September 10th, 2015

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Robin Silverman (born September 10)

Robin is a psychologist, and she has a law degree. Her writings until now have been non-fiction, and have appeared in professional books and journals. She lives in Berkeley with her son. Lemon Reef is her first novel.

Lemon Reef won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Debut.

Source: http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/categories.php?category=Paperback-Books/Lesbian-Fiction/Browse-by-Author/Silverman%2C-Robin-

Further Readings:

Lemon Reef by Robin Silverman
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826765
ISBN-13: 978-1602826762
Amazon: Lemon Reef
Amazon Kindle: Lemon Reef

What would you risk for the memory of your first love?

When Jenna Ross learns her high school love Del Soto died on Lemon Reef, she refuses to accept the official Miami medical examiner’s report of death from natural causes.

Lemon Reef is a realm of glimmering beauty, where marine life triumphs over industrial waste. Jenna and Del dove on it every day during the summer before their tenth grade year, their love for the reef deepening as their passion for each other grew. It is a site of tenacity and wonder that mirrored their own, until they were outed and forced to separate. Even fifteen years later, Jenna knows that Del’s heart could not have given out there.

Heartsick over Del’s death and fearing that Del’s young daughter may be in danger, Jenna risks all she has worked so hard for to return to Miami where she must dive into an excruciating past so that the truth of the present may surface.

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Mia Kerick (born September 10)

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children--all named after saints--and five nonpedigreed cats--all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don't ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

"My themes I always write about:

Sweetness. Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes- only love can save them."

Mia Kerick focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men within the boundaries of blossoming, supportive relationships. She believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. And Mia's stories are centered around a certain theme: even heroes can be sweet. Sweet, but not completely innocent.

Not Broken, Just Bent and The Red Sheet won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best Gay & Lesbian Young Adult.

Further Readings:

Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (November 14, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627985271
ISBN-13: 978-1627985277
Amazon: Not Broken, Just Bent
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Braving the start of high school, longtime childhood friends Benjamin Wells and Timmy Norton quickly realize they are entering a whole new world colored by their family responsibilities. Ben is trying to please his strict father; Timmy is taking care of his younger sisters. While their easy camaraderie is still comfortable, Ben notices Timmy growing distant and evasive, but Ben has his own problems. It’s easier to let concerns about Timmy’s home life slide, especially when Timmy changes directions and starts to get a little too close. Ben doesn’t know how to handle the new feelings Timmy’s desire for love inspires, and his continuing denial wounds Timmy deeply.

But what Timmy perceives as Ben’s greatest betrayal is yet to come, and the fallout threatens to break them apart forever. Over the next four years, the push and pull between them and the outside world twists and tears at Ben and Timmy, and they are haunted by fear and regret. However, sometimes what seems broken is just a little bent, and if they can find forgiveness within themselves, Ben and Timmy may be able to move forward together.

The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (February 20, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987150
ISBN-13: 978-1627987158
Amazon: The Red Sheet
Amazon Kindle: The Red Sheet

One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person-helpful, generous, and chivalrous-a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn't recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.

Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can't hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He's attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before "the change." Where he'd been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he's a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his "superjock" former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan's newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he's genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott's trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan's obsession.

With a foreword by C. Kennedy

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Daniel Defert & Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault (born Paul-Michel Foucault (15 October 1926 – 25 June 1984) was a French philosopher, social theorist and historian of ideas. He held a chair at the Collège de France with the title "History of Systems of Thought," and lectured at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Berkeley.

Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, social anthropology of medicine, the human sciences and the prison system, as well as for his work on the history of human sexuality. His writings on power, knowledge, and discourse have been widely influential in academic circles.

In the 1960s, he was associated with structuralism, a theoretical movement in social anthropology from which he later distanced himself. He also rejected the poststructuralist and postmodernist labels later attributed to him, preferring to classify his thought as a critical history of modernity rooted in Immanuel Kant. His project was particularly influenced by Nietzsche, his "genealogy of knowledge" being a direct allusion to Nietzsche's "genealogy of morality". In a late interview he definitively stated: "I am a Nietzschean."

