Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gay Family Circle; Michael Sam Cut From Cowboys; Downton Abbey Gay Cure; Ariana Grande On Catholicism and Gay Brother Frankie

Gay Family Circle

I received one of those magazine gifts last year for Family Circle Magazine and my first thought was OMG, now I have this to throw away, too. Although I still get several print magazines, the only one I order myself is Architectural Digest and I wind up throwing the rest away. I get my news...and everything...online. I also never see anything LGBT related in mainstream publications and the content doesn't interest me. Plus, the last thing I need in my life is more clutter from print magazines.

However, as I was glancing through the most recent issue of FC, I noticed a feature story with two gay men...married with two children. The piece is in a new section of FC, titled "Modern Life," with a caption on the first page that reads, "Our biggest challenge? Finding time to sit down to dinner together!" There's a photo of two perfect gay dads, with their two perfect kids, that could have been a photo of Ozzie and Harriet 60 years ago.

I can't find an online link to the magazine, but I did find this piece about the new "Modern Life" section in FC.

A new “Modern Life” feature, which highlights nontraditional families, marks perhaps the biggest leap forward for the magazine’s content. “I didn’t think we were doing the best job of addressing all the different types of families,” admitted Fears. “We thought shows like Modern Family were actually doing a better job.”

Ironically, last night I was catching up with the TV show, Modern Family, on demand. I'm still not a huge fan of the show in a general sense, but I can't say that I don't find it interesting to see how they continue to mainstream gay people into society. I don't talk much about assimilation here on the blog, and that's mainly because I don't think it's possible to avoid this kind of assimilation anymore. With the equality we've been fighting for all this time there comes a price, and with that price comes changes in gay culture as we've always known it. In other words, you're not going to see or hear anything about drag shows, prison parties, Sunday afternoon tea dance, or anything even remotely related to gay culture on TV shows like MF or in magazines like FC.

And I think many gay people crave this heteronormative lifestyle. So why shouldn't FC put up a stupid, ridiculous feature with two gay dads the same way the do with hetero people? They've been doing this for years with hetero people and making fools out of them. It's only fair we get our turn now.

You can read more here about Family Circle, if you find that sort of thing interesting. 

 Michael Sam Cut From Cowboys

This one bothers me. The Dallas Cowboys cut openly gay pro football player, Michael Sam from the practice team, after being there since 9/3 and never making the 53- man roster. Previously, he was cut from the SL Rams.

 'Sam, the first openly-gay player in the NFL, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Rams,' the statement continued. 'He spent all of the offseason and training camp with the St. Louis before being released and signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad.' 

The team noted the spot will be filled by linebacker Troy Davis, a second-year professional. 

Sam used Twitter to thank the team. 'I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support,' he wrote

You can read more here. Sam goes on to make a gracious comment, without a hint of bitterness. He plans to continue his career as a pro player.

There's not much more about this story yet, and it seems as though no one wants to even touch the subject. I wonder why. Maybe they should all start reading Family Circle's "Modern Life" section of at the NFL.

Downton Abbey Gay Cure

One of the things I enjoy most about historical shows like Downton Abbey is the way we can reflect on the idiocy that was supposed to be correct back in those days. I was watching The Knick last night and the cure for a drug addiction was giving the addict heroin. I'm not joking about that. And in the upcoming season of DA the gay character, Thomas Barrow, is supposedly going to get injections that will cure him from being attracted to men. The word gay wasn't used until the 1970's and I hate using it in reference to same sex situations prior to that.

Julian Fellowes said in an interview with ITV, 'He falls for the quackery that this can be cured, that he can get rid of this dumbbell he is dragging around with him. His fortitude takes him through a period of incredible physical discomfort.' 

'The result he seeks is impossible – it’s not to be obtained by any medical treatment, it was just quackery.'

Unfortunately, there are still quacks out there who believe gays can be cured.

You can check out the rest here.  

