Monday, May 25, 2015

Bush Supporting Gay Marriage; Lesbian Love Story At Cannes; Jane Fonda's Gaydar Off with Warren Beatty

Bush Supporting Gay Marriage

This really shouldn't come a a huge shock to anyone, and it's not really all that political anymore. Former President George W. Bush didn't support gay marriage while he was President, but that all changed once he left office. This has been the same pattern we've seen with many politicians since gay marriage has gained more support in the mainstream. 

The Bush family have a compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Jeb Bush is a patron of  HB Provisions, a general store owned by Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen.

The couple married in 2013. George HW Bush, also a former president, attended the wedding.

You can read the rest here. I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more of this "safe" support in the months to come.

Lesbian Love Story At Cannes

A love story about two gay women starring Kate Blanchett and Rooney Mara recently won the Queer Palm Award at Cannes. According to this article, it's a love story set in the 1950's, in NY, when homosexuality was considered a crime.

Blanchett plays Carol, a wealthy married woman who falls in love with an ambitious shopgirl played by Mara.

Earlier this month, Blanchett revealed that she had 'many' relationships with women but later denied having had any lesbian relationships.

The film is said to be a strong contender for the Palme d'Or which will be announced on Sunday.

You can read the rest here. I haven't seen it and know nothing about it so I can't comment.

There were tweets going around for a while where Kate Blanchett allegedly said she'd had relationships with other women. I honestly didn't pay much attention to them at the time, and don't care too much about it now. But this is interesting. 

Here's a link to the article where Kate Blanchett denies having lesbian sex.

This quote is rich.

'I think what often happens these days, if you are homosexual, you have to talk about it constantly; it has to be the only thing you put before your work and any other aspect of your personality.'

Well, yeah. I think that would apply to almost any minority who has been discriminated against. If she was gay she would have phrased that differently. But I'm not going to continue. Everything about this just makes me uncomfortable. I doubt I'll be seeing this film. 

Jane Fonda's Gaydar Off with Warren Beatty

If you've never seen an older Warren Beatty film, you should. At one time he was one of the hottest men in Hollywood. And his storied romances with many of Hollywood's most famous women go on forever. This man has always been the epitome of heterosexuality. 

However, Jane Fonda thought he was gay.

But Jane Fonda, who rose to movie stardom in the early 1960s at the same time as Beatty, was apparently immune to his considerable charms.

'I thought Warren was gay,’ the two-time Oscar winner tells W Magazine.

Why did she think so?

‘He played piano, and all his friends were gay.’

You can read the rest here. I know it's only speculation on my part, but maybe Warren Beatty just wasn't into Jane Fonda. You know, not everyone is.

I'll ignore the part about gay and playing the piano. Fonda is an old woman and doesn't know any better. It's generational.









Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ireland Gay Marriage Popular Vote; Avoiding "Swamp Crotch;" Pray the Gay Away

Ireland Gay Marriage Popular Vote

When put to a vote, gay marriage recently won in Ireland by a huge margin. The most significant part of this is that it's the first time gay marriage won by a popular vote, anywhere.

This article talks about five reasons why it went this way:

Ireland is one of the most Catholic nations in the world. The vote was a thumb in the eye of Irish bishops who made a last-ditch appeal to the faithful, who haven’t forgiven the bishops for the Church’s child-abuse scandals. The bishops’ failure shows how frayed the Church’s hold is on those in the pews. Worse still, it’s not as if pro-marriage Catholics felt that they were bucking the Church. In fact, many believed that they were following Church teachings that demand fairness. The power of the Catholic Church isn’t what it once was in Ireland. But what diminishes the Church’s hold there will inevitably hurt the hierarchy in the U.S. as well. After all, the Church is a global corporation.

You can read the rest here.  

I have many opinions on this topic, however, this time I'd rather just congratulate Ireland for a job well done and smile.

Avoiding "Swamp Crotch"

I had no idea what "swamp crotch" was until I read this. Evidently, it's about cleaning your private parts.

