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Sunrise: Louis by Tim Mead

OUT NOW! Sunrise: Louis by Tim Mead

You are cordially invited to view another of a triptych of stories involving the lives and loves of gay men who work or volunteer at the Sunrise Arts Center in Stafford, North Carolina.

High school senior Louis LeFevre feels he doesn’t fit in. He’s Haitian by birth and doesn’t resemble the African-American students. His French-sounding name doesn’t help him fit in either. Although he does phys ed — he’s gay and wants to look good — he prefers arts, particularly photography. He spends much of his free time at the Sunrise Arts Center, whose new and incredibly sexy director helps Louis put together a portfolio of his work for his college applications.

The quintessential soccer jock, Judd Thomas, is keeping a secret. He’s gay. He struggles to write a term paper on the sculptor Bernini and his art teacher is little help so he’s introduced to Louis to help him get the art terms and concepts right. Judd and Louis make for unlikely study buddies, much less lovers, but they say opposites attract, and Judd and Louis are definitely attracted to each other.

Some members of the soccer team object to their star striker associating with someone they perceive as gay, and try to ruin Judd’s chances of getting a soccer scholarship to college. Judd and Louis are still young, and their lives are bound to go in different directions after graduation. Will their relationship develop into something beautiful, or will they be forced to call it quits and walk away?

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Sunrise: Jonathan by Tim Mead

OUT NOW! Sunrise: Jonathan by Tim Mead

You are cordially invited to view another of a triptych of stories involving the lives and loves of gay men who work or volunteer at the Sunrise Arts Center in Stafford, North Carolina.

Dr. Jonathan Baker volunteers to man the reception desk because, like he says, he enjoys meeting people. He also boasts he folds a mean program. Everyone tells him he’s wasting his talents at doing such menial tasks. But Jonathan is lonely and needs to keep busy.

After retiring, Jonathan decides to move back to his hometown. Although he was quietly out at work, he’s uncomfortable in disclosing his sexual orientation in the more conservative hometown. This is despite the new director of the Arts Center being out and proud. Whitney is young, Jonathan is not.

In a further effort to meet people, and to dip a toe into the waters of the local gay scene, Jonathan joins a men’s book group at his local church, most of whose members are gay. The person chairing the first meeting is high school English teacher Frank Cummings. Frank confesses he knows of Jonathan through scholarly articles Jonathan had written.

Frank and Jonathan soon find they have several things in common. Both teachers of English, both belong to the same church, and both are of a similar age. This last is the problem. Jonathan has previously lost a lover to illness and fears history repeating itself. Is it fair to burden someone with looking after him if/when he becomes frail? Should people their age enter into relationships or just stay friends? Only time will tell, but how much time do they have?

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Sunrise: Whitney by Tim Mead

OUT NOW! Sunrise: Whitney by Tim Mead

You are cordially invited to view one of a triptych of stories involving the lives and loves of gay men who work or volunteer at the Sunrise Arts Center in Stafford, North Carolina.

When Dr. Whitney Pell’s relationship with his long-term partner comes to a surprising and acrimonious end, Whitney decides a change of scene is in order. Becoming the director of an arts center close to where he grew up seems like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start.

Whitney is busy at his new job, enjoying the challenge. He soon finds a house he likes. His personal life is less settled however. Hurt at the breakup of his previous relationship, Whitney enjoys playing the field … for a while. Then he begins to miss being part of a couple. But finding Mr. Right isn’t as easy as finding a house or settling into his new job.

Whitney feels an immediate attraction to Stuart Blount, the hunky art teacher at the local high school. However, the wedding band on Stuart’s finger indicates he’s married and probably straight. Things between Stuart and Whitney continue to hot up, and Whitney learns more about Stuart’s past, showing he isn’t as straight as Whitney first believed. But will Whitney’s present cause the picture of domestic bliss they’re painting to be torn apart?

Note: This story has a minor character discusses past physical abuse from a former partner.

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