Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Gay TV Series "After Forever" Season 2 On New Year's Ever 2020, Gay Year In Photos 2019, 10 Explosive Gay Sex Scandals of 2010s; Ryan Field Books

Gay TV Series "After Forever" Season 2 On New Year's Ever 2020

I've posted a few times about how much I love the streaming TV series on Amazon, After Forever. Well season 2 starts tonight, on New Year's Eve. I've seen it trending on social media, but not trending like straight TV shows or movies, so let's spread this around.

A lot of older gay men don't know when these things come out, and unfortunately, a lot still don't stream TV. This might be a good incentive to unplug from cable and learn to stream. Many are missing out on some excellent gay themed content.

This is from the After Forever FB page.

1 DAY MORE ‼️ December 31, 2019 - RING in the NEW YEAR with someone you love and SEASON 2 of AFTER FOREVER the series on #AmazonPrime http://a.co/iVK8H4z

If you don't know anything about After Forever, here's a link to my previous posts.

Gay Year In Photos 2019

Here's one of those typical New Year's Eve posts where they show photos that are LGBT related from 2019.

Pride parties, Halloween costumes, and celebrities: 2019 was a year filled with excitement, celebrations, and a bit of drama.

You can see the photos, here. You'll love July, trust me. 

10 Explosive Gay Sex Scandals of 2010s

This link reflects on some of the most shocking gay sex scandals from the last decade. I think I've posted about all of them here on this web site. 

There are politicians, clergy people, and of course there's that cute little Aaron Schock. They can't get enough of him. 

Then he was busted for misusing funds to redecorate his office to resemble the set of Downton Abbey, buy tickets to Ariana Grande and Katy Perry concerts, and fly a personal male photographer around with him everywhere he went...

Here's the link to this one. Michael Yenni is there, too. 

A PG Rated Gay Romance

Altered Parts: Limited Edition

In Their Prime by Ryan Field

Monday, December 30, 2019

RWA Controversy and Petition To Recall Damon Suede; Ten Best Queer TV Shows of the 2010s; Ryan Field Books

RWA Controversy and Petition To Recall Damon Suede

About 10 or 11 years ago a publisher with whom I was working closely said, "Ryan, you have to join RWA." And I replied the same way I reply to anyone who says something like that to me, "I don't have to do anything." (RWA is Romance Writers of America.)

With that said, I obviously haven't been following the controversy regarding RWA too closely, but ever since that homophobic Hallmark debacle a few weeks ago I do think this entire mess is post-worthy. So I'll just post links that I found helpful in trying to parse the whole situation.

Last night I saw a Tweet with a link leading to an online petition where they are trying to recall a gay romance author with whom I'm not familiar, Damon Suede, as president-elect. Here's a link but the petition isn't "accepting responses" now. At this moment, I have no idea what that means. Apparently, this is an ongoing story.

Update: Here's a link to a recent letter regarding the recall of Damon Suede. 

However, this next web site I'm linking to next gives an excellent run down of what's been happening overall. I don't know the author, but she did a damn good job putting it all together to make it coherent. Here's that link. 

As far as I know, all this started when someone filed an ethics complaint against long time romance author, Courtney Milan. Since then the controversy has continued to escalate. It's even made mainstream news.

The controversy was sparked this summer when Milan in a tweet called Kathryn Lynn Davis’ 1999 book “Somewhere Lies the Moon” an “(expletive) racist mess.” Davis and fellow writer Suzan Tisdale filed complaints. Milan was suspended Monday, sparking an outcry from fellow Romance Writers of America members and making #IStandWithCourtney trend.

You can read more of this, here. 

Of course Courtney Milan naturally defended her position, and with some very strong words. She referred to Damon Suede as an "inveterate, constant liar." And then she goes on to list a few of his statements. Here's a link to her Twitter account.  

I think with the links I've provided you'll get the gist of all this, and if you want more information you can do a simple search and it's all there. I'm sure we'll read more in the near future, and there will be more Tweets.