He was involved in several movements, among others for prisoner's rights. Foucault's radical politics made him sustain broken bones from engaging in street battles with police, something he continued into his 50s.


Michel Foucault was a French philosopher. Daniel Defert met Michel Foucault while he was a philosophy student at the University of Clermont-Ferrand and their relationship lasted from 1963 until Foucault's death in 1984. They described their relationship as a "state of passion". It was Foucault's death from AIDS that led Defert to enter the field of AIDS activism. (Pic: Police dispersing protesters: Jacques-Alain Miller, Daniel Defert, Michel Foucault, Jean-Pierre Bamberger, Claude Liscia, 1972)


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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Foucault
While the study’s ethnography of sexual subcultures confirms several of Michel Foucault’s most speculative and brilliant insights, it modifies the periodization based on those insights by giving equal weight to working-class culture. Most significantly, it shows that the “modern homosexual,” whose preeminence is usually thought to have been established in the nineteenth century, did not dominate Western urban industrial culture until well into the twentieth century, at least in one of the world capitals of that culture. The homosexual displaced the “fairy” in middle-class culture several generations earlier than in working-class culture; but in each class culture each category persisted, standing in uneasy, contested, and disruptive relation to the other.
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“Normal” middle-class men’s growing resistance to any physical or affective ties redolent of homosexuality, and the insistence of middle-class “queer” men that it was their sexual desire, not gender inversion, that distinguished them from other men, mark the emergence of the “heterosexual” and the “homosexual” in middle-class culture. The emergence of each signals the consolidation of sexuality itself as a central component of identity in middle-class culture and tends to confirm Michel Foucault’s insight that the construction of sexuality as a distinct field of personhood, linking affective desires and physiological responses in a matrix that was central to the definition of one’s personhood, was initially a distinctly bourgeois production. --Chauncey, George (1995-05-18). Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940. BASIC. Kindle Edition.
In an interview published in 1982, the French theorist Michel Foucault explained the prevalence of promiscuity among gay men this way: "In Western Christian culture homosexuality was banished and therefore had to concentrate all its energy on the act of sex itself. Homosexuals were not allowed to elaborate a system of courtship because the cultural expression necessary for such an elaboration was denied them. The wink on the street, the split-second decision to get it on, the speed with which homosexual relations are consummated: all these are products of an interdiction." --Charles Kaiser. The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America (Kindle Locations 4187-4190). Kindle Edition.
Daniel Defert (born September 10, 1937) is a prominent French AIDS activist and the founding president (1984-1991) of the first AIDS awareness organization in France, AIDES. He started the organization after the death of his partner, the French philosopher Michel Foucault. He is an alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud.

A professor of sociology, Daniel Defert has been Assistant (1969-1970), Maître-assistant (1971-1985), then Maître de Conférence (from 1985) at the Centre Universitaire of Vincennes, which became in 1972, Université de Paris VIII Vincennes. He has been a member of the scientific committee for human sciences of the International Conference on AIDS (1986-94); member of the World Commission for AIDS (World Health Organization) (1988-93); member of the National Committee for AIDS (1989-98), of the Global AIDS Policy Coalition of Harvard University (1994-1997), and of the French "Haut Comité de la Santé Publique" (from 1998).

Daniel Defert is author of numerous articles in the domain of ethno-iconography and public health. He has been awarded the decoration of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and received in 1998 the Prix Alexander Onassis for the creation of Aides.

Daniel Defert met Foucault while he was a philosophy student at the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France and their relationship lasted from 1963 until Foucault's death in 1984. They described their relationship as a "state of passion". It was Foucault's death from AIDS, a disease about which little was known at the time, that led Defert to enter the field of AIDS activism. He also co-edited with François Ewald volume 4 of Dits et Ecrits of Michel Foucault (1994), a posthumous collection of Foucault's thought.

