Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Celebrate Pride Month On Film; Observing Pride Month With Events Canceled Nationwide; Ryan Field Books

Celebrate Pride Month On Film

Thanks to the coronavirus we can't celebrate Pride month this year in person anywhere, but we can celebrate in other ways. It's just unfortunate that while the rest of the responsible adult citizens in the US are paying attention to the state and national COVID guidelines, and practicing social distancing, there's another segment of the population ignoring all the most fundamental rules of a pandemic.

Movies are no substitute for a rainbow-drenched parade. But they can be entertaining and evocative — and let’s face it, shorter — ways to experience queer community and commune with the past.


Here's more. They go on to list 7 films.


Observing LGBTQ+ Pride Month With Events Canceled Nationwide

He's a link to another article about celebrating Pride month his year, with alternatives. I know it's not the same as celebrating in person, however, I come from the world of digital publishing and we've been doing virtual events for years now. And people truly do enjoy them. You might discover you'll enjoy it more than you thought you would.

Organizations are opting for virtual events or campaigns this year instead: The Trevor Project, for example, launched a #PrideEverywhere campaign, encouraging people to add a #PrideEverywhere filter to photos and share them on social media with stories of what Pride looks like in their world.

Here's link to more. There are some great suggestions.






Amazon

"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


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, June 1, 2020

2020: June is Gay Pride Month; Gay Film Maker Pretends His Partner Was His Cousin For 15 Years; Ryan Field Books

2020: June is Gay Pride Month

So far 2020 has been a horrible year for all of us thanks to COVID. The entire world went into self-quarantine in March and now that it's June we're just beginning to come out of it. Which means this year we don't be seeing any large Pride events of parades. I think most of the summer in Provincetown has been canceled. Almost everything has been canceled...unless of course you're planning a riot or a looting session. Then you can feel free to do whatever you want. 

However, Pride Month will continue, but it will be a little different this year. I think a lot of us will be celebrating online.

Here's a little history.

On a hot summer’s night in New York on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, which resulted in bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents rioting onto Christopher Street outside. Among the many leaders of the riots was black, trans, bisexual woman, Marsha P. Johnson — leading the movement to continue over six days with protests and clashes. 

You can read more here. It's a great article.

Gay Film Maker Pretends His Partner Was His Cousin For 15 Years

Here's proof that we are still facing the same discrimination we've been facing since the beginning of time. It's about a gay film maker who had to lie for years in order to live with his partner.

Despite this Asrani was forced to conceal his sexuality for most of his career, with his long-term partner Siddhant pretending to be his cousin so that they could share an apartment.

Here's more.  There are millions of stories like this out there, and in many cases these things are still happening today. 







Amazon

"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


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, May 31, 2020

His Dad Thought His Hook Up Was an Intruder; A Mosque In the Heart of London's Gay Village; Ryan Field Books

His Dad Thought His Hook Up Was an Intruder

While this guy was living at home with his parents, he decided to take a hook up home and things got a bit awkward.

At that point, Lehmann’s dad had a complete freakout, running fo a baseball bat. Nick calmed his dad down, assuring him that he had a gentleman caller. Then Lehmann’s dad insisted on meeting said guest.

Here's the rest. I don't blame the dad for freaking out. I wouldn't want to find out there were strangers lurking in my home either. Frankly, I can't find the comedy in this. But maybe it's just me. 

A Mosque In the Heart of London's Gay Village

This is interesting and confusing. I'm not even going to comment. I have a problem supporting any religion that's anti-gay, including Christianity. So there's no way I can ever be objective about something like this. 

A British LGBT+ community forum welcomed plans on Thursday (May 28) for a mosque and community centre in the heart of London’s gay district despite seething pushback.


Here's the link

You can read more about LGBTQ in Islam, here. 






Amazon

"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


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, May 30, 2020

Backstory Behind Diana Ross's Pride Anthem "I'm Coming Out"; Gay Spouses and Social Security Survivor Benefits; Ryan Field Books

Backstory Behind Diana Ross's Pride Anthem "I'm Coming Out"

I definitely Stan for Diana Ross. I always have, even as a little kid. And I'm not the only one. She has millions of Stans all over the world who are still fascinated by her.

Here's some amusing backstory about her huge hit song, I'm Coming Out.

“She didn’t understand that that was a gay thing,” Rodgers says, “that that was a person saying, ‘I’m coming out of the closet.’ She didn’t even get that.”

There's more here. It's all amusing. It's a little before my time, but I love the song anyway. 

