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Lesbian romance novel to bridge the tennis off-season

Christmas discount for novel series offers relief for desperate lesbian tennis fans. Part One of the Love Game romance series will be available for free until the end of December. The fiction series follows several lesbian tennis players around the globe on their hunt for trophies, fame and love.
(gaywebsource.com) Munich, Germany – Tennis lovers all over the world dread the last weeks of the year when professional tennis players lay down their rackets and relax before the tour picks up again in sunny Australia. No live tennis, no drama.
Love Game series by M.B. GerardBut lesbian tennis fans may rejoice. Love Game, a lesbian romance series set in the women’s tennis world, was created by author M.B. Gerard and offers relief.
“I’m a huge tennis fan and I started writing the series when I had serious tennis withdrawal in late 2011,” Gerard laughs. “I also believed that the tennis world with its big egos and eccentric personalities would be a great setting for a novel.”
Tennis is especially popular with lesbians and it’s not a big secret that a lot of female players swing their rackets the other way. It even has become a game for Love Game readers familiar to the tennis world to detect who-is-who in Love Game, but Gerard dismisses the idea that some characters are based on real players.
“There are definitely tennis players who I like more than others and some gave me ideas for characters I created but it’s all fictional,” the writer assures and jokes: “I wish the real tennis world was as exciting as Love Game. I’d give up writing and get a job as a ballkid.”
Two novels have been published by indie eBook giant Smashwords so far.
Love Game –Season 2011 is available for free download at Smashwords.com using coupon code RM75V until the end of December or at Amazon.com for 99 cents.
Contact info: M.B. Gerard, www.mbgerard.com , info @ mbgerard.com

 

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MIAMI BEACH & MIAMI ARE ONE OF TWO FINALISTS VYING TO HOST THE 2017 WORLDOUTGAMES

The Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association
announces shortlist of bidders for fourth edition of worldOutgames

MIAMI BEACH – (GayWebSource.com) — Miami Beach and Miami have been selected as one of two finalists to host the 2017 worldOutgames, announced Bruce Townsend, co-chair of the Miami Beach-Miami Sports & Cultural League, the 13-member volunteer coalition that entered the bid on behalf of the cities.  The other finalist is Reykjavik, Iceland.  No U.S. city has ever hosted a worldOutgames.

The worldOutgames is sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) and take place every four years in a different global city.  Previous hosts have been Montreal and Copenhagen with the 2013 games slated for July and August 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium.  WorldOutgames are open to all who wish to participate, without regard to sexual orientation, and all competitions are arranged according to the skill level of the athletes.  Cultural and human rights components make the event a well-rounded experience for athletes and non-athletes alike.

GLISA co-president Daniel Vaudrin made the announcement of the finalists during a press conference in Antwerp hosted jointly by the Prime Minister of Belgium, Elio Di Rupo, and Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament and former Prime Minister of Belgium.

A site inspection team will now visit both cities and prepare a report that will be presented to the members of GLISA. The final step will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, in February 2013 — each city will be invited to present its bid to the members at a selection meeting. In order to be as inclusive as possible, members will be able to take part and vote by video and teleconference. The winning city will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting.

Included in the Miami Beach-Miami bid were proposals to host a human rights conference, a diverse cultural program, a worldOutgames Village, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and 30 sporting events.

“There’s not a city in the world more capable or more excited to host the worldOutgames than Miami Beach and Miami,” Townsend said.  “Miami Beach and Miami exemplify the true spirit and true culture of world-renowned South Florida. From the sexy sands of South Beach to the exotic wildlife of Zoo Miami to the natural beauty of the Florida Everglades, South Florida overflows with the energy of constant activity — literally 24/7. We are eager to showcase our hometown to visitors from throughout the world.”

Miami Beach-Miami Sports & Cultural League members are:

  • · Ivan Cano, Co- Chair- Executive Director of Miami Beach Gay Pride
  • · Bruce Townsend, Co- Chair, Social Catering Sales Director-Centerplate at the Miami Beach Convention Center
  • · Jerry Torres, Treasurer- Secretary, Principal GT Entertainment LOC
  • · Michael Gongora, Vice-Mayor, City of Miami Beach
  • · Steven Adkins, President & CEO of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • · Bob Balsam, General Manager- Global Spectrum, managing company of the Miami Beach Convention Center
  • · George Neary, Associate Vice President/Cultural Tourism, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • · Cindy Brown, Executive Director of the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
  • · Nick Tierno, General Manger- Centerplate at the Miami Beach Convention Center
  • · Jose Sotolongo, Executive Director of the Miami- Dade Sports Commission
  • · Keith Hart, Relationship Manager- GBPS- American Express
  • · Richard Murry, President – The Murry Agency Public Relations
  • · Karen Brown, Executive Director of the LGBT Visitors Center

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HISTORIC WINS FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN MARYLAND AND MAINE AND PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WINS RE-ELECTION

Tammy Baldwin Elected First Gay U.S. Senator

(GayWebSource.com) New York, NY, November 7, 2012 – GLAAD today responded to historic wins for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. President Barack Obama won re-election after becoming the first acting president to voice support for marriage equality. Voters in Maine and Maryland affirmed marriage for gay and lesbian couples. This is the first time that voters in any state voted in favor of marriage equality. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin also became the first out gay U.S. Senator.

For more information visit http://glaad.org/vote

“Visibility and progress for LGBT people have grown under President Obama and now that momentum must continue,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “LGBT people deserve full equality in every aspect of American life and President Obama, in his second term, should take every concrete step within his power to make it so.”

Mainers United for Marriage and Marylanders for Marriage Equality joined national media in declaring victory for marriage equality in their states. Results of votes for marriage equality in Washington and against a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality in Minnesota have not been announced.

“Voters in Maine and Maryland have shown that full equality for gay and lesbian people is no longer a partisan issue but an issue of human dignity,” said Graddick. “The claims made by anti-gay activists that voters would never embrace marriage for gay and lesbian couples could not be further from the truth. Across lines of politics, race, religion and gender, voters in Maryland and Maine today demonstrated that marriage equality is becoming a real part of American history.”

In Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin became the first out gay U.S. Senator.

“Tonight, Tammy Baldwin made history and shone a bright light across America.  No longer is the United States Senate a place for only a select few but for every citizen, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans,” said Graddick. “Baldwin’s victory showed what a majority of Americans already know: that candidates should be judged on their qualifications for the job and not their sexual orientation.”

For more information visit: http://glaad.org/vote

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About GLAAD: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.

Rich Ferraro
Vice President of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

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