Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Penny Dreadful Gay Kiss; T J. Klune's Post; John Barrowman Flirts W/Straight Guy; No More Gay Ghettos?

Penny Dreadful Gay Kiss

An actor on the TV show, Penny Dreadful, talked about yet another gay kiss. The actor is Reeve Carney and from what I gather he's straight in real life.

I don't watch Penny Dreadful. But this sounds like the queerbaiting post I wrote yesterday. In fact, Carney basically admits it's queerbaiting and he doesn't even realize he's doing this. That's always the best part about these things. They don't know they're doing it. I recently read a blog post by an author who actually said she started writing m/m romance because she thought there was money to be made. She also claims that gay relationships are like all other relationships. She didn't start writing in this genre because she was passionate about m/m romance. And she didn't even realize what she was saying, so in that respect you can't even fault her. 

'I knew that something like that would likely happen at some point and I figure, you know, you could certainly do a lot worse than Josh Hartnett," Carney told toofab.com at Comic-Con over the weekend.

Carney says his character will have a new love interest in the upcoming second season but he isn't sure if it will be a man or a woman.

'It's probably all downhill for me in terms of any man-on-man action I might have on the show,' he says. 'They'll have to keep their game high!'

Interesting. Man on man action. No further comment from me on this one, because I don't watch the show. Although, I do wonder what he means by do a lot worse. Am I reading too much into this? Once again, try doing that with any other minority and see how it sounds.

You can read more here.

T. J. Klune's Post

It's hard to elaborate on this next link because it's so serious and so emotional I'm not even sure what to say. I've posted about author, T. J. Klune, and the health struggles with his fiancĂ©, Eric Arvin, on the blog before. Klune's most recent post left me speechless.

I am not okay.  I am not okay.  I am not okay.  I don’t think I have been for a while. I don’t sleep much anymore. I don’t eat. I look like shit. I’ve had purple lines under my eyes since that first night Eric went into the hospital and I didn’t sleep.  I don’t have energy for much of anything anymore. I’m listless and apathetic.  I snap at people at the drop of a hat. I go to work. I come home from work. I pretend to unpack. I go to bed at eight. I fall asleep around one or two. I get up. I go to work. I come home from work and on and on it goes. That pressure building. The pieces cracking.

You can read the rest of the post here, at Klune's blog. I left a comment that I hope helps. But I also know deep down there's nothing anyone can really say or do to make it better. Only time can do that.


John Barrowman Flirts W/Straight Guy

Last week John Barrowman made headlines when he kissed a guy in public at the games in Glasgow. I saw it popping up everywhere on social media but I didn't post about it because it seemed a bit planned...as if he'd executed this move to gain publicity. I also wasn't sure about that, so I just passed completely on the story. But this time I had to post something because it's so unusual. You don't hear about gay guys flirting with straight guys all the time.

In place to chat with the site TV Fanatic, Barrowman was initially more interested in flirting with a straight cameraman filming the interview than answering questions about the upcoming season.

'He's really cute,' Barrowman says into the camera. 'If you haven't seen him, he's really, really cute. He's got nice, curly hair. ... He's dressed in nice shorts and he's got a ... T-shirt on - he looks like he's got good guns.'

Barrowman then asks the cameraman, whose name is Eric, to show him the size of his open hand and then seemed pleased with what he saw.

You can read more here. The comments seem to be varied about this one.

It sounds as if Barrowman was joking around. But even if he wasn't I still think it's interesting because so-called straight guys have been flirting with gay guys forever and no one ever seems to find anything wrong with that...mainly because most people don't even know the straight guys are doing it.

No More Gay Ghettos?

This article talks about gay neighborhoods turning straight...or at least not being completely gay anymore. I don't know why they think this is something new. It's happened in New York City neighborhoods more times than I can count. At one time the West Village in NY was completely about gay culture. Then it transitioned into what has now become a billion dollar neighborhood filled with everyone. It's even been happening here, in New Hope, PA, where I live. At one time New Hope was so filled with gay culture there were dark cruising spots under the bridges in town along the towpath. Now you wouldn't think to cruise there because the town has become so heteronormative it just wouldn't work anymore. Plus, you'd probably get arrested now, too.

In any event, they seem to think this is a good thing.

“For gay people, they no longer feel like they need a safe space because they feel safe anywhere,” Ghaziani says. “At the same time, as the stigma against homosexuality eases, more straight people feel comfortable moving into these areas, more so than they have in the past when they have perceived these populations as more stigmatized than they do now.”

You can read more here.

I think it's inevitable. In fact, I have two very close friends...a gay couple who've been together for forty years...who flatly refuse to live in a gay ghetto.


Four Gay Weddings and a Funeral
 
by Ryan Field
 

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