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Thomas Glave[edit]

I've removed the coi tag. Little Red Riding Hoodtalk 00:54, 22 November 2008 (UTC)


{{helpme}} I don't understand the above page: and think maybe it should be deleted. It is showing up in categories, which is clearly a mistake. Thanks.--Lawrlafo (talk) 05:35, 5 February 2009 (UTC)

Looks like a draft article, or an article that was almost deleted and moved into userspace. The user should remove the categories from the page by putting <nowiki> tags around the category listings. You could drop him/her a note on their talk page suggesting this. //roux   05:47, 5 February 2009 (UTC)

Welcome to the LGBT WikiProject![edit]

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Hi, Lawrlafo, welcome to WikiProject LGBT Studies!

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List of writers of LGBT literature[edit]

Yobmod, your change of title of the List of LGBT writers is not accurate. I went to great pains to only include people who are LGBT or same-sex loving in the list and not to include non-LGBT, non-same-sex authors who write on LGBT topics. Your new title does not reflect this at all. I would request that you undo your change. Thanks. --Lawrlafo (talk) 08:07, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

Hi, great work with all that sourcing on the list. I changed the title, because it seemed that some of the sources were about works having LGBT themes, not about the writer being LGBT. Although i agree that a writer of works about Queer identity is likely to be LGBT, it is not certain to be so, yes? We also are not including non-LGBT related works by LGBT writers, so calling it a list of LGBT writers is not really true. Can straight writers not write important LGBT literature?Yobmod (talk) 08:22, 23 February 2009 (UTC)
As an example, Arthur C Clarke wrote Imperial Earth, a gound-breaking portrayal of a gay character in science fiction, but there are not the reliable sources to say for certain if he was gay. Mercedes Lackey is noted for including a variety of sexualities in the majority of her young adult fantasies,which is pretty unique, but she is straight. A list of LGBT writers title would exlude such works, no matter how important they are to LGBT literature.Yobmod (talk) 08:29, 23 February 2009 (UTC)
Hi. Yes, non-LGBT people can write LGBT lit, but that would be a different list (the one you propose). You are correct that the books I consulted include non-LGBT authors. I read every entry and verified that the authors I included were in fact LGBT or same-sex loving (either at a particular moment in their lives or throughout their lives), and that this was discussed in the entries. That is my interest: to create such a list. It is consonant with the list that existed. I can cite by article and author every single external source I read, if this is what is required. I did not include writers if their LGBT or same-sex loving histories are not documented or discussed in scholarly literature. I would prefer to remove authors than to have the name of the list changed.--Lawrlafo (talk) 08:33, 23 February 2009 (UTC)
But you have TS Eliot on this list, and his article does not say he was LGBT, but does mention his relationships with women, including 2 marriages. If he is not LGBT, then this casts doubt on whether all the other uses of that source identify the writer as LGBT, or as a writer of important LGBT works.Yobmod (talk) 08:35, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

(copied to article talks page)

WikiProject LGBT studies Newsletter (June 2009)[edit]

  • Newsletter delivery by xenobot 17:32, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Boricua Barnstar[edit]

Don't think for one moment that all your hard work with the accents has gone unnoticed. In appreciation of your work, I would like to present you with the "Boricua Barnstar".

This Boricua Tireless Contributor Barnstar is presented to User:Lawrlafo for the continous work with accents on Puerto Rican related articles. Presented by Tony the Marine (talk) 04:55, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

Antonio Lopez (illustrator)[edit]

You're welcome. I didn't know a whole lot about him before I started researching. I noticed there wasn't a Wikipedia page on him and I thought he was notable enough to need one. Make sure to check out the Smithsonian site about him; the essays there are also interesting.--Larrybob (talk) 23:10, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

Improper moves[edit]

Don't be making improper undiscussed, unreferenced moves to names contrary to the cited sources and contrary to Wikipedia:Naming conventions as you did here at Victor Hernández Cruz. How many others have you done like that? Gene Nygaard (talk) 15:36, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

Death of Rane Arroyo[edit]

{{helpme}} I have updated Rane Arroyo's article to indicate his death, what should I do on the discussion page to eliminate the biography of living person category? Do I just eliminate it, or replace with something else? Thanks.--Lawrlafo (talk) 21:35, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

It should have been removed from the BLP category now. --Mikemoral♪♫ 21:47, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

Thank you for creating the Rane Arroyo page. I was very sad to hear of his passing. I was fortunate to know him a little and to be published in one of his New Sins chapbooks. He will be missed. Tvaulto (talk) 06:22, 30 May 2010 (UTC)

Puerto Rico[edit]

