Wednesday, January 22, 2020

RuPaul To Host the Most Hetero TV Show Ever: Saturday Night Live, Gay Panic Defense Banned In New Jersey, Ryan Field Books

RuPaul To Host the Most Hetero TV Show Ever: Saturday Night Live

For years SNL has been talked about for being homophobic in that passive aggressive way where anything gay is simply ignored. There are other examples of homophobia and SNL with a simple google search. For one thing, they have praised and applauded Alex Baldwin, a man who made notoriously anti-gay remarks in public a few years ago. Frankly, I never found SNL entertaining because it's always been geared toward a straight mainstream audience and I couldn't relate to it.

There's even been a discussion about the lack of gay representation. 

The heated discussion surrounding “Saturday Night Live” and its inclusion (or lack thereof) of gay cast members rages on, because — of course — Alec Baldwin is Tweeting.

With that said, they seem to be trying to change their image, and it only took about 45 years. Next month RuPaul will actually be hosting SNL and the news is just starting to make headlines. Of course I think that's wonderful, and I hope it brings more attention to RuPaul's Netflix series, AJ and the Queen. I've posted about how much a love that series several times and I hope more people check it out.

You can read more about this, here. I have no idea if RuPaul will be performing in drag, or as themselves.


Gay Panic Defense Banned In New Jersey

This is good to read. For anyone who doesn't know, the gay panic defense is something twisted straight people have used in the past in order to justify a hate crime against someone gay. Wiki gives a good example in more detail.  

The ‘gay panic’ defense – by which someone accused of a murder could claim the sexuality or gender identity of their victim was partly to blame for their actions – has been made illegal in New Jersey.

I only live a mile from the New Jersey state line and I spend a lot of time there. So of course I think this is wonderful. This gay panic defense nonsense they've been getting away with for years should be banned everywhere.

Here's a link to more. They go into more detail about what exactly this all means.

 Sleepless In San Francisco

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"THIS TITLE sucked me right the heck in. I had my fingers, toes, and ankles crossed (not my eyes because I was desperate to read) that I would get the chance to review this book. I may or may not have breathed a literal sigh of relief when it arrived on my Kindle."

"Gender bendy romance classic retelling"
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Written by Lambda-Award winning author Ryan Field, A Starr Is Born is a queer retelling of an old rags to riches trope that’s been reinterpreted many times, but this time it’s totally different with gay main characters, a gay love story, and a gay male point of view. It’s partly a light-hearted parody and partly sarcasm. It’s also highly erotic and charged with authentic, emotional gay male romance.

From the day they meet for the first time until the day their lives change forever, Harrison Parker and Morton Starr were destined for greatness—and each other. A Starr is Born follows the paths of handsome, badly-behaving rock star Harrison Parker and sexy gender-bending performer Morton Starr, who is just starting his career.

Morton is so madly in love with his husband, Harrison, he’ll do anything to please him, including overlooking all his self-destructive issues. However, as openly gay Morton gains more fame and success in the mainstream with his popular gay love songs and his unique gender-bending image, and Harrison continues to slide downhill, there comes a point where everything has to change. And when that climax finally happens, Morton isn’t certain about anything in his future or his marriage.

A Starr is Born by [Field, Ryan]



The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Field, Ryan ]


How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

How to Be a Good Gay Bottom by [Field, Ryan]

The Rescuer
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Harry Hamlin Claims Playing Gay Ruined His Film Career, They Want To Criminalize Drag Queen Story Hours, Ryan Field Books

Harry Hamlin Claims Paying Gay Ruined His Film Career

Many years ago Harry Hamlin played a gay character in a film titled, Making Love. I once posted about this, here. Of course I was too young to have seen Making Love when it dropped, but when I got older I did see it more than once, and I loved everything about it.

With that said, it's no secret that I'm not a huge fan of straight actors playing gayface nowadays. In fact, I think that's just another form of homophobia and another slap in the face to openly gay actors who can't get jobs in Hollywood. However, when Harry Hamlin played a gay character in Making Love there weren't many openly gay actors, there weren't many gay films, and any straight actor who played a gay role was doing something brave. So of course Harry Hamlin is the exception to the rule. If anything, we should all be thanking him for making that film in the first place.

Unfortunately, Hamlin paid a price with his career.

 “It was 10 years too early, I guess, and it completely ended my career. That was the last studio picture I ever did. The door shut with a resounding smash,” he said.

He also goes on to state that he doesn't regret making it. I think he should get a lifetime achievement Oscar for that one. Here's the link to more. 

If you haven't seen Making Love I suggest you find it and stream it somewhere. It also shows what gay life was like before AIDS. It's that good. 

