Saturday, November 30, 2019

From Netflix and Chill To Disney and Thrust; Al Sharpton Rejects Pete Buttigieg's Claim; Ryan Field Books

From Netflix and Chill To Disney and Thrust

I could be wrong, but I have this feeling lot of people don't know the true meaning of Netflix and chill. I see them tweeting it all the time on Twitter and they really do think the chill part is about eating snacks, devouring pizza, and watching streaming TV. But chill means a whole lot more. If you don't know, here's a link.

This is about Disney and Thrust. It's been big on Twitter. It's also a lot more direct than Netflix and Chill.

Sure, it might be a bit more on the nose, but you’ve got the plausibility of an overnight Mandalorian binge-watch working in your favor.

You can read it all, here. It's also part of pop culture, which is why I link to these things.

Al Sharpton Rejects Pete Buttgieg's Claim

I'd like to really remain objective with this one because I know a lot of people are very sensitive to this subject. I also like both Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris and I think they are the future in the US. This story has been unfolding for a while. Pete Buttigieg made a comment about the fact that he understands discrimination because he's gay. Here's the statement. 

“While I do not have the experience of ever having been discriminated against because of the color of my skin, I do have the experience of sometimes feeling like a stranger in my own country, turning on the news and seeing my own rights come up for debate, and seeing my rights expanded by a coalition of people like me and people not at all like me,” Buttigieg said during the CNN debate earlier this month.

Apparently, this statement caused trouble for Pete with black voters, which made Kamala Harris come out with her own statement disputing Buttigieg. And now Al Sharpton has weighed in with comments of his own.

“I think Kamala had a point, and I understood what she was saying.” He said he appreciates the effort Buttigieg is making in the black community and admitted that he is “evolving,” but said the South Bend, Indiana, mayor still has a long way to go.

Here's a link to read more. 

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Friday, November 29, 2019

A Gay Man Named Lem Billings Was President Kennedy's Best Friend; Struggle To Make a Movie About Joey Stefano; Ryan Field Books

A Gay Man Named Lem Billings Was President Kennedy's Best Friend

I've read tons of biographies and memoirs about both President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy and the same names come up in all the books. And one of those names is Lem Billings. But there are never any details about Lem Billings, and yet he was one of President Kennedy's closest friends. They met each other in boarding school and remained lifelong friends until the day Kennedy was shot. At first I found it odd that Billings wasn't mentioned in more detail in any of the books, until I discovered something interesting about him.

Billings was considered "homosexual" back in those days. There was no such thing as an openly gay man, and the word gay wasn't even used as it is today. And anything that was even remotely related to "homosexuality" in those days was hidden, pushed to the background, and never ever discussed aloud. Biographers still do this today by going dead silent on people like Lem Billings, and they don't even realize that by going silent they are only promoting more shame. It's not about labels. It's about telling the truth.

However, there is some information about Lem Billings out there. It's just not information you'll hear about in the mainstream.

Friends from the 1970s confirmed that Billings was homosexual, but not open to discussing it. In 2006, looking back to the Kennedy Administration, Ben Bradlee said: "I suppose it's known that Lem was gay....It impressed me that Jack had gay friends."

Well, JFK didn't really have gay friends. He had a friend who was a closeted homosexual. There's a difference. 

And there's this...

Though there has never been any proof of homosexual activity between them, John F. Kennedy would often, and even when married, share a bedroom with Billings.

You can read more about this, here. It's wiki, but I usually find wiki to be accurate. I don't care who disagrees with me on that. I find it accurate in the sense that I don't usually find a slant or a spin. It's objective. 

There's also a book titled, Jack and Lem: John F. Kennedy and Lem Billings: The Untold Story of an Extraordinary Friendship, that I recently discovered. I haven't read it yet, but I will very soon.

Here's another link, too.  There are many things that mention Lem Billings, but not many that mention him being gay. And yet everyone at the time seemed to know he was.

I just have this feeling that life could not have been easy for Lem Billings, not by any means, and I want to know more about him.

Struggle To Make a Movie About Joey Stefano

I've posted about the classic gay porn icon, Joey Stefano, several times on this web site. The posts date back to 2013 and I was glad to see this follow up. When I knew Joey Stefano very briefly in the 1990s I never thought I'd be posting about him now in 2019. I met him in a club in New Jersey where he was stripping that night. Stefano, whose real name was Nick Iacona, was from Chester, PA, which is in the Philadelphia area where I live. 

