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Good morning,

The regularly scheduled diary about something written in the LGTB world is taking a Holiday. It will return in two weeks for a brand new year.  But we would like volunteers to help write about books that interested or helped you while you dealt with Coming Out, or other issues related to LGTB issues. If you don't want to write a diary then we will take suggestions as well. Anything helps. I love writing for this series, but Dave and I can't do it alone. We need other voices from the Community to bring to light great stories than we simple may never have heard of. So, please think about writing or making suggestions if you can.

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very safe, prosperous, and Happy New Year!

Tex

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  •  Merry Christmas to all my LGBT friends! (5+ / 0-)

    Hoping you all have a wonderful holiday with your family and loved ones.

    We (your hetero brothers and sisters) have so much work ahead together but I look forward to it.

    For today, lets celebrate how far we have come - even since just last year at this time - the holiday spirit has never been more evident throughout a year.

    Best Wishes,

    4CasandChlo (Jason - Cassandra - and Chloe)

    Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

    by 4CasandChlo on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 07:18:36 AM PST

  •  What Texdude said (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    slksfca, sfbob, Texdude50, LuvSet

    Words aren't coming as easy as they usually do at this point in my life, but maybe something I said in my Joe Keenan diary should be repeated as a motivator.

    I got the idea for the diary in an open thread for another R&BL series, Diana in NoVa's "Books that Changed MY Life" and I used my diary to recruit for it. What I said works for this series too with a little reworking because we're not setting the bar as high as she does:

    Surely each of you who is reading this can name a book that you've read on LGBT subjects or by LGBT writers or that touched you as an LGBT reader that you'd like to share with the Kos community -- Kosmail Texdude50 or Dave in Northridge if you want to write about said book and we'll gladly put you on the schedule
    Really! Thanks for your help so far too.

    -7.75, -8.10; Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Dave in Northridge on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 07:36:07 AM PST

  •  Best LGBT books of 2012 (0+ / 0-)

    Band of Thebes, an lgbt lit blog, posted a list of books lgbt authors enjoyed in 2012. It's a fascinating and long list and I kept it open on my browser for a week or more, slowly reading through the recommendations and searching my local library for holdings.

    I don't remember having heard that there was a new unexpurgated version of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray now available. I'm sure it doesn't present gay love the way a novelist would today, but I'm intrigued to know there's more Wilde to read.

    Here's one author's contribution to the Thebes list:

    Jamieson Currier, author of The Third Buddha:

    There were two must reads this year: Scotty Bowers' Full Service and Christopher Bram’s Eminent Outlaws, both immensely entertaining. My favorite discovery of the year was an English translation of Separate Rooms, a novel by Pier Vittorio Tondelli, published by Serpent’s Tail in 1992, which I found at Antinous, the gay bookstore in Barcelona. It is an autobiographical novel about an Italian writer in his 30s remembering his deceased German lover and their lives together in France. It’s fully detailed, mesmerizing and melancholic. The novel was originally published in Italian in 1989. Tondelli died in 1991

    Like Currier I enjoyed Full Service (who can disdain Hollywood gossip?) and Eminent Outlaws (Bram does a good job turning into narrative the gradual emergence of gay literature in America).

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