August 26th, 2015

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Marion Dickerman & Nancy Cook

Marion Dickerman (April 11, 1890 – May 16, 1983) was an American suffragette, educator, vice-principal of the Todhunter School and an intimate of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Born in Westfield, New York she studied for two years at Wellesley College before transferring to Syracuse University from which she was graduated with a bachelor of arts in 1911 and a graduate degree in education in 1912.

She taught first at Canisteo, New York, and in 1913 moved to Fulton, New York, where she taught American history at Fulton High School. It was here that she again met Syracuse classmate Nancy Cook, who taught arts and handicrafts at the same School. These two women become lifelong partners, spending almost their entire adult lives together, although Dickerman would also become involved in other lesbian relationships off and on.

Her respect for Woodrow Wilson's vision overcame her strong antiwar sentiments and she and Cook both became active in the Red Cross. As Dickerman later recounted, she "really believed this was a war to end wars and make the world safe for democracy." In 1918, they both traveled to London to assist the women-staffed Endell Street Military Hospital and "scrub floors or perform whatever other chores were required."


Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Dickerman & Nancy Cook
Nancy Cook was a suffragette, teacher, part owner of the Todhunter School and an intimate of Eleanor Roosevelt. She taught first at Fulton, New York, where she taught art and handicrafts to high school students from 1913 to 1918. It was here that she again met Syracuse classmate Marion Dickerman, who taught arts and handicrafts at the same School. These two women become lifelong partners, spending almost their entire adult lives together. With Eleanor Roosevelt they shared the Val-Kill property.


Marion Dickerman & Nancy Cook are buried together at Westfield Cemetery, Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York.


Stone cottage in the Hyde Park's estate of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (photo by Elisa)

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Dickerman

Nancy Cook (August 26, 1884 – August 16, 1962) was an American suffragette, teacher, part owner of the Todhunter School and an intimate of Eleanor Roosevelt. She taught first at Fulton, New York, where she taught art and handicrafts to high school students from 1913 to 1918. It was here that she again met Syracuse classmate Marion Dickerman, who taught arts and handicrafts at the same School. These two women become lifelong partners, spending almost their entire adult lives together.

Born in Massena, New York she attended Syracuse University from which she was graduated with a bachelor of arts in 1912.

Her respect for Woodrow Wilson's vision overcame her strong antiwar sentiments and she and Dickerman both became active in the Red Cross. As Dickerman later recounted, they "really believed this was a war to end wars and make the world safe for democracy." In 1918, they both traveled to London to assist the women-staffed Endell Street Military Hospital and "scrub floors or perform whatever other chores were required." Cook would, with less than two weeks training, begin to make artificial limbs for soldiers that had lost an arm or a leg.

Cook, who had never felt teaching to be her element, was delighted when Harriet Hay Mills, asked Cook if she would accept the position as executive secretary of the Women's Division of the State Democratic Committee, a post she would hold for nineteen years. She held key responsibility in Al Smith and Franklin Roosevelt's gubernatorial and presidential campaigns.

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

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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Eddy Testa & Nichi Vendola

Nicola "Nichi" Vendola (born 26 August 1958) is an Italian left-wing politician and LGBT activist who was President of Apulia from 2005 to 2015. Vendola's partner is Canadian Eddy Testa (born 1980), freelance graphic designer and creative consultant. Testa studied design and communication at Concordia University in Montreal, Ottawa University and Urbino. He made a show VianDante (Dante on the way) - trip from Paradise to Hell and return, and worked as an art director for "Nichi's Factories". Eddy and Nichi live together in Terlizzi since 2004. Their first official appearance together was in 2015 when Canadian James Fox visited and wanted to meet his compatriot.