They Want To Criminalize Drag Queen Story Hours

I don't think I'll ever understand this whole problem with drag queens reading stories in libraries to kids. I've known a lot of drag queens in my lifetime and I've only seen good, decent people who love to perform as women on stage. That's as far as it goes. It's all about the illusion and the performance. But the other day I actually saw some right wing unsophisticated idiot compare drag queens to strippers and sex workers. Where these small town people get this information is beyond me. 

With that said, a Republican lawmaker introduced a bill in Missouri that would stop drag queen story hours. Wait until you read this folksy backward nonsense:

“They’ve had these drag queen story hours, and that’s something that I take objection to and I think a lot of parents do,” Baker said. “That’s where in a public space, our kids could be exposed to something that’s age-inappropriate. That’s what I’m trying to tackle.”

I have no idea what these people mean by age-inappropriate. They are performers, in full make up, reading stories to kids. It's all G rated. How backward can these people be?

Here's the link to more. I will be the first to admit that I would never recommend reading any of my books to kids. My books come with a warning and they are for adults only. But a harmless G rated drag queen story hour is something completely different. 



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"The extras made the story: the Labrador retriever, the ten year old son, the best friend, and even the new house needing renovation. Never imagined that the son had been raised by two Dads."
"THIS TITLE sucked me right the heck in. I had my fingers, toes, and ankles crossed (not my eyes because I was desperate to read) that I would get the chance to review this book. I may or may not have breathed a literal sigh of relief when it arrived on my Kindle."

"Gender bendy romance classic retelling"
@riverdaleavenue




Written by Lambda-Award winning author Ryan Field, A Starr Is Born is a queer retelling of an old rags to riches trope that’s been reinterpreted many times, but this time it’s totally different with gay main characters, a gay love story, and a gay male point of view. It’s partly a light-hearted parody and partly sarcasm. It’s also highly erotic and charged with authentic, emotional gay male romance.

From the day they meet for the first time until the day their lives change forever, Harrison Parker and Morton Starr were destined for greatness—and each other. A Starr is Born follows the paths of handsome, badly-behaving rock star Harrison Parker and sexy gender-bending performer Morton Starr, who is just starting his career.

Morton is so madly in love with his husband, Harrison, he’ll do anything to please him, including overlooking all his self-destructive issues. However, as openly gay Morton gains more fame and success in the mainstream with his popular gay love songs and his unique gender-bending image, and Harrison continues to slide downhill, there comes a point where everything has to change. And when that climax finally happens, Morton isn’t certain about anything in his future or his marriage.

A Starr is Born by [Field, Ryan]



The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Field, Ryan ]


How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

How to Be a Good Gay Bottom by [Field, Ryan]

The Rescuer
Amazon




Monday, January 20, 2020

Gay Guys Sleeping With Their Friends, How Gay Art Survives In Beijing, Ryan Field Books

Gay Guys Sleeping With Their Friends

I've never slept with my friends. And I don't know of anyone who's ever done it either. Apparently though, there are gay guys who sleep with their friends? I'm sure it happens but I just don't agree with the broad generalization here.

If you’re a gay man, chances are you’ve hooked up with several of your buddies in the past, many of whom are now totally in the “friend zone.”

Not this gay man.

Here's a link to the rest. There are about 11 comments following this article as of now and many seem to agree with me...most have ever slept with their friends. Frankly, I think that's just creepy. I also think the definition of "friend" might be in question here. A sex buddy is not the same as a friend. 

How Gay Art Survives In Beijing

Here's an article that talks about what gay life is now like in China, specifically how a club called Destination functions as more than just a nightclub. It's more like a cultural center now, where one floor serves as an art gallery to showcase gay art and gay artists. 

“Destination is providing an important platform, in that it will allow works that portray same-sex relations, and its door is open to out artists,” he added.

Here's a link to more. It goes into more detail about censorship in China, and how art galleries have to follow Chinese laws with regard to this censorship. Very interesting piece.

What readers are saying about...

Sleepless in San Franciso

 Reader Reviews:
"The extras made the story: the Labrador retriever, the ten year old son, the best friend, and even the new house needing renovation. Never imagined that the son had been raised by two Dads."
"THIS TITLE sucked me right the heck in. I had my fingers, toes, and ankles crossed (not my eyes because I was desperate to read) that I would get the chance to review this book. I may or may not have breathed a literal sigh of relief when it arrived on my Kindle."