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

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Margaret West & Pola Negri

Pola Negri (January 3, 1897 – August 1, 1987) was one of the most mysterious and flamboyant of the silent film stars. She became famous in a series of movies made in Germany under director Ernst Lubitsch. At one time she was among the most popular and wealthiest stars in Hollywood, living in a palace modeled after the White House. (P: ©Abbé, Paris. Pola Negri, 1921 (©1))

Negri was romantically linked at various times to Polish Count Eugene Dambski, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph VALENTINO, and Adolf Hitler. Most of these affairs were for publicity value only, however, as her true passion was for other women.

After Valentino’s death, Negri staged a media circus, following the train that carried his body all the way from California to New York. At the funeral she arranged for a floral display spelling out her name to be placed on his coffin. She fainted dramatically several times during the rites.

Talullah BANKHEAD dismissed Negri as "The biggest phony in Hollywood, dahling! A lying lesbo, a Polish publicity hound. Had a mustache and couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag!"

Negri’s film career spanned five decades, from Slaves of Passion in 1914 to The Moon-Spinnerrs in 1964. In 1957 Negi moved to San Antonio with Texan heiress and composer Margaret West (Sep. 10, 1903 - Jul. 29, 1963, buried Mission Burial Park South, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA, Plot: Block 2, Masonic Garden), daughter to George Washington West (1879 - 1956) and Robbie Bedell West (1880 - 1959). The two women lived together until West’s death in 1963. Negri inherited West’s estate, and she remained there until her ovvn death in 1987. In her own, not-entirely-candid autobiography, Negri wrote, "It is difficult for some of the so-called sophisticates to understand the there had not been until then, nor would there ever be in the future, the slightest tinge of the sexual to what [Margaret and I] shared together." The rumors, however, continue to persist to this day. After West's death, Negri moved out of the home she had shared with West into a townhome located at 7707 Broadway in San Antonio. She spent the remainder of her years there, largely out of the public eye.


In 1922 Pola Negri posed for a portrait painted by Tadeusz Styka, who immortalized her as a liberated woman, a symbol of her era. Seeing that the public on the other side of the Atlantic was also interested in her, she decided to immigrate to America in 1923.
Pola Negri was one of the most mysterious and flamboyant of the silent film stars. In 1957 Negi moved to San Antonio with Texan heiress and composer Margaret West. The two women lived together until West’s death in 1963. Negri inherited West’s estate, and she remained there until her death in 1987. "It is difficult for the so-called sophisticates to understand the there had not been until then, nor would there ever be in the future, the slightest tinge of the sexual to what we shared together."

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Source: Queers in History by Keith Stern

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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Eddie Stone & Shaun Proulx

Eddie Stone is the stage name of the French/Italian Montreal Canadian, born on April 15, 1977, gay pornographic industry actor Patrick Marano. Stone was discovered in Los Angeles, California while go-go dancing in a nightclub. He appeared on the Chi Chi LaRue internet sex website "Live And Raw", before being contracted in the film industry exclusively to her Rascal Video studio. Between 2003–2005, he appeared in fourteen Rascal productions (most notably: When in Rome, Stone Fox, Eddie Stone's Private Screening, Set in Stone and Master of the House; wrote, appeared and A GayVN and Grabby nominated screenwriter: Little Big League 2: Second Inning, Sharp & Unknown: Ghost of a Chance.; During his time at "Rascal" he was a cover feature of several gay porn magazine publications: XXXShowcase, Rascal magazine (the limited edition), and Unzipped; he also appeared in the erotic-coffeetable book Warning!.

In 2005, he won the "Best Newcomer" award at the Adult Video News GAYVN Awards(March) and at the Grabby Awards (May). Before coming to Los Angeles, he was the midday host on the world's first gay and lesbian commercial radio station, 103.9 Proud FM in Toronto, Ontario.


