Anti-Gay Clerk In Kentucky Gets Time; Jeff Bezos and The New York Times; David Denson Comes Out

Anti-Gay Clerk In Kentucky Gets Time

I don’t want this part of today’s post to sound bitter, angry, or vindictive so I’m trying hard to keep the content succinct.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis last week to issue licenses to two gay couples, and ruled Monday that she is not entitled to any more delays. But because “emotions are running high on both sides of this debate,” he also stayed his decision while she takes her case to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal.

Attorneys on both sides disagreed about the implications. Dan Canon, representing the gay couples, said Davis remains under the judge’s order. But Mat Staver, who represents Davis and is the founder of Florida-based Liberty Counsel, said the convoluted order essentially grants her request for more time.

What is clear is that Davis will continue refusing to issue marriage licenses to anyone in this county of about 23,000 people, home to Morehead State University in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky. Until the case is resolved, no new wedding can be legally recognized in Rowan County unless the couple obtains a marriage license somewhere else.

“This is not something I decided because of this decision that came down,” Davis testified in federal court last month. “It was thought-out and, you know, I sought God on it.”
You can read the rest here. There’s at least half as much more. 
It’s so sad and she’s so backward it’s hard to comment.
Jeff Bezos and the New York Times
The New York Times wrote a scathing piece about Amazon working conditions and there’s been a great deal of discussion about it online all day. In full disclosure, I’m not a huge fan of the New York Times, not since the 2007 Presidential election, and it’s been my personal opinion since then they aren’t the most reliable source for good objective news content nowadays.
In any event, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, replied:
“[The article] claims that our intentional approach is to create a soulless, dystopian workplace where no fun is had and no laughter heard,” Bezos wrote. “Again, I don’t recognize this Amazon and I very much hope you don’t, either. More broadly, I don’t think any company adopting the approach portrayed could survive, much less thrive, in today’s highly competitive tech hiring market.”
I don’t know much about Amazon working conditions, but I do know there are a lot of people out there who don’t like Amazon because they’ve been so on target in so many respects, with so many innovations, including publishing, they’ve become targets themselves. 
You can read more here. There’s also an e-mail Bezos wrote to Amazon employees, post the NYT piece, asking them to contact him if they have any proof the “anecdotes” in the NYT article exist. It should be interesting to see if anyone responds in public to defend Amazon.

Side note: Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post. 

David Denson Comes Out
David Denson is a minor league baseball player with the Milwaukee Brewers’, and he recently came out of the closet in public. This is the second one I’ve seen so far today. 

Before he knew it, Denson was making the emotional announcement he yearned to share, and the group around him expanded to the point that he soon was speaking to most of the team. Much to Denson’s relief, when the conversation ended he was greeted with outward support and understanding instead of condemnation.

“Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them,” recalled Denson. “They said, ‘You’re still our teammate. You’re still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You’re still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don’t treat you any different. We’ve got your back.’

There’s more here. It’s a very positive piece.

I will say, though, that when I post about these things online on social media I often get one typical response: “I can’t wait until there are no labels and this doesn’t mean anything.” I know most people mean well with that comment. However, that response really bothers me because we live in a world of labels. When I owned an art gallery in New Hope for ten years I was “the art gallery guy.” The woman who owned the candy shop was “the candy store lady.” No one was ever worried about those labels, so why should we be worried about labels regarding our sexuality? That’s what bothers me when someone says they don’t like labels. I don’t mind being “labeled” as a gay man. In fact, I’m proud of that. So please think twice next time you say you don’t like labels. You might not be getting the whole point of the discussion, you might be hiding something, or you might be dealing a few of your own inner demons.

There should be no shame at all attached to being gay. 

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Too Many "Twinks" In Stonewall? "Queerest" Summer In Amsterdam; James Dean Before His Fame:LIFE

Too Many Twinks In Stonewall?

As if the whitewashing controversy surrounding the film, Stonewall, isn’t enough, now there’s a former child celebrity who thinks Roland Emmerich put too many twinks in the film. The most interesting thing about all this controversy is that so far, from what I’ve read, no one has actually seen the film in its entirety. 

