Friday, July 22, 2016

Colton Haynes In Scream Queens 2; The Cast of Looking On LGBT Representation; Donald Trump On LGBT Promises; Peter Thiel Makes LGBT History At Republican Convention

Colton Haynes In Scream Queens 2

I saw this trending in a few places on social media on Friday, and I figured I'd share for those who might be interested in it. In truth, I haven't been watching Scream Queens, but I will check it out now that Colton Haynes is part of the cast.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Haynes will be playing a “mysterious role” in the series, which moves the action from college to a hospital of abject terror owned by the superiorly-named Cathy Munsch (played by Jamie Lee Curtis.)

You can check that out here.  

The Cast of Looking On LGBT Representation


Here's what the cast of Looking thinks about LGBT Representation...

Queerty was on the Looking movie red carpet in San Francisco for the premiere to talk with all of your favorite cast members. In the exclusive clip above, Russell Tovey and the rest of the cast share their thoughts on the importance of LGBT representation in television and film.

There's a video here. One comment from a cast member rings true: we need more diverse representation. I try to do this in all of my books and I get a lot of positive feedback from people who notice it. 

Donald Trump On LGBT Promises

I'm remaining objective with this one, as I always do with politics. And once again, it's partly because I don't want to insult the many LGBT people...and straight people I know...who do support Trump. Of course the article to which I'm linking isn't objective, but you rarely see anything that is good objective journalism in the queer presses. They can't help themselves.

Or so he claims.

“As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology,” Trump said.

Actually, I watched the entire convention, and I will watch the entire Democratic convention, too. Donald Trump said a few more positive things about the LGBT community, and so did a few of the other speakers, one of whom I'm posting about right below this. In fact, I was shocked at how the people on the floor applauded the LGBT community, with genuine respect. And I saw this myself. It's not hearsay.

Peter Thiel Makes LGBT History At Republican Convention

Of course you didn't see this news trending anywhere in the queer presses. So much for objectivity and gay history. But I saw the same thing happen when Fred Karger made gay history by running for President in the last election. He's an openly gay man and the queer presses went blank on him.


Peter Thiel encouraged the GOP to not get distracted by culture wars on stage Thursday night, saluting Donald Trump for not focusing on such things as he made history.


The tech billionaire declared to the Republican National Convention that he is "proud to be gay," becoming the first speaker in the party's history to do so from the stage of the Republican National Convention.

"Every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay," he said to applause, including from the Trump family. "I am proud to be a Republican, but most of all I am proud to be an American."


You can check this out here. I think it's important to present both sides of any story, and Peter Thiel did, indeed, make gay history whether queer presses want to acknowledge it or not. At least other news outlets did recognize it.



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Thursday, July 21, 2016

London Gay Bar The Black Cap; Jonathan Groff and the Dick Waiver; John Barrowman Talks About Dating Girls

London Gay Bar The Black Cap

Here's another sad story of a gay bar in London shuttering its doors for good.

London’s LGBTI bar The Black Cap won a major victory as the plan to turn into a mainstream bar/restaurant has failed.

Campaigners have been hoping to reclaim one of London’s oldest LGBTI spaces and have repeatedly protested outside to stop the conversion of the venue by property developers. 


As I've posted previously when other bars in the UK and in the US have closed, it seems to be a sign of the times. And it makes sense. They all blame it on the Internet, but I think it's more than that. Most gay men are assimilating and there's nothing wrong with that. As more gay men come out, get married, and start raising families they are less inclined to dress up in drag and protest in front of a bar. In the same respect, we do want to hold on to some gay culture, at least something. I'm just not sure how that's going to happen.


There's more here


Jonathan Groff and the Dick Waiver

Here's why Jonathan Groff signed a "dick waiver" to do Looking.

Jonathan Groff stepped back into the shoes of gay video game developer Patrick Murray for Looking: The Movie with full confidence in director Andrew Haigh.

