Sartre, Pucciani was well known as a theorist on methods of language acquisition. He had studied with Emile B. de Sauzé at Western Reserve in the 1930s, and was an ardent champion of Sauzé's "direct method" of language teaching, in which all instruction, including explanations of grammar and vocabulary, is given in the target language. In the late 1950s, Pucciani pioneered in adapting the direct method (still little known outside the Cleveland public schools) to the UCLA French Department's language program. The highly successful and influential textbook, Langue et Langage, published by Pucciani and Jacqueline Hamel in 1967, described the department's experience with the direct method, and revealed the advantages of immediate and total immersion in a foreign tongue.


Rudi Gernreich was an Austrian-born American fashion designer who introduced the monokini in 1964. Gernreich met Harry Hay in July 1950, and the two became lovers for 2 years. In 1953, Gernreich met Oreste Pucciani, chairman of the UCLA French department, who was a key figure in bringing Jean-Paul Sartre to the attention of American educators. In 1988, after Gernreich's death, Pucciani established the ACLU Rudi Gernreich-Oreste Pucciani Endowment Fund to support the fight for GLBT rights.

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Source: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt1n39r3q8/

Rudi Gernreich (August 8, 1922 – April 21, 1985) was an Austrian-born American fashion designer who introduced the single-piece topless monokini in 1964, and had a long, unconventional, and trend-setting career in fashion design. He was also an early gay activist who helped fund the early activities of the Mattachine Society.

Gernreich was born in Vienna, Austria. His father was a stocking manufacturer who committed suicide when Gernreich was eight years old. Gernreich learned about feminine fashion in his aunt’s dress shop.

After the German Anschluss (when Nazi Germany annexed Austria) on March 12, 1938, Hitler, among many other acts, banned nudity. Austrian citizens were advocates of exercising nude, a rejection of the over-civilized world, which may have influenced Gernreich's later designs. His mother and Rudi escaped to the United States as Jewish refugees, settling in Los Angeles, California. Gernreich was very much against sexualization of the human body and the notion that the body was essentially shameful. 

Initially, his mother survived by baking pastries that Rudi sold door-to-door. His first job was washing bodies before autopsy at the morgue of Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. He told Marylou Luther, “I grew up overnight. I do smile sometimes when people tell me my clothes are so body-conscious [that] I must have studied anatomy. You bet I studied anatomy.” He attended Los Angeles City College, where he studied art and apprenticed for a Seventh Avenue clothing manufacturer. He attended the Los Angeles Art Center School from 1941 to 1942.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudi_Gernreich

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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Evan Fallenberg (born August 8)

Evan Fallenberg is the author of two novels – Light Fell (Soho Press, 2008) and When We Danced on Water (HarperCollins, 2011) – and translator of many more, including Ron Leshem's Beaufort, Batya Gur's Murder in Jerusalem, Alon Hilu's Death of a Monk and The House of Rajani, Yair Lapid’s Memories After My Death, and Meir Shalev's My Russian Grandmother’s American Vacuum Cleaner and A Pigeon and a Boy, winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for fiction. Other translations include work for television (Adir Miller); the stage (Gilad Evron, Lior Navok); and cinema (Savi Gabizon). (P: Photo by Aliz Noy)

Fallenberg has won or been shortlisted for the following prizes: the American Library Association's Barbara Gittings Stonewall Book Award for Literature; the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; the National Jewish Book Award in fiction; the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction; the Samuel Goldberg Foundation Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers; the Harold U. Ribalow Award; the PEN Translation Prize; and the Times Literary Supplement of London Risa Domb/Porjes Prize for Translation of Hebrew Literature.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fallenberg is a graduate of Georgetown University and the MFA program in creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has lived in Israel since 1985. He is coordinator of fiction for the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University; coordinator of literary translation in the Department of English Literature at Bar-Ilan University; and an instructor in the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at City University of Hong Kong. The recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and the National Endowment for the Arts, Fallenberg serves as an advisor to several literary prizes, including the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. He is the father of two sons.

