September 22nd, 2015

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Dan Bucatinsky & Don Roos

Dan Bucatinsky (born September 22, 1965) is an American actor, writer and film producer, living in Los Angeles, California. After moving to Los Angeles, in 1992, he met his current husband of 20 years, filmmaker Don Roos. They have two children, Eliza and Jonah.

Bucatinsky was born in New York City, to Argentinian Jewish parents, Julio and Myriam. He is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Bucatinsky was the writer, producer and star of the 2001 Lions Gate romantic comedy All Over the Guy.

He has appeared in episodes of many popular television series, including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Weeds, Friends, NYPD Blue, That '80s Show, Frasier, and Will & Grace, as well as an episode of Grey's Anatomy (where Bucatinsky also served as a consulting producer), and a recurring role as a gay journalist and husband of the President's Chief of Staff on the 2012 drama, Scandal, for which he won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

He executive produced and acted in the 2005 HBO series The Comeback along with his producing partner, actress Lisa Kudrow.

In 2008, Bucatinsky and Lisa Kudrow again worked as producers for the innovative and largely improvisational web series, Web Therapy, in which Lisa starred and Dan also acted; Don Roos, Dan's husband, directed. The series attracted a gallery of guest stars, among them Bob Balaban, Courteney Cox, Selma Blair, Tim Bagley, Julie Claire, Alan Cumming, Rashida Jones, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch, Michael McDonald, Molly Shannon and Steven Weber.


Dan Bucatinsky was born in New York City, to Argentinian parents. He later went to Vassar College, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and moved back to New York to become an actor and a writer. After moving to Los Angeles, in 1992, he met his current husband, filmmaker Don Roos. He and partner Lisa Kudrow founded Is Or Isn't Entertainment. The pair have also garnered critical and audience attention for the groundbreaking web-to TV series "Web Therapy" in which Bucatinsky also stars.

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Donald Paul "Don" Roos (born April 14, 1955) is an American screenwriter and film director.

Roos was born in New York. He attended the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. After graduating, Roos moved to Los Angeles, where he pursued a career writing for television.

Roos supported himself by working as a word processor, and to this day jokes that he has that as a fall-back plan. Roos began his writing career when he had a friend of his impersonate an agent and represent him; a phone call led to a job with playwright Mart Crowley (The Boys in the Band), who at the time was Executive Producer of Hart to Hart. Roos went on to write for The Colbys, Nightingales, and other TV shows, before his spec scripts led to feature film writing assignments. His first major film was 1991's Academy Award-nominated Love Field, an interracial drama starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Dennis Haysbert.

Roos's work as the writer of the film Single White Female has earned him a permanent space in Hollywood movie trivia, since that title has entered the lexicon in reference to the film's psychopathic lead character who begins to take on her roommate's identity.

Roos is well known for his work writing strong and engaging female characters, a skill that has also been useful in his film direction, leading to Independent Spirit Award nominations for actors Lisa Kudrow, Christina Ricci, and most recently, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Roos himself has won a Best First Feature Independent Spirit Award, for The Opposite of Sex. Roos has polished or written the screenplay to many high-profile studio films, sometimes as uncredited script doctor.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Roos

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Ellen Hart & Kathleen Kruger

Ellen Hart is the award-winning mystery author of the Jane Lawless and Sophie Greenaway series. She was born in Minneapolis, MN in August 1949. A professional chef for 14 years, Hart's mysteries include culinary elements similar to those of Diane Mott Davidson. When Hart's best friend from college, Kathleen Kruger, divorced her husband in the late 1970s, she and her two daughters relocated to Minneapolis and moved into an apartment with Hart. It was the beginning of a wonderful family. Hart and Kruger have been devoted partners for decades. Hart has legally adopted Kruger's daughters, Shawna and Bethany, whom she describes, along with Shawna's husband, Tom, as "truly the light of our lives." Hart and Kruger also have two grandsons. On September 22, 2013, Hart wrote: "This is an announcement I thought I'd never get to make: After being together for 36 years, my partner, Kathy, and I are getting (legally) married in Minnesota on Sunday. Just family and a few friends, but lots of food and champagne!" (P: Courtesy of Ellen Hart. Ellen Hart (©15))

