Monday, September 22, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris: Lady and the Tramp; Neil Patrick Harris Wedding Tears; Mr. Gay Iceland Raped


Neil Patrick Harris Lady and the Tramp

If you like schmaltz, you'll love this one (I do...like schmaltz). Neil Patrick Harris and husband did a video parodying the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp. I saw a tweet about this same scene the other day, totally unrelated to Harris, and I was amazed at how many people didn't even get it.

In any event...

But what is getting the most attention is the adorable reenactment Harris and Burtka do of the classic spaghetti eating scene from the animated Disney film Lady and the Tramp.
 
Harris is also promoting a book I probably won't get a chance to read. I usually wait for reviews to see what's in any celebrity bio or memoir. It's got to be a little edgy to keep my attention, and I've been burned too many times by celeb books that weren't, that I thought were a complete waste of time and money (big publishers). Tell me something I didn't know before, like Barbra Walters did in her book. I'll still be watching Harris' book.  
 
 
Neil Patrick Harris Wedding Tears
 
I didn't want to turn this entire post into a Neil Patrick Harris tribute, but this is also the kind of schmaltz I love...because it's true. Harris admits to getting very emotional during his wedding vows.
 
'It was so crazy,' he told Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg during an interview this week on The View.
'When you watch other people say their vows and they get all choked up you think, "Come on, pull it together." Then when you're standing there and it's you, you can't help but get super duper choked up.'

And that's exactly how it works. I didn't think I'd get emotional during our wedding, especially because we had a film crew shooting the entire thing. I thought I'd be a nervous wreck. In fact, I was sorry I'd agreed to do it. As it turned out, I was gone the moment we started reciting the vows. The film crew was wonderful and I forgot they were even there. The magnitude of it all just hits, especially when you been together for over twenty years, and something weird happens that's hard to explain.

You can read more here.

Mr. Gay Iceland Raped

These stories interest me because for so long male rape has been ignored and pushed under the proverbial rug. And the fact is that male rape is relevant and damaging, and the shame that goes along with it. In this next link Mr. Gay Iceland, Troy Jónsson,  talks about how he was raped as a child by his brother's friend.

You can read the entire story here. This is just a small excerpt of the detailed experience, quoted exactly as it was published.

He told me “just bend over, bend over” and I said “no, no” and he put his hand on my shoulder and bent me over and said “I promise it won’t hurt, just try it”. And he had inserted and I was like, “this really hurts, I can’t do with it” but he kept repeating “just go with it, just go with it”.’

The rape lasted less than five minutes.

‘He was in control, he was “just go with it, it’s not going to hurt, stop complaining”. But you could see how scared he was. He was very afraid he would be discovered.

It really does hurt, even when you're an adult and you're not sure what you're doing. It takes a while to figure out how to do it so you can enjoy it and it doesn't hurt, especially with highly aggressive men. I can't even imagine how horrible it would be to be forced into doing it that way. But I hope more men who've been assaulted this way...and have been assaulted by women because that happens, too...continue to speak up about it.

 
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Derek Jeter and Rim Jobs; Clay Aiken on Naked Selfies; Philly Gay Bashing

Derek Jeter and Rim Jobs

This isn't earth shattering, but ass is ass and people seem interested in ass. Pro baseball player, Derek Jeter, *allegedly** enjoys getting a good rim job every now and then. So much he gives orders during the process, so to speak.

Straight men everywhere are finally opening up to the wonders of anal pleasure and discovering the many uses for their buttholes —  booty eating” is now a thing among them, which means we should expect to hear more stories about celebrity men on the forefront of this fascinating renaissance. Right? Right.

Frankly, I'm not sure why the author of this article seems so shocked that straight people like rim jobs...and know about them. I remember reading a biography of a former President of the United States who tended to fool around a lot during a time when those things were almost always overlooked and silenced. He allegedly fooled around with a famous Hollywood actress, and as the story went, the actress rimmed him. This dates back decades. I won't mention names even though it was in the book, but just so you don't get totally freaked out with a visual it was not Richard Nixon.

My point is that rimming is NOT exclusive to the gay community. In fact, it's NOT something I'm all that fond of personally. I won't even eat cheese that smells like ass. I also know plenty more gay men who will agree with me. If you don't believe me, go ask James Franco.