This article is about Chad Darnell's quest to finish a movie about Stefano. It's been 18 years and Darnell is still working on it. Funding seems to be a huge issue. But overall it's a good story about determination and the quest to finish a project that often seems impossible to finish. 

At one point in 2018, we had a “Joey” lead officially on the hook. I was ecstatic. His agents were ecstatic because he hadn’t taken any film roles since he started his successful series. The day we were going to make the announcement, they emailed he had cold feet and was scared about getting the role wrong.

You can read the whole thing, here. If you're not familiar with Joey Stefano, there are a few photos. 

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How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

When Your Hook Up Looks Nothing Like His Photo; Tennessee City Cancels Christmas Parade Over Possible Rainbow Flag Issue; Ryan Field Books

When Your Hook Up Looks Nothing Like His Photo

I guess this is a thing for people who use hook up apps.

It’s happened to the best of us. After chatting with someone on Grindr for hours, you’re horned up as hell and ready to go, then you arrive at his place for that dream hookup and… he looks nothing like his picture.

Here's the link. It's actually a fairly long piece about how to handle this situation. I've been with Tony since college so I know nothing about hook up apps. 

Tennessee City Cancels Christmas Parade Over Possible Rainbow Flag Issue

A small town in Tennessee recently found out not everyone is thrilled about love and acceptance, and that those people can be very aggressive about it. 

The small West Tennessee town of Troy has canceled its annual Christmas parade this year after community members responded to a planned “love everybody” float with vitriol and threats of violence because it included a rainbow flag, according to the Tennessean.

Here's a link to more. There's a lot more to this story, and it should be read in full. Town officials are saying the parade was canceled because of "continued scheduling conflicts." The mayor actually made a statement that they are working on solutions to make the parade happen. 

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Gay Angle In John Travolta's "The Fanatic"; The Sunning Your Taint Area Craze; Ryan Field Books

The Gay Angle In John Travolta's "The Fanatic"

The Fanatic is one of those movies I didn't hear much about through mainstream promotion, and I probably would have missed it if I didn't follow Devon Sawa on Twitter. Sawa plays a supporting role with John Travolta in The Fanatic and he shared the information to his followers. And it's a shame The Fanatic didn't get more mainstream attention. I liked it and I think the entire cast gave excellent performances. It's also based on a real life story. 

The basic story revolves around Travolta's star struck character, Moose, who is a huge fan of Devon Sawa's character, Hunter, and Moose will stop at nothing to get close to Hunter. Hunter is a celebrity and Moose is obsessed with him. You could even say that Moose is in love with Hunter. Moose is also mentally challenged and he doesn't even realize he's stalking someone. However,  that alone is interesting in the sense that instead of the symbolic "hunter" going after the "moose," it's the other way about in The Fanatic. That couldn't have been done by accident and I thought it was a nice touch. I like those not so subtle literary touches in films. 

The gay angle is also different, because this movie wouldn't by any means be categorized as LGBTQ content. In fact, it's not even mentioned aloud in the film, and we're not even sure Moose identifies as a gay man. All we know is that he's absolutely infatuated with Hunter and he will stop at nothing to get close to Hunter and get his attention. Of course if I had been writing this script I would have gone into more detail about Moose's attraction to Hunter. I probably would have had a few more homoerotic scenes as well. The opportunity was there, but there's really only one slightly homoerotic scene where Moose rests his head on Hunter's chest for a minute or two, and after that the sexual attraction is just implied. There's nothing wrong with that either. Sometimes it works even better that way. 

The ending is actually a surprise, so no details about that. I just wish they'd given the viewers more information in the end. It was an unexpected, unusual ending, but it didn't disappoint me either. We streamed this on Amazon and I wouldn't have a problem recommending it to anyone. Travolta and Sawa both gave wonderful performances. If there's ever going to be a remake of the film, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, I certainly hope Sawa gets to play George.

Here's a link to IMDb to read even more.  

The Sunning Your Taint Area Craze

There's a new trend out where people are giving sun exposure to their perineum area. For those who don't know, the perineum is also known as the taint's that part of your body that's located between your anus and your genitals. But you have to do it nude. I'm not joking about this either. 