 Ariana Grande On Catholicism and Gay Brother Frankie

Pop singer, Ariana Grande, disclosed that she renounced her Catholic roots in support of her openly gay brother, Frankie Grande. For those who don't know, Frankie is a talented performer who was recently on Big Brother this past summer. I can't recall the name of the play, but he just landed a new gig on Broadway.

 'When my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, "OK, that’s not cool,"' she said in an interview with Sunday Telegraph magazine. 

'They were building a Kabbalah center in Florida so we both checked it out and really had a connection with it.' 

She said since renouncing Catholicism for Kabbalah, her life has changed for the better.

Although no one in our families has done anything similar, Tony and I are non-practicing Catholics for the same reasons Ariana left the church. If we ever decided to adopt a child I would want him/her to grow up with some kind of religion, but it wouldn't be Catholicism. I know most practicing Catholics do support gays, and I even know a few priests who do, too. But the big picture is more important in a case like this.

One thing is certain, you never have to wonder why the Catholic church seems to be losing people as each year passes.

You can read the rest here.

 Ring My Bells by Ryan Field


.99 Gay E-book



'Sam, the first openly-gay player in the NFL, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Rams,' the statement continued. 'He spent all of the offseason and training camp with the St. Louis before being released and signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad.'
The team noted the spot will be filled by linebacker Troy Davis, a second-year professional.
- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/michael-sam-cut-dallas-cowboys-practice-squad211014#sthash.FqoyQOeJ.dpuf

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Big Gay Love Story: Ring My Bells by Ryan Field

The Big Gay Love Story: Ring My Bells by Ryan Field

I have a new release out today titled, Ring My Bells. The Big Gay Love Story part is something I may continue with all future stories as a subtitle. And this is a story. It's not a full length novel. I'm hoping all the product descriptions are clear on retail web sites where e-books are sold so no one gets confused. It's also priced at .99, which I'm trying to continue for as long as I can.

Here the link for allromanceebooks.com. And I'll post more links as I get them.

Smashwords.com 

Here's the blurb:

When the phone goes dead and a handsome young gay man with serious needs can't figure out how to fix it, he calls a repairman to get the job done. But the young man soon discovers the broken phone isn't the only thing the big strong repairman is eager to work on, and he's glad he answered the door without his shirt. It may not be true love at first sight, or the kind of story that will make a person weep with those unyielding, proverbial floods of emotion. But it is the kind of sexy, cheeky, happily-ever-after gay ending that might make a few people smile on a cold winter's night.

I think I made it clear in the blurb this isn't a romance in the traditional m/m sense. But I also want to make it clear there is a happy ending and it's one of my lighter stories that run more along the lines of traditional gay erotic fiction, with respect to gay culture. In other words, it's a sexy little story about real gay guys.


Here's an excerpt, and please remember this part of the post is fiction (smile):

About a year ago the telephone wasn't working. I keep a landline because cell phones still don't get great signals around here. There was no dial tone at all that morning; just a soft beep sound when I pressed the talk button, and the small screen lighting up pale green for a couple of seconds.
There had been severe thunderstorms the night before, but the electricity hadn't gone out and there didn't seem to be any lines down on the property. Maybe it just had to be re-set, I thought. Unplug the cord and plug it back in a half hour later. I remembered that had happened once before, after I'd left the phone off the hook for a while.

After leaving it unplugged for a half hour, it still wasn't working when I re-set it. So with the telephone in my hand, I went down to the basement to see if everything was connected correctly. Attached to wooden beams, I found red, blue, white and black wires all screwed tightly to where they should be screwed. Everything seemed fine. And then I noticed a phone line going to the burglar alarm system, with phone jack at the base of a one square foot, locked metal box. I hesitantly unplugged the phone cord from the alarm box (I hate to touch things I don't understand), pushed the talk button on the phone and I immediately had a dial tone. The problem, evidently, was with the alarm system; not the telephone.

