August 24th, 2015

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Andrew Kopkind & John Scagliotti

Andrew Kopkind (August 24, 1935 – October 23, 1994) was an American journalist. He was renowned for his reporting during the tumultuous years of the late 1960s; he wrote about the anti-Vietnam War protests, American Civil Rights Movement, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Panther Party, the Weathermen, President Johnson's "Great Society" initiatives, and California gubernatorial campaign of Ronald Reagan.

Kopkind was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He received a B.A. from Cornell University (1957), where he was editor of the Cornell Daily Sun.

From 1958 to 1959, Kopkind worked as a reporter for the Washington Post. He then studied at the London School of Economics, receiving an M.S. in 1961.

In 1961, Kopkind joined staff of Time Magazine, reporting mainly from California. From 1965 to 1967, he was associate editor of The New Republic; from 1965 to 1969 he was a correspondent for New Statesman. In 1968, he founded Hard Times and worked briefly for Ramparts (1970).

In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.

From the 1970s onwards, he contributed regularly to The Village Voice, New York Review of Books, The Nation, and Grand Street.


Andrew Kopkind, far left, and John Scagliotti, far right, sit with journalist Alexander Cockburn, seated on hood of car, and his daughter, Daisy Cockburn, in Guilford in 1985.
Andrew Kopkind was an American journalist. He was renowned for his reporting during '60s; he wrote about the anti-Vietnam War protests, American Civil Rights Movement, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Panther Party, the Weathermen, President Johnson and Reagan. In the early 1970s he and his long-time companion, John Scagliotti (they would remain together for 24 years), hosted the "Lavender Hour," the first commercial gay/lesbian radio show.

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

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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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Gro Hammerseng, Katja Nyberg & Anja Edin

Anja Hammerseng-Edin (born 5 February 1983) is a Norwegian handball player. She currently plays for Larvik HK and the Norwegian national team.

She made her début on the Norwegian national team in 2006, and has played in the 2009 World Women's Handball Championship and the 2012 European Women's Handball Championship.

Anja Edin started playing handball when she was 5 years old, with her mother as a trainer.

Edin married fellow handball player Gro Hammerseng on August 3, 2013, and they have a son together. They are both playing for the Norwegian national team and Larvik HK.

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

Gro Hammerseng-Edin (born 10 April 1980 in Gjøvik as Gro Hammerseng) is a Norwegian handballer playing for the Norwegian national team and Norwegian club Larvik HK. She has been the captain of the national team for several years, and in 2007 she was voted female World Handball Player of the Year.

Hammerseng started her handball career in 1990 at Gjøvik HK (1990–1995). She later played one year for Raufoss IL (1995–1996) and one year for Vardal IF (1996–1997) before starting her senior career in 1997 for Gjøvik og Vardal HK (1997–2003). Hammerseng was Gjøvik og Vardal's captain during her six seasons with the club. In 2003, after serious economic problems at her hometown club, Hammerseng signed with Danish top club Ikast-Bording, since November 2008 called FC Midtjylland Håndbold. Gro stayed 7 years in Denmark playing for the Danish club FC Midtjylland Håndbold, but on 17 February 2010 she signed under a 2-year contract with the Norwegian handball club Larvik HK. Gro has played for Larvik since the 2010/11 season.


Anja Edin cycled Gro Hammerseng and son Mio to her own wedding in the afternoon. Photo: Arne -Petter Lorentzen
Anja Hammerseng-Edin (born 5 February 1983) is a Norwegian handball player. She currently plays for Larvik HK and the Norwegian national team. Edin married fellow handball player Gro Hammerseng on August 3, 2013, and they have a son together. They are both playing for the Norwegian national team and Larvik HK. Gro Hammerseng-Edin (born 10 April 1980) is a Norwegian handballer playing. She has been the captain of the national team for several years, and in 2007 she was voted female World Handball Player of the Year.



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

Katja Johanna Alice Nyberg (born 24 August 1979) is a naturalized Norwegian handball player, currently retired. She has played 99 games for the Norwegian national team.

