Saturday, October 22, 2016

Are Some TV Shows and Films Bad For Gays?; Gay Couple Trump Supporters Receiving Death Threats; How To Tell A Gay Top From A Bottom

Are Some TV Shows and Films Bad For Gays?

There's been a discussion on Reddit about whether or not some TV shows and films give gay men a bad name. And there are a lot of opinions, too.

Here's one:

“Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson do a great job playing Cam and Mitchell on Modern Family,” says libitum, “but the gay stereotyping is always an underlying irritation for me. It’s not that there aren’t gay men like that (there are) but why does a TV gay couple have to be like this. It’s visibility v. cringe, I agree.”

I never watched Modern Family because I couldn't personally relate to it, but I don't think it gives gay men a bad name. I actually think it represents a certain segment of the gay male population rather well...even though I can't relate to it. 

And here's another. This one didn't like Boys In the Band...but he didn't hate it either.

“I know the movie bugs the shit out of me and makes me hate all of them pretty much, just because they’re so whiny and self-loathing, but it is also one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to put gay guys front and center, warts and all. And none of the characters had to die by the end of the film, which counted as major progress.”

You can check out the rest here. I happened to love HBO's Looking. I thought it represented a whole new segment of gay men that I could relate to. Evidently, not everyone did, and that shows you how diverse and subjective all this is.

Gay Couple Trump Supporters Receiving Death Threats

I almost didn't link to this article because this election season has been filled with so much vitriol, but I want to use it as an example. In fact, I just left Twitter a moment ago where a friend I follow was practically ripped to shreds because he tweeted his support for Hillary Clinton. And he did it in a very nice, civil way. But the vitriol is everywhere, unfortunately. Whether someone is supporting Hillary or Trump, people are being shamed, degraded, and trolled in ways I've never seen before. 

In any event, this gay couple is supporting Trump and they've received death threats. But this could happen to anyone. I have seen Hillary supporters treated as badly, and sometimes even worse.

 The Facebook comments were unsurprisingly negative, calling the men “idiots,” “uneducated,” “redneck” “self-hating gays.”

One comment compared them to “Jews who supported Hitler,” while another simply suggested “two bricks directly into their faces.”

There's more here. The media doesn't make it any better either. They make it worse. 

How To Tell A Gay Top From A Bottom

I'm still not sure it is possible to tell a gay top from a bottom in most cases, but this article claims they have a scientific approach.

Moylan points to a 2013 study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior that found people often rely on male-female gender stereotypes when identifying sexual roles in same-sex relationships.

For the study, 23 participants were shown the dating profile pics of 200 gay men, 100 tops and 100 bottoms, then asked to identify which was which. Based on the pictures alone, participants correctly identified the tops about 65 percent of the time and the bottoms just about 39 percent of the day, bringing the overall average correct guesses to 52 percent.

You can read the rest here. The comments are bold.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Designer Richard Nicoll Dies Suddenly; MPs Shout "Shame" Over Turing Bill; Stuffing James Franco's Speedo

Designer Richard Nicoll Dies Suddenly

This was shocking.

Fashion designer Richard Nicoll has died in Sydney at the age of 39.

It is suspected that he suffered a heart attack.

Actor Charles Condou took to Twitter to say he was ‘devastated to hear’ and wrote: ‘He was my first real love; a beautiful man both inside and out. I’ll miss him terribly.’

You can read more here. I always liked his work, and I think he was highly underestimated.

MPs Shout "Shame" Over Turing Bill

I just posted about this bill yesterday, here.

Tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of now-abolished sexual offenses in Britain will be posthumously pardoned, the government announced Thursday.

Unfortunately, this just happened:

A private member’s bill before the UK Parliament has been filibustered by the Government’s Justice Minister, Sam Gyimah – just a day after he proposed a Government-approved alternative.

The legislation, which sought to pardon gay men prosecuted for gross indecency before homosexual activity was decriminalized, was named Turing’s Bill after persecuted math’s genius Alan Turing. It was proposed SNP MP John Nicolson.

Raised for discussion in the House of Commons this afternoon, it could not be voted upon as Gyimah talked for so long.

There's more here. There's also of photo Gyimah. It really is a shame.

Stuffing James Franco's Speedo

Please keep in mind I didn't write this one. I'm only linking to it...and only because Franco has become a fascination of sorts. He doesn't have to do these things, and yet he does them anyway. 

