Friday, August 22, 2014

Free Gay Book Allromance; Kink: James Franco; Franco's Book Review; Florida Marriage Ban; Kristin Chenoweth Gay Marriage;

Kink: James Franco

James Franco has been getting on a lot of nerves lately with the constant self-promotion that's almost like spamming the world in some cases, not to mention gay baiting. However, he did release something interesting this time and I think it's worth posting the information here. And only because I think my readers will be interested.

James Franco fine-tunes his kinky image today with the trailer debut for Kink, his most recent completed film project that takes you behind-the-scenes at San Francisco’s Armory, home of, the largest BDSM porn empire on Earth.

I posted about and the PC police earlier this week here. They're planning a fantasy prison party at SF pride next year and it's ruffled a few ultra liberal PC feathers, so to speak. Frankly, I think the more they go PC in some cases the less we take them seriously anymore.

Here's part of the description about Kink, the film. You can read the rest here.

In kink, we discover not only a fascinating and often misunderstood subculture, but also, in a career far from the mainstream, a group of intelligent, charismatic, and driven people who really, truly love what they do.

As an erotic romance writer, and published erotic author in more places than I can count now, I think it's going to be interesting to see how he handles the topic. When I wrote this piece for the non-fic book, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, I found one that the huge disappointment from people in the lifestyle was that they didn't think the novel Fifty Shades of Grey did justice to BDSM. Many thought it was a mockery of the lifestyle. Some publications insulted women readers calling it "Mommy Porn." And, a whole lot of people were down right pissed it was Twilight Fanfic. Let's hope Franco's film isn't more of the same.

Here's one review for Kink from The Hollywood Reporter.

Here's another I found interesting.

Unfortunately, I don't think there are any parts in the film where James Franco is tied up and he gets his sweet little ass spanked.

Franco's Book Review

In another unrelated piece about James Franco that I saw on social media yesterday, I'm linking to a book review (I think that's what it could a piece about the author, though) he wrote for an online publication, and the author of the book is William Gay. William Gay is the author's pen name...according to Franco he's the twin brother of Cormac McCarthy. I'm sure the name Gay is purely coincidental.

In any event, here's an excerpt from the review/article:

I was first introduced to Gay’s writing by my former City by the Sea co-star, Anson Mount, who also teaches acting at Columbia University and stars in Hell on Wheels. Mount came to see me on Broadway in Of Mice and Men. Backstage, after the show, we were chatting about movies and literary things. He mentioned this book by a Tennessee writer with the unfortunate title of Twilight. The bookwas released around the same time as the vampire Twilight, which forced it to be talked about with introductions that made it clear it had nothing to do with teen vamps, but was a macabre coming of age story in its right.

You can check out that book here, on Amazon, where there are more in-depth reviews about it. Most seem to be positive. It's interesting to note that Franco's own writing talent comes through in this piece, as always, and I find it a shame he doesn't focus more on that. With Franco, you can see that he knows what he's doing when he's writing and that some of it comes naturally as well. That doesn't happen often.

Florida Marriage Ban

I know more than a few gay couples down in S. Beach, Wilton Manors, and Key West who will be thrilled to hear this, especially those who've been together for a long time and own property like straight married couples. They are calling it the most significant ruling on marriage in Florida on the marriage ban. A federal judge...just like the judge here in PA...believes the marriage ban violates the US constitution.

Unfortunately, unlike here in PA where the Governor decided NOT to appeal Judge Jones' ruling, the judge in FL ordered a stay because of impending appeals. One lone wing nut here in PA, Theresa Santai-Gaffney, an orphans clerk in a small town who was responsible for handing out marriage licenses, did appeal Judge Jones' ruling and she was shot down every single time with each appeal. Judge Jones never issued a stay.

In any event, it's interesting to see how the judge in Florida compared the cases.

Hinkle wrote in his ruling: 'When observers look back 50 years from now, the arguments supporting Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, though just as sincerely held, will again seem an obvious pretext for discrimination.

'To paraphrase a civil rights leader from the age when interracial marriage was struck down, the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.'

You can read more here.

