September 24th, 2015

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Jack Pierson, Mark Morrisroe & Brian Meola

Jack Pierson (born September 24, 1960, in Plymouth, Massachusetts) is a photographer and an artist. He studied at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He was a boyfriend of famous American photographer Mark Morrisroe at the time Morrisroe lived in Boston. Pierson has made a name for himself with a body of work that includes photographs, collages, word sculptures, installations, drawings and artists books. His "Self-Portrait" series was shown in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and his works are collected by major museums worldwide. Jack Pierson’s “THE END OF THE WORLD“ opened on January 12th, 2013 at Regen Projects in Los Angeles. Brian Meola, artist and boyfriend, who works with Pierson to collect the displayed objects, described the process: “I’ve learned to understand the difference between just any sign letter and ones that are a part of a much richer history, that become even more than something lost or discarded. For example, the work A Triumph! contains bulb-lighted quotation marks and an exclamation point. Those were found in an abandoned heap behind an old sign company warehouse in Chicago. The factory had been closed for decades, soon to be torn down. These are some of the largest marquee letters Jack has found and used in his work. These most likely adorned the front of an old theater…” (Photo: Jack Pierson | VHI Contributors' Page S/S 11)

Jack Pierson currently divides his time between his home and studio in the Southern California desert near Joshua Tree National Park and New York. He has photographed many well-known celebrities and models, including Michael Bergin, Naomi Campbell, Snoop Dogg, Massimiliano Neri, Brad Pitt, and Antonio Sabato Jr.


Jack Pierson (born September 24, 1960, in Plymouth, Massachusetts) is a photographer and an artist. He was a boyfriend of famous American photographer Mark Morrisroe at the time Morrisroe lived in Boston. He is in a relationship with artist and collaborator Brian Meola. Jack Pierson currently divides his time between his home and studio in the Southern California desert near Joshua Tree National Park and New York. He has photographed many well-known celebrities and models, including Michael Bergin, Naomi Campbell, Snoop Dogg, Massimiliano Neri, Brad Pitt, and Antonio Sabato Jr.


Thursday Morning, Studio 7, Document (documentjournal.com), Spring/Summer 2013, Jack Pierson (Photographer), Victoria Bartlett (Fashion Editor/Stylist), John Tan (Casting Director) (http://models.com/work/document-thursday-morning-studio-7/145886)

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

Mark Morrisroe (January 10, 1959 in Malden, Massachusetts - July 24, 1989 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was a performance artist and photographer. He is known for his performances and photographs, which were germane in the development of the punk scene in Boston in the 70's and the art world boom of the mid to late 80's in NYC. By the year of his death he had 2,000 pieces of work to his name. (Picture: Self Portrait (to Brent), 1982, Mark Morrisroe)

Born to a drug-addicted mother, Morrisroe left home and began hustling under the name Mark Dirt at the age of 15. His mother was a tenant of Albert DeSalvo, the Boston Strangler, and Mark often told people he was DeSalvo's illegitimate son. When he was 17 years old, one of his disgruntled clients shot him in the back, leaving him with a bullet lodged next to his spine for the rest of his life. The experience had a profound influence on Morrisroe's art, which often incorporated images of young prostitutes and X-rays of his injured chest. Morrisroe attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he made friends with several soon-to-be-well-known artists, including Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Stephen Tashjian (aka Tabboo!, with whom he founded the drag duo "Clam Twins" at the famous Pyramid Club in New York), Gail Thacker and Pat Hearn. His boyfriend while he lived in Boston was Johnathan Pierson, who later changed his name to Jack Pierson. He graduated from the Museum School with honors receiving the coveted "5th" Year" Award. While attending, he performed as a drag character of his own creation named Sweet Raspberry and co-founded a zine called Dirt Magazine with his friend Lynelle White, distributing it in Boston nightclubs. This zine was composed of fake news and gossip about celebrities, bands and other famous people, mostly from Boston.


Self-portrait with Jonathan
Born to a drug-addicted mother, Mark Morrisroe left home at 13 and began hustling at 15. The entirety of Morrisroe's brief life was characterized by danger and poverty, and mythologized by him. Morrisroe died in 1989. He is known for his performances and photographs, which were germane in the development of the punk scene in Boston in the 70's and the art world boom of the mid to late 80's in NYC. His ashes are scattered in McMinnville on the farm of his last boyfriend, Ramsey McPhillips.

