Monday, April 27, 2015

CBS, Tony Perkins, Anti-Gay Leader; Are Bottoms More Promiscuous? Broadway Bares and Ted Cruz

CBS, Tony Perkins, Anti-Gay Leader

Even the mainstream media is having trouble listening to Tony Perkins these days. So much so that they're referring to Tony Perkins as the Anti-Gay Leader, and the Family Research Council as a hate group. But what I find most interesting is that most Christians do NOT feel that Tony Perkins or the Family Research Council speaks for them.

“The Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group,” Schieffer explained as if it were a warning to his viewers. “We have been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear because they, in their view — quote — you don’t speak for Christians.” 

Perkins argued that the Supreme Court had no place deciding whether LGBT people deserved equal protection under the Constitution because “it does a disservice to both sides if the court weighs in on public policy like this.”

“The courts are decided [SIC] to interpret the Constitution and the constitutionality of laws, not to create public policy,” he opined. “When they do that, they create division and they erect barriers to reaching consensus on public policy like this. So no, we stand with millennia of experience that the union of a man and a woman — the sacred union of marriage — is the cornerstone of society.”

You can read more, and check out a video here. I've been waiting for this to happen, where the majority of Christians in the US start speaking up about how they feel so misrepresented by the far right in both the religious and political spectrum. And it's not a matter of free speech and silencing them. I truly believe that should be able to say what they want. It's just a matter of showing them the door.

Are Bottoms More Promiscuous?

I think this is the kind of thing that fascinates people, even if it is pure clickbait. Partly because it's rare to find a gay man willing to admit whether he's a full top or a full bottom, and partly because it sets up a pattern of sorts with all kinds of social ramifications.

“I’ve always believed that bottoms have more fun,” blogger Jerry Plaza writes in a new op-ed published by GayGuys.com. “We’re able to tease, please and squeeze our way into sexual situations necessary for us to be a part of. After all, if there isn’t a man willing to bend over backwards, penetration is out of the question.”

Plaza, a self-proclaimed “power bottom,” says that when it comes to red hot gay lovin’, bottoms hold most of the cards.

“Most of the time, bottoms don’t need to seek out sex,” he writes. “Guys are drawn to us like a moth to a flame. … Go to the dance club and see for yourself, or better yet change the preference on your Grindr or online dating profile to ‘Power Bottom’ and see how many more messages you receive.”

I'm sorry. I'm calling bullshit on this one. First, it's really not always easy to tell. In fact, it's almost impossible to tell unless the sloppy-ass bottom is so obnoxious about being a power bottom you would rather have nothing to do with him in the first place because he's so sleazy. Second, you can go to any gay club, hook up site, or cruising ground anywhere in the world and you're going to find nothing but bottoms looking for that one great top, which rarely ever happens. So if you look at this as a simple supply and demand situation, the top holds all the cards because he is in such high demand. Now tell me I'm wrong and make me smile.

I had a friend from Bosnia once who could sum all this up in four words: "They Are All Bottoms." That might be a little extreme, but it's not that far off either. And all of this falls under the title of, "It's Complicated." In other words, gay sex is not always all about anal sex. There are many gay men who don't like it at all.   

The comments...116 of them...seem to agree with me.  

Broadway Bares and Ted Cruz

I'm going to try to keep a convoluted situation as simple as I can right now.  

Republican Senator Ted Cruz is anti-gay marriage. Yet he's been linked to wealthy gay hotel owners in NY...these wealthy gays had an event for him at their NY apartment.  It's nothing sexual; it's people in power dealing with other people in power. Now the gay hotel owners are dealing with boycott threats because they are linked to Ted Cruz. I know, it sounds as if I'm making this up. I'm not.And it gets even worse.

Evidently, the gay hotel owners also own the club, 42 West, where Broadway Bares was supposed to be doing a fundraiser on May 10th. When it was disclosed there was a relationship/connection between the gay club owners and Ted Cruz, this transpired:

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s edition of the Broadway Bares Solo Strips fundraiser, which was scheduled for May 10 at the NYC club 42West. We cannot in good conscience hold an event at a venue whose owners have alienated our community, as reflected in an April 23 New York Times story and an April 24 follow-up post.