"Gender bendy romance classic retelling"
@riverdaleavenue




Written by Lambda-Award winning author Ryan Field, A Starr Is Born is a queer retelling of an old rags to riches trope that’s been reinterpreted many times, but this time it’s totally different with gay main characters, a gay love story, and a gay male point of view. It’s partly a light-hearted parody and partly sarcasm. It’s also highly erotic and charged with authentic, emotional gay male romance.

From the day they meet for the first time until the day their lives change forever, Harrison Parker and Morton Starr were destined for greatness—and each other. A Starr is Born follows the paths of handsome, badly-behaving rock star Harrison Parker and sexy gender-bending performer Morton Starr, who is just starting his career.

Morton is so madly in love with his husband, Harrison, he’ll do anything to please him, including overlooking all his self-destructive issues. However, as openly gay Morton gains more fame and success in the mainstream with his popular gay love songs and his unique gender-bending image, and Harrison continues to slide downhill, there comes a point where everything has to change. And when that climax finally happens, Morton isn’t certain about anything in his future or his marriage.

A Starr is Born by [Field, Ryan]



The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Field, Ryan ]


How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

How to Be a Good Gay Bottom by [Field, Ryan]

The Rescuer
Amazon



Sunday, January 19, 2020

AJ and the Queen's Costume and Fashion Designers, His Gay Boyfriend's Ex Is Hot AF, Ryan Field Books

AJ and the Queen's Costume and Fashion Designers

To my own surprise, I'm still totally loving RuPaul's AJ and the Queen for a variety of reasons. One of which is the retro aspects. From the music to the settings, there are constant reminders of the 80s and 90s. And it's done in a clever, entertaining way that makes you smile. One of the guest stars is actually Adrienne BarbeauBut there's also something else that's excellent...the costumes and the fashion design.

Here's an interview with the AJ and the Queen costumer designers, Zaldy and Trayce GiGi Field. C

“The show has a lot of drag looks for sure, but overall it’s a story about everyday life. Zaldy and I read the script, and we figured out what was needed for each scene; its parameters, where it was taking place."

Here's the link for the rest. I'm hoping there's a season 2 for AJ and the Queen. It would be a shame if Netflix didn't give us that, especially after all those horrible hetero comedy specials we've had to endure on Netflix. I mean, those awful interviews in the car things? 

His Gay Boyfriend's Ex Is Hot AF

Admittedly, I have been looking for a way to use "AF" in a post for while now, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. It's also an interesting story about images and self-esteem that most gay men deal with all the time. And we all do it. 

In short, people commenting on Reddit are helping out a gay guy who discovered his boyfriend's ex is fantastic looking. Apparently, this hot ex-boyfriend is really freaking the poor guy out.

“I acted as if nothing happened, but in reality, I was really angry and paranoid about that,” the guy continued. “He has a better body than me, and he has European heritage and God knows what else.”

Here's the link. Someone left some very wise advice.

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"The extras made the story: the Labrador retriever, the ten year old son, the best friend, and even the new house needing renovation. Never imagined that the son had been raised by two Dads."
"THIS TITLE sucked me right the heck in. I had my fingers, toes, and ankles crossed (not my eyes because I was desperate to read) that I would get the chance to review this book. I may or may not have breathed a literal sigh of relief when it arrived on my Kindle."

"Gender bendy romance classic retelling"
@riverdaleavenue




Written by Lambda-Award winning author Ryan Field, A Starr Is Born is a queer retelling of an old rags to riches trope that’s been reinterpreted many times, but this time it’s totally different with gay main characters, a gay love story, and a gay male point of view. It’s partly a light-hearted parody and partly sarcasm. It’s also highly erotic and charged with authentic, emotional gay male romance.

From the day they meet for the first time until the day their lives change forever, Harrison Parker and Morton Starr were destined for greatness—and each other. A Starr is Born follows the paths of handsome, badly-behaving rock star Harrison Parker and sexy gender-bending performer Morton Starr, who is just starting his career.

Morton is so madly in love with his husband, Harrison, he’ll do anything to please him, including overlooking all his self-destructive issues. However, as openly gay Morton gains more fame and success in the mainstream with his popular gay love songs and his unique gender-bending image, and Harrison continues to slide downhill, there comes a point where everything has to change. And when that climax finally happens, Morton isn’t certain about anything in his future or his marriage.

A Starr is Born by [Field, Ryan]



The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Field, Ryan ]


How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

How to Be a Good Gay Bottom by [Field, Ryan]

The Rescuer
Amazon


Saturday, January 18, 2020

What Readers Are Saying About "Love Always, Dogbert and Tito" by Trevor Donovan; Dreamspinner Press Restructures; Gay Guy Has Sober Sex For the First Time

What Readers Are Saying About "Love Always, Dogbert and Tito" by Trevor Donovan

I follow the star of many Hallmark romance movies, Trevor Donovan, and his personal manager, Michael Yanni, on social media and I've seen the wonderful relationships they have with their dogs. I can relate to that with my own dogs, and I think millions of other people feel like me in that respect. These stories resonate with all dog owners.