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

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Chad Beguelin & Tom

Chad Beguelin (born September 24, 1969) is an American playwright who wrote the lyrics and co-book for the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer. He was nominated for two Tony Awards for his work on the musical, as well as a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics. He also wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical Elf the Musical. Beguelin currently lives in Manhattan with his partner Tom and their Yorkshire Terrier Bailey.

Beguelin received an MFA from the graduate writing program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Beguelin wrote the book and lyrics for The Rhythm Club which was produced at the Signature Theatre, Arlington, Virginia in 2000 and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. He wrote the book and lyrics for Wicked City, which was produced at the American Stage Company and the Mason Street Warehouse, and he wrote the books for Disney's Aladdin and On the Record.

As a screenwriter, Beguelin sold a script to Grammnet Productions and also worked as a staff writer for Disney's live action film department in California.

Casey Nicholaw is expected to direct and choreograph the stage musical Aladdin which is expected to run at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, Washington, July 7–31, 2011. It will use songs from the 1992 film Aladdin, with a new book by Chad Beguelin and new lyrics by Beguelin and Alan Menken. The musical is expected to open on Broadway in 2014.


Chad Beguelin is an American playwright who wrote the lyrics and co-book for the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer. He was nominated for two Tony Awards for his work on the musical, as well as a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics. He also wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical Elf the Musical. Beguelin currently lives in Manhattan with his partner Tom and their Yorkshire Terrier Bailey. Beguelin makes his off-broadway playwrighting debut with Harbor, directed by Mark Lamos.

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

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Hanan Kattan & Shamim Sarif

Hanan Kattan (born May 22, 1962) is a Jordanian-born, British-based film producer of Palestinian origin. She is also co-owner of online marketing agency EBS Digital and multi-media entertainment company Enlightenment Productions. She currently lives with her civil partner, writer and director Shamim Sarif, in Surrey. They have two sons.

Kattan created Enlightenment Productions and EBS Digital in partnership with Shamim Sarif.

Enlightenment Productions were Winner of the Kingston Business Excellence Awards 2014, Best Creative and Media Sector Business.

EBS Digital were Highly Commended in the Kingston Business Excellence Awards 2014 in the section for Best Business for Marketing and Social Media.

Kattan has produced three feature films through Enlightenment Productions including 1950s South African drama/love story The World Unseen and contemporary urban romantic comedy I Can't Think Straight. She also conceived the 2010 TEDx Holy Land Conference, which brought together Arab and Israeli women to discuss issues of mutual interest in technology, entertainment and design, which then became the subject of the 2011 documentary film, The House of Tomorrow, directed by Sarif.


Shamim Sarif is a British novelist and filmmaker of South Asian and South African heritage. Her roots inspired her to write her debut novel, The World Unseen, which explores issues of race, gender and sexuality, which she later adapted into a film. Producer Hanan Kattan and Sarif make a formidable pair. Together since 1997 (they married when civil partnership was legalized in the U.K and have two sons), the two have joined forces and formed the London-based Enlightenment Productions.

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

Shamim Sarif (born September 24, 1969) is a British novelist and filmmaker of South Asian and South African heritage. Her roots inspired her to write her debut novel, The World Unseen, which explores issues of race, gender and sexuality, which she later adapted into a film starring Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth. The novel won the Pendleton May First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award. She has also adapted and directed a film based on her book I Can't Think Straight. Producer Hanan Kattan and novelist/filmmaker Shamim Sarif make a formidable pair. Together since 1997 (they married when civil partnership was legalized in the U.K and have two sons), the two have joined forces and formed the London-based Enlightenment Productions.

She is the recipient of Best Director awards for The World Unseen film from the South African Film and Television Awards, the Phoenix Film Festival and the Clip (Tampa) Festival.

Her 2011 film, The House of Tomorrow, is a documentary about the 2010 TEDx Holy Land Conference, which brought together Arab and Israeli women to discuss issues of mutual interest in technology, entertainment, and design.

At Cannes Festival 2013 Sarif announced her new film Despite The Falling Snow with Olga Kurylenko, Charles Dance, and Maria Furtwängler. The film will be produced by Enlightenment Productions and Hanan Kattan.

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

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Martin Casella & Patrick Quinn

Patrick Dominic Quinn (February 12, 1950, Philadelphia – September 24, 2006, Bushkill, Pennsylvania) was an American actor and a former president of the Actors' Equity Association. Quinn's father was a mortician.

Quinn studied theater at Temple University. After graduation from college he took his first Equity role in a touring company of Man of La Mancha. He also helped start the Charade Dinner Theater, the first Equity dinner theater in metropolitan Philadelphia.