You can read more here. This info is questionable, and from a tweet that's definitely a perfect example of hearsay.

Clay Aiken on Naked Selfies

When the nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities were leaked I posted about them here, with a short commentary about Perez Hilton.

I said this about the photos:

Frankly, I find it interesting that Jennifer Lawrence has dirty pictures of herself on her phone. You can search my phone and you won't see on nude photos of me or anyone else. And it's not because I'm a prude. I just know what I'm doing. If you don't want nude photos of yourself floating around in a cloud have the good sense of a goose and don't take them.

And now it seems as if Clay Aiken agrees with me. Interesting. Two gay guys are now shunning nude photos on phones and according the Christians we're the bad guys, and we're the sinners. Just interesting.

Aiken said this:

Clay Aiken, the former American Idol runner-up now running for Congress in North Carolina, says celebrities victimized by the recent nude photo hacking scandal and “anybody who takes inappropriate pictures of themselves deserve exactly what they get.”

You can read more here. The article gets a little catty, but I think the point still remains the same. Don't want nude pics leaked from your phone. Don't take nude pics of your ass and leave them on your phone. Plain and simple, male or female.

Philly Gay Bashing

There's another witness now who is speaking up about the horrendous gay bashing that happened last week in one of Philadelphia's nicest neighborhoods. This particular witness happened to be looking out of his third floor window and he watched the event unfold, first hand.

Here's some of what he saw:

Do you have a sense of what set this off?

 It seemed to me that the two larger guys were fed up with what the other guys were saying, and one of the victims was pushing one of the women away, but just a little bit. And I could also hear some slurs like “fucking faggot” and I also heard someone say “I am sick of this fucking faggot.” If you saw the victims, they were small, not as large as the two guys. And then, it happened so quickly, one of the victims is lying unconscious, bleeding from the head. There wound up being a one- to two-foot puddle of blood where he was hit and knocked unconscious. He wasn’t moving. There was a blood stain on the ground until it rained two days later.


I'd like to know what constitutes anyone using that kind of violence on another human being for something so minor? So far, there has yet to be an arrest in this case. Some I wondering if there ever will be an arrest.

More here.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

James Franco's Orals; Doubdickdude's Video; President Obama on Joan Rivers

James Franco's Orals

Sorry, this isn't about James Franco and Gay oral sex. I wish it were, but it's not. But he would have taken advantage of that title so I figured why not do it myself.

The title is not completely misleading. James Franco did do orals this week, at Yale University. I don't have any links to give because the media seems to go dead when Franco actually does something that most people would think is worthy. Maybe there will be a few, but as of right now I didn't see anything.

But I did see this. It's a link to Franco's fracebook page where he's standing with a group of what I assume are professors, posting about passing his orals. It's one of his better images because it's real...no Beyoncé photo shopping deal there.

You see, this is the kind of thing that frustrates me most about Franco. He does five or six dumb things and gets all kind of attention for it...like shaving his head or getting a tattoo...and then he does something absolutely fantastic like this and he only promotes it on Facebook. I've done orals; they aren't easy.

Of course most of the comments on the status update are congratulatory, but some devolve into the smut you'd expect, mostly laced with gay slurs. But that's not Franco's fault. It is what it is.

Doubledickdude's Video

A while back I posted about a guy with two penises, Doubledickdude. He made headlines and seems to be popular on Twitter. I follow him on Twitter and today I saw this. Oddly enough, and I swear this happened by accident, the post I did previously on Doubledickdude also involved James Franco and an open letter by someone from the Village Voice.

And there's even an open letter in The Village Voice to James Franco about the guy with two penises.

Let's get through the superficial reasons first. This magical male unicorn (er, twonicorn?) is anonymous, which I estimate will last about another week. But here's what we know about him so far: he's sex-positive, brave, bisexual, and in a committed relationship with a man and a woman who've given him permission to cheat -- but only with you.


Well, I guess the author of THAT piece was wrong in one respect. Doubledickdude is still around, and a lot of people find him interesting. I do. But that piece was from the Village Voice and they used be a lot edgier than they are now. In fact, the Village Voice was once the Grindr of yesteryear in hard copy, where you could hook up with anyone for any kind of sex. I'm not sure if they still do that. But that's what it used to be.