Kristin Chenoweth Gay Marriage

Kristin Chenoweth recently had a few interesting things to say about gay marriage and Christians. She doesn't believe that because she's a Christian she should have to be anti-gay marriage. And she speaks about this in a video released by the HRC.

'Look, the bottom line is that regardless of how you were made or who you love, you should be able to get married,' says the actress. 'I truly believe it is that simple and I'll keep speaking out until marriage is an equal right nationwide.'

I think she nails something very interesting, which is the fact that there's a divide between Christians with regard to gay marriage. And the obvious fact that many gay people are, indeed, Christian.

You can read more here.

Free Gay Book

This weekend I'm offering a long, overdue sale on with one of my newest novels, Cage James. I'm putting it up for free on Saturday and Sunday, which I'll post more about over the weekend. I usually find that readers see these things themselves...for the most part. But I like to give a heads up to those who don't here on the blog.

Here's the Allromance link...all product information about the book is there and ARe always does a good job describing everything in detail.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Daniel Radcliff Has a Girlfriend; Six Anti-Gay Rants; AT&T Anti-Gay Donation; Hot Cop of Castro; And Daniel Radcliff Has a Girlfriend

Daniel Radcliff Has a Girlfriend

This isn't a rant. It's not even a commentary. It's just an observation.

Daniel Radcliff is best known for Harry Potter. But he's also known for playing gay and profiting from gay content.

He makes it clear he has a girlfriend and talks about why he makes this clear. Evidently, when a lot of these celebrities Google themselves (and they all do it) search engines lead people to all kinds of misinformation, including gay speculation. Daniel Radcliffe has tried googling himself and being gay has been associated with his name...along with negatives like alcoholic.

In his own words:

 'When I first did that, I got really annoyed for about half a minute, until I tried a few other people’s names and I found out [gay] comes up after almost everyone if they’re a man, and even some women – Florence Welch had it, and I was like, really?'

He got annoyed? Because gay came up with his name? Could it be the shame that has always been associated with being gay? As I said, this isn't a rant or a commentary...just an observation.

'I’m pleased my girlfriend (Erin Darke) comes up before alcoholic or gay,' Radcliffe says.

Yes, he's pleased. But make no mistake, Radcliff claims to be an LGBTI supporter, he doesn't let these things bother him anymore...when people think he's gay.  I guess we should be happy for him. But I find that difficult because I don't understand how someone who claims to support gay people gets frustrated when someone thinks he is gay.  

Side note: When I googled Radcliff's name I came up with Wikipedia, IMDb, and a host of other publications that speak of his acting credits and his career. Maybe my search engine is different than his. Or maybe it's because I only bothered to do a simple search. In any event, the important thing to remember here is that Daniel Radcliff has a girlfriend.

I hope this posts helps him promote that fact that he's NOT gay, and that he does, indeed, have a girlfriend.

You can read more here.

Six Anti-Gay Rants

Here's a list of some of the most recent anti-gay rants that have been going around.

This one is from someone I don't think anyone's ever heard of until now...

Michelle Duggar, a Z-list reality star from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, is making robocalls against a nondiscrimination measure in Fayetteville, Ark., claiming that transgender people are “males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female.” (Proof that the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, oldest son Josh works for the homophobic Family Research Council.)

You can read the rest here. They all fall into the category of the most ridiculous, but they're amusing all the same. And, at least we know where these people stand. They aren't supporting us with one action and kicking us in the ass with Daniel Radcliff who, in case you haven't heard, has a girlfriend.

AT&T Anti Gay Donation

Yesterday I posted about Facebook's donation to an anti-gay politician. They only donated $10,000, where AT&T donated $125,000. It's amazing when you think about it, because they're both claiming they are NOT anti-gay themselves. They're just helping out the enemy.

In an e-mail to Long Star Q, AT&T spokesman Marty Richter insisted that, despite the company’s $125,000 in donations to a politician who is actively working against the equal rights of LGBT people, AT&T loves the gays. Richter went so far as to tout the company for being a “leader” in equality.

