This is interesting to me because I'm in the middle of working on a book where the topic of country western music comes up. In short, the characters talk about how there have never been any gay songs in any genre (not just country western), especially gay love songs. So my main character decides to parody the most popular country western songs by replacing feminine names and pronouns with masculine. Why not? It's parody, it's something gay people can enjoy for a change, and there's no reason why we shouldn't have our own music, too. If a song can be titled "When a Man Loves a Woman," it can also be titled, "When a Man Loves a Man." I know how hard Steve Grand has worked to raise money and promote his brand of gay country music. But not one big record company as far as I know has offered to take him on and fund him.
I do, however, think this will change and we will be listening to more gay music...where gay singers actually sing about loving men, not women...or the same for gay women singing love songs.
In any event, this article discusses a gay dance scene on the TV show, So You Think You Can Dance. It's allegedly the first gay dance routine in all the years this show has been on the air. Is it the first time a gay guy has danced? I highly doubt that. It's just the first time two gay men have danced together.
Although nothing was said about it on the air, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance on Wednesday (27 August) featured what is believed to be the first romantic same-sex routines in its 11-year history.
You can read the rest here, with images.
Gay Twins Come Out
This article talks about the gay gene and how being gay runs in families. I tend to agree with that. I have a gay brother and at least one gay nephew that I know about as if right now. I have a feeling there are more.
In any event, there is another set of twins making headlines lately, and mainly because they're gay twins.
The adorable 21-year-old Monastero (fraternal) twins are the latest gay twins to pop on our radar, appearing together in their very first YouTube video to explain how they came out to one another.
In it, they say that even though they knew they were gay at age four, they only got around to telling each other this year.
If you think that sounds a little unbelievable, think again. I didn't know my brother was gay until the night I bumped into him in a gay nightclub about a year before I met Tony. We were both in our early twenties. Didn't have a clue until that night.
You can read the rest of the article here, where there are photos of these guys.
Gay Bath Houses Going Extinct
I think I've mentioned before that I've never actually been to a bathhouse, but I've always been curious about them. I think they were the most popular a generation before me, back in the 1960's and 70's. I've always heard stories from older friends about how they used to go listen to Bette Midler singing in the gay bathhouses in New York before her career took off...the same for Barry Manilow. I think there are other entertainers of that generation who also got started in the bigger bathhouses.
But I digress. This article is talking about gay bathhouses becoming extinct. It's interesting to post this right after a post about two gay men dancing on TV, because it shows how the times are changing. I'm not sure gay bathhouses will ever become completely extinct in our lifetimes, but at one time gay bars and bathhouses were the only places men could go to meet other men like themselves. It wasn't always just about the sex, at least that's what I've been told anyway.
Giovanni’s Room might be in the clear, but another group of gay institutions is in serious trouble. More and more bathhouses are switching off their “Open 24 Hours” signs and closing their steam room doors for good.
“The acceptance of gays has changed the whole world,” 75-year-old Dennis Holding, who own a small bathhouse Miami told the AP. “It’s taken away the need to sneak into back-alley places … Bathhouses were like dirty bookstores and parks: a venue to meet people. Today, you can go to the supermarket.”
He's right about that. Last evening Tony and I stopped at the supermarket to pick up a prescription for the dog. I waited up front in the car while he went in. And while I waited there were more gay men coming and going than I could count. How did I know? Trust me, they let me know.
You can read more here.
FREE Gay Excerpt: Cage James by Ryan Field
Here's a free excerpt from Cage James. I'm posting the g-rated parts here on google blogger, but you'll have to click the link to go to my Word Press blog to finish the excerpt because it's NSFW. Once again, these excerpts are in raw version, and subject to edits. You can purchase the book here, on Amazon. Or other places where e-books are sold, like Smashwords and allromanceebooks.com
Rick noticed the short black robe and said, "This is where you live?"
Cage stepped aside and said, "Home sweet home, man. Come in and I'll show you around."
Rick stepped into the main hall and looked around slowly. The floors were black and white marble, the white walls covered with antique paintings in gilded frames, and the chandelier had crystals in some places the size of dessert plates. It was probably the most formal part of the house, other than the grand ballroom.
Cage tightened the bathrobe and said, "Sorry I didn't get a chance to get dressed. I just took a shower and I didn't want you to wait too long." He was starting to get those intense urges he always got around big strong men like Rick. He walked over to him slowly and ran his fingertips up and down Rick's bicep. "Can I get you anything?"
Rick turned and smiled. "How about the money?"
Cage squeezed his bicep this time and said, "I told you I can give you some tonight, and I'll get you the rest very soon. I'm getting married and I'll have all the money I want then."
Rick reached out and ran his large hand across a marble top console to his right. "You're getting married?"
Cage shrugged. "I might as well. Guys like me don't have that many choices." He'd once met a woman who told him he had many options. He'd been sleeping with her husband on the down low for money and she'd found his address at the time in her husband's coat pocket. Cage laughed in her face, mentioned her husband had a nice dick, and told her he had as many options as she did. Last he'd heard, she was still married to the cheating prick and the cheating prick was screwing around with another young guy.
Rick looked at Cage's legs and said, "Are we alone now?"
You can read the rest of it here...