It only took one phone call to the alarm company for them to tell me they knew the problem well and they'd send someone out to fix it that day. A surge protector, so they said, had burned out during the severe thunderstorms. Not a big deal was how they'd put it, and as long as I didn't plug the phone back into the alarm it would work perfectly normal. The same thing had happened to several other homes in my area, so they'd said.

This all happened very early in the morning, before I'd had time for my ritual workout routine. Though I work at home for the most part, I'm usually up at five thirty or six every day so I can cram an hour workout into the day with weights and cardio. I'm usually dressed, showered and shaved by eight and seated in front of the computer no later than eight-thirty. I'd assumed the alarm guy wouldn't show up until sometime that afternoon; they usually make you wait all day. So I ran a half hour on the treadmill and then did another half hour with free weights. This routine was strenuous, and often dull, but the workouts kept my waist at size thirty, my chest popping at forty-two inches, and my ass hard and firm. The small of my back, which is deeply curved (more so when I arch my back on purpose), is what guys always said they liked most about my body. At twenty-five years old, I like to think that what I do now as exercise will benefit me in the future when things begin change with age.

That's also the ironic part about me: I don't have issues with age. I'm usually more attracted to men with silver in their hair, a few lines on their faces, and mature looks. I've been known to go down on my knees for men who have slight middle age paunches. I think men reach their sexiest point around age forty and it keeps getting better as they approach their late fifties. Why I once jumped in between a couple of men in their sixties just to see what it would be like for both of them to fuck me. And those two horse hung daddies fucked me so long and so hard they left bruises on the backs of my legs and I walked with a slight limp for the next twenty-four hours.

I'm not sure why, but if there is a good looking guy in his twenties or thirties in the room, and a good looking guy in his forties or fifties in the same room, I go out of my way to make eye contact with the older instead of the younger. And it's always been that way, ever since I was three years old and I used to sit on Uncle Joe's lap. He was a neighbor, and not related to me, so there was nothing pervy going on there. He would bounce me up and down, innocently, thinking nothing of it. And I would get a thrill deep in my body I couldn't explain at the time. When I kissed him hello or good-bye, I made sure I rubbed my cheek against his rough beard on purpose.

James Franco Allegedly Attacks Photographer; Obama on Gay Marriage; Robert Downey Jr's Penis

James Franco Allegedly Attacks Photographer

Here's more on James Franco again, and I'm a little surprised because he always seems so calculated and in control...cunning in a brilliant way, as if you have to watch his every move and be a few steps ahead.

Allegedly, Franco was at an event in Hollywood that was being held in some graveyard and on his way out he tackled a photographer on the grass. There are photos circulating that show Franco smiling as if it's all a joke. I searched a few "reputable" sources online, about as reputable as you can get online these days, and found this.

The cameraman, however, is not the least bit amused even if the tackling was supposed to be all in good fun. He went down to a LAPD station the following morning, at which time he filed a report against the actor for what he had done. The report details the man’s claims that he had been injured following his fall, suffering a minor injury to his back based on the way he had fallen. He also alleges that his camera equipment had been damaged during the incident, and is no longer usable in the same manner thanks to Franco’s actions. Police authorities have since given the statement to popular gossip website TMZ that they plan on passing the case onto the appropriate detectives as of next week, who will do their best to inquire further into the situation and see if amends need to be made on the Franco’s part.

You can read more here. Several other articles out there mention a few other incidents Franco has had with the law. And this one goes on to mention another privileged celebrity and his incident with a photographer.

Obama on Gay Marriage

Whether you like President Obama or not, one thing remains certain: he's good with the social issues that most politicians just tend to ignore. And anything gay related is up there in the top ten of the issue ignoring list. This time the President recently commented on gay marriage, and how he believes it should be legal in all 50 states according to the constitution. 

