Friday, December 2, 2016

Woman Arrested For Selling Baby To Gay Couple; Lifetime's Brittany Spears Biopic; Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Woman Arrested For Selling Baby To Gay Couple

Don't judge the headline with this one. It's far more complicated than what it seems.

Buying and/or selling babies is almost never okay; at least not in Spain. This immutable fact is best exemplified by the following true story of one woman, one infant, and two nefarious gay men who would stop at nothing to give the child a loving home.

The woman in question (her name has not been released) was arrested in Spain for selling her newborn to the couple for €10,000 (roughly 10,677 of your American dollars) after they paid the mom to be their surrogate, which OK, when you put it like that, actually sounds pretty above board.

One of the men is the baby's natural father.

You can read the rest here.

Lifetime's Brittany Spears Biopic

Even though we often wonder why, Lifetime is famous for doing things like this.

It’s Britney, bitch. Actually, it’s not. It’s really, really not.

But The Lifetime Channel desperately hopes you won’t hold that against them.

In the grand tradition of Whitney and The Anna Nicole Story, Lifetime has done it again by producing an upcoming Britney Spears biopic, starring Natasha Bassett as the “Toxic” star.

You can check out the photos, here. I don't know what else to say. 

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

I saw it last weekend on demand and loved it. Unlike so many TV shows that go to feature film that don't work, I thought they nailed this one. It's still funny, it's still relevant, and I think it's even better (and campier) now that Patsy and Edina are older.

They even have a quick Shirley Bassey scene. 

Patsy and Edina are back in their first – and, according to star Jennifer Saunders, their last – motion picture. As shallow and debauched as ever, this time Edina scrambles for a new PR gig and, in an attempt to land Kate Moss, accidentally pushes her into the Thames and a watery death. Cue (more) zany antics! All the hallmarks from the series are back – botox! smoking! obsession over aging! – while it’s a treat to see characters like Bubbles again in full-tilt bonkers mode, plus celeb cameos to boot. The wealth of extras include deleted scenes, outtakes, featurettes, and a set visit with Dame Edna.

You can read more about it here. There are also a few more film mentions.


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

He Survived AIDS For Four Decades; Alisyn Camerota and Trump's Bubble; How Pence's New DC Neighbors React With Rainbow Flags

He Survived AIDS For Four Decades

You hear all kinds of stories about HIV/AIDS, at least I do. But this one is riveting. Of course I know people with HIV, but I never actually met anyone like this, for obvious reasons.

Jim Chud has lived with AIDS for four decades.

When I was 23, I walked into my friend Jerry’s hospital room to find the guy I had been on a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail a month earlier in a steamed-up oxygen tent, struggling for each painful breath. He had pneumocystis pneumonia. He motioned me to come into the tent so that we could talk. Scared, I looked around the room for reassurance that I wasn’t going to hurt him if I did. A nod from his lover, and I was in the steam, touching his skeletal sticky ‘old person’ hand and bawling my eyes out. After what seemed like way too little time holding each other, he gasped: “Don’t let this thing get you Jimbo,” and he dozed off. Can you imagine – this man was on his death bed, and he was worried about me. 

The humanity of that moment has never left me. That was the day that AIDS got real.

You can read it in full here.

Alisyn Camerota and Trump's Bubble

I really hate posting about things like this, but I thought it newsworthy to at least mention some of the practices of the mainstream news media. Most of the time they just slip by and no one notices. In this particular article the focus is on CNN news anchor, Alisyn Camerota, and something about Donald Trump.

I'm no Trump fanboy, however, I'm no fan of the mainstream media either. From the insulting way they handle LGBT news to the way they exploit "Breaking News" it turns my stomach sour.

In any event, this is just information. I'm not forming opinions. For those who don't know, Alisyn Camerota didn't start out working at CNN. Prior to CNN she worked for Fox News. That's right. Fox.

She said she’s gotten many great opportunities at CNN, like hosting primetime specials and conducting exclusive interviews and moderating big events. Camerota called this “the happiest moment of my career,” though she did say she also loved her time working at Fox.

And, if that's not enough, here's more about what she did at Fox.

