Wednesday, June 16, 2021

First Openly Gay Republican Lawmaker In West Virginia, Ryan Field Books

First Openly Gay Republican Lawmaker In West Virginia 

About 10 years ago, I predicted things like this would eventually start to happen. I knew we would be hearing from a lot more gay Republicans. The media and our government has been swaying our opinions and our beliefs for many years. We are taught to believe gay people are always Democrats. But that just doesn't make sense. And we are now discovering that there are some gay people who have been locked in double closets because they're gay and Republican. 

We have been heading toward this for a long time. 

“Hi, I’m Joshua Higginbotham and I’m gay.”

And with that, the self-described conservative, Christian delegate from Putnam County became the first openly gay Republican legislator in West Virginia. Support from progressive Democrats was swift.

Here's more. So far he seems to be getting support from Democrats and Republicans. I predict more of this in the future and it's going to be very surprising for some of us. 

With all this said, historically speaking, Republicans have usually been more anti-gay than Democrats. 



The Straight Pride Parade

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Blood Donation Rules In UK for Gay Men Have Changed, Gay Sex Robot with Bionic Penis, They Can't Exclude Gay Men From the Act Up Story, Ryan Field Books

 Blood Donation Rules for Gay Men In UK Have Changed

After living with antiquated blood donation rules for gay men that date back to the early days of AIDS, the rules seem to be changing. At least they are changing in the UK. 

From Monday, gay men in sexually active, monogamous relationships can donate for the first time.

Here's more. 


Gay Sex Robot With Bionic Penis

Here's something new in the world of adult sex toys and sex robots. 

New sex robots from leading AI robotics company RealDoll will be programmable as gay or straight, depending on your preference.

Here's the link. There are photos of the robot and a lot more details about how it's going to work. Apparently, this is a first. 


They Can't Exclude Gay Men From the ACT UP Story

I remember the ACT UP movement well back in the early 90s. I used to rush to the gay venues back then in Philadelphia or New York to read as many gay newspapers as I could find so I knew what was going on. And I know for a fact that many gay men were active in ACT UP. 

With that said, there was an article written about the origins of ACT UP and they allegedly excluded gay men. This left many people angry. 

It sounds as though this is someone else trying to rewrite HIV/AIDS history. 

The article doesn’t once mention gay men, a deeply hurtful oversight given the 40 years of devastation that HIV has caused gay communities across the globe and the important role that gay men have taken and continue to take in the fight against HIV.

You can read it here.  There's a link to the original article, too. 

The Straight Pride Parade

The Straight Pride Parade



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Monday, June 14, 2021

Banned Police From New York Pride All Head to the Suburbs for Equality Instead, Ryan Field Books

Banned Police From New York Pride All Head to the Suburbs for Equality Instead

A few venues around the country, including New York City, have banned the LGBTQ police from attending Pride events openly and there has been backlash. And according to gay people I know in New York, as a result of banning the police, MANY people are canceling New York City Pride and they are heading out to the suburbs instead this year.

 

It’s a twist from a previous era when officers often felt more comfortable marching in the city rather than closer to home where acceptance of gay officers lagged, evident by the fact that they weren’t even allowed to march in uniform in parades in Nassau and Suffolk counties until the early 2000s.

Here's more. They go on to give a rather weak explanation as to why the suburbs are fine with having the police attend and why the city isn't allowing them. 

Apparently, these Pride celebrations everywhere won't be "full scale" because of COVID. I didn't know that. From what I hear from everyone I know in New York, life is pretty much back to normal. 


The Straight Pride Parade

The Straight Pride Parade



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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Straight Companies Supporting Pride While Still Giving Money to Anti-Gay Groups, Ryan Field Books

 Straight Companies Supporting Pride While Still Giving Money to Anti-Gay Groups

The other day I saw a straight toxic male D-list actor on Twitter pretending to support Pride. And a few moments later he was showing all kinds of affection for homophobic Eminem. It doesn't work that way. You cannot support LGBTQ+ people and support homophobia at the same time. We know. 

This article is about large companies who pretend to support Pride because it makes them look good, while also giving money to anti-gay groups.

But a growing number of activists and lawmakers are calling those companies out for talking out of both sides of their mouths when it comes to gay rights.

Here's more. We're getting tired of it. They actually mention of few companies by name. 

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Simu Liu Addresses His Comments About Netflix's "Kim's Convenience," Kid Rock's Use of Anti-Gay Slur, Ryan Field Books

Simu Liu Addresses His Comments About Netflix's "Kim's Convenience" 

I love the series that's on Netflix called "Kim's Convenience." And Simu Liu is wonderful in his part. All good things. But there's been a discussion about conflict within the show that I found interesting. Among several issues, it's been said that the writers are all coming from a place of white privilege. It's interesting to me because I see it with gay content on TV, in books, and in films all the time. Straight privilege will always win over authentic gay experience when it comes to writing. 