The author says of her work, "I don't write about the Mean Streets. I don't live there .... I don't do lots of blood and gore. I don't do sex scenes in any great detail. I'd never kill a dog or a cat. I guess you could call my style, maximal suspense and minimal gore." Hart is openly lesbian. Her Jane Lawless series features a lesbian restaurateur and her smart mouth best friend, Cordelia Thorn. The Jane Lawless series began in 1989 and is an early Post-Stonewall example of the mystery genre in Lesbian literature. Hart's novels deal with GLBT issues and five of the Lawless series have won Lambda Literary Awards.


Ellen Hart is the award-winning mystery author of the Jane Lawless and Sophie Greenaway series. When Hart's best friend from college, Kathleen Kruger, divorced her husband in the late 1970s, she and her two daughters moved into an apartment with Hart. It was the beginning of a wonderful family. Hart and Kruger have been devoted partners for decades. Hart has legally adopted Kruger's daughters, Shawna and Bethany, whom she describes, along with Shawna's husband, as "truly the light of our lives." After being together for 36 years, they married on September 22, 2013.

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
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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Fernando Rodolfo de Jesus Vargas Zamora & Warren Allen Smith

Warren Allen Smith (born 27 October 1921) is an American gay rights activist, writer and humanities humanist. In 1961, Smith started the Variety Recording Studio, a major independent company off Broadway, New York City, with his business partner and longtime companion Fernando Rodolfo de Jesus Vargas Zamora. Smith ran the company for almost thirty years (1961–90). In 1969, Smith participated in the Stonewall riots. Warren Allen Smith met Fernando Rodolfo de Jesus Vargas Zamora (September 22, 1928, Costa Rica - February 20, 1989) in 1949, the first week after hitchhiking to New York City from Iowa. The two remained together for 40 years.

Smith was one of the signatories of the 1973 Humanist Manifesto II as well as the Humanist Manifesto III in 2003.

Warren Smith was born in Minburn, Iowa. His father, Harry Clark Smith, who played for and was a scout for the Chicago Cubs' Portland farm team, after service in France including the Battle of Verdun, (the greatest and lengthiest during World War I) was a grain dealer in Minburn and Rippey, Iowa. His mother, [Ruth Marion Miles (1891-1975), was the daughter of a pioneering homesteader, L. D. Miles, who came to the Dakota Territory from Michigan in 1882. 

Drafted into the U.S. Army (1942-1946), he landed on Omaha Beach near St. Laurent Sur Mer (1944, the largest amphibian landing in history) and became Chief Clerk of the Adjutant General's Office in the Little Red Schoolhouse, Reims, France. In 1948, he received his B.A. (English, music) from the University of Northern Iowa and in 1949 his M.A. (American Literature Since 1870; advisor was Lionel Trilling from Columbia University.


Warren Allen Smith is an American gay rights activist, writer and humanities humanist. In 1961, Smith started the Variety Recording Studio, a major independent company off Broadway, New York City, with his business partner and longtime companion Fernando Rodolfo de Jesus Vargas Zamora. In 1969, Smith participated in the Stonewall riots. Smith met Fernando Rodolfo de Jesus Vargas Zamora in 1949, the first week after hitchhiking to New York City from Iowa. The two remained together for 40 years.

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Brian Sloan (born September 22)

Brian Sloan is an independent filmmaker. His first feature, the screwball comedy I Think I Do, was praised by the New York Times as "hysterically funny and very smart." Brian broke onto the indie scene with the short film Pool Days, his NYU thesis project. Dealing with the sexual misadventures of a teenage lifeguard, the film screened at more than fifty film festivals, including Sundance and New Directors. Brian helped assemble a package of three short films (including Pool Days) around the theme of teen-agers coming out, Boys Life, which eventually spawned three sequels.

A Really Nice Prom Mess was his first novel. Brian lives in New York City.

