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LGBT Author Robert Joseph Greene’s Statement On The Orlando Massacre

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Vancouver, BC - June 14,2016 - With great sorrow, Mr. Greene is addressing the terrible tragedy from his last former place of residence in the United States.

“As a former Orlando resident, this terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando weighs heavily on my heart. With the tragically high number of victims from the  LGBT Community and  their supporters, we can only feel a fraction of the pain their families are experience now from their loss.

I have fond memories of Pulse Night Club and their contribution to the Orlando LGBT Community. Pulse always had one of the largest floats at the Orlando Pride Parade and hosted several event nights that were also fundraisers for local LGBT causes.

I feel America needs a time of mourning now but they must also address the core issues of homophobia and the need for better gun control laws so that  this may never happen again.”

Robert Joseph Greene is a local Vancouver LGBT Author known for his human rights activism and his romantic gay novels.

FACTS ABOUT ROBERT JOSEPH GREENE:

Mr. Greene is a current Florida absentee ballot voter
Wikipedia lists Mr. Greene as Canada’s only male romantic writer
Mr Greene lobbied against Russia’s Anti-Gay Propaganda Laws
Greene was a finalist for the 2015 Vancouver Pride Legacy Turquoise Award for the Arts
Greene was also a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards

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Canadian Researcher Questions Yale University Expert

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA==May 5, 2013 ==  Canadian Author and researcher Robert Joseph Greene has spent over 17 years looking at gays in history and has seen a common thread of suppression of homosexuality dating back to ancient Greece. However, it was a key misstep by a Yale University professor, which lead him to suspect some Victorian era scholars might have altered their translations to minimize homosexual content.

Around 1913, the complete works of Lucian of Samosata, was finally translated into English by then Princeton University scholar Austin Morris Harmon. Harmon won international praise for his published translation and went on to become the Head of Greek Studies at Yale University.

Lucian of Samosata (c. AD 125 –  AD 180) was a famous Greek satirist who traveled throughout the ancient world and gave entertaining lectures around rhetorical questions about life and society.  He is noted for his witty and scoffing nature.

Greene came upon this discovery of Mr., Harmon’s misstep while researching material for his new book entitled “The Forbidden Scroll” (ISBN  978-1-927124-29-1) which is a love story between a scribe who translated the forbidden text and the Prince who owned the scroll. 

The original “Forbidden Scroll” is a work entitled “Amores” by Lucian of Samosata, written over 1800 years ago.  “Amores” had been deemed forbidden by Pope Paul IV in 1559. The work was added to the Index of Forbidden Text, which was a list of books Christians were forbidden from reading.

“To add insult to injury, 350 years later, gay references were still being suppressed in English translation,” says Greene.

At that time, some university translators glossed over the “vice of the Greeks” by minimizing any reference in homosexuality. But what did they do when the entire text was attributed to homosexuality?

“They labeled it Pseudo-works,” claims Greene ”if it didn’t fit into the image of what they wanted their philosophers to write about.”

Greene believes that Mr. Harmon labeled  part of Lucian’s work entitled “Amores”, to be not written by Lucian but rather someone else.

Amores is about a debate between the benefits of homosexuality versus the benefits of heterosexuality.  Greene suspects Mr. Morris didn’t like the winning conclusion, in Lucian’s work, that homosexuality was better suited for men then heterosexuality and thus labeled the work “Pseudo-Lucian”. This label has remained unquestioned until now.

Greene contacted Yale Classics Librarian Colin McCaffrey, who could not confirm if Mr. Harmon’s claim of “Amores” as being a fake was ever challenged. McCaffrey also added that currently none of the scholars at Yale are focusing on the works of Lucian of Samosata.

In “The Forbidden Scroll”, Greene has added the entire unedited translation of “Amores” so the public can decide for themselves whether the debate held 1800 years ago showed valid cause to favour homosexuality. 

Greene feels, in today’s society, with support growing for marriage equality to include the LGBT community, a more open and peaceful society will exist. He hopes both gays and straights will re-examine Greek philosophy for answers towards our collective future towards equality.

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Author writes coming out novel based on note written by a father to his gay son

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA ---- 04/29/2013 ---- Upon reading a heartfelt note that a father posted on his son’s door, author Robert Joseph Greene became inspired to write a novel about the event.

A high school reader for ages 14-18, Would You Mind? is a story about a young boy named Nate who meets and falls in love with a fellow student that he has known since he was 13 years old. Nate’s conversation with his new boyfriend about coming out to his family is overheard by Nate’s father. To Nate’s surprise, a note appears on his door from his father offering support, love, and acceptance of his gay son.

When Greene heard that the family decided to remain anonymous after the media picked up the incident, he felt that he should do the story justice and fill in the blanks with a fictional story about the event.

“I could see that the public was wanting more, like I was,” said Greene. “So, I set out to show respect to the family by writing a loving story around their great deed.”

Greene will also have a companion Spanish-translated version that will help make it possible for high school Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) student organizations and High School Literature programs to have bilingual reading groups.

Would You Mind? is available in both e-book and print format. The book is carried in all major online bookstores.

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Author dedicates Spanish version of his new book to two Latin American leaders that supported LGBT marriage equality legislation

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA ---- 05/07/2013 ---- Canadian Author Robert Joseph Greene has dedicated his newest book to his of two most favorite Latin American leaders. Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez and Uruguayan President Jose Mujica both received a dedication in the book for their efforts in promoting LBGT Equality in their respective countries.

A high school reader for ages 14-18, ¿Te importaría?"  ISBN 978-1927124277 (Would You Mind? ) is a story about a young boy named Nate who meets and falls in love with a fellow student that he has known since he was 13 years old. Nate’s conversation with his new boyfriend about coming out to his family is overheard by Nate’s father. To Nate’s surprise, a note appears on his door from his father offering support, love, and acceptance of his gay son.

In 2010, under the administration of President Cristina Fernandez, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage. This legalization was followed by Uruguay, which voted this year to allow full marriage equality rights for the LGBT community.

“I know very little Spanish and have never visited either country, but I am sure that they are great places to visit and hope the global LGBT communities show their support for what they have done.”

Greene hopes that his dedication will unite the two countries in helping the rest of Latin America realize the importance of equality for all.

Both ¿Te importaría? (ISBN 978-1927124-277)and Would You Mind? (ISBN 978-1927124-260) is available in both e-book and print format. The book is carried in all major online bookstores.

Icon Empire Press is a publisher of gay literary works that seeks to fulfill a deeper understanding of the human spirit.