Monday, February 20, 2017

New Walt Whitman Novel Discovered; Ageism On Grindr

New Walt Whitman Novel Discovered

Of course I'm posting about this news. Whitman was a classic writer, and he was gay...even though the terms "homosexual" and "gay" weren't around during his time.

Although his writings on pleasure and desire attracted criticism, few commented at the time on his "Calamus" poems, which dealt with male-male affectional relationships. While modern readers consider these to refer to homosexuality, readers in Whitman's day, and perhaps Whitman himself, understood the writings to describe intense expressions of same-sex friendships that were common at the time. While Whitman had homoerotic affections, scholars today generally agree that is misleading to label him a "homosexual" since that term did not exist in his time.

But that's not the big news. This is the real story...

The 36,000-word “Life and Adventures of Jack Engle,” which was discovered last summer by a graduate student, is being republished online on Monday by The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and in book form by the University of Iowa Press. A quasi-Dickensian tale of an orphan’s adventures, it features a villainous lawyer, virtuous Quakers, glad-handing politicians, a sultry Spanish dancer and more than a few unlikely plot twists and jarring narrative shifts.

You can read more about it here.

Ageism On Grindr

I might be wrong about this, and I've never used any hook up app in my life, however, I've always been led to believe that hook up apps are for hook ups. I'm sure there are some people looking for love and romance, but for the most part aren't they usually just geared toward sex? And people have very distinct sexual preferences, not just gay men.

In any event, this particular article is about ageism on Grindr.

But there’s another twist: Despite my advanced age (which I choose not to reveal in my Grindr profile because, as a black man, I’m already subject to quite enough stereotypical sizing-up, thank you), most of the messages I receive on Grindr are from guys in their teens and twenties–many of whom insist they don’t want anything to do with anyone over 30.

I don't totally get this one, and maybe that's because I've never used a hook up app. You can check the rest of it out here, and there are comments.

I think it's important to add that I've known more gay couples with vast age differences in my lifetime than I can count. And each relationship has always worked out well for both. So maybe this is just a hook up app thing, and no one should take hook up apps that seriously.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

WTF's An Imprint? Gay London Couple Beaten; Gay Pornster Allegedly Fakes His Own Death; The HIV Monologues; Are Audio Books the Next Big Thing?

WTF's An "Imprint?"

I think this is one of the biggest mistakes I see authors and publishers do while promoting something. They use industry jargon and assume that all readers know what they're talking about, without taking into consideration that readers don't need to know these things.

The other day I saw someone promoting their new "imprint." Of course I know what an imprint is, but I'm supposed to know that. The only problem is that this person was not promoting anything to me, they were promoting to a general audience of readers, assuming that all readers know publishing jargon. Most people don't know the jargon, they don't care to know it, and they don't need to know it.

I even asked Tony if he knew what an "imprint" was, and he sent me a blank stare.

If you do a simple google search, this is how imprint is defined by wiki...

An imprint of a publisher is a trade name under which it publishes a work. A single publishing company may have multiple imprints, often using the different names as brands to market works to various demographic consumer segments.

But how many people are actually going to bother to look that up? And when publishers and authors use publishing jargon to promote their books, and they assume that everyone understands that jargon, they're most likely wasting their time and energy.  

I could give a lot more examples, too, but the main point I'm trying to make is keep it simple for readers, and never assume anything. 

Gay London Couple Beaten

I just watched the movie, Demolition, with Jake Gyllenhaal and there was a gay bashing scene that was intense. Clearly, it's still happening in RL, too.

Attackers bashed a London gay couple on their train home from a Valentine’s Day dinner.

Up to five men viciously assaulted boyfriends Phil Poole and Zbynek Zatloukal while they were heading home from a night out in Reading.

You can read the rest here. Someone in the comments mentioned he wants to see more gay men fighting back. I agree with a certain extent. But when up to five maniacs attack two unsuspecting people, it's hard to predict what could have helped them. How can two people fight against that kind of brutality when the odds are so stacked against them?

In any event, there are photos and it sounds as if one is already experiencing PTSD.