Mara Wilson, of ’90s children’s required viewing Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda fame, fired off a series of tweets accusing Emmerich of personally twinkifying Stonewall because of his own proclivity towards young, white, fit gay men.

I wouldn’t even have known who she is if they hadn’t mentioned the above films she was in back in the 90’s.

You can read more here, with many excellent comments. Here’s one:

Reading Mara’s tweets I can’t help but notice a pronounced bigoted homophobia on her part that is disturbing. It seems her self absorbed heterosexual privilege is rearing it’s ugly head here and it’s not pretty. When we want a white straight girls opinion about how we are portrayed on film we’ll let you know Mara. Until then, zip it.

In all fairness to Wilson, she does mention that she didn’t feel right commenting because she’s coming from a place of privilege. Evidently, many in the comment thread didn’t bother to read that part.

“Queerest” Summer In Amsterdam

I usually hate anything with the word “queer” in it, however, I know I’m in the minority with this one and I’ve conceded more times than I can count. So this link is more about fun than social or political commentary. I don’t want to be one of those tight-ass writers without a sense of humor. And I LOVE the milkshake festival and post about it every year. It’s another one of those things my my proverbial bucket list.

It was raining when I got to the entrance of the Milkshake Festival in Amsterdam. I’d only arrived to the city a few hours earlier, on an early morning flight. As I was checking into my hotel the weather seemed perfectly fine, which is why when I left the hotel just before noon, I walked out in short shorts and a tank top. Only to find the sunny weather I was anticipating had turned to a sudden downpour. But as I walked up to the festival entrance (thankfully: under a poncho handed to me by a drag queen on the sidewalk outside Westerpark), I didn’t care.

You can check out more here, with photos of some interesting people wearing unusual outfits, several of whom it’s worth noting that don’t eat much salad.

James Dean Before His Fame: LIFE

There’s a new film about James Dean titled, Life. It’s about the relationship Dean had with a photographer, Dennis Stock. This is one I don’t know much about, but it’s interesting how back in those days no one thought anything of shooting a photo of someone famous with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth.

In fact, it’s sexy…or at least was considered sexy (or cool) back then. These days something like that seems to be so taboo just the slight mention of smoking puts anyone famous on the defensive. Can you imagine someone like George Clooney, who has worked so hard and long to brand himself so carefully, being photographed with a cigarette? Or for that matter, the President of the United States? I can’t. I wouldn’t be photographed with a cigarette myself and I don’t even have anything against people who smoke. I think it’s a personal choice and a personal decision. Not my business to interfere. Most of the world doesn’t agree with me and they’ll tell you their opinions without hesitating.

In any event…

The latest is Anton Corbijn, the gifted filmmaker who made the gorgeous Ian Curtis bio Control in 2007, who has directed Life, which depicts Dean’s relationship with photographer Dennis Stock. Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson stars as Stock who followed the not-yet-famous Dean around New York City and to his hometown Fairmount, Indiana and captured him in a series of evocative, iconic photos that are still framed and hanging on bedroom walls across the globe. The film hits theaters September 25, less than a week before the 60th anniversary of Dean’s tragic demise behind the wheel of his Porsche.

You can read more here. I’ll be seeing this one.

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The Scottish Duke






Neil Partick Harris on Oscars; First Brick Thrown At Stonewall; The Scottish Duke by Ryan Field

Neil Patrick Harris on Oscars

Last year Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Oscars and I thought it was better than most years. He was recently asked if he’d do it again and here’s what he said.

“It’s a rare ask,’ he says.

‘It’s a lot of effort that goes into something that, at the end of the day, becomes inconsequential,’ he adds. ‘If you think about it you’d be hard pressed to remember the nominees. It just goes away and there’s a new thing. That’s the interesting dynamic. You spend an asinine amount of time overthinking it and as soon as it’s done it just sort of vanishes. I’d do it again if I was asked. I had a really fun time.’

I never paid attention to the critics, and I loved what Harris did. And, frankly, the Oscar Award Show is a tough gig for anyone to handle and it takes a very special person, like Harris, to make something so self-indulgent, and so God awful boring, entertaining. Harris did that, and more. 

I hope he does it again.

You can read the rest here. 

