Today´s show is all about queer lives and loves. The US Supreme Court has made it official, and now even the reddest of red states must recognize gay marriage. Forget about the fundamentalist´s ´´God´s will´´ argument against gay marriage, says Susie, and look at the money. Catholic blogger Simcha Fischer caught Susie´s attention when she noted that if churches now discriminate against gays, they will lose their tax-exempt status, and therefore, money. Next, Susie thinks about what is lost with assimilation. If gays can legally marry everywhere, the old days of always being an outsider are over. Many gays created new families and communities that were very different from their birth families and mainstream society. Susie looks at Michael Lindenberger´s thoughts on all this, including secret gay bars and repression, in ´´The Vanishing Terrain of Gay America´´, a New Republic article. Then, it´s ´´What´s New on Audible´´. Susie has a great audiobook to share that´s in keeping with today´s theme: Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples by Roger Streitmatter, narrated by Christopher Hurt. Same sex unions have been around forever, and this book profiles some fascinating and prominent couples who lived together and flourished. Susie loves this book! Have a question or news story for Susie? You can send your confidential queries and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. [Episode 666, July 17, 2015] Explicit Language Warning: You must be 18 years or older to purchase this program. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susie Bright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/suzy/150717/pf_suzy_150717_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A swift plot with some stunning sex scenes give this novel a special place in the panoply of gay fiction. Ghostly Gay Trilogy is the story of the triumph of one man´s spirit as he casts out his demons, real and imagined, and lays to rest the ghost of his lost love, learning to live again. Life and fate have dealt Ashley Wynter a series of cruel blows. He is bereft of the job that fulfilled him and the lover who sustained him. Summoned by a sinister anonymous message, he´s lured into a twilight world of deceit, depravity, and degradation as he struggles to find out how his lover died - and why. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peregrine Muir. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mybk/000001/bk_mybk_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
China: A land of ancient wonders. A history of tradition, triumph, and tyranny. As it casts a shadow across the entire globe, this once forbidden country awakens as the dominant force in a new world economy. Business empires will rise, deals will be made, lives will be lost as money changes hands, but one treasure will remain the most precious in all of China: a diamond known as the Eye of Fucanglong, the Dragon God of lost jewels and buried treasures. The diamond is flawless. It is priceless. It is cursed. And it is about to be stolen in the heist of the century. Can Professor Fathom´s team of gay adventure-seekers find the diamond before this perfectly executed crime leads to a cataclysmic event of mass destruction? From the towers of Hong Kong to the diamond mines of Shandong; from the streets of San Francisco to the deserts of Dubai to the male strip clubs of Beijing; from China´s mystical past, to the boardrooms and backrooms of a modern industrial giant, take the high road to China and join in the sizzling action and nonstop adventure of The Curse of the Dragon God. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Carter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001187/bk_acx0_001187_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Part memoir, part self-help book, Frankly My Dear, I´m Gay takes listeners on a lighthearted, poignant, humorous, and multifaceted journey out of the closet with nationally known author, blogger, podcaster, speaker, and coming out coach Rick Clemons. Embracing the trips, falls, and triumphs of learning to walk in a new set of heels, Clemons brings a fresh perspective on how to be uniquely you as a flag-waving - or quietly standing on the sidelines - member of the LGBT community. Calling upon his own and clients´ experiences, Clemons doles out amusing yet sincere insights and advice for navigating a mutually respectful divorce, raising children as a gay parent, and learning how to date, mate, and be in a healthy same-sex relationship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rick Clemons. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/motv/000045/bk_motv_000045_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the irreverent star of Fox News’s Red Eye and The Five, hilarious observations on the manufactured outrage of an oversensitive, wussified culture. Greg Gutfeld hates artificial tolerance. At the root of every single major political conflict is the annoying coddling Americans must endure of these harebrained liberal hypocrisies. In fact, most of the time liberals use the mantle of tolerance as a guise for their pathetic intolerance. And what we really need is smart intolerance, or as Gutfeld reminds us, what we used to call common sense. The Joy of Hate tackles this conundrum head on- - replacing the idiocy of open-mindness with a shrewd judgmentalism that rejects stupid ideas, notions, and people. With countless examples grabbed from the headlines, Gutfeld provides readers with the enormous tally of what pisses us all off. For example: The double standard: You can make fun of Christians, but God forbid Muslims. It´s okay to call a woman any name imaginable, as long as she´s a Republican. And no problem if you´re a bigot, as long as you´re politically correct about it. The demonizing of the Tea Party and romanticizing of the Occupy Wall Streeters. The media who are always offended (see MSNBC lineup) How critics of Obamacare or illegal immigration are somehow immediately labeled racists. The endless debate over the Ground Zero Mosque (which Gutfeld planned to open a Muslim gay bar next to). As well as pretentious music criticism, slow-moving ceiling fans, and snotty restaurant hostesses. Funny and sarcastic to the point of being mean (but in a nice way), The Joy of Hate points out the true jerks in this society and tells them all off. