Biography LGBTQ+ Books

Beauty, Blissfulness & Tragedy: The Life of Oscar Wilde

"Beauty, Blissfulness & Tragedy: The Life of Oscar Wilde" is a biography of the famous Irish writer, poet and dramatist, written by his friend Frank Harris. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, Wilde became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays and poetry, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death. Wilde is a central figure in aesthetic writing. His controversial, open lifestyle was the reason he was charged and eventually convicted for the crime of sodomy.

GAY MOMENTS: Boy Tracks: A First Time Gay Romance

Young Glenn Grosvenor is a budding filmmaker. As he wanders the remote tracks of his family’s property in outback Australia he dreams of one day attending the National Film and Television School in far-off Sydney town. His dreams are punctuated by the blazing lights of the Indian-Pacific express train as it dashes across the distant horizon.In the meantime Glenn wonders how he can use his talent as a filmmaker to try to save his family’s farm from bankruptcy. He also tries to work out how he can protect his Aboriginal boyfriend from becoming involved in a mysterious and possibly dangerous initiation rite.“As Glenn watched in the gathering gloom the windows of the Indian Pacific made brilliant yellow boxes that merged together into a long ribbon of light as the train gathered speed and gleefully charged across the plain.During his solitary walks in the gathering evenings Glenn wondered about the people who would be ensconced somewhere behind that charging ribbon of light. Who were they? Young couples heading for a better life? Business types taking the opportunity of spending four days and three nights on a train to relax and get drunk? Backpackers from overseas looking for adventure in the Land Down Under? Spies seeking to do Russia or China’s bidding? Gay boys running away together?”ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kevin Armstrong has worked extensively in theatre and film and television in Asia and the Land Down Under. He also teaches writing skills in universities and international schools. A chronic traveller, he is often to be found raconteuring in bars from Singapore to Sydney.Approximately 25,000 words.

Blue Planet Blues Vol. 1 Hitchhiking the Psychedelic Matrix: The Memoirs of Holly Avila

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME on a journey through the free love '70's... Read what happens when a young woman coming of age turns on, tunes in & drops out of college to join the counter-culture on a quest for freedom and spiritual self-discovery. Hitch a ride with Holly from go-go dancing jobs to hippy communes to anti-war demonstrations with nothing but a backpack, guitar and her thumb. Dive into romantic LSD trips and magical experiences as our heroine explores the edges of existentialism & the irony of love.In this opening volume of the series, based on the journals that Holly kept from 1974 to 1977, we are introduced to her pursuit of freedom after rebelling against her cloistered life & upbringing with a midwestern military family. Through her love affairs, philosophical musings & psychedelic experimentation we are brought on a journey around the continent as a reflection of her internal search for answers. Why have I never felt at home? Why did my mother give me up? Why do I feel incomplete without a lover? Why does the 'real world' seem so unreal to me?Holly Avila is an artist, author & musician who has been writing & performing songs since the 1970s. Her love of folk music led her to Greenwich Village, NYC where she formed the bands NY Frets & later Wheels, playing the tri-state country-bluegrass-blues circuit for 12 years. In 1986, Variety wrote, "The city came through vividly in the lyrics, but her deep-rooted singing was pure country like maple syrup poured over a stack of flapjacks." Her music found its way to the big screen in 1987 when Wheel's song "Trying Very Hard" appeared in the feature film Kandyland. Holly later joined the Juggernaut String Band in Pennsylvania while raising her children. They performed around the Delaware Water Gap area & appeared on the main stage of the Philly Folk Festival in 2000. She then went on to form her own world fusion project Blue Planet / Planeta Azul to explore her interest in Latin American folk forms, multi-cultural influences & psychedelic rock. Global Rhythm Magazine selected her Cumbia "Querida De Mi Alma" for their November 2006 Global Rhythm on Disc compilation. In 2009 she released her debut album "Mountains Back Home" on all digital streaming platforms, defining Blue Planet's new sound of Pan-American Fusion. In 2011 Holly drove cross-country to Baja California, Mexico where she wrote & recorded her upcoming project “West Coast Bound” EP which is due to be released in fall of 2018.

The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

The Next Bruce Jenner

On July 30, 1976, fresh off the intoxicating pride of their Bicentennial celebration, Americans sit before their color televisions and watch as their own Bruce Jenner defeats the communist machine in the most prestigious of all Olympic events. Bruce jogs his victory lap, arms raised in triumph, cloaked in red, white, and blue, while commentators search for the right words to describe a man's dream fulfilled. 80,000 people in Montreal's Olympic Stadium stand in non-stop cheer for fifteen minutes, absorbed in the moment. The world stops and nothing else matters. Of the billions of people on the planet, there is one man who will forever own these fifteen minutes. Bruce Jenner.Rich Ochoa, a twelve-year-old boy in Lindale, Texas is among those who watch in awe at the coronation of "The World's Great Athlete." Having already been declared by President Richard Nixon of possessing "a sound mind in a strong body," Rich decides that he will train to become the next great American Decathlete and will not only equal but will break all of his hero's records. Rich sets out the next day building a homemade decathlon training facility in the pasture of his family farm and targets the 1988 Olympics for his moment of glory. Follow Rich on his decade-long journey of delusion and denial as he refuses to give up on his dream of becoming THE NEXT BRUCE JENNER.

Runner's High or: Can LSD Make You Gay? How I Ran an Ultramarathon Tripping on a Psychedelic Drug: The Easy Guide to Doing What You Should Not

The number one do-not-try-this-at-home book:In Runner’s High or: Can LSD Make You Gay? you will learn why getting high on your own supply is the best habit you can give yourself, what a shame it was that the hippies dragged a perfectly good drug through the mud in the 1960s, and how the parasitic fungus that may have caused the Salem Witch Trials could be used by the human race as major weapon in the fight against depression, addiction and mental illness. You'll be taken on a grand tour of everything from how the CIA tried using LSD to brainwash people during the cold war to the story of how the marathon (and later the ultramarathon) came to be. How do people buy drugs in the 21st century? How safe is it to use Bitcoin to buy LSD on the Darknet? To finally learn the answers to these questions and many more, join author Lucas Simon Drake on his personal journey to understand what feats the human body is capable of doing when tested to its limits. We may be born to run, but running fifty miles while under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug is not an experience for the faint of heart. Yet it might be the kind of experiment the scientific community requires to answer the age-old question: can LSD make you gay?