He described it as a 'consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up'. 
Obama, who first said he 'evolved' on gay marriage in May 2012, said the high court was 'not quite ready' to 'indicate an equal-protection right across the board'. 
'Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all 50 states,' he said.

It seems, as gay marriage moves forward in all 50 states, it's coming down to religion vs civil rights. I think anyone running for office these days should pay attention and listen closely. The gay vote doesn't always go in the same direction, especially not with younger gay men.


Robert Downey Jr's Penis

Try to imagine this. An actor, Robert Downey Jr., is invited to speak at a prestigious university, Cambridge, to a highly select group at the university, and one of those students of the entitlement generation ask Downey how large his penis is. And better, the rest of them laugh and giggle. I have a sense of humor that goes beyond most people these days, and I'm not fond of the PC police at all, but I do think there should be a certain amount of respect shown to any speaker in all situations like this...without question. 

In any event, Downey replied very well:

They don't call me throbbing knob for nothing. His expression is priceless. Someone else might have gone after the kid.

You can see a video of the reply here. If anyone had asked a woman this same question about her vagina it would have been blasted all over the Internet and social media as misogynist, anti-feminist, and hate speech toward all woman. Jennifer Lawrence would never let you hear the end of it. Shouldn't it work the same way for men in similar awkward positions?

Too Hard to Handle






by Ryan Field
Speaking to The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decisions since he took office was the recent rejection of gay marriage appeals from five states.
He described it as a 'consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up'.
Obama, who first said he 'evolved' on gay marriage in May 2012, said the high court was 'not quite ready' to 'indicate an equal-protection right across the board'.
'Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all 50 states,' he said.
- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/obama-i-think-constitution-calls-gay-marriage-be-legal-all-50-states201014#sthash.4qnqRKKg.dpuf

Monday, October 20, 2014

Twisty the Clown on American Horror Story; A Mom's Letter of Gay Remorse; Neil Patrick Harris on Being Gay

Twisty the Clown on American Horror Story

Even I have to admit that Ryan Murphy outdid himself this year with the theme of American Horror Story: Freak Show. The freak show appeal not only captures the end of an era in the US, but also proves the subject still has the ability to capture the overactive imaginations of people today. And one of the most interesting characters is the clown, and that's hard to top because all of the characters lend something fascinating to the show whether it comes in the form of high camp or it's deeply emotional.

In any event, John Carroll Lynch plays Twisty the Clown on AHSFS and he gave an interview recently to help explain what's happening.

Ryan Murphy had said that some of the crew had to leave the set at times because you were so scary.
There were many evenings where I was standing kind of apart from them -- as you see in the first two episodes; Twisty lives a solitary life. There were times I’d be sitting on the set and I would creep people out. In the first episode, where all of the people in the Freak Show are dismantling the body of the detective, I was standing apart as I was in the shot. Afterward I walked by and everyone was like, “Man, you’re really freaky over there.” I love that fact that people are dismantling a body on one side of the screen and then [people tell me] “I’m scared of you.” [Laughs.]


Do you think it’s mostly your costume that’s so freaky, or are you in full character the whole time on set?
I think a lot of it has to do with people’s general fear of clowns and fear of people in masks. But I also think it’s this kind of kooky discomfort around this person where you don’t know what his agenda is.


You can check out the rest of the interview here. Frankly, and this is no reflection on the show because I'm loving it, I don't get the fear of clown thing. Clowns never bothered me, not Twisty or any other clown. I love them. I'd be more frightened of a fictional character named Twisty the Vagina. But this clown is scaring the hell out of everyone else.

A Gay Mom's Letter of Remorse

There was an article recently about a mom's experience when she learned her son was gay. In short, the family of the gay son decided to make him choose between Jesus and being gay. It's a very hard story to read, because the more the gay son tried to change the worse his life became and he ultimately died. After the story was published the mom received tons of letters slamming her and criticizing what she did, and with good reason. Now the mom has published an open letter to the people who've been criticizing her.