We do business with and accept fundraising support from a variety of people across a wide spectrum of political and religious affiliations. The rich diversity of our community makes what we do together so special. It is a rare instance where the actions of a donor negatively impacts us as an organization and potentially jeopardizes our relationship with others whose support is integral to our success. But when it does occur, in a way that’s blatantly against all we stand and work for, we can’t pretend it doesn’t come with consequences. Silence is not a neutral position. It is complicit.

This is not about partisan politics or punishment. This is about doing what’s right to ultimately ensure that our commitment to the men, women and children we serve cannot be questioned.”

You can find that quote here. 

I don't mean to diminish this in any way, and I support Broadway Bares completely with their decision to cancel, without hesitation. It's just that I've known this kind of politics, and these kinds of gay men before. So frankly, it doesn't surprise me that there would be extremely wealthy gay men having a supportive event for the likes of Ted Cruz and completely ignoring the gay marriage issue, or toning it down as if it means nothing at all. It is, in deed and action, complicit.










In this third book in The Rainbow Detective series, Proctor and Blair take on a case that involves blackmail, kidnapping, and a handsome young guy with two perfect penises. The guy with two penises is a public personality, and the wealthy client who hires Blair and Proctor is willing to pay a huge sum of money to keep the guy's two penises a secret.

As fascinated as Blair and Proctor are with the guy who has two penises, there are dangerous, unexpected twists in this case that put them in grave danger. And the fact that they are in love with each other doesn't make working together any easier. It's the kind of peculiar double penis case that will not only test their love, but also test whether or not they can continue working together.


Will Blair be able to grow up and meet Proctor's professional expectations? And will Proctor ever be able to get the guy with two perfect penises out of his head?








Sunday, April 26, 2015

Straight Guy Secret Man Crushes; Obama's Gay Jokes; Prostate Pleasure

Straight Guy Secret Man Crushes

Here's another one about straight guys apparently having secret man crushes on other guys. It seems to be trending in gay presses.

We’ve heard that straight men are a lot more bisexual than you might think, and science has even tried to explain why so many straight dudes fantasize about having gay sex, but when it comes to hetero daydreams about a same-sex encounter, who tends to pop up naked?

We asked Whisper to do a little digging. Here’s what they found:

You can see the photos here. It's funny. And, maybe there is some accuracy to it as well. 

Obama's Gay Jokes

This is actually funny, too. It looks as if President Obama is opening up a little more now that he has the freedom to do this. And he's doing it with a little snark.

He delivered a laser-sharp barb at the expense of Michele Bachmann and her recent prediction that rapture was upon us. “Michele Bachmann actually predicted that I would bring about the biblical end of days. Now, that’s a legacy. That’s big. I mean, Lincoln, Washington, they didn’t do that.”

Here's the rest of the article. 

Prostate Pleasure

This one is about as simple as it gets. "The Ins and Outs of Prostate Pleasure." I really wish there were more exciting stories in gay news, but lately they seem to be scrambling for material. Michele Bachmann better say something soon or we'll be reading about nut sacks next.


2. It makes your orgasm
Or at least, a significant part of it. In a small 2011 study, almost 40 percent of men who had their prostate removed reported being unable to orgasm. A larger 2014 study found only five percent were unable to orgasm after prostate removal, but 60 percent of men reported less intense orgasms. So while the science is unclear, the evidence suggests prostates are necessary for orgasms to be their best. Which leads us to …

There is more here, with a video. Actually, all sarcasm aside, it really is important for all men to know more about this. Any little bit helps, no pun intended. 




Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mama June Is Bisexual; Bruce Jenner's Roller Coaster; Frank Ocean Changed His Name

Mama June Is Bisexual

Even though I follow all this on social media, I haven't seen many reality TV shows...and I don't plan to in the future. However, I do know who Honey Boo Boo is. How could you not know? She's kind of like the modern day Shirley Temple, loosely speaking, who can't sing, dance, or yodel. 

In any event, Honey Boo Boo's mom, Mama June, and her sister, Pumpkin, recently came out as bisexual.

June 'Mama June' Shannon chimed in to correct her daughter: 'Bisexual.'

'I'm not going to lie, I played in the minors but never went pro,' she added.

By not going pro, she means that while she has been with women physically, she has never had a relationship with one.

Of potential backlash from the revelations, June says: 'I look at it this way, haters are going to hate.'

You can read the rest here. I see a lot of people complaining about reality TV. Frankly, I'm not a huge fan myself. But someone is. And it has become a huge part of pop culture. These shows are evidently attracting a huge following and a lot of people are making a lot of money.