There's a list of things to do...because showering regularly I guess just isn't good enough anymore.

“It should be remembered that sweat is in fact odorless, it is only when it is broken down by bacteria that it smells.” says Tee.

The key to freshness is limiting the amount of moisture before that breaking down can even place.

“Thorough drying of the area after a shower (using a hair dryer if necessary) is vitally important to prevent or reduce these problems.”

 And there you go. They forgot to mention water is wet.

You can read the rest here...or not.

Pray the Gay Away

I think I posted about this bishop, but I can't remember. In any event, this same Catholic bishop is now having second thoughts about whether gay people can pray the gay away.

He said his comments were misinterpreted and that he regretted any pain he may have caused.

“I never wanted to hurt or stigmatize anyone,” Lovey said. “I don’t consider homosexuality to be an illness.”

“But,” he continued, “I do know people whose homosexual tendencies were fleeting, without claiming this is the case for everyone. I used the term ‘cure’ for a person who was homosexual and who talks in these terms about his personal experience.”

Now that's something I never heard of either. 

You can read the rest here. 











Saturday, May 23, 2015

Duggars and Sex Abuse Reports; Let's Give Ian Reisner a Break; Give Sam Kalidi a Break, Too

Duggars and Sex Abuse Reports

I've rarely posted about these Duggar people on the blog because I always found them strange. And for other reasons that didn't actually go as far as the latest development with them. Most recently, Josh Duggar, who heads one of the most anti-gay marriage firms in the world, was linked to sex abuse.

Duggar is one of the members of the evangelical Christian family that stars in the TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting. He is one of the 19 children of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and a married father of three himself.

'Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,' Duggar said in a statement. 'I hurt others, including my family and close friends.' ... I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions.'

You can read the rest here. If nothing else, aside from how sorry I feel for those innocent people who were abused, this will at least be an example to use the next time a far right Christian points the finger at gay people.

Let's Give Ian Reisner a Break

I'm starting to feel bad for this dude. I'm not joking around either. He's taken a lot of heat for having a dinner "event" in his multimillion dollar NY home for none other than Ted Cruz.  At first, Reisner made an unusual apology, then he insulted everyone, then he made a few more odd comments, and now he's donating money to Fire Island.

Here's part of a long letter he recently penned:

Now let me state unequivocally that I made mistakes. While my initial intention was bi-partisan dialogue about National & Israeli security, I’ve come to learn that intentions and outcomes are different things. The outcomes of my actions are that I’ve deeply hurt our community – and I am truly sorry.

In order to help build a stronger community I am taking the following steps:

– I am renewing and redoubling my commitment as an ardent supporter of LGBT causes.

– I will continue to invest my resources in the Pines, its cultural programs and activities that celebrate the diversity and acceptance of its community members, so that it always holds its rightful place in LGBT history.

– To this end, today I made a donation to the ‘FIPPOA-PAC’ — matching All funds raised in its last active year — which supports politicians committed to the Pines and to LGBT issues.

You know, it's not often in life you see someone continue to try to change something he did. And I find Reisner to be working harder than most would work to rectify his situation. You can read the rest of his letter here. Maybe it's time to give him a break. He's an openly gay man trying to survive in a world where that alone is still a novelty.

Give Sam Kalidi a Break, Too

Sam Kalidi created a meme for Memorial Day and some people in the comments of this next link didn't seem to get it. I've looked at it over and over and I honestly can't seem to find anything wrong, nor did I see anything disrespectful. It looks as if Kalidi is paying respect to the gay men and women who have served, who have served and died, and to those who are still serving.

Seriously. I didn't see anything glib about it.

Editor’s note: We’ve asked online comedian, voice actor and chest hair model Sam Kalidi to create a new meme each week for Queerty readers. This week he proves once again that gays and lesbians have a rich history of serving in the military. 

You can see it all here.

