Wednesday, February 13, 2019

UK Gay History Month: Paul Jabara 'Trapped In a Stairway'; How Younger People In the UK View Gay Sex; Sleepless In San Francisco by Ryan Field

UK Gay History Month: Paul Jabara Trapped In a Stairway

February is Gay History Month in the UK, and even though I'm always focused on LGBTQ history here in a global sense, I wanted to mention this, specifically. I will post stories related to UK Gay History as I see them.

In any event, here's a name that's part of gay history, in a global sense, that you don't hear about often: Paul Jabara. We've all heard his music and we've all loved it, but most of us don't know his name. This is from Wiki...

Paul Jabara, also known as Paul Frederick Jabara, (January 31, 1948 – September 29, 1992) was an American actor, singer, and songwriter of Lebanese ancestry, born in BrooklynNew York City. He wrote Donna Summer's "Last Dance" from Thank God It's Friday (1978) and Barbra Streisand's song "The Main Event/Fight" from The Main Event (1979). He cowrote The Weather Girls hit "It's Raining Men" with Paul Shaffer. Jabara's cousin and close friend Jad Azkoul is also a Lebanese-American musician specialising in classical guitar.

Jabara also died very young, in 1992, due to complications related to AIDS. In 2014 his grave was featured at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, during the first gay-themed tour.

His work is part of gay culture, gay history, and it obviously crossed into the mainstream on a global level. There's one song in particular I've always loved, Trapped In a Stairway. And I love this video, too.  And, if you do a search for Paul Jabara on You Tube you'll find a good deal more.


How Younger People In the UK View Gay Sex

I always thought this would happen, especially as LGBT people assimilate into the mainstream. But it's also nice to post about it actually happening.

68% of people living in the UK see nothing at all wrong with gay sex. 80% of younger people in the UK also see nothing wrong with gay sex.

It's all related to a survey that was done recently that was pubbed by the Government Equalities Office.

It's not totally wonderful, but it's still an interesting survey with a much more positive message. You can check this out, here. 

I also think it's worth mentioning that back in 2008 I couldn't even find LGBT related stories. Now there are so many I don't know which ones to choose half the time. Things are changing.

Reader Reviews: 

"I read a lot of Ryan's books, but really loved this one. The main character reminded me of someone... read it and see."

"The extras made the story: the Labrador retriever, the ten year old son, the best friend, and even the new house needing renovation."

Sleepless in San Francisco by [Field, Ryan ]

It is hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since the classic romance Sleepless in Seattle warmed the hearts of theatergoers. Best-selling M/M author Ryan Fields, gives us his unique reinterpretation of this classic theme with Sleepless in San Francisco.

When young Noah Richardson sends an email to the producers of the home renovation show Dream Away, he has no idea that the host of the show, Jonathan Haynes, will be intrigued and touched by his sad story. Noah, his recently-widowed father, and their black lab, Tucker, have relocated to San Francisco to start a fresh new life and heal their wounds. And their new house is in dire need of renovation.

Jonathan Haynes is desperate to find an interesting house to film for the show. So he gets on a plane and flies to San Francisco the day after he reads Noah's email. But Jonathan soon finds out that Noah's father, Ed doesn't know about Noah's email and he has to convince him to do the show. The fact that Ed and Jonathan wind up on the living room floor having passionate sex during their first meeting doesn't help.

Ed finally agrees to do the show. By the time construction begins, Ed and Jonathan can't get enough of each other. They start having secret encounters to satisfy their desires, never realizing they are building a solid relationship at the same time.

Then a series of events takes control of their lives and changes them all forever. Ed's not sure what to do. He's in love with Jonathan, and he can't get enough of Jonathan's body. But he feels guilty about starting a new relationship with anyone. So he wrestles with the conflict and begs for a sign to help him decide what to do, which leads to a surprise ending that none of them could have predicted.

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