But I digress. Here's Doubledickdude's video. It is SFW. I'm not posting it here because Youtube is having issues sharing today. But I think it's interesting.

President Obama on Joan Rivers

A while back I also posted about a joke Joan Rivers made about the President and First Lady, with gay references. I can't find the link now, but it was a gay joke that sent some PC elite liberals into a tailspin, and I commented on it at the time. In any event, President Obama seems to have understood Joan Rivers' comedy and her brand of wit. So much that he wrote a letter to Melissa Rivers after Joan's death, in condolence.

During the TV special tonight entitled, Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan, the comedy icon's daughter will read a handwritten letter she received from President Obama after her mother's death.

Says Rivers in a preview clip: 'I received a letter from the White House from President Obama, someone who was often a target of her jokes, as was Mrs. Obama.'

She then goes on to read from the letter: ‘Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think.’

 Rivers then shared her own observation: 'I think that's one of the things people now are realizing. It wasn't just the funny, she made us think.'

And that's really what it's all about.  You can read the rest here.

 
 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Ben Affleck Slams Tabloids; Bryan Silva's Gay Porn; Cher Sued for Racism; Melissa Rivers Does Tribute to Joan

Ben Affleck Slams Tabloids

The entire link to this part of the post talks about a new film Ben Affleck is in called, "Gone Girl." The premise sounds interesting and you can read more about that with the link I'm posting below. But part of the article discusses how he feels about the tabloids. And frankly, I'm glad he's bringing the topic up. Nowadays writers are dealing with this same type of thing on a much smaller scale, especially genre authors. There are a few web sites that are notorious for exaggerating the truth, fabricating lies, and publishing sensationalized fiction about publishers and authors and they get a way with it just as the tabloids get away with the lies they print about celebrities. One shabby blogger who claims to be an attorney doesn't even publish his own content. He copies and pastes content from other bloggers and simply links. He gets hundreds of comments and I'm not even sure why or how he gets them.

Affleck said this:

"See, that's tabloid shit. That's all bullshit," Affleck protested. "They completely lie. I mean, I can show you 10 articles of Star and OK! -- those magazines feel totally comfortable absolutely fictionalizing every single element of the story. And there's nothing you can do about that. My only hope is that people with any common sense recognize that those stories are false. And, I don't know, there're worse stories ..."

He's absolutely right, and I do think people know most of the content in these tabloids are outright lies...or highly exaggerated truths. But I often wonder if readers and other new authors know that gossip web sites like Absolutewrite and a few others I won't mention at this point are basically on the same level, and as unprofessional, as a sleazy tabloid.

In any event, you can read more here. It always seems as if Affleck has taken more than his share of hits and I've never understood why. I've gained a new respect for him recently. He dated Jennifer Lopez years ago. Big deal. He's moved on with his life, started a family, and done some of the finest films produced in years.

Bryan Silva's Gay Porn

If you're not sure who Bryan Silva is you're not alone. He found fame on Vine, through a series of Vine posts I'm not even sure I understand. He's actually become fairly famous for doing pretty much nothing at all. He even did a gay porn film he seems to take fairly lightly. But he is gifted in one respect. You'll have to use your imagination with that one, and I did post a link to his twitter page below with a visual of his biggest gift, so to speak.

He’s managed to extend his 15 minutes because at one point, he filmed hardcore gay porn for Next Door Studios under the name Max Payne. He tells Tosh in the interview below that performing in gay porn was actually “lame,” and that he’s (still) not with “that fufu lame shit.”
 
Silva also explains his clearance for using the N-word, his chest tattoo, and where the famous “gratata” noise comes from. At around the 6:45 mark, he starts dancing (or having a seizure?).
 
You can read more here, or at the link above. I think it's interesting from a pop culture POV. This summer watching Big Brother 16 several of the house guests were said to be "Youtube Stars." I guess that's kind of like a Davey Wavey? I guess it's possible for anyone to get that proverbial 15 minutes now...on youtube, vine, or wherever.
 
But will it last? Here's his tumblr. Here's his twitter page, which has photos that will show why he's become so famous. This one is NSFW.
 