From the original article that sparked all the negative reactions:

Now, when I think back on the fear that governed all my reactions during those first six years after Ryan told us he was gay, I cringe as I realize how foolish I was. I was afraid of all the wrong things. And I grieve, not only for my oldest son, whom I will miss every day for the rest of my life, but for the mistakes I made. I grieve for what could have been, had we been walking by faith instead of by fear. Now, whenever Rob and I join our gay friends for an evening, I think about how much I would love to be visiting with Ryan and his partner over dinner. But instead, we visit Ryan's gravestone.

This is from the latest open letter she wrote to explain how she really feels:

Our much-loved eldest son and dear friend Ryan is dead -- a fact that I daily try to get my brain wrapped around -- and if you have ever had a child and lost them, you know that the pain of losing a child never leaves you. Never. We will live with intense sorrow over his death until our own deaths, and right now that sounds like a very, very long time. 

When we weep and mourn, we don't question God or wonder why He allowed our son to die. We don't have questions for God that complicate our grief; we only have questions and accusations of ourselves. The tapestry of our grief is woven through with threads of remorse, regret and self-reproach.

It's a sad story that's repeated all the time...even to a certain extent in my own life. I never met Tony's mom. She passed in 2002 before I had the chance and we were already together for ten years. At the time, my family didn't know Tony either. In my case it was kind of a don't as don't tell thing. However, I made a point to change that the same year Tony's mom passed. And we got together with my mom and dad for dinner about a month later. This past summer, twelve years later, my mom spent six weeks with us recuperating from cancer surgery and Tony helped take care of her as if she as his own mother. It was six wonderful weeks of quality time I wouldn't exchange for anything in the world. We've had many dinners together.

Neil Patrick Harris on Being Gay

Neil Patrick Harris has a new autobiography out and there have been a few things mentioned in the press about the content. For one thing, he first knew he was gay when he developed a crush on a trumpet player in middle school in l986. For another, he mentions a kissing incident with Burt Reynolds.

'As a joke at the end of one take, Burt leans over and kisses you square on the mouth,' he writes.
'The crew thinks this is very funny, but it makes you uncomfortable. Uncomfortable and, it will ultimately turn out, gay. Burt Reynolds' kiss makes you gay.'
- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/neil-patrick-harris-when-burt-reynolds-kissed-me-i-knew-i-was-gay151014#sthash.A9tvfUy0.dpuf
But while appearing on BL Stryker did something happen that changed everything. 

'As a joke at the end of one take, Burt leans over and kisses you square on the mouth,' he writes. 

'The crew thinks this is very funny, but it makes you uncomfortable. Uncomfortable and, it will ultimately turn out, gay. Burt Reynolds' kiss makes you gay.' 


For those who have never seen this, here's a photo of Burt Reynolds, nude.

Now, if that sexy, fuzzy image of Burt Reynolds is not every little gay boy's dream come true I don't know what else is.

You can read more about Harris here, and I'm starting to think the book looks interesting. The problem these days is that it's a book I would have lunged at five or ten years ago just out of pop culture curiosity, but I have so much reading right now and so many other choices I'm not even sure I have time. Plus, the kindle version is 10.99, which means sorry Randon House but not until you drop that price a little.

But if you are curious about coming out, and you don't have anyone to talk to, I think this would be a great book to read in digital form on your phone, in private. Even if they are raking you over the proverbial coals a little with the ridiculous price of the e-book. Books like this usually help make the coming out experience easier when you see that you're not the only one.





Too Hard to Handle






by Ryan Field

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ryan Kwanten Full Frontal Nudity; Gay Hook Up Apps; Boner in Subway Doors; Gay Superhero Movie

Ryan Kwanten Full Frontal Nudity

While doing a search to check out another post on male full frontal nudity in films I came across this new link to an interview True Blood star, Ryan Kwanten, did where he talks about doing full frontal.