 James Franco spilled some on-set secrets about his King Cobra co-star Keegan Allen.

‘I’m going to bust him a little bit – Keegan stuffed his speedo,’ Franco said Friday (21 October) during an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show.

In the film, Franco and Allen play lovers who are cash-strapped gay porn producers.

Here's the rest. I'm starting to get curious about King Cobra. And not because of clickbait like this article. In spite of clickbait pieces like this, I watched Franco's movie review is here...and wound up liking it a lot more than I thought I would. 


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

King Cobra Star Garrett Clayton On His Sexuality; Madonna Offers To "Give Head"; Turing Law Pardons Gay UK Men

King Cobra Star Garrett Clayton On His Sexuality

I don't think this will surprise anyone.

In the latest issue of PrideSource, 25-year-old actor Garrett Clayton unpacks his feelings about playing Brent Corrigan in Justin Kelly’s long-awaited King Cobra (in theaters and On Demand starting October 21). After discussing his contractually mandated butt shot, his favorite Brent Corrigan scene, and how one prepares for such a role, he surprisingly refuses to divulge his own sexuality to the interviewer, believing that “it just distracts” from his work.

You can read all of it here.

While I truly don't believe in outing anyone ever, one of the comments said it best.

straights would admit that they are straights.

Madonna Offers To "Give Head"

Just when you think this election season couldn't get any worse, Madonna does this...

One more thing before I introduce this genius of comedy,” she says. “If you vote for Hillary Clinton, I will give you a blowjob.”

And I am good.

I’m not a douche, and I’m not a tool. I take my time, I have a lot of eye contact and I do swallow.”

There's more here.

Again, one of the comments at the bottom said it best.

I’d rather catch herpes from a toad.

Turing Law Pardons Gay UK Men

Not to upstage Madonna's generous offer, but this is something important to focus on for a change.

Tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of now-abolished sexual offenses in Britain will be posthumously pardoned, the government announced Thursday.

The government proposal will also make it easier for living Britons, convicted years ago of since-decriminalized sexual behavior, to clear their names.

But not everyone is thrilled about it...and I'm glad they're speaking up.

Brighton resident George Montague, who was convicted in 1974 for gross indecency with a man, told CNN he won't accept the government's pardon because "it's an admission of guilt." 

He wants an apology from the government, and I'm standing on his side in full support. I'm sick and tired of these hypocrites telling us they've "evolved" when they should be telling us how sorry they are they were so wrong. 

Here's the rest. It's particularly interesting to read about why this law was named the way it was. You shouldn't miss this. It's gay history, too.  

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"Morning Joe" TV Show Laughs At Social Media Users; The Banana Smoothie Tutorial; Cher's Best Interview Ever

"Morning Joe" TV Show Laughs At Social Media Users

On the surface, you might not think there's anything wrong with this. However, there are so many underlying issues I'm not even going to get into them in a short post. I'm only going to focus on a few. And, this isn't a rant. It's just a few comments.

While switching through channels this morning, before I went for my usual run, I came across a segment of the TV show, Morning Joe that I found a little surprising. I'm not familiar with this show and don't know much about the hosts...Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski...and I only go there when there are commercials on everywhere else.  But this time what I saw was just too unexpected.

Evidently, they get mean tweets.

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski read from a selection of mean tweets they received during Wednesday's show.

If you're doing anything with a public profile you're going to get mean tweets, comments, or whatever. The reason I have comment moderation on this blog is because of mean that was a death threat once. I don't have time to moderate them all myself. I'm an openly gay writer and I expect mean comments. Not everyone is going to love every book, especially when you write erotic gay romance. So I know what it's like to face criticism of all kinds online, in comments and in reviews. I also know what it's like to forget about them and move on.

With that said, I was a little shocked to see Joe and Mika basically laughing at their own viewers this morning for tweeting mean things about them. They did it with smiles, eye rolls, and laughs, in that passive aggressive way so many elitists use these days. I'll post a link below so you can see for yourselves. They even showed one of the mean tweets to the camera and mentioned the names of the people tweeting, and that alone left me gaping at my TV.

And I think this shows a huge disconnect between social media and the elite mainstream media. I've been in online book communities since the late 1990s. I worked as a staff member for a web site that reviewed thousands of bloggers in the early 2000s. I was on Twitter and Facebook from the beginning and I've seen it all. And the one thing I've learned about social media is that you never assume anything about anyone.