What matters about an LGBT person is the country in which they were born, not necessarily the country where their ancestors were born — there isn't any other political jurisdiction on earth whose Wikipedia "People from" categories are deemed to include people of that ethnic background who were born and raised in other countries, so I don't really understand why Puerto Rico needs to be some kind of unique exception to the way any other country's categories work. If we really need a category for LGBT people who have Puerto Rican ancestors but were born and raised in the continental United States instead of Puerto Rico — I'm not convinced that we do, since we don't categorize anybody else in the tree by their ethnic background rather than their physical birthplace, but I'm willing to defer to other people's judgment if it's felt to be that important — then why not create Category:LGBT people of Puerto Rican descent, or something like that, instead of using Category:LGBT people from Puerto Rico for something it wasn't meant to be used for? Bearcat (talk) 19:18, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Thank you for your reply, I will go ahead and create the category you propose.--Lawrlafo (talk) 19:28, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Re:Juano Hernández[edit]

Your suggestion has been well received and I have complied to your request. Thank you for all of your contributions. Tony the Marine (talk) 18:28, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

!Hola![edit] Saludos, Mercy11 (talk) 04:07, 8 June 2010 (UTC)

Done!--Lawrlafo (talk) 16:45, 8 June 2010 (UTC)

!Hola! 2[edit]

Hi. The above matter has been re-listed with an amended proposal to a shorter title, and the period for comments is about to expire. You are welcome to comment if you wish:
Regards, Mercy11 (talk) 00:14, 25 June 2010 (UTC)


I wanted to give you a change to respond away from this discussion, since I'm not sure if you've seen my latest comments there, and the discussion is getting quite cluttered and hard to follow now anyway. So I'll just ask you here and give you a chance to respond—do you have any connection to the account User:Broncocastro? Good Ol’factory (talk) 02:06, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

I know who Bronco Castro is because he is a published Puerto Rican writer, but have never met him in person. He is not my sockpuppet and I did not ask him personally to discuss the category.--Lawrlafo (talk) 02:22, 23 June 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. Good Ol’factory (talk) 02:30, 23 June 2010 (UTC)


Mi hermano, you ask: "I have a question for you. Is it acceptable Wikipedia practice to have exactly the same paragraph appear in six different articles?"

To post a whole paragraph in various articles exactly as it appears in one article, shows a lack of creativity, however ...

I would say that it all depends if the person posting the paragraph was the creator and originator of the same, otherwise someone is committing an act of plagiarism. Even if the person was the originator of the paragraph, if he/she wants to use the same words on another article, the correct thing would be for that person to cite the article from where it originated. Example, I contributed a paragraph to Hispanics in the American Civil War which I later posted in the "Military" section of Hispanic and Latino Americans, I cited where my original text came from as

. Tony the Marine (talk) 18:36, 24 June 2010 (UTC)


This humble servant would like to share this speech made before the Commission of the Latino American Museum, with his friends: Tony the Marine (talk) 23:48, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Michigan Wikipedians![edit]

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Greetings Lawrlafo! I noticed that you made mention of the University of Michigan on your userpage. I would like to welcome you, on behalf of the Wikipedians of the University of Michigan, to a group meeting on Wednesday October 20, 2010. The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM (EST) in the University of Michigan Chemistry Building, room 1201. New and experienced editors alike are most welcome to come and partake in the collaboration and outreach of Wikipedia in a real-life setting. Questions? Leave me a message here or at my talk page on Wikimedia Outreach, and feel free to email the group at The Wikipedians of the University of Michigan are excited to see you there! Arbitrarily0 (talk) 00:22, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

Assistance request[edit]

At Wikipedia:WikiProject_Resource_Exchange/Resource_Request#Pauly-Wissowa:_RE.2C_Vol._VII_A_2 there is a request from a German Wikipedian with which you might be able to help. Please consider doing so. LeadSongDog come howl! 22:22, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

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Jorge Merced[edit]

It doesn't matter what he's best known for; if he writes, then he legitimately belongs in the writers category whether he does other things too or not. Bearcat (talk) 05:37, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

Well, if he's not enough of a "writer" to warrant being categorized that way, then the word writer should be removed from the introductory paragraph. Bearcat (talk) 05:46, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For untagging Sofia Maldonado. Cerejota If you reply, please place a {{talkback}} in my talk page if I do not reply soon. 13:29, 5 November 2011 (UTC)

Re:James De La Vega[edit]

I looked the article over and saw that you have made all the right corrections to it. The last vandalism to the article was made on Nov. 5th. What I suggest is that you first "warn" the unregistered user and tell them that they will be blocked if they continue to vandalize the article. Place the article in your "watchlist" and if they continue to vandalize the article then request a "protection". That is the reason that I hate the fact that Wikipedia does not require that editors be registered like in most reliable websites. If a person wants to edit Wikipedia they should make themselves known and held accoutable for their edits. Tony the Marine (talk) 19:06, 5 November 2011 (UTC)

  • Here is part of an e-mail which I received today and since you have gone some work on the article I think you might be interested.

