Saturday, June 30, 2018

Playing Gay Face For Straight Actors Pays Off; Male Full Frontal Nudity; Professor Ends Penis Size Study

Playing Gay Face For Straight Actors Pays Off

It's been interesting to see so much of this topic being discussed lately. Usually it's simply assumed that if there's a big gay role in a film or on TV it's naturally going to be a straight guy playing gay face. The straight male actor always gets the gay role. We're all so used to seeing this happen we never question it.

This link actually talks about how much it helps straight male actors to play gay face nowadays.

Today, of course, a number of certified hunks gained their fame from playing gay characters. Hal Sparks (Queer As Folk) and Eric McCormick (Will & Grace) did as much on TV, while major stars like Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain), Jude Law (Wilde), Hugh Grant (Maurice) and most recently, Nick Robinson (Love, Simon) have done the same in films, and their careers have taken off rather than reversed.

Here's more. The comments are interesting with this one. This particular piece is about an actor named Harris Dickinson. He talks about how it felt to play gay face...which they always, always do. 

Male Full Frontal Nudity

I like to keep up with this topic, so here's something recent.

As anyone with eyeballs and even a middling interest in pop culture knows, women are naked on-screen *way* more than men. And that's fine—the female body is beautiful and nothing to be ashamed of. But female nude scenes are often written and directed by men, and created with a distinctly male gaze. 

You can check this out, here. Nothing seems to have changed much, though. 

Professor Ends Penis Size Study

I just posted about this last week and I was looking forward to a follow up. Apparently, there's not going to be a study after all and this news is my follow up. 

A professor at Missouri State University has halted a study on the relationship between penis size and self-esteem following an enormous public response she says has compromised the reliability of her research.

Here's the rest. I think that's a shame. It's an interesting topic for most men.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

FREE Gay Excerpt: A Gay Thanksgiving In Palm Springs; Gay Guy Running For Mayor of Moscow; Adam Lambert Talks About Dating

Gay Guy Running For Mayor of Moscow

I don't know much about this Anton Krasovsky, other than he has nice highlights and he's running for Mayor of Moscow. 

42-year-old Krasovsky is poised to be the first openly gay, HIV-positive political candidate ever to run for office in the country, though it’s not totally clear if he’ll actually be allowed on the ballot. Still, he’s going to try because, as he puts it, “everything sucks here.”

Here's more. Anton claims it's an illusion that Russia is homophobic. I love what he's doing and I think he's brave. 

Adam Lambert Talks About Dating

For those who follow Lambert, this won't be much of a surprise.

And almost 10 years since making his name on the hit show, Adam Lambert has revealed he’s still a ‘multi-dater’ – but hasn’t lost hope of finding ‘something significant and monogamous’ one day.

He talks about how difficult it is to meet people for long term relationships because of his demanding career and his travel. And that makes sense. If you're truly dedicated to anything in the arts something is going to suffer. For me it's always been social life. You can't write all the time, and promote, and edit, and not have something suffer. And frankly, I'd rather be working on my next project than doing anything else. So I get why Lambert hasn't been in a long term relationship for a while. 

Here's the link. 

FREE Gay Excerpt A Gay Thanks Giving In Palm Springs

Here's an excerpt from my latest WIP. I hope to have it out in the next couple of weeks. In short, it's about a nice average family from Cambridge, MA who travel to Palm Springs, CA for Thanksgiving weekend so they can meet their gay son's fiance for the first time.  They also have a gender neutral son, Harold. 