Cher Sued for Racism

I think the thing that bothers me the most about this next link is that it tries to play down this story about Cher getting sued, in a highly subjective way.  And while I do believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty, I don't believe in commenting on the actual lawsuit when it comes to pieces like this. It's not fair to either party. It's almost the exact opposite of what Ben Affleck has experienced, but just as bad.

In short, gay icon, Cher, is being sued by a former choreographer for alleged racial discrimination.

Plaintiff Kevin Wilson, who is black, alleged in court papers that Cher told him “we have too much color onstage” after he advised her to cast “a minority female dancer.”
 
He also claims that Cher instructed him to instead find a white, blonde dancer, and “not to cast anymore dark skinned black dancers on the tour.”
 
Cher's rep denies all allegations. But it gets even more complicated with allegations about Cher covering up a sexual assault incident.
 
The article I'm linking to right now refers to the actual lawsuit as "absurd" and "obviously erroneous," which is in poor taste on their part. The thing that bothers me even more is that when it comes to Cher it's absurd, but when it comes to Paula Deen or anyone else it has to be true.
 
You can read the entire piece here, where they do everything short of crowning Cher Queen of the Gays and Rainbows.
 
And, if you're interested in the facts without subjective comments, you can read this piece at CNN.com.
 
While the complaint alleges racial discrimination by Cher, accusing her of hiring a white, blonde dancer over a more qualified African American, the lawsuit centers on California's whistleblower law that protects employees who are fired for reporting illegal activity.
"Cher was personally involved in the coverup of a sexual assault against a female fan by one of her other male dancers while on Cher's Dressed to Kill tour," the suit said.
The alleged sex assault happened in a St. Louis hotel on June 3, after a show on the tour, the lawsuit said.
 
 Melissa Rivers Does Tribute to Joan
 
On a more positive note, Melissa Rivers will be doing a Fashion Police tribute to her mother, Joan Rivers, who recently passed away during an endoscopic procedure at a Manhattan clinic. I think Rivers' fans are still in shock and I'm glad they're doing this quickly.  
 
The producer of the E! show will present a 90-minute edition of the show honoring the late comedian, who presented the show since 2010.
 
Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos will also be there to remember Rivers and her legacy.
 
You can read more here. I didn't see an actual air date, but I think it's today...Friday.  The tribute show will air during an all day marathon of Fashion Police shows. I actually never watched much Fashion Police, but I think I'll tune in with DVR on this one to see how they handle it.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Was Friends Homophobic; Philly Gay Attackers Identified: Travolta Gay Allegations

Was Friends Homophobic

The interesting thing about looking back at hit TV shows sometimes is that we see how the times in general were so different. In the case of Friends, now that it's twenty years old, we were living in more progressive times for LGBTI people, but there was still a great deal to learn about what's homophobic or not. In fact, we're still dealing with that today in many cases. The article I'm linking to is an interesting study done that gives a few examples of how Friends might have been interpreted as homophobic, and how it could also have been helpful to gays.

Here's an example of some comments that were probably homophobic...or would definitely be homophobic by today's standards.

The 'no homo' moments between Chandler and Joey often come across as really, really lazy. 

 Chandler is often assumed to be gay. That would be fine, but he's often insulted by it.

 The name Amanda (A-man...duh!) was effectively ruined for everyone for at least a couple years.

 Ross: 'In much the same way that homo ergaster is now thought to be a separate species from homo erectus...' *Rachel laughs* Joey: 'Erectus?' Rachel: 'Homo!' This is deeply uncomfortable.

Here are a few that could be interpreted as pro-gay.

Most of the jokes made in the video show the characters being foolish. Like when Joey is asking whether homo sapiens became extinct because they are 'homo'. It's more of a joke on his stupidity, rather than his views on gay people.

Friends was one of the first TV shows, ever, that showed a same-sex wedding.

A lot of people don't like the 'Phoebe's ice dancing ex-husband comes out as straight' scene. But it is a parody, and it's funny.

These are just a few examples and you can read the rest here.