Even before signing on to do the first of two seasons of the HBO drama, Groff had been familiar with Haigh’s acclaimed film Weekend and was struck by the gay drama’s sex scenes.


‘Seeing Weekend, honestly, was the first time I saw sex on screen, gay or straight, where I was like, This feels like real sex,’ the actor tells Out.com.


‘When Andrew was on as the director I was all, Yes, I’ll sign that nudity waiver, that the dick waver, whatever. He’s a genius at capturing those moments.


You'll really want to finish this article. They actually mention the one sex taboo we never see anywhere on TV or in films. I put this taboo sex in my books all the time, but I rarely see it in other books. And it all has to do with the intimacy of sex. I see women talking about how they prefer intimacy over sex in gay romance all the time, without even realizing how dead wrong they are. Intimacy and sex for gay men go hand in hand, pardon the bad pun.

Here's the rest.


John Barrowman Talks About Dating Girls

I think we've all been here. I even went to my prom with a girl. It wasn't so bad either. I had a good time in spite of the fact that I would have preferred going with one of the guys on the football team. But up until recently, you didn't even think about doing THAT.

But school dances were a bit of a problem.

‘I used to dread school dances because on the way home you were expected to make out with a girl, give them a pet, and I really didn’t want to do it,’ he says. ‘But outside of that I was happy to go out with girls and they liked me. They had this good-looking guy on their arm and he was no threat at all – I just told them their shoes looked fabulous and their dress was great.’


I'd like to see Barrowman in high heels. 

You can read more here.

 
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Mean, Vicious Political Season; Looking Movie and Sex Appeal; Russell Tovey Lifts His Shirt

A Mean, Vicious Political Season

When I post things like this I'm not preaching and I'm not telling anyone what to do. You don't even have to listen to me. I'm only making a few suggestions and pointing out a few things that I've noticed on social media about this particular political season. If nothing else, the general election of 2016 is turning out to be one of the most contentious elections I've ever seen in my lifetime. Nothing really is sacred any longer.

With that said, I'm not the most political person in the world. I'm not going to post mean comments about either candidate. I will usually offer my opinion on anything LGBT related, or if it's about civil rights, but in a more general sense I try to remain objective when it comes to politics. 

And that's because I write fiction, mostly erotic gay romance, though not always. It's not that I don't have an opinion, but I'm not a political pundit, tool, or expert. There are enough people out there already who are way too willing to manipulate your thoughts and fill you with their hate speech. That's what they do for a living. That's what they are supposed to do. And if you're an author writing fiction do you really want to be one of them and not get paid for it?

I follow a few celebrities on social media and the most professional don't ever mention politics. They don't post hate speech about either candidate. They smile, they promote themselves and their projects, and they take their fans away from politics. They make people feel better about themselves, not worse. On the other hand, I've also seen a few celebrities who post some of the most hateful speech on the Internet...about politics and the candidates who are running for President this time. And it's not doing a thing to help them on social media...or anywhere. The plain truth is, according to the political polls, the US is divided almost in half this political season, which means that those people who post vicious hate speech about either candidate will run the risk of losing half their fan base. Once you lose them, the odds are you'll never get them back. I've seen that happen, too.

So if you're an author who isn't writing about politics and you're vocal about politics, maybe you should rethink that. It's only a suggestion. Look at it this way. You work hard at what you do. You invest time and money doing what you do. Your main objective is to entertain and educate people with your books and stories. Is posting hate speech about any political candidate worth hurting your career? I'm not talking about a thoughtful political comment that has insight. I don't think that can hurt anyone. I'm talking about the vicious, mean hate speech that's going around on the Internet. The kind of tweets and status updates that shame someone's looks. And I think you know what I'm talking about, too.


Looking Movie and Sex Appeal

I love the HBO TV show, Looking. And I was upset when it was canceled after only two seasons. I thought it really did...for the first time...represent a large segment of gay men who are never represented anywhere in the mainstream.

But I'm glad they decided to do a movie to tie up those proverbial loose ends.