Although Abby understood and supported Harold's obvious need to be gender neutral, the whole gender neutral thing wasn't something she felt strongly about on a personal level. She'd always worn pink frilly outfits, had her hair done in different ways, and gone out of her way to wear uncomfortable high heeled shoes. She lived for her weekly trips to the nail salon and her self-indulgent stash of dark chocolate. Romance novels made her cry. And when she watched TV she preferred simple Hallmark movies with star crossed lovers and simple plots that made little sense. If they were Amish romance movies she got a thrill up her leg. And when she thought about her image of the perfect man, he was usually riding a tall white steed and coming to the rescue of his heroine.
Everything seemed to be changing so fast Abby sometimes found it difficult to keep track of what was happening around her. Baldwin was all grown up now, engaged to be married to an unusual man who didn't have any filters. Harold was still in high school, but he was on his way. He seemed to be more interested in girls than boys and the sudden interest he'd developed in the girl who lived next door to Gabriel had kept her awake the night before. The girl's name was Maris and she seemed to be making a statement about gender, too. Abby could see why Harold found her so fascinating. After Thanksgiving dinner Maris came over to the house and Harold introduced her to the family. Her dark hair was shorter than Earl's, she wore overalls that looked as if she'd purchased them at a barn sale, and those old fashioned sneakers that Dennis the Menace used to wear. She didn't have a stitch of make up on her face, and not a trace of jewelry. But what really made Abby's jaw drop was when Maris sat down outside on a patio chair next to the swimming pool and spread her legs wider than Earl. For a moment, Abby waited for her to spit on the ground, scratch her crotch, and light up a cigar.
In spite of all this, they couldn't find anything wrong with Maris and they told Harold he could spend the entire day after Thanksgiving with her. Maris told them she wanted to take Harold to a place called Joshua Tree and hike all day. Abby had Googled Joshua Tree and discovered it was one of the most popular hiking destinations in the entire Coachella Valley area and she couldn't say no. Maris seemed not only up front and honest, but mature beyond her years and fully able to take care of herself. Abby even found it amusing when Maris punched Harold in the arm and said, "We're hiking tomorrow, Butch, so no high heels and miniskirts. You wear hiking shoes and shorts, and a good strong hat to protect you from the sun."
When they left for their hike earlier that morning, Abby found it even more amusing that Harold had been paying attention to Maris and he wore traditional hiking gear. As she watched them head out the back door, both dressed in true gender neutral hiking outfits, she almost giggled at the way Maris loped with a heavy step while Harold practically skipped along behind her. Harold even made Maris carry his backpack so he wouldn't ruin his new French tip. Abby couldn't complain. Even though Harold identified as straight, he'd become Abby's best companion. Before they'd left for Palm Springs they'd both gone to the nail salon together to get pedicures, and then they'd gone shopping for new dresses. What more could a mother want?
Still, though, it sometimes felt as if things were changing so fast she couldn't get a grasp on her life. Her own mother had warned her about this. She'd told Abby that after she turned 40 years old life would begin to fly and there was nothing she could do to slow things down. At the time, Abby hadn't paid much attention to it, but now she was beginning to understand. And when she thought about the fact that Baldwin was out of college, living and working on his own on the other side of the country, she sometimes felt a tightness in her chest that lingered longer than a minute or two.
Abby was seated at a dressing table in the bedroom when Earl walked out of the bathroom from his morning shower. She was getting ready to spend the day with Gabriel and Baldwin. They were taking Abby and Earl for a drive to a place called Big Bear Lake. She'd wanted to take the Palm Springs tram that day up the mountain, but Earl had this deadly phobia of heights and he flatly refused to go along. She would have loved to have seen Mt. San Jacinto State Park, and seen the views from the tram, but Earl wouldn't even consider it. So Gabriel suggested a nice quiet drive up to a place called Big Bear Lake and she agreed and forced a smile. Gabriel and Baldwin said they'd never been there either. Baldwin promised that if there was enough time he'd take her on the tram alone before she went home.
"Did you make sure you went to the bathroom, Earl?" Earl was still having issues with this stomach and she didn't want to listen to him complain on the way up to Big Bear Lake.
"I'm fine," he said, as he crossed to a chair where he'd laid out his clothes for the day.
"I don't know if there will be any rest rooms where we're going today," she said. "I'm just reminding you, is all."
He sent her a look and repeated himself. "I'm fine, dear."
"I thought Thanksgiving dinner was lovely yesterday, didn't you?" They hadn't had a chance to talk yet. After Thanksgiving dinner, they went outside to the pool for dessert, then they met Maris, and after that they went into the screening room in the house to watch movies with Baldwin, Gabriel, and Brian. By the time they climbed into bed it was after one in the morning.
"I could have lived without the beets," Earl said. He pressed his fist to this stomach.
She laughed. "No one forced you to eat them. I think you're just looking for things to criticize now." It had been one of the most traditional Thanksgiving dinners she'd ever seen. There was turkey, corn bread stuffing, all the regular side dishes, and even Parker House rolls. It couldn't have been more traditional if George and Martha Washington had shown up with the Kennedys for a game of touch football.
"Well, that's my point," Earl said.
"It was too perfect," Earl said. "Something is not adding up and I can't figure out what it is. But I will. I'll figure out what this guy is hiding if it's the last thing I ever do."