Source: http://www.briansloan.com/
A delicious summer read. Tale of Two Summers keeps you hooked. Hilarious, sexy and surprising, it’s the story of two friends — Hal and Chuck (one straight and one gay) — apart for the summer, who keep in intimate contact through a blog. Hal’s tales with Henri (the French bad boy) will leave you panting for more. --Lee Bantle
A YA novel, what is so fun and different about A Really Nice Prom Mess is that it is like a John Hughes movie (the good kind of Hughes film from the 80s) except it actually has gay characters in it. Cameron and his boyfriend double date on the prom so that they can almost pretend they are going with each other – unfortunately it all goes to hell when his date Virginia finds out he’s gay and she’s not too happy about acting as his beard for the evening. What follows is a comedy of errors of epic proportions and a series of wild adventures, and Cameron finally finding the strength to be himself. --Sean Kennedy
Further Readings:

Tale of Two Summers by Brian Sloan
Age Range: 12 and up
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0689874391
ISBN-13: 978-0689874390
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08:06 p.m.

Saturday 07.29.06

You are in L-O-V-E. Notice how I have no hesitation spelling it. At all. Reason? That was just the wildest entry you've posted! Ever....You are so seeing the world through the eyes of L-O-V-E.

A ten-year best friendship is put to the test when Chuck and Hal spend their first summer apart falling for two questionable mates: a sexy Saudi songstress and a smokin' hot French punk. As Chuck heads off to summer theater camp and Hal stays in their hometown, learning how to drive, they keep in touch via blogging, reporting to each other about their suddenly separate lives and often ridiculous romantic entanglements. As both their relationships take some unexpected turns, Hal and Chuck struggle to come to terms with their growing differences while trying to keep their friendship alive.

"Freshly believable reality...the level of complexity frees up Sloan to take Chuck and Hal's friendship in directions that no gay-themed YA novel has ever been before." -- Kirkus

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Elizabeth Bear (born September 22, 1971)

Sarah Bear Elizabeth Wishnevsky (born September 22, 1971) is an American author. Writing under the name Elizabeth Bear, she works primarily in the genre of speculative fiction, and was a winner of the 2005 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Short Story for "Tideline," and the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novelette for "Shoggoths in Bloom." She is one of only five writers who have gone on to win multiple Hugo Awards for fiction after winning the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (the others being C. J. Cherryh, Orson Scott Card, Spider Robinson, and Ted Chiang).

Bear is of Ukrainian and Swedish ancestry.

A native of Hartford, Connecticut, her curriculum vitae includes working as a "media industry professional," a stablehand, a fluff-page reporter, a maintainer of Microbiology procedure manuals for a 1,000-bed inner-city hospital, a typesetter and layout editor, a traffic manager for an import-export business, Emmanuel Labour, and "the girl who makes the donuts at The Whole Donut at three A.M."

She lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for some time (the setting for the short stories "One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide King", "Follow Me Light", and "This Tragic Glass"), but she returned to Connecticut in January 2006.

Her first novel Hammered was published in January 2005 and was followed by Scardown in July and Worldwired in November of the same year. The trilogy features Canadian Master Warrant Officer Jenny Casey, who is also the main character in the short story "Gone to Flowers". Hammered won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2006.

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In Carnival, the queerness of the characters is actually a key piece of the story. They’re not simply gay so that the author can be edgy or write ‘the other’ or something of that sort. Vincent and Michelangelo are chosen for the mission that is the story because they are gay -- something that has caused them serious problems in their home government but makes them ‘safe’ on New Amazonia.
Even so, the queerness of the characters doesn’t separate the book from its genre – this is a social science fiction novel that takes a close look at the failings of not only the society we are prepared to dislike (the home government that shuns Vincent and Michelangelo for being gay), but also the matriarchal society that we initially expect to be presented as paradisiacal. --Crow & Fox
Further Readings:

Carnival by Elizabeth Bear
Mass Market Paperback: 392 pages
Publisher: Spectra (November 28, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553589040
ISBN-13: 978-0553589047
Amazon: Carnival
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In Old Earth’s clandestine world of ambassador-spies, Michelangelo Kusanagi-Jones and Vincent Katherinessen were once a starring team. But ever since a disastrous mission, they have been living separate lives in a universe dominated by a ruthless Coalition—one that is about to reunite them.

