‘Interview with the Vampire’ author Anne Rice dies at age 80

I woke to news this morning that breaks my heart. I write this words in a stunned, numb, state. One of my two favorite authors in the WORLD has died. I can barely believe it. She was so active. Doing so many things. It’s not fair. But then death isn’t, is it? So unlike her beloved Louis and Lestat, she was all too mortal.

I first read Interview With the Vampiric when I was around 18 – 20 and it literally blew me away. She took the vampire genre and changed it forever, turning them from hissing creatures into something far more. She has been copied a thousand thousand times….and I guess that will make her immortal. They say Imation is the sincerest form of flattery.

I went to her home in New Orleans close to 30 years ago, but she was out of town, but her secretary and dear friend came out and spoke with me at least a half hour. Then when Anne was touring with her book Servant of the Bones, I waited in line for an hour or two at least and to keep the line moving you were supposed to get your book signed and MOVE on. But she wasn’t having it and spent time with everyone, including me. If I had felt any irritation at how long I waited, it was banished in an instant with my time with her and loved her all the more for what she did for her beloved fans, And her secretary remembered me! And she had told Anne about me! It was truly delightful.

So I will try, as I am now slowly coming back to reality, remember the good and cherish it and know I will always have her books. And the knowledge that her son Christopher is carefully watching over her legacy….


‘Interview with the Vampire’ author Anne Rice dies at age 80

By Andy Rose, CNN

(CNN)Anne Rice, author of the best-selling Vampire Chronicles novel series Continue reading

GAY PRIDE: Day 17: Kamala Harris Becomes First Sitting Vice President to March in a Pride Event

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This just blew me away. I don’t know how I didn’t hear about this until days later! But I am thrilled! How nice to have people in office who care!

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Kamala Harris Becomes First Sitting VP to March in a Pride Event | PEOPLE.com

 

Kamala Harris Becomes First Sitting Vice President to March in a Pride Event

Vice President Kamala Harris made history again on Saturday, becoming the first sitting VP to march in a Pride Event as she was joined by Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff at Capital Pride
By Glenn GarnerJune 12, 2021 06:59 PM

Vice President Kamala Harris has made history once again, becoming the first sitting Vice President to Continue reading

GAY PRIDE: Day 16: The Pride Flag Comes Home

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This story made me very emotional. I know that if we ever get to go to San Francisco, this will be my number one tourist goal. It will be one of those things that I so wish I could touch, know that I can’t, and be blown away just to be in its presence. Wow. There are tears in my eyes right now as I type these words. It is so important to preserve our history and past. And what better happy symbol than this….?

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Original Rainbow Pride Flag Returns to its San Francisco Home After 43 Years

Peter-Astrid Kane in San Francisco – The Guardian – Sat 12 Jun 2021 06.00 EDT

The long-lost piece of queer history, with two extra stripes, was designed to represent β€˜the full spectrum of the LGBTQ community’

After 43 years, a long-lost piece of San Francisco’s queer history is Continue reading

A Sad Day: RenΓ© Auberjonois: June 1, 1940 – December 8, 2019

RenΓ© Auberjonois, Actor featured in Star Trek, Benson and Altman films, dies at 79

By Andrew Dalton
Dec. 8, 2019 at 5:34 p.m. CST

RenΓ© Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and his part in the 1970 film M*A*S*H playing Father Mulcahy, died Dec. 8 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79.

The cause was metastatic lung cancer, said his son, Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois.

Mr. Auberjonois worked constantly as a character actor through several periods and forms, from the dynamic theater of the 1960s to the cinema renaissance of the 1970s to Continue reading

Re-Post: A Rare Bald Eagle Trioβ€”Two Dads and a Mom

I found this article and I just had to share it with you. It’s not MMM, but I loved it all the same. Is it polyamory? You decide. If you prefer, you can find the original article by clicking right HERE.

Starr, Valor II, and Valor I (left to right) sit on their nest in Illinois. Their chicks are lucky to have so much parental care! Photo: Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge

A Rare Bald Eagle Trioβ€”Two Dads and a Momβ€”Captivates Webcam Fans

Even after their first mate died, the two males remained faithful to each other, and are now raising three eaglets with a new female named Starr.
By Ally Hirschlag — April 11, 2019 — Audubon

In a tall tree situated on the Mississippi River in Fulton, Illinois, three eagles, a female and two males, are looking after three downy eagletsβ€”keeping them warm, feeding them freshly caught catfish, and herding them away from the edge of the nest. The three parents take turns hunting and nest-sitting, often calling to one another for assistance.