Shaun Proulx is a Canadian television personality. He married former CIRR-FM colleague, Patrick Marano, on September 10, 2011; Proulx wrote: "I’ll start this first post as a married man by saying that I really like having sex with a husband, not someone else’s. The other thing I’d like to get off my chest – and I could kick myself for forgetting when I said a few words at my recent wedding to Eddie – is how appreciative I feel to live where I do so I can choose to do what we did that day."

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

Shaun Proulx (born August 1, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian media entrepreneur, performer, humorist, and radio and television personality. Presenter of his own show, The Shaun Proulx Show on OUTtv, he also regularly contributes to The Globe and Mail and to Toronto's LGBT newspaper Xtra!. Previously he was the afternoon radio host on 103.9 PROUD FM (CIRR-FM). He is in a relationship with Patrick Marano, his former CIRR-FM colleague. Marano is also known with his stage name Eddie Stone, a gay porn star. They married on September 10, 2011; Proulx wrote: "I’ll start this first post as a married man by saying that I really like having sex with a husband, not someone else’s. The other thing I’d like to get off my chest – and I could kick myself for forgetting when I said a few words at my recent wedding to Eddie – is how appreciative I feel to live where I do so I can choose to do what we did that day. That day was pretty damn fine, if I do say. And it’s fun to say, as it’s nothing I ever expected to say. As a previous post mentioned, I did have (what to me now is) a silly commitment ceremony in San Francisco with someone, in a full-on Fallon Carrington moment in my early twenties. I got engaged in my 30′s. It’s a full-fledged past; hella? But now, in my forties, feeling in my prime and and only getting better, I know what I don’t want and I know what I do."

DecAIDS – Anything Is Possible, a documentary he produced won "Best Social Documentary" at WorldFest in 2007, "Best Full Length Feature" at the New York AIDS Film Festival in 2007 and was an official selection of the Hollywood Festival the same year.

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

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Paul Burston (born September 10)

Paul Burston is a British journalist and author. Born in York and raised in South Wales, Burston attended Brynteg Comprehensive School and studied English, Drama and Film Studies at university. He worked for the London gay policing group GALOP and was an activist with ACT-UP before moving into journalism. He edits the gay and lesbian section of Time Out magazine.

His first novel Shameless, published in 2001, was praised by the New York Times.

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

Further Readings:

Shameless by Paul Burston
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 044669133X
ISBN-13: 978-0446691338
Amazon: Shameless
Amazon Kindle: Shameless

Martin is kind, decent, not bad on the eyes... and look where that's got him. His boyfriend of four years has run off with a male prostitute, and his friends John and Caroline both have enough excess baggage to fill a Louis Vuitton window display. What's a nice gay man to do? With no one to turn to, Martin decides to relive the wild youth he never had and, at the ripe old age of 32, jumps head-first into hedonism. But soon the nights of drugs, muscle-hard bodies, and even harder music take their toll, and Martin, John, and Caroline find that as fun as being absolutely shameless is (and girl, can it be fun!), it also has a price, one which they may not ultimately be able to pay.

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Mary Oliver & Molly Malone Cook

Mary Oliver (born September 10, 1935) and Molly Malone Cook (1925–2005) were together from 1959 to 2005. (P: Mary Oliver in 1964 (Photograph: Molly Malone Cook))

Mary Oliver is one of our era’s most beloved and prolific poets — a sage of wisdom on the craft of poetry and a master of its magic; a woman as unafraid to be witty as she is to wise. For more than forty years, Oliver lived on Cape Cod with the love of her life, the remarkable photographer Molly Malone Cook — one of the first staff photographers for The Village Voice, with subjects like Walker Evans and Eleanor Roosevelt, and a visionary gallerist who opened the first photography gallery on the East Coast, exhibited such icons as Ansel Adams and Berenice Abbott, and recognized rising talent like William Clift. (She was also, living up to her reputation as “a great Bohemian American,” the owner of a bookshop frequented by Norman Mailer and occasionally staffed by the filmmaker John Waters.)