If series creator Michael Lannan and his co-writer Andrew Haigh play their trump cards right, this finale film may be the sexiest gay movie ever made, evidenced by these six scintillating moments from the series itself.

You can check that out here. There are several photos and a trailer.


Russell Tovey Lifts His Shirt

Tovey is one of the actors who made a name for himself through Looking. And rightly so, because most people who loved the show loved his character. He's gone on to do other projects that are excellent.

Fans of Russell Tovey should consult with their doctors before admiring the British actor’s latest Instagram share — there can be dire consequences of gazing upon his flesh.

But assuming you’ve been given a clean bill of health and are willing to throw caution to the wind, Russell has something to show you.

You can see the photo here. If you don't follow him on instagram, you can now.

 
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Valley of the Dudes by Ryan Field Press Release: Romance Beat

Valley of the Dudes by Ryan Field Press Release: Romance Beat


Here's the press release for Valley of the Dudes from Romance Beat. The Lambda Award they mention in the release was for a book I was part of titled, Best Gay Erotica 2009. It was edited by Richard Labonte, published by Cleis Press, and the title of my story in the book is Down the Basement. You can check that out here, and here's a link to Down the Basement. I indie pubbed that story in 2013.


Riverdale Avenue Books Publishes Valley of the Dudes by Best-selling M/M Author Ryan Field in Homage to 50th Anniversary of Susann’s Classic.

The innovative award-winning hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books has just released Valley of the Dudes by Ryan Field to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking classic, Valley of the Dolls.

Lambda-award-winning author Ryan Field, who has been known for parodying heteronormative romance classics, explained his approach to writing his novel, “I’d always considered Valley of the Dolls a game-changer in publishing, pop culture, and in film. I’ve always believed it was part of the forefront of the sexual revolution, and it broke those proverbial grounds that lead the way for other books like it to enter the mainstream.”

Field added, “I also think it’s a little ironic, if not symbolic, that the 50 year anniversary of Valley of the Dolls coincides so closely with the 50 year anniversary of the Gay Liberation movement. Valley of the Dolls and Gay Liberation were both part of an era that helped define sexuality and equality today.”

Said Riverdale Avenue Books Publisher, Lori Perkins,” It’s amazing how relevant Susann’s classic remains today as we wade through the flood of celebrity worship and scandal that Susann predicted. Ryan’s re-imaging shows just how universal her vision was when it is brought forward 50 years and genders are changed, and it is still a powerful tale of the cost of fame and fortune.”

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

King Cobra Reviews; Mean Girls Star Daniel Franzese Starbucks Proposal; Chris Conroy In Moody Blue

King Cobra Reviews

This one will be short and sweet.

IndieWire called King Cobra “possibly the best film ever made about the business end of America’s gay [adult film industry]” — and also described James Franco‘s character as “an an aging bottom with big ambition.”

In this article they make it appear all the reviews are spectacular, which leads me to believe this is a possible advertorial. The truth is the reviews have been mixed. Here's one from Variety.

While Clayton plays it earnest, the movie lapses into outright caricature whenever Franco’s character appears, making it clear that this latest nutcase is just another tongue-in-cheek invention, as far removed from his true self as the Alien he played in “Spring Breakers.” 

I haven't seen KC so I can't comment, and I don't plan to see it. Several of the people who were involved in the real life incident that the film is based on have completely distanced themselves from the entire film, and that's enough for me.

You can read more here, and the comments all seem to agree this time, which is unusual.

Mean Girls Star Daniel Franzese Starbucks Proposal

I know a lot of you get tired of these proposals, but I like them, I think a lot of other people like them, and it's better than me posting about that horrible Dan Savage's opinion on politics.

So here's the proposal story...

It all went down in a North Hollywood Starbucks; the same spot Mean Girls and Looking star Daniel Franzese first met his partner, Joseph Bradley Philips.

After luring his unsuspecting boyfriend to the spot, the 38-year-old actor finally worked up the nerve to pop the big question.

Here's the rest. You'll like it, and it's so nice to see something positive in the news for a change.

