Queer Festivus Gift Idea: December Rose

A selection of images from our book “December Rose” which contains 60 images from the Whetstone Park of Roses taken on 12/01/10 (World Aids Day). The book is available at Amazon. Printed on Premium paper, available as a paperback or with a premium ‘imagewrap‘ hard cover. We donate $20 (approximately 90% of our mark-up) from the sale of each copy to AmFAR.

Selected images are available as true photographic prints up to 16″x20″ from our ZenFolio gallery. Some images are available on cards, journals and other gift items at our CP Shop and Wall Calendars at our Lulu storefront. 90% of proceeds from these shops is also donated to AmFAR.

“Why roses?” you might ask. I could talk about their near-universal symbolism or ruminate on how artificial modern hybrid roses are; genetically-altered mutants bred for human pleasure regardless of the impact on Mother Nature. The symbolism that flowers die, set seed (unless sterile) and are born anew next Spring. How some of these images do contain both new buds and dead blooms. The truth is that I did not select roses so much as they chose me. I was at the Whetstone Park of Roses just to take a few images to ‘close the file’ on the 2010 season when I knew that I had to do this volume.
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Queer Festivus Gift Ideas- Books by Sean Martin

Doc and Raider Books by Sean Stephane Martin

“A couple of gay guys from Canada, Doc and Raider started back in 1987 as a small, single-panel cartoon whose initial appearance was in a LGBT publication in Vancover. They were quickly snapped up by others across Canada then Europe, New Zealand, Japan, and the Middle East… but always viewing things from a distinctly Canadian point of view. Tackling such issues as HIV/AIDS and gay bashing as well as leather contests and life with cats, Doc and Raider has rarely been a strip to shy away from an issue and looks for humour in the all the best places, whether political or pop-cultural or just about anything else.” (From the website About page)

In January of 2009 Sean brought Doc & Raider (and friends) to the web. At the time he wrote:
“For those not familiar with the strip, DNR started as a hand-drawn comic back in the mid80s in Canada and had a pretty successful run for almost a decade: two anthologies, about 3.5 million readers worldwide, and raising some pretty serious bucks for everything from an AIDS hospice in New Zealand to an arts festival in Scotland. I let the strip go fallow for a number of years, then brought it out of retirement a couple of years ago when the opportunity arose to convert the guys into 3D versions of themselves. This format is also allowing me to explore animating the guys; that should be a lot of fun.”

Coming Soon:

GLOBALLY CANADIAN

TASTEFULLY CANADIAN

ARTFULLY CANADIAN


Festivus Queer Gift Ideas – Important Disclosures:

  • I earn a few per cent on Amazon purchases;
  • Sean earns a few dollars from the sale of each book; and richly deserves every penny;
  • Some titles may be sold through Amazon’s marketplace, not directly by Amazon.
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Queer Festivus Gift Ideas- Poetry & More

In Pursuit Of A Dream:
Poetic Prose by Brian D Gryphon

Born near the end of the ‘Baby Boomer Era’, Brian grew up in south-western Ontario. Living in a village of 1,000 people in the 70’s he knew he was ‘different’ – and not just in sexual orientation.

Moving back to Toronto (his birthplace) as quickly after graduation as he could, he did more than his fair share to celebrate life as a gay person and promote ‘sexual rebellion’. He doesn’t claim to have found answers there to all the ‘big questions'; but offers these writings as notes on his journey.

Moving On:
Poetic Prose by Jason Beilchick

Growing up gay in rural Pennsylvania, Jason adopted a ‘Goth’ appearance to survive high school. Mourning the loss of his father to cancer just as he entered his teen years, Jason wrote out much of the material collected in this volume during the 1990s.

Of his work he says “everything i have written tells a story of who i am; if you read these poems and you find they hurt your feelings that wasn’t my intention.

In Pursuit Of A Dream now available at CreateSpace
5″x8″
40 pages
White paper
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1469958262


Moving On is now available at CreateSpace
6″x9″
74 pages
White paper
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1470002497


Echoes of My Lips:
Poetic Prose by Michael Harding

A collection of poetry and poetic prose composed during the 1970s when the author was in his 20s. It is a reflection of the times, while also timeless commentary on life, love and sex.

Of his work Michael says: “My poetry is my internal journey. It is the honest — and sometimes painful — expression of my love. A place beyond any scorn.

1 Out Of 10 Therapists: The Poetry of Romanovsky & Phillips Lyrics
Pioneers of the gay folk music scene, Ron Romanovsky & Paul Phillips began their career at San Francisco’s ‘Valencia Rose Cafe’ as the musical break for Gay Comedy Open Mic Night. Over the next two decades they toured across the nation as well as abroad.

They released a number of albums which are available again at their Official Web-site. 1 Out Of 10 Therapists includes 44 selections.

Echoes of My Lips is now available at CreateSpace
6″x9″
48 pages
White paper
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1480162549


1 Out Of 10 Therapists now available at CreateSpace
7.5″x9.25″
54 pages
White paper
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1469984186


Festivus Queer Gift Ideas – Important Disclosures:

  • I earn a few per cent on Amazon purchases;
  • Some titles are sold through Amazon’s marketplace, not directly by Amazon;
  • I earn a few dollars on purchases from any of my Cafepress shops;
  • I earn a few dollars on purchases of my books from CreateSpace;
  • Romanovsky & Phillips earns a licensing fee for R&P shop sales;
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Queer Festivus Gift Ideas- Movies

Queer Movies

Here are 13 titles- a baker’s dozen, or perhaps a coven? I have each of the first ten titles below in my library. The last three titles are new to me, but come recommended by a friend who has similar taste in movies, so I am quite comfortable listing them here.

Festivus Queer Gift Ideas – Important Disclosures:

  • I earn a few per cent on Amazon purchases;
  • Some titles are sold through Amazon’s marketplace, not directly by Amazon;
  • I earn a few dollars on purchases from any of my Cafepress shops;
  • I earn a few dollars on purchases of my books from CreateSpace;
  • Romanovsky & Phillips earns a licensing fee for R&P shop sales;

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