When Cook died in 2005 at the age of eighty, Oliver looked for a light, however faint, to shine through the thickness of bereavement. She spent a year making her way through thousands of her spouse’s photographs and unprinted negatives, mostly from around the time they met, which Oliver then enveloped in her own reflections to bring to life Our World (public library) — part memoir, part deeply moving eulogy to a departed soul mate, part celebration of their love for one another through their individual creative loves. Embraced in Oliver’s poetry and prose, Cook’s photographs reveal the intimate thread that brought these two extraordinary women together — a shared sense of deep aliveness and attention to the world, a devotion to making life’s invisibles visible, and above all a profound kindness to everything that exists, within and without.


Mary Oliver (b. 1935, right) with Molly Malone Cook (1925–2005) at the couple's home in Provincetown, Massachusetts
Mary Oliver and Molly Malone Cook were together from 1959 to 2005. For more than forty years, Oliver lived on Cape Cod with the love of her life, the remarkable photographer Molly Malone Cook — one of the first staff photographers for The Village Voice. When Cook died in 2005 at the age of eighty, Oliver looked for a light, however faint, to shine through the thickness of bereavement. She spent a year making her way through thousands of her spouse’s photographs and unprinted negatives which Oliver then enveloped in her own reflections to bring to life Our World.

Source: www.brainpickings.org/2015/01/20/mary-oliver-molly-malone-cook-our-world/

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Alison Bechdel (born September 10, 1960)

Alison Bechdel (born September 10, 1960) is an American cartoonist. Originally best known for the long-running comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For, in 2006 she became a best-selling and critically acclaimed author with her graphic memoir Fun Home.

Alison Bechdel was born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania to Roman Catholic parents who were teachers. Bechdel's brother is keyboard player John Bechdel, who has worked with many bands including Ministry. Her family also owned and operated a funeral home. She attended Simon's Rock College and then Oberlin College, graduating in 1981.

Bechdel moved to New York City and applied to many art schools but was rejected and worked in a number of office jobs in the publishing industry.

She began Dykes To Watch Out For as a single drawing labeled "Marianne, dissatisfied with the morning brew: Dykes to Watch Out For, plate no. 27". An acquaintance recommended she send her work to Womannews, a newspaper, which began to publish the strip regularly beginning with the July—August 1983 issue. After a year, other outlets began running the strip.

In the first years, Dykes To Watch Out For consisted of unconnected strips without a regular cast or serialized storyline. Bechdel introduced her regular characters, Mo and her friends, in 1987 while living in St. Paul, Minnesota. She became a full-time cartoonist in 1990 and later moved near Burlington, Vermont. She currently resides in Bolton, Vermont.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alison_Bechdel
No argument Alison Bechdel’s first books, “Dykes To Watch Out For,” are jewels in the crown of gay literature. But even their brilliance did not prepare me for the emotional depth and narrative complexity of “Fun Home.” Just when I thought the memoir had been thoroughly exhausted, Bechdel made two brilliant decisions. She used her skill as an artist to tell her story through amazing, detailed drawings. The pictures are so good she almost didn’t need words, but her writing is amazing. Bechdel is so concise (she has to be to fit a whole book into speech balloons!) I kept flipping back and re-reading pages to slow the book down.--Aaron Krach
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Alex & Hans M. Hirschi

Hans Martin Hirschi (born June 4, 1967) is a Swiss born Talent Development executive, writer and LGBT activist and the author of six published novels and a couple of non-fiction titles. Hirschi debuted as a fictional author in 2013 with Family Ties, an autobiographically inspired novel about the meaning of family. His books deal with humankind’s small and big challenges from parenting, loss, family, racism to climate change with strong LGBT characters. He’s been dubbed the “Queen of Unconventional Happy Endings” by his publisher.

Hans sixth novel, Spanish Bay, is due in October 10, 2015, a novel about disabilities, love, family, and raising children you didn’t expect.

Jim-Alex (Alex) Daniel Minorsson Hirschi (born February 28, 1979), is a Swedish social work executive and the chairman of the Swedish Association of Social Work. He currently works in an administrative management function in the city of Gothenburg.