I think most of my readers know that I'm usually the first one to open my big mouth about something I thought was wrong...or in poor taste, especially when it comes to something as serious as Memorial Day. But this time I can't for the life of me find anything wrong with what Kalidi did...in spite of the way people commented.

You can find him on TwitterFacebook, Instagram







Friday, May 22, 2015

Free Gay E-book: Guy With Two Penises; Ryan Phillippe's Nude Scene: Catch Hell; Fifty Shades of Dick; Jobriath First Openly Gay Pop Star

Free Gay E-book: Guy With Two Penises

For Memorial Day Weekend, I'm offering the latest book in The Rainbow Detective Agency series, A Guy With Two Penises, for free. It's on sale now at allromanceebooks.com, and at most other web sites where e-books are sold. The only place it's not free is Amazon...I wish I could do it for free there, but they won't allow it unless I sign an exclusive. And I believe in distribution far and wide with any book.

So here's the link to Allromanceeebooks.com.

And here's one to Smashwords. 

The sale runs until Tuesday.

Ryan Phillippe's Nude Scene

The other night I saw that I'd recorded Catch Hell on DVR, starring Ryan Phillippe. I'll admit that I don't follow Phillippe much and I don't know much about him, but according to what I've read he directed and wrote the film, too.

I liked it. I wouldn't call it Oscar material, but it was a good film for what it was and I thought it was a fast two hours. But more important, there was one of the most unlikely gay scenes I've ever seen in a movie. To be honest, I was kind of hoping it would happen, and it did happen. And if you want to take this to a deeper more meaningful level, I think it's something that could happen given the circumstances, the mentality of the characters, and the setting. I also do follow some celebrities on social media and I always find it interesting the way they travel around to do certain films on location.

And then there was the brief nude scene with Phillippe.

Ryan Phillippe directs himself in his new film Catch Hell--though we think it'd be more aptly titled Catch Heaven based on the presence of Ryan's bare ass!
 
That being said, the subject matter appears to be quite dark based on these stills, so we'll just proceed without further comment. 

I'm not going into a full review, but I liked it and I would recommend it if you're looking for something different. It's one of those movies that don't get too much attention, but deserve more...think the opposite of Fifty Shades of Grey. 

You can check out the nude photos of Ryan Phillippe here. I think it's SFW.

Fifty Shades of Dick

This, of course, is parody. It's a compilation of photos from movie scenes where there was male full frontal nudity or bulge. 

This is a compendium of the most important bulges and full-frontal peen that one can see in films that are available on Netflix and at their local Redbox. Some I knew, some my Jezebel colleagues helped me with, and some were complete and delightful surprises.

The biggest surprise was that this took me more than four hours to put together.

It's from Jezebel so I'm assuming it's SFW, but don't quote me there.

You can check that out here.

Jobriath First Openly Gay Pop Star

I honestly never really thought about who the first openly gay pop star was, and I still think there are some who might dispute this...you never know. However, this is what one article is claiming.

If you’re unfamiliar with the colorful, tragic story of cult entertainer Jobriath, you can’t be blamed. Before the glam rock performer arrived on the music scene with nearly unprecedented hype only to crash and burn almost immediately, he’d already lived a colorful life in which he’d been a child piano prodigy, appeared in Hair, gone AWOL from the military, arrested and confined to a psychiatric hospital. He was eventually signed to a lucrative contract and surrounded by incredible hype as the next big thing and, as a testament to the burgeoning sexual liberation of the era, he never attempted to conceal his sexual orientation.

I never heard of him. The article/interview is fascinating and long, and you can read the rest here. 

There's more about Jobriath here, at wiki. Interestingly enough, he was born in the Philadelphia area, not too far from Bucks County where I live.


 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Trevor Donovan, Texas Rising, Frontiers Interview; Gay Sex Shops In New York; Five Ways To Get Book Publicity

Trevor Donovan, Texas Rising, Frontiers Interview

I hadn't planned another post about Texas Rising until after the series airs this Monday, May 25th. However, I spotted this interview late last night with Trevor Donovan in Frontiers, which is an LGBT press, and thought I'd share. Here's a link to previous posts I've written about Texas Rising.

