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October 18, 2019


Welcome to the 2019 #RRBC October-Ween Book, Blog, & Trailer Block Party

Today’s giveaways for three special visitors are:

One (1) $10 gift card from Amazon

One (1) paperback copy of “Journey to the Rainbow’s End”

One (1) paperback copy of “BOUND”

And the winners are in…

(1) $10 Amazon gift card – Miriam Hurdle 

(1) Paperback copy of JOURNEY… – Yvette Calleiro

(1) Paperback copy of BOUND – John Howell

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Today’s Hot Topic:

The Hidden History of our Founding Fathers

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Believe it or not, there were many discussions about LGBT relationships during the Revolutionary War involving our founding fathers. In fact, some of our founding fathers were tangled in same-sex relationships or identified as homosexual. Many evangelicals have debated these facts over the years in order to place their beliefs in the forefront of politics; however, these reports have been debunked by many historians and archivists. The truth is that there were ethical debates and family feuds due to some of our historic founding fathers“close friendships” or “relationships“. In many historical reviews it is reported that George Washington has unofficially been named the first LGBT ally of our country.

In Victoria Brownworth’s article, she stated “Historians assert that passionate same-sex friendships were normative in the 18th century.” She also states that the acts of “sodemy and open homosexuality were punishable by imprisonment, castration and even death, both in and out of the military.” Although it’s true that being “openly homosexual” was deemed “illegal” during these times, founding fathers, like Washington, were noted in turning a blind eye when it came to others in their social circle.

Again, this information was never noted in my textbooks growing up.

Historians have recently discovered the close relationship of Alexander Hamilton and John Laurens. Author John C. Miller wrote a biographical book on Hamilton who shared love letters written by Hamilton and Laurens in 1959.

Hamilton wrote passionate letters to John Laurens multiple times. One of these letters dated April of 1779 stated, “Cold in my professions, warm in [my] friendships, I wish, my Dear Laurens, it m[ight] be in my power, by action rather than words, [to] convince you that I love you. I shall only tell you that ’till you bade us Adieu, I hardly knew the value you had taught my heart to set upon you. Indeed, my friend, it was not well done. You know the opinion I entertain of mankind, and how much it is my desire to preserve myself free from particular attachments, and to keep my happiness independent on the caprice of others. You sh[ould] not have taken advantage of my sensibility to ste[al] into my affections without my consent. But as you have done it and as we are generally indulgent to those we love, I shall not scruple to pardon the fraud you have committed, on condition that for my sake, if not for your own, you will always continue to merit the partiality, which you have so artfully instilled into [me].”

More letters from Hamilton and Laurens can be reviewed on not-for-profit OutHistory.org.

Various historians have written articles on the love affair and relationship between Alexander Hamilton and John Laurens. It is also noted that George Washington was supportive of their friendship and even encouraged them to share a bunker together during the Revolutionary War.

Recruited by Benjamin Franklin, Baron Friedrich von Steuben is listed as one of the greatest Revolutionary War heroes of all time. In many reviews and articles, it is written that Baron von Steuben had multiple relationships with men. In fact these relationships were what caused him to move to the colonies after being chased out of Prussia and France. In an article from History.com by Erin Blakemore, it is stated, “During von Steuben’s lifetime, the concept of gay marriagegay pride or coming out was unthinkable and there was no language or open culture of homosexuality. But historical homosexual relationships were actually common.”

The article goes on to say, “That doesn’t mean being gay was condoned: Sodomy was a crime in colonial America. But romantic relationships between men were widely tolerated until the 19th century, and only in the early 20th century did the U.S. military begin officially discriminating against people suspected to be gay.”

As you can see, these stories paint a different narrative than the history most of us were taught in high school and college. I could go on and on about stories from our past history that were edited or changed for various reasons, but I encourage each and everyone of you to look back out our history, especially about our founding fathers.

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47 thoughts on “Welcome to the #RRBC 2019 October-Ween Block Party

  1. Hi, Forrest, that was very interesting. Thank God that today gay people are free to live their lives freely and openly. Good luck with your tour.