Born in Terlizzi, in the province of Bari, on 26 August 1958, Vendola was a member of the Italian Communist Youth Federation from the age of fourteen. He went on to study literature at his university, presenting a dissertation on the poet and film director Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Vendola became a journalist for l'Unità. He became an activist and a leading member of the Italian gay organisation Arcigay. A member of the National Secretariat of the Italian Communist Party, he fiercely opposed the dissolution of the party proposed by Achille Occhetto in 1991. This led to the formation of the Democratic Party of the Left. Vendola instead joined the Communist Refoundation Party.

In 1992, Vendola was elected to the Chamber of Deputies, to a seat which he held until 2005. As a member of the Antimafia Commission, he came to prominence as a strong opponent of the Mafia and organised crime presence in the economy and society.


Nichi Vendola is an Italian left-wing politician and LGBT activist who was President of Apulia from 2005 to 2015. Vendola's partner is Canadian Eddy Testa, freelance graphic designer and creative consultant. Testa studied design and communication at Concordia University in Montreal, Ottawa University and Urbino. He made a show VianDante (Dante on the way) - trip from Paradise to Hell and return, and worked as an art director for "Nichi's Factories".

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nichi_Vendola

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Hans Warren & Mario Molegraaf

Johannes Adrianus Menne Warren (Borssele, 20 October 1921 - Goes, 19 December 2001) was a Dutch writer. Much of his fame in the Netherlands derives from having published a collection of diaries in which he described his life and homosexual experiences in a country that deeply repressed homosexuality. He is also known for his poetry, his literary criticism, and his translations of poetry from Modern Greek.

Warren was born in Zeeland, the only child of an engineer and a school teacher. As a child, he had few friendships among his peers, and when he was a student at the lyceum in Goes developed a great interest in nature. After graduation, he began writing articles for nature magazines, and was especially interested in birds. Jac. P. Thijsse was his model. For a while, he worked as a volunteer at an institute for dialectology. Even before the start of World War II, he began keeping a diary.

After the war, Warren began publishing: in 1946, he published Pastorale, a collection of poetry; in 1947, a study on Jac. P. Thijsse; and in 1949 a book on nocturnal birds. In 1951, he began to write reviews and literary criticism for the Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant, one of the foremost newspapers in Zeeland. He wrote these columns and reviews until his death.

In 1952 he married an English woman, and they had three children. Soon after their marriage his wife was offered a position in Paris, where Warren's repressed homosexual feelings found an outlet in many contacts with North African boys. Although this created tension in his marriage, it also sparked his poetic career: Warren published three collections of poetry during his years in Paris, and the marriage, in the end, lasted until 1978.


Hans Warren was a Dutch writer. Much of his fame in the Netherlands derives from having published a collection of diaries in which he described his life and homosexual experiences in a country that deeply repressed homosexuality. In 1978 Warren met Mario Molegraaf, forty years his junior (Warren was 57 at that time). The two began a tumultuous love affair that lasted until Warren's death. Molegraaf was a talented writer himself, and together they published a number of translations.

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

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Michael Jeter & Sean Blue

Michael Jeter (August 26, 1952 – March 30, 2003) was a Tony– and Emmy-winning American actor of film, stage, and television. His most notable television roles are as Herman Stiles on the sitcom Evening Shade from 1990 until 1994 and for playing Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle on Elmo's World from 2000 until 2003. His film roles include Zelig, Waterworld, Air Bud, The Green Mile, Jurassic Park III and The Polar Express among many others. On March 30, 2003, Jeter was found dead in his Hollywood home, at age 50. Although he had HIV, he had been in good health for many years. His partner since 1995, Sean Blue, stated publicly Jeter died of an epileptic seizure. (P: Alan Light. Michael Jeter at the 44th Emmy Awards, 1992)

Michael Jeter was born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. His mother, Virginia (née Raines; May 6, 1927), was a housewife. His father, William Claud Jeter (March 10, 1922 – March 1, 2010), was a dentist. Jeter had one brother, William, and four sisters, Virginia, Amanda, Emily, and Larie. Jeter was a student at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) when his interests changed from medicine to acting. He performed in several plays and musicals at the Circuit Theatre and its sister theatre, the Playhouse on the Square, in midtown Memphis. He left Memphis to further pursue his stage career in Baltimore, Maryland.

