I'm linking to that general column right now in Queerty that deals with the latest in LGBTQ entertainment, but they mention Ryan Murphy's new streaming show on Netflix and I've been very curious about it. It drops on May 1.
The series follows a group of young creatives who come to Tinseltown in search of a dream, and instead, discover a gas station brothel run by an eccentric would-be star (obviously modeled on Scotty Bowers).
Of course knowing this is based on the Scotty Bowers book doesn't sound too promising. Unfortunately, I bought the book "Full Service" by Scotty Bowers and I thought it was dismal at best. Here's my review on Amazon. I never, ever return e-books.
In all the years I've been reading e-books, this was my first return. When a book begins with the author driving around the streets of Hollywood while his dog is licking his neck and goes absolutely nowhere, I'm finished. And the fact that I paid over $10 for this e-book made it even worse. I probably wouldn't have returned it if I hadn't paid over $10, but I wasn't going to take the chance on reading more generalities that seemed to be coming from a highly imaginative, and, subjective POV. And I've read a lot of non-fiction books about Hollywood over the years that have been excellent.
With that said, I will check out this new show on Netflix with an open mind.
You can read more about this and other new LGBTQ entertainment, here.
Kerry Katona and Passive Aggressive Transphobia
It's really amazing how often I see homophobia and transphobia coming from people with "good intentions." They have no clue whatsoever that what they are saying is wrong. But this is a pretty good example of passive aggressive transphobia.
Kerry Katona made a few comments recently about how she would feel if she had a transgender kid, and it was pretty bad. But I was also amazed to see that so many people thought there was nothing wrong with what she said. It's really classic passive aggressive transphobia, coming from a place of straight white privilege, which is no different than passive aggressive homophobia.
In all honesty, if Max decided to [come out as] a girl I’d be devastated, just because he’s my only boy, but of course I’d stand by him.
There's a lot more, here, and I disagree with her. I don't see anything devastating about any part of the LGBTQ equation. I see no shame either. That's her problem, not mine. I believe coming out should be celebrated. And this isn't the first time she's commented on trans people either.
"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."
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."
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.