There's nothing to quote, but the video is interesting because it's a novelty to listen to Kwanten speak with his native Australian accent which is so different from his accent on True Blood.

You can check that out here. There's no actual full frontal nudity, but the topic is addressed well by Kwanten.

Gay Hook Up Apps

I've posted before about how I don't think certain gay hook up apps are the safest places in the world. In many cases, I worry that younger gay men can be too trusting, especially if they are from safe rural areas and they are traveling to cities like Philadelphia where they aren't used to the more realistic aspects of a dangerous, crime-ridden city. I think those are valid concerns. In a very different respect, this next article talks about whether or not hook up apps are harmful to gay culture in a more socialized way. The article discusses a commentary written by some PC know-it-all named Freeman who got published in Time because he thinks hook up apps are ruining gay culture. It's really something I'm getting tired of listening to.

Freeman claims hookup apps like OkCupid, Tinder and Grindr are destroying gay culture by perpetuating the stereotype that gay men are all a bunch of whores. He also believes the apps encourage “shame-based” relationships. (Of course, it’s only “shame-based” if one thinks being gay is shameful, which Freeman seems to believe, or at least he insinuates it subconsciously.)

“Gay men want those perfect relationships that we see in romantic-comedies, instead of the ultimate fear of our generation: being alone,” Freeman generalizes. “But there is nowhere that is not sex-based to connect.”

The article I'm linking to here questions Freeman's concerns and makes a few valid points, and I agree with the article. I think Freeman and everyone else at Time should get a life. I got a gift subscript to Time last year and I'm still getting it and I still have to throw it away every single week. They should be more worried about how they're hurting the environment if they really want to get PC. 

Boner in Subway Doors

Now here's something I find funny and interesting. It's not major news, it won't change the world, but once in a while it's okay to laugh...at least I hope that's still okay with the PC police. 

We’ve all been there. It’s five o’clock, the subways are packed with rush hour commuters, you just eye-fucked a stranger across the platform and it’s left you hot and bothered.

You can check the rest out here. I sure do hope that gay culture won't be destroyed with something like this. You never know. Someone better call Time Magazine and warn them.

Gay Superhero Movie

I've written erotic books with gay superheros and they're meant to be taken as satire and not all that seriously. And there are erotic anthologies out by many LGBT publishers with gay superhero content. There are even a few gay superheros in comic books. But we have yet to see a gay superhero in the movies.

This is slowly starting to happen in comic books, so it’s only a matter of time before we see it happen onscreen, too. In the last few years, queer superheroes have made huge inroads in the Marvel and DC universes. Marvel’s first openly gay superhero, Northstar, recently got married, adding to the growing ranks of LGBT couples in the comic world.


In other instances, such as that of DC’s Batwoman, previously established straight characters have actually been reshaped as gay (this is only logical, assuming comic book writers have been paying attention to the Internet’s penchant for queer fandom). What makes this all the more appropriate, not to mention hilarious in Batwoman’s case, is that she was originally introduced to counter the homoerotic tension between Batman and Robin.

You can read the rest here. I'm not all too familiar with comics or superheros, but I think it would be interesting to see a gay superhero in the movies. In fact, that might be why I was never interested in that sort of thing before. It always seemed so heteronormative I never bothered.

In any event, here's my story about Captain Velvet, a gay superhero with a few very special talents. It's not actually a romance, but the ending is about as happy as endings can get.  

Gay Super Hero Story

Captain Velvet's Velvet Box


by Ryan Field








Saturday, October 18, 2014

UK HIV Pill; Jan Brewer Troubled by Gay Marriage; Hate Bakery Gets Help

UK HIV Pill

In what's being called the most exciting development in HIV prevention, there's a new pill being offered to the UK that's designed to prevent HIV. The drug has already been in the US and I've posted about it on the blog before several times. It's not all that new.