Alex and Hans met on 9/11 and had what must be one of the most memorable first dates, ever, spending the entire night glued on a couch in front of the TV, watching events unfold. This extraordinary experience helped them bond quickly and they’ve been a couple ever since. They got engaged the next summer and married each other on December 11, 2004.

As the fathers of a son born to a surrogate in India in 2013, Hans and his husband documented their journey to parenthood in the 2014 e-book “Dads” and have been very vocal in their support for commercial surrogacy under controlled forms as part of their endeavor to help gay couples become fathers. Even after two and a half years, they are fighting to get Sascha registered as Swiss citizen, a routine procedure for straight couples.


Alex and Hans met on 9/11 and had what must be one of the most memorable first dates, ever, spending the entire night glued on a couch in front of the TV, watching events unfold. This extraordinary experience helped them bond quickly and they’ve been a couple ever since. They got engaged the next summer and married each other on December 11, 2004. As the fathers of a son born to a surrogate in India in 2013, Hans and his husband documented their journey to parenthood in the 2014 e-book “Dads”.

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GRL: M.J. O'Shea

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 M.J. O'Shea: M.J. O'Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she's not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.

Further Readings:

Dark Sun (New Seattle Book 1) by M.J. O'Shea
Publisher: M.J. O'Shea; 2 edition (July 26, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Dark Sun (New Seattle Book 1)

Lynx is the spoiled sheltered son of the Dragon Triad, a crime family that rules over futuristic New Seattle. When he gets separated from his cousins during an adventure in the seediest part of town, he meets the man of his dreams in a bar owned by the Phoenix Triad, his family’s bitter rivals. After a night spent in passion, his mysterious lover disappears and Lynx fears he’ll never find him again.

Orion has a secret. On the surface he’s the perfect son, a society prince, heir to the Phoenix Triad’s corporate throne. But in his other life he’s known as Katana — thief, hacker, hero who steals from the triads to help the poor citizens of Bottom City. Orion knows the pretty Dragon he met in the bar that night is trouble, but he can’t forget the passion they shared.

When the opportunity arises, Orion captures his pretty Dragon and takes him on an adventure he’ll never forget. Will their love match survive the revelation of their true identities and the heat of their families’ feud?



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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Deliver Us From Evil by Barrett

Deliver Us From Evil (The Damaged Series Book 4) by Barrett
Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (July 12, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562961
ISBN-13: 978-1939562968
Amazon: Deliver Us From Evil (The Damaged Series Book 4)
Amazon Kindle: Deliver Us From Evil (The Damaged Series Book 4)

Five months into her new job at the Albuquerque Field office in New Mexico, Zeke is offered a plum assignment to protect the Secretary of Commerce . A close call while on duty triggers a panic attack, which, if reported to her superiors could end her career. The Secretary of Commerce gives Zeke an unexpected guiding hand and an ultimatum about getting the help she needs. She chooses equine therapy, despite her uncertainty toward Anne's horses. Anne Reynolds struggles with a growing frustration with her job and a fear that she may have inherited her late mother's problem with drinking. Keeping her sobriety is difficult enough with Zeke's support, but Zeke away on assignment and her stay at the equine therapy facility adds to the challenge. Zeke and Anne are determined to overcome their personal obstacles and take the steps to find that common ground on which to build a life together.

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

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UK Meet in Bristol, September 11-13, 2015

Starting from June 1, 2015, I daily featured authors attending the UK Meet in Bristol, September 11-13, 2015. Today is the last post, and from tomorrow I will be on a 4 days leave from the blog for the duration of the convention. See you all there is Bristol!



