October 7th, 2015

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Angel Sanchez & Christopher Coleman

Christopher Coleman, is the “Michael Kors” of the South American versions of Project Runway. He lives with his partner, the Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez. Christopher and Angel’s Williamsburg apartment was on the cover of 'Architectural Digest Russia' as well as in eleven other design magazines around the whole world, a tribute to a very distinctive style sensibility that, as Christopher candidly says, “photographs well.”

Christopher Coleman and Angel Sanchez will be the first to admit that they don’t always agree when it comes to designing. So combining Coleman’s interior design aesthetic (bold colors and shapes) with Sanchez’s fashion aesthetic (sleek black and white forms) may have seemed like a gamble. But by capitalizing on one another’s strengths, the two are building a joint design empire that rivals their commanding individual visions. “I try to control him in terms of being just decorative, and he always tries to push me in taking more risks,” Sanchez says. “I guess that balances our styles.” 

The designers met in 2001 in Venezuela, where Sanchez, a famed fashion designer who had earned the loyalty of celebrities like Eva Longoria Parker and America Ferrera, was in the process of designing his penthouse apartment. Coleman, a respected interior designer branded by his eclectic approach and permanent sense of humor, collaborated with him on the project. Coleman also helped Sanchez design his showroom, where his new collections are displayed every four months.


Angel Sanchez and Christopher Coleman
Angel Sanchez and Christopher Coleman met in 2001 in Venezuela, where Sanchez, a famed fashion designer who had earned the loyalty of celebrities like Eva Longoria Parker and America Ferrera, was in the process of designing his penthouse apartment. Coleman, a respected interior designer branded by his eclectic approach and permanent sense of humor, collaborated with him on the project. Coleman also helped Sanchez design his showroom, where his new collections are displayed every four months.

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Source: http://www.cityist.com/features/christopher_colman_and_angel_sanchez/ (Sense of Balance, This design duo has distinct style, without compromising individual tastes, Story by Maria Qualtere / Photography by Hisham Bharoocha)

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Everett Lysle Boyer & Forrest Leroy Snakenberg

Everett Lysle Boyer (October 7, 1927 - August 31, 1998) & Forrest Leroy Snakenberg (March 17, 1932 - January 13, 1986) are buried together in Plot: Range 61 site 250 and 251 at the Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, not far from many other notable gay burials, like
- Leonard Matlovich: the gay activist who has the famous memorial reading "When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one")
- Butch Zeigler: onetime elementary school teacher, and co-owner of Capitol Prompting Service whose clients include both Heads of State and major corporations
- Frank Kameny: was a WWII veteran and the father of the modern gay rights movement
- William Boyce Mueller: the gay grandson of the founder of the Boy Scouts of America
- Frank Warren O'Reilly: a WWII veteran with a Ph.D. in International Relations, and a music critic for The Washington Times and founder of Miami’s Charles Ives Centennial Festival and the American Chopin Foundation which sponsors an annual national Chopin piano competition
- Tom Swann: a gay Marine Corps veteran and longtime activist for gay equality
- Larry Worrell & James Duell
- Dan Hering: a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and served 20 years in the US Army
- Barbara Gittings: Barbara and her wife Kay were together for 46 years during which they were major figures in the gay rights movement. Both were close allies of Frank Kameny with whom Barbara helped convince the American Psychiatric Association to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness, and fought dismissals of gay civilian employees by the Department of Defense and other federal government agencies
- John Frey & Peter Morris: Together 43 years, they met while Catholic University students at DC’s then most popular gay male establishment, the piano bar/restaurant the Chicken Hut on H Street near Lafayette Park where biweekly, Sunday afternoon gay dances were later sponsored by the Mattachine Society of Washington in 1961 and 1962
- Kenneth Dresser & Charles Fowler: The “artistry [that] enchanted millions” referred to on Dresser’s side of the shared stone was the Electric Light Parade at Disneyland, the Electric Water Pageant at Epcot,, and the Fantasy of Lights at Callaway Gardens, Georgia — all designed by Dresser. Charles Fowler was an arts educator and writer, director of National Cultural Resources, Inc., and a guest professor at several American universities
- Peter Doyle: a veteran of the Confederate Army, is thought by historians to have been the greatest love of gay American poet Walt Whitman



Everett Lysle Boyer's tombstone reads: Arise up my love, Tis the time of singing birds (Song of Solomon 2:12), Forrest Leroy Snakenberg's, same style of that of Everett, reads: So be truely glad there is wonderful joy ahead (Peter 1:6)

Source: www.leonardmatlovich.com/images/HCC_Gay_Graves_Map_DRAFT-B.pdf


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Dan Savage & Terry Miller

Daniel Keenan "Dan" Savage (born October 7, 1964) is an American author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor. Savage writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love. Its tone is frank in its discussion of sexuality, often humorous, and hostile to social conservatives and Rick Santorum's views on homosexuality. Savage has clashed with cultural conservatives on the right, and the gay establishment, on the left. He has also worked as a theater director, both under his real name and under the name Keenan Hollahan, using his middle name and his grandmother's maiden name. In 2010, Savage and his husband Terry Miller began the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth.

