August 30th, 2015

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Daniel Sotomayor & Scott McPherson

Daniel Sotomayor was an openly gay, nationally syndicated political cartoonist and prominent Chicago AIDS activist. He died of AIDS complications in 1992.

Daniel Sotomayor was born on August 30, 1958. He grew up in the Humbolt Park area of Chicago, at troubled youth of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. He attended Prosser High School, studied acting at the Center Theatre, attended the American Academy of Art and graduated from Columbia College with a degree in graphic arts. He began to pursue a career in acting and graphic design.

Daniel's HIV seroconversion and sudden diagnosis with AIDS in 1988 shattered his personal and professional aspirations awakening in him the activist who changed forever the standard by which LGBT community leaders are judged.

After joining ACTUP/CHICAGO, Daniel proceeded through sheer force of will to propel that organization to its highest effective visibility. Daniel became widely known for his public confrontations with Mayor Richard M. Daley to bring attention to the AIDS crisis, the Chicago Health Department's responsibility to implement the City's AIDS Strategic Plan and inadequate education, prevention and media programs.


Scott and Daniel
Scott McPherson was an American playwright. In 1981, he moved to Chicago, where he acted in The Normal Heart, and The House of Blue Leaves. He was the author of critically acclaimed play Marvin’s Room, later made into a film. Daniel Sotomayor was a nationally syndicated political cartoonist and prominent Chicago AIDS activist. Daniel died as he lived, fighting, on February 5, 1992. Daniel's lover, Scott, in spite of variable and increasingly failing health, completed two commissioned screenplays and was working on a new play until shortly before his death, on November 7, 1992. 

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Scott McPherson (October 13, 1959 Columbus, Ohio - November 7, 1992 Chicago) was an American playwright.

He was one of the first openly gay, HIV-positive American artists, a renowned playwright and accomplished actor. He was the author of the critically acclaimed playMarvin’s Room, later made into a film. Born in 1959, he died of AIDS complications in 1992.

Scott McPherson, renowned playwright and actor, author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning play Marvin’s Room, is regarded as one of Chicago's most vital artistic and creative forces. Amidst the homophobia and AIDS hysteria presently gripping this nation, McPherson was one of the first openly gay, HIV-positive American artists. He has spoken eloquently, both in his writing and in interviews, of the personal and familial ravages of chronic illness and the need for loving support and connection with lovers, family and friends.

McPherson was born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised, along with seven siblings, in a devout Roman Catholic home. He acquired his great love for literature in his youth. He began acting in high school and attended Ohio University where he majored in theater and dance. An early one-act version of his first play, 'Til the Fat Lady Sings, was first produced at Ohio University. Fat Lady was later produced in Chicago by Lifeline Theatre under the direction of Eric Simonson. Ohio University named a new theater space in McPherson's honor.

McPherson moved to Chicago in 1981 and was cast regularly in local theatrical productions, commercials and industrial films. His work as an actor included performances in The Shrew, Butler County, Gentrification, Expectations, The House of Blue Leaves, The Normal Heart and many others.


Scott McPherson, AIDS quilt

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Leonor Fini, Stanislao Lepri & Konstanty Jeleński

Leonor Fini (August 30, 1907 – January 18, 1996) was an Argentine surrealist painter. Fini only married once, for a brief period,to Fedrico Veneziani. They were divorced after she met the Italian Count, Stanislao Lepri (Roma 1905 - Parigi 1980), who abandoned his diplomatic career shortly after meeting Fini and lived with her thereafter. She met the Polish writer Konstanty Jeleński (January 2, 1922 - May 4, 1987), known as Kot in Paris right after the war. She was delighted to discover that he was the illegitimate half-brother of Sforzino Sforza, who had been one of her most favorite lovers. Kot joined Fini and Lepri in their Paris apartment in 1952 and the three remained inseparable until their deaths. (P: Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964). Argentine surrealist painter Leonor Fini, 1936)

She later employed an assistant to join the household, which he described as "a little bit of prison and a lot of theatre". One of his jobs was to look after her beloved Persian cats. Over the years she acquired 17 of them; they shared her bed and, at mealtimes, were allowed to roam the dining-table selecting tasty morsels - and woe betide the guest who complained. The 'inner circle' expanded to include the American artist, Richard Overstreet and the Argentinian poet Juan-Bautista Pinero. (P: Leonor Fini. Portrait of Stanislao Lepri)

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she was raised in Trieste, Italy. She moved to Milan at the age of 17, and then to Paris, in either 1931 or 1932. There, she became acquainted with, among many others, Paul Éluard, Max Ernst, Georges Bataille, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Picasso, André Pieyre de Mandiargues, and Salvador Dalí. She traveled Europe by car with Mandiargues and Cartier-Bresson where she was photographed nude in a swimming pool by Cartier-Bresson. The photograph of Fini sold in 2007 for $305,000 - the highest price paid at auction for one of his works to that date.