I just read the James de la Vega article and it is much better now. On November 4 it was truly vandalized. I know James (and his mother) pretty well, since East Harlem (El Barrio) was my Assembly district.

I worked with them when they started a tenant's association on 102nd street in 1994, and I went to James's store a lot until he closed it, on 104th and Lexington. I also visited James in his store, down in the East Village.

James even ran for the State Senate in 2004, and rode on my campaign bus! I have one point of information for you. James returned to East Harlem in 1994 from Cornell, when he graduated at age 22. This is confirmed by a NY Times article on his wiki page:


I saw him pretty continuously for about 4-5 years after his graduation. He was a school teacher during that time. Also during that time, he and a woman named Yolanda Sanchez organized a yearly Youth Conference. After a few years (in 1999) it became known as the Muevete Youth Conference, and it will soon have its 13th reunion (as Muevete) this November. Around 1999-2000 James opened his first art store in East Harlem, and I visited him a lot.

He stayed there for 5-6 years, then closed the store and opened another one in the East Village in 2005. He stayed there until last year (2010).

The point I'm making is this: James is a smart and resourceful young man. I credit his energy and ability for self-invention. But there is one sentence on his wiki page, that simply can not be true:

De La Vega has lived in France, Brazil, and Greece where he spent years studying under Jacques Derrida before leaving the Roman Catholic priesthood and returning to the United States.

There is no way that James "disappeared for several years" and lived in Europe and Brazil, since he was in East Harlem and the East Village the whole time, in a highly visible and public way. In addition, I don't see how James could leave the Catholic priesthood, since he was never a priest (and has NEVER spoken about it, in my years of knowing him). Conveniently, James places his "priesthood" in Europe, making it harder to question...but as I already showed you (and all the newspaper articles also show) James's life has continuously been in East Harlem and the East Village.

I have not read James's book, which is listed as the source for this, but I know that James continuously re-invents himself. You don't need to do anything, or even edit it out, but I just thought I'd let you know.

No vemos,

Tony the Marine (talk) 01:27, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya[edit]


I just read your new page on Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya. It is highy polished, very professional for a newly-created page! I italicized a number of the written works -- I did it all in one edit, so you can undo all of it in one stroke if you wish. Great job, Lawrlafo.

Nelsondenis248 (talk) 04:23, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

Feliz Día del Pavo (Gracias)[edit]

Feliz Día de QUE? Para mi no lo es!

Feliz Día de Gracias Tony the Marine (talk) 16:26, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

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·Add§hore· Talk To Me! 22:16, 16 April 2013 (UTC)


Please don't WP:CANVASS, as you did here [3]. It could lead to your being blocked. Thank you. Qworty (talk) 19:25, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

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Greetings Lawrlafo! I noticed that you made mention of the University of Michigan or Ann Arbor on your userpage. If you are a current student, faculty, or other affiliate at the University of Michigan, I would like to welcome you, on behalf of the Michigan Wikipedians, to our next weekly meeting on Monday September 30 (and every Monday thereafter). The meetings are held at 8:00 PM (EDT) in the University of Michigan Shapiro Library, room 4041. New and experienced editors alike are most welcome. Do not hesitate to leave me a message if you have any questions, and feel free to stop by the MWiki talk page. The Michigan Wikipedians are excited to meet you! Arbitrarily0 (talk) 00:24, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride 2014[edit]

Hi Lawrlafo. In case you are not aware, there is an upcoming campaign to improve coverage of LGBT-related topics on Wikipedia, culminating with an international edit-a-thon on June 21. See Wiki Loves Pride 2014 for more information. If you are interested, you might consider creating a page for a major city (or cities!) near you, with a list of LGBT-related articles that need to be created or improved. This would be a tremendous help to Wikipedia and coverage of LGBT culture and history. Thanks for your consideration, and please let me know if you have any questions! --Another Believer (Talk) 16:32, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

Feliz Navidad[edit]

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"Feliz Navidad and a Prospero Año Nuevo"
(Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year)
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Re: Lourdes Vazquez[edit]

Hi, I noticed that the reason the image deletion nominator removed the it was: That he didn't believe that the subject took the picture. You can request for the picture to be undeleted here: [4]. Ask for a discussion on the issue. Now, I also noticed that the "Collaboration" section does not cite a source and that the "Awards" section has some "Citation needed" posted. It would be great if that was taken care of so that the "tag" above the article could be removed. Take care, Tony the Marine (talk) 04:47, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

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  1. Create or improve LGBT-related Wikipedia pages and showcase the results of your work here
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