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    1. Hi Joy, thank you for dropping by. I wish I could say we were all able to live freely and openly. Recently for some, that has not been the case.

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  2. Jan Sikes says:

    This is such an interesting post, Forrest. Same-sex relationships have happened since there was mankind. We are fortunate to live in the US, where this is now more openly accepted and doesn’t have to remain hidden, unlike India where many of Fiza Pathan’s stories exposing the cruelties and even death that is inflicted on same-sex couples are set. I see your poetry as a tool for cracking that door open wider! Kudos to you, my friend!

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    1. Thank you Jan for stopping by. I wish I could say it’s true. Yes we are more open in the states, however there has been an increase in hate crimes, and attempted legislation to remove basic rights away, like being able to work without discrimination. As of October 21st, 21 transgendered human beings have been killed, most of which were also people of color. There is also a increase in hate groups such as white supremacists, neo-nazis groups, etc. There is a obvious reason why these groups are in the rise, however I will try not to go “anti-trump” today.

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  3. Very interesting… funny how this never made it into our history books. Cover ups are nothing new. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Ted, you are correct sir. Thank you for stopping by today.

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  4. Rhani D'Chae says:

    Hi, Forrest. This is an interesting post! Gay relationships are nothing new, of course, but I never really thought about our founding fathers being involved.

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    1. Thank you Rhani for stopping by. History has always been one of my favorite inspirations and topics.

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  5. John Fioravanti says:

    Thanks for this very informative post today, Forrest. I’m not surprised that these truths about the varied sexuality of humanity have been filtered out of our history books – except to condemn it. Unfortunately, LGBT relationships have been condemned by most, if not all, of the great world religions down through the centuries, and these religions were powerful influencers on the lawmakers of most countries. Pardon my sarcasm, but this has been one more great gift to humanity by religion. Throughout history, religion has divided rather than united them. It is a wonderful reason to turn my back on religion and find other ways to nurture my spirituality. I hope you have a great day on tour, Forrest!

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    1. Hi John,
      Thank you for stopping by and for your feedback. I have to agree with you. I grew up in a dual religion houselhold; Roman Catholic and a form of Orthodox Judiasm. Talking about a confusing time in my life. I even attended seminary for a brief time while trying to find myself. It was my time in the seminary I found out how cruel religion can be. Instead of teaching God’s love, we were taught to teach a form of condemnation.

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      1. John Fioravanti says:

        I was raised in a Catholic household and I attended seminary briefly too. I’m glad I had that experience for a year and a half, but I’m glad I had the courage to call it quits. It was decades later that I turned my back on organized religion. The straw that broke my back occurred when our Prime Minister, Paul Martin, shepherded legislation through Parliament to legalize gay marriage. The pope excommunicated Paul Martin, but his bishop in Montreal told his local pastor not to withhold the sacraments from Martin. Good grief. I left.

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  6. A.M. Manay says:

    Another fascinating post! Thanks, Forrest!

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    1. Thank you Ann! I am happy to see you drop by.

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  7. Yvette M. Calleiro says:

    I found this post fascinating. It has always boggled my mind why some people want to prevent others from finding love. I get that, for some, homosexuality is against their religion, but not everyone believes in the same religion. Those who believe it is wrong should hold those ideals unto themselves, but to push their beliefs upon others is just as wrong. At least, those are my two cents. Homosexuality has been around since almost the beginning of time, and it will be around until the end of time. I choose to live and let live. I choose to celebrate love in all its forms. And I choose to hope that one day the people of our world will learn to do the same.

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    1. Yvette, again I must say your students are lucky to have you. Thank you for stopping by today.

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      1. Yvette M. Calleiro says:

        Thank you, Forrest! 🙂

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  8. I found history taught in school boring. Maybe if we had learned a little about the private lives of the historical figures, I might have given the subject more attention. If we know where to search for information, history doesn’t have to be so dry and lifeless. Thanks for the info.

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    1. Haha, Susanne I have to agree with you. I have found History to be more exciting than what We were taught back in the day.