Bruce Jenner's Roller Coaster

I see a lot about Bruce Jenner, too, on social media and some of the things I see surprise me a little. I think by now everyone knows I've always supported trans people. All my life, in my real life, because I've known many trans people who lived and worked right here in New Hope. There was "Sheva" who was a male to female transgender who worked in Princeton for an attorney. There was "Mother Cavalucci" who not only lived as a transgender but also did regular drag shows at local gay bars. Then there was "Mary Margaret" who took her little dog with her everywhere. And those are just a few transgender people I've known. But some of this press about Jenner is often a little strange...and not because he's transgender. I blame it more on the press and the way it's handled.

'It’s going to be an emotional roller coaster but somehow I’m going to get through it,' Jenner says in the latest in a series of promos. 'I want to know how this story ends…you know… how does my story end?'

The most redeeming feature about this whole thing is that maybe Jenner will help other people who are trans come to terms with themselves. I just hope he gets a few highlights in his hair. That dark brown needs to go. The older you get the lighter you go.


The rest is here. 

Frank Ocean Changed His Name

Of course I've posted about the good looking openly gay rapper, Frank Ocean, a few times. I would be sleeping at the proverbial wheel if I hadn't. I love rap music; I love good looking men like Frank Ocean. There's not much more to say.

For most of his life Frank Ocean has been known in private circles as Edwin Breaux. Not a bad name, but he recently made the Frank Ocean name legal.

According to TMZ, the Pyramids singer filed for the name change back in March.

But due to some outstanding legal issues, mainly to do with his drivers license, the court put the brakes on the process.

It's now gone through, so he can be addressed both on and off stage by Frank Ocean.

Here's the rest, with a photo.  








Friday, April 24, 2015

Trevor Donovan in Texas Rising Trailer; Gay Man and Bloody McDonald's Burger; Robin Williams' Last Gay Role

Trevor Donovan In Texas Rising Trailer

I've posted a few times about Trevor Donovan starring in the upcoming History Channel mini-series, Texas Rising. You can check that out here.

It's a series filled with history during a time in America a lot of us don't know much about. It's focused on the Texas Revolution and the Texas Rangers. Donovan is playing Kit Acklin, who was a Texas Ranger with deep American roots, and it will debut on May 25th, almost one month from today.

Rather than get into more historical facts this time, here's a new trailer for TR, with a vocal by Kris Kristofferson. You'll like this, trust me. 



Gay Man and Bloody McDonald's Burger

A 24 year old gay man went to a McDonald's in Washington state and they called him a faggot and served up a rare burger seeping with blood. But to be perfectly honest, this isn't just a clear case of gay hate. It is bad, as it stands. But there really is more to the story.

As far as I can parse this, the gay guy overheard the manager calling out an employee and the guy didn't like what he heard.

Then, the gay guy spoke to the employee who was getting yelled at:

'I stated if she was my manager and was in my face, I would not tolerate that.'

The employee went back and told the manager (the manager is a woman) what the gay guy said. And this transpired:


'As they both were speaking, they both turned around and looked at me and then I explained that he did not need to tell her. I then stated that I would gladly explain to her how I felt about her scolding an employee in front of customers and crew members,' he said.

Because the manager is supposed to care about what the gay guy feels?

The manager replied.


'She then looks at me, shrugs her shoulders and says, “I really don’t care.”'

The manager could have left it at that, but she didn't. 

You can read more here. There are a few more interesting details. Even if the gay guy may or may not have been a douche in this case, it still doesn't give anyone the right to refer to him with pejoratives or give him bad food. The manager could have just called him a douche and left it at that. But they always have to bring the gay angle into it.

Robin Williams' Last Gay Role

This July there will be an indie film released titled, Boulevard. It stars the late Robin Williams and he'll be playing a gay character who is coming to terms with being gay rather late in life.

'Boulevard is a complex, life-affirming and surprising film and Robin’s final performance is absolutely remarkable,' Kevin Kasha, head of acquisitions for Starz, tells Entertainment Weekly.

Producer Monica Aguirre Diez Barroso tells EW: 'We are very excited about partnering with Starz Digital to get this beautiful movie out there.'

In the film, Williams' character begins an unsettling relationship with a young hustler (Roberto Aguire) and his safe existence with his wife (Kathy Baker) is rocked to its foundation.