The pair are dispatched to New Amazonia as diplomatic agents Allegedly, they are to return priceless art. Covertly, they seek to tap its energy supply. But in reality, one has his mind set on treason. And among the extraordinary women of New Amazonia, in a season of festival, betrayal, and disguise, he will find a new ally—and a force beyond any that humans have known…

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Myrlin A. Hermes (born September 22, 1975)

Myrlin Hermes (born September 22, 1975) is an American author. She has written two books, Careful What You Wish For and The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet. She was born in California, but raised in India and Hawaii. She attended Reed College, and received her Master's from Royal Holloway at University of London. She has received grants and awards from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Arts Council England. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

About Hermes' first novel, Publishers Weekly praised 'her grasp of domestic joy and sadness, and her evocation of life in a small Southern town, add texture to this uplifting weeper.' Her second novel, The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet is a prequel to Hamlet, set in Hamlet's imagined college years. Publishers Weekly writes in their review: 'Filled with out-of-context quotes from Hamlet, confusions in sexual identity more commonly found in Shakespeare's comedies, and cameo appearances by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the novel too self-consciously repurposes elements from Shakespeare's tragedy, rendering this a colorful if incidental prologue to the tragic events at Elsinore Castle.' The novel won the 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation's Award for Bisexual Fiction.

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

Further Readings:

The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet: A Novel by Myrlin A. Hermes
Paperback: 365 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006180519X
ISBN-13: 978-0061805196
Amazon: The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet: A Novel

A Divinity scholar at Wittenberg University, Horatio prides himself on his ability to argue both sides of any intellectual debate but is himself a skeptic, never fully believing in any philosophy. That is, until he meets the outrageous, provocative, and flamboyantly beautiful Prince of Denmark, who teaches him more about both Earth and Heaven than any of his books. But Hamlet is also irrationally haunted by intimations of a tragic destiny he believes is preordained.

When a freelance translation job turns into a full-scale theatrical production, Horatio arranges for the theater-loving prince to act in the play-disguised as the heroine! This attracts the attention of Horatio′s patroness, the dark and manipulative Lady Adriana. A voracious and astute reader of both books and people, she performs her own seductions to test whether the "platonic true-love" described in his poems is truly so platonic. But when a mysterious rival poet calling himself "Will Shake-speare" begins to court both Prince Hamlet and his Dark Lady, Horatio is forced to choose between his skepticism and his love.

Laced with quotes, references, and in-jokes, cross-dressing, bed-tricks, mistaken identity, and a bisexual love-triangle inspired by Shakespeare′s own sonnets, this novel upends everything you thought you knew about Hamlet. Witty, insightful, playful, and truly wise about the greatest works of the Bard, THE LUNATIC, THE LOVER, AND THE POET is a delectable treat for people that have loved books like Stephen Greenblatt′s WILL IN THE WORLD and John Updike′s GERTRUDE AND CLAUDIUS.

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J. Wallace & S. Bear Bergman

S. Bear Bergman (born Sharon Jill Bergman, September 22, 1974) is a trans man, author, poet, playwright, and theater artist whose gender identity is a main focus of his artwork. Bergman lives in Toronto, Ontario, and is married to activist J Wallace. They have one son, Stanley.

Bergman was educated at Concord Academy, was one of the founders of the first Gay–straight alliance and a member of the Governor of Massachusetts' Safe Schools Commission for LGBT youth. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hampshire College in 1996.