“For the past 16 years, Alisyn has been a part of the Fox News family,” Bill Shine, EVP of Programming, announced in a statement Monday. “From her days reporting, to hosting Fox & Friends and anchoring afternoon programs, she has done it all with enthusiasm and professionalism. We appreciate her contributions to the network and hope for all the best as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.”

I've seen Fox & Friends, and I remember when Alisyn Camerota was hosting it. It's one of the most conservative shows on TV.

You can read more about Alisyn Camerota and Trump's bubble here.

The comments with this article surprised me a little. I wasn't expecting some of them.  

Here's another piece about Camerota that's...interesting. 

The good thing is, no one watches these new channels that much anymore. And those of us who do, expect them to be staged.

How Pence's New DC Neighbor's React With Rainbow Flags

I find this inspiring. And it truly is what America is all about. We go through changes of power, but that doesn't mean everyone falls in line and supports that change of power. I'm not knocking Trump with this. I'm not knocking anyone. I'm only stating the fact that people are showing Vice-President Elect Mike Pence that they aren't thrilled with his past record on LGBT rights. And his past record is a simple search and the facts are all there. Whether or not he's evolved at all remains to be seen.

Ilse Heintzen lives just down the block from the house where Pence is currently staying as he waits to move into the Vice President’s mansion on the grounds of the Naval Observatory. After learning Pence was moving to the neighborhood, she and some of her neighbors decided to take a stand against his hateful views… by hanging colorful rainbow flags outside their houses.

You can check that out here.

What I love about this the most is that it's a good example of people who aren't crying the blues about Trump becoming President, or Pence becoming Vice President. They aren't looking for "safe spaces." It's people showing Trump and Pence that they aren't going to put up with any discrimination whatsoever.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Anderson Cooper Wonders About Trump's Tweets; Barney Frank's "Fag Burning" Joke; More Older Men Diagnosed With HIV

Anderson Cooper Wonders About Trump's Tweets

I think this is interesting because I love Twitter so much.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper wondered aloud on Tuesday (29 November) how Trump remains as prolific a tweeter as he was when he was still a presidential hopeful.

‘We are in uncharted waters with a president-elect who is continuing to tweet as he did – maybe a little bit less – during the campaign.

‘When I first heard that he was tweeting about something that was on this broadcast – a number of tweets – factually incorrect tweets – I kept thinking, “Doesn’t he have a briefing book on ISIS to be reading?”

I'm not a huge Trump supporter, however, I can't help but wonder if Anderson Cooper is being a little disingenuous here. He has to know why Trump is tweeting. I think we all know why Trump is tweeting. Trump is communicating with the people who helped elect him, he's communicating with the public at large, and he's not depending on people like Anderson Cooper who get paid millions of dollars to communicate for him.

No matter what side of the political spectrum you're on, this should be a good thing for you. Think about it without Trump in the story line. That's why they call Twitter "Social Media." The key word being "media." Mark Zuckerberg spotted and nailed this years ago. I think if Hillary Clinton had done more tweeting and less tea dance at Wilton Manors she would be President right now instead of Trump.

The times, they are a changing, again.

You can read more here.  

Barney Frank's "Fag Burning" Joke

I'll never understand why straight people don't get this kind of humor from gay men.

Said Frank on Hardball: ‘Scalia wrote the opinion, he was very strongly on the other side of [flag burning], and [Trump] cited Scalia as his favorite justice. I think there was a pronunciation problem there. You know, Scalia was actually the leading advocate of fag burning, not flag burning.’

Host Chris Matthews laughed but said: ‘That’s not funny.’

The show’s other two guests appeared to wince.

You can read the rest here. It's actually a discussion about flag burning.

But it reminds me of a review of the TV show Vicious I once read by a straight person who just didn't get the humor of some gay men. It's not always PC, in spite of what perfect PC George Takei has led you to believe. And most of the gay men I know think Vicious is one of the all time best gay TV shows ever.

More Older Men Diagnosed With HIV

I didn't know this. And it's focused on men in the UK. Evidently, more older men are being diagnosed with HIV than ever before.