Even though it sounds like all the painfully stereotypical tragic gay books and films I've worked hard as a writer to stay away from in my lifetime, because not everything that is gay is tragic and painful, it also sounds like something that can and does happen in real life. And there's no doubt that I will make a point of seeing it. Hollywood can't help themselves...yet. They only associate gay story lines with pain and tragedy about sad sack figures who are gay and are "rocked" to their foundations because they are gay.

I'm gay. I'm happy. And even though I do face various forms of discrimination daily that I've learned how to deal with, each time I've been rocked to my proverbial foundation it had nothing to do with my being gay. Usually it's when I lose my keys. 

So there you are.



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Did DearAuthor.com Lose Credibility? School Coach Fired For Hate Tweet About Pizza Jerks; Doris Day's Last Visit With Rock Hudson

Did DearAuthor.com Lose Credibility?

One of the reasons why I rarely do book reviews here is because I'm a published author and a blogger.  As an author and blogger I don't want my readers to think I'm in collusion with other authors or publishers to promote or solicit books. I also don't want to cross the lines. I have always believed that reviews are for readers, not for authors. I think the last book I reviewed here was James Franco's Actors Anonymous. I don't know Franco, nor do I ever want to know him.

I also blog for free, without ads, because I believe the spirit in personal blogging is not for profit in a broad sense. The only books I promote here are my own. And most of the time I fall short in that department, too.

Rhetorically speaking, I couldn't help wonder if the romance review site, DearAuthor.com, has lost credibility since the disclosure that the owner of the blog, a woman (I don't believe in doxxing either) who goes by the pen name of "Jane Litte," has been writing and getting New Adult genre books published under another pen name, "Jen Frederick." What happened with "Jane Litte" and her disclosure about "Jen Frederick" goes quite a bit deeper than a pen name.

I'm not going to get into all that here, mainly because I'd like to remain objective. Most people already know the story and for those who don't there are plenty of links out there with a simple search. This particular link to a blog titled The Passive Voice gets more involved, and there are comments you might find interesting...or not. 

I'm just wondering, once again rhetorically speaking, if any book review blog can continue to maintain the same credibility it once had after something like this. And, can the contributors associated with that blog continue to remain credible? There are no easy answers at this point. In many cases DearAuthor.com does more than just review books. I can't add any personal comments here because I truly believe that only time will tell in this case.

We do tend to be a culture that forgives. It's what we do.

 School Coach Fired For Hate Tweet About Pizza Jerks

This is an ironic twist, for certain. When the owners of Memories Pizza in Indiana made the announcement they would not cater a gay wedding because of their religious convictions, a high school coach tweeted something that got her fired.

She said: 'Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? "That’s a lifestyle they CHOOSE" Ignorant.'

The next day, Dooley told school officials about the tweet and how it was receiving negative attention online.

'The promotion of harmful, illegal activity to Concord Schools' students by a lay coach is unacceptable,' Concord Community Schools' Superintendant Wayne Stubbs said in a statement yesterday (21 April).

'Concord Schools thanks Ms. Dooley for the services that she provided as a lay high school coach during the past few years.

'She has learned a difficult lesson concerning the incorrect use of electronic communications. Unfortunately, too often electronic communications are sent without the sender fully appreciating the potentially harmful effect of that message.

I hate to speculate on things like this, but if you know Twitter and you know how people Tweet I would say the odds are that Dooley had no intentions of ever going anywhere with a torch in her hand. I would highly doubt she ever intended to harm anyone or anything, let alone burn down some trashy pizza joint no one cares about.

However, last night someone I follow posted a short video of himself practicing old west gun techniques. You know, how they spin the guns and throw them up in the air. That was all in fun, without political or social motivation. But the PC police sent him PMs attacking him for promoting guns and violence...which he was NOT doing at all.

The point is that you can't trust anything anymore. Watch what you tweet, post, or put in writing anywhere online. Watch what you text or e-mail. It could wind up changing your life more than you thought it would.

You can read more about Dooley here. 

Doris Day's Last Visit With Rock Hudson

Doris Day and Rock Hudson made many films together in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Hudson died of AIDS during the height of the AIDS epidemic and shocked the world when we discovered America's leading man was actually gay. Doris Day has been out of the spotlight for probably more years than she was in it. Evidently, she's 91 years old now and talking about her last visit with Rock Hudson.

