Thursday, May 23, 2019

Calvin Klein Apologizes For Queer-baiting with a Non-Gay Model; Mormon Republican Politician Comes Out As Gay; Ryan Field Books

Calvin Klein Apologizes for Queer-baiting with a Non-Gay Model

I haven't seen the ad yet, but apparently the Calvin Klein brand has been accused of queer-baiting in an ad and they issued an apology.

I like this one because LGBT rights supporters are calling the brand out for using a model who identifies as heteronormative and not as openly gay. 

This has led to accusations of ‘queerbaiting’ online. The term describes what are essentially marketing gimmicks superficial portrayals of LGBTI culture or relationships which lack any serious nuance.

I think we'll be seeing a lot more of this happening in the future with ads, books, films, and more. That old time excuse where they say, "It's acting, it's just acting," isn't holding up anymore. And people are just beginning to realize this. 

Here's the link. It goes into a lot more detail, and I think Calvin Klein issued an excellent apology. It sounds as though they really do "get" it. Now if we could just get someone from Calvin Klein to explain this to Hollywood and book publishing that would be huge progress.


Mormon Republican Politician Comes Out As Gay

In one of the most conservative parts of the US, a politician named Nathan Ivle just came out via Facebook. I'm not at all surprised either. I've been predicting things like this would happen for a long time, and I'm betting there's even more coming in the future.

“What I have to say isn’t easy for me and may not be taken well by everyone who hears it. I understand that. I just hope you’ll hear what I have to say with the same spirit I want to share it with. There’s no easy way to say this. I might as well just jump up and say it, I’m gay. That’s my reality, and that’s what I need to talk to you about today.”

Good for him. The entire emotional story goes much deeper, and, he's married to a woman. I think it's a good example of how many gay men have had to live and function up until recently. And I'm certain there are still many more just like Ivle who have not come out yet. 

Here's the link. 








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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Taron Egerton Talks About Playing Gay Face Again; Billy Eichner Chases Strangers Again; The Hide Your Erection Bathing Suit For Men

Taron Egerton Talks About Playing Gay Face Again

This is amusing, and sometimes in life you have to have a sense of humor. In what appears to be an attempt to prove that he can play a gay character well, straight actor, Taron Egerton, went to the premiere of Rocketman fully armed with his two gay friends.

‘I have two friends who have come down from Wales who are staying in my flat right at this moment for the premier tomorrow, who are both gay. They’re staying in my spare room. They’re not together, but they’re both friends.’

Here's the rest. Because what straight male actor with two gay friends from Wales ISN'T an expert on gay men? 


Billy Eichner Chases Strangers Again

I haven't seen one of these Billy Eichner videos in a while, and I love them. I originally found out about him through his videos. In this video he's asking random strangers about the return of the Jonas Brothers.

“The measles are back and so are the Jonas brothers,” Eichner says at the top of the episode, “so we’re about to hit the streets and have New Yorkers welcome them back!”

Here's the link for more. 


The Hide Your Erection Bathing Suit For Men

There is now a bathing suit for men that has the ability to conceal erections, for those awkward times when you're at the beach and you get bone.

According to Men’s Health, “the suit has a built-in interior lining that helps mask whatever’s going on down there.”

Check out the link, here. There is an entertaining video. They refer to this as "Bonerless Technology." It's totally SFW, too.  







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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Alan Turing's Tortured Gay Life; John Barrowman On Closeted Gay Athletes Who Should Come Out; David Furnish Comments On 'Rocketman'

Alan Turing's Tortured Gay Life

Here's something about the difficult life of Alan Turing, a 'homosexual' math genius who's finally been credited for saving the world during World War II.

The story of Alan Turing is one of the most disgraceful episodes of modern civilization. A man who should have been a hero of the free world and idolized next to Einstein and Newton in the history books was instead hounded to death because of religion-inspired homophobia.

You can read the rest here. In 2009 the British Prime Minister finally issued a long overdue apology. And, a friend of mine on Facebook told me that Turing is now remembered quite well in the UK, especially in Manchester. There's even a memorial statue on Sackville Street. Here's the link to that. There's more about Turing there as well. 



John Barrowman On Gay Athletes Who Should Come Out

John Barrowman recently commented on closeted gay athletes who should come out of the closet and I think it's worth sharing. Mainly because I've always known there are a lot more gay men out there than most people think there are. They just haven't come out...yet. 

“If people are fearful of coming out because of their job, they’re stupid,” Barrowman said. “There are so many ways and people around to protect them now and if they come out, whether they’re sportsman or they are in Hollywood.”

Here's the link to read more. The people who've left comments so far don't seem to agree with Barrowman. 



David Furnish Comments on Rocketman

For those who might not know, David Furnish is Elton John's husband, and Rocketman is an upcoming film based on Elton John's life. They've already started to defend Rocketman with pieces about the straight actor, Taron Egerton, who will be playing gay face in the film. 

After some criticism arose over Taron Egerton playing a gay man even though he's straight, the legendary singer had one, crystal clear response. “That’s all bulls—, I’m sorry,” he told The Sun.   

You can read this one, here.  

And now David Furnish is letting everyone know that Rocketman won't be straight washed. 

Why We’re Proud: Following charges that Bohemian Rhapsody might have underplayed Freddy Mercury’s homosexuality, both John and Furnish have assured that Rocketman will in no way downplay or “straight-wash” John’s sexual orientation.


Here's the link.   There's an old saying in fiction: show, don't tell.  