Source: www.evanfallenberg.com/about.html

Further Readings:

Light Fell by Evan Fallenberg
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Soho Press (January 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1569475369
ISBN-13: 978-1569475362
Amazon: Light Fell
Amazon Kindle: Light Fell

Awarded the 2009 Stonewall Prize for Fiction, the first and most enduring award for GLBT books, sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table.

Twenty years have passed since Joseph left behind his entire life—his wife Rebecca, his five sons, his father, and the religious Israeli farming community where he grew up—when he fell in love with a man, the genius rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig. Their affair is long over, but its echoes continue to reverberate through the lives of Joseph, Rebecca, and their sons in ways that none of them could have predicted.

Now, for his fiftieth birthday, Joseph is preparing to have his five sons and the daughter-in-law he has never met spend the Sabbath with him in the Tel Aviv penthouse that he shares with a man—who is conveniently out of town that weekend. This will be the first time Joseph and all his sons will be together in nearly two decades.

The boys’ lives have taken widely varying paths. While some have become extremely religious, another is completely cosmopolitan and secular, and their feelings toward their father range from acceptance to bitter resentment. As they prepare for this reunion, Joseph, his sons, and even Rebecca, must confront what was, what is, and what could have been.

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Rick Copp (born August 8, 1964)

Rick Copp was two years out of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts when he was tapped at 24 years old to become a staff writer on the enormously popular NBC sitcom The Golden Girls in 1988. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, especially for a boy from Bar Harbor, Maine, who grew up dreaming of living underneath the famous Hollywood sign, a dream that became a reality soon after his arrival in Los Angeles.

He spent the next five years writing for a number of series including the critically acclaimed and commercially successsful hits NBC's Wings, FOX's Flying Blind and HBO's Dream On.

In 1995, he teamed up with screenwriter Laurice Elehwany, who wrote the popular MaCauley Culkin comedy drama My Girl and together they co-wrote the big screen TV remake The Brady Bunch Movie, which was a major box office hit for Paramount Pictures. This led to many more feature writing assignments for Universal, Warner Brothers, Imagine Entertainment, The Jim Henson Company among others as well as uncredited rewrites on Howard Stern's Private Parts and The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas.

But Rick has also stayed very busy in television co-creating and executive producing a campy, fun TV revival of the '80s David Hasselhoff hit Team Knight Rider where he also played the recurring role of Clayton the Chef. He's written for a wide variety of series including Secret Agent Man, Barbershop, executive produced by Ice Cube, and Jack of All Trades starring Bruce Campbell. He's created and written many television pilots for most of the major networks including ABC, CBS, MTV, Lifetime, USA, Nickoleon and Logo including two produced one hour prime time mystery pilots Homewood P.I. for CBS starring Tony Danza and Soccer Moms for ABC starring Kristin Davis. Recently he's written five episodes of the late night Cinemax anthology crime series Femme Fatales under the pen name Richard Hollis, which also provided him the opportunity to return to acting playing a befuddled professor in three episodes. Acting is a hobby Rick still loves to indulge.

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Further Readings:

The Actor's Guide To Murder by Rick Copp
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Kensington (October 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758204965
ISBN-13: 978-0758204967
Amazon: The Actor's Guide To Murder

Jarrod Jarvis considered himself lucky. That is, until the day the police discovered his long-time friend, Willard Ray Hornsby, floating face-down in his own lap pool. As a former child star from the 80s, Jarrod Jarvis was very thankful that his past was tucked in neatly behind him. He never overdosed on drugs, beat anybody up, or tired to rob a video store like some his notorious peers. Now thirty, Jarrod lives a quiet life in the Hollywood Hills with his policeman boyfriend and their Pekinese, while occasionally landing guest parts on handful of television shows, thanks to his tenacious manager whose specialty is finding work for TV has-beens. All of that is about to change. When Willard is found dead, the police come to the conclusion that it's your typical Hollywood former child star saga, and rule the death a "drunken accident." But none of the facts add up for Jarrod. As he sorts through the events leading up to his friend's death, uncovers a hornet's nest of secrets involving Willard's cold, unfeeling mother and her handsome but deadly husband, a frightened therapist who knows more than he should, a tattooed hustler prone to violence, and a gutter-mouthed granny who may be hiding a murderer. Before long, Jarrod's obsession with the case lands him in jail and on the front pages of the tabloids. It becomes every child star's worst nightmare! Following a trail that leads him from the posh mansions of Bel Air to one of the world's most exclusive spas in Palm Springs, Jarrod's dogged pursuit hurls him into a final showdown with a twisted, cold-blooded killer far above the city lights in the mountains below the world-famous Hollywood sign where only the coyotes can hear the screams...