“Diversity and inclusion are part of AT&T’s culture and operations, and we’re proud to be recognized as a leader in this area,” he said. “[E]very year since 2004 we’ve received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for our fair treatment of our LGBTQ employees, including protection against discrimination, parity of health care benefits for domestic partners and other criteria.”

The most interesting part about this is that they think we'll understand and forgive them for supporting anti-gay politicians. I'm not even political and I'm planning to switch to someone else now.

It's shabby...but at least, in case you still haven't heard, Daniel Radcliff has a girlfriend.  

You can read more here.

Hot Cop of Castro

I've posted about the Hot Cop of Castro a few times, but I don't know if he has a girlfriend like Daniel Radcliff. His name is Chris Kohrs. In some ways he actually inspired me to write Cage James, a recent release I have out. Now it seems he's taken the ice bucket challenge and he turned it into an event of sorts.

The hunky San Francisco cop sat shirtless on a stage at The Cafe in the Castro on Monday (18 August) where he was doused with ice cold water before a cheering crowd that had paid between $5 and $30 to watch

He's helping to raise money for ODMF, The Officer Down Memorial Fund, which is an organization that helps family members who've lost officers killed in the line of duty.

You can read more here. There's a photo of Kohrs at the link. It's nice to see him using his newly found celebrity to do something positive.

Photo Attribution Here...and... don't forget that Daniel Radcliff has a girlfriend.

Cage James

.99 E-BOOK By Ryan Field


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Naked Barber: Dick; Gay/Straight Big Brother 16; Facebook Anti-Gay Donation; Cage James by Ryan Field

Naked Barber: Dick

There's a bright hair stylist in Australia who seems to have caught on to something: naked barbering. And, his name is Dick. From what I gather, Dick will not only cut and style hair, he'll shave other body parts for you wearing nothing but a jock strap. Some women go in weekly to have their hair blown out by Dick. Some men get a weekly scrotum shave.

Every day, men enter his studio and get completely naked. They climb into a harness, spread their legs wide open, and have their bungholes professionally manicured by the award-winning professional.

Savvy says the scrotum shave is his “most popular and erotic service,” sought by men both gay and straight.

“I’ve shaved straight guys’ balls before,” Saavy explains. “Straight guys who are really comfortable … they don’t give a shit. They’ll get their balls shaved. They know there’s nothing to it.”

They're filming a documentary about him, and his customers just rave.

 “At this very moment Richard is shaving my balls and the end of my dick,” the customer says. “It’s an amazing feeling … The sensation of having someone else do it… is quite arousing.”

You can read more here. He credits his "mum" for his success and for teaching him about spirituality in order to prepare him for all this.

Gay/Straight Big Brother 16

I've posted about this all summer and now I have video proof. This article talks about how things have been either gay, straight, or whatever with some of the house guests on Big Brother 16. Frankie Grande, brother of singer Ariana Grande, is openly gay and adorable. He's been having a "bromance" with straight guy, Zach Rance, and flirting with just about every straight guy in the house this summer. And he's been getting responses that are interesting.

You can follow this link to several videos where they show how it's all happening. I have been watching regularly and I can't figure out whether they're gay baiting, just having fun, or really serious about what's happening. It's a game and in this case you can never be sure about anything that happens. These people are interested in one thing: winning the money.

As well they should be.

Sexual tensions reached a fever pitch in the house this week as live feed viewers were treated to an impromptu (and fully clothed, ugh) simulated threesome in the HOH bedroom. Watch in awe as houseguests Caleb Reynolds and Cody Calafiore make America’s gay dreams come true:

Facebook Anti-Gay Donation

You know how we're always hearing about Facebook being anti-gay because of the reports and blocks of gay content, and then Facebook deletes an LGBT profile page without even giving the user advanced warning? They did it to Del Shores this year and he made a huge deal out of it, which prompted Facebook's caring concerned reply that it was a mistake and they are not anti-gay. So this next link about Facebook donating money to an openly anti-gay politician makes you wonder just where they stand. Frankly, in this day and age when nothing is private anymore (thanks, in part, to Facebook) we all fall victim to guilt by association. Facebook is NOT immune to this.

