In Kendle's Fire the main character refers to himself as an "ex-Marine." There's a reason for this that I can't say because I don't want to give out any spoilers. But it's a valid reason and I did it on purpose, with all due respect to the Marines. This is a special case, and I support everyone in the military 100%, without question.
The only reason I'm mentioning this is because it's common knowledge that the term "former Marine" is used with regard to someone who has served in the Marines. Once someone is a Marine they are always a Marine. I respect that, and I honor that.
The only time the term "ex-Marine" is used is when circumstances are unusual. In this case, with the main character, Kendle, it's an unusual circumstance, and that has to do with the fact that he's gay and he was in the Marines right before DADT was repealed.
So, the term "ex-Marine" works in this case, with this book. It's not a real story, it's fiction. And as I said, there' s a reason for this. The entire point of the novel is about the main character questioning everything he's ever been taught to believe about himself, and about how society views him as a man.
The fact that Kendle was once a Marine is also very small part of the story. But I thought I should mention it just in case there's any confusion.
A PG Rated Gay Romance
Gus Kenworthy Headed For Olympics
This is one of the most positive stories I've seen so far this week.
Kenworthy placed second at the final Olympic qualifier for freeski slopestyle, which was held Sunday at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. That result, combined with a victory at a selection event last weekend, qualified him for the Olympic team.
Here's more. It's interesting to note that according to this piece this is the first year there are "openly" gay male winter Olympians.
What Counts As Losing Gay Virginity?
I think a lot of people wonder about this one. I know I always did.
“In the heterosexual community, the v-card is generally defined as being lost through vaginal intercourse, although it still depends on who you ask,” he writes. “In the LGBTI community, however, it is even harder to define.”
Here's the rest. In this case, I actually love the answer. I highly suggest you check it out.
Altered Parts: Limited Edition
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