Below all the authors I featured:


















































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2015 Rainbow Awards

Against any expectation, also this year the Rainbow Awards went over 400 submissions, the final count is 453. And more important than anything, charity donations reached the amount of 17.339,28$. The list of charities, with their amount is:

Abby of the Brew City Sisters, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 25$
AIDS Support Network in San Luis Obispo County 100$
Albert Kennedy Trust 804,83$
Ali Forney Center 589$
American Institute of Bisexuality 50$
Audre Lorde Project 120$
Australian Marriage Equality 217$
Avenue Community Centre 25$
BiNet USA 280$
Bisexual Resource Center 175$
Broken Rainbow UK 183$
Calgary Outlink 85$
Center Colorado 85$
Center Long Beach 65$
Centerpoint 25$
Chico Stonewall 75$
Colors 205$
Covenant House 250$
Diversity Center 575$
Diversity Role Models 50$
Equality Toledo 40$
Fair Wisconsin 25$
Family Builders 50$
Galfa 98$
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders 35$
Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont 56$
GCLS Scholarship Fund 330$
GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services 233$
GLYS 150$
HIV/AIDS Care Program 75$
HRC 515$
In Other Words Feminist Community Center 75$
Indiana Youth Group 25$
Inland Northwest LGBT Center 110$
It Gets Better Project 490$
Lambda Legal 2095$
Lambert House 60$
Lancaster LGBT Center 50$
LBGTQ Center of Durham 453$
LGBT Center Greater Cleveland 50$
LGBT Center New York 35$
Lifelong AIDS Alliance 51$
LikeMe 110$
Los Angeles LGBT Center 185$
Lost-n-Found 480$
LSVD – Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland 100$
Mermaids 53$
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center 90$
Moveable Feast 173$
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance 50$
Odyssey Youth Center 50$
One Iowa 30$
One N Ten 25$
Out Youth 50$
OutFront Minnesota 25$
OutSpokane 25$
PACE 234$
Pasadena Pride Center 25$
Pathfinders Milwaukee 60$
PFLAG 415$
Point Foundation 1828$
PRIDE Community Center of North Central Florida 125$
Q Center Portland 18,95$
Qmunity 125$
Queer Rock Camp 25$
queerblick 30$
Rainbow Resource Center 200$
Rainbow Youth 46,5$
Ronald McDonald House of Scranton 50$
Ruth Ellis Center 200$
Sage 480$
School on Wheels 25$
Soy Toronto 75$
St. James Infirmary 25$
Tampa Bay LGBT Welcome Center 100$
Terrence Higgins Trust 10$
Time Out Youth 150$
Trans Lifeline 615$
Trevor Project 1103$
True Colors Fund 185$
UCAN 35$
William Way 50$
Women's Resource Center of Scranton 25$
Wyoming Equality 90$
You Can Play 230$
You Will Rise 103$
YouthCares 125$


"Rainbow Pride Cheesecake" is the official pin-up boy of the Rainbow Awards especially created by Paul Richmond



The 453 submissions will be divided in the following eligible categories:

LGBT Anthology / Collection 18
LGBT Biography / Memoir 7
LGBT Non Fiction, Poetry, Visual Arts / Photography 8
LGBT Young Adult 18
Bisexual Fiction 9
Bisexual Romance 11
Transgender Fiction 6
Transgender Romance 6
Gay Contemporary General Fiction 25
Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction 16
Gay Contemporary Romance 72
Lesbian Contemporary & Erotic Romance & Romantic Comedy 35
Gay Erotic Romance 39
Gay Fantasy 7
Lesbian Fantasy & Fantasy Romance 6
Gay Fantasy Romance 11
Gay Historical Fiction 5
Lesbian Historical Fiction & Romance 6
Gay Historical Romance 18
Gay Mystery / Thriller 22
Lesbian Mystery / Thriller 13
Gay Paranormal Romance 29
Lesbian Paranormance Romance & Sci-Fi / Futuristic 9
Gay Romantic Comedy 14
Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic 15

Starting from October we will post the Honorable Mentions, and Rainbow Award Winners will be announced on December 8, 2015.


"Air de Capri" is a 1923 painting by Gerda Wegener, with Gerda herself and her husband, transgender male to female, Lili Elbe





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