Earlier this week, Q Salt Lake reported that Facebook, Inc. donated $10,000 to the campaign of Attorney General Sean Reyes on May 13, 2014, according to disclosures filed with the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s office.

Reyes recently made national headlines by fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

Here's Facebook's Reply:

Facebook has a strong record on LGBT issues and that will not change, but we make decisions about which candidates to support based on the entire portfolio of issues important to our business, not just one. A contribution to a candidate does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate takes. We made this donation for the same reason we’ve donated to Attorneys General on the opposite side of this issue — because they are committed to fostering innovation and an open Internet.

It's typical of all their replies to anything LGBT related, and if you notice they make no bold statement about supporting gays.

It begs the question: just how far can you go these days with a spin? In Facebook's case, for gays this isn't about politics, money, or business for us. It's about the basic core of our existence. And you don't see people who actually support gay rights donating money to those who are fighting against gay rights. To reply that there's nothing personal about donating money like this makes no sense, and if it doesn't make sense the odds as it's not true.

Maybe it's time someone started an LGBTI friendly global social network and copied Facebook as much as it's legally possible to do.

Cage James

.99 E-BOOK By Ryan Field


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Erotic Cuban Men; Prison Themed Pride Party Slammed; Boner Photos; Gay Republican Poll

Erotic Cuban Men

There's a highly artistic photo series of Cuban men by Kobi Israel titled, Love Stories, Cuba. Israel is referring to it as a "visual travelogue," and says this:

“I explored notions of the macho and the masculine/militant versus the homoerotic in revolutionary Cuba,” Israel explains, describing photography as “detective work” to “explore the subconsciousness of emotional and philosophical queries.”

Israel took the time to get to know each subject personally.

You can read more here and see some of the images created. The only way I can describe them is that they are different from what you normally see in the sense that the environments in which they're photographed are almost as significant at the models themselves.

If you appreciate men, and the male form as art, this one is for you.

Prison Themed Pride Party

This next link is interesting because it actually calls attention to the PC police in the very beginning, and in a very snarky way. is allegedly being slammed for planning a party for gay men, about gay men, for gay men to enjoy, with a prison fantasy theme. In other words, it's a small part of what is and always has been gay culture. I thought I should make that point clear, being that so many don't seem to think gay men deserve a culture anymore. What's even more interesting is that not only are we fighting for equality with the most conservative, we're also fighting for our identities with the most liberal. It's an interesting place to be sometimes.

In short, the party is being called Prison of Love and it's going to be held at an armory in San Francisco during pride. SF Pride has absolutely nothing to do with the event. It's a private affair.  

Get incarcerated as The Armory Drill Court gets transformed into the world’s largest megaclub prison yard with thundering line array sound, full color lasers, hundreds of intelligent lights, moving truss, 3D-LED video walls, and the world famous production and performances of WE Party,, Club Universe, Masterbeat, FRESH SF and XOXO … Grab your spot on the bunkbed and party in the prison yard with hot inmates, guards, bad boys, bitches, and muscle boys! General Admission tickets include access to the main event area and WE Party Prison of Love. Bring a cellmate, share the love!

In spite of the fact that this is a private party, it didn't stop a few activists from trying to ruin the fun/fantasy event from being held, including one writer at the never-ending online PC Police Station, Jezebel. This one tweeted:

Given the rates of incarceration amongst the LGBT+ community, specifically LGBT+ youth and LGBT+ individuals of color, this seems… well, like a really, really bad idea. Insensitive you might even say. Perhaps my favorite word of all: problematic.

Some have even gone so far as to say it glorifies prison rape. That's right. Like we don't know the difference between reality and fantasy and we need someone to point this out. CEO Peter Acworth replied with civility and reason. And, he's agreed to tone down the marketing, which reminds me of this PC incident that happened recently within the m/m romance community about the way something was being marketed. In this case as well, it was fantasy, not reality. But some from the PC crowd didn't like the marketing approach. This is also the same crowd that often practices the most offensive passive aggressive homophobia toward gay men (always gay men) I've seen anywhere on the Internet. But I digress.

You can read more here. The comments are, as usual, worth reading to see how some of the gay men feel about this.