Gay Pornster Allegedly Fakes His Own Death

Here's yet another odd story coming from the gay porn industry. And, as usual, this all transpired on Twitter.

Killian James allegedly faked his own death, leaving fellow actors angry and bitter at the revelation.

Colleagues of the star received anonymous text messages revealing James had died, then took to Twitter to send their condolences.

Allegedly, though, the other porn stars are claiming he did this to get attention.

Here's the rest, with screen shots of the tweet.

The HIV Monologues

This looks interesting. It's the first time I'm hearing about it.

The HIV Monologues is an inspiring tale of survival, self-discovery and overcoming stigma.

Although fictitious, the character of Barney is loosely based on the actor who plays him, Jonathan Blake.

In October 1982, Blake was one of the first people in the UK to be diagnosed as HIV positive.

There are more details here. It's actually an excellent plot synopsis with some of the dialogue, and it gets into personal stigma.

Are Audio Books the Next Big Thing?

That's really more of a rhetorical question. I don't think anyone really knows what to predict with audio books. I've seen some people make predictions recently, and I'm still on the fence about it.

One, I wouldn't listen to an audio book. I prefer to read the book, not listen to it. The only way I would listen to an audio book is if I were physically challenged in some way that prevented me from reading a book.

Two, audio books aren't easy or inexpensive to produce, especially for indie authors. So unless you're going to get a decent return on the investment, I'm not sure it's a viable way for indie authors to go. Keep in mind, though, I'm not sure. I'm not making any bold predictions here.

Three, I've had several books released in audio through publishers I've worked with over the years and I never saw one audio perform better than the actual physical book. But that's just been my experience, and maybe someone else has had better results.

So I'm on the fence about audio books, and I also think authors...all authors...should be prudent until they know what to expect.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Grindr Related Crime Here In New Hope; Queen Latifah Was Worried About Playing Gay

A Grindr Related Crime Here In New Hope

I live in New Hope, PA, and I know it's only an hour from NYC, and less than that from Philadelphia, but it's really not an area that's known for a high crime rate. It's an artist colony, a tourist town, and a theater town, and you don't see headlines like this often.

In short, a 21 year old guy hooked up with a 13 year boy old he'd made contact with through the hook up app Grindr, and it all transpired at a park in New Hope, PA.

Magisterial district court records show the purported crime occurring on Jan. 28 at around 6:30 p.m. Fischer and the 13-year-old male had previously met on social media platform Grindr, and documents allege that the two exchanged phone numbers. Over time, Fisher “pushed” the minor into meeting and ultimately engaging in oral sex at Pat Livezey Park, according to the affidavit.

There are more details here.  I've posted about these Grindr incidents before, but never anything this local. I guess it can happen anywhere.

Queen Latifah Was Worried About Playing Gay

Well, they did it again. Hollywood and the topic of being gay.

This is a quote by Queen Latifah about playing a gay role. Evidently, she feels the need to explain.

“When I got the role of amateur bank robber Cleo Sims in ‘Set It Off,’ I sat down with my younger siblings and told them, ‘Listen, I’m playing a gay character. Your classmates might tease you or say negative things about it.”

“’But I’m doing it because I believe I can bring positive attention to the gay African-American community, and I believe that I can do a great job as an actor.’ They understood, and when those things inevitably happened in school, they were OK with it.”

All of my nieces and nephews in school know at least one person who is openly gay, so it's not usually even a topic for them. But maybe her circumstances are different? 

You can read this here, and don't miss the comments. Seriously. I know nothing about Queen Latifah or how she identifies, but these comments are amazing/shocking. 

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Hollywood Goes Gay Again; CoverGirl's New Cover Boy's Racist Tweet; Jim Parson's On Success Later In Life

Hollywood Goes Gay Again

This is about the C.W's Riverdale. I've never seen it.

In a relatively short time period, the C.W’s new Riverdale series has covered lots of ground.

There’s been a shirtless, pronouncedly muscular walk brought to you by J.K. Apa. (Contractually obligated, as work un-friendly blog Fleshbot reports.)

And now, gay character Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) has his first gay kiss in the Archie series. It’s a good one.