Bald Eagles aren’t a rare sight at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, but three of them tending to the same nest is, especially when Continue reading

Re-Blog: Montreal’s Penis Temple (NSFW!)

Here’s an interesting…piece. What do you think of this one?

Montreal’s Penis Temple Dedicated To Every Member (NSFW)

At the Temple of Priapus, all church members worship members β€” it’s a prerequisite.

The pagan temple began in San Francisco in the 1970s as a tribute to Priapus, a Greek god of fertility and the son of Dionysus and Aphrodite.

Since then, temples have opened in other cities, including Montreal, where David Francis Cassidy … Continue reading

Batman Goes Full Frontal in New Comic Book!

Well it seems that the Batman, in the new graphic novel Batman: Damned, has a full frontal nude. Who would have thought such a thing? Sure lots of fans though the years have drawn him nude, but to be in an official DC Comic? Well that is a horse, in this case a bat, of a different color.

Here is what Vice, an online newszine has to say….

As Martin Scorsese and Joaquin Phoenix prepare to flip the story of the Joker upside-down, a new Batman comic book reveals a new, darker side of the Dark Knight: the inside of his tights. Bruce Wayne’s semi-flaccid member is revealed, lurking in the shadows of his exposed crotch, in a panel midway through the debut of a three-issue miniseries called Damned. Much like the World’s Greatest Detective stalking a criminal, it’s a dick so sneaky you might miss it….

And while this blog is all about romance, there aren’t too many of you out there against seeing a little flesh (or in this case, paint?). And because I feel it is my duty, here I am passing the panels from the comic on to you. Because 1) DC has edited out the batbits on the downloadable version, and 2) DC is editing them out of the second printing, and 3) I’m a nice guy and down want those interested in missing them….Β  Continue reading

A STORY TO MELT YOUR HEART (A Re-Blog For You)

I found this and had to share it. Boy, has the world changed. People go on and on about how horrible this world has become, but as I have said a million times, you see what you look for. I see stories like this and my heart swells with joy. I could never have done something like what you are going to read here. The world is a better and better place all the time, especially if we have reached a time where two boys this young can know who they are, and express their love….

This Love Story of High School Swimmer and Football Captain will Melt Your Icy Heart

Hunter Sigmund – a swimmer at John Burroughs School, a private prep school in Missouri – appeared to have his shit well and truly together. β€œBut internally, I was a mess,” he informs. Despite getting killer grades, Hunter had zero confidence and constantly tried to act straight around his peers until he ended up isolating himself.

The one day, at a Labor Day party in 2016, Sigmund decided to confide his secret in a classmate. Jake Bain, the head of the football team, had come out earlier that year and while had been met with his own obstacles in coming out, was an ear for Hunter. And thus Hunter took the opportunity to chew it off in a two-hour conversation. One of them D&Ms (deep and meaningfuls), when you’re licked at a party, init.

β€œAfter years of trying to suppress my sexuality and the pain associated with my fear of coming out, I felt freed,” Sigmund writes in Outsports. β€œBeing my entire, unfiltered self for a night with Jake gave me a glimpse of the other side. The side that was filled with happiness, support, and love.”

Jake and Hunter then became boyfriends, with Jake turning up to Hunter’s swim-meets to support him. His swim team soon figured out that the two were an item, and offered their acceptance and support too.

When Jake initially came out, he was met with a protest from the tired-ass homophobes at the Westboro church. But the protesters were met with anti-protest protestors, compiled of over 100 students, friends and family who supported him.

Jake and Hunter then went on to go to four dances at their school as a couple.

β€œWe have been the only openly gay couple at Burroughs since I’ve been here, but it isn’t a problem at all at our school. People treat us the same,” wrote Hunter.

β€œIt is nice to be able to go to prom with whoever you want and not have to worry about what other people might think.”

The two now attend colleges in different states, but talk regularly. We certainly hope a little distance doesn’t get in the way of this adorable couple – they’ve overcome a fair bit already!

For the original post, CLICK HERE.

Jimmy Carter says, “Jesus would approve of gay marriage” and Gay Couple Denied a Marriage License

Hey! I’m re-blogging” a couple of articles I thought might interest you. I’ll start bad and end with the good, because that is the way I like it. As ugly as the first article is, someone (a very wonderful someone) rises up and shows that there is love in this world to counter the hate. Love to you from me too!

Namaste,
BG “Ben” Thomas

Both of these were originally published at LGBTQ Nation…Β Β  Continue reading