Friday, April 24, 2015

Trevor Donovan in Texas Rising Trailer; Gay Man and Bloody McDonald's Burger; Robin Williams' Last Gay Role

Trevor Donovan In Texas Rising Trailer

I've posted a few times about Trevor Donovan starring in the upcoming History Channel mini-series, Texas Rising. You can check that out here.

It's a series filled with history during a time in America a lot of us don't know much about. It's focused on the Texas Revolution and the Texas Rangers. Donovan is playing Kit Acklin, who was a Texas Ranger with deep American roots, and it will debut on May 25th, almost one month from today.

Rather than get into more historical facts this time, here's a new trailer for TR, with a vocal by Kris Kristofferson. You'll like this, trust me. 



Gay Man and Bloody McDonald's Burger

A 24 year old gay man went to a McDonald's in Washington state and they called him a faggot and served up a rare burger seeping with blood. But to be perfectly honest, this isn't just a clear case of gay hate. It is bad, as it stands. But there really is more to the story.

As far as I can parse this, the gay guy overheard the manager calling out an employee and the guy didn't like what he heard.

Then, the gay guy spoke to the employee who was getting yelled at:

'I stated if she was my manager and was in my face, I would not tolerate that.'

The employee went back and told the manager (the manager is a woman) what the gay guy said. And this transpired:


'As they both were speaking, they both turned around and looked at me and then I explained that he did not need to tell her. I then stated that I would gladly explain to her how I felt about her scolding an employee in front of customers and crew members,' he said.

Because the manager is supposed to care about what the gay guy feels?

The manager replied.


'She then looks at me, shrugs her shoulders and says, “I really don’t care.”'

The manager could have left it at that, but she didn't. 

You can read more here. There are a few more interesting details. Even if the gay guy may or may not have been a douche in this case, it still doesn't give anyone the right to refer to him with pejoratives or give him bad food. The manager could have just called him a douche and left it at that. But they always have to bring the gay angle into it.

Robin Williams' Last Gay Role

This July there will be an indie film released titled, Boulevard. It stars the late Robin Williams and he'll be playing a gay character who is coming to terms with being gay rather late in life.

'Boulevard is a complex, life-affirming and surprising film and Robin’s final performance is absolutely remarkable,' Kevin Kasha, head of acquisitions for Starz, tells Entertainment Weekly.

Producer Monica Aguirre Diez Barroso tells EW: 'We are very excited about partnering with Starz Digital to get this beautiful movie out there.'

In the film, Williams' character begins an unsettling relationship with a young hustler (Roberto Aguire) and his safe existence with his wife (Kathy Baker) is rocked to its foundation.

Even though it sounds like all the painfully stereotypical tragic gay books and films I've worked hard as a writer to stay away from in my lifetime, because not everything that is gay is tragic and painful, it also sounds like something that can and does happen in real life. And there's no doubt that I will make a point of seeing it. Hollywood can't help themselves...yet. They only associate gay story lines with pain and tragedy about sad sack figures who are gay and are "rocked" to their foundations because they are gay.

I'm gay. I'm happy. And even though I do face various forms of discrimination daily that I've learned how to deal with, each time I've been rocked to my proverbial foundation it had nothing to do with my being gay. Usually it's when I lose my keys. 

So there you are.



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Did DearAuthor.com Lose Credibility? School Coach Fired For Hate Tweet About Pizza Jerks; Doris Day's Last Visit With Rock Hudson

Did DearAuthor.com Lose Credibility?

One of the reasons why I rarely do book reviews here is because I'm a published author and a blogger.  As an author and blogger I don't want my readers to think I'm in collusion with other authors or publishers to promote or solicit books. I also don't want to cross the lines. I have always believed that reviews are for readers, not for authors. I think the last book I reviewed here was James Franco's Actors Anonymous. I don't know Franco, nor do I ever want to know him.

I also blog for free, without ads, because I believe the spirit in personal blogging is not for profit in a broad sense. The only books I promote here are my own. And most of the time I fall short in that department, too.

Rhetorically speaking, I couldn't help wonder if the romance review site, DearAuthor.com, has lost credibility since the disclosure that the owner of the blog, a woman (I don't believe in doxxing either) who goes by the pen name of "Jane Litte," has been writing and getting New Adult genre books published under another pen name, "Jen Frederick." What happened with "Jane Litte" and her disclosure about "Jen Frederick" goes quite a bit deeper than a pen name.