Here's the rest. I guess people are still shocked by gay kisses. For a moment, I thought the 2000s were calling again. But this is recent.

CoverGirl's New Cover Boy's Racist Tweet

I didn't even know CoverGirl had a new Cover Boy. And people aren't too thrilled with him right now.

CoverGirls’ first ever “Cover Boy,” James Charles fired off a racist anti-Africa tweet yesterday and people are pissed. The tweet, which has since been deleted, joked about Africa being a disease-ridden place where he may catch Ebola...

There's more here, with a screen shot of the tweet that he pulled down the minute people started to reply negatively, but he did post a full apology.

There are comments.

Jim Parson's On Success Later In Life

I think this is true. And, we've all seen what happens when success comes too soon in life.

“There was plenty of time for unemployment,” he tells The Today Show. “There was plenty of time at the Coinstar cashing in for a night out.”

“I am grateful though that a success like the TV show didn’t happen until I was in my 30s. I had met Todd (Spiewack), my partner, long before that.”

Once he began working on The Big Bang Theory, he knew his life was forever changed.

Here's more. I think talent has a lot to do with it. And he's talent.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Gay Twink 4 Trump's In the White House Now; More Than Half Of Young People Don't Identify As Straight; Colton Haynes' New Boyfriend; When Ricky Martin Peed On Stage

The Gay Twink 4 Trump's In the White House Now

Never thought I'd see THIS happen.

The gay man behind the ‘Twinks 4 Trump’ campaign was given White House press accreditation this week.

As more mainstream respected publications like CNN and New York Times are being referred to as ‘fake news’, an unlikely source is now in the press pool following President Donald Trump.

I don't know much about this Twink 4 Trump dude, however, I do know a few things about this "respected" publication they call CNN. I was a Hillary Clinton supporter in 2008, and I watched that "respected" publication called CNN tear Hillary Clinton down while they supported Obama. And that's no reflection on President Obama. He did a good job for 8 years. But it is a reflection on the kind of news CNN reports. I watched the spins and I watched the fake news attacks on Hillary Clinton. I stopped watching CNN news because of that back in 2008, and I never went back, and I didn't forget about it.

You can read the rest here

More Than Half Of Young People Don't Identify As Straight

If this is accurate...and I'm not sure it's interesting.

More than half of young people don’t identify as straight, according to a new survey.

Anti-bullying nonprofit Ditch The Label has found more young people are just foregoing all sexuality labels and dating who they like.

Polling over 1,000 people between the ages of 13 and 26 in the US and UK, it found 57% said they felt like they did not fit into the traditional definition of heterosexuality.

You can read more here. Ditch the Label is an online anti-bullying site that I would imagine most people in the mainstream have never heard of, which is why I doubt the accuracy of the poll.   You can check it out here.

These days I rarely trust any polls.

Colton Haynes' New Boyfriend

This was nice to see...

Colton Haynes and new boyfriend Jeff Leatham aren’t quite ready for their close-up.

But the couple did go public about their relationship via Instagram on Valentine’s Day.

Haynes posted a rooftop photo of the pair – with their backs to the camera – at sunset standing inside rose petals arranged into a giant heart.

You can read about this one, here.

When Ricky Martin Peed On Stage

Don't look at me. I'm only linking the story.

The five-time Grammy winner was asked this week by talk show host Kelly Ripa about the craziest thing to ever happen to him onstage while in concert.

The singer said he’s forgotten his songs and once even fell off the stage. Then there was also the time he had an accident of a different kind had a little accident.

‘I did pee-pee once on the stage,’ Martin said on Live With Kelly.

Here you go. There are no photos of him peeing. 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review for "King Cobra," Brent Corrigan and James Franco; Fabulous Las Vegas; Another Gay Proposal Video

Review for "King Cobra," Brent Corrigan and James Franco

I think it's important to mention that even though James Franco is a straight white male, he's been associated with more "gay" projects than most openly gay actors in Hollywood. Whether or not he's in the closet, or he doesn't like labels, is beside the point. As far as we know he's straight and white.