There is this romance web site I don't like much for two main reasons and a million little ones. It's elitist in the sense that in the quest to be so politically correct and superior it usually winds up offending everyone without even realizing it. It's also without humor. There's not an ounce of humor...unless they are making fun of someone who, get this, isn't a politically correct elitist. These elitists wouldn't know a parody from an asshole. In pop culture people don't interact that way. I think Friends handled the gay issue as well as anyone else in the 1990's. I watched it and didn't feel offended, at the time. But it's interesting to note that I cannot watch it in reruns no matter how hard I try. For me it just doesn't work anymore. Maybe I need another twenty years to pass.

Philly Gay Attackers Identified

Because I live in New Hope, PA, a northern suburb in the Philadelphia area, this astounded me. In short, two young gay men were walking through one of the safest sections of Philadelphia and were attacked and brutally beaten by a well-dressed group of white straight people from the suburbs on their way to a restaurant in Center City. They may have been leaving the restaurant. I've read conflicting reports on that. The attackers beat these two gay men while calling them gay slurs and left the gay couple for dead, but not without getting caught on surveillance tapes...and they posted a group photo of themselves at the restaurant that was published on social media. I'm not sure what's worse, the hate or the arrogance.

Both victims were released from the hospital with multiple facial fractures, one had severe bruising on his face and will be required to have his jaw wired shut for two months.
 
The group of assailants miraculously got away but were caught on surveillance cameras nearby. Using that footage, a handful of random sleuths on Twitter last night were able to identify the group through tweets and Facebook check-ins because, well, did you really expect the police to do anything about it?

From the way it sounds someone posted the group photo on twitter through a friend of a friend and it started to garner responses from others who identified the restaurant in Philly. And, through facebook status updates by the attackers they've supposedly been able to name everyone in the photo. I think it was a high school group meeting for some kind of reunion, but don't quote me on that. They're still publishing the information.

You can read more here. Needless to say, this has started a huge firestorm in the area and nationally, and everyone's talking about how they want these people to pay for what they did.

This next article goes into more detail.

Suspects in a Center City gay-bashing case will meet police today, 6ABC reports, after Philadelphia’s Twitter community helped police discover their identities.

Events developed quickly Tuesday after Philadelphia Police released surveillance video of up to 12 people it identified as suspects walking through Center City on Thursday evening near the time of the attack. Within hours, former Real Housewives of New Jersey castmate Greg Bennett tweeted this photo that he claims — because of similarities in clothing — includes some of the alleged suspects in the hate crime that happened on Thursday in Center City.

You can read more here, and there's also a fairly long video about it taken from a local Philadelphia morning news show that I happen to watch every morning myself.

Police are crediting social media this time for helping them find the suspects. One guy's being called a twitter hero. I have a feeling there's a lot more to come with this one, and partly because I also heard something about hate crime laws in Pennsylvania...there aren't any.

While many are calling the incident a hate crime, Action News has learned that even after the suspects are caught, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office says the incident cannot be prosecuted as a hate crime.

That's because sexual orientation is not on the list of hate crimes in Pennsylvania.

The state did pass a hate crime law in 2002 that covered the LGBT community but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck it down on a technicality.

Legislation was re-introduced in 2009 but failed to make it out of committee.



You can read more about that angle here.

Travolta Gay Allegations

I don't post on this topic often because I always find myself torn. On the one hand I don't like forcing people out of the closet. On the other, I don't like gay accusations of any kind because the underlying intention is to show there's shame that goes along with being gay. I don't believe gay people should be ashamed about anything. But this is the first time I've seen John Travolta discuss the gay allegations at all. It's interesting.

Here are two questions Travolta was asked during a much broader interview:

You are a high-profile figure, and as such, it seems like you get targeted a lot more than anyone else with these types of allegations.
Also, I don’t care that much about it. Other people may attack it back more than I do, but I let all the media stuff go a long time ago because I can’t control it. I think that’s why it persists, to some degree.


Do you find it offensive?
I found it most offensive with the loss of my son. I felt like that was the lowest I’d ever felt. Sex stuff is always going to be interesting to somebody, but you stay away from family. You really should. With that, I always felt like the media—not all of the media, but parts of it—went too low there.

That's really all Travolta says about the gay allegations.

You can read more here.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Authors United Amazon Letter; Zachary Quinto on James Franco; Downton Abbey Gay Surprise; Straight Ice Cream;

Authors United Amazon Letter

This is one of those posts I hate to write because I'm never sure how to comment.