First, here's an article about the actors on "Kim's Convenience," alleging racism. 

“We discovered storylines that were OVERTLY RACIST, and so extremely culturally inaccurate, that the cast came together and expressed concerns collectively,” Jean Yoon, who plays the Kim matriarch, wrote on Twitter on June 6. “The lack of Asian female, especially Korean, writers in the writers room of Kims made my life VERY DIFFICULT & the experience of working on the show painful.”

Here's the link. I can tell you from first-hand experience that the straight white privilege has no end. They do this to gay content as well.

This next article is of interest to me because it's Simu Liu explaining the things he said. 

"The entirety of the experience helped me express the passion that I, prior to this project, could not properly articulate: pride. Pride in the individual, pride in one's culture and heritage, and pride in one's community."

Here's that link.  I really can't comment because I know nothing about Korean culture, however, I just thought the comments the actors on this show were making are similar comments I have heard from gay people regarding straights writing gay content. For one thing, the straights never get it right. For another, there's always that straight spin. It's actually a form of homophobia these straights don't understand yet. 

Kid Rock's Use of Anti-Gay Slur

Here's something else I know nothing about: Kid Rock. His brand of straight entertainment is something that's always passed me by. I've heard his name for what seems like all my life, but what he's done is completely invisible to me. 

In all his straight white privilege, which I'm sure he doesn't even understand, he recently slammed gay people all over the world with a highly charged anti-gay slur. It's one of the worst pejoratives you can call us and the first letter of the word is F. 

Here's the way he commented on his use of the word. Apparently, (I think, but I don't really care) he goes by 2 names, Bob Ritchie and Kid Rock. 

“If Kid Rock using the word f----t offends you, good chance you are one,” he tweeted Wednesday. “Either way, I know he has a lot of love for his gay friends and I will have a talk with him. Have a nice day.”

Here is the link for the rest. That's not loving. That's making a joke out of his gay friends. 


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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Pasadena's Only Gay Bar Is Fighting For Its Life To Remain In Business, Ryan Field Books

Pasadena's Only Gay Bar Is Fighting For Its Life To Ramin In Business

At this point, I can't even remember how many times in the last 15 years I have posted about gay bars and gay venues closing up for good. I've mentioned how it happened in my own small town, New Hope, PA, with 3 long-time gay bars, and how it's happened all over the world. Yes, from London to San Francisco, the gay bars have been shuttering for some very specific reasons. One of which is that the Internet and hook-up apps have basically ruined old-fashioned bar cruising. Another reason is that a lot of gay people have evolved and they're now assimilating. Many don't even feel the need to go out to gay bars anymore. 

With that said, here's yet another gay bar closing down in Pasadena and they're fighting to keep it open. This one seems to be blaming the closure on the Coronavirus, but I find that questionable. I know COVID didn't help the situation and I'm sure they've struggled, but with so many other gay venues closing, I have to wonder if that was the only reason.

 

Like the rest of the nation, COVID-19 upended life across Pasadena and many businesses in the city shutdown for good or have struggled to stay afloat. Now, the city's only gay bar is fighting for survival after being closed for more than a year, according to a new report from the Los Angeles Times.


Here's more. 

Here's another link to an article about gay bars closing down before we were all dealing with COVID-19. Even though there are tons of articles out there blaming COVID for the decline of the gay bar, this article dates back to 2017. This whole thing has been going on for about 10 years. 

The city’s gay bars are disappearing, the singles action is now online, and married couples keep heading for the ’burbs. Is this the new status quo, or will the age of Trump spark a queer-culture comeback?


 

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Brazil's Homophobia, Hate Crimes, and Barbaric Gang Rape of Gay Men, Ryan Field Books

Brazil's Homophobia, Hate Crimes, and Barbaric Gang Rape of Gay Men

This is news to me because I never considered Brazil a homophobic country. Tony used to travel there on business all the time and he never mentioned any homophobia. Apparently, there's quite a bit of homophobia there. 

An act of “barbaric” violence where a 22-year-old gay man was gang-raped and tortured has prompted fierce reaction in Brazil and is evidence of a growing tide of hate crime in the country, according to human rights campaigners.

Here's a link. The article goes into more detail about this incident, plus it mentions that Brazil has one of the most dangerous rates of homophobic hate crimes against LGBTQ people in the world. And sadly, the criminals who commit these acts of hate often go unpunished. 

I had no idea. 


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