You know how I'm always harping about gay issues being global issues? Well this is something we all need to pay attention to. I don't know all the details, but the sources I've linked to below sound real. I always reserve room for doubt, given all the fake news there is lately.
Reports emerged from international sources over the weekend that Chechnya – formally known as the Chechen Republic – has reportedly begun arresting, detaining, torturing and potentially murdering gay men. According to Novaya Gazeta, Chechnya is detaining gay men “in connection with their non-traditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such.”
They added, “At the moment, we received information about the arrest of more than a hundred men. Novaya Gazeta has already known the names of three victims, but our sources claim that the victims much more.”
You can read more about this here. It gets a lot worse.
I also saw a link at Queerty. They might not be perfect, but they don't usually post fake news.
I couldn't find any links to mainstream news outlets yet, but that doesn't surprise me. We always come last when it comes to mainstream news. And local news is worse. They can't wait to exploit the local gay weatherman and his gay husband and their adopted kids, but they won't post about this alleged gay concentration camp news.
Jared Kushner's Liberal Brother
I don't always like the way everything is broken down between liberal and conservative these days. What about bipartisan moderates? And what about free-thinking libertarians?
In any event, this is kind of interesting.
“It is no secret that liberal values have guided my life,” Josh, who has always considered Trump’s foray into politics nothing more than an ego-trip, continues, “and that I have supported political leaders that share similar values. Just as Jared is my family, I feel similarly responsible to everyone at my companies.”
You can read more here. We don't all agree on politics in my family, and I'm sure you don't in yours.
Addicted To Male Escorts
Here's the story of a 25 year old guy who is worried he might be addicted to male escorts.
“I had sex with two escorts in three days,” he writes, “and now I’m worried I’m getting hooked on them.”
The anonymous man, a computer programmer, says he’s never had a boyfriend and doesn’t find himself sexually interested in people at the office: “Everyone is geeky and they’re wrapped up in their work rather than wanting to go out.”
There's more here. I think it could be a problem, financially and emotionally. He claims he's now using credit cards and he doesn't have the funds to support this habit.
Online Author Drama
I rarely post my opinion about things like this, but I wanted to say something short, plain, and simple. I recently saw more online drama with an author and I felt bad for the people who got sucked into his/her drama.
For one thing, most authors don't engage in online drama. They don't have the time and they don't have the inclination. They prefer to focus on their books and their readers.
For another thing, the authors who do engage in online drama are usually creating a situation on purpose to get attention that will help sell their books. They are ambitious fakes. That's all they care about: selling books and getting attention. It's a clever little trick I've seen more than once. And, I've seen a lot of shady authors in my time.
When you see them use words like "hater," that's usually a passive aggressive tactic meant to throw you off track, because it's hard to argue with someone who wants you to think they've been a victim.
If they start posting about sunshine, pink unicorns, and how much they love life right after they've created the drama, that's a huge red flag. People who do that have it all planned out in advance so that good trusting people will continue to follow them.
Finally, it almost always backfires in the end.
So beware of authors who do this, especially the ones who double up and create twice the drama with another shifty author. Sometimes they come in pairs, and sometimes they even have street teams. It's not worth the time or the effort. You're better than that. And, blocking is not a difficult thing to do.