I'm not going to get into all that here, mainly because I'd like to remain objective. Most people already know the story and for those who don't there are plenty of links out there with a simple search. This particular link to a blog titled The Passive Voice gets more involved, and there are comments you might find interesting...or not. 

I'm just wondering, once again rhetorically speaking, if any book review blog can continue to maintain the same credibility it once had after something like this. And, can the contributors associated with that blog continue to remain credible? There are no easy answers at this point. In many cases DearAuthor.com does more than just review books. I can't add any personal comments here because I truly believe that only time will tell in this case.

We do tend to be a culture that forgives. It's what we do.

 School Coach Fired For Hate Tweet About Pizza Jerks

This is an ironic twist, for certain. When the owners of Memories Pizza in Indiana made the announcement they would not cater a gay wedding because of their religious convictions, a high school coach tweeted something that got her fired.

She said: 'Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? "That’s a lifestyle they CHOOSE" Ignorant.'

The next day, Dooley told school officials about the tweet and how it was receiving negative attention online.

'The promotion of harmful, illegal activity to Concord Schools' students by a lay coach is unacceptable,' Concord Community Schools' Superintendant Wayne Stubbs said in a statement yesterday (21 April).

'Concord Schools thanks Ms. Dooley for the services that she provided as a lay high school coach during the past few years.

'She has learned a difficult lesson concerning the incorrect use of electronic communications. Unfortunately, too often electronic communications are sent without the sender fully appreciating the potentially harmful effect of that message.

I hate to speculate on things like this, but if you know Twitter and you know how people Tweet I would say the odds are that Dooley had no intentions of ever going anywhere with a torch in her hand. I would highly doubt she ever intended to harm anyone or anything, let alone burn down some trashy pizza joint no one cares about.

However, last night someone I follow posted a short video of himself practicing old west gun techniques. You know, how they spin the guns and throw them up in the air. That was all in fun, without political or social motivation. But the PC police sent him PMs attacking him for promoting guns and violence...which he was NOT doing at all.

The point is that you can't trust anything anymore. Watch what you tweet, post, or put in writing anywhere online. Watch what you text or e-mail. It could wind up changing your life more than you thought it would.

You can read more about Dooley here. 

Doris Day's Last Visit With Rock Hudson

Doris Day and Rock Hudson made many films together in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Hudson died of AIDS during the height of the AIDS epidemic and shocked the world when we discovered America's leading man was actually gay. Doris Day has been out of the spotlight for probably more years than she was in it. Evidently, she's 91 years old now and talking about her last visit with Rock Hudson.

'He was very sick. But I just brushed that off and I came out and put my arms around him and said "Am I glad to see you,"' she tells People Magazine.

Even though he was dying of complications from AIDS during that final visit in 1985, Hudson kept his promise to appear in the premiere episode of Day's new talk show.

'He'd get very tired,' she recalls of his visit to Carmel in California where she lives and where the show was taped.

'I'd bring him his lunch and fix him a big platter but he couldn't eat. I'd say "What if I get a fork and feed you" but he said "Doris I can't eat."'

There's more here, with a video of them both. 






Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rainbow Detective Agency: The Guy With Two Penises; More About Cultural Appropriation; What Is "Genderqueer?" Tallywackers Male Hooters

Rainbow Detective Agency: The Guy With Two Penises

It's release day for another book in The Rainbow Detective Agency series. This one is subtitled, The Guy With Two Penises. And that's because one of the characters in the book has diphallia, which is a rare syndrome where a man is literally born with two penises. There's information on the web about this with a simple search. I didn't want to get too technical. In the same respect, I didn't want to be glib about it either...or appropriate. So I tried to treat it with sensitivity and respect as well as offering some light hearted dialogue...and sex scenes...as an outsider looking in. In this case, I am the outsider.






Here's the blurb:

In this third book in The Rainbow Detective series, Proctor and Blair take on a case that involves blackmail, kidnapping, and a handsome young guy with two perfect penises. The guy with two penises is a public personality, and the wealthy client who hires Blair and Proctor is willing to pay a huge sum of money to keep the guy's two penises a secret.

As fascinated as Blair and Proctor are with the guy who has two penises, there are dangerous, unexpected twists in this case that put them in grave danger. And the fact that they are in love with each other doesn't make working together any easier. It's the kind of peculiar double penis case that will not only test their love, but also test whether or not they can continue working together.