However, others are acquiring HIV when older. Sometimes after many years of practicing safer sex.

New diagnoses among older people have nearly doubled in the last decade. In 2015, there were 1,018 new diagnoses of HIV in people aged 50 and older in the UK, compared to 667 in 2006.
 
The article goes on to answer why this is happening. It's a long article with some very insightful thoughts that I think is definitely worth reading no matter what age you are.

Here's the link.

 





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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Stepbrothers In the Attic Release Day; Male Full Frontal Nudity In Films: Shared Rooms; Farewell America by Neal Gabler

Stepbrothers In the Attic Release Day

Stepbrothers In the Attic is a light parody of a well known story line. Of course the love and romance is my main focus in the book, but I also focused a little on how people treat gays, the shame associated with being gay, and gay reparation therapy.

I've posted about this book on several different occasions and you can read more about it here on this blog. However, I want to make it clear this is not a word for word recount of the original story line, and there is a huge surprise ending that I don't think has ever been done before with this story.

At the links above, I've provided a few free excerpts and the back cover copy. I will post a few more excerpts toward the end of this week...all SFW.

I would imagine this one will be out in both paperback and e-book, but right now it's only available as an e-book.








Male Full Frontal Nudity In Films: Shared Rooms

The other day I posted about a new gay movie, Shared Rooms. Well, I made a point of watching it and I wasn't totally blown away. And that's a shame because I was looking forward to it. I think it was partially funded through one of those crowdfunding web sites.

First, I didn't finish watching it. I would have, but Tony hated it so much I couldn't put him through that kind of torture. I honestly would have finished it. I didn't think it was THAT bad, but he started to moan and it was just easier to turn it off.

I think the one thing about the movie that bothered us the most were the stereotypes, and not just one in particular. This movie covered all the proverbial bases. There's the stereotype of the fussy effeminate gay couple who don't like kids. There's the stereotype of the hot butch muscle guys hooking up on apps and having sex. And there's even the gay roommate stereotype. The film follows three different story lines that are supposed to come together in the end, and I kept hoping that at least one would get a little better, especially because I think the premise was based on how gay men find comfort in their friends during the holiday season.

But, there is full frontal nudity. Not much, but it's there...a quick glimpse of meat and potatoes bouncing around. As I said I probably would have continued watching had it not been for Tony's outbursts, and you might feel the same way I did. There's a certain camp appeal to it that I liked, and I don't think it was meant to be taken very seriously, so you might enjoy it if you keep that in mind.

Here's another review about Shared Rooms that wasn't as kind as I was.

Frankly, I think that review was a little harsh. I think some would enjoy Shared Rooms as long as they aren't expecting too much.

Farewell America by Neal Gabler

The reason I'm posting about this is because I honestly don't know how to comment on it. As most of you know I'm not very political. In fact, I despise politics. In this case, I think that only time will tell, and I want to come back and revisit this post and this piece sometime in the future.

America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide. We the people chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, made a nation out of a country.

I was only a kid when Ronald Reagan became President in 1980, however, I can still remember the most devastated claiming it was the end of days. Clearly, it wasn't the end of days. America survived that election, and years later went on to elect the first non-white President in 2008.

In any event, it is an interesting read.  

You can read the piece in full here






Monday, November 28, 2016

A Possible Gay Utopia; Fidel Castro's Horrific Record With Gays; Stephen Port Gets Life Term For Killing 4 Gay Men

A Possible Gay Utopia

Now this sounds like a fascinating discussion. It was an event held in LA that examined how LGBT people deal with sexual identity and community.

The workshop created a space for LGBTQ people to come together to reflect on their lives through storytelling, art-making, and play. Through this process, they generated innovative ideas on establishing long-term LGBTQ community values that could impact city planning in L.A., and beyond.

As the icebreaker, the participants were asked to “build your first childhood memory of being different” in 10 minutes by choosing from hundreds of small objects. This prompt helped participants re-create that "aha” moment in their lives that revealed that they were different from the rest of the children or youth around them.

You can read more here.

