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This talented author and gay activist was born on November 28, 1944 in Hanover, Pennsylvania, USA.  At one time, she was in a relationship with Martina Navratilova, and later with Martina’s ex.


This is the photo I carried.
I think it was on the back of Ruby Fruit Jungle.

In my younger days, I carried a picture of the gorgeous Rita Mae Brown in my wallet.  Rita Mae (in her modesty) asked us to carry her picture.  I think it was on the back of her novel

I read and re-read “Rubyfruit Jungle.”  She has been an iconic lesbian (until she took up fox-hunting).  Harassing a beautiful animal has reduced her in stature, but I admire her as a writer.

I challenged her to state why, after fighting for humans to have the fullness of life, she would become a fox hunter.  She wrote an email back – I was surprised. She thanked me for my compliments (and the picture I carried of her), but her reasons for fox-hunting were invalid (in my opinion).  I feel you can’t say ‘you love animals’ and have a cat and then go out and harass a beautiful creature like a fox.Red-Fox-1224

I am listing her novels without reference to those she wrote on fox hunting. (My small way of getting my revenge – as if that would stop her writing these).Red-Fox-8323



Dressing up like landed gentry, with
dozens of like-minded harrassers,
to hunt and harrass a lone fox. Rita Mae, I prefer my wallet picture.


I am also blogging my favourite Rita Mae quotes:  She is really quite witty and certain has wisdom (except when it comes to harassing foxes). I am greatly indebted as a lesbian for her activism for homosexual rights.  Her outward show of Amazonian strength in these matters is still remembered fondly.


Rita Mae is known as the bestselling author of a number of novels, including:

In Her Day (1976)- Six of One .-Southern Discomfort-Sudden Death-High Hearts-Bingo (a sequel to Six of One)-Venus EnvyDolley-Riding Shotgun-Loose Lips (2000 (set between Six of One and Bingo)-Alma Mater (2002)-The Sand Castle (2008)

Since 1990 Brown has “co-authored” with her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown, a cozy mystery series featuring the feline character Mrs. Murphy


—-If you don’t like my book, write your own. If you don’t think you can write a novel, that ought to tell you something. If you think you can, do. No excuses. If you still don’t like my novels, find a book you do like. Life is too short to be miserable. If you like my novels, I commend your good taste.

—You can’t be truly rude until you understand good manners.

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it’s better than no inspiration at all

Morals are private. Decency is public.

–One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.

My lesbianism is an act of Christian charity. All those women out t-here praying for a man, and I’m giving them my share.

Women who love women are Lesbians. Men, because they can only think of women in sexual terms, define Lesbian as sex between women.

–Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.

— The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from a mental illness. Look at your 3 best friends. If they’re ok, then it’s you.”

Learn to love. Your heart isn’t breaking. It hurts because it’s getting larger. The larger it gets, the more love it holds.”

Alas, Rita Mae, “learn to love” and leave the innocent foxes alone.  It is not the “Sport of  Kings,”

nor the “Sport of Queens,” but a “Sport of mean(ies).”




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