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All Things Being Equal…

What a week! As a proud Iowan, I’d like to point out that now you can get T-Shirts that say “New York: Finally as gay as Iowa!” (Check out RayGun). Twitter was abuzz all week long (well, at least the peeps I follow) with updates on the voting in the New York Senate. I’ll confess I didn’t really expect victory this time around, even though I’d heard it could happen. I’m thrilled to be proven wrong.

Our son, who lives in New York, was headed for bed when he saw the news on FaceBook. He rushed to the nearest subway station and was on the street outside the Stonewall Inn within half an hour of the news, a celebration beyond words. And what a perfect prelude for the NY Pride parade a mere two days later, Sunday the 26th – in fact, a stunning way to celebrate the entire month of June as Pride Month.

Last night I heard one of our local speakers remind us that the battle isn’t over until the other side quits fighting. Here in Iowa, there is constant pressure on legislators to amend the state constitution as a means of reversing the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision affirming marriage equality. And even if the day comes when all fifty states recognize marriage equality, the vast number of federal rights that come with being married will still be unavailable to same sex couples unless there is recognition at that level.

Both halves of Adriana will keep working for that day. Meanwhile, we’ll keep on writing our LGBT characters and giving them the happy endings that anyone in love deserves.

 

Six Sentence Sunday

This week’s Sunday Six is from a project close to my heart – To Love and To Cherish, a charity anthology published by LoveYouDivine on Valentine’s Day 2010, all profits donated to Marriage Equality USA . Our lesbian love story is titled “Embracing the Fire.”

 

Blurb

The deep chill of a Vermont winter will require lots of firewood, so canoe and wilderness guide Brandy Latham welcomes the help of her best friend, Stephanie Watkins. Newly settled in the lakeside house where she spent so many summers with her grandparents, Brandy’s ready to think about warmth of a different kind, and she knows just who she wants to share it with.

 

Fresh from her divorce, Stephanie is finally clear what she wants, and it’s Brandy. Has she been reading the signals right? Together the two friends saw, split and stack as they’ve done for many years. Can they dare to claim the fire that now ignites between them?

 

Here’s the start of their magic moment – relaxing after their afternoon’s work, sitting side by side on the floor watching the fire, sipping hot chocolate, noticing their marshmallow mustaches…

 

“I could get a washcloth, I suppose.”

Stephanie didn’t reply nor did she flinch when Brandy darted her tongue out. She couldn’t stifle a moan when Brandy’s tongue slid along her lip, wetting and then lapping at it.

“Better,” Brandy murmured. Her warm breath bounced across Stephanie’s mouth and tickled her nose. “Almost got it.”

Brandy’s eyes sparkled as she slanted her lips across Stephanie’s mouth.

 

Listen to Lascivious with Lacy read an excerpt!   

Victor Banis at the San Francisco Literary Examiner gave this book a smashing review, and you can read it HERE.

 

The complete anthology is available in print and e-book:

 

Print

          LoveYouDivine

          Amazon     

E-Book

LoveYouDivine

 

We’ll be there to greet the bus

We’re under attack in Iowa. For a year and a half Iowa has enjoyed marriage equality, based on the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling of April 4, 2009. Now failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats is organizing an attempt to unseat the three Iowa Supreme Court judges who are up for retention in this year’s election. The lies and hatred in his campaign are frightening – as is the depth of his financial support from several national ultra conservative groups. Gay news blogger Andy Towle provides an analysis of these sources in his October 22 blog.

Beginning today, for the next four days, a bus tour featuring Rick Santorum, Maggie Gallagher, Tony Perkins, and Iowa Representative Steve King will make stops in twenty Iowa cities and pass through 45 Iowa counties to promote NO votes on the three judges.

I’m frightened by the money, the lies, and most of all the hatred. But I am not alone. A bipartisan committee calling itself Fair Courts for Us has organized Homegrown Justice events to greet the bus at each stop. If you’re an Iowan, or if you know an Iowan who would support this cause, please click on this link to the Homegrown Justice event schedule and share it.

Both halves of Adriana will be there to meet the bus when it stops in our town.

 
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