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  9. young2013 says:

    Nice bit of LGBTQ history. Well done, Forrest!

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    1. Thank you Bernard. I am glad you stopped by today.

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  10. Wendy Scott says:

    Hi Forrest, You make history lessons rock!

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    1. Thank you Wendy, I was hoping for that reaction.

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  11. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Hi Forrest.

    Missed your stop and don’t know how that happened. History when told by dominant society tends to slant in their favor. Withholding important history was done by design.

    I say live and let live and let the Almighty be the judge

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    1. Shirkey, you are absolutely right. Hope you have a great day today.

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  12. An interesting post, Forrest. I never doubted that the revolutionary figures engaged in same-sex relationships. I do wonder about same-sex relationships not being taught in school though. I don’t believe any sexual relationships were overtly taught in school at least from my memory. Schools don’t seem to be the place to discuss human relationships on any level without controversy. I like your messages and hope you continue.

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    1. Hi John,
      Thank you for your kind words. Coming from you, that means a lot to me. It has taken me years to give myself permission to put my written words out in public. I have much to say and hope to continue this literary path. Maybe I say too much at times to the point where others are uncomfortable. I am fortunate to say that I have receive support from many authors and readers, not only in my community but with RRBC as a whole. I know my message may ruffle some feathers at times, but is it not a writers goal to take people to a place of social and cultural dissonance? Thank you again John for stopping by. I appreciate your support.

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      1. Dissonance is a good thing in my book.

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  13. I think society still look at women leadership and same sex relationship with different eyes. We had a superintendent with same sex relationship. If course the school board and leadership didn’t know when they hired her. She was sensitive and supportive to the staff. But the leadership didn’t renew her contact.
    Great and informative post, Forrest.

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    1. Miriam, you are absolutely correct! Women, lgbt or not, are still under a glass ceiling in many cases (#equalitycantwait). When you add the LGBT component, there are many states who can legally fire someone just because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. In fact there are only twenty-one states that have included sexual orientation into their labor laws and other anti-discrimination regulations. I am fortunate to live in a state where this has been down, however, I have colleagues who still face this fear everyday. Even The District of Columbia and territories, like Guam, Puerto Rico, have included this into their laws.

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      1. I agree with you, Forrest. I I’ve seen enough dynamics during my years in administration. One more complication in California is the language.

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      2. Agreed. I went to school in southern california through High School.

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      3. I live in southern California. I applied for a principal job once, part of the interview process was too write a letter to the parents in Spanish. So much for that.

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  14. Such an interesting and informative post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Lizzie for stopping by! Have a great week.

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  15. Sorry for being late stopping by. I love this post, thanks for sharing these very interesting details.

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    1. Charles, never worry about being late. “One is never late, one is simply ontime, others are early.” I’m glad you enjoyed the post today. Hope you have a great day.

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  16. Gwen M. Plano says:

    Thank you, Forrest, for sharing so personally and for offering a historical context. Very well done!

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    1. Thank you Gwen for stopping by. Hope your week is going well.

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  17. balroop2013 says:

    I missed this History lesson… so interesting! In the eastern world, we didn’t know any of such relationships till media invaded into our homes through satellites. Now some movies too have been made to create awareness about the pain of ostracism. Thank you for sharing Forrest.

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    1. Thank you Balroop! It is very true. There are many stories that have been omitted from public eye that have been made public. Hope you have a great day.

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      1. balroop2013 says:

        Wishing you too a nice day 😊

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  18. WOW, Forrest! What a lesson! So glad I dropped by. This was very enlightening. Thanks for the education, my dear.

    Also, what an awesome quote you’re sporting above! I’m honored and humbled. THANK YOU!

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    1. Thank you Nonnie! And I am glad you are ok with my use of your quote. Thank you for stopping by!

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  19. And the winners are in…

    (1) $10 Amazon gift card – Miriam Hurdle

    (1) Paperback copy of JOURNEY… – Yvette Calleiro

    (1) Paperback copy of BOUND – John Howell

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  20. I’m SO excited to win your book! I can’t wait to read it! 🎉🎉🎉

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