His woebegone look, extreme flexibility, and high energy led Tommy Tune to cast him in the off-Broadway play Cloud 9 in 1981. Much of his work specialized in playing eccentric, pretentious, or wimpy characters, as in The Fisher King, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Drop Zone. Occasionally, Jeter was able to stay away from these types of roles for more diverse characters like those he portrayed in Jurassic Park III, Air Bud and Open Range.


Michael Jeter was a Tony– and Emmy-winning American actor of film, stage, and television. He his best known as Herman Stiles on the sitcom Evening Shade from 1990 until 1994 and for playing Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle on Elmo's World from 2000 until 2003. His film roles include Zelig, Waterworld, Air Bud, The Green Mile, Jurassic Park III and The Polar Express. He died on March 30, 2003. Although he had HIV, he had been in good health for many years. His partner since 1995 was Sean Blue.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jeter

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2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour: TM Smith

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). Moreover I'm taking part at the 2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour as Featured Blogger.

For the 2015 Featured Blog Tour, today author is TM Smith:

On the road to San Diego with TM Smith

Hi everyone and thank you to Elisa for hosting me today as part of the GRL 2015 blog tour! I thought I’d talk a little bit about my experience at GRL 2014 and what I’m looking forward to this year. GRL last year was not only my first time to attend, but it was my first CON ever. To say it was a learning experience would be an understatement. I loved getting to meet all the people I’d connected with online for the past few years and getting to put a face to a name. And let me tell you, this close knit community of LGBT authors and readers we have, it’s an amazing, open, friendly and welcoming community. I felt at home from the start.
It was a little chaotic though, partly because I didn’t know anyone personally yet, and partly because I was getting my toes wet in the CON waters. I didn’t get to meet half the people there or attend all of the different events I wanted to participate in, but overall I had such a blast. The events were pretty spectacular I think; something new, different and fun every night. And I can’t even tell you how much fun I had stalking Daniel Kane!
This year I hope to have more time with readers. I was so overwhelmed and a little star struck last year (my table was right next to Ethan Stone, I was a bit tongue tied) and I wasn’t sure how anything really worked (did I mention I was a virgin) so I didn’t reach out as well as I should have. I’ve got a few Con’s under my belt now and I’m ready to mingle with fans of my books and share what’s in store for their favorite characters. I think what I’m most excited about for GRL 2015 is the Dinner with an Author event. I’m putting together some unique goodie bags for the folks that get to eat with me and I’m excited to have some one on one time where I can focus on just a handful of people.
So, if you’re coming to San Diego in October, I hope you’ll stop by my table and say hi. Maybe even grab a book or two. I’ll be releasing the next book in my latest series, The All Cocks Stories, just before GRL so I’ll have those pretty paperbacks with me for sale. I’ll even sign one for you!



Gay for Pay: An All Cocks story (All Cocks Stories) (Volume 1)
Series: All Cocks Stories
Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1514601761
ISBN-13: 978-1514601761
Amazon: Gay for Pay: An All Cocks story (All Cocks Stories) (Volume 1)
Amazon Kindle: Gay for Pay: An All Cocks story (All Cocks Stories) (Volume 1)

Christopher Allan Roberts thought he had a promising future; Captain of the football team with the promise of a scholarship to play for Alabama. His high school sweetheart and best friend for as long as he could remember, Amanda, by his side, and the love and support of his family. One night, one mistake changed everything. Chris moves to New York, adrift and alone. A walk one night brings him to the flashing lights, loud music and thrumming bodies at club Berlin. A flyer in the men’s room promises fame and fortune for anyone willing to go on camera and have sex, with another man. Money is money, and how hard could it be, right?