First Brick Thrown At Stonewall

Here’s another one of those memes by Sam Kalidi, whom I’ve posted about before. He’s usually funny. I follow him on Twitter. However, this time he put together something a little more intense than usual.

Each week online comedian, voice actor and chest hair model Sam Kalidi creates a new meme for Queerty readers. This week he gets serious about the Stonewall movie controversy and looks at the person many people believe was the true hero of the pivotal moment in the struggle for queer rights. Sam looks forward to all your hate mail. You can find him on TwitterFacebook, Instagram and at your local glory hole.

Here’s the link to the meme.

With the huge debate that’s been going on online all week about the upcoming film, Stonewall, and how it may or may not have been whitewashed by Hollywood as a dramatization, there are still a lot of opinions on the topic and you can read them in the comment section.

Some activists are even calling for a boycott. I can’t comment on any of this because I’m not Stonewall expert and I haven’t seen the film. I’m also coming from a place of white privilege this time, and I don’t think it’s even fair for me to comment. But the big problem as I see it is that Hollywood, as usual, rearranges history to suit its own best interest. In their quest to be left wing liberal they usually fail by pulling stunts like using “yellowface” in films like Cloud Atlas, and the films almost always tank.

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The Scottish Duke


 

Catholic Priest, Gay Sex, and Bagels; Anne Rice on Internet Lynch Mobs; Tab Hunter: His Gay Fears

Catholic Priest, Gay Sex, and Bagels

When I saw this one yesterday on social media I couldn’t believe it, and I went to 12 years of parochial school and I’d thought I’d heard it all. Never, in all the 12 years I spent in Catholic school, did I hear something this ridiculous.

A Catholic priest has come up with one of the strangest analogies yet for gay sex, claiming it is like cramming a piece of bagel in your ear.

Preacher John Riccardo was speaking at a conference in Michigan on Wednesday, called Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters with Same-Sex Attraction. It was a Catholic conference in order to help gay and lesbian people stay celibate.

He was taking part in a lecture called ‘HIV and Other Health Risks Associated with Men Who Have Sex With Men’, led by HIV researcher Timothy Flanigan.

Yes. Bagels in your ear.

You can read the rest here. 

Trust me, there are 54 comments and you don’t want to miss any of them.

Anne Rice on Internet Lynch Mobs

If you follow Anne Rice you already know she’s no stranger when it comes to speaking up about online bullies. And now there’s a recent piece in The Guardian that gets into the topic of a new kind of censorship.

The bestselling novelist Anne Rice, author of Interview With the Vampire, has said that she believes “we are facing a new era of censorship, in the name of political correctness”, in the wake of the heavy online criticism that has been directed at Kate Breslin’s romance novel For Such a Time.

Rice hit out at what she called an “internet lynch mob” that has descended upon Breslin in the last week. 

I can’t comment because I know nothing about Breslin and I haven’t read her book.

In any event, here’s a link to the Anne Rice piece.   

Tab Hunter: His Gay Fears

These little stories about the one time film star, Tab Hunter, keep popping up and I find them fascinating, especially in relation to some film stars nowadays. And I think that’s because the same thing is still going on in Hollywood and many film stars who are gay are still terrified of coming out, or they’re buried so deeply in a world of denial and endless selfies they don’t see a need to come out. I usually see them comment, “I don’t like labels,” and it’s kind of sad. You can’t run from who you are.

But the truth is that many are coming out today and the most talented are doing well. Tab Hunter didn’t have that opportunity back in his day.

Tab Hunter, now 84, came out publicly as a gay man nearly a decade ago.

But it almost happened 50 years earlier when he was taking off as a movie star and was very deep in the closet.

‘It all came about because Henry Willson, who “discovered” me and many other “pretty boy” actors, was upset when I left him to be represented by another agent,’ Hunter writes in the current issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

Around the same time that Hunter left Willson, the agent learned that the scandal magazine Confidential was planning to out Rock Hudson who was still one of Willson’s clients.

‘He cut a deal with them to keep Rock out of their pages feeding them dirt on me instead,’ Hunter writes.

You can check out the rest here. 

I’ve never been an advocate for pushing anyone out of the closet. It’s a personal decision and it’s different for everyone.

