September 9th, 2015

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Sir Alan Bates & John Curry

Alan Bates was a dynamic, off-beat leading man in many popular films of the 1960s and ’70s. He was well known for roles in Georgv Girl, cult classic King of Hearts, Women in Love, An Unmarried Woman, and Nijnsky.

In 1956 Bates debuted on stage in the West End, starring in Look Back in Anger, the role that made him a star. He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in The Fixer in 1968. In 2001 he played the butler in Robert Altman’s Gosford Park.

Donald SPOTO’s 2007 biography Otherwise Engaged: The Life of Alan Bates documents Bates’ gay relationships, including ten years with actor Peter Wyngarde and two years with figure skater John CURRY. When Curry was suffering the ravages of AIDS, Bates cared for him through his last days. Curry eventually died in his arms. (
Picture: Peter Wyngarde)

The actor Nickolas Grace has spoken about his intense affair with Bates, who was terrified of being outed. "I told him labels didn’t matter, but that we must be who we are. But he just could not accept that. Alan was at ease as long as he pretended—and he insisted on pretending—that our relationship was not what it was, and was not disclosed to or evident to others."

Bates was married to Victoria Ward from 1970 until her death from a wasting disease in 1992, although they had separated many years earlier. They had twin sons born in November 1970, the actors Benedick Bates and Tristan Bates. Tristan died following an asthma attack in Tokyo in 1990. Bates had numerous homosexual relationships throughout his life, including those with actors Nickolas Grace and Peter Wyngarde, and Olympic skater John Curry. Even when homosexuality was partially decriminalised in Britain in 1967, Bates rigorously avoided interviews and questions about his personal life, and even denied to his male lovers that there was a gay component in his nature. While throughout his life Bates sought to be regarded as a ladies' man or at least as a man who, as an actor, could appear attractive to and attracted by women, he also chose to take on many roles with an aspect of homosexuality or bisexuality. He let this part of his life appear as he played the role of the sexually frustrated Rupert in the 1970 film Women in Love.


Alan Bates was a dynamic, off-beat leading man in many popular films of the 1960s and ’70s. He was well known for roles in Georgv Girl, cult classic King of Hearts, Women in Love, An Unmarried Woman, and Nijnsky. Donald SPOTO’s 2007 biography Otherwise Engaged: The Life of Alan Bates documents Bates’ gay relationships, including ten years with actor Peter Wyngarde and two years with figure skater John Curry. When Curry was suffering the ravages of AIDS, Bates cared for him through his last days. Curry eventually died in his arms.

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Stern, Keith. Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals. Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

John Anthony Curry, OBE (9 September 1949 – 15 April 1994) was a British figure skater. He was the 1976 Olympic and World Champion. He was famous for combining ballet and modern dance influences into his skating.

Curry was born on 9 September 1949 in Birmingham, England. He was educated at Solihull School, an Independent School in the West Midlands followed later by St Andrews, an independent boarding school in Somerset. As a child, Curry wanted to become a dancer, but his father disapproved of dance as an activity for boys, so instead at the age of 7 he began to take figure skating lessons.

For the first several years, Curry's involvement with skating was rather casual. Curry's father died when he was 15; he then moved to London to study with Arnold Gerschwiler, who coached him to his first British title in 1971. In 1972, Curry found an American sponsor who enabled him to study in the United States with Gus Lussi and Carlo Fassi.

Fassi coached Curry to European, World, and Olympic titles in 1976.

Curry was the flag bearer at the 1976 Winter Olympics for Great Britain. He was also voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1976.

As an amateur competitor, Curry was noted for his ballet-like posture and extension, and his superb body control. Along with Canadian skater Toller Cranston, Curry was responsible for bringing the artistic and presentation aspects of men's figure skating to a new level. At the peak of his competitive career, Curry was also accomplished both at compulsory figures and the athletic (jumping) aspects of free skating. Curry's skating was unusual in that his jumps were performed counter-clockwise but most of his spins (except flying spins) were performed clockwise.