Will Blair be able to grow up and meet Proctor's professional expectations? And will Proctor ever be able to get the guy with two perfect penises out of his head?


Links:

Smashwords

Allromanceebooks

The book will also be at iTunes and B&N. When I get an Amazon link, I'll post that, too. And, this is the 3rd book in the series, but each book can be read as a stand alone.



More About Cultural Appropriation

I actually came across this link at one of the most unlikely places. As it turns out, I'm glad I went there because it's one of the most engaging posts on cultural appropriation I have seen...probably ever. In this case, the culture being appropriated is deaf culture.

I make no claims to know anything about this particular subject, however, I do know what it's like as a gay man to face cultural appropriation on what is usually a daily basis.

Here is one particularly interesting quote.

It has become a commodity of which any con artist can appropriate a few signs for themselves to create a persona.  They film themselves, stand on stage, teach classes, and strut with pride.  They know ASL! They have a right to use ASL!


            No. You do not. It is not yours to use for your financial benefit. You are a thief. You are stealing our language, mangling it, and regurgitating a weaker, inaccurate version. You smile in your YouTube videos, on your spot on the stage, in your classes, smiling, basking in the spotlight. You do not care about our language. You do not take the time to learn about what ASL really is. You do not care about Deaf people. You only care about the accolades that you receive.

You can read the rest here. I hope the link works. However, as I stated above my post is about appropriating all cultures, not just one. 

Thankfully, there are people presenting this argument in other places so we have these examples from which to draw.

What Is Genderqueer?
I've posted about this topic before, too. Genderqueer, I find, is not a term people know well...even the people who are genderqueer in some cases.

Gender identity. Biological sex. Gender expression. Cisgender. Transgender. Genderqueer. Androgyny. The gender binary. If you’ve ever wondered about the definition of some of these terms, Ashley Mardell’s video about the ABC’s of LGBT is a great starting point. She acts as a moderator as several of her friends break down different terms related to gender in this wonderfully in-depth video. This video serves as a great tool for cisgender allies who are looking to strengthen their knowledge of the LGBT community they’re hoping to stand besides, and those who have questions about their gender identity. The team manages to pack in a lot of information in a cohesive, easy to understand manner, especially about a topic that we aren’t granted the opportunity to learn too much about in mainstream spaces and education. Can you imagine if we were taught these terms in school?

It's a really good video that explains something most of us aren't familiar with.

Tallywackers Male Hooters

I almost feel guilty posting this because the other two news items were so serious and educational. But we all need a little fun, too. This is being compared as the male version of Hooters.

Finally, the restaurant we’ve been waiting for.
 Tallywackers is a new dining establishment coming to Dallas. Per a help wanted ad posted to Craigslist, it appears to be a bar and restaurant specializing in hot dogs and other phallic-shaped foods served up by a staff of half-naked hunks.

You can read more here.

What I find most interesting is that the women who have been screaming about objectification, and rightly so, all these years are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to objectifying men. I make no comment on that because I think we all need to lighten up a little, including me sometimes. I just find it interesting there seems to be a reverse double standard nowadays.




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Marco Rubio On Gay As a Choice; Barry Manilow Feels Free; Saving The Black Cap Gay Bar

Marco Rubio On Gay As a Choice

Although I'm rarely political, I think I'm following this next Presidential election more closely because there are so many important LGBT issues that have yet to be resolved. The problem right now with almost all politicians is they don't seem to know where to stand on LGBT issues...especially Republicans. I'm not talking about the far right. We know where the Christian conservatives stand. I'm talking about Republicans who are trying to win over younger people...those Republicans who have been watching the polls and know that public opinion is changing. 

And then there's this.

The other day I posted something where Marco Rubio mentioned gays and choices. Now he's saying this:

The Floridian Republican, who announced last week that he is running for president, said on CBS's Face the Nation: 'I ... don't believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people.

'In fact, the bottom line is I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with.'

Now here's what he said last week.

'I’m not going to hurt them simply because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be,' Rubio said in a previous interview.

That's where he loses people. In one breath he appears to be stating  gay is a choice, and in another he's stating the opposite.

You can read the rest here. I just hope this doesn't portend a lot more idiocy to come in the next election. I can respect where someone stands even if I don't agree with him. But I don't think it's fair for a candidate to force voters to parse every comment they make. 