A landmark trial in England is to be dramatically sped up after it was found taking a single dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the drug Truvada, provided unprecedented levels of protection.

 Researchers prescribed the drug to 407 men across the country, and describe it as a big success. A further 138 men waiting to start the couse will now be offered the drug immediately.

You can read the rest here. I'll post more about this in the future. It's not without controversy. I would highly suggest reading the comment thread that goes with this article, too. They make valid, honest points that shouldn't be ignored.

Quote from one of my previous posts, link above:

Unfortunately, I discovered that taking Truvada gave me too many new things to feel. Whatever short-term side effects I could get, I did. Less than a week out, I started to feel a deep sense of fatigue every day around 6 p.m. It was something I could power through and eventually shake, but it made me feel like dropping to the floor and passing out instead of going to the gym or attending movie screenings. I had perpetual muscle soreness, especially in my legs, as if I had squatted way more than I should have the day before. My skin got worse. I developed a disgusting, raised rash on my torso that my dermatologist told me was the result of a nickel allergy (I had been wearing the culprit belt for years). I was gassy.

Jan Brewer Troubled by Gay Marriage

All politics aside, I find Jan Brewer a highly annoying human being just by looking at her. I guess no one's perfect, and I admit it's my flaw. In any event, she's the governor of Arizona and she's not thrilled that gay marriage has come to her state.

'It is not only disappointing, but also deeply troubling, that unelected federal judges can dictate the laws of individual states, create rights based on their personal policy preferences and supplant the will of the people in an area traditionally left to the states for more than two hundred years,' Brewer stated.

I find it deeply troubling that she doesn't understand how these things work. I find it deeply troubling that she doesn't realize the right for women to vote took the same path as gay marriage and if it had been left up to the voters in more conservative places she might not even be governor because she's a woman. And I find it highly troubling she thinks that someone with religious beliefs has a right to vote on my life, my civil rights, and my well being based on what's dictated by their religion that may or may not be one big spectacular fairy tale.

You can read the rest here. I guess we know which side of history she's going down on.

One comment said this:

 What's deeply troubling is that politicians such as her WITH an agenda always say it's the court that issues the order that has the agenda, when in fact the court is simply following the constitution. They become "activist judges" at that point. There's so many people out there like Brewer that it's amazing the world can actually function in the face of all of the crap they have flying around.

Hate Bakery Gets Help

We're living in interesting times because so many are getting financial help for things that may or may not deserve help. Sometimes my jaw literally drops when I see how much money people are willing to hand over to those who may or may not deserve it. In this case it's interesting because a gay activist is looking to help the anti-gay owners of a bakery that refused to make cakes for gay weddings.

He wrote, 'The Kleins say the $150,000 fee will bankrupt her family. I'm raising money to help offset that cost. I'll send whatever we raise along to the Klein family with a message of love and peace. I don't want them to suffer. But I am also pleading with them and other Christians to stop using the name of Jesus to explain to the LGBT community why we don't deserve access to the civil rights afforded to heterosexuals through the legal institution of marriage.' 

Citing his Christian faith, Aaron Klein, said at the time, 'I didn’t want to be a part of her marriage, which I think is wrong.'

This has obvious received criticism from the LGBTI community and there hasn't been much money raised. I get the idea; I'm not sure it's plausible.

You can read the rest here. I guess sometimes some people have to learn the hard way. But I do think it's interesting that gay Christians are speaking up. Christianity, whether you believe in it or not, is NOT exclusive to straight people.