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

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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Beverley Nichols & Cyril Butcher

John Beverley Nichols (9 September 1898, Bower Ashton, Bristol, England – 15 September 1983, Kingston, London, England), was an author, playwright, journalist, composer, and public speaker. In 1932 he began to live with the actor Cyril Butcher, and their relationship lasted 53 years, until Nichols's death; Nichols's pleas for sexual tolerance were unusually vocal for the period, and are found throughout his writings.

Between his first book, the novel Prelude, published in 1920, and his last, a book of poetry, Twilight, published in 1982, Nichols wrote more than 60 books and plays. Besides novels, mysteries, short stories, essays and children's books, he wrote a number of non-fiction books on travel, politics, religion, cats, parapsychology, and autobiography. He wrote for a number of magazines and newspapers throughout his life, the longest being weekly columns for the London Sunday Chronicle newspaper (1932–1943) and Woman's Own magazine (1946–1967).

Nichols is now best remembered for his gardening books, the first of which, Down the Garden Path, was illustrated — as were its two sequels — by Rex Whistler. This bestseller — which has had 32 editions and has been in print almost continuously since first published in 1932 — was the first of his trilogy about Allways, his Tudor thatched cottage in Glatton, Cambridgeshire. The books are written in a poetic maner, with a rich, creative language, evoking emotional and sensual responses, but also with a lot of humor and even a hint of irony. A book about his city garden near Hampstead Heath in London, Green Grows the City, published in 1939, was another big best seller. That book introduced Arthur R. Gaskin, who was Nichols’s manservant from 1924 until Gaskin's death in 1966. Gaskin was a popular character, who also appeared in the succeeding gardening books. In a late book, Down the Kitchen Sink, dedicated in memory of Gaskin, Nichols said Gaskin's first name was Reginald, and in a late book by Wodehouse, that author gives Jeeves the first name Reginald. One may draw an obvious conclusion since Nichols and Wodehouse were well acquainted with each other.


Beverley Nichols was an author, playwright, journalist, composer, and public speaker. In 1932 he began to live with the actor Cyril Butcher, and their relationship lasted 53 years, until Nichols's death; Nichols's pleas for sexual tolerance were unusually vocal for the period, and are found throughout his writings. A trilogy written between 1951 and 1956 documents his travails renovating Merry Hall, a Georgian manor house in Agates Lane, Ashtead, Surrey, where Nichols lived from 1946 to 1956.

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

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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Eric Cochran Pedersen & Jamie Pedersen

Jamie Pedersen (born September 9, 1968) is an American lawyer and politician from the state of Washington who has served as a member of the Washington House of Representatives since January 2007. He chairs the House Judiciary Committee. Pedersen's is married to Eric Cochran Pedersen, a high-school assistant principal. Pedersen and his husband have four sons: the eldest Trygve Cochran Pedersen and a set of triplets born in early 2009.

A Democrat, he was elected to the House from the reliably Democratic 43rd District in downtown Seattle in 2006. He won a very competitive six-way Democratic primary election on September 19, 2006 with 23% of the vote. His nearest competitor, former Seattle City Council President Jim Street, was only 229 votes behind with 22%. The race was the most expensive House contest in Washington state history, with the six Democratic candidates raising almost $500,000 among them. In the general election, he faced only nominal Republican opposition, defeating his opponent by a margin of more than four-to-one. He was re-elected in 2008 and ran unopposed in 2010. 

Having grown up in Puyallup, Washington, Jamie Pedersen attended Puyallup High School before graduating summa cum laude from Yale. He then went to Yale Law School and has been a lawyer ever since. Pedersen was an active member of the Yale Russian Chorus while an undergraduate and law student, and remains active in the Alumni of the Yale Russian Chorus.