Chris Conroy In Moody Blue

I don't know much about this one.

If you haven’t hopped on board with Mr. Robot, USA’s bleak-but-sexy take on the current moment’s Matrix-esque elements of artificial finance and mass complacency, it’s time to come to the dark side.

For no other reason, the show’s breakout star, Rami Malek, achieves hacker chic like no other.
But Rami isn’t the only visual stimulus package to appear on the program.

There's more here.

And you'll want to check out the comments, too.


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Colton Haynes and Smiles For Soldiers Campaign; Lance Bass On Colton Haynes; PrEP, Chem Sex, and HIV Drug Smuggling

Colton Haynes and Smiles For Soldiers Campaign



Here's yet another terrific Tuesday story about how nice Colton Haynes is. He's family oriented, he's always interacting with his fans, and he never gets too overbearing about anything. You can tell what he posts on social media is genuine. And...he's very young and adorable. For some reason he just reminds me of the main character in my best selling Virgin Billionaire series...Luis...and I didn't even know who Colton Haynes was when I wrote those books for Ravenous Romance back in 2010.

This is his latest selfless project:

Smiles for Soldiers, which is encouraging thousands to write thank-you cards to military service members, tackles a cause that’s near and dear to Colton. His sister served in the Air Force for over 15 years, including three tours abroad. So Colton knows firsthand how difficult it can be to be separated from the people we love while they’re serving our country. 

You can read the rest at this link. 


Lance Bass On Colton Haynes

Here's an article that's really an interview with Lance Bass...a good interview...with comments from Lance Bass about Colton Haynes.

What did you think about Colton Haynes’ N’Sync collection?

That’s a solid question. I have to say my mother's collection beats his. She has everything. But I love Colton. He’s a good buddy of mine and we have a bond with N’Sync. He loves the group, and of course, I did too. 

You can check that out here. This all came about after Haynes showed the world what a huge N Sync fan he is. You can read about that here.

PrEP, Chem Sex, and HIV Drug Smuggling

On Saturday, at the MSM pre-conference (“Gay Day”) at AIDS2016, hundreds of HIV advocates showed up to discuss some of the most important issues today.

In his first installment of video coverage from AIDS2016, blogger Mark S. King gets personal with these advocates about their lives back home. He also chats with a “chem sex” expert from the United Kingdom about the surprising rates of crystal meth use among gay Londoners, and even engages in a little PrEP drug smuggling with a German who is taking the prevention medication even though PrEP has yet to be approved in his home country.

You can check that out here where there's a video. There's a small shitstorm on the comment thread you'll want to check out. 
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Colton Haynes poses for a photo with Kellan Lutz during the John Varvatos Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Show held at The Django at Roxy Hotel on Thursday night (July 14) in New York City.
The two actors, plus Nyle DiMarco, were seen all over New York Fashion Week: Men’s S/S 2017 throughout the week, hitting the Ovadia & Sons, General Idea and N. Hoolywood fashion shows, among others.


Source: Colton Haynes & Kellan Lutz Share A Conversation at John Varvatos Show in NYC | Ally Maki, Colton Haynes, Kellan Lutz, Nyle DiMarco : Just Jared | http://www.justjared.com/2016/07/16/colton-haynes-kellan-lutz-share-a-conversation-at-john-varvatos-show-in-nyc/?trackback=tsmclip

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Colton Haynes poses for a photo with Kellan Lutz during the John Varvatos Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Show held at The Django at Roxy Hotel on Thursday night (July 14) in New York City.
The two actors, plus Nyle DiMarco, were seen all over New York Fashion Week: Men’s S/S 2017 throughout the week, hitting the Ovadia & Sons, General Idea and N. Hoolywood fashion shows, among others.