Christopher Allan Roberts becomes Kris Alen, All Cocks newest addition, a gay for pay porn star.

Lincoln Carter is honest with everyone in his life, including his family, about who he is and about his sexual preferences. Linc Larson, the openly bi-sexual gay porn star will do anything with anyone, which pretty much writes his ticket in a versatility charged industry. It’s not his sexuality that interferes with his personal life; it’s his inability to trust.

What Linc wants right now, more than anything, is the chance to do a scene with All Cocks newest acquisition, Kris Alen. Six foot two with Auburn hair, an exquisitely toned and inked up body, Kris Alen is sex personified. Linc doesn’t know if it’s the “I want the shiny new toy” aspect that calls to him, or the distant and wounded expression that haunts Kris’s eyes.

Linc figures out early on that Kris is only working the gay for pay angle that All Cocks brings to his bank account. Can a bi-sexual man with trust issues break down the barriers that Kris has built around himself and help Christopher overcome the painful past he is running from.

Gay for Pay is a gay for you story about two men that will have to come to terms with the mistakes they made in their past, if they want to stick around and have a chance at a future.



Fame and Fortune, An All Cocks story, book 2 (Tentative release date, September 1st 2015)

Victor Dimir moved to America with his traditional Romanian parents when he was just a child. His Romani parents taught him their traditions and how to be a shrewd business man. But it was the attention of a classmate at school that taught a teenage Victor about his sexuality. When he came out to his parents he knew it would be difficult for them to understand, but he never expected them to disown him.

Andrew Jones grew up with a single mom and his grandmother teaching him about life, he had an absentee father at best. The only thing the man ever did for Andy that stuck was buy him a camera for his thirteenth birthday. When Andrew went off to college on a scholarship to study photo journalism, he wound up falling in love with his Romanian roommate.

They became inseparable and wound up starting their own business together; a gay porn website where people could go and watch romantic gay porn instead of the rough and tough, or wham bam thank you man crap that was flooding the internet at that time. After ten years together they are perfectly happy, they don’t even realize something was missing, until they meet a broken young man that needs a family.

Matthew Carlson was homeless, jobless and broken. He’d been on his own since he was sixteen when he ran away from home after being brutally assaulted by several other young men that he thought were his friends, and then being told he brought it on himself for being gay by his parents. Matthew has done a lot of things these last few years just to get by. When he finds the flyer for All Cocks, he decides to call and see where it leads. What has he got to lose?

Matthew has deep rooted scars that aren’t usually visible on the outside. But when he walks into All Cocks, both Victor and Andrew see them, they also see him. Can three men that didn’t even realize they needed each other get past the stigma of society to find a place of happiness, together?



Author bio and links: A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee!

At 44 years young, she's decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the title of "author" to her list of accomplishments. Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, Smith is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/T.M.-Smith/e/B00D8N818E/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
ARe:http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=T.M.+Smith
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/soccermomjtx
Website: www.ttcbooksandmore.com
Facebook Author: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTMSmith
Facebook All Cocks series: https://www.facebook.com/AllCocksStories
Twitter - https://twitter.com/TTCBooksandmore
GoodReads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6997897.T_M_Smith
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ttcbooksandmore/
Youtube:http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJjm1BpCFi7kCt_KK_VyReA

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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Wrong Room, Right Guy by Liam Livings

Wrong Room, Right Guy by Liam Livings
Gay Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Manifold Press (August 1, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Wrong Room, Right Guy

Simon’s the wrong man in the wrong place; trying to teach English to kids who couldn’t care less, he’d really rather be a writer – but it’s only when his best friend bullies him into it that he takes the plunge and joins his local creative writing group. Even then things don’t quite work out the way he planned; blundering into the wrong room at the Village Hall he encounters a group of recovering cocaine addicts and he wants to know more … which is the start, for Simon, of a double life and a whole new secret identity, not to mention an intriguing relationship …

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

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