I was never a fan of Brokeback Mountain because I'm not a fan of straight people writing gay content for the mainstream. I'm not talking about small sub-genres here. I mean the mainstream. And if you tell me that everyone should be able to write whatever they want, I'm going to tell you that just because everyone can do something doesn't mean they should be doing it.
With that said, times were also very different back when Brokeback Mountain came out as a story and as a film. In those days we were so desperate to get any gay content we would gladly settle for whatever bone they tossed our way. We didn't get much. And it was brave back then for a straight actor to play gay face. There weren't that many openly gay actors in the first place.
I truly believe Heath Ledger handled things well with respect to that time period.
Ledger concluded, “We’re showing that love between two men is just as infectious and emotional and strong and pure as heterosexual love. If you can’t understand that, just don’t go see the movie.”
Here's the link to read more. There's one comment by a gay man at the end of the article that's very good.
Rob Lowe Might Play Joe Exotic
This is something I will definitely not watch. I don't even have to think twice about it. I did watch the Netflix series The Tiger King and I found it dismal at best. There's no way I would ever watch that all over again, not even with Rob Lowe playing gay face.
“Rob Exotic,” Lowe teased this week on an Instagram post, posing as the gun-toting polyamorous redneck. Lowe later added an update: “Ryan Murphy and I will be developing our version of this insane story. Stay tuned!”
Obviously, Ryan Murphy couldn't find one single openly gay middle aged actor in all of Hollywood to play Joe Exotic. It must be difficult.
"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.