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James Dixon & William Hibbard

James Allen Dixon, born April 26, 1928, in Estherville, Iowa, died April 3, 2007, in Iowa City, Iowa, due to complications of influenza. James was adopted by Frank Dixon and grew up in Guthrie Center, Iowa, where he was fostered and mentored by the school teachers and other local professionals. James began working as a shine boy in the local barbershop at age 11. He worked as many hours as he could, first in the barbershop, then in the local bakery, and for one year as part owner of a small farm.

In 1948 James came to the University of Iowa, where, as an undergraduate conducting student, he continued his extraordinary work ethic to great success as a student and leader. Throughout his undergraduate study and beyond, James was the student, assistant and friend of Dimitri Mitropoulos, the renowned Greek conductor, pianist and composer. James received his bachelor’s degree in 1952 and then served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army as conductor of the Seventh Army Symphony.

James began his first tenure as conductor of the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra in 1954. He completed his master’s degree in 1956. After teaching at the New England Conservatory and then serving as assistant conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, he returned to Iowa City in 1962 as director of orchestras at the University of Iowa. He retired as the Phillip Greeley Clapp/Carver Distinguished Professor of Music in 1997, completing a 40-year tenure.


William Alden Hibbard was a distinguished composer, conductor, violist and teacher. His companion was James Allen Dixon, who was also music director of the Quad City Symphony. As a violist, Hibbard served as Principal Viola of the Quad City Symphony (James Dixon, Music Director) from 1984 through late 1988. William Hibbard died of AIDS in San Francisco at the age of 49 on April 5, 1989. James Allen Dixon died April 3, 2007, in Iowa City, Iowa, due to complications of influenza.

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William Alden Hibbard (August 8, 1939, Newton, Massachusetts - April 5, 1989, San Francisco, California) a distinguished composer, conductor, violist and teacher. (William Hibbard (1983), Photo: courtesy estate of William Hibbard.) His companion was James Dixon, who was also music director of the Quad City Symphony.

He was appointed to the University of Iowa Music Composition faculty in 1966, and promoted to full professor in 1977. He became Chair of the Theory and Composition area in the School of Music in 1982. He served as Music Director of the University's professional new music ensemble, the Center for New Music, from its inception in 1966 through 1988. In addition, he served as Director of the University's Center for New Performing Arts, an interdisciplinary arts project funded jointly by the Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Iowa, from 1965 through 1975. Both organizations have made enormous contributions to the promotion, understanding and advancement of new music and art. In 1986 the Center for New Music received the Commendation of Excellence Award from Broadcast Music Inc (BMI). In 1990 the American Composers Alliance conferred its Laurel Leaf Award upon the Center for New Music "in memoriam William Hibbard."

As a violist, he served as Principal Viola of the Quad City Symphony (James Dixon, Music Director) from 1984 through late 1988. In addition, he was founder and Director of the Iowa City String Orchestra from 1980 to 1986.

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Michael Urie & Ryan Spahn

Michael Lorenzo Urie (born August 8, 1980) is an American actor, television producer and director, best known for his portrayal of Marc St. James on the ABC dramedy series Ugly Betty. In June 2009 Urie referred to himself as "a member of the LGBT community" on his website. In an interview with The Advocate in 2010 he said that he was in a relationship with a man and identifies as "queer". He said it never felt wrong when he was with women previously. In 2013 Michael Urie directed "He's Way More Famous Than You" starring his boyfriend Ryan Spahn, who cowrote also the script. "It has such a heightened cartoonish feel," Spahn says, "It almost feels like Muppets Take Manhattan-meets-Woody Allen."