The interview gets into a little bit about Donovan's background and a gay role he once played on 90210. I never actually watched 90210, but I know that show still has a huge fan base all over the world. I actually regret not watching it just for work related reasons because I find many of the fans of the m/m romance genre are fans of 90210. And, for those of you who really, really need labels, which I'm personally starting to care about less and less lately, Donovan is straight.

In this quote from the interview, Donovan talks about how he prepared for the role of Kit Acklin in Texas Rising. This I actually do recall just from following Donovan on social media. From what I remember, the guy worked his ass off.

“The audition process was long for me. I went in four different times. I was taking horseback riding lessons throughout the whole audition process, just in case I did get it so I would be ready to rock. I just knew that it was going to take a lot of work on my part, looking at Westerns and how these guys presented themselves, and doing historical research. But it was all a lot of fun.”

For those who hope Donovan’s character will be a knight in shining armor and sweep one lucky lady off her feet, the actor admits, “Kit has definitely got a strong moral compass. He’s a guy who grew up with family values. The Texas Rangers were kind of vigilante misfits. Some of them were criminals and ex-criminals, but they were fighting for the greater good alongside the military. Kit is definitely the more level-headed and more educated, and I have a beautiful little side love story as well.” It’s that love story that Donovan teases might just pull at your heartstrings. “Keep your Kleenex nearby,” he laughs.

You can read the rest here. 

And, you can follow Donovan on social media with these links, below. I can't promise you much, but I can promise that if you follow Donovan you'll never know what to expect. There are opinions, words of advice, a great deal of humor, photos of dogs...and more selfies in a week's time than most of us will ever take in a lifetime. I'm just joking about that. Seriously, all of the photos...not just most...are professional and actually have an artistic appeal that would work in coffee table books like those of George Platt Lynes. Why Donovan's agent isn't getting him book deals like that I don't know.

Snapchat:TrevDonSnap Instagram: Facebook: Youtube:

Gay Sex Shops In New York

I know I wrote about a gay sex shop in New York's Chelsea neighborhood in one of the Virgin Billionaire books. Of course, as usual, I just can't recall which book that is at this time. That's because there are a few sex shops in Chelsea. And now people are starting to complain and say there are too many sex shops and they corrupt kids and ruin the neighborhood. My brother lives in Chelsea and to be honest I never actually notice the sex shops all that much. They're almost invisible to me.

“It’s starting to feel like Times Square around here,” Stephen P. Williams told the New York Times.

Williams said he’s tired of seeing things like Boy Butter (“a revolutionary creamy formula”) and penis-enlargement systems (“used successfully for 30 years with 15 million satisfied customers”) being advertised in large window displays.

And this is priceless:

One man described as a “father” told the Times that he was recently cooking dinner with his 6-year-old son. When he asked him to get the olive oil, the child replied: “Dad, why don’t we use the Boy Butter?”

You get the idea. "Texas has a whorehouse in it..."


You can read the rest here.


Five Ways To Get Book Publicity

I often see books being promoted on social media, mainly on Twitter, in the most clever ways...and in the most questionable ways. I actually feel bad for people sometimes. So when I see something that might help authors promote I try to share...because we all know that writing the book is nothing compared to promoting it these days.

As an author, when planning a publicity campaign, you probably think about contacting the press a few months before you launch a new book or embark on a book tour. But there are a lot of other ways to get press and blog coverage for your writing besides the usual book tour and book launch publicity campaign.

Here's a link to the rest of the piece. And frankly, I've begun to question a lot about promotion and how it's done. Like it's okay to pay Kirkus hundreds of dollars for a review, but not so okay to pay a reviewer not as well known as Kirkus for a review? Who made up THAT rule? I'm sorry. I'm not buying into that anymore. If the reviewer/reader read the book and gave it an honest review, I don't really care if she/he got paid or not. It's time someone said Kirkus is the emperor wearing no clothes. So if you have a great idea to promote your book, and that idea is legal and ethical, have fun. Your goal is to promote your book or books to the best of your ability. Just try to stay away from e-mail spamming. That's the one thing that will really piss people off.