'He was very sick. But I just brushed that off and I came out and put my arms around him and said "Am I glad to see you,"' she tells People Magazine.

Even though he was dying of complications from AIDS during that final visit in 1985, Hudson kept his promise to appear in the premiere episode of Day's new talk show.

'He'd get very tired,' she recalls of his visit to Carmel in California where she lives and where the show was taped.

'I'd bring him his lunch and fix him a big platter but he couldn't eat. I'd say "What if I get a fork and feed you" but he said "Doris I can't eat."'

There's more here, with a video of them both. 






Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rainbow Detective Agency: The Guy With Two Penises; More About Cultural Appropriation; What Is "Genderqueer?" Tallywackers Male Hooters

Rainbow Detective Agency: The Guy With Two Penises

It's release day for another book in The Rainbow Detective Agency series. This one is subtitled, The Guy With Two Penises. And that's because one of the characters in the book has diphallia, which is a rare syndrome where a man is literally born with two penises. There's information on the web about this with a simple search. I didn't want to get too technical. In the same respect, I didn't want to be glib about it either...or appropriate. So I tried to treat it with sensitivity and respect as well as offering some light hearted dialogue...and sex scenes...as an outsider looking in. In this case, I am the outsider.






Here's the blurb:

In this third book in The Rainbow Detective series, Proctor and Blair take on a case that involves blackmail, kidnapping, and a handsome young guy with two perfect penises. The guy with two penises is a public personality, and the wealthy client who hires Blair and Proctor is willing to pay a huge sum of money to keep the guy's two penises a secret.

As fascinated as Blair and Proctor are with the guy who has two penises, there are dangerous, unexpected twists in this case that put them in grave danger. And the fact that they are in love with each other doesn't make working together any easier. It's the kind of peculiar double penis case that will not only test their love, but also test whether or not they can continue working together.


Will Blair be able to grow up and meet Proctor's professional expectations? And will Proctor ever be able to get the guy with two perfect penises out of his head?


Links:

Smashwords

Allromanceebooks

The book will also be at iTunes and B&N. When I get an Amazon link, I'll post that, too. And, this is the 3rd book in the series, but each book can be read as a stand alone.



More About Cultural Appropriation

I actually came across this link at one of the most unlikely places. As it turns out, I'm glad I went there because it's one of the most engaging posts on cultural appropriation I have seen...probably ever. In this case, the culture being appropriated is deaf culture.

I make no claims to know anything about this particular subject, however, I do know what it's like as a gay man to face cultural appropriation on what is usually a daily basis.

Here is one particularly interesting quote.

It has become a commodity of which any con artist can appropriate a few signs for themselves to create a persona.  They film themselves, stand on stage, teach classes, and strut with pride.  They know ASL! They have a right to use ASL!


            No. You do not. It is not yours to use for your financial benefit. You are a thief. You are stealing our language, mangling it, and regurgitating a weaker, inaccurate version. You smile in your YouTube videos, on your spot on the stage, in your classes, smiling, basking in the spotlight. You do not care about our language. You do not take the time to learn about what ASL really is. You do not care about Deaf people. You only care about the accolades that you receive.

You can read the rest here. I hope the link works. However, as I stated above my post is about appropriating all cultures, not just one. 

Thankfully, there are people presenting this argument in other places so we have these examples from which to draw.

What Is Genderqueer?
I've posted about this topic before, too. Genderqueer, I find, is not a term people know well...even the people who are genderqueer in some cases.

Gender identity. Biological sex. Gender expression. Cisgender. Transgender. Genderqueer. Androgyny. The gender binary. If you’ve ever wondered about the definition of some of these terms, Ashley Mardell’s video about the ABC’s of LGBT is a great starting point. She acts as a moderator as several of her friends break down different terms related to gender in this wonderfully in-depth video. This video serves as a great tool for cisgender allies who are looking to strengthen their knowledge of the LGBT community they’re hoping to stand besides, and those who have questions about their gender identity. The team manages to pack in a lot of information in a cohesive, easy to understand manner, especially about a topic that we aren’t granted the opportunity to learn too much about in mainstream spaces and education. Can you imagine if we were taught these terms in school?

It's a really good video that explains something most of us aren't familiar with.

Tallywackers Male Hooters

I almost feel guilty posting this because the other two news items were so serious and educational. But we all need a little fun, too. This is being compared as the male version of Hooters.