Dan Savage was born to William and Judy Savage in Chicago, Illinois. He is of Irish ancestry. The third of four children, Savage was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North, which he has described as "a Catholic high school in Chicago for boys thinking of becoming priests." Though Savage has stated that he is now "a wishy-washy agnostic" and an atheist, he has said that he still considers himself "culturally Catholic."

Savage attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied theater and history. As a theater director, Savage (working under the name "Keenan Hollahan") was a founder of Seattle's Greek Active Theater. Much of the group's work has been queer recontextualizations of classic works, such as a tragicomic Macbeth with both the title character and Lady Macbeth played by performers of the opposite sex. In March 2001, he directed his own Egguus at Consolidated Works, a parody of Peter Shaffer's 1973 play Equus which exchanged a fixation on horses for a fixation on chickens. Savage has not directed, produced, or performed in any productions since a 2003 production of Letters from the Earth, also at Consolidated Works, his trimmed version of Mark Twain's The Diary of Adam and Eve, which received scathing reviews, including one from his own paper, "My Boss's Show Stinks".


Dan Savage (born October 7, 1964) is an American author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor. Savage writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love. He has also worked as a theater director, both under his real name and under the name Keenan Hollahan, using his middle name and his grandmother's maiden name. In 2010, Savage and his husband Terry Miller began the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Savage
“The Kid” is a great real-life story, about a gay couple going through adoption. Dan Savage, most famous for his “Savage Love” advice column (and podcast), is a terrific storyteller, and chronicles not only the problems he and his boyfriend faced, but also the mistakes they made. In the process, he shows us his relationship, the good and bad, and tells us what the kid means to them. -Kyell Gold
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Manuel Ramos Otero (July 20, 1948 - October 7, 1990)

Manuel Ramos Otero (July 20, 1948 - October 7, 1990) was a Puerto Rican writer. He is widely considered to be the most important openly gay twentieth-century Puerto Rican writer who wrote in Spanish, and his work was often controversial due to its sexual and political content. Ramos Otero died in San Juan, Puerto Rico, due to complications from AIDS.

Jesús Manuel Ramos Otero was born in Manatí, Puerto Rico, and spent his childhood in his home town, living in the second location of the old building of the Puerto Rican Casino of Manatí. He began his studies at the Colegio La Inmaculada in Manatí. His family then moved to San Juan when he was seven years old. He later attended the University of Puerto Rico High School in Río Piedras (1960–1965) and went on to receive a B.A. in Social Sciences (with a major in sociology and a minor in political sciences) from the University of Puerto Rico, graduating in 1969. In 1979 he received an M.A. in literature from New York University. While living in New York, he worked as a social researcher, and later as a professor at diverse universities including Rutgers University, LaGuardia Community College, York College, and Lehman College. He also established a small publishing house, El Libro Viaje. He organized conferences and gatherings of Puerto Rican writers in the United States such as Giannina Braschi and Luis Rafael Sanchez. He is best remembered as a poet and the author of short stories, but he also wrote a novel and several essays on literary criticism.


Manuel Ramos Otero, 1988, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1124011)
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/Manuel_Ramos_Otero

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2015 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Quartermaster & The Marquis' Son by A.E. Kendall

The Quartermaster & the Marquis' Son (Clash at Sea Book 1) by A.E. Kendall
Gay Historical Romance
Publisher: Hermione Press (August 31, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: The Quartermaster & the Marquis' Son (Clash at Sea Book 1)

A gorgeous pirate, a handsome nobleman. A clash at sea.

Galen is the seasoned twenty-six year old Quartermaster of the Fair Wind and a fierce rover. Tall, dark and handsome with piercing green eyes. He cuts an imposing figure to any man foolish enough to get in his way. For the past seven years, he and the men of the Brethren of the Coast have scoured the Caribbean seas seeking the lone vessel traversing unawares, ready to steal her cargo. But he harbors a dark secret. He has spent the last three years haunted by the memory of a Spaniard named Obrigio who brutally assaulted him in Puerto Principe after a near disastrous raid. While setting his sights on Obrigio rumored to have since taken to the seas, Galen unleashes his fury on the unsuspecting merchant ships unfortunate enough to cross paths with him and his Brethren privateers.

Twenty year old Michel Laurent du Montbron is the third son of the Marquis d' Sevigne-Chambord and harbors a secret. For as long as he can remember, he has been attracted to men. When his older brother is unexpectedly banished to Jamaica by their tyranical father and made to oversee the building of a plantation, Michel decides to follow on his heels knowing the future holds nothing for him in France though he is waylaid by illness. When he finally succeeds in leaving, just two days shy of Port Royal, his ship is besieged by buccaneers. Unwilling to stand idle while his ship is overrun, he takes up arms and encounters the stunningly handsome Fair Wind's Quartermaster. He is ultimately disarmed and taken captive by the imposing figure and thrown into the hold. Michel must learn to fend for himself on a ship full of cuthroats and murderers while coming to grips with his predicament and his growing feelings for the man who took him captive.

