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Volume 2, Issue 6, June 20, 2004
This is an independently published newsletter, edited by Ronald L. Donaghe. The views expressed herein are solely those of the writer of each review, article, or column. Writers' work is accepted solely at the discretion of the editor. All material is copyrighted by the submitting writer or Ronald L. Donaghe and cannot be reprinted without the express permission of The Independent Gay Writer© or the submitting writer. To submit material or to be added to the mailing list for this newsletter, contact the editor.contact

Josh Aterovis, p2
John Charles, p3
Jerry Flack, p4
Tony Heyes, p5
Gene Hayworth, p6
Jak Klinikowski, p7, p14, p17
Lori L. Lake, p8
Peter Mitchell, p15
Keith Morisette, p11
Ken Newman, p9
Cheri Rosenberg, p10
Duane Simolke, p12
Patricia Nell Warren, p13
Jeffrey Williams, p16

b-1The Bitch is Back (Episode Three from The Adventures of Ineeda Willingbottom), by Jak Klinikowski

Children-OmThe Children of Om,
Part II: Growth

by Peter Mitchell

Last month's installment, here
PNWPatricia Nell Warren
Starter Kit  for new GLBT Writers: Honest Answers to Burning  Questions

WarrenOckrassaAn Interview with Writer/Publisher Warren Ockrassa by Jak Klinikowski
Keeping your Dignity and Creativity: How to Succeed in a World of Writers
The Story of Dan

Putting together a newsletter month after month is a challenging undertaking. But the end result is always rewarding, and it couldn't be done without the contributors. And starting with this issue, The Independent Gay Writer has added a staff editor.  John Charles will be proofing your submissions, so all I have to do is make them look pretty in html.

I hope it is evident that the range of material in the newsletter has grown to encompass serialized novels, socially conscious articles, articles about books and writing, film reviews, calls for submissions from editors and publishers—and book reviews. More importantly, the range of book reviews goes from popular fiction to literary non-fiction. As an editor faced with a request for a review of a book from a publisher or author, I can with confidence assign a reviewer who will do the book justice, from erotica to esoterica. And there's still room for more, since this is not a print-bound publication. So my thanks goes to those of you who are consistent and loyal contributors.


Lavender ScareThe Lavender Scare: the Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government, p6

This may not be the sexiest book reviewed in this issue, but it is  the most important; after all, it's an election year—one of the most important in this editor's memory—where our personal freedoms are under attack, again. On the one hand we have heightened tensions in the world due to terrorist activities, heightened terrorist activities, some would say, because of the pre-emptive manner our current Commander in Chief has acted with the most powerful military machine in the world. We have issues of security vs freedom looming large, not only in countries where we would expect there to be a tradition of choosing security over freedom (watch the interim government in Iraq ban freedoms immediately on June 30), but in the United States, as well, where, up until this election cycle, we've usually chosen to keep freedom at all costs.

But closer to home for glbt people, very powerful forces continue to lobby for our persecution and loss of freedom. Maybe a good history lesson in how it has traditionally been done here in America will help us be ready to fight it.
—RLD, Editor
Brokeback MountainFated Love

•Almost Paradise, p10
•At Ease: Navy Men of WWII, p4
•The Beasts of Delphos, p7
•Bought and Paid For, p11
•Brokeback Mountain, p10
•Fated Love, p8
•Finding Faith, p10
•Geography Club, p2
•King of Cats, p9

•The Lavender Scare: the Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government, p6

•The Loss of Innocence, p5
•The Island of Mending Hearts, p4
•Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude, p4

•Minus One: A Twelve Step Journey, p8

•Mortal Companion, p3
•The Night We Met, p4
•Spare Parts, p9
•Spewing Pulp, p3
•Stepping Out, p2
•Trust Fund Boys, p17

Mambo ItalianoYossi-Jagger

•Friends and Family, p4
•Mambo Italiano, p10
•The Man I Love, p4
•Saved, p12
•Son Frere, p10
•Yossi and Jagger, p3