Love Always, Dogbert & TitoThey have two books out that focus on their dogs that can be read by people of all ages. Children can enjoy the books, and so can adults. And I think that's because Donovan and Yanni put so much of their own experiences into the books.

So I thought I'd post about what other readers are saying. They're all verified, unsolicited reader reviews from Amazon. I'll post links as well, below.

These comments are from the first book in the series, Love Always, Dogbert and Tito. 

"This book is a wonderful read for young children and adults. It crosses the genres due to its enthralling innocence. For the children, it opens the world they're most familiar with - outside the limits of adult understanding.

"This is a delightful story about two lovable dogs that are brothers. They are real life dogs that have there own website. Love to follow their daily journey. I love the book and can't wait for next one."

"Saw interview on Home & Family, so I ordered book as I like Trevor Donovan as an actor.
Plan to give this to my great-nephew for Christmas."


And here are several comments about the second book, Love Always, Dogbert's Journey. I'm not giving out any spoilers. You have to follow the books to get the full emotional impact.

"This book is utterly fantastic!!! It brought out a lot of emotions, many tears but also a lot of knowledge about DM! Trevor you are amazing as a writer, actor, love for animals etc! I have told many friends and family to order this book, as well as the first one!"

"We miss you deeply, Dogbert. The story made me cry. It is so worthy to read. Thanks for writing the book to devote to Dogbert. Truly love always"

"This and the first Love Always Dogbert are easing reading for kids and adults. It has a sweet story with a message for awareness of DM in dogs."

Here's the link to Book 1, Love Always Dogbert and Tito. And here's the link to Book 2, Love Always Dogbert's Journey. 

The books are available in digital or print, and I believe Donovan designed the art work for both book covers.


Dreamspinner Press Restructures

I know absolutely nothing about Dreamspinner Press so I'm only linking to PW with this one. The author of this article, Rachel Kramer Bussel, used to be an editor I worked with at Cleis Press more than once back in the day. I hadn't seen anything from her in a while until now.

Florida-based LGBTQ romance publisher Dreamspinner Press retained law firm Berger Singerman LLP in mid-December to handle restructuring of the company as complaints from authors about unpaid royalties mount.

Here's a link to more. Some of the author claims are rather interesting...especially the numbers. 


Gay Guy Has Sober Sex For the First Time

This is actually one of those personal stories written by a gay man that goes into a lot of detail about his personal life, including the fact that he quit drinking and realized he hadn't had sober sex since high school.

After I quit drinking two years ago, I realized two things: 1. That I hadn’t had sober sex since high school and, 2. that I didn’t have a six pack. But after many fiber-based meals, early mornings, and long, intense sessions on my back, I finally fixed that first thing.

I like reading personal stories about real life. You can check it out, here

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 Reader Reviews:
"The extras made the story: the Labrador retriever, the ten year old son, the best friend, and even the new house needing renovation. Never imagined that the son had been raised by two Dads."
"THIS TITLE sucked me right the heck in. I had my fingers, toes, and ankles crossed (not my eyes because I was desperate to read) that I would get the chance to review this book. I may or may not have breathed a literal sigh of relief when it arrived on my Kindle."

"Gender bendy romance classic retelling"
@riverdaleavenue




Written by Lambda-Award winning author Ryan Field, A Starr Is Born is a queer retelling of an old rags to riches trope that’s been reinterpreted many times, but this time it’s totally different with gay main characters, a gay love story, and a gay male point of view. It’s partly a light-hearted parody and partly sarcasm. It’s also highly erotic and charged with authentic, emotional gay male romance.

From the day they meet for the first time until the day their lives change forever, Harrison Parker and Morton Starr were destined for greatness—and each other. A Starr is Born follows the paths of handsome, badly-behaving rock star Harrison Parker and sexy gender-bending performer Morton Starr, who is just starting his career.

Morton is so madly in love with his husband, Harrison, he’ll do anything to please him, including overlooking all his self-destructive issues. However, as openly gay Morton gains more fame and success in the mainstream with his popular gay love songs and his unique gender-bending image, and Harrison continues to slide downhill, there comes a point where everything has to change. And when that climax finally happens, Morton isn’t certain about anything in his future or his marriage.

A Starr is Born by [Field, Ryan]



The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Field, Ryan ]


How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

How to Be a Good Gay Bottom by [Field, Ryan]

The Rescuer
Amazon