Daniel C. Cochran died on December 1, 2019 at the age of 73. Dan was a ground-breaking pioneer for African- Americans and gay people on Wall Street

Dan is survived by his spouse, Greg Sutphin, his beloved companion of over fifty years. Dan was also involved in major fundraising efforts for the Human Rights Campaign and for Lamba Legal https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=daniel-cochran&pid=194628525

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Ersi Sotiropoulos’s What’s Left of the Night wins translation award

At its annual conference in Rochester, the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) named its National Translation Award winners for 2019, as the United States market’s “only national award for translated fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction that includes a rigorous examination of both the source text and its relation to the finished English work.” Translater Emmerich […]

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Does It Matter if Mary Shelley was bisexual???

Mary Shelley is a queen. Daughter of modern feminism’s founder, Mary Wollstonecraft, and the radical thinker William Godwin, this rebellious woman wrote one of the earliest and most influential gothic horror novels: Frankenstein. Her letters show that the author turned to women after her husband’s death. It’s an important insight into intimate history – and […]

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Puerto Rican Astrologer Walter Mercado Dies at 87

Walter Mercado was known and loved in the US and Latin America for his astrology readings and predictions.  He first became well known in Puerto Rico as an actor and dancer and moved to South Florida in the early 1990s.  There, he joined Univision and began a new career with new fame, delivering horoscopes, always […]

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Long Beach Library named after Billie Jean King

This is a bit of older news, but worth mentioning.  The city of Long Beach California opened a new downtown library and named it after Long Beach native, tennis player, and avid reader and community activist Billie Jean King. https://www.presstelegram.com/2019/09/21/long-beach-makes-it-official-its-the-billie-jean-king-main-library-now/

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Megan Drake interviewed for “BOUNDLESSRAINBOWLOVE” blog

This Italian blog is maintained by a community of bloggers in Italy. They cover LGBTQAI+ issues in Italy and around the world. This is a wonderful interview. Congratulations to Megan, and grazie molto to Katya Parente for the publication of this interview!  You can read the interview at this URL: https://boundlessrainbowlove.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/parla-con-katya-oggi-con-noi-la-rainbow-round-table-rrt/

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The National Book Foundation will award Edmund White with the 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

Best known for his portrayals of gay American life in both fiction and nonfiction, White’s body of work spans subject and genre, including a biography of French writer Jean Genet, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award; a trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and […]

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Lee Bennet Hopkins, 81, Poet With a Mission to Inspire Children

Lee Bennett Hopkins, passionate educator and prolific children’s poet and anthologist, died on August 8 in Cape Coral, Fla., following a hospitalization for COPD. He was 81. Many of Hopkins’s books have been celebrated over the years with distinctions and awards from the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the National Council of […]

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Kristie Escobar selected for YALSA’s Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award

GLBTRT member Kristie Escobar, a third-year doctoral student at FSU’s School of Information, was awarded the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award. See the full announcement from Florida State University at the link below. https://news.cci.fsu.edu/cci-news/cci-in-the-news/kristie-escobar-selected-for-yalsas-doctoral-dissertation-fellowship-award/

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