Gay Spouses and Social Security Survivor Benefits

Here's a very endearing story about a gay couple who were together for a long time and who weathered the height of the AIDS crisis. They had a commitment ceremony before marriage was legal, and when marriage became legal they got married. Unfortunately, after they got married one of them passed away from cancer and the other was denied social security survivor benefits because they hadn't been married for the mandatory 9 months. 

Thankfully, this happened. 

This week, however, a federal court ruling changed that. The LGBTQ advocacy group Lambda Legal won a class-action lawsuit, Ely v. Saul, on behalf of same-sex couples denied Social Security Administration benefits because of gay marriage bans.

You can read the rest of it here. I personally knew several older gay couples who were denied survivor benefits and it was a huge financial blow to their basic survival. 

I'm so glad these things are changing. I sometimes think we should have rioted more often. 






Amazon

"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


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


Friday, May 29, 2020

Celebrities Pay Tribute To Larry Kramer; Gay Couple Pardoned by President In Zambia; Ryan Field Books

Celebrities Pay Tribute To Larry Kramer

Sadly, I haven't seen much about Larry Kramer in any mainstream news. Which isn't all that shocking. If it's not about the likes of Straight Will and his Grace exploiting gay content, they go blank. They don't even want to know there was once a gay activist named Larry Kramer. It's not on their radar.

But not everyone went blank, thankfully.

“We have lost a giant of a man who stood up for gay rights like a warrior,” said Sir Elton John. “His anger was needed at a time when gay men’s deaths to Aids were being ignored by the American government.”

Here's a lot more. There are a few comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Gay Couple Pardoned by President In Zambia

I remember posting about this last year. A gay couple in Zambia was given a 15 year prison sentence last year for having sex, US Ambassador Daniel Foote was horrified about this and when he spoke up about his concerns he was sent back to Washington. They didn't want him around anymore.

And here's the latest turn of events...

Zambia's President Edgar Lungu has pardoned two men who were jailed last year for having sex with each other.

Here's the link. And there's a more in-depth piece, here. Unfortunately, you won't read about this in any mainstream news. 






Amazon

"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


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

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hollywood Hills House Parties During COVID Are Out of Control; RIP Larry Kramer; Ryan Field Books

Hollywood Hills House Parties During COVID Are Out of Control

With everything shut down right now thanks to COVID, some people are having their own parties and not caring too much about social distancing.

It's so bad in Hollywood that the local police put together a video asking people to tone things down.

You can watch the video here. They are actually pleading with people not to be asshats.

RIP Larry Kramer

For as long as I can remember, Larry Kramer has been around the LGBTQ community. When I started coming out in the 90s and early 2000s we still went to gay bars and we still found our LGBTQ information from small indie print newspapers. Back then I remember Kramer's name was always in the gay newspapers. And through the years he managed to keep up with the times and technology. 

So it was sad reading that he passed away. He was always there, always around. 

Larry Kramer, the noted writer whose raucous, antagonistic campaign for an all-out response to the AIDS crisis helped shift national health policy in the 1980s and ’90s, died on Wednesday morning in Manhattan. He was 84.

Here's a lot more. 







Amazon

"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


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, May 27, 2020

The Great Gay Hook Up Drought of 2020; Gay Mister Rogers Actor Can Finally Come Out; Ryan Field Books

The Great Gay Hook Up Drought of 2020

This is amusing. No one ever thought anything like this could ever happen. With so many gay men not out looking for sex thanks to COVID, comics are having a field day.

This is from a Youtube comic named Michael Henry.

His latest video, entitled ‘Quarantine D’, explores the fact some gay men are still hunting for dick, at a time when many others are choosing to abstain and not hook-up.

You can check out the video here. Cearly, a sign of these highly uncertain times.

Gay Mister Rogers Actor Can Finally Come Out

This is a story about one of the actors who worked with Mister Rogers on the infamous children's TV show. His name is Fran├žois S. Clemmons and he played Officer Clemmons as a recurring character on Mister Rogers.

Clemmons has a memoir out now and he's talking openly about his life in many respects, including the fact that he's gay. 

For that time period, this is pretty typical. And sadly, in some cases it's still typical today. 

Rogers met Clemmons when he heard him sing at a church. Clemmons began appearing on Rogers’ show when he was a grad student at Carnegie Mellon. Rogers loved Clemmons as a friend and respected his talent. Yet, he was a product of his time. “If you’re gay, it doesn’t matter to me at all,” Rogers told Clemmons, “but if you’re going to be on the show … you can’t be out as gay.” 

There's more, here.  This is another reason why it really irritates me when I see a straight white actor playing gay face. 






Amazon

"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


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