Boner Display

I'm sure the PC police are loving this one. Vice online magazine has a photo series of boners...hard ones. But they seem to be SFW because you can't really see's boner through pants, so to speak, not nude. Kind of crotch-watching of sorts.

The anonymous and visibly aroused models are styled to represent a number of different dudes, from “The Skater” to “The Stoner,” “The Businessman” to “The Pool Boy,” and every “Boy Next Door” and “Boyfriend” in between. If you want to fall asleep reading how HuffPo thinks this is some scientific statement about and “male gaze,” or how Jezebel thinks this is about “female desire,” go ahead and click those links.

You can view some bone through pants here.

This is actually another photo series by Claire Milbrath and styled by Mila Franovic, titled, Groin Gazing.

You don't want to miss the comments.

Gay Republican Poll

I posted about how the GOP is trying to promote politicians this fall who support gay rights earlier this week, and this next link talks about a poll taken that claims Republicans would vote for a gay candidate but would rather not have anyone in their family come gay. I'm not sure I understand the reasoning.

However almost as many would be upset if they found out their own child was gay or lesbian, with 37% saying they would be ‘upset’ and 23% saying they would be ‘very upset.’

There are other statistics as interesting in the short piece, and you can read them here.

We obviously still have a long way to go.


The Sheriff and the Outlaw
by Ryan Field


Monday, August 18, 2014

Gay Christian Rock Star; GOP super PAC Gay Rights; Pregnant Man; Most Transphobic Article Ever;

Gay Christian Rock Star

A gay Christian rock star who recently came out claims she tried all kinds of outrageous things to help cure her of being gay. When you read about some of the hell she put herself through because she thought she was a sinner, you'll sit there gaping. However, as extreme as this is, I think we can all relate to this in one way or another. If there's one thing I've never seen it's a gay man or woman who came out with a great big smile and said, "That was so easy."

It was torture.

Now, Christian musician Vicky Beeching wants her fans to know the truth about who she really is—and perhaps, inspire some to reexamine their convictions.

“I’m gay,” the songstress said. “What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love. I feel certain God loves me just the way I am.”

This is the type of thing I've been hoping to see happen. Trust me on this, she's not the only gay Christian and I have feeling we'll be hearing about a lot more in the future.

You can read more here.

 GOP super PAC Gay Rights

Although I've never been political, as a long time blogger I find these things interesting from a human interest POV. Especially these days where I see so much hate coming from both sides of the political spectrum on social media...and it's not always about LBGTI issues. So when I see an article like this one, a piece that talks about how there's a GOP super PAC spending time and money to help gay rights issues move forward, I think it's not only important to post about it as information, but also interesting to examine from a cultural POV. I hear a lot of talk about breaking gay stereotypes and this one sure does it.

 A Republican group tied to hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer plans to spend at least $2 million up to Election Day to boost congressional candidates who share its views in favor of gay rights.

This is interesting, too.

"For many years, there's been a huge fear from Republican elected officials that if they showed courage on issues like this, would they be able to survive politically?" Cook-McCormac said.

"What American Unity PAC is committed to doing is ensuring that as these courageous elected officials follow their conscience and do the right thing, that there is a political network in place that's there to defend them."

As I said, I'm not very political and I don't know where something like this will lead. But I'm not all that shocked to read about it either. I know more than a few LGBTI Republicans...all closeted Republicans (out as gays) and terrified to actually admit it aloud for fear of the backlash they might have to deal with from others in the LGBTI community.

Not only are we living in interesting times, the times continue to change when we least expect them to.

You can read more here. Are they using us...the gay vote? I'm not sure about that yet. Breaking stereotypes about the gay vote hasn't been discussed anywhere yet as far as I know.

Pregnant Man

The world's first pregnant man is now allowed to divorce his wife. Prior to that, another ruling stated he was in a same sex marriage and couldn't file for divorce. A judge stated that because he was a trans man and able to give birth he was in a same sex union, which are banned in Arizona.