I don't know Courtney Milan personally, however, I have seen Milan on Twitter over the years and I know two things for certain about her: one, she's an exceptionally brilliant woman with an articulate legal mind, and two, she's usually right.

Ten Best Queer TV Shows of the 2010s

On a much brighter more positive note, here's another end of the year run down on the 10 best queer TV shows from the last decade.

It's a great list and I've seen them all. One of my favorites was Transparent. And it wasn't just because Transparent was a queer show. It was well written and I loved all the characters. I cared about them. It's a shame what happened there. If you haven't watched the series finale, which is actually a musical, you should check it out. Judith Light alone blew that one out of the proverbial park. But they were all wonderful.

Here's the link to check them all out. 

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]

The Rescuer

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Ryan Field Books 50% Off At Smashwords This Week, 10 Thrilling Pop Culture Moments In the Last 10 Years, Ryan Field Books

Ryan Field Books 50% off At Smashwords This Week

I should have posted about this much sooner, but I totally forgot. They are having a holiday week sale over at Smashwords and all of my books are on sale, plus the books I've edited and published with others. But almost all of them are my books.

It's a nice alternative to Amazon, the sale is easy to figure out, and Smashwords is a great site to navigate. I buy a lot of e-books there myself.

Here's the link to my general page and if you scroll down it's very simple. 

10 Thrilling Pop Culture Moments In the Last 10 Years

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

There were a lot of changes for LGBT people in the 2010s, and it was a decade that moved us forward in many ways. For me the biggest change was legalized same sex marriage. And now we have Pete Buttigieg running for President, openly gay and married, and with a great deal of support. I would love to see him win and start out the next decade that way.

But this is focused on pop culture.

One of the important moments on the list mentions RuPaul finally winning an Emmy award. After being ignored for years, he finally won an Emmy for Drag Race season 8.

You can read the rest of them, here.

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]

The Rescuer

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Armie Hammer Parties In Anti-Gay Saudi Arabia; The Cute Straight Couple Who Thought They Invented Poppers; Ryan Field Books

Armie Hammer Parties In Viciously Anti-Gay Saudi Arabia

Good old Armie Hammer who played gay face in the quasi LGBTQ movie, Call Me By Your Name, was recently spotted having a wonderful heteronormative time in a country where being gay is still illegal. He was there with a few other celebrities (and influencers), too.

The country is Saudi Arabia. According to this article, being gay there is punishable by death.

And being openly LGBTQ is taking your life in your hands. Transgender people have been beaten to death, and a young gay man was arrested recently for indecency for wearing a swimsuit.

I guess Armie felt perfectly safe there. He only plays gay, he's not really gay so he has nothing to worry about. Maybe they can make a gay movie about this now, too. 

Here's a link to the rest. Just for the record, this kind of thing doesn't offend me. I expect it. 

The Cute Straight Couple Who Thought They Invented Poppers

I know I posted about these two before, but I still find it amusing so I'm linking again. It's also amazing how many straight people know nothing about gay culture. If you don't believe me, just post a joke about bears on social media and watch how they will not get it. 

In any event, in case you missed it, a cute straight couple was hocking their invention on Shark Tank and clearly had no idea what Poppers are. 

Chelsea and John Pinto are the proud inventors of Boom Boom’s Energy Nasal Inhalers, which they say are a “new best friend for your nose” that, when inhaled through both nostrils, create a “cooling, tingly sensation that makes you feel alive.”

Here's the link. You have to watch the video that's posted, where all the straight people are inhaling this nasal "thing." 

How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

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

The Rescuer

The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Field, Ryan ]

Friday, December 27, 2019

Welcoming Your Gay Child's Partner Into Your Home; RIP Jerry Herman; Ryan Field Books

Welcoming Your Gay Child's Partner Into Your Home

You would think this would be simple common sense. You would think that a parent would welcome their gay child's partner into their home the same way they would welcome their straight child's partner. Apparently, it still doesn't always work this way and there are still gay people dealing with not being accepted by their parents.

This is about how a young woman's partner's family has welcomed her into their lives, but the young woman's own family has not accepted her gay relationship.