Stanislao Lepri and Leonor Fini, 1945
Leonor Fini was a surrealist painter. She met Count Stanislao Lepri, who abandoned his diplomatic career shortly after meeting Fini and lived with her thereafter. She met the Polish writer Konstanty Jeleński, known as Kot in Paris right after the war. She was delighted to discover that he was the illegitimate half-brother of Sforzino Sforza, who had been one of her most favorite lovers. Kot joined Fini and Lepri in their Paris apartment in 1952 and they remained inseparable until their deaths.


Stanislao Lepri, Les Voyeurs, oil on panel, 1949. Provenance: Leonor Fini, Paris


Leonor Fini, La Leçon de Botanique (The Botany Lesson), oil on canvas, 1974

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Konstanty Aleksander Jeleński (1922-1987) - Polish writer, essayist.

Konstanty Aleksander Jeleński (in French: Constantin Jelenski) was born January 2, 1922 in Warsaw, Poland and died May 4, 1987 in Paris, France. At the age of eighteen he left Poland to serve the Polish Army in France. He lived the remainder of his life as an émigré, first in Italy for several years after the Second World War, then settling in Paris in 1951.

In Paris, Jeleński was active in Polish émigré literary circles. He led the Eastern European division of the Congress for Cultural Freedom (after 1967, the International Association for Cultural Freedom) and was a prolific contributor to the Association's monthly publication Preuves and to Kultura, the Polish émigré literary journal. Beginning in 1975, he became increasingly active with the Institut national de l'audiovisuel.

Jeleński's criticism, translations and edited works addresses a wide range of literary, political and artistic topics, especially twentieth-century Polish literature and history. Among his most influential works are many critical essays about Witold Gombrowicz and the edited volume Anthologie de la poesie polonaise (1965).

Since 1952, Jeleński was in a relationship with Argentine painter Leonor Fini. Until his death they lived together and with Fini's other partner Italian painter Stanislao Lepri in Paris. Alleged biological father of Jeleński was Carlo Sforza.

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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Jeff Bowen & Michael Berresse

Michael Berresse (born August 15, 1964) is an American actor, dancer, choreographer, and director. He resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his partner Jeff Bowen.

Born in Holyoke, MA, but reared primarily in Joliet, IL, Berresse's father was a chemical engineer and his mother is the artist and author Cynthia Berresse Ploski. He has an older brother and two older sisters. A nationally competitive gymnast and diver from age eight, he went straight from high school to a stint performing in Walt Disney theme parks in Orlando and Tokyo before moving to New York and making his Broadway debut in the 1990 revival of Fiddler on the Roof. In 1992, he appeared on Star Search in a dance group called "The Boys Back East", winning the title of Best New Dance Group and a shared prize of $100,000.

He has appeared on Broadway in many shows including: Kiss Me, Kate, Chicago (first as the murder victim, Fred Casely, and later as the lawyer, Billy Flynn), Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Damn Yankees, The Light in the Piazza and most recently as Zach in the revival of A Chorus Line. For his performance as Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate, Berresse was nominated for a 2000 Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical as well as London's Olivier Award. In addition to Broadway, he has worked extensively in regional theatre, most recently in Jason Robert Brown's musical Parade at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. as well as Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart at Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.) in Washington, D.C.

Berresse was the director and choreographer of the Broadway musical, [title of show] for which he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and a recipient of off-Broadway's Obie Award and which starred and was co-created by his partner Jeff Bowen. In 2012 he reunited with the [title of show] creative team to direct the off-Broadway musical Now. Here. This. He recently directed the world premiere of Paul Gordon's Analog & Vinyl in summer 2014.


Michael Berresse is an American actor, dancer, choreographer, and director. He resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his partner Jeff Bowen. He was the director and choreographer of the Broadway musical, Broadway Bares, for which he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and a recipient of off-Broadway's Obie Award. He reprised his duties for the Broadway mounting of the show, [Title of Show] in 2006, which starred and was co-created by his partner Jeff Bowen.

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Jeff Bowen (born August 30, 1971, in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American composer, lyricist and actor. He is best known as one of the authors and stars of the Broadway musical [title of show]. He is currently developing a new musical work titled Now. Here. This. with his [title of show] collaborators Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Michael Berresse, Heidi Blickenstaff and Larry Pressgrove. The show was presented in a two week lab performance in June 2011 at The Vineyard Theatre.

Bowen attended college at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his life partner Michael Berresse.