In other words, just because someone tweets something you think is "mean" doesn't discount the fact that there might be underlying issues you can't see. Interacting with people online isn't the same as in person because there's no physical connection. And if you assume something it could be dangerous, and even politically incorrect. What if the people Joe and Mika were laughing at so cleverly this morning have serious mental health issues? What if they just found out they have cancer and only six months to live? What if they just caught their spouse cheating? The extenuating circumstances could fill this page. And the bottom line is that you don't assume anything on social media, and you never take it personally.

You also have to remember that in many cases the people who are sitting at home tweeting aren't making millions of dollars like Joe and Mika. In many cases they're trying to figure out how to survive in a system that has let them down...and left them bitter. Many have "unplugged" and can't even afford cable TV to watch Joe and Mika. So this was a huge fail for me this morning. To see two privileged people of wealth on a high profile TV show act out against innocent viewers in such a passive aggressive way, left me shaking my head and vowing never to go back there again. It's elite media fail at it's worst and I truly pity those people out there nowadays who only have access to that kind of a news source for information and content.

You can check out the video here on Youtube. And there are comments, some not too kind.

The Banana Smoothie Tutorial

On a much lighter note, here's an interesting video where a cute young guy gives a tutorial on how to make a banana smoothie. It's all in fun.

In the below video, he teaches us how to make a supremely refreshing smoothie — yet for some reason, our minds and eyes keep wandering, and we’re having the trickiest time wrapping our heads around the recipe.

You really should check this one out...and it's SFW. You might even watch it twice (smile).

Cher's Best Interview Ever

I think I just gained a new sense of respect for Cher, especially after watching the beginning of this video. And I didn't even expect to feel that way. It's a little political, but I think if you focus on what Cher says about herself and about aging, it's actually more inspiring than anything else.

Cher on turning 70...

"I just don’t know how to accept it. I don’t want to either. But I don’t really know how to. I look in the mirror and I see this old lady looking back at me. I have no idea how she got there. If I put 70 candles on my cake I would blow my brains out…”

I think it's inspiring because people who love what they do never want to stop doing it. I will never retire. It just won't happen. I'll expire instead. The older I get the more I want to work. And seeing Cher work her way into her 70s like this is just inspiring to me.

You can check that out here.

HUGE thanks to everyone who helped get "Uncertainty" a star.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Colton Haynes's Home Burglarized; The Gay Editor Who Outed Shep Smith; James Franco Head-Butts A Photographer; Luke Perry Turns 50

Colton Haynes's Home Burglarized

Colton Haynes's home was recently burglarized, and of course TMZ couldn't wait to spread the news.

“My home was broken into a few days ago & a lot was stolen. I am ok,” he writes. “I don’t understand why it’s necessary that my personal info is on TMZ.”

I'm with Colton on this one. Give him a break.

You can read the rest here. 

The Gay Editor Who Outed Shep Smith

I have a firm rule about outing anyone.

You don't do it. Plain and simple. I don't think there are any exceptions to the rule in this case either.

It's a douchey thing to do in the first place, and in the second, it's none of your shouty business.

With that said, the shouty editor who works at a gay newspaper explains why he thought it was his job in life to out Shep Smith...

“How can we expect the construction worker making $20,000 a year to come out when the rich and pampered are still hiding in the closet? How will gays living in Peoria find the fortitude to live honest lives, when the gay denizens of New York and Hollywood won’t?”

Again, it's none of his business. And coming out, whether you are a construction worker or the highest paid star in Hollywood, is a personal decision and no one should ever force anyone into doing it unless they are ready.

You can check this out here

James Franco Head-Butts A Photographer

I may be liking James Franco a lot more after reading this.

 According to unusually poetic court documents, Franco was “smiling, rather demonically,” and wore a “blank expression of joy on his face” as he knocked the astonished photog to the floor.

And now, of course, the photographer is suing Franco.

Here's the rest

Luke Perry Turns 50

As a joke, Luke Perry recently celebrated his 50th birthday, and they did a parody for the AARP Magazine with him on the cover.

 If you happen to be Luke Perry — the ’90s star who played moody Dylan “I just need time to think” McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210” — you were unceremoniously slapped on the cover of AARP The Magazine, causing the Internet to philosophize about the fleetingness of life as we know it.