Urie, while still a student at Juilliard performed in the world premiere of Love and Happiness (2001) at the Consolati Performing Arts Center, starring as a sixteen-year-old trying to get rid of his mother's boyfriend. In addition to this, he appeared in student productions of Sylvia (1998) and Locked Away (1999) at Quad C Theatre.

He also was the recipient of the 2002 John Houseman Prize for Excellence in Classical Theatre from the Juilliard School and his classical credits include Shakespeare, Jacobean drama, and commedia dell'arte.

Urie played the central character in the stage play WTC View as well as in the film adaptation. He is currently finishing a short documentary film, Two Down that centers on high school speech and debate tournaments, for Frontal Lobe Productions.

He is on the board of Plum Productions and serves as its casting director. With the same company he has produced and appeared in Prachtoberfest and lowbrow (and a little bit tacky). As a freelance producer, he has worked on Like The Mountains and The Fantasticks (Four Players Theatre). He also directed the latter production. His first time directing The Fantasticks was as a high school student at Plano Senior High.


Michael Urie is an American actor, television producer and director, best known for his portrayal of Marc St. James in Ugly Betty. In June 2009 Urie referred to himself as "a member of the LGBT community" on his website. In an interview with The Advocate in 2010 he said that he was in a relationship with a man and identifies as "queer". He said it never felt wrong when he was with women previously. In 2013 Michael Urie directed "He's Way More Famous Than You" starring his boyfriend Ryan Spahn.

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UK Meet: Sam Evans

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 Sam Evans: Sam Evans lives in the North West of England in a town semi famous for its rugby. By day she works for mental health services in Manchester. By night she put the words in her head onto paper but only if a shiny computer game doesn’t distract her first.

Having found her way to the genre through a pack of wolf shifters, she was pleasantly surprised when the fictional characters her head fit into place when only men were involved. Now she can’t shut them up.

Sam is thankful for a boyfriend who makes her cups of tea and who doesn’t mind that she isn’t a domestic goddess.

Her stories are set in and around Manchester, with the odd excursion to the British coastline (or Cyprus for the weather).

Further Readings:

A Pride of Poppies: Modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Manifold Press (April 29, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 190831284X
ISBN-13: 978-1908312846
Amazon: A Pride of Poppies: Modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War
Amazon Kindle: A Pride of Poppies: Modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War

Ten authors - in thirteen stories - explore the experiences of GLBTQI people during World War I. In what ways were their lives the same as or different from those of other people? A London pub, an English village, a shell-hole on the Front, the outskirts of Thai Nguyen city, a ship in heavy weather off Zeebrugge, a civilian internment camp … Loves and griefs that must remain unspoken, unexpected freedoms, the tensions between individuality and duty, and every now and then the relief of recognition. You’ll find both heartaches and joys in this astonishing range of thought-provoking stories.



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GRL: Lissa Kasey aka Sam Kadence

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 Lissa Kasey aka Sam Kadence: Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, and collects Asian Ball Joint Dolls who look like her characters. She has three cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at Anime Conventions masquerading as random characters when she's not writing about boy romance.

Further Readings:

Reclamation: A Dominion Novel by Lissa Kasey
Series: Dominion
Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; second edition (May 27, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1512376450
ISBN-13: 978-1512376456
Amazon: Reclamation: A Dominion Novel
Amazon Kindle: Reclamation: A Dominion Novel

Seiran Rou did the unthinkable to save his own life—he killed someone with magic. Now he’s haunted by the deed, and his internal troubles are ripping apart his newly strengthened relationship with Gabe. And the Dominion still wants him to toe the line and produce an heir. After receiving threatening e-mails, phone calls, and vandalism that all seem to stem from another dead man from Sei’s tormented youth, Matthew Pierson, Sei thinks he’s going crazy and realizes he needs help. He turns to a Dominion-recommended psychiatrist. But the past has already dug its claws in deep and someone is helping Sei’s old abuser lead him into a trap. Sei knows Gabe will come for him, and he’s ready to accept his love now. Only he doesn’t know if either of them will survive long enough to find a future together.



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