Thursday, April 30, 2020

Ryan Murphy's Streaming "Hollywood" Show on Netflix; Kerry Katona and Passive Aggressive Transphobia; Ryan Field Books

Ryan Murphy's Streaming "Hollywood" Show On Netflix

I'm linking to that general column right now in Queerty that deals with the latest in LGBTQ entertainment, but they mention Ryan Murphy's new streaming show on Netflix and I've been very curious about it. It drops on May 1. 

The series follows a group of young creatives who come to Tinseltown in search of a dream, and instead, discover a gas station brothel run by an eccentric would-be star (obviously modeled on Scotty Bowers).

Of course knowing this is based on the Scotty Bowers book doesn't sound too promising. Unfortunately, I bought the book "Full Service" by Scotty Bowers and I thought it was dismal at best. Here's my review on Amazon. I never, ever return e-books. 

In all the years I've been reading e-books, this was my first return. When a book begins with the author driving around the streets of Hollywood while his dog is licking his neck and goes absolutely nowhere, I'm finished. And the fact that I paid over $10 for this e-book made it even worse. I probably wouldn't have returned it if I hadn't paid over $10, but I wasn't going to take the chance on reading more generalities that seemed to be coming from a highly imaginative, and, subjective POV. And I've read a lot of non-fiction books about Hollywood over the years that have been excellent.

With that said, I will check out this new show on Netflix with an open mind.  

You can read more about this and other new LGBTQ entertainment, here. 

Kerry Katona and Passive Aggressive Transphobia

It's really amazing how often I see homophobia and transphobia coming from people with "good intentions." They have no clue whatsoever that what they are saying is wrong. But this is a pretty good example of passive aggressive transphobia. 

Kerry Katona made a few comments recently about how she would feel if she had a transgender kid, and it was pretty bad. But I was also amazed to see that so many people thought there was nothing wrong with what she said. It's really classic passive aggressive transphobia, coming from a place of straight white privilege, which is no different than passive aggressive homophobia.

In all honesty, if Max decided to [come out as] a girl I’d be devastated, just because he’s my only boy, but of course I’d stand by him.

There's a lot more, here, and I disagree with her. I don't see anything devastating about any part of the LGBTQ equation.  I see no shame either. That's her problem, not mine. I believe coming out should be celebrated. And this isn't the first time she's commented on trans people either. 








"A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he'll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who's husband died last year. I enjoyed this story."

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about "Altered Parts"
"Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina."



Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]



While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don't find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don't think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field












Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Will Reeve News Reporter Isn't Wearing His Pants; "Never Have I Ever" and Gay Girls Coming Out; Ryan Field Books

Will Reeve News Reporter Isn't Wearing His Pants

This seems to be a running joke on social media lately. With everyone home working in self-quarantine a lot of guys have been allegedly forgetting to put on their pants during social media videos, teleconferences, and news broadcasts. And some have been caught with their pants down. I'm sure in some cases it's been honest. I also think some of it's planned to get attention, but who doesn't like seeing a cute man without his pants?

This one happened to a male news reporter, Will Reeve, who also happens to be the son of the late Christopher Reeve.

Although he was clad in a shirt and suit jacket, his bottom half showed plenty of naked thigh and what appeared to be a flash of underwear.

Here's a link to more. Reeve claims he was wearing gym shorts, not underpants. But either way, whether planned or unplanned, can you think of a better way to get attention? Especially given the fact that so many people (like me) don't even bother to watch network newsy shows anymore. We get our news online. I honestly wouldn't even know he is a reporter if he hadn't been spotted without his pants. 

Never Have I Ever and Gay Girls Coming Out

There's a new series on Netflix called, Never Have I Ever, and we just started watching it last night. We just turned it on, without knowing anything about it, and started watching with no expectations whatsoever.

And we loved it.