You can check that out here. He still looks great.

 HUGE thanks to everyone who helped get "Uncertainty" a star.

Press Release: Riverdale Avenue Books Celebrates Halloween with 14 Days of 50% Off on AllRomanceEbooks and RAB Website

Instead of trying to fit all this into a regular news post, I think it's clearer to just post it as I get it...

Riverdale Avenue Books Celebrates Halloween with 14 Days of 50% Off on AllRomanceEbooks and RAB Website

Starting Monday October 17th – October 31st,

New York (October 17, 2016) ­– To get into the Halloween spirit, Riverdale Avenue Books is offering 14 of their best-selling horror and paranormal romance titles on sale at half price for the final two weeks of October featuring such classic themes as zombies in love, gay vampires and prognosticating witches. Reader will also be able to enter a give-away for the same 14 titles.

Beginning on Monday, October 17th, one book a day will be featured for 50% off on both the website, as well as

An Outcast State
How to Throw a True Blood Party
Capricorn: Cursed - Book One of the Witch Upon a Star Series
Aquarius: Haunted Heart - Book Two of the Witch Upon a Star Series
Pisces: Teacher’s Pet – Book Three of The Witch Upon a Star Series
Aries: Swinging into Spring – Part Four of the Witch Upon a Star Series
Dead Sexy: The Unofficial WALKING DEAD Fan Guide to Zombie Style, Beauty, Parties
The Ripper Letter: Book One of the Hearts of Darkness Series
Still Hungry for Your Love: Further Adventures in Zombie Romance
Blood and Lust in NYC: A Lesbian Vampire Tryst
Venomoid: Book One of the Night Code Saga
Clan of The Jersey Boys, Book One of the Fangsters Series
Avalon Revisited: A Novel of Vampires, Murder, and Sex in Victorian England
Wedding Bells Times Four: Book One of The Virgin Witch and The Vampire King
Blood Burn

Said Publisher Lori Perkins, “Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year and I love to curl up with a scary book that keeps me turning the pages. I wanted to share some of our best scary tales at a special price.”

Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry. Started in 2012 by industry veteran Lori Perkins, Riverdale Avenue Books is a full service publisher, including foreign rights and film agency services, publishing e-books, print, and audio books. Visit them at

Monday, October 17, 2016

Call To Attack All Gay people; Peter Thiel's Huge Trump Donation; Thousands March To Repeal Gay Marriage In France

Call To Attack All Gay People

Every time I see something like this in the news, I remember that time I came across the blog of a woman indie author writing gay romance, and how she posted that now with gay marriage legal in the US there's nothing else to write about. The tone suggested that was the last problem gay people will ever face.

Well, think again. Someone is giving out leaflets in Amsterdam that are calling on all religions to attack gay people.

It is unknown who is behind the leaflets. At least 20 reports have been filed with the authorities.
‘According to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, homosexuality is forbidden,’ the leaflet reads, before quoting Romans 26-28 that refers to men ‘burned in their lust toward one another’ who received ‘due penalty for the error.

You can read the rest here.

Peter Thiel's Huge Trump Donation

Peter Thiel seems to be the gay guy that all the other gay guys hate these days. And here's why...

Peter Thiel is not backing away from the Republican presidential candidate. Numerous  news organizations report the gay co-founder of PayPal is making a $1.25  (€1.39) million donation to Donald Trump’s campaign.

There's a lot more here.

I know nothing about Peter Thiel and I'm not all that political. One of the main reasons why I loved Bernie Sanders in the primaries was because I felt comfortable with him with respect to LGBT rights. And, he's a decent man. I don't think Bernie's decency can be disputed by anyone. But I do put these things in posts every so often for a distinct reason. I like to show that you can't trust all the stereotypes about gay men, not even those of the political nature. It's called diversity.

You don't want to miss the comments with this one either.


Thousands March To Repeal Gay Marriage In France

Just because gay marriage becomes legal somewhere doesn't mean that everyone wants it to remain legal. This is happening in France, but I have no doubt whatsoever that it could happen anywhere...even the US.

Thousands marched with the aim to repeal same-sex marriage in France.
It was legalized in 2013.
The protest, organized by Manif Pour Tous, wishes to put marriage equality back on the debate floor as France begins the campaign cycle for the presidential elections in May.

You can read more here, with photos of the protest. I'll be following this one to see what happens.

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