His first Broadway role was in the 1976 revival of Fiddler on the Roof. He also was in the cast of Lend Me a Tenor, Beauty and the Beast, A Class Act and the 1998 revival of The Sound of Music.

Quinn's television credits included a recurring role on the ABC sitcom Bosom Buddies and parts on various soap operas. He also appeared in all three current versions of the NBC crime drama Law & Order. Quinn's voice was also featured as the main character in a Schoolhouse Rock! song called Tax Man Max.

Quinn, who had been a member of Equity since 1970, was elected to the council in 1977. He was elected president in 2000. In 1987 he helped organize the non-profit organization Equity Fights AIDS, which later merged with Broadway Cares.


Patrick Quinn was an American actor and a former president of the Actors' Equity Association. Quinn died from a heart attack at his country home in Bushkill, Pennsylvania, aged 56. He was survived by his life partner of twelve years, Martin Casella. Casella spent three years as an assistant to director Steven Spielberg. He then spent the next few years pursuing an acting career (Spielberg’s POLTERGEIST), before he started writing for the theatre, television and feature films.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Quinn

After graduating from California Institute of the Arts, Martin Casella spent three years as an assistant to director Steven Spielberg, on the films 1941; CLOSE ENCOUNTERS THE THIRD KIND: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT; USED CARS (as assistant to Bob Zemeckis) and the Academy-award winning classic, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. He then spent the next few years pursuing an acting career, appearing in numerous plays, TV movies and features films, including a leading role in Tobe Hooper and Spielberg’s POLTERGEIST, before he started writing for the theatre, television and feature films.

In film and television, he has written for, optioned or sold screenplays to Steven Spielberg, Lasse Hallstrom, Whoopi Goldberg, Rob Reiner, Dan Petrie Jr., John Milius, John Badham, Francis Ford Coppola, Herbert Ross, Bruce Cohen, Anthony Edwards, Kerry Washington, Disney, Universal, HBO, The Ladd Company and Paulist Productions. His original screenplay ONE NIGHT STAND was directed by Talia Shire and starred Ally Sheedy and Frederic Forrest. TV projects include the film BEHIND THE LENS for CBS, and DADDY’S GIRL, an HBO pilot, and a stint as a writer on ABC’s One Life to Live. He recently adapted David Johnson’s play BUSTED JESUS COMIX for the screen for director Leon Joosen. His current feature project is TOM’S DAD, for Emmy Award-winning producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke, to be directed by Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom.

In the theatrical world, his plays have been seen at the Pasadena Playhouse, the Odyssey, Coast Playhouse, Coronet, Cast and Crossroads Theatres (Los Angeles); the Acorn Theater, the Soho Playhouse, TBG Theatre, Ernie Martin, Linhart and Access Theatres (New York); Village Theatre and Group Theatre (Seattle); Mosiac Theatre (Fort Lauderdale); Bailiwick, Theatre Building (Chicago); Attic Rep (San Antonio); Short North Stage (Columbus), Stage One (Wichita); Paper Mill (New Jersey); Theatreworks and Goodspeed (Connecticut); Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia); Ford’s Theatre (Washington); the Queen City Theater (Charlotte, N.C.); the Bunkamura Theatre (Tokyo); and in London, Edinburgh and Dublin.

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Ross Mathews & Salvador Camarena

Ross Mathews (born September 24, 1979) is an American television personality who first rose to fame with his role as an intern, and later, a correspondent, for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, for which he was known as "Ross the Intern". Mathews has since gone on to numerous subsequent TV appearances, including Celebrity Fit Club, The Insider and as a weekly regular panelist on Chelsea Lately. Since 2008 he has been in a relationship with his boyfriend, stylist Salvador Camarena.

Mathews was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Washington, and is a graduate of the University of La Verne in La Verne, California. He was a communications major and a successful speech and debate competitor.

Mathews began as an intern behind the scenes on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. From December 2001, he covered movie premieres, the Academy Awards, two different Winter Olympics Games and other events.

Mathews has contributed commentary to the E! networks various 101... specials, and appears as a weekly panelist on E's late night talk show Chelsea Lately.

He appeared on the fifth season of VH1's reality television show, Celebrity Fit Club. During the course of the show, which premiered in April 2007, Mathews lost more than 40 lbs. and helped his team win the grand prize.