While it's only been out for just over a day, fans are already praising the comedy for diving authentically and hilariously into Indian-American customs and culture, as well as the three core young women of color leading the show into hilarious depths. 

It takes a couple of shows to get into the gay woman character, but they seem to be handling it well.  

Here's more. 








"A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he'll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who's husband died last year. I enjoyed this story."

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about "Altered Parts"
"Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina."



Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]



While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don't find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don't think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field



Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Anne Tyler's "Redhead by the Side of the Road"; Mayor Pete Talks About Queer People Who Voted Against Him; Ryan Field Books

Anne Tyler's Redhead by the Side of the Road

Redhead by the Side of the Road: A novel by [Anne Tyler]I think I've mentioned before that I've always been a huge Anne Tyler fan. I was introduced to her work in college during a contemporary fiction class I took for my major, and I got hooked on her books with the first novel. As I recall, that was titled, Searching for Caleb. Since then, I've read every book she's written and I've never once been disappointed.

Her most recent novel, Redhead by the Side of the Road, did not disappoint me either. Once again, Tyler took simple people and made them extraordinary. She does that with all her characters, and her story lines. In Redhead by the Side of the Road, she took one of the most boring people on the planet and turned him into someone fascinating. And she did that with one of the best examples of word economy I've seen so far. This is not a long novel, but it is a perfect novel length. It's tight and solid, and the way a novel should be written. Anyone who says otherwise knows very little about creative writing and fiction. As far as style and technique goes, this could be Tyler's greatest work so far.

I'm not going into great detail about the story line because I don't like worrying about spoilers. However, this time Tyler let everyone know she has a sense of humor with the ending. It's a typical ending for an Anne Tyler book, but it's the first time I have ever seen this type of ending actually spelled out in one single word. Anne Tyler is a clever woman, and this one word...and it is just one word...at the very end of the novel made me smile.

With all this said, I could recommend this book or any other book by Anne Tyler to anyone. Here's the Amazon link. 

Mayor Pete Talks About Queer People Who Voted Against Him

I rarely ever get into politics here, however, when an openly gay man who is married runs for President of the United States and he makes it to the mainstream, you can be damn sure I'm going to follow him and I'm going to support him. I'm an openly gay man and I've seen and experienced more discrimination in my lifetime than I even care to remember, and I am going to support the gay candidate. I know one thing for certain. The openly gay candidate is going to have my back when no one else will have it.

With that said, as amazing as it might sound, there were actually people who fall under the LGBTQ umbrella who did not support Pete Buttigieg. But more than that, these people were the first to criticize Buttigieg. And Buttigieg recently addressed this, nicely.

“I think our LGBT+ community is going through that generational experience,” Buttigieg waxed. “I wonder if for some people it was empowering, in terms of a group that’s so close to the edge in terms of marginalization, to frankly feel empowered to be queer and to not vote for [an out-queer candidate]."

He goes into more detail, and you can read that here.  

I actually feel very sorry for any LGBTQ people who support non-LGBTQ candidates and don't realize they will eventually get slapped in the face. And it will happen to them because no hetero candidate will ever fully understand what it's like to be LGBTQ. I have never seen that fail. 









"A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he'll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who's husband died last year. I enjoyed this story."

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about "Altered Parts"
"Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina."



Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]




While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don't find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don't think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field














Monday, April 27, 2020

Trans Men Strip to Their Underwear; Gay Men Are Outed In Horrible Morocco; Ryan Field Books

Trans Men Strip to Their Underwear

We rarely ever see stories about trans men, so whenever I do see one I try to link to it. It just amazes me sometimes that so many people never even consider the fact that there are...and always have been...trans men.

But I do think that's changing for trans men. There's a trend called #DontRushChallenge on Insta and TikTok that's prompted a video of trans men.

The video was put together by Instagram user Lucas Elliot (@cooltransluke). He said he and seven other trans men who participated in a recent fashion show for an underwear brand decided to create their contribution to the genre.

