Friday, April 7, 2017

Seattle Openly Gay Mayor Ed Murray Accused of Sexual Abuse; Male Rape Victims; Ian McKellen's Closeted Gay Youth

Seattle Openly Gay Mayor Ed Murray Accused of Sexual Abuse

I had to go elsewhere to link to this article because what I read in the gay presses was so slanted I found it disturbing at best. And I'm only linking. I'm not forming an opinion one way or the other.

A 46-year-old Kent man sued Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday, claiming Murray “raped and molested him” over several years, beginning in 1986 when the man was a 15-year-old high-school dropout.

The lawsuit in King County Superior Court, filed under the man’s initials, “D.H.,” alleges Murray sexually abused the crack-cocaine addicted teen on numerous occasions for payments of $10 to $20.

You can read the rest here. It's a very long news piece with a lot more detail.

Male Rape Victims

This is one of those things you don't see often, but you know it happens just the same. It's about a new documentary that's focused on men who get raped titled, The Voiceless.

“I felt ashamed,” one man says. “I felt like someone is stealing something from me.”

“I just wanted to run away,” another adds, “and get away from everything.”

According to the 2014 National Crime Victimization Survey, 38% of rape victims are male. And 1 in 6 males are sexually assaulted before the age of 18.

“Sexual violence does not discriminate against men,” activist and filmmaker Vanessa McNeal says.

You can check that out here. I'd also like to point out that men are not only raped by other men. They can be raped by women, too. It happens.

Ian McKellen's Closeted Gay Youth

This article about Ian McKellen's closeted, lonely gay youth is touching, however, it's still happening with millions of other young gays. Do not for one minute think we are all out there living this carefree happily ever after life, or that we can all discuss it out in the open. That's why I write gay romance novels, because it's not happening all over the world.

 Actor Scott Chambers supplies the visuals for McKellen’s somber narrative.

“Part of the reason I proselytize, talk about being gay, is because I don’t want today’s children not to enjoy their sexuality,” McKellen says. “Be aware of it, think about it, puzzle about it, discuss it, have it out in the open, because of course it’s central to what you are.” 

If you consider the young gay Amish people alone who are closeted, we still have a long way to go. I think it's wonderful that McKellen made the video, but a bit out of touch with the realities that young gay people are still dealing with. At least that's what I hear from closeted gay men all the time...of all ages.

You can read the rest here.

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