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Kramer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003344/bk_rand_003344_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Destiny sees what others don’t. A quiet fisher mourning the loss of her sister to a cruel dragon. A clever hedge-witch gathering knowledge in a hostile land. A son seeking vengeance for his father´s death. A daughter claiming the legacy denied her. A princess laboring under an unbreakable curse. A young resistance fighter questioning everything he´s ever known. A little girl willing to battle a dragon for the sake of a wish. These heroes and heroines emerge from adversity into triumph, recognizing they can be more than they ever imagined: chosen ones of destiny. From the author of the Earthside series and the Rewoven Tales novels, No Man of Woman Born is a collection of seven fantasy stories in which transgender and nonbinary characters subvert and fulfill gendered prophecies. These prophecies recognize and acknowledge each character´s gender, even when others do not. Note: No trans or nonbinary characters were killed in the making of this book. Trigger warnings and neopronoun pronunciation guides are provided for each story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cori Samuel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122552/bk_acx0_122552_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it´s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal´s not who he thought he was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robbie Daymond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/002221/bk_lili_002221_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Following A Boy´s Own Story (now a classic of American fiction) and his richly acclaimed The Beautiful Room Is Empty, here is the eagerly awaited final volume of Edmund White´s groundbreaking autobiographical trilogy. Named for the work by Haydn in which the instrumentalists leave the stage one after another until only a single violin remains playing, this is the story of a man who has outlived most of his friends. Having reached the six-month anniversary of his lover´s death, he embarks on a journey of remembrance that will recount his struggle to become a writer and his discovery of what it means to be a gay man. His witty, conversational narrative transports us from the 1960s to the near present, from starkly erotic scenes in the back rooms of New York clubs to episodes of rarefied hilarity in the salons of Paris to moments of family truth in the American Midwest. Along the way, a breathtaking variety of personal connections - and near misses - slowly builds an awareness of the transformative power of genuine friendship, of love and loss, culminating in an indelible experience with a dying man. And as the flow of memory carries us across time, space and society, one man´s magnificently realized story grows to encompass an entire generation. Sublimely funny yet elegiac, full of unsparingly trenchant social observation yet infused with wisdom and a deeply felt compassion, The Farewell Symphony is a triumph of reflection and expressive elegance. It is also a stunning and wholly original panorama of gay life over the past thirty years - the crowning achievement of one of our finest writers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Backman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018642/bk_adbl_018642_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The playoffs are here, and Dev Miski´s life has never been busier. As the only gay professional football player, he´s in great demand for interviews and commercials, but if the Chevali Firebirds are to make it to the championship game, he´ll need to play the best football of his life. Every distraction is a danger. And the number one distraction is his boyfriend, Lee. Sick over the death of a young player, Lee pushes Dev to take a more active role in reaching out to gay youth, and he doesn´t take Dev´s resistance well. When push comes to shove, will their love for each other triumph? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Sewell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/041859/bk_acx0_041859_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anthony Powell´s universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as ´´brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times,´´ A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art. In the second volume they move to London in a whirl of marriage and adulteries, fashions and frivolities, personal triumphs and failures. These books ´´provide an unsurpassed picture, at once gay and melancholy, of social and artistic life in Britain between the wars´´ (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.). The third volume follows Nick into army life and evokes London during the blitz. In the climactic final volume, England has won the war and must now count the losses. In the background of this second volume of A Dance to the Music of Time, the rumble of distant events in Germany and Spain presages the storm of World War II. In England, even as the whirl of marriages and adulteries, fashions and frivolities, personal triumphs and failures gathers speed, men and women find themselves on the brink of fateful choices. Includes the novels: At Lady Molly´s, Casanova´s Chinese Restaurant, and The Kindly Ones. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Anthony Powell´s book, you´ll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview – where James Atlas interviews Charles McGrath about the life and work of Anthony Powell – begins as soon as the audiobook ends. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001043/bk_adbl_001043_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.