Finally, the restaurant we’ve been waiting for.
 Tallywackers is a new dining establishment coming to Dallas. Per a help wanted ad posted to Craigslist, it appears to be a bar and restaurant specializing in hot dogs and other phallic-shaped foods served up by a staff of half-naked hunks.

You can read more here.

What I find most interesting is that the women who have been screaming about objectification, and rightly so, all these years are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to objectifying men. I make no comment on that because I think we all need to lighten up a little, including me sometimes. I just find it interesting there seems to be a reverse double standard nowadays.




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Marco Rubio On Gay As a Choice; Barry Manilow Feels Free; Saving The Black Cap Gay Bar

Marco Rubio On Gay As a Choice

Although I'm rarely political, I think I'm following this next Presidential election more closely because there are so many important LGBT issues that have yet to be resolved. The problem right now with almost all politicians is they don't seem to know where to stand on LGBT issues...especially Republicans. I'm not talking about the far right. We know where the Christian conservatives stand. I'm talking about Republicans who are trying to win over younger people...those Republicans who have been watching the polls and know that public opinion is changing. 

And then there's this.

The other day I posted something where Marco Rubio mentioned gays and choices. Now he's saying this:

The Floridian Republican, who announced last week that he is running for president, said on CBS's Face the Nation: 'I ... don't believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people.

'In fact, the bottom line is I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with.'

Now here's what he said last week.

'I’m not going to hurt them simply because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be,' Rubio said in a previous interview.

That's where he loses people. In one breath he appears to be stating  gay is a choice, and in another he's stating the opposite.

You can read the rest here. I just hope this doesn't portend a lot more idiocy to come in the next election. I can respect where someone stands even if I don't agree with him. But I don't think it's fair for a candidate to force voters to parse every comment they make. 

Barry Manilow Feels Free

Although Barry Manilow hasn't commented on his recent gay marriage, Suzanne Somers who was there has made a few comments. And please don't tell me I shouldn't refer to it as a "gay" marriage. Right now, where things stand, it's a big deal and it IS a gay marriage. I hope this changes in the future, but right now I think it's important to own it.

'They’re married and really happy, and I was there when it was announced and they’ve been together for 30 years,' Somers said during an appearance this week on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live.

WWHL host Andy Cohen remarked: 'Wow. It’s wild. He never formally came out and said it. It’s something everybody knew. It’s wonderful he’s been with his partner for 30 years.'

Somers also said: 'I think it’s freeing for him. He’s one of the most incredible people and a true musical genius. I believe he is the Irving Berlin of our generation. The impact he has made on music is incalculable.'

That really is something. They're together 30 years. I'm with Tony 23 years and I'm still not sure where all the time went...and, the first sixteen years were spent partially keeping it hidden. Not totally, but we didn't tell Tony's family, and Tony never let anyone in corporate America know he was gay or with someone in a long term relationship. Evidently, there are a lot of us out there.

You can read the rest here about Manilow. I hope he is feeling free...free enough to speak up now.

Saving The Black Cap Gay Bar

I've posted many times about how the gay bar as a concept has been disappearing slowly since the 90's. I'm not getting into all that again, but I did post a question about it on social media and most of the gay men I know said they don't frequent gay bars anymore. All are different ages and come from different areas. There was a time when Tony and I were at several of the local gay bars here in New Hope at least twice a week...at least. Now there's only one gay bar left and we go there only a few times a year. Do I feel guilty about this? No. Life changes, the world changes, and people move in different directions.

But there are drag queens in London working hard to keep The Black Cap in London open.

RuPaul's Drag Race queens are helping to save one of the most iconic London queer venues.

Latrice Royale, from season 4, and Morgan McMichaels, from season 2, joined together to call for lovers of drag around the world to sign a petition to save The Black Cap in Camden.

Closed without warning on 12 April, it is expected the owners are trying to turn the building into luxury flats.

I hate to see something this strongly related to gay culture disappear completely. The gay bar is a huge part of my past, too, just like small brick and mortar gay bookshops. Frankly, maybe they should go to RuPaul and ask her to invest her money in The Black Cap. This way RuPaul could be a hero and save the day. Because you can't blame the owners of buildings for trying to make a profit.

On the flip side, which is a little ironic, I would bet that many of the people who will be interested if they turn the place into luxury flats will, indeed, be upwardly mobile gay men who will repeat, at length, the history of the building with each intimate candlelight dinner party they give.

The rest is here.