Source: Colton Haynes & Kellan Lutz Share A Conversation at John Varvatos Show in NYC | Ally Maki, Colton Haynes, Kellan Lutz, Nyle DiMarco : Just Jared | http://www.justjared.com/2016/07/16/colton-haynes-kellan-lutz-share-a-conversation-at-john-varvatos-show-in-nyc/?trackback=tsmclip

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Colton Haynes poses for a photo with Kellan Lutz during the John Varvatos Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Show held at The Django at Roxy Hotel on Thursday night (July 14) in New York City.
The two actors, plus Nyle DiMarco, were seen all over New York Fashion Week: Men’s S/S 2017 throughout the week, hitting the Ovadia & Sons, General Idea and N. Hoolywood fashion shows, among others.


Source: Colton Haynes & Kellan Lutz Share A Conversation at John Varvatos Show in NYC | Ally Maki, Colton Haynes, Kellan Lutz, Nyle DiMarco : Just Jared | http://www.justjared.com/2016/07/16/colton-haynes-kellan-lutz-share-a-conversation-at-john-varvatos-show-in-nyc/?trackback=tsmclip

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Was James Dean Gay, and the Film "Life"...More On James Dean Being Gay; New Orleans Swamp Tour With Studs

Was James Dean Gay, and the Film "Life"

This past Saturday Night I happened to watch the movie, "Life," on NetFlix by accident. You know how that works. The people they hire to write the blurbs for NetFlix don't even seem to know the most basics about the movie. In any event, the film focused on a small part of James Dean's life where he met and interacted with the famous photographer, Dennis Stock.

It was a great movie, with a great cast, and I'd recommend it to anyone. However, there was one thing that made me wonder. Was James Dean Gay after all? The relationship between Dean and Stock seemed to be just one step shy of a brief love story. And even if I misread it, and even if I might have been looking for more than there really was, if it had been a gay love story it would have worked.

And I'm not the only one who wondered about this. I found this article online after I did a simple search about James Dean and the movie.

 Robert Pattinson’s new movie about the relationship between ’50s film icon James Dean and celebrity photographer Dennis Stock would be remiss if it didn’t explore Dean’s homosexuality. But so far no word on whether that topic will be included.
Dean personally kept his sexuality clouded during his short Hollywood career. He even had a high profile romance with actress Pier Angeli.
But privately, especially before he became famous, Dean was linked to affairs with a number of men, including the actorsMarlon Brando and Clifton Webb as well as advertising executive and producerRodgers Brackett.
You can read the rest here. As the article states, Dean never admitted being homosexual (and I use that term because the word gay was not around back then). But there appears to be plenty of evidence to suggest otherwise. And that's not such a huge surprise, especially given the number of high profile gay people still in the closet today in Hollywood.

Side note: If you haven't seen the documentary about Tab Hunter, and how closeted he was in the 1950s, you should check that out, too, on NetFlix. Hunter is still alive today and he's still a class act.

More On James Dean Being Gay

Here's an article from a web site called Homo History. I found it through a simple search, I know nothing about it, and I'm only linking to them and I'm not drawing any conclusions of my own. But the article does say this...

 There are conflicting reports about Dean’s sexuality; there are a few who try to deny that he had any sexual affairs with men, there are those who say that he was bisexual and some who say that he was exclusively gay (those include “Rebel without a Cause” director Nicholas Ray and screenwriter Gavin Lambert.)

You can read the rest here. It gives a few accounts of alleged James Dean gay stories. Unfortunately, we'll never really know the whole truth. And I know there are those who say it shouldn't matter. The worst comment I hear all the time is that it shouldn't always be about sex. Well, it should matter. There shouldn't be any shame at all in being openly gay, not even for James Dean. But more than that, being gay is NOT about sex.

New Orleans Swamp Tour With Studs

Here's something you don't get a chance to do every day of the week.

In the final episode of Out in GayCities season four, Max Emerson and Kyle Krieger go on a guided tour of the Honey Island Swamp and learn about the ecology, wildlife, history and culture of New Orleans’ backyard. Watch as the duo kayak through the backwaters of New Orleans and enjoy the refreshingly cool waters–and get waylaid by some unexpected encounters.

You can read more and check out the video here.

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