Then this happened:

However, a three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals overturned the decision, concluding that Beatie’s marriage was not a same-sex union and is thus considered valid in the state.
David Michael Cantor, Beatie’s attorney, welcomed the decision, saying: ’The state of Arizona has officially recognised him as a man and that his marriage was valid, and because his marriage was valid, his kids were born in wedlock, which is important to him.

You can read more here. He obviously identifies as a man, and lives his life as a man. Good for him. But I'm now wondering if this means that all trans people who marry non-trans people of the opposite sex will be considered legally married? Feel free to comment on this one...or e-mail me in private.

Most Transphobic Article Ever

I hate to see that transgender people are having such hard times these days, but I'm also glad these issues are at least making news. Up until recently, anything trans related would have been ignored...or at best, buried. In this case the link is talking about Gavin McInnes and his alleged transphobic article pubbed on Thought Catalogue.

McInnes, who also co-founded online magazine Vice, wrote a piece entitled ‘Transphobia is Perfectly Natural’, in which he justifies bigotry against the trans community by claiming tolerance is ‘sexist, misandrist, homophobic, and further damages the lives of the mentally ill.’

 In the article, he says: ‘Of course it’s fucking unusual. We’re all transphobic… They are mentally ill gays who need help, and that help doesn’t include being maimed by physicians. These aren’t women trapped in a man’s body. They are nuts trapped in a crazy person’s body.

You can read more here. The article is being referred to as the most transphobic piece ever written. It's probably one of the worst I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot from more than one wing nut like McInnes. I hope no one pays attention to him.

As a result, McInnes has left Rooster in what's being called an indefinite leave of absence.

The Sheriff and the Outlaw
by Ryan Field

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Gay Brady Dad Robert Reed; Bathhouse Bust; James Arthur Anti-Gay Mixtape

Gay Brady Dad Robert Reed
I remember being a little shocked when it was disclosed that the actor who played the dad on the retro TV show, The Brady Bunch, was gay in real life. Looking at reruns now, I think Robert Reed should get one of those lifetime acting achievement awards, posthumously. He had us all fooled.

This is from wiki:

After his death, Reed's Brady Bunch co-stars — most notably Barry Williams and Florence Henderson — publicly acknowledged Reed's sexual orientation, and admitted that most of the cast and crew of The Brady Bunch were aware, but they did not discuss it with Reed. Barry Williams said, "Robert didn't want to go there. I don't think he talked about it with anyone. I just don't think it was a discussion – period."
One of the kids on the show recently stated that he thought of Reed as more of a father figure than his own dad.
Reed died in 1992 at the age of 59 and Knight told HuffPost Live this week that he 'was as good or better a father figure than my own dad.'

He also called the late actor his 'personal hero.'

'I learned very early that if that was what gay was, it has no measure in the ability of somebody to be a fine representation of a good human being,' Knight said.

You can read more here. I'd almost forgotten about Robert Reed and I'm going to look for more information about him for a future post. In many ways, he's the epitome of the classic Hollywood gay lie that's still happening now in some cases because gay men just can't take the chance of coming out. In some cases, it would ruin them and their careers.

Reed died in 1992 of colon cancer. But it was disclosed he was HIV positive, which allegedly contributed to his death.

Bathhouse Bust

In Beirut, police have raided a bathhouse and those arrested could be dealing with a prison sentence...or worse.

The raid of the Shehrazad Hammam or ‘Turkish bath’ in Burj Hammoud, a Christian suburb of Beirut, took place around noon yesterday.

It comes after a raid on Saturday (9 August) on the Agha Hammam baths where 27 people were arrested. They have now been charged with homosexuality and could be jailed.

I think bathhouses in general, at least here in the US, have dwindled down a bit since the 1970's and 80's. I remember hearing how many were closing down during the height of the AIDS epidemic. In the late 90's they started to resurface again, but as "health clubs" and "gyms." One thing about bathhouses here, or anywhere else in the world, is that they always have to deal with raids. For some reason, the police can't wait to raid the gays. The worst part about all this is that at one time places like bathhouses were a viable way for gay men to meet each other.

Like it or not, it's a distinct part of the culture. I've never actually been to one.

More here.

