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New Mystery Novel includes sub-plot about Marriage Rights Issues

CatchNRelease Mockup3 091012For several years, I've had the pleasure of working with author/writer Susan Hart Hellman.  She is based in California, and has contributed her talents through many wonderful articles for us here at RainbowWeddingNetwork Magazine.  Her editorial style is always highly informative, 100% accurate and she offers heartfelt insights as well.  Recently, she's completed a new novel; the first in an exciting mystery series, which interweaves marriage rights issues within the main storyline and features a compelling main character who is not your average lesbian!  Read on for more details!  And if you live near Ojai, certainly join the Launch Party on Dec. 9th!

When Dr. Savanna Jamison, Southern California behavioral neuropsychologist, defense witness, and unintentional sleuth, uses the insanity plea to help her public defender friend save a death row-bound, brain-damaged killer, Savanna is also as good as dead. She's targeted by the Mafioso drug-lord father of the victim, a socialite, who, along with her sorority sisters, has been playing a deadly new game. 

But CATCH  'N RELEASE: THE GAME, Susan Hart Hellman's first mystery series novel, tells another story too.  Throughout this series, Savanna's friends Michael & Al, partners for 27 years, wish to marry, but their plans are thwarted by ever-changing same-sex marriage legislation.  And Savanna finds love, Giovanna, a woman who catches Savanna's heart.

CATCH  'N RELEASE: THE GAME, now available at, through Amazon, or contact your local bookstore.  For more info, email Susan directly:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

, December 9 (1 :00 pm) at  Feast Bistro, 254 E. Ojai Ave. Ojai, CA 93023

(Also watch for Savanna's next case, Ring Master.) 



Gratitude this Season

As a minority, we have much to be thankful for this holiday season!  Earlier this month, we saw amazing triumphs during the election:  Historic votes from the general public in terms of pro-gay legislation in four different states... the election of several congressmen and women who are LGBT themselves or who uphold beliefs in non-discimination... and the re-election of President Obama, the first American President to go on record saying that his stance on marriage has in fact evolved and that he now endorses full marriage equality for the LGBT community.


As we all know, the sentiment of gratitude propels energy forward.  Enjoy your holiday, and the wonders of your own more personal reasons for being thankful.  It is a beautiful season.


Exciting New Feature on RWN!

For many years now, our team here at RainbowWeddingNetwork has been eager to add a more comprehensive Parenting section to our family of resources.  The Time is Upon Us!!  We are so excited to share the news that, in the next few days, we'll be adding a fresh tab to our Navigation Bar, with several unique features dedicated to lesbian moms and gay dads.  It's a wonderful addition!  Stay tuned for more info!

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Thank you, LGBT Veterans!


Our sincere thanks and acknowledgement to our LGBT veterans!  We appreciate your willingness to serve our great country, and to do so with the even greater challenges involved because of others' perceptions of your sexual or gender identity.  You are all HEROES.



Vote, Vote, Vote

When my partner and I give speeches at our LGBT Wedding Expos... we often talk with couples about how, at times, we each feel powerless to enact real change.  Marriage rights has seemed elusive - for example, being enacted in a particular area such as California in 2008, only to be  overridden just a few short months later.

But there's good news:  I can say definitively, having been immersed in the gay wedding issue for over 12 years now, that marriage & family rights have in fact progressed!  -And by leaps & bounds!  It is getting better, and more and more people are counting it as a civil rights issue - which tells us that the concept is becoming more & more legitimized throughout our society.

I can also say that the feeling of powerlessness is just a perception.  Group dynamics can of course seem complex, but if we each do our part on an individual level... it does become possible to enact real & lasting change.

A prime example is our opportunity to vote.  And while one single ballot may not seem that important - well, I believe that is simply untrue.  It is in fact the case that each and every vote matters.  And perhaps even more important is the choice we make to take part in the political process:  voting rights have not always been afforded to the common people, nor to women, nor to African Americans, nor to the specially abled.  It's good to remember these historical facts, because they too remind us of the importance and sacredness of the opportunity that is before us tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 6th.

There are such important issues on the ballot tomorrow.  Measures in states like Washington and Maryland, regarding marriage rights for the LGBT minority.  Choices between congressional candidates, whose place in Washington DC will directly affect just how much movement we see in the next few years on matters that affect each of us, every day.  And of course our choice for President - there is such a vast difference between the views of President Obama and Mr. Romney.  I encourage each of us to make it the utmost priority to get out the vote tomorrow.  It matters.