Author Lee Lynch’s ‘American Queer’ a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Nonfiction


Lee Lynch is both a terrific writer and a terrific person. I’ve come to know her through her inclusion in the Outer Voices Inner Lives collection, and her monthly Amazon Trail columns featured here. I could not be happier to see her among the Lambda Literary Award Finalists this year. Hats off to Lee! – Mark/Editor

Lee’s nominated book, An American Queer: The Amazon Trail, A Quarter Century of Queer Life in the United States, is available at Bold Strokes Books and on Amazon.

Lee Lynch’s most recent novels, The Raid and Beggar of Love, are published by Bold Strokes Books. She is the namesake and first recipient of The Lee Lynch Classic Award for The Swashbuckler.  She’s been honored with the Golden Crown Literary Society Trailblazer Award, the Alice B. Reader Award, induction into the Saints and Sinners Literary Hall of Fame, the James Duggins Mid-Career Award, and, for Beggar of Love, the Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Award, the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award, and Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews.

‘Outer Voices Inner Lives’ a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Anthology!

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A Collection of LGBTQ Writers Over 50

It’s official! A Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Anthology, 2014. ‘Outer Voices Inner Lives’ is a vibrant collection of stories and personal reflections by 16 LGBTQ writers over 50, authors with the understanding and experience that come from maturing. With a foreword by iconic author Patricia Nell Warren, this collection will resonate with older readers who may identify with many of the experiences depicted in these stories. And younger readers will find inspiration, imagination, and the resiliency of the creative spirit. Edited by Mark McNease and Stephen Dolainski.

You’ve read many of the stories here over the last few months, as well as some regular columns from a few. Here’s a full list of writers: Dominic Ambrose, Sally Bellerose, Michael Craft, Allison Green, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Lee Lynch, David Masello, Richard May, John McFarland, Stephanie Mott, Dawn Munro, Neil Ellis Orts, Gary Pedler, James Reynolds and Jean Ryan.

Events: 40+ LGBT and Ally SAGEWorks Career Fair – March 12 (Philly)

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Via LGBT Elder Initiative

Are you ready for a new career?
Join us for the 40+ LGBT and Ally
SAGEWorks Career Fair
March 12 at the William Way Community Center!
This free event is open to the public and offers workshops that provide valuable insight, along with the opportunity to connect with recruiters and representatives from more than 20 local employers.

WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 2015, 12:00pm–3:00pm (doors open 11:00am)
WHERE: William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Visit LGBT Elder Initiative for Details

Events: Rick May to Join Writers for Rolling Writers Queer-nami Reading

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Congratulation to Rick May as one of the 16 authors in the Outer Voices Inner Lives collection, now a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for anthology!

Rick May was among the 16 authors included in the Outer Voices Inner Lives collection (you can read his story, ‘The Green Bench,’ featured on the site today).  He’ll be joining six other writers reading their work at the Rolling Writers Queer-nami event on Saturday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. in San Francisco. You an see event details on their Facebook page.

Events: LGBT Elder Initiative Presents ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ Workshop for Men – April 25, Philly


From the LGBT Elder Initiative:

Let’s talk about sex! As we get older, our desires often change, or changes in our bodies may impact how we pursue those desires. Join us for this free workshop for gay, bi, and trans men to explore sexuality and aging. Discussion topics will include: health and sexuality, nutrition and exercise, performance anxiety, dating and relationships, keeping sex hot, and more!

This program is free, open to the public and will be held at the William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia.
Refreshments will be served.

To register or for more information, please contact the LGBT Elder Initiative.
Phone: (215) 550-1460

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 • 9:30am to 12:30pm

Visit LGBT Elder Initiative for Further Details

Video Fix: Wanda Sykes on Coming Out (the Meredith Vieira Show)

From the YouTube description:

When comedian and actress Wanda Sykes attended a 2008 protest against Proposition 8 legislation, she had no idea that she would feel compelled to share her own “coming out” story with the world!

The Savvy Senior: How to Protect Yourself from Osteoporosis Bone Fractures

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
Can a person in their early 50’s have osteoporosis? When I fell and broke my wrist last winter the doctor that treated me told me I might have osteoporosis. What can you tell me?
Worried Ronda

Dear Ronda,
While osteoporosis is much more common in older seniors, it can strike at any age. In fact, the National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that half of women and up to 25 percent of men in the U.S. over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Here’s what you should know.

Who’s at Risk?

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the bones to become brittle and weak and more susceptible to fractures. Around 10 million Americans already have osteoporosis (80 percent are women) while another 43 million have “pre-osteoporosis,” or osteopenia. But the good news is this disease is both preventable and treatable.


Let’s Talk About Brain Health with Herbalist Cathy McNease

Cathy_5-22-09In this conversation from the podcast archive, I spoke with herbalist Cathy McNease about brain health, gut health, and the close link between the two.

Cathy’s Health Listens offer valuable advice that’s easy to follow and habits we can develop for our bodies and minds. Her recent book, In Harmony with the Seasons: Herbs, Nutrition and Well-Being, is available now in print and eBook.

Cathy McNease is a nationally certified herbalist with a Diplomate in Chinese Herbology from the NCCAOM, a B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Western Michigan University and two Master Herbalist certificates from Emerson College of Herbology in Canada and East-West Course of Herbology in Santa Cruz.

Satire Could Put Today’s Hot Topics in Proper Perspective; Huckabee is Archie Bunker

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Cross-posted from David’s Blog

If television executives ever decide to remake the wildly-successful 1970s-era All in the Family sitcom to address this century’s issues, I sure hope they will borrow some material from today’s 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls — especially former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

When I watched Huckabee’s recent interview on CNN about LGBT people and same-sex marriage, I felt like my TV and I had slipped back in time. His remarks comparing LGBT people living their lives to straight people cussing and drinking alcohol sounded just like something Archie Bunker might have said.

“People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle,” Huckabee reasoned to CNN’s Dana Bash as he sidestepped a question about whether he believed people came by their sexual orientation through heredity or choice. “I don’t shut people out of my life because they have a different point of view.”

Gee thanks, Mike, I thought. That’s a relief. I’d hate to think I couldn’t hang out with a fun guy like you.


Mary’s House to Provide LGBT Friendly & Affordable Housing for Older Adults in Washington, DC

maryshouseLGBT friendly and affordable housing for older adults is a critical need in communities across the country, something I learned first-hand at the White House National LGBT Elder Housing Summit in early February. One of the attendees and panelists was Dr. Imani Woody, who’ll be joining me on an upcoming Aged to Perfection podcast (listen for it soon!).

Dr. Woody is the Founding Director and President of Mary’s House in Washington, D.C., a development of affordable independent living for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors. Please consider donating or becoming involved if you’re able!

From Mary’s House description and mission statement:

Imagine living in a building where everybody knows your name and accepts you just as you are. Visualize a place where communal living feels like home with a shared living room, shared dining room, shared kitchen. See yourself in your own room with closet space and a private bath.

You have access to the laundry room, exercise room and the therapeutic hot tub. Picture yourself sitting on the front porch, in the rocking chairs, smelling the honeysuckles and talking with old and new friends. Need to go out? Public transportation is only a block away. Need limited coordination of city and community services? Just ask a staff person.

The mission of Mary’s House is to lead in addressing issues related to affordable independent living for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors. Mary’s House works to achieve a high quality of living for LGBT Elders.

Welcome to Mary’s House. Welcome Home – Anticipated opening date: Winter 2016

We’ll be getting much more information on LGBT older adult housing needs and on Mary’s House with Dr. Woody on the podcast. Be sure to listen in!

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