Bergman's first book, Butch Is A Noun, was released in September 2006 by Suspect Thoughts Press and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in the GLBT Nonfiction category. Bergman's second book, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, was released by Arsenal Pulp Press in the fall of 2009 and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in the Transgender category. His most recent book for adults, co-edited with genderqueer author Kate Bornstein is Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, which won a 2011 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Anthology category and a special Judges Award from the Publishing Triangle. He is also the author of two books for children (one of which, The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy, was a 2013 Lambda Literary Award finalist in the LGBT Children’s/Young Adult category) and has a sixth book titled Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter forthcoming in October 2013 from Arsenal Pulp Press.

In addition, Bergman continues to lecture and perform solo shows at universities, festivals and theatres throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. These solo shows have received judges' awards at each of the last three the biennial National Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival in Columbus, Ohio, including Best of the Festival and Best New Work. In 2005, Bergman was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant for playwriting, as well as a Millay Colony for the Arts Fellowship award. He has also been given an assortment of honors for service to the transgender community, including The Spirit of Stonewall Award, the Trans 100 and similar.


S. Bear Bergman is a trans man, author, poet, playwright, and theater artist whose gender identity is a main focus of his artwork. Bergman lives in Toronto, Ontario, and is married to activist J Wallace. They have one son, Stanley. His most recent book for adults, co-edited with genderqueer author Kate Bornstein is Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, which won a 2011 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Anthology category and a special Judges Award from the Publishing Triangle.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._Bear_Bergman

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Bette Bourne (born September 22, 1939)

Bette Bourne (born Peter Bourne, 22 September 1939) is a British actor, drag queen and equal rights activist.

Born Peter Bourne in Hackney, east London, he made his stage debut at the age of four as one of the members of Madame Behenna and her Dancing Children. Encouraged to take part in amateur dramatics by his mother, he chose a career in the theatre at 16, working backstage at the Garrick Theatre, London.

He studied drama at Central School of Speech and Drama in London and went on to act on stage and on television throughout the 1960s. He appeared in TV series such as The Avengers and The Prisoner, and in 1969, he appeared alongside Sir Ian McKellen in a touring double bill of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II and Shakespeare’s Richard II.

In the 1970s, he put his acting career on hold to become an activist with the Gay Liberation Front, becoming part of a gay commune in London. It was during this period that he started wearing drag and changed his name to “Bette”.

In 1976, he joined the New York-based gay cabaret group, the Hot Peaches, performing with them in Europe, culminating in a show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. When this group went back to New York, Bourne formed his own troupe, Bloolips. Featuring songs such as Let's Scream Our Tits Off, the shows were mostly written by playwright John Taylor with titles like Lust in Space and The Ugly Duckling. He toured the UK and the rest of Europe throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, winning an Obie Award (Off Broadway Theater Award) for the New York production of Lust in Space.


Robert Patrick and Bette Bourne at Phebe's, 1988, by Robert Giard
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)
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Kenny Fries (born September 22, 1960)

Kenny Fries (born September 22, 1960) is an American memoirist and poet. He is the author of The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory (2007), Body, Remember: A Memoir (1997), and editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out (1997). He received a 2009 Creative Capital grant in Innovative Literature, the 2007 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, the Gregory Kolovakos Award, a Creative Arts Fellowship from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Japan.

Fries was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated with an MFA from Columbia University's School for the Arts. He currently teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College.

Kenny Fries was born to a fainting father and a grandmother who ran through the hospital screaming “My daughter gave birth to a freak!” Fries entered the world with only three toes on each foot and undersized legs that were twisted like pretzels and lacked the basic number of bones. At the time of his birth, there was no medical name for his condition so it was referred to as “congenital deformities of the lower extremities.” When he was an infant, many doctors advised Fries' parents to amputate his legs, but instead, his parents took the advice of a prominent doctor who was convinced that one day Kenny could walk. From the age of 6 months until he was in the fifth grade, Fries underwent many surgeries in attempt to “fix” his legs. However, for most of his childhood Kenny was able to get around fine and even participate in sports. Fries opens up about his childhood experiences in his book “Body, Remember: A Memoir” in which he uses his surgical scars as a guide to his book.