With that said, a letter went out to Amazon executives from a group called Authors United that includes some heavy hitting names has generated quite a few negative responses all over the publishing community. It's in reference to the Hachette/Amazon battle that doesn't seem to want to end.

Amazon argues that most e-books should be sold at $9.99 to spur sales, while Hachette says it should be able to set prices on its own.

I think what Hachette doesn't realize is that the people who read e-books have limits. In other words, Hachette or any other publisher can price an e-book as high as they want but people who only read e-books won't buy them. As a reader, I've passed on more e-books than I can count in the past five years. And that doesn't mean I bought the print book. I found other publishers, authors, and even indie authors who are just as good as any from the big 5 and I read those e-books instead. I have choices now. The gatekeepers are not dictating what I read anymore.  

Amazon has blocked pre-orders and slowed shipping times of some books, a negotiating tactic that has alienated a number of high-profile authors including Gladwell and Patterson.

Here's a link to the actual letter at Authors United. There's really nothing I can add, other than I think we can score a few points for Amazon on this one. It should be interesting to see how Amazon responds, if they even bother.

Downton Abbey Gay Plot

If you follow Downton Abbey you know there's a gay character who is not only gorgeous and evil, but is depicted as a victim of his times and circumstances. He has no choices whatsoever, other than to conform and pretend. Now there's supposedly a new twist on the gay character in Downton Abbey this season.

Still, on the upcoming fifth season of the compulsively watchable British drama, Barrow will “not only question his sexuality but try to change it, with devastating consequences,” according to the Daily Mail.

Last season I thought they backed away from any gay storyline, which bothered me a little because I wanted something...at least a little something. It looks as if they'll be making up for lost time this season.

You can read more here.

Zachary Quinto on James Franco

It's kind of ironic to post about a privileged straight white man like James Franco after posting something about how horrific life was for homosexual people back in the early part of the last century...and prior to that. It's still not all that great, even though we're gaining momentum as each day passes.

James Franco has been called obsessed with gay culture and Zachary Quinto is now coming to his defense. The two are involved in some movie I can't recall right now...about gays I think.

'My feeling about James, in particular, is that he’s someone who is really interested in generating a dialogue,' Quinto tells HuffPost Live. 'I think it's certainly an issue in society today that warrants provocative discussion.'

I'm honestly not sure what to think about Franco anymore. He does something absolutely ridiculous one day, to the point of insulting, and the next he does something fascinating and wonderful.

You can read more here.


Straight Ice Cream

This is actually something that's hard to understand because as a marketing strategy it's dangerous. An ice cream shop in New York's West Village put up a sign that says they're selling straight ice cream in what appears to be a way to retaliate, or compete, against another ice cream shop across the street that's called the Big Gay Ice Cream shop. The gay shop found out about this and went on a twitter smear campaign.

'If you pass by @galloneronyc maybe you could pop in & let em know what you think of this advertising campaign,' they said.

Responses to the pic include: 'Apparently the "true taste of Italy" that @GalloNeroNYC creates is homophobia. Mmm...tasteless.'

'Wow! That is the most inappropriate ad I've seen in a long time! Obviously @biggayicecream must be a threat.'

'Funny how your homophobic ice cream is boring and @biggayicecream has fun flavors. A lot like life, huh?'

Who would have thought the ice cream business could be so vicious?

In any event, you can read more here about ice cream and alleged homophobia.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hump Day Adam Lambert; Justin Bieber Strips; Drag Queens Revolt Facebook; Teen and Jesus Oral Sex; Too Hard to Handle by Ryan Field

Hump Day Adam Lambert

I know how fond most of my readers are of Adam Lambert, and he doesn't make the gay news often. I check it out daily and I rarely see anything about him. So when I do see something I usually post about it. I'm a fan, too. In this case there's a photo shoot about the end of his recent tour.

The tour finished last week in New Zealand, but fans who experienced it will have a lifetime of memories. To wrap up this Summer To Remember, let’s take a pictorial look at some highlights!

You can read the rest here, along with some very nice photos, indeed.

Justin Bieber Strips

I know a lot of you aren't as fond of Justin Bieber as you are of Lambert. But I love him. I think he's not only adorable, but highly misunderstood. In this next link you can see Bieber strip down on TV. He seems like a good sport.