I don't like labels either, however, gay isn't a label. Gay is a culture. Like being black is a culture. Like being Asian is a culture. If you're black or Asian and you deny your culture...for whatever reason...that never looks too great. It's the same with being gay. Gay is not about sex.

Because there's still so much shame associated with being gay (and there is), we usually understand and forgive closeted gay men. And rightly so. We understand their circumstances and we don't force them to come out. However, if a closeted gay man pretending to be straight begins to exploit and profit from gay culture I think that's a different thing altogether.

With that said, I finally got around to watching the movie Franco is associated with that's titled, King Cobra. In short, it's a film based on a true story about a mild, middle aged man with a taste for very young men who starts a gay porn production company in suburban Pennsylvania, discovers one of the most talked about gay porn stars of our time, and ultimately winds up brutally murdered. I think most people know the story already, so that's not a spoiler.

Actually, I liked the a film. I thought it was important to see for cultural reasons. I didn't watch for entertainment this time. I wanted to see how the subject matter was treated, and how gay culture was handled. Even though it's about gay porn, there weren't that many sex scenes, and none were too graphic. It's definitely not a romance. The film is strictly based on the events that transpired from the time porn producer, Bryan Kocis, discovered the film star, Brent Corrigan, to the time of Kocis' murder. I don't know much about the porn industry from experience so I can't comment on that. But I didn't see anything that was inaccurate, from a gay cultural POV. It wasn't like Brokeback Mountain where I saw things that made me cringe.

However, there is a twist to this entire saga. And it's been played out online since the film, King Cobra, was announced. The real life actor, Sean Paul Lockhart, who gained fame with the stage name, Brent Corrigan, in gay porn was not an active part of King Cobra. Even though he lived the entire story, he had nothing to do with the content of the film. And he's been vocal about this. He even wrote this piece titled, Brent Corrigan: His Story, His Life...In His Own Words.

My name is Sean Paul Lockhart. Most know me as “Brent Corrigan.” You likely have never heard of me. Infamous and not famous at all, I have been referred to by many in the mainstream vein of the adult industry as “the Traci Lords of gay porn.” This is only one element of a salacious true-life tale of porn, money, murder and desperation. My past has played an integral role in my career as an adult star, producer and actor in LGBT mainstream films. In July 2016 I was made aware of a film being made about me, my shameful underage stint in porn, and the murder of Cobra Video owner Bryan Kocis. Spearheading the project (as producer and star) was actor James Franco.

You can read that in its entirety here. It's a long piece and goes into a lot more detail about the story itself, and about how Lockhart feels about his life story being told this way. He plans to write his own memoir, which he also discusses in the piece.

If you're going to watch King Cobra, I highly suggest you read the piece written by Lockhart...the real Brent Corrigan. I think you'll find a few things more than interesting. As a viewer with limited knowledge of the porn industry, and limited knowledge about the story, I can't say I didn't like King Cobra. But I can only recommend it along with the link to Corrigan's story above.

The one thing I totally agree with most, in a broad general sense, in Corrigan's piece is this: "we don't need Hollywood mocking us." are a few related links that might make you think twice.

This one is rich. I'm openly gay and I don't think it's cheap to say that. I'm proud of it, as well I should be.

Garrett Clayton will not discuss his sexual orientation.

Clayton — who portrays gay porn star Brent Corrigan in the new film King Cobra — said he preferred a “veil” of privacy regarding his own identity in an interview with Out magazine published online Monday.

In fact, Clayton considered discussion of his sexuality “cheap,” and he grouped it alongside topics like an actor’s diet or accessories.

And there's this, from the same article...

Despite its subject matter, there are no out lead actors in King Cobra, which also features Christian Slater, Keegan Allen, and James Franco as players in the gay-porn industry.

Here's one about why Franco feels the need to do all stuff...

Vague sexual identity aside, Franco told Rolling Stone in March that his interest in queer cinema was a reaction to the production of “straight, heteronormative stories ad nauseam” in everything from film to TV commercials. “I think it's healthy to make work that disrupts and questions that, and shows alternative narratives,” he added.

...because there are no other gay artists out there.

Fabulous Las Vegas

I've never been to Vegas, and I'm starting to think I've missed something important.