Barry Manilow Feels Free

Although Barry Manilow hasn't commented on his recent gay marriage, Suzanne Somers who was there has made a few comments. And please don't tell me I shouldn't refer to it as a "gay" marriage. Right now, where things stand, it's a big deal and it IS a gay marriage. I hope this changes in the future, but right now I think it's important to own it.

'They’re married and really happy, and I was there when it was announced and they’ve been together for 30 years,' Somers said during an appearance this week on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live.

WWHL host Andy Cohen remarked: 'Wow. It’s wild. He never formally came out and said it. It’s something everybody knew. It’s wonderful he’s been with his partner for 30 years.'

Somers also said: 'I think it’s freeing for him. He’s one of the most incredible people and a true musical genius. I believe he is the Irving Berlin of our generation. The impact he has made on music is incalculable.'

That really is something. They're together 30 years. I'm with Tony 23 years and I'm still not sure where all the time went...and, the first sixteen years were spent partially keeping it hidden. Not totally, but we didn't tell Tony's family, and Tony never let anyone in corporate America know he was gay or with someone in a long term relationship. Evidently, there are a lot of us out there.

You can read the rest here about Manilow. I hope he is feeling free...free enough to speak up now.

Saving The Black Cap Gay Bar

I've posted many times about how the gay bar as a concept has been disappearing slowly since the 90's. I'm not getting into all that again, but I did post a question about it on social media and most of the gay men I know said they don't frequent gay bars anymore. All are different ages and come from different areas. There was a time when Tony and I were at several of the local gay bars here in New Hope at least twice a week...at least. Now there's only one gay bar left and we go there only a few times a year. Do I feel guilty about this? No. Life changes, the world changes, and people move in different directions.

But there are drag queens in London working hard to keep The Black Cap in London open.

RuPaul's Drag Race queens are helping to save one of the most iconic London queer venues.

Latrice Royale, from season 4, and Morgan McMichaels, from season 2, joined together to call for lovers of drag around the world to sign a petition to save The Black Cap in Camden.

Closed without warning on 12 April, it is expected the owners are trying to turn the building into luxury flats.

I hate to see something this strongly related to gay culture disappear completely. The gay bar is a huge part of my past, too, just like small brick and mortar gay bookshops. Frankly, maybe they should go to RuPaul and ask her to invest her money in The Black Cap. This way RuPaul could be a hero and save the day. Because you can't blame the owners of buildings for trying to make a profit.

On the flip side, which is a little ironic, I would bet that many of the people who will be interested if they turn the place into luxury flats will, indeed, be upwardly mobile gay men who will repeat, at length, the history of the building with each intimate candlelight dinner party they give.

The rest is here.

 
 



Monday, April 20, 2015

Ben Affleck's Slave Owner Ancestor; Debra Messing Wanted More Will and Grace; Don't Call Hillary a "Gal"

Ben Affleck's Slave Owner Ancestor

After the Sony e-mail hack so many things still seem to be surfacing I'm starting to wonder what people are thinking when they click send with e-mails. I've always believed that no one is perfect, not even me...trust me I'm not. But I also believe that if you're a power celebrity you should know that nothing digital ever disappears. Especially someone like Ben Affleck who seems to portray himself as knowing it all, to the point where he often sounds as if he might run for public office.You expect smart people to run for office, people who know the basics at least.

And then there is this:

Hacked Sony emails reveal that actor-directorBen Affleck requested that his slave owner ancestor be removed from his family tree on PBS program Finding Your Roots.

In a series of WikiLeaks emails, the genealogy program's host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. emailed Sony chief Michael Lynton asking "advice" on the actor's request, according to New York Daily News.

"For the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors - the fact that he owned slaves," Gates emailed Lynton in the July 22, 2014 email chain.

Gates went on to say that if word got out of the censoring, the brand would be tarnished and, "even for Batman," would be a violation of PBS rules.

I think it's very revealing, literally and figuratively. Of course they did edit this information out of the show, which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. It comes with Affleck's place of privilege, as a mega star and a straight white male. That's how it works. There's a link to the PBS web site where they "explain" why they self-censored. We all know how that works, too.

You can read the rest here.  

Debra Messing Wanted More Will and Grace

I remember the first time I saw Will and Grace on TV. It was thrilling to see gay characters anywhere, let alone a sitcom on network TV. However, as the years went by I stopped watching for various reasons and the thrill disappeared as each season approached.