“For those of you that don’t know, i’m not accepted by my parents for being gay. i have struggled for five years with them and decided this year to cut off contact. this is my first christmas not with them and this is how sarahs (my fiancée) dad tagged my gift 😭”

Here's more. There's still so much of this happening to LGBTQ people. 

RIP Jerry Herman

The iconic composer/lyricist, Jerry Herman, passed away this week at 88 years old. He always focused on melody driven music and people loved it. It was feel good music that made people want to listen to it again and again. His music will live on forever. 

He was also responsible for one of the biggest gay hits ever produced, "La Cage aux Folles." 

In 1983, after 17 years of flops and self-doubt, Mr. Herman’s last blockbuster, “La Cage aux Folles,” with a book by Harvey Fierstein, hit Broadway as a breakthrough for gay consciousness in mainstream entertainment. Its social and political implications were muted for what Variety called “the importance of human commitment, loyalty and self-pride.”

There's more here. It goes into a lot more detail about Herman's life, his partner, and the fact that he was diagnosed HIV positive in 1985.

May he RIP.

 How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

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

The Rescuer

The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Field, Ryan ]

Thursday, December 26, 2019

2019: Prominent LGBT People We Lost; "Midnight Kiss" New Gay Slasher Show On Hulu; Ryan Field Books

2019: Prominent LGBT People We Lost

It's that time of year again, and here's a list of some prominent LGBT people that passed away. I actually remember each one when it was announced.

I know I posted about this one when it happened.

New Yorker Brian Butterick, also known as the drag queen Hattie Hathaway, died at the age of 62 in late January. Butterick was a well-known figure on NYC’s club scene. Beyond making a name for himself as a drag queen, Butterick was also a musician and performer, poet, and club runner.

You can read the rest, here. It's a long interesting list of people, and someone in the comments mentioned another name that I didn't know about.  

"Midnight Kiss" New Gay Slasher Show On Hulu

Even though this isn't my genre, I'll definitely check it out just to see how they do it. 

“Midnight Kiss,” the latest, New Year’s Eve-set installment of Blumhouse’s horror anthology “Into the Dark,” is a B-grade slasher in the tradition of drive-in theaters and late-night TV

But instead of straight characters, these characters are gay. Well, all except for one "gal pal." And this one is set in Palm Springs instead of those hideous cabins in the wilderness. It definitely sounds campy. Frankly, I would have added a cute, hot straight guy to the cast, but what do I know.

Here's the link for more. 

How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

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

The Rescuer

The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Field, Ryan ]

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Jake Graf On JK Rowling's Anti-Trans Comments; Zambia: Ambassador Daniel Foote Loses Job For Supporting Gay Rights; Ryan Field Books

Jake Graf On JK Rowling's Anti-Trans Comments

Author JK Rowling recently made a few comments on Twitter that many believe are anti-trans, and people have been speaking out in protest. From what I've seen, it's a combination of anger and hurt.

There's some interesting back story about Graf, and then there's an interview where he talks about Rowling.

When asked about whether or not Rowling's anti-trans comments will hurt her or her brand, his reply is spot on.

However, it is unlikely that our hurt will be felt outside of the LGBTQ sphere. Unfortunately it seems that JK and the Harry Potter franchise have a level of popularity that makes them beyond reproach.

I agree with him, and Rowling knows it. But I'll never read another book she writes.  

Here's the rest. 

Zambia: Ambassador Daniel Foote Loses Job For Supporting Gay Rights

I posted about Ambassador Daniel Foote a short time ago when he commented about the horrible way gay people are treated in Zambia. So this is really more like an unexpected follow up. 

The ambassador, Daniel L. Foote had, described the treatment of the gay couple as “horrifying” — setting off outrage in Zambia, a conservative Christian country.

And Zambia's president wanted him gone, and the US will withdraw him. 

You can read it all, here. It's a good, in-depth, story with more facts and realities LGBTQ people face in other places. 

How to be a Good Gay Bottom 

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

The Rescuer

The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Field, Ryan ]