Courtesy of Jamie Pedersen. Pedersen family Christmas Card, 2011 (©15)
Jamie Pedersen is an American lawyer and politician who has served as a member of the Washington House of Representatives since January 2007. He chairs the House Judiciary Committee. Pedersen's is married to Eric Cochran Pedersen, a high-school assistant principal. Pedersen and his husband have four sons: the eldest Trygve Cochran Pedersen and a set of triplets born in early 2009. He was Lambda Legal's lead volunteer lawyer on the state's same-sex marriage case – Andersen v. King County.


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

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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Richard K. Morgan (born September 9, 1965)

Richard K. Morgan (born September 9, 1965) is a British science fiction author.

Morgan studied history at Queens' College, Cambridge. After graduating he started teaching English in order to travel the world. After fourteen years and a post at Strathclyde University, his first novel was published and he became a full-time writer.

The common theme to Morgan's books is that they take place in a dystopia. His attitude is summed up by the following statement: "Society is, always has been and always will be a structure for the exploitation and oppression of the majority through systems of political force dictated by an élite, enforced by thugs, uniformed or not, and upheld by a willful ignorance and stupidity on the part of the very majority whom the system oppresses."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_K._Morgan)

Further Readings:

The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (January 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345493044
ISBN-13: 978-0345493040
Amazon: The Steel Remains
Amazon Kindle: The Steel Remains

A dark lord will rise. Such is the prophecy that dogs Ringil Eskiath—Gil, for short—a washed-up mercenary and onetime war hero whose cynicism is surpassed only by the speed of his sword. Gil is estranged from his aristocratic family, but when his mother enlists his help in freeing a cousin sold into slavery, Gil sets out to track her down. But it soon becomes apparent that more is at stake than the fate of one young woman. Grim sorceries are awakening in the land. Some speak in whispers of the return of the Aldrain, a race of widely feared, cruel yet beautiful demons. Now Gil and two old comrades are all that stand in the way of a prophecy whose fulfillment will drown an entire world in blood. But with heroes like these, the cure is likely to be worse than the disease.

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Jesús Vázquez & Roberto Cortés

Jesús Vázquez Martínez (born 9 September 1965) is a Spanish television presenter. In November 2005 he married Roberto Cortés.

Vázquez was born in Ferrol, Galicia.

He travelled to Melilla, where he joined as an undergraduate at the local Veterinary School; however, before he could complete his studies he moved to Madrid. In this period he worked as model and later as television presenter.


Jesús Vázquez Martínez (born 9 September 1965) is a Spanish television presenter. In November 2005 he married Roberto Cortés. Vázquez was born in Ferrol, Galicia. He travelled to Melilla, where he joined as an undergraduate at the local Veterinary School; however, before he could complete his studies he moved to Madrid. In this period he worked as model and later as television presenter.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes%C3%BAs_V%C3%A1zquez

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Richie Jackson, BD Wong & Jordan Roth

Jordan Roth (born November 13, 1975) is the President and majority owner of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns and operates five Broadway theatres, including the St. James, Al Hirschfeld, August Wilson, Eugene O'Neill and Walter Kerr. He married Richie Jackson (born 1965), a talent manager who is executive producer of the Showtime series Nurse Jackie, on September 8, 2012. They met at a Tony Award ceremony in June 2003: Jackson went over and introduced himself to Roth during a commercial break; after that Jackson went back to his seat beside his friend and client Harvey Fierstein, but said of Roth: “I spent the evening staring at him. I was completely fascinated, and he definitely didn’t notice.”

Jackson was in a previous relationship with B. D. Wong, with whom he shares parental responsibilities for their son, Jackson Foo Wong (born 2000), and now also with Jordan Roth.