Kenny Fries, 1994, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1123792)
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)
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Tim Miller, John Bernd, Douglas Sadownick & Alistair McCartney

Douglas Sadownick (born April 20) is a gay American writer and psychologist. He co-created The Buddy Systems (1985) with Tim Miller, with whom Sadownick was involved in a 14-year relationship.

Born in the Bronx, he attended Columbia College for his B.A., New York University for his graduate work in English, and the graduate program in clinical psychology at Antioch College in clinical psychology. He received his Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Clinical Psychology in 2006. His dissertation was entitled, Homosexual Enlightenment: A Gay Science Perspective on Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

He is the director of the nation's first LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology, at Antioch University. He is also the co-founder of the Institute for Contemporary Uranian Psychoanalysis, which offers continued education units to licensed psychotherapists on the issues of gay-affirmative psychotherapy. He was also a principal co-founder of Highways Performance Art Space in 1989. (Picture: Tim Miller)

His work Sacred Lips of the Bronx was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His second book was called Sex Between Men: An Intimate History of the Sex Lives of Gay Men, Postwar to Present. His articles have appeared in the Advocate, the Los Angeles Times, Genre, High Performance, the New York Native, and the L.A. Weekly. He received a GLAAD award for excellence in reporting. He works as a private practice psychotherapist in Los Angeles. His most recent paper, "Reading Literature Gay-Affirmatively: A Homosexual Individuation Story," was published in Spring 2006 in the journal Arts and Humanities.


Tim Miller has been an inspiring figure for 25 years and is the author of The Buddy Systems, created with writer Douglas Sadownick, with whom Miller was involved in a 14yo relationship. Douglas Sadownick is the director of the nation's first LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology, at Antioch University. His work Sacred Lips of the Bronx was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His second book was called Sex Between Men: An Intimate History of the Sex Lives of Gay Men, Postwar to Present. 

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Sadownick
In researching this essay I located a New York Times article from 1994: Coping: Growing up Gay in the Heart of the Bronx, a short profile of the author in the year his novel was published. The article contained a surprising confession: Hector didn‘t exist. While Mike found first love in the Bronx, in real life the young Sadownick never repeated any of his rendezvous with the boys he met on the Grand Concourse. ―Hector in the book was a way for me to redeem what I see now as a lot of missed opportunities.
How discourteous to contradict an author‘s interpretations concerning his book, much less his own life, but Sadownick made that observation while still pretty young; the longing and unusual jealousy that Sacred Lips of the Bronx inspired dissipated once I kissed the right boy. What I had considered ―missed opportunities‖ were simply the necessary preparations for the experiences that ended up counting the most. That rush to recapture what I had mistakenly considered lost had nearly cost me everything. The book at the bottom of my sleeping bag was in no way illicit but a rather splendid and sturdy diving board. --Tom Cardamone, The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered
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A pathbreaking performance artist and dancer, John Jeffery Bernd (May 8, 1953 - August 28, 1988) melded dance with "out" gay performance, thereby establishing himself as a prime mover in the downtown performance scene. Also an activist and organizer, Bernd organized a weekly improvisation group called "Open Movement" held at P.S. 122. Originally from Nebraska, Bernd graduated from Antioch College in Ohio with a B.A. in Dance and Performance Studies. After moving to New York, he worked at P.S. 122 and frequently collaborated with Tim Miller, ex-lover and friend. He was one of the first New York performers to die of AIDS.

His large circle of surviving friends included Jennifer Monson, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Michael Stiller, Lori E. Seid, Yvonne Meier, Lucy Sexton, Annie Iobst, Jeff McMahon, Richard Elovich, Fred Holland, Jeannie Hutchins, Dona McAdams, and Johnny Walker.

Other dancers who knew or worked with Bernd include Joe Pupello, Suchi Bronfman, Deborah Oliver, and Donald Byrd.

According to Tim Miller and Ishmael Houston-Jones, Dona Ann McAdams was Bernd's main photographer, she shot practically everything he did at P.S. 122 and most pieces at other places as well. A beautiful photo of John, as well as some of his drawings, appears in her book Caught in the Act (Aperture). Photographer Kirk Winslow, with whom John collaborated on several projects, passed away from AIDS complication on summer 2002. Kirk was the son of the artist Maryette Charlton who is responsible for getting John's archives to Harvard. Maryette Charlton was a New York artist and filmmaker who had a particular interest in performance art and apparently knew Bernd.