That by no means is a bad review or a negative reflection on my part. I think that show broke ground in more ways than one. And I know for a fact that repressed, closeted gay men who can't come out are still watching this show, and still discovering this show, in places like Youtube and it's actually helping them cope with their situations. And that sort of thing can never be played down. Will and Grace did more than just entertain people. It helped them live their lives.

Here's what Debra Messing had to say:

“I guess I would change the fact that we stopped after eight years,” Messing told HuffPo Live. “It was such a happy time, and we were all really exhausted by that point and it was the right thing to do at that time, but now obviously time has passed, and I watch the show with my son who laughs at it and I think it would’ve been really great to do it a few more years.”

I agree with her. You can check this out here. 


Don't Call Hillary a "Gal" 

This article is interesting to me because I supported Secretary Clinton when she ran for President in 2008. I voted for her in the primaries, where she won Pennsylvania by a wide margin. I was still supporting her when the DNC gave her nomination to someone else. Of course that's all in the past now, and Clinton has proven she's about as tough as anyone can get. But this article is a little ironic and patronizing, being that the entire LGBT community was NOT there to support Hillary when she needed it the most. And now they're back.
 
Mike Yowell, having coffee with Clinton during her visit to Council Bluffs, Iowa, said: "I was thrilled when you recently urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. I was like 'That’s our gal. Yes.'"

Yowell clenched his fist and said: 'So thank you.'

Yowell told Clinton about how in the 1980s, he and his partner adopted a baby girl who had a really rough upbringing and who they were told would never even make it through high school.

Aside from the fact that I think this Yowell guy sounds like a first rate idiot, someone should really point out to him that you don't refer to the future President of the United States as a "gal." That makes you a misogynist and dumb as shit.

Other than that, it's nice to see the LGBT community finally supporting Hillary after all this time.

You can read the rest here.  














Sunday, April 19, 2015

Gay Online Dating; The Men's Shower Room; The Latest X-rated Male Trend

Gay Online Dating

One thing that has changed a lot in the last ten years for everyone is how people meet and date. For both gay and straight people, online dating seems to be the proverbial method of choice...or at least the most popular method.

But there are drawbacks.

Gay dating websites can be an awesome way to connect but can also be a real drag. Messages go unanswered, hours seem wasted scrolling through endless profiles and something that’s supposed to hook you up leaves you feeling as isolated as ever.

We’ve reviewed the apps and websites, offered tips on creating your best profile and given you the stats, but we wanted to hear what people were saying about the experience. Is is more soul mate or soul crushing?

I don't know much about any of them so I can't comment. But frankly, I wish I had had these options when I was single. Ten or twenty years ago these things didn't exist, which in some ways limited our choices. So say what you will about online dating and the drawbacks, or complain about technology and less privacy, but at least people now have more options to connect than they ever had before. You can read the rest here. 

The Men's Shower Room

Here's one of those lighter pieces, but still interesting at the same time.

A 2013 study conducted by Olay found that 29 percent of males have fantasized about getting down and dirty in the shower.

Aquaphilia refers to the sexual fetishism of water and/or partaking in sexual activity whilst wet. It should not be confused with urophilia, which refers to the sexual fetishism of urine (a.k.a. water sports).

There are photos depicting men and shower rooms, here.  

I didn't know there was a name for this...as a fetish. For me this is kind of like stating the obvious.

The Latest X-rated Male Trend

I'll bet most of you never knew this existed. There's an 18+ NSFW tumblr page that's dedicated to men who take photos of their penises on airplanes, and then they post those photos on social media.

There are a few ground rules, of course. Absolutely no minors allowed. No disturbing other people’s privacy. And, please, no flashing innocent bystanders. Also, don’t include your Twitter handle with your photo.

So far, hundreds of men from all around the globe, including some pilots and flight attendants, have submitted selfies to the x-rated website since August 2013. And the varying types of penises are plentiful. Hard, soft, cut, uncut, pierced, you name it. Some men include their faces in the pictures. Others remain anonymous.

I really don't know what to say. You can read the rest here. 


 
 








Saturday, April 18, 2015

Marco Rubio Gay Weddings; Jonathan Groff's Closeted Days; Cucumber and Banana Gay TV; He Fell In Love With a Deaf Guy

Marco Rubio Gay Weddings


Marco Rubio is running for President.

He's a Republican.

He doesn't believe in redefining the term "marriage."

But he would go to a gay wedding if invited.

Oh, and Marco Rubio thinks being gay is a choice.

Rubio tells Fusion he would not refuse to attend 'because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be.'