Roth was raised in a Jewish family, the son of Steven Roth, a real estate developer, and Darryl Roth, a New York theater producer. Roth graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 1997 with degrees in philosophy and theatre. He is currently pursuing an MBA at Columbia Business School. As a young producer (age 24), Roth first introduced interactive theatrical experiences with his 1999 production of The Donkey Show, a disco club event combining elements of both theatre and nightlife. Performed in a New York nightclub, The Donkey Show invites audiences to watch the show unfold all around them on the dance floor, and then stay after the show to party at the club. Retelling the story of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream entirely through disco hits, The Donkey Show became a phenomenon of New York nightlife, hailed by The New York Times as “an indication of things to come in the theatre.” The show ran for 6 years in New York, and has toured internationally.


Tina Fineberg for The New York Times
Jordan Roth is the President and majority owner of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns and operates five Broadway theatres. He married Richie Jackson, a talent manager who is executive producer of the Showtime series Nurse Jackie, on September 8, 2012. They met at a Tony Award ceremony in June 2003: Jackson went over and introduced himself to Roth; after Jackson went back to his seat, but said of Roth: “I spent the evening staring at him. I was completely fascinated, and he definitely didn’t notice.”

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

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2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour: Charlie Cochet

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 Charlie Cochet: Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me today! A huge thank you to Elisa for hosting me as part of the GRL Blog Tour. This will be my fourth GRL experience and my second as a Featured Author. Going to GRL always requires a huge amount of preparation for me. I have a special GRL To-Do list that includes everything from wardrobe changes to swag preparation.
As a full-time writer, my at home wardrobe is very casual, so conferences are always exciting for me because I get to wear all the fun stuff I don’t get to wear while sitting behind my PC at home. So a few weeks before GRL when the full schedule is up, I print it out and I prepare my wardrobe changes. I set out everything I’m going to wear from my shoes to the color of my rose. Many of you are probably already familiar with my hair roses. I never leave home without them. So I arrange all my outfits and there are usually about two wardrobe changes in a day. Then there’s my costume for the costume party.
Aside the wardrobe prep, there’s the swag prep. That starts a few months before. Every year I have different pieces of swag. For many authors, this is one of the toughest parts to figure out. No one wants to have swag that will just get tossed away. Swag can get ridiculously expensive, so it’s a tough decision to make. I approach swag the way I do movie merchandise. I love movies, and when there’s a movie franchise I love, I love having little items from that movie, but items that I’ll end up using. For example, the lightsaber chopsticks Dex and Sloane have weren’t written into the book just because Dex is crazy about Star Wars. I actually own those chopsticks and they are so amazing. Whether it’s an Avengers or Captain America messenger bag, to a Sherlock or Agent Carter T-shirt, I love that kind of thing. So for my book swag, I look at it the same way.
When it comes time to coming up with swag, I look at my books and I try to think of fun “merchandise” that fit the books. Something a reader who enjoys the series would want to take home. With the THIRDS swag isn’t too difficult to come up with, but it is challenging to get the items I want and the quantities. I also have to consider the fact I need to ship these items. This year I have some cute and fun swag. I’ve got black shopper/tote bags with the Destructive Delta logo on them, THIRDS buttons, scented gummy bear highlighters, bracelets with charms, and character trading cards. A few of these items have limited amounts and not all will be on the swag table. The characters cards I’ll have with my at author events like the author lounge and signing for readers who’d like them, as well as some of the THIRDS Nerds buttons. New this year as well is a character art card with the whole team.
I’m so excited to be attending yet another GRL and can’t wait to meet up with everyone, old friends and new. If you’re attending and you’d like to say hi, don’t be shy. I love talking to folks!



Against the Grain (THIRDS Book 5) by Charlie Cochet
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634763742
ISBN-13: 978-1634763745
Amazon: Against the Grain (THIRDS Book 5)
Amazon Kindle: Against the Grain (THIRDS Book 5)

Sequel to Rise & Fall

THIRDS: Book Five

As the fiercest Defense Agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta’s Ash Keeler is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash’s skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock. As a result, Ash’s secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what’s in his heart.

Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a Recon Agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he’s ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn’t the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

Website: http://www.charliecochet.com
THIRDS HQ: http://thirdshq.com
Email: charlie@charliecochet.com
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