Ross Mathews (born September 24, 1979) is an American television personality who first rose to fame with his role as an intern, and later, a correspondent, for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, for which he was known as "Ross the Intern". Mathews has since gone on to numerous subsequent TV appearances, including Celebrity Fit Club, The Insider and as a weekly regular panelist on Chelsea Lately. Since 2008 he has been in a relationship with his boyfriend, stylist Salvador Camarena.

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GRL: B.G. Thomas

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 B.G. Thomas: B.G. Thomas lives in Kansas City with his husband for nearly fifteen years and was legally married in 2014. Ehey have a fabulous little dog, Sarah Jane. He sees his wonderful daughter just often enough to miss her when she isn't there! He has a romantic soul and is extraordinarily lucky to have many friends.

He loves science fiction & fantasy, horror, romance and more, has gone to SF&F conventions his entire adult life, and been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers. He is a “Star Trek” and Joss Whedon fan from way back!

He has written all his life, it is where he finds his joy. In the 90’s, he wrote for gay magazines, but stopped because they wanted him to cut out story and romance, and write only sex.

Then through a few friends, he discovered the growing market of M/M Romance and was thrilled beyond words. FINALLY, a way to write the stories he always wanted to write. Adventure, romantic comedy, science fiction, and more, but with gay characters. And he wouldn't have to fade to black! People wanted to read the erotic as well. Plot and sex! HURRAY!

B.G. Thomas very much believes in The Law of Attraction and that "thoughts become things." A lot of things all started happening at once. He heard the words, "Leap, and the net will appear," and something re-kindled inside. He sent out a story and was thrilled when it was almost immediately accepted.

He believes that we are divine expressions of the Universe, each and everyone. "It is never too late!,” he states. “Pursue your dreams! They will come true!"

Further Readings:

Spring Affair (Seasons of Love Book 1) by B.G. Thomas
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627988718
ISBN-13: 978-1627988711
Amazon: Spring Affair (Seasons of Love Book 1)
Amazon Kindle: Spring Affair (Seasons of Love Book 1)

Seasons of Love: Book One

Sloan McKenna is going through a tough time. His beloved mother has recently passed away, leaving him her house and beautiful garden. But should he keep the house? Sell it? To make matters worse, he’s in love with one of his best friends, Asher, a man who can’t (or won’t) love him back.

Sloan’s neighbor, Max Turner, is married to an ambitious woman with far-reaching dreams, including moving the family to France. But Max is happy teaching at the local college and living in their nice, quiet town. Then he discovers his fourteen-year-old son is not only gay, but out and proud as well. That throws him into complete disarray, for more than one reason....

When Max’s wife leaves on a two-month business trip to Paris, circumstances throw the two men together. As they become friends, Sloan finds himself falling in love with Max, who is completely unavailable… just like Asher. As for Max, he is discovering that both his son’s coming out and his new friendship with Sloan are stirring up feelings he thought buried long ago. Spring is a time for rebirth—Is there any way the two men can find happiness and a new beginning?



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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Piece Us Back Together

Piece Us Back Together by Cate Ashwood, Raine O’Tierney & L.J. LaBarthe
Gay Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634761251
ISBN-13: 978-1634761253
Amazon: Piece Us Back Together

Life can seem bleak for people suffering devastating injuries or illnesses of the mind and body, and every day can be a struggle. But sometimes, when hope seems in short supply, they find a reason to keep up the fight. The men in these stories face some of the most difficult challenges imaginable, but fortunately they won’t be facing them alone, because when everything seems darkest, a point of light appears. With compassion, understanding, and love, these hurt souls have a chance to piece the broken parts of their lives and themselves into something strong and beautiful. Love might even be able to mend the most serious wounds of all―those of the heart.

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

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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: Resurrecting Elliot by Cate Ashwood

Resurrecting Elliot by Cate Ashwood
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 163476224X
ISBN-13: 978-1634762243
Amazon: Resurrecting Elliot
Amazon Kindle: Resurrecting Elliot

Newport Boys: Book Two

Nightmares and panic attacks following a horrific tragedy leave Professor Elliot Lawrence a prisoner in his own home. After months of relying on his sister as his only connection to the outside world, Elliot is desperate for a sliver of independence. But leaving the safety of his home isn’t an option, not yet, and he reaches out in the most innocuous way he can think of: grocery delivery.

Colton Kelly, retired porn star and recent college grad, is struggling at two minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. During one of his grocery deliveries, he meets Elliot. Although the attraction between them is instant, they must first traverse the long road of putting Elliot back together. When disaster strikes yet again, this time in Colt’s life, Elliot’s not sure he’s strong enough to be the man Colt needs him to be.

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

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