I used to be kind of hard on James Franco, but I've been taking a few steps back lately for specific reasons. One, what Hollywood in general does to gay content, gay culture, and gay men is usually so filled with heteronormative cultural appropriation it's painful to watch. And two, because Franco really does seem interested in making things as authentic as he possibly can. And he works with a lot of openly gay actors. He seems to make a point of doing this and he doesn't give a damn what anyone thinks.
Here's something about the film, I Am Michael, and the openly gay actor who is in it, Charlie Carver, along with James Franco and Zachary Quinto.
Carver came out in January last year and says working alongside out-gay actor Zachary Quinto has been immensely rewarding.
‘I’m so glad to have met, worked with and become friends with Zach,’ Carver said.
‘He’s somebody who I admire very much and somebody who has carried who he is out in the public in a very admirably way.’
There's more here, with photos. I Am Michael is available for download at the iTunes store. It's definitely not a gay romance, but they claim it's a true story and there is sex in it. You can read more about the movie here.
There Are Gay Christians
I think the focus of this story should be more about the fact that there are gay Christians. It's something we overlook. Although I'm not all that religious myself, I know more than a few gay Catholics and Protestants.
This article is more focused on what happened when gay Christians set up a stall at a Christian music festival.
But this year, when Christian group Incendo tried to display signs that said ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’ and ‘transgender’, organizers of the event shut it down.
The stall also displayed materials about gay Christians, including a documentary about a Christian lesbian couple with a child.
Of course I think that's wrong, but I'm not all that shocked by it either. There are so many people who don't realize that not too long ago anything gay related was considered "for adults only" in the mainstream.
You can check this out here. As the article states, we have a long way to go.
A New Anti-Hate Dating Site
I wasn't even sure how to title this part of the post. There's a new dating site that's devoted to people who are tired of being called homophobic, among other pejoratives, because they supported Trump. At least that's what I'm getting from it. From what I gather, an estimated 44% of the users are straight women.
The site now has over 26,000 users, including 8,000 who signed up after President Trump’s successful election.
After the US, Russia has the highest number of users, followed by Australia and then the UK.
You can read more here. The owner claims he wants to bring America back together again with this site, which doesn't make much sense to me. How does one bring people together again by creating more of a divide?
Stepbrothers In the Attic