Too Hard to Handle


by Ryan Field
 
 

'It is not only disappointing, but also deeply troubling, that unelected federal judges can dictate the laws of individual states, create rights based on their personal policy preferences and supplant the will of the people in an area traditionally left to the states for more than two hundred years,' Brewer stated. - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/arizona-governor-jan-brewer-finds-it-deeply-troubling-gay-marriage-has-come-her-state181014#sthash.G0XBstWc.dpuf



A landmark trial in England is to be dramatically sped up after it was found taking a single dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the drug Truvada, provided unprecedented levels of protection.
Researchers prescribed the drug to 407 men across the country, and describe it as a big success. A further 138 men waiting to start the couse will now be offered the drug immediately.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Anderson Cooper's Father; Joan Rivers' Death; Gay Lover Thrown From Window

Anderson Cooper's Father

We all know that Anderson Cooper's mother is Gloria Vanderbilt, but not much has ever been written about his father, Wyatt Cooper. I've seen photos and read a few things about him because I've read a few biographies about Vanderbilt. But nothing in-depth. I was curious. I went to Fairleigh Dickinson University, at the Florham Park campus, which during the gilded age had been the Florence Vanderbilt Twombly estate. There was an elderly woman in one of my classes, and this woman's mother allegedly once worked on the estate, and the woman played with Gloria as a child.The name, Florham Park, is a combination of Florence Vanderbilt Twombly and Hamilton Mcknown Twombly.

In any event, Anderson Cooper is doing a special, Roots: Our Journey Home, where he had a chance to look into his ancestry on his father's side, along with other CNN anchors. He claims he never felt very close to the Vanderbilt side of the family and wanted to know more about his father. 

Cooper traveled to where his father was born and raised, in Mississippi, visiting old cemeteries, discovering stories of his ancestors whom had fought in the Civil War. But it was at his dad's high school in New Orleans, where he made an exciting discovery: A school employee handed Cooper a folder containing his father's report card from 1944.

You can read more here. The show airs on Monday, at 9:00, ET.

Joan Rivers' Death

I've been following this story because I find the medical details so amazing. My own mom had the same procedure Rivers had several times this year and during one of them last July she had a heart attack. Thankfully, my mom was in Sloan Kettering in New York, only blocks away from where Rivers had her procedure done in a clinic instead of a hospital, and my mom was much luckier than Rivers because my mom was in a large hospital that was prepared for anything. We took her to Sloan because it was the best there was and we didn't want to take any chances or assume anything. 

Joan Rivers died from a lack of oxygen to her brain during a medical procedure last month to deal with changes to her voice as well as problems with acid reflex.
A report released today by the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner revealed that the 81-year-old entertainer sedated with Propofol during the procedure and determined what happened to be a 'therapeutic complication.'
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In any event, the New York medical examiner ruled that Rivers' death was a result of "therapeutic complications." In other words, during any "simple procedure" anything can happen, especially with an older patient.


"The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy," the report said.

Rivers, 81, died September 4, a week after an appointment at Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic.

The medical examiner's investigation ruled that the cause of death was "anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest," a medical description of brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen.

You can read the rest here. The article, from CNN, goes into a lot more detail about why this happened. Rivers' daughter, Melissa Rivers, also released a brief statement. 

Gay Lover Thrown From Window

This story involves a 60 year old married Indian man, and a 20 year old gay lover. The married 60 year old threw the gay 20 year old lover out a third story window, and the 20 year old died. All this allegedly happened during a lovers quarrel. With a 40 year age difference I'm not surprised...that they were quarreling. 

Police had been nearby at the time of the incident and heard a scream and the sound of the body hitting the ground and spotted a broken window on the third floor of a building above where the man had fallen from. 

The still unidentified 20-year-old was naked and when police entered the building they discovered V. Narsingh Rao, 60, in an office belonging to his lawyer.

You can read the rest here. The interesting thing about this is that they are charging Rao with murder, and, anti-sodomy thanks to an old anti-gay law that's been around for a long time in India.
Police had been nearby at the time of the incident and heard a scream and the sound of the body hitting the ground and spotted a broken window on the third floor of a building above where the man had fallen from.
The still unidentified 20-year-old was naked and when police entered the building they discovered V. Narsingh Rao, 60, in an office belonging to his lawyer.
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