Yes, there are people who have never been to Las Vegas–or at least not in a while. With the plethora of great choices, every Las Vegas first-timer needs a guide to the best and brightest. Want to try the casinos, shows, and nightlife but don’t know where to start? Just walking down Las Vegas Boulevard the first time presents a lot of opportunities for intense experiences, and the first-time visitor may not always know where to turn.

You can read more here. It looks thorough to me. This is one of the reasons why I continue to link to all the gay presses as much as possible. This article is coming from a gay cultural POV.

Another Gay Proposal Video

I like these things. I don't care how cheesy they get. I love them and I want to see them continue. And that's because we weren't allowed to do this kind of thing for so long, I hope they never end.

You’re hardbitten, gritty; a real S.O.B. You don’t have time for another wedding proposal video — not one day after The Man shoves his capitalist version of love down your throat in the form of Valentine’s Day.

But then you see Gregory Gaige drop to his knee and propose to boyfriend Craig Moss at Disneyland. Watching them in their matching Mickey Mouse caps, you feel dizzy and swoony, because your creaky heart has opened yet again. For good this time?

There's more here, with a nice photo. And this is another reason why I link mostly to gay presses. You don't see this in the mainstream too often.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Music Celebrating Gay "Married" Long-time Seniors; Chadwick Moore and Tucker Carlson; 9 Eligible Gay Bachelors

Music Celebrating Gay Long-time "Married" Seniors

This article I'm linking to is titled, New Music Video Celebrates Seniors In Long-Term Relationships, and that bothered me. Maybe I'm being too OCD about this, but I changed my title to gay married seniors. And that's because I know a lot of gay seniors who have been together for years who just got legally married, but they all considered themselves "married" prior to the legalization of same sex marriage. And I'm tired of that old time term "long-term relationship." We're allowed to get married now. They could have at least put "married" in quotes.

I think the main reason why I feel this way is because I recently lost a very good friend to cancer. It happened fast. He was diagnosed in late November, started chemo in December, and was gone by the week before Christmas. That fast. And he was only 65. When I read his obituary it stunned me a little to see that someone had written that he and his "life partner" had been together for 35 years. They were married. I sent them flowers, and I know for certain they were married. They were husband and husband. So why didn't it say that he and his "husband" were together for 35 years?

In any event, I see this a lot in the gay community and I just don't understand it. I don't think I know any gay couples who have been together for years who haven't gotten legally married. But here's a video that does celebrate gay couples who've been together for the long run.

 That changed Tuesday morning, when LA-based songwriter Tom Goss released his new video for “More Than Temporary,” a reverb-drenched ballad that abandons subtly in favor of unabashed sentimentality.

You can check that out here. It's a great video. Someone left a great comment at the bottom.

Chadwick Moore and Tucker Carlson

I hate posting these things because I don't like pundits of any kind. But it's news, and it's out there. I know people on social media who might find it interesting. But more important, I don't want to be that gay person who is incapable of being tolerant of everyone's opinion, and who goes on vituperative rants screaming intolerance. Objectivity is important in life. Without any objectivity at all, the best we could ever hope for would be idiocy.

In any event, here's one of the things Moore said...

The other thing I see a lot is gay presses writing articles about gay men getting caught with "married" men. The implication is that the "married" man is hetero and he's married to a woman. They never take into consideration that WE can get married now, too.

You can read the rest here. Oh, there are comments, you can be sure.

9 Eligible Gay Bachelors

This is nice to see. They're using the word bachelor to describe gay men in gay bachelor, not straight unmarried men.

And look who made the list...

(Colton) Haynes outed himself in 2016, and since then, one of the hottest men on TV has become a lust object for, well, pretty much everyone. His sincere social media posts don’t hurt his appeal either. The star of popular shows like Teen Wolf and Arrow, Haynes’ began his career as a model for the obvious reasons. He recently purchased a gorgeous pad in the Hollywood Hills, igniting media speculation that the actor might have a more serious relationship on the horizon. Though recently more forthright about his personal life, Haynes still prefers to keep his dating life more private, though he did recently add that since coming out, he feels the happiest he ever has.

You can check the rest out here.

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