Guess who's not voting for Marco Rubio?

Millions of LGBT people, their families, their co-workers, their friends, and another million or so we don't hear from because they can't actually speak out about the topic.

Everyone who reads this blog knows I'm not one of those anti-Republican haters. I'm not a political zealot whatsoever. I know gay Republicans and I respect them. But seriously. If this is the best the Republicans can do than Hillary Clinton deserves to win on the platform of pure sarcasm.

I think a politician can get away with being this backward if he or she is older and from another generation. We tend to give them a pass out of respect. But when you're a relatively young guy like Rubio and you pull this, you just come off looking strange. 

The rest is here.  

Jonathan Groff's Closeted Days

I hope when people read this they fully know and understand that even though Jonathan Groff has evolved in his life to the point where he doesn't do things like this anymore, millions of gay people in the world are still, indeed, doing it. I point this out because I often see people in the m/m romance genre acting as if there a no more problems for gay people, in the US, or anywhere in the world...because they wrote about it in a m/m romance novel and commented about it on DearAuthor.com in a post like this.

What is that problem for gay people you ask?

Hiding their partners, lovers, or spouses.

'I didn't bring him as my date,' Groff said while accepting an award from the Point Foundation Monday night.

Groff, now 30, had made a name for himself on Spring Awakening but was not ready to share with the world that he was gay at the age of 21.

'Even though I was performing eight times a week in a show about the importance of self-expression and the danger of sexual repression, I kept my relationship with my "roommate" a secret,' he told the crowd at at the New York Public Library.

'I was still very scared and insecure about being gay. I did the stupidest things. And I went to great lengths to keep my cast and crew from asking me about my "roommate." For example, I never had him come to the theater, and I never invited him out after the show.

When Tony worked in corporate America I was never introduced to his staff or the people he worked with. That was only a few years ago. If he were still working in corporate America, I would still not be meeting his co-workers. I understood completely and never forced the issue. We aren't stupid people. And, we have a mortgage. 

You can read the rest here. The comments will teach you about what you thought you knew already.

Cucumber and Banana Gay TV

Well, I set the DVR and watched the new gay TV shows, Cucumber and Banana

Without going into a long-winded review, I didn't finish either one of them and I won't be watching them again.

They just didn't do it for me and I had trouble identifying with any of the characters...and liking them. I know there are gay people out there like this, but I'm not one of them. So I guess it's all subjective. I switched to a rerun of House Hunters and watched two nice gay guys buy a loft in Center City Philadelphia. I could identify with them.

But if these two shows last, and a gay TV show like Looking couldn't make it, there's something definitely wrong with TV these days.

He Fell In Love With a Deaf Guy

Here's nice story about two guys who met online, fell in love, and one happens to be deaf. It makes so many of the catfishing tales we read about all the time fade in comparison.

'His Growlr name was "deaf guy,"' Craig told Gay Star News. 'At the time I thought, "Is he joking? Is he really deaf?"'

Craig said they 'talked and talked and talked... and we just clicked.' And when he found out that Glen was actually deaf, he was already looking past it.

‘The first day I spoke to Glen was 14 February 2013. I went to meet him the very next day,’ he said.
‘I was so nervous because I just started speaking to this guy yesterday and I was thinking, "How will we communicate if things go further?"’

Despite advice to the contrary from his ex, Craig met Glen at a shopping center in Birmingham, England.
Rubio tells Fusion he would not refuse to attend 'because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be.' - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/marco-rubio-doesnt-agree-their-choice-hed-attend-wedding-gay-family-member160415#sthash.Hxl1ergC.dpuf
Rubio tells Fusion he would not refuse to attend 'because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be.' - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/marco-rubio-doesnt-agree-their-choice-hed-attend-wedding-gay-family-member160415#sthash.Hxl1ergC.dpuf

You can continue reading about them here. After two years, they are still together. It's a real life happily-ever-after story.

I once dated a deaf guy, before I met Tony. We met in a bar and I noticed him fast because he looked like a young version of Sylvester Stallone. Tall, dark, and very muscular and a former football player. We dated a few times, but I was young and didn't ask too many questions. I did find it odd that he didn't feel safe hooking up anywhere but the backseat of his car. Unfortunately, I eventually found out why. He had a very jealous partner who came looking for him (and his car) one night, with a baseball bat. I'll spare you the rest. But I think I wrote about this in a story once. I just can't remember where.