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The Scottish Duke


FREE Gay Excerpt; Joaquín Ferreira Full Frontal Nudity; Ian Riesner, Yet Again

FREE Gay Excerpt

Here’s another free excerpt from the most recent book in The Rainbow Detective Agency Series, The Scottish Duke. The main objective I’d like to get through with this post is that if the sex scenes were taken out of this book…or any other book in the series…the storyline would still hold up on its own. And if you notice, there isn’t a shirtless man on the cover. I do that on purpose sometimes because I get really tired of those “other” authors who think they’re so grand because they don’t write about sex. If you ask me they’re probably the biggest pervs out there. At least I’m always honest about what I do. But I digress, with a big smile.

Here’s a Link. It’s also at most other online web sites where e-books are sold.

Amazon Link for Kindle Readers 

And here’s the blurb:

In this installment of The Rainbow Detective Agency, Blair and Proctor’s passionate relationship has moved forward to the point where they begin a small family and don’t even realize it. And that’s because they’re busy trying to solve the case of a well-known gay romance author, E. Q. Montana, who was so obsessed with Proctor he lined the walls of his unkempt West Hollywood apartment with Proctor’s photos. 

But E. Q. Montana wasn’t just any best-selling gay romance author. E. Q. had a few deep dark secrets and enemies of his own that Proctor and Blair have to figure out, one of which has to do with The Scottish Duke of Huntley. It’s a peculiar case of dangerous literary subterfuge, with sudden twists and vicious, ambitious authors, that has them both stumped emotionally and intellectually, and in the end Proctor’s worst nightmare comes true.

Joaquín Ferreira Full Frontal Nudity

In my ongoing quest to find more films with full frontal male nudity, this sounds more interesting than most of the things I’ve seen.

Even if you are not a fan of telenovelas and don’t understand Spanish, you are missing out on a riDICKulously good reason to watch Club de Cuervos. The 13-episode Netflix series, which centers on a family feud among heirs of a soccer club after the patriarch’s death, features Joaquín Ferreira in all of his jaw-dropping “desnudo” glory.

The Argentinean actor portrays “El Porto” and appears completely naked in a few of his scenes. “It was very clear that his character had to be the sex symbol that would have all the girls and gay boys attached to the TV screen,” Luis Gerardo Méndez, the series’ star and producer, explained about Ferreira’s audition, “and when he walked into the room, he got it.”

We actually just started Netflix binges, so I’ll have to check this one out. Anything subtitled is up in the air with me. I love foreign films, but I read, write, and edit all day and the last thing I want to do is read TV during the two hours a day I actually watch TV.  So I’m not going to run there too fast.

You can read more here.

Ian Reisner,  Yet Again


This article talks about Ian Reisner allegedly holding another event for someone who is allegedly anti-gay. In case you forgot, Reisner is the gay guy who had an event for Ted Cruz, he was practically kicked off Fire Island one weekend from the backlash, and he hasn’t handled any of this with the best strategy. (I’m really not judging him. I just think it could have been handled better.) With a simple search you can find out all the details. But you get the main point and why this is newsworthy.

It was just discovered that the ex-lovers-turned-business-partners also hosted a private fundraiser at their Central Park South penthouse for Tea Partier Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, raising more than $10,500, back in April.

Johnson, who describes himself as “a pretty traditional guy,” holds a zero ranking out of a possible 100 with the HRC for his stances on gay rights. He’s gone on record to say he believes marriage is between “one man and one woman,” and in 2013 he voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which protects people from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

But that didn’t stop Reisner and Weiderpass from posing for selfies with the gay-hating politician, or giving him $2,700, the maximum allowed under federal election law.

In case anyone wasn’t paying attention, Hillary Clinton allegedly went to Donald Trump’s last wedding because Trump allegedly gave her a huge donation. That’s politics.

I personally wouldn’t support any anti-gay politicians, but I don’t have all the facts here so I really can’t comment in detail on this one.

You can read the rest here. 

 The Scottish Duke…

Here’s the excerpt, from Chapter 8. I don’t think there are any big spoilers here, but you’ve been warned ahead of time. 