She simply dismissed him and went back to putting on her eyeliner. As far as she was concerned it had been one of the most perfect Thanksgivings so far, and that cute young Brian still had her wondering. She'd been a virgin when she'd married Earl and his penis was the only one she'd ever seen up close, in person. Seeing Brian's penis early yesterday morning right there in front of her at the breakfast table still left her speechless. It was the size and shape of an old fashioned coke bottle.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

12 Excellent Pride Photos; Keiynan Lonsdale On Letting the Balls Breathe; Homophobic Letters To Gay US Politician

12 Excellent Pride Photos

I still love seeing all these photos. They never get tired.

As Pride season reaches its zenith, Queerty and our friends at Target want to see what makes your celebration special. Show us what makes you thoughtful, vibrant, strong, loving, and fabulous.

You can check it all out, here. 

Keiynan Lonsdale On Letting the Balls Breathe

Lonsdale seems to be an advocate for gender neutral clothing, and he's not without critics on social media who seem to think they have a special right to offer their unsolicited opinions...trolls.

But it's the way Lonsdale responds that's so wonderful. You can't let trolls get away with anything.

To which The Flash star, who came out as bisexual last year, swiftly clapped back: “Dude you gotta stop tweeting me about it & just go try one on yourself. It’s only a piece of clothing & it’s fun ?”
Then he added: “Also allows the balls to breathe and therefore will chill ya out.”
Here's the rest. 

Homophobic Letters To Gay US Politician

I've seen this story going around, but I wasn't paying much attention to it until now. I'm not that familiar with this politician. Even though I live in New Hope, PA, it's a huge state and that part of PA is about as familiar to me as a small country in eastern Europe.

This is really alarming, though.

Brian Sims, an openly gay Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, revealed his office recently received hateful and homophobic letters.
He made a Facebook post with images of the hand-written letters on Tuesday (26 June).

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Penis Size Project Professor Actually Wants Dick Pics; Homophobic Rap Character and Lakeith Stanfield's Apology; Britain's Busy Gay Porn Actor Dirty Danny

Penis Size Project Professor Actually Wants Dick Pics

In a world where we are usually complaining about those awful unsolicited dick pics, it's nice to see something real and honest like this. A professor at MSU is doing research about penis size and she's requesting this:

As part of the study, Walker hopes at least 3,600 men — from outside the Ozarks — will fill out an online survey and upload photos of their genitalia. The participants must be age 22 or older.

"These are not sexy pictures," she said. "These are clinical pictures."

Here's the link. I hope there's a follow up to this. I know we joke around about it, but I do believe it's a fascinating and valid topic that's not talked about as much as it should be. 

Homophobic Rap Character and Lakeith Stanfield's Apology

I understand this and I don't hold anything against Lakeith Stanfield. We're living in such a painfully PC society that it's getting harder and harder to explain the difference between the author, the actor, and the character. Some people simply cannot understand that characters are not real.

Now, the 26-year-old actor claims that it wasn’t actually him in the video, but rather “a character.”
“I assume characters that have different viewpoints and different views on life and just different perspectives,” he explains. “Some things my views are aligned with and some things my views aren’t aligned with.”
I totally believe him, and I "get" the difference between a character and reality.

Here's the rest. He has issued an explanation and an apology.

Britain's Busy Gay Porn Actor Dirty Danny

Here's something you don't read about every day.