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

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UK Meet: Victoria Milne

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 Victoria Milne: Many years ago, Victoria chose the words ‘watch this space’ to accompany her picture in the school yearbook and had no dreams of being a writer. Sixteen years later, after a friend joked that she should be an author, she began the first page of her very first novel and realized how perfect those words had been.
As a latecomer to the world of creative writing, Victoria is now making up for lost time and enjoying every second of the experience.
In the rare moments these days when she’s not writing or dreaming up new plots, she can usually be found at either the ice rink or the dojo and all of these are done listening to loud music.
Victoria would love to hear from anyone who shares her passion for writing; and in particular from anyone who has tips on how to tame the editing fetish she has unwittingly acquired along the way.

Further Readings:

The Strawberry Farm by Victoria Milne
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (June 19, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: The Strawberry Farm

Charlie’s furious when a burger truck begins trading in the country lane outside his strawberry farm and encroaches upon his business. What makes it worse is that the infuriating owner refuses to move, claiming he’s found the perfect spot on the English coast to spend his summer.

But when Charlie’s friends from the city show up and are convinced that Tai, the bold American chef, and Charlie should be attracted to one another, the farmer is left with no option than to grudgingly go along with his friends’ plans to set them up.

His world is rapidly turned into bedlam when disaster strikes, forcing the reticent farmer to make a decision that will affect both his and Tai’s summer, and will either bring them together or permanently drive them apart.

Part of "Summer Bigger Than Others - A Summer Anthology" from Beaten Track Publishing.



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GRL: Trina Lane

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 Trina Lane: If you look up the word conundrum in the dictionary, there should be a photo of Trina Lane. Her personality is so multifaceted that her friends have spent countless hours scratching their heads in wonder. A scientist with a passion for history, music and photography she loves to travel and experience new places but is terminally shy around people she doesn't know.
Trina has been devouring romance novels since her tender teenage years, although only began writing in 2007. When her debut novel was met with resounding success, she said "Hey I can do that again". The rest as they say is history.
Her choices in reading and writing material are as diverse as her iTunes library, which contains music from Mozart to Metallica. Her one concession is all stories must have a happily ever after ending-did we mention she's incurably romantic?
She lives in Missouri with her loving and indulgent husband, a toddler who rules her world, and an orange tabby cat--affectionately referred to as 'Houdini' for his stealthy escape attempts.

Further Readings:

Love's Return by Trina Lane
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (January 22, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Love's Return

Will love get a second chance or is history destined to repeat itself?

Critical care pediatrician Dean Whitten spends his days working with pint-sized people who hold the power to bring him great joy or, when the situation takes a turn for the worst, break his heart. He finds himself having a rare day off and he really wants to make the best of it. However, it happens to be Valentine’s Day and Dean hasn’t had anyone special in his life for a very long time—fifteen years to be exact. Dean is resilient, though, and is determined to make the best of the day alone. Cupid, however, decides to give Dean a little surprise when his past comes back in a big way.

Just out of the Marine Corps, Eric Sparks is starting over in life. When he decides to break from preparing for his new job by going to the movies, he isn’t expecting to encounter the boy—now a grown man—who stole his heart as a teenager.

Fifteen years ago, Eric left the country with his military family, ending his and Dean’s budding relationship. The two quickly discover that their dormant feelings are erupting again, especially once they’re back in each other’s arms. But Dean is settled in his life and Eric is scheduled to move across country in a matter of days. Will love and life give them a second chance?



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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Making Men by Sam Standish

Making Men by Sam Standish
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC (March 25, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1925313050
ISBN-13: 978-1925313055
Amazon: Making Men
Amazon Kindle: Making Men

Three passionate men. Tony and Kevin are older and have learned to give, body and soul, till it hurts. Into their lives comes another young man, wanting desperately to give and to take all he can. Together these three will reach heights they never imagined. And each will discover for himself where he has to go next. This is a tale of devotion and transcendence. A tale of young male bodies. A tale unlike any other you have ever read.

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

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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Revelation of Beatrice Darby by Jean Copeland

The Revelation of Beatrice Darby by Jean Copeland
Lesbian Historical Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 21, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626393397
ISBN-13: 978-1626393394
Amazon: The Revelation of Beatrice Darby
Amazon Kindle: The Revelation of Beatrice Darby

How much courage does it take to be yourself? In a decade when good girls conform to strict family and social expectations, Beatrice Darby is about to find out. After a harmless admiration for her older boss, sophisticated Abby Gill, blossoms into a full-blown crush, Beatrice is startled to discover why she’s never felt like other girls. She soon learns the necessity of “passing,” the shame of secret “sin,” and the pressure to meet family expectations, all while suffering the angst of unrequited love and the disastrous end to her friendship with college roommate and future sister-in-law, Gwen Ridgeway. When Abby reappears years later, can Beatrice go against all she’s ever known to be happy? Will she have to choose between honesty and her family?

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

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