I think the most interesting part comes toward the end of the article. That's when they talk about how most communities are designed for straight people. I've seen that happen right here in New Hope, PA. At one time, New Hope was an enclave for theater people, artists, writers, and anyone who fell under the umbrella of LGBT. Over the past 20 years it's evolved into an expensive trendy little tourist town, with subdivisions and excellent schools, all geared toward heteronormative families. There are still a lot of gay people here, however, many older gays have moved to places like Palm Springs, CA or Wilton Manors, FL for obvious reasons. 

I think it's all relative, especially when you consider the fact that most younger LGBT people are assimilating more as each day passes.

Fidel Castro's Horrific Record With Gays

Over the past weekend I kept seeing idiot politicians praise Fidel Castro and I kept shaking my head. And I was hoping someone would write an article like this.

Fidel Castro was many things: a revolutionary, a communist, a garrulous orator. Amid the fawning encomia released upon his long-overdue death at the age of 90, it should never be forgotten that he was also an oppressor, torturer, and murderer of gay people. 

“We would never come to believe that a homosexual could embody the conditions and requirements of conduct that would enable us to consider him a true revolutionary, a true communist militant,” Castro told an interviewer in 1965. “A deviation of that nature clashes with the concept we have of what a militant communist should be.”

There's more here. It goes on to talk about how Castro put gays in concentration camps, how Allen Ginsberg was kicked out of Cuba,  and how Castro quarantined all people with HIV in the 1980s. He was a tyrant. And when people like Jill Stein or Jimmy Carter  praise Castro, I have to wonder WTF is wrong with them. These facts about how Castro treated gays are easy to find with a simple search and you don't have to take my word for it.  

Stephen Port Gets Life Term For Killing 4 Gay Men

Here's more about Stephen Port, a UK man who met guys on hook up apps and then did despicable things to them.

The man, Stephen Port, who murdered at least four young men over 15 months and raped many more, was sentenced at the Central Criminal Court in London on Friday to life in prison, in a case that has appalled the country with its grisly details and raised serious questions about the quality of policing.

All of Mr. Port’s victims were gay and in their 20s. They all died from overdoses of the date-rape drug GHB, also known as G or liquid ecstasy.

You can read more here. It goes into a lot more detail about how questionably the police treated the case and how the families reacted.  

Port received a life sentence, which I personally think is too good for him.

Guys, be careful out there, especially with hook up apps. You can't trust anyone.

 
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cyber Monday Sale At All Romance E-books; Being Gay and Asexual; Shirtless French Farmers and More

Cyber Monday Sale At All Romance E-books


They're having a Cyber Monday sale over at All Romance E-books on November 28, 2016, and all of my books with Riverdale Ave Books will be included. In fact, all of my books are on sale. I just checked. 

From my inbox...



Readers can access purchases via AllRomance.com, the ARe Android App, or the ARe iTunes App

Check them out for more details. 


If you've never shopped for e-books at All Romance, please check them out just for the sake of something new. It's always been one of my favorite places for e-books.

Being Gay and Asexual


I have to admit that this one slightly stumps me. I've always thought a person was either gay or asexual, but not both. Evidently, this article I'm linking to challenges that.

I do believe that asexual falls under the umbrella of LGBT. I just don't totally understand the concept of being gay and asexual. I understand them individually, of course. And there's not much info out there.

In any event, this article is one of those meme things where people talk about being gay and asexual. Here's one that does clarify things a little better, at least for me it does:

I'm basically a gay asexual. I am sexually attracted by a man's body but that's it. Not his part...

Unfortunately, the comments will not help much with this topic. They're very rude and the jokes are not very funny. 

You can check the memes out here. And here's a link to a forum where they discuss being gay and asexual. 

If you are gay and asexual, good for you. It doesn't really matter if anyone (including me) understands it or not. It only matters that you understand it.

Shirtless French Farmers and More

Because sometimes you just need something lighter and not so serious...

In this 2017 calendar, photographer Fred Goudon sets his lingering lens on some stunningly handsome French farmers. Purchase it here.

You can check out a few more interesting things here, including a trailer for the upcoming NBC play, Hairspray Live...which I believe airs very soon in December.  


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