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Monday, May 20, 2019

"Situational Homosexuality" In Boarding Schools; Gay Nurse Films Mamma Mia Parody; Gay for Pay Porn Star and Child Porn Charges

"Situational Homosexuality" In Boarding Schools

This is something new to a lot of people. A filmmaker came up with the term Situational Homosexuality, which is basically sex between two men who don't necessarily identify as gay. This is purely about sex, not gay culture.


“There’s something about a lot of males in a confined space,” he said. “Something about the improvised physical fabric, which is all higgledy-piggledy. And then — I hesitate to say this — a certain level of situational homosexuality, which I think — I hope I’m not scandalizing anyone — is relatively common in prison and to all-male boarding schools.”


Here's the rest. I think it's interesting that no one has ever really approached this subject before.



Gay Nurse Films Mamma Mia Parody

In the past 9 years a gay nurse has raised over 200K for HIV/AIDS research. He does this with musical parodies, and this year he's doing a parody of Mamma Mia and the money is going to the AIDS/LifeCycle, which will then go to the SF AIDS Foundation and the LA LGBT Center.

‘After I watched Cher’s music video of S.O.S., I was convinced that Mamma Mia had to be this year’s singing fundraiser. I watched a bunch of ABBA videos for inspiration and came up with this video.’

Here's the link. There's a video of what he does and  there's more info about how you can donate. It's excellent. 



Gay for Pay Porn Star and Child Porn Charges

This article comes with an adult content warning. There's no nudity and it's SFW in that sense, and it is considered new, but the allegations are awful. 

Gay-for-pay porn star Sebastian Young has pleaded ‘no contest’ to child porn charges.

It's really bad and I'm not going into detail. You can read more about it, here.  

For those who don't know what gay for pay means, here's a link







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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Dutee Chand First Openly Gay Athlete In India; Nevada Bans Gay and Trans Panic Defense; President Trump Supports Pete Buttigieg's Gay Marriage

Dutee Chand First Openly Gay Athlete In India

Here's some history being made on the global front, and it should be applauded. I hope we see more people coming out this way now.

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has revealed she is in a same-sex relationship, the first sportsperson in India to openly acknowledge being gay.

You can read it all, here.  I like the way these stories are now making mainstream news. 



Nevada Bans Gay and Trans Panic Defense

I've posted about the panic defense law here before. For those who don't know, in short, it's a legal defense used in cases of assault and murder. I don't like to 'splain' anything legal. I leave that up to the experts. 

A defendant using the defense claims they acted in a state of violent temporary insanity because of unwanted same-sex sexual advances.

In cases where trans people are involved it's usually referred to as"Trans panic." 

Nevada has become the fourth state to prohibit the use of so-called gay and trans panic defenses... 

Here's the link. 

In Australia they call it "homosexual advance defense (HAD)." The wiki link above really explains it all in detail very well. 



President Trump Supports Pete Buttigieg's Gay Marriage

Trump was recently asked how he feels about Pete Buttigieg's gay marriage and here's how he responded. 

He agreed with Hilton's assessment that Buttigieg's candidacy is a "sign of great progress," adding, "Yeah, I think it's great. I think that's something that perhaps some people will have a problem with, I have no problem with it whatsoever."

Here's the link to more. 





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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Russell Tovey's Graphic Gay Sex Scene; 90 Year Old Talks About Being Gay In the 1940s; Ryan Field Books

Russell Tovey's Graphic Gay Sex Scene

Clearly, with the kind of fiction I write I'm no prude. And I've never apologized for that. So I'm glad to see Tovey talking about this up front, and without reservations. The no sex people always seem to get the last word, and they get it in an elitist way. I even see authors bragging about NOT having sex in their books, as if they should get a prize for that. I get tired of listening to them preach and pontificate about sex in books and movies. It's nice to see something different for a change that's not family friendly or g-rated. The one thing you rarely see is someone bragging and boasting about having too much sex in a book or movie. That's a novelty.

Tovey recently commented on an upcoming TV series he's been working on. 

"Everything has to be shown because, otherwise, if you don’t show diversity, if you don’t show gay sex, if you don’t show men in love, or women in love, or whatever, then how the hell do you normalize it? The only way for people to really get cultural references is through television.”

You can read more about it, here.  There's a trailer you can watch, too. 

90 Year Old Talks About Being Gay In the 1940s

When I wrote the novel, Altered Parts, which is set in the 1940s in rural America in the south, I found it nearly impossible to research what it was like to be gay back then. There are a few sources on the Internet, but not much because everyone who was considered 'homosexual' back then never talked about it openly. They didn't dare. So I used my own knowledge as a gay man who was closeted once. Some things never change. I know what that's like. And when I see articles like this where a 90 year old talks about his experience so honestly, I'm amazed. 

90-year-old Don Middleton recently sat down with Pink Planet to talk about growing up gay in rural Canada, including having sexual trysts local farm boys and discovering Ontario’s gay community in the 1940s.

He goes on to mention what it was like when he first discovered other gay men. That's something all gay men can understand, because up until recently when we came out we didn't really know for sure there were other gay men out there. There was nothing in the mainstream to let us know. When you're gay you grow up very isolated. And if there were gay people around, how did we find them? No one told gay people anything back then and you learned everything on your own. And I'm sure it's still happening now in some places. It's also a good example of the kind of basic privilege that we didn't get.

Here's the link. There's a video, too. It's very good.





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