Katja Nyberg is the daughter of Robert Nyberg, the first Finnish handball player to play professionally abroad. She was born in Stockholm while Robert was living in Sweden. The family later relocated to Finland where she grew up. Nyberg played sports from an early age, mainly javelin throw and other athletics varieties. She started her handball career in Helsinki club Sparta IF with her father as coach.

Nyberg played for Sparta until she was 18. As handball in Finland was not competitive enough, she decided to pursue a professional career abroad. She first moved to Sweden where she played for Stockholmspolisens IF for one season (1997–1998), then signed a contract with Norwegian club Larvik HK and played there for 7 years (1998–2005).

During her seven seasons in Larvik, Nyberg achieved great success. She was named Player of the Year of the Norwegian league in 2001 and 2005. She also won the Cup Winners' Cup in 2004/05 and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2001/02 and 2003/04. By the time she left the club, she had scored an average of 6.65 goals per match, with 765 goals in 115 matches.

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John Green (born August 24, 1977)

John Michael Green (born August 24, 1977) is an American writer of young adult fiction and a YouTube vlogger and educator. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, and reached number one on a New York Times Best Seller list with The Fault in Our Stars in January 2012.

Green was born in Indianapolis and his family moved three weeks after he was born to Orlando, Florida. He attended Indian Springs School, a boarding and day school outside of Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a double major in English and Religious Studies.

After leaving college, Green spent five months working as a student chaplain in a children's hospital while enrolled at the University of Chicago Divinity School (although he never actually attended the school). He intended to become an Episcopalian minister, but his experiences of working in a hospital with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses inspired him to become an author, and later to write The Fault in Our Stars.

Green lived for several years in Chicago, where he worked for the book review journal Booklist as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska. While there, he reviewed hundreds of books, particularly literary fiction and books about Islam or conjoined twins. He has also critiqued books for The New York Times Book Review and written for National Public Radio's All Things Considered and WBEZ, Chicago's public radio station. Green later lived in New York City for two years while his wife attended graduate school.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Green_%28author%29
Of all the great YA books I´ve read since becoming a YA author, Looking for Alaska stands ahead of the pack. Green´s depiction of Alaska Young, from the point of view of his protagonist, Miles, is so thorough, so filled with contradictions, so alive, I couldn´t help but feel a tad bit hetero while reading the book. Reading this book, you can smell her; you can feel her skin. I used this novel a lot as I wrote my next YA novel, Openly Straight. Both are set in boarding schools, and both involve protagonists´ quests to rediscover themselves. --Bill Konigsberg
Further Readings:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (April 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0142418471
ISBN-13: 978-0142418475
Amazon: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Amazon Kindle: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars (John Green and David Levithan), this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.

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Stephen Fry, Steven Webb & Elliott Spencer

Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television and radio presenter, film director, activist, and board member of Norwich City Football Club. In 2010 Fry, at the time 53-year-old, broke up with his partner of 14 years, former make-up and vitamin salesman Daniel Cohen, and started dating Steven Webb, a 26-year-old stage actor with whom he starred in the BBC series The Magician’s House, but the romance was short-lived. On 6 January 2015, The Sun reported that Fry would marry his partner, stand-up comedian Elliott Spencer. Fry wrote on Twitter: "It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I'm very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!" Fry married Spencer on 17 January 2015 in the Norfolk town of Dereham.

After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months in prison for credit card fraud, he secured a place at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he studied English Literature. While at university, Fry became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie, and took the role of Jeeves (with Laurie playing Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster.

Fry's acting roles include the lead in the film Wilde, Melchett in the BBC television series Blackadder, the titular character in the television series Kingdom, a recurring guest role as Dr. Gordon Wyatt on the crime series Bones, and as Gordon Deitrich in the dystopian thriller V for Vendetta. He has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, which saw him explore his mental illness. He is also the long-time host of the BBC television quiz show QI.


Stephen Fry is an English actor and author. In 2010 Fry broke up with his partner of 14 years, former make-up and vitamin salesman Daniel Cohen, and started dating Steven Webb, a 26-year-old stage actor with whom he starred in the BBC series The Magician’s House, but the romance was short-lived. On 6 January 2015, The Sun reported that Fry would marry his partner, stand-up comedian Elliott Spencer. Fry wrote on Twitter: "It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I'm very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!" Fry married Spencer on 17 January 2015 in the Norfolk town of Dereham.