You can check it out, here. You can watch the video there, too. It's really good. These guys are hot.

Gay Men Are Outed In Horrible Morocco

Last Week I posted about how horrible Morocco is on gay rights. It's NOT a wonderful place for gay people. It's one of those countries where LGBTQ people live in constant fear. And here's another reason why.

At least 50 to 100 gay men were outed in Morocco over the past two weeks, rights activists say, after the men were identified on location-based meeting apps while sheltering at home amid a coronavirus lockdown.

Here's a link for the rest. No one from Morocco has commented yet.

Update:

And there is more to this story. All this appears to have been started by a trans influencer who decided to out gay men. You can read that in full, here.  The sadness with this entire story is astounding. 

Gay men in Morocco have been living in terror for the past fortnight, after beauty influencer Naofal Moussa, also known as Sofia Talouni, instructed her hundreds of thousands of followers to use gay dating apps to identify them.










"A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he'll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who's husband died last year. I enjoyed this story."

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about "Altered Parts"
"Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina."



Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]




While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don't find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don't think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field




Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sex Doll Sales On the Rise; Lesbian Judge In Texas Must Remove Rainbow Pride Flag; Ryan Field Books

Sex Doll Sales On the Rise

Well this is interesting. According to this article, sex doll sales are on the rise because of self quarantines and social distancing.

“We are seeing the sex doll industry go through a revolution during the COVID-19 pandemic with a huge increase in orders from both couples and male and single females,” company spokesperson Janet Stevensen told GayStarNews

You can check this out, here. The sex dolls cost a little more than $2,000. 


Lesbian Judge In Texas Must Remove Rainbow Pride Flag

For the life of me I will never understand why the Pride Flag seems to bother people so much. But it does, and we're constantly seeing stories like this. 

The state of Texas has ordered a lesbian judge to remove her Pride Flag from her courtroom, after an attorney accused her of bias.

Here's the rest. This flag has a lot of personal meaning to her, and it's not as if she's disrespecting any other flags. But more than that, they also made her remove anything rainbow related, like a rainbow pen and mouse pad. 









"A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he'll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who's husband died last year. I enjoyed this story."

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about "Altered Parts"
"Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina."



Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]




While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don't find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don't think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Bella Ciao Da Ogni Balcone; Should You Delete Your Ex's Nudes...and Your Ex; Ryan Field Books

Bella Ciao Da Ogni Balcone

One of the things I love about Twitter is that I always feel connected globally. And the hashtag #BellaCiaoDaOgniBalcone is an excellent example. It actually means, Beautiful Hello From Every Balcony, and so many people have been sharing it today for various reasons.

Here's a link to one video where an Italian musician is serenading his neighbors.

But really, it's a hashtag where many in Italy and doing the best they can to get through everything with the Coronavirus, and to celebrate the big national holiday referred to as Liberation Day.

 Liberation Day is a national holiday in Italy that is annually celebrated on April 25. It marks the fall of Mussolini's Italian Social Republic and the end of the Nazi occupation in Italy in 1945, towards the end of the second World War.

Here's a link to read more. Of course Italy was hit hard with the coronavirus. 


Should You Delete Your Ex's Nudes...and Your Ex

This article goes a lot deeper than just nude photos of an ex. It gets into a lot about relationship dynamics. It's another one of those questions from a Reddit thread where a guy is unsure about his long term boyfriend keeping in touch with ex-lovers.

“I told him that I don’t think people should be friends with their exes or past hookups once they enter a stable relationship. And he argued and said ‘You don’t understand because you were a Jehovah’s Witness. This is normal.'”

Here's a link to more. I don't think there's really any set rule to this one. It really all depends on how the individual feels about it. And as I get older I honestly do believe that every single situation is different. 









"A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he'll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who's husband died last year. I enjoyed this story."

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about "Altered Parts"
"Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina."



Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]




While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don't find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don't think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field