Tim Miller and John Bernd in Live Boys (1981), ©Gene Bagnato
A pathbreaking performance artist and dancer, John Bernd melded dance with "out" gay performance, thereby establishing himself as a prime mover in the downtown performance scene. Bernd organized a weekly improvisation group called "Open Movement" held at P.S. 122. Bernd graduated from Antioch College. After moving to New York, he worked at P.S. 122 and frequently collaborated with Tim Miller, ex-lover and friend. He was one of the first New York performers to die of AIDS.

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Source: http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/dance/catalogue/bernd.html

Tim Miller (born September 22, 1958 in Pasadena, California) is an American performance artist and writer, whose pieces frequently involve gay identity, marriage equality and immigration issues. He was one of the NEA Four, four performance artists whose National Endowment for the Arts grants were vetoed in 1990 by NEA chair John Frohnmayer.

Miller was born in Pasadena, California but grew up in nearby Whittier.

He has developed shows based on his personal life as a gay man and as an activist. A member of ACT UP and other campaigning organizations, Miller has participated in numerous demonstrations to call for funding of AIDS research and treatment and to promote equal rights. His civil disobedience has led to his arrest on several occasions.
I was seventeen going on eighteen and I was desperate for love and dick. I searched everywhere for it. I hung around the Whittier Public Library, leaning suggestively against the stacks in the psychology section, waiting to be picked up by some graduate student. I leaned too far, once, and almost knocked over an entire row of bookshelves. -— Tim Miller, Boys like us, 1996
Miller's interest in performance began in high school, where he took classes in theater and dance. He played the lead role of John Proctor in Lowell High School's production of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. At nineteen he moved to New York and studied dance with Merce Cunningham.


In 1999 in Glory Box, Tim Miller took on the topic of immigration rights for gay and lesbian partners of American citizens, the immigration issue a personal cause as Alistair McCartney, his partner since 1994, is Australian. In 2003 in Us, Miller returned to the theme of the problems of Americans with same-sex life partners, the title refers both to his relationship with McCartney and to the laws in the US which could prevent them from being together. Miller & McCartney married on June 26, 2013.


Tim Miller and Douglas Sadownick, 1994-1996, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1082041)
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)
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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Miller_(performance_artist)

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GRL: Marie Sexton

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 Marie Sexton: Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Further Readings:

Ever After: The Collected Short Works of Marie Sexton by Marie Sexton
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Marie Sexton (March 27, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0996174109
ISBN-13: 978-0996174107
Amazon: Ever After: The Collected Short Works of Marie Sexton

A collection of previously-released short stories. The collection includes:

Chapter Five and the Axe-Wielding Maniac
Apartment 14 and the Devil Next Door
To Feel the Sun
One More Soldier
Cinder



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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Soldiers of the Sun by Jana Denardo

Soldiers of the Sun by Jana Denardo
Gay Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 21, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634761847
ISBN-13: 978-1634761840
Amazon: Soldiers of the Sun
Amazon Kindle: Soldiers of the Sun

Soldiers of the Sun: Book Three

Caleb Davies and Agni Pradesh are worried about their teammate and lover, Temple Chevalier. Not only has he lost his long-time partner, Fu Li, but he nearly died fighting a demon himself. Also, Temple isn’t sure he’s ready for a new teammate after Li. Caleb and Agni are even more concerned that their three-way relationship with Temple exists less because he loves them and more because he’s hiding from the pain of Li’s loss.

1932 shapes up to be a terrible year for the Soldiers as they welcome the New Year fighting demons and then end up investigating a case that pairs them up with the Knights Templar. This would normally be a good thing, but it forces Temple to face his painful past. Worse yet, the case leads right to Astaroth, a Prince of Hell, who might prove to be an unbeatable foe.

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

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