This just in: One of the royal horse cavalry guards who escorted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day moonlights as a gay adult film performer.
RadarOnline reports that the guard’s real name is Dan Broughton. His porn name is Dirty Danny. And apparently he’s “one of Britain’s busiest gay porn actors.”
Here's more, with photos. He's a very nice looking man. 
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Adam Rippon Naked Photos; Guy Claims Innocence For Beating Gay Couple Because His Dad's Gay; Ohio Gay Mayor and His Husband Beat the Crap Out of Each Other

Adam Rippon Naked Photos

This one is pretty self-explanatory. And it's SFW.

Here's a statement from Rippon:

“I couldn’t have done this [shoot] while I was in the closet. I think that, with my experience of coming out, I felt so liberated in so many ways.”

Here's the link.  I wonder if everyone who comes out now will start posing naked. I have no problem with that. (smile)

The comments are a little cruel. But I think Rippon's adorable. 

Guy Claims Innocence For Beating Gay Couple Because His Dad's Gay

This is an odd one. One of four guys accused of beating a gay couple was brought up with a gay dad who's in a long term gay relationship, and the gay dad allegedly says his son couldn't have committed a hate crime.

The victims believe that they were attacked because of “the way that we were dressed” and how they looked like they “were together.” The attackers shouted “maricones,” an anti-gay slur in Spanish.

Here's the rest. 

Ohio Gay Mayor and His Husband Beat the Crap Out of Each Other

I've seen this happen before.

The mayor of Elmwood Place, Ohio, and the town’s maintenance supervisor–who are married to each other–were arrested for beating the crap out of each other following a day of drunken revelry at Pride, WLWT reports.

Here's more. Not all gay couples are like those you read about in m/m romance novels, or see on Modern Family.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Why Some Gay Men Don't Like LGBT Pride; Gay For Pay Michael Hoffman Comes Out of Retirement; Alarming Stats For LGBT Employees

Why Some Gay Men Don't Like LGBT Pride

I find this interesting because I know a lot of gay men and women and I've heard the same things from them over the years. I know trans people who've said similar things. I just couldn't put all that in the headline. But I would imagine almost everyone who falls under the LGBTQIA umbrella has an opinion.

Here's a link to a piece that talks about why some don't like Pride and won't support it.

‘It’s a circus and has no relevance to its original purpose,’ says Sez Robbins – a sentiment liked by many on Facebook. ‘Most of those in attendance have no idea what previous generations went through!’
This was echoed by Perry Gentry: ‘Too much of a circus, too many tourists, too much drug use and drunkenness, and frankly I didn’t see what gyrating half-naked gym bodies on floats has to do with Pride for those of us who are average.’
You can read more with this link. If you're curious about just how diverse LGBT people can be, you'll want to check this one out.

As for me, I never was a huge active participant in Pride. However, I love seeing it happen and I hope it continues for a very long time. I think we need it.

Gay For Pay Michael Hoffman Comes Out of Retirement

I like to keep up with these things partly because all news outlets ignore them and partly because I find them interesting. It always bothered me that adult entertainment is one of the biggest businesses in the world and no one ever talks about it openly in public.

This just in: 25-year-old amateur gay-for-pay solo performer Michael Hoffman has officially come out of retirement.

Four years ago, Hoffman was at the top of his game. He was known as the young, hot, tatted-up bodybuilder who posted a series of videos to a number of pay-for-view gay sites and raked in tens of thousands of dollars.

You can check more out, here. There are photos and a couple of videos...and it's all SFW. 

Alarming Stats For LGBT Employees

This is disillusioning, and I didn't know anything about it until I read this article. It's also a good example of how far we still have to go.

A new report from the Human Right Campaign reveals that nearly half of all LGBTQ employees in the United States are not out at work.
A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide is the third such report from HRC. The two prior reports had closeted employees above 50%, showing there has been progress — but not much.

Here's more. It gets into double standards and alienation. I think it's absolutely amazing how many people who are not gay think they know everything there is about being gay based on what they've seen in Pride events or on TV. I get something gay splained to me every single day of my life. And I think that's part of the problem. 

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