“In a mere 30 seconds of sunlight on your butthole, you will receive more energy from this electric node than you would in an entire day being outside with your clothes on,” says an influencer, who goes by Ra of Earth. 

You can read more about sunning your taint area, here.    Or, some are referring to it as sunning your butthole. 

 The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Field, Ryan ]
How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Ryan Field Books On Smashwords and Apple; Will and His Grace Try To Recreate 'I Love Lucy'; 20 Most Dangerous Places For Gay Travelers

Ryan Field Books On Smashwords

I almost always link to Amazon with my books, but I'm lazy about other web sites where books are sold. And I try to distribute books everywhere because I don't like signing the Amazon exclusive with KU. I think readers and authors should have choices and not be forced into buying books in just one place. 

So here's a post about my books on Smashwords and Apple. There's a comprehensive list of all my books that dates back more than 10 years.

Both web sites are simple to navigate.

Here's the Smashwords link.

And this is for Apple.

Will & Grace Try To Recreate 'I Love Lucy'

I've read countless books about the classic old sitcom, I Love Lucy. The history behind the show and Desilu Studios is absolutely fascinating, especially when you consider the fact that no one involved with the show ever thought it would become such a huge part of our culture. The writing, the comedy, and all the work that was put into this show is one of the best examples of television art in the history of entertainment. I'm not sure anyone else has ever matched it. And when you read and learn about how hard everyone worked to achieve that it only makes you respect I Love Lucy even more. I bet most people don't even know that the famous cinematographer, Karl Freund, who photographed the classic film Metropolis in 1927, was a huge part of the I Love Lucy creation. These people were the ultimate professionals, and Lucy and Desi were no slouches.   

With that said, I'm not so sure about what Will & Grace are going to do with this.

Now in its final season, the cast of Will & Grace have revealed the show will pay tribute to iconic US sitcom I Love Lucy in a forthcoming episode scheduled to air in the spring.

Here's a link to read more.

20 Most Dangerous Places For Gay Travelers

When Tony and I travel cross country by car to Palm Springs we never fully relax. Even though we've never had any homophobic incidents that we are aware of, we're used to living in places that have large LGBTQ populations like New Hope, PA and Palm Springs, CA. So when we get into the middle of America we're more aware of our surroundings. We think differently, we act differently, and we never let down our guards. And most of all, we never assume anything. However, this article takes gay travel to another level...a scarier level. 

Depending on where they’re headed, gay travelers can face great risks. In April, the country of Brunei enacted an Islamic law making it legal to flog and stone LGBTQ people to death. And it’s not the only country to have the death penalty on the books: A few others include Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Iran. According to Equaldex, a range of gay activities are illegal in 71 countries.

Here's a link to the full piece. They also mention a few safe countries like Sweden.

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How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Gay Dad Who Left His Husband For Daughter's Boyfriend Is Having Kids Now; Gay Russian Forced Into Hiding After YouTube Interview: Ryan Field Books

Gay Dad Who Left His Husband For Daughter's Boyfriend Is Having Kids Now

Well this is something that made me look twice. Obviously, it can happen.

It's the story of two very wealthy gay dads from the UK who gained recognition 20 years ago because they wanted to be legally recognized as joint parents. I honestly don't remember them at all, but it sounds as if they were very well known. There's a lot of back story that's worth reading, with respect to gay couples having kids and raising families.

Just like any other heteronormative couple, over the years the two gay dads faced certain challenges, and their lives and circumstances changed.

However, last week it was revealed that one of the dads, Barrie, 50, had decided to split with husband, Tony, 55, after falling head over heels for the ex-boyfriend of his 19-year-old daughter, Saffron. The two men had been together for 32 years.

It's actually not a negative story. You can read it all, here.

Oh, and there are comments. You could probably skip them and not miss much this time.

Gay Russian Forced Into Hiding After YouTube Interview

On the global front, things continue to remain complicated for LGBTQ people in Russia, especially with that ridiculous 'gay propaganda' law.

A gay Russian man is in hiding after Russian authorities opened a criminal case over a YouTube video in which he was interviewed by children, a case that has drawn attention from human-rights activists.

Here's the link. According to this link, the entire interview is G-rated, there's no talk of sex, and all they do is talk about what it's like to be gay in a general sense. Now they want to lock him up. 

 The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Field, Ryan ]
How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

How to Be a Good Gay Bottom by [Field, Ryan]

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