While Michel is immediately smitten, Galen is slower to admit his true feelings, that he is equally enamored by his young prisoner. Together they embark on a saga of romance and self-discovery amidst the hardship and unforgiving conditions on a roving ship. Will their growing love survive and prevail on the high seas, or will the Quartermaster be proven correct that, despite their best efforts to stay together, rovers like Galen and men of Michel's ilk just don’t mix.

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



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2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour: Lane Hayes

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October). Moreover I'm taking part at the 2015 GRL Featured Blog Tour as Featured Blogger.

For the 2015 Featured Blog Tour, today author is Lane Hayes:

Is it really October? It’s hard to believe GRL is only a week away. This time last year I was preparing for my first ever GRL in Chicago. I had a blast! It was an exploratory visit for me as a reader and a new author. I met some wonderful people and was more excited than I can communicate to openly discuss a genre I had become passionate about in a relatively short time. Discussions about audiobook narrators followed by impromptu Starbucks run before jetting back to make the Q&As led by some of my favorite authors… what could be better? As a suburban mom, I never in a million years would have dreamed it possible. Fast forward a year and the girl who clandestinely read MM Romance like she was sneaking chocolate before bedtime is going to GRL San Diego… and this time, as a Featured Author. Pinch me!

For those readers who don’t know me, I am the author of the Better Than and Right and Wrong Stories series. My seventh book, Better Than Safe, book 4 in Better Than Stories, was released through Dreamspinner Press in late September. Perhaps I’m more passionate about the genre than I originally let on because I’m also the proud mother of a young gay man. I wrote my first book, Better Than Good, shortly after my son came out to my husband and me.

The underlying theme of Better Than Good, as with all of my subsequent books, was one of hope. On a personal level, my hope for my son was self-acceptance and the knowledge he is worthy of love, respect and equality. Three years later, he’s come a long way. The frightened kid who had a hard time looking me in the eye when he finally shared the secret I’d been waiting years to hear, is now an out and proud young man. Instead of worrying about him never leaving his room, I worry about him never being home. I’m a mother. It’s my job to worry. Lol. However, it is comforting to know he has begun to embrace hope and is learning to quiet his fears.

The fight for equality is far from over. Prejudice, intolerance and suppression surround us. But there is hope. There is a wonderful community of supporters who rally to promote education and understanding for LGBTQ rights. Sometimes it feels like the tide is turning, but it doesn’t last long enough to get excited about before another politician or crackpot county employee decides they’re doing God’s work by denying their fellow man their human rights. Unfortunately, there will always be bigots and morally ambiguous people, but the fact the MM Romance genre exists gives me hope. Any book that takes you to a better place for a while and reminds us of the beauty and transcendent quality of love is a work of art in its own way.

I’m extraordinarily proud to a member of this community and I’m looking forward to celebrating it with like-minded writers and readers at GRL in San Diego next week. Hope to see you there!

Thank you for having me today, Elisa! See you in SD!

Lane Hayes xo

Better Than Safe (Better Than Stories) by Lane Hayes
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 25, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634765222
ISBN-13: 978-1634765220
Amazon: Better Than Safe (Better Than Stories)
Amazon Kindle: Better Than Safe (Better Than Stories)

Paul Fallon is a fashion advertising guru. He’s a genius at dealing with difficult editors, art directors, and designers alike. He thrives on the chaotic atmosphere and constant challenges. But in his personal life, he’s hoping for peace and stability. Settling down with a nice doctor or lawyer sounds perfect. Anyone but an artist. He’s been there, done that, and he doesn’t want to relive the heartache.

Seth Landau is a model, occasional guitarist, and aspiring painter. He’s quirky, flighty, and wise beyond his years. Life has taught him some tough lessons, then given him opportunities he never dreamed of. He’s learned to appreciate the fragility of life and to express it in his work. Seth’s flare for the absurd combined with a supple mind and a beautiful body are too alluring for Paul to ignore. Against his best intentions, Paul is drawn to the younger man whose particular brand of crazy challenges Paul to accept that things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes taking a chance is better than being safe.



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About Lane Hayes: Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few ago and was instantly hooked. Her first novel was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards and her third received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow lab ever in an almost empty nest.

Contact the Author:
Lane’s Blog: http://lanehayes.wordpress.com
Twitter: @LaneHayes3
Facebook: LaneHayesauthor or Lane Hayes
Email: lanehayes@ymail.com

Better Than Stories series
Better Than Good
Better Than Chance
Better Than Friends
Better Than Safe

Right and Wrong Stories series
The Right Words
The Wrong Man
The Right Time

Short Stories & Free Reads
Out in the Deep End (GoodReads DRIC 2015)
Better Than Candy, Better Than Pride, Better Than Birthday, Better Than Holiday (Free reads available on Lane Hayes Blog)



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