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

Further Readings:

Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Soho Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1569472025
ISBN-13: 978-1569472026
Amazon: Moab Is My Washpot
Amazon Kindle: Moab Is My Washpot

A number one bestseller in Britain, Stephen Fry's astonishingly frank, funny, wise memoir is the book that his fans everywhere have been waiting for. Since his PBS television debut in the Blackadder series, the American profile of this multitalented writer, actor and comedian has grown steadily, especially in the wake of his title role in the film Wilde, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and his supporting role in A Civil Action.

Fry has already given readers a taste of his tumultuous adolescence in his autobiographical first novel, The Liar, and now he reveals the equally tumultuous life that inspired it. Sent to boarding school at the age of seven, he survived beatings, misery, love affairs, carnal violation, expulsion, attempted suicide, criminal conviction and imprisonment to emerge, at the age of eighteen, ready to start over in a world in which he had always felt a stranger. One of very few Cambridge University graduates to have been imprisoned prior to his freshman year, Fry is a brilliantly idiosyncratic character who continues to attract controversy, empathy and real devotion.

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GRL: Wade Kelly

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 Wade Kelly: Wade Kelly lives and writes in conservative, small-town America on the east coast where it’s not easy to live free and open in one's beliefs. Wade writes passionately about controversial issues and strives to make a difference by making people think. Wade does not have a background in writing or philosophy, but still draws from personal experience to ponder contentious subjects on paper. There is a lot of pain in the world and people need hope. When not writing, she is thinking about writing, and more than likely scribbling ideas on sticky notes in the car while playing "taxi driver" for her three children. She likes snakes, can’t spell, and has a tendency to make people cry.

Further Readings:

Misplaced Affection by Wade Kelly
Paperback: 378 pages
Publisher: Wade Kelly Books; 1 edition (December 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692350241
ISBN-13: 978-0692350249
Amazon: Misplaced Affection
Amazon Kindle: Misplaced Affection

Clichés are overrated and loving the boy next door may not be as genuine as the love Flynn sacrifices along the way. Knowing he’s gay and acting on it were two separate notions to Flynn Brewer until he’d met Keith, his first boyfriend, in high school. Before then, being gay wasn’t as real as the pain of living day-to-day. Flynn’s fear of coming out to his religious best friend Zach in their conservative community destroyed his relationship with Keith, but Flynn rationalized his avoidance and bottled up the truth until it was regrettably too late. Zachary Mitchell was the perfect son and role model as far as the outside world could tell. Active in his church while attending college, Zach had a personality that could sell anything, do anything, or be anything. Except, he couldn’t sell the truth to himself. Just when he was ready to reveal his internal conflict to Flynn and expose the darkness lurking in his heart, and in his “perfect” family, Zach met a girl and got sucked deeper into his chasm of deception. Caught in a living Newton’s Cradle of his own design, Flynn must choose between idealistic childhood fantasy, or a tempestuous passion that could ignite the very air he breathes.



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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Mask by Teodora Kostova

Mask by Teodora Kostova
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1502504995
ISBN-13: 978-1502504999
Amazon: Mask
Amazon Kindle: Mask

Adam Fischer doesn’t believe in second chances. Heartbroken after his lover Charlie leaves him to chase his music career in L.A., Adam is convinced that meaningless one-night-stands are all life has in store for him. Until fate drops Penn Shields in his lap. Penn is a young, talented designer fresh out of college who has just landed his dream job as a wardrobe assistant in Queen Victoria theatre, where Adam is performing in a popular musical. He’s also Charlie's brother. The last thing Penn wants is to follow in his brother’s footsteps, especially since they haven’t spoken in years. However, the attraction he feels for Adam grows with each day, and soon resisting it proves to be futile. As Adam and Penn get to know each other intimately, they both realise that first impressions may be deceiving, and that, sometimes, second chances come in the same packaging.

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