Sure, he’s an obnoxious punk, but you’ve got to give it up to him, he looks good in his underwear. Who can we thank for this bit of Bieber beefcake? Apparently Justin’s grandmother. Thanks Gran!

There's more here, with adorable photos. Yes, I'm bias. Be nice. They say he's really very sweet when you get to know him. And let's face it. He's under a lot of pressure for someone so young.

Drag Queens Revolt Facebook

Last week I posted about how drag queens are allegedly being targeted on facebook for not using their real names. When I shared this on social media someone commented and said it's happening to everyone. I didn't know that, at least not in my social media circles. Almost all the authors I know are using pen names...and rightly so...if you choose to use a pen name. Sometimes I'm sorry I didn't back when I made the choice to use my own name.

In any event, after a threat to picket the Seattle office for FB, FB has finally responded to the allegations.

A Facebook spokesman told GSN: ‘If people want to use an alternative name on Facebook, they have several different options available to them, including providing an alias under their name on their profile, or creating a page specifically for that alternative persona.

 ‘As part of our overall standards, we ask that people who use Facebook provide their real name on their profile.’

Facebook believes using real names improves trust and accountability and makes it easier to hold those who share malicious or offensive content to account.

Oh, FB always has a response. While I agree with the basic premise of what FB is saying, and my local friends and family know me on FB with my own identity, I also believe in creative license and to take away the ability for drag queens...or even authors...to post under creative names would be a shame. I know doctors and attorney's who also post under fictitious names for the sake of privacy. Millions do. And in a world where privacy has become mandatory for us all, I think it would be highly disingenuous for any social media to expect everyone to use a real identity.

In any event, this is what the drag queens believe:

She says: ‘Although our names might not be our “legal” birth names, they are still an integral part of our identities, both personally and to our communities.

 ‘[Stage names] help protect their privacy and anonymity, with good reason. Victims of abuse, trans people, queer people who are not able to be safely “out,” and performers alike need to be able to socialize, connect, and build communities on social media safely.

 ‘By forcing us to use our “real” names, it opens the door to harassment, abuse, and violence.’

What I don't understand is why can't facebook require everyone to sign up with real legal identities that can be kept hidden, just so facebook, the company, knows who is who and what is going on? In return, even if someone signs up with a real identity they can still post in public with a fictitious name. And only FB will know who that person is, in case anything malicious or offensive happens. Wouldn't that make more sense? Other places do this and it seems to work. The most interesting thing is that when you sign up for something with your real identity, even if you are posting with a fake persona, you still know you can't get away with anything because the company knows who you are.

You can read more here.

Teen and Jesus Oral Sex

This is really a little odd. There's this teenager in Pennsylvania who thought it would be amusing to simulate having oral sex with a statue of Jesus. The accused is only 14 years old, but the commonwealth is enforcing what's being called an old blasphemy law which could land the kid a permanent record and prison time.

Some activists are outraged:

'This is a blasphemy law, pure and simple, and it is in clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution,' said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen.

'If the kid had destroyed or damaged the statue, he would clearly deserve to face consequences. But taking a picture that offends somebody’s religious sensibilities? This is not Russia or Iran; this is the United States, where we’re supposed to value freedom of speech. Pennsylvania should be ashamed of itself for so clearly violating this kid’s constitutional rights.'

There's a photo of the actual incident here, where you can read more. I think a plausible argument for this would be what if the kid had tried to simulate oral sex with a statue of George Washington, or any non-religious figure. Would he be facing these charges? Would the most staunch supporters of Washington be this offended. I'm sure some would, but not to the extent of ruining a kid's life.

The only thing I can add to this is that if you think about how viciously the Christian community has treated the LGBTI community over the years by denying them equal rights and the basic freedoms other Americans have, this act of immaturity by a 14 year old pales in comparison.

Cover Preview Too Hard to Handle by Ryan Field

Here's a cover preview for an upcoming full length m/m romance in the Glendora Hill series, Too Hard to Handle. I always state that the books are all stand alones in the series, which means you don't have to read them in consecutive order to get each book. Below this cover preview is a list of other books in the series. There are still two yet to be published.  I'll post more about this one when it's released.

 
Other Books in the Glendora Hill Series