Aug 2
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I had never been inter­viewed on the radio prior to July 12, but now I can add that unique expe­ri­ence to the list of inter­est­ing things I’ve got­ten to do as a free­lance edi­tor and writer. The pro­gram “Rain­bow Radio” inter­viewed me as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the e-magazine “10,000 Cou­ples,” for which I serve as Asso­ciate Edi­tor, and the inter­view aired July 15. To lis­ten, click the tri­an­gle “but­ton” above.

Turns out, being inter­viewed on “Rain­bow Radio” placed me in very good com­pany: The very next episode, July 22, fea­tured for­mer Olympic gold-medal diver Greg Louga­nis! (Click the link <— at left to hear this inter­view.) Not that I got to talk with Greg, or even be on air on the same date, but still! It’s about as close as I’ve ever come to celebrity! (Well, along with inter­view­ing and copy­edit­ing a book for pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Fred Karger; and the school where one of my clients teaches being fea­tured on “60 Min­utes”; and the fact that, every month, I get to work with the amaz­ing Shelly Gold­stein on her reg­u­lar, fea­tured col­umn in “10,000 Cou­ples” — Shelly, who has writ­ten com­edy that has aired on HBO, who knows many celebri­ties per­son­ally, and who has writ­ten some of the fun­ni­est song par­o­dies I’ve ever heard to help peo­ple take a look at seri­ous issues of injustice.)

So, yeah… this copy­edit­ing, proof­read­ing, and writ­ing gig is a lot of fun!!

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Please answer one of these ques­tions in a com­ment below:

1. What’s the clos­est you’ve come to a brush with celebrity?

2. Lis­ten to either inter­view above and let us know what you thought of it.

Thanks for chim­ing in!

Aug 1
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The fol­low­ing arti­cle, writ­ten by “yours truly,” is fea­tured in the August issue of “10,000 Same-Sex Cou­ples eMagazine”:

Some­one You MUST Know: Dan McLel­lan, Founder of Homoquotables

By Heidi Mann, Asso­ciate Edi­tor   Wed, Aug 01, 2012

Mile­stones have marked Dan McLellan’s life. His greet­ing cards cel­e­brate mile­stones in the life of a card-giver’s gay or les­bian friend, fam­ily mem­ber, or lover.

Someone You MUST Know: Dan McLellan, Founder of Homoquotables

Pic­tured: Dan McLel­lan (l.) and hus­band Michael Jones

With society’s grow­ing open­ness to LGBT cou­ples and mar­riage equal­ity, one might think it would be easy to find a birth­day or anniver­sary card for a gay or les­bian indi­vid­ual. But that wasn’t the case when Dan McLel­lan went card-shopping for his part­ner, Michael. So, about two years ago, Dan set about chang­ing that, and in May 2012, Homo­quota­bles was born.

Homo­quota­bles began as Dan’s “his-and-his greet­ing card” busi­ness, and has grown quickly to offer cards for les­bians as well, along with mugs, t-shirts, and more. Any of Dan’s black-and-white photo designs, sev­eral of which are pic­tured here, can be cus­tomized with a quote befit­ting a birth­day, com­mit­ment cer­e­mony, wed­ding, anniver­sary, or other mile­stone in the life of a gay friend, fam­ily mem­ber, or part­ner. … Please go here, to “10,000 Cou­ples,” to read the rest of this article.

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What I found absolutely poignant and lovely in Dan’s story was the sup­port he still has from his for­mer wife, Kay, who now even plays a cru­cial role in his busi­ness! That has got to be the ulti­mate in accep­tance of someone’s homo­sex­u­al­ity — a spouse who loves his or her wife or hus­band so much and so well that he or she chooses to let the indi­vid­ual go, at least from the mar­riage, to live into her or his full self­hood. WOW!

So, what do you think? Please leave a com­ment below about lov­ing and let­ting go in this fash­ion, and/or visit Dan’s web­site (Homo­quota­bles) and tell us here which of his greeting-card designs is your favorite.

Jul 3
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Friends, what I am about to share with you has really touched my heart, and I want to help get the mes­sage out far and wide. It’s a story of love, loss, and heartache deeper than it would have had to be if jus­tice and equal­ity, not to men­tion sim­ple com­pas­sion, had been prac­ticed. I learned about it through Shelly Gold­stein, one of our most awe­some writ­ers at the “10,000 Cou­ples” web-mag. She plugs this project in our July issue.

If you will, I’d be grate­ful for your tak­ing a few min­utes to read about this doc­u­men­tary film project and, most impor­tant, to watch the video that explains it all. Then, if your heart is moved, please make a pledge. Shane and Linda need $300,000 in pledges by JULY 19 in order to make the film. You can pledge as lit­tle as a dol­lar, though I opted to give $50. Wish I could do much more. Hope you can help.

This mes­sage was in my email inbox this morning:

Hello every­one,

Thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port! We have now passed over 1,000 back­ers and we are not far from reach­ing 50% of our goal. 

Kick­starter fundrais­ing cam­paigns tend to slow down around the halfway mark, so we ask that you please con­tinue doing what­ever you can to spread the word about Bride­groom. If we don’t reach our goal of $300,000 by Thurs­day July 19th, all of your pledges are returned, and we not only lose the oppor­tu­nity to make this film, but we lose the oppor­tu­nity to open people’s hearts and minds on this impor­tant human rights issue. 

Sin­cerely,

Linda and Shane

Thanks, every­one.  ~Heidi

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