James Arthur Anti-Gay Mixtape

I posted about this before.  Singer, James Arthur, who won UK X Factor released a rap mixtape with homophobic slurs and at the time Simon Cowell dropped him from the label. He's evidently been trying for a comeback without much success.

There were plans for him to appear on rapper Professor Green’s forthcoming album.

But then, after Arthur released a diss track laden with homophobic slurs including ‘You fucking queer’, he was removed from the record.
You can read more here, with more comments from Simon Cowell.
Frankly, I can't understand what would motivate a young singer with a new career to release anything that controversial. Do they really think they can't be replaced?
The Sheriff and the Outlaw
by Ryan Field


Saturday, August 16, 2014

No Gay Sex: George R.R. Martin; Sex Culture: Queer as Folk; Gay Texting: Mike Alvear

No Gay Sex: George R. R. Martin

George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, which is the book series upon which Game of Thrones is based, was asked why his books don't have any gay sex scenes even though they are filled with straight sex scenes. His reply is actually about as professional as it gets. He writes each chapter from one character's POV in the first person and he claims none of these characters are gay and it wouldn't work for that reason.

"I'm not going to do it just for the sake of doing it. If the plot lends itself to that — if one of my viewpoint characters is in a situation, then I'm not going to shy away from it — but you can't just insert things because everyone wants to see them."

Fans have written him about having more m/m sex scenes.

"It is not a democracy. If it was a democracy, then Joffrey would have died much earlier than he did."

I don't follow his books or Game of Thrones, so I can't comment on the content at all. But the article to which I'm linking isn't too thrilled with his answer. And I take exception to this. As a gay writer who often writes novels where each chapter has a character with a different POV, I find that I have to remain true to the character.

But more than that, in my books I don't see how writing straight sex scenes into any storyline I've ever written would help the book or move the story forward. And that's what sex scenes are supposed to...add to the story and/or move the story forward. Frankly, I don't even like the fact that a author of this article is asked Martin a question like this. It also shows how little this author knows about writing.

I find Martin's answer plausible and honest and genuine. You don't just write gay sex scenes for the sake of doing it, especially during a time when too many are already gay baiting, exploiting gays, and using gay content for monetary gain.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Sex Culture: Queer as Folk

Russell T. Davies who created the UK Queer as Folk is planning to do a new show called Tofu. It's about sex culture and the premise sounds interesting.

Russell T. Davies, who penned the original British installment of "Queer as Folk," has announced plans for "Tofu," an eight-part series about modern sex culture, according to The Independent.

On Red Productions' website, director Benjamin Cook describes "Tofu" as a "light-hearted documentary series" about "good sex, bad sex, real-life sex. Smut, basically."

I remember watching the US version of Queer as Folk and liking it when it first came out. But then I watched the UK version and absolutely loved it. It's hard to compare the two. They were both good and came around at just the right time in gay culture because gay men were desperate for it. Up until then, we had nothing but dark depressing stories. And there's nothing wrong with dark depressing stories, but a little fun is okay, too.

You can read more here.

Gay Texting: Mike Alvear

I see articles all the time and pass on them because they are so stupid. But sometimes I come across one that is so colossally idiotic I can't pass on it for that very reason...idiotic because it's funny. In this case it's a piece by someone named Mike Alvear. I think he's being funny. I hope he's being funny. I can't imagine anyone taking this seriously because this stuff is so funny...and even a little warped.

Get this:

Of course, it isn't you he's testing; it's your typing. Do your texts make him laugh or reach for the Rolaids? You are constantly being assessed by the content of your texts (just as you're assessing his). In fact, your texts are pretty much your defining characteristic until you talk on the phone or hang out somewhere real.

Now THAT'S the kind of pressure we all want to hear in an already stressful situation.

But it gets better. He suggests you have pre-made, go-to texts for every occasion. In the article to which I'm linking he only gives a few examples, but there's a link there where I found a few more.

I got kicked out of Barns and Nobles cuz i put all the bibles in the fiction section.

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I'm going to state the obvious again...I think. It's supposed to be funny...I think. Unfortunately, someone who left a comment didn't get the joke...which, of course, made it even funnier.

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The Sheriff and the Outlaw
by Ryan Field