And take a moment to check out the web site. It's all about the indie author and indie book. I think readers owe it to their wallets to check it out, too.

And Officer and His Gentleman


 









Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Trevor Donovan In Texas Rising, May 25th; Porn Purge On Twitter; Gay Pickles

Trevor Donovan In Texas Rising, May 25th



Here's a link to a photo of the entire cast of the upcoming History Channel series, Texas Rising. Trevor Donovan is the second one in, from the right. He's playing Kit Acklin, Texas Ranger.

Texas Rising will air this Monday, May 25th, on the History Channel at nine o'clock eastern time.
This post is just a brief reminder. I've posted in-depth details about it several times, here. 

Here's a link to the History Channel web site.

Here's a link to an excellent blog post by a personal blogger about Kit Acklin that I found fascinating. 

And, here's a link to Donovan's personal page with even more details about Kit Acklin:

1.- Christopher B. (Kit) Acklin who was a Texas Ranger in the 1840s.
2.- He was born in in Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville was founded by Kit’s grandfather, Col. John Hunt.
3.- We don’t know when Kit Acklin moved to Texas. But he was one of the participants in the August 12, 1840, Battle of Plum Creek.
4.- The Battle of Plum Creek was a clash between allied Tonkawa, militia, and Rangers of the Republic of Texas and a huge Comanche war party under Chief Buffalo Hump, which took place near Lockhart, Texas, following the Great Raid of 1840 as the Comanche war party returned to west Texas.

You can find even more on Acklin, at the link provided above to Donovan's page. And there's really not much out there about him. Someone did his research well.

And then there's this, which is one of the best.




Porn Purge On Twitter

Evidently, Twitter is about to take the same censorship route as Facebook when it comes to what's considered porn. I phrased it that way because there's never been a set definition of porn. Some people think a guy not wearing a shirt is porn, and others think that...well you know how that goes.

In any event,

According to SunTrust Robinson Humphrey tech analyst Robert Peck, Twitter is preparing to purge an estimated 10 million porn-posting users. Ditching such a large chunk of users sounds drastic until you do the math: Twitter claims to have 302 million monthly users, so getting rid of the explicit posters will only account for about 3 percent of its total—although that’s just counting the users and not their followers. Twitter is a one-stop shop for all your media needs, whether you want to catch up on news, message a celeb in real time, or browse explicit images posted by adult stars. Purging the porn will surely upset millions of users, and would certainly put a dent in Twitter’s hip freedom of speech reputation.

You can read more here. 

Obviously, I'm not fond of this kind of censorship in any form, anywhere. You can unfollow and block something you find offensive on Twitter. You don't have to be exposed to it. I do that all the time on Twitter. As I said, what defines porn is all up to the individual. And I have seen cases where people do, indeed, consider shirtless men porn. So before you get all thrilled about this, pay attention to the bigger picture, too. It's so bad with retail web sites that sell e-books you can't even use the words "daddy" or "boy" innocently, without having a book taken down thanks to search engines.

Gay Pickles

Here's a story about a gay owned and operated business that makes pickles...and other things.

The company is called Manfood...I think this is an advertorial, but I'm not sure.

The brand is the brainchild of 40-year-old Andre Dang. Born to a Malaysian mother and Vietnamese father, British-born Dang studied horticulture at Reading University.

A placement with leading department store chain M&S – which brought him into contact with buyers and food students – convinced him that he actually wanted to work in the food sector.

You can read more here. They didn't just start pickling and selling. They both have a great deal of experience in the food industry and in PR.

I hate to sound like a dream crusher, but I knew several gay men who tried to start businesses just like this. They invested everything and worked endlessly to get it started. It didn't end well. The fact is that most small businesses don't. And I've seen that happen too many times to too many people not to mention it.












Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Jeb Bush Opposes Gay Marriage; Angry Gay Pastor Is a Top; School Bus Driver Spreads Gay Hate

Jeb Bush Opposes Gay Marriage

I find Jeb Bush's comments on gay marriage disingenuous, and I hope he doesn't try to backtrack in the future. As far as I'm concerned, he made these comments and they will be the comments that stick with me throughout the next few years. Bush has not announced he will run for President, but all signs seem to indicate he will run.

In any event, here's part of what he said:

"It's at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, (a) committed child-centered family system, is hard to imagine," Bush told the conservative Christian Broadcasting Network show, The Brody File, in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

"So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide - I don’t know what they are going to do - we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage," said Bush, who converted to Catholicism 20 years ago."

I have no idea what the Catholic faith has to do with US government, nor do I care. I've also read polls where most US Catholics support gay marriage.
You can read the rest here. This is where I think potential candidates always tend to underestimate the voters. I may not agree with everything Hillary Clinton says or does, I may not trust anything she says or does, but I would vote for her on just this one issue over Bush and never think twice about it. There are a lot of gay centrists out there, but not on this one issue. It's just too important.

Angry Gay Pastor Is a Top

This is always ironic, especially when you hear people like Jeb Bush mix religion with government. It seems another anti-gay man of the proverbial cloth was found advertising his stuff on Grindr. It's a long article, with screenshots, that shows how twisted these things can get. On the one hand a pastor is arguing against gay rights and on the other he's advertising himself on Grindr...with photos. 

In an email exchange with Queerty, Makela confirmed the authenticity of the screen captures but declined to comment.

He also told Queerty that he had “resigned” from his position at the church after the story surfaced, and that his wife and senior pastor had been made aware of his extracurricular activities.

But his community also deserves to know. If Makela made even one LGBT kid at St. John’s “Christ-based” elementary school, their parents, friends, family or anyone who ever stepped foot in the church feel like being true to yourself is shameful (and it seems all too likely that he did), then we’re glad to share his hypocrisy with the world.

It's sad, it's frustrating, and it can be found here.I don't really like this kind of doxxing, but in this case it's proving such hypocrisy it's hard to argue against it. 

School Bus Driver Spreads Gay Hate

This morning I noticed a woman on facebook post an update about how wrong she thought it was to allow little boys who identify as little girls into the girl scouts. She said something to the nature of "This is gay rights going too far." For me, that's an immediate block. I don't care about her free speech, or her opinions, and I don't have to listen to her. I'm only pointing this out now because of this latest issue with the school bus driver who told a little girl she'll burn in hell for being gay. I read about the school bus driver, but I experienced the facebook update personally. And it happens on a daily basis. This poor little girl had to deal with this in person. I only had to deal with the facie woman on social media. 

Maurissa explained the bus driver sat down them and 'said that we are gonna burn in hell real bad...I didn't expect it to happen.'

The two girls had been playing a game where they chase each other's fingers up and down her arm. Maurissa said the driver told her she was 'touching her best friend too much, and she was gay for it'.

'She hurt my feelings very bad,' she added.

When Maurissa and her best friend were finally allowed to go to class, she told a teacher. Maurissa's mother was not informed the entire day.
Maurissa explained the bus driver sat down them and 'said that we are gonna burn in hell real bad...I didn't expect it to happen.'
The two girls had been playing a game where they chase each other's fingers up and down her arm. Maurissa said the driver told her she was 'touching her best friend too much, and she was gay for it'.
'She hurt my feelings very bad,' she added.
When Maurissa and her best friend were finally allowed to go to class, she told a teacher. Maurissa's mother was not informed the entire day.
- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/school-bus-driver-tells-11-year-old-girl-shes-going-burn-hell-being-gay180515#sthash.ZZ6MNIWg.dpuf

The rest is here. This is an innocent child who had to figure out how to process this hate all alone.  And, once again, all roads lead directly back to religion interpreted through the eyes of a very stupid bus driver.

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