When the news about E. Q. Montana’s connection to Proctor went public, Proctor was setting up Chinese take-out on the kitchen table and Blair was sitting at the table tweeting on his new phone. Constance was next to the table waiting to see if someone would accidentally drop something good to eat. The new puppy had been fed and walked out back and he was resting in the corner on Constance’s cushion.
As Proctor set a container of pork fried rice next to Blair’s dinner plate, he smiled at Snowden and said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a calm, easy puppy. I’ve known dogs and cats all my life, but this is unusual even for me. He’s so simple to train, too.” According to Jane, Snowden had only made one mess in the house all day.
Blair sat up and his eyes bugged out. “Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me.”
Proctor sat down at the table and opened the container of rice. “What?”
“You’re trending.”
“I’m what?”
Blair continued to gape at his phone. “You’re trending on twitter. Someone leaked the news that the famous male model, Proctor Gamble, was the muse for most of E. Q. Montana’s gay fiction and that E. Q. was so obsessed with Proctor Gamble his entire apartment was covered with Gamble’s photos. There’s even a fuzzy photo of the apartment.”
Proctor felt a pull in his stomach. He grabbed the phone from Blair and looked at the photo on Twitter. It was the photo of the one long wall in E. Q.’s apartment that had been covered with Proctor’s famous swimsuit poster. “How? Why? This wasn’t supposed to get this kind of attention.”
Blair shrugged and said, “I was hoping it wouldn’t happen.”
Proctor started reading the tweets about how much E. Q. had adored him. There were even links to gossip blogs that went into detail about E. Q. being a female to male transgender person. “I don’t believe this is happening. Who could have leaked this information?”
“I’m not sure,” Blair said. “It was probably someone connected to the police department, because of the photos. But I’m also sure that E. Q’s publisher had something to do with all this going viral. We’re talking about big money now. On his own, E. Q. was a bestselling genre author. With your name attached to his work now that’s going to make his books even more important.”
Proctor didn’t understand. He tilted his head and looked at Blair with a nonplussed expression.
“This is like hitting the jackpot in publishing,” Blair said. “If I’m right about this, and you know I usually am, E. Q’s romance book sales will triple from all the free publicity. It’s not going to hurt you either, especially since E. Q. left you in charge of his estate and all the rights to his books. There’s really nothing negative about it.”
Proctor wasn’t freaked out about being mentioned this way because he’d known what it was like to deal with this kind of media attention in the past. It wasn’t negative publicity either. In this case, he just wasn’t sure how to deal with being so closely connected to an author who had worshipped him from afar. It still made him feel creepy whenever he thought about E. Q. sitting alone in that dark, depressing apartment, staring at his images and writing love stories.
Proctor stood up and went to the other side of the kitchen to get his own phone.
“What are you doing?” Blair asked.
“I’m going to call my mom and dad,” Proctor said. “If this is trending on twitter there’s no doubt it will be in the mainstream news, too, at some point. I want them to know what’s going on beforehand so they don’t freak out just in case.” His mother was going through enough issues dealing with terminal cancer and palliative cancer treatments that would extend her life a little longer. He wanted to reassure them everything was fine and there was nothing about which to worry.
A few minutes later, he hung up with his dad and went back to the table where he found Blair eating fried won-tons with chop sticks. “I can’t believe you can eat.” He sat down and pushed his plate to the middle of the table. “I can’t even look at food now.”
Blair swallowed and said, “I’ll admit all this is unusual to say the least, however, it could be good for business. We were talking about getting publicity for the agency and this might be just what we were looking for. I know how you feel about self-exploitation, but life does go on and we didn’t bring this on ourselves.”
Although he knew Blair was right, he still didn’t feel comfortable yet with all this unplanned publicity. He thought he had left this kind of attention behind and that he would remain in the public eye on a much smaller scale for the rest of his life. “I hope it doesn’t hurt the agency,” he said. “I want The Rainbow Detective Agency to be a professional place of business. I don’t want it to be a media circus connected to a peculiar author who hung my old photos all over his apartment.”
“I thought you were flattered by the way E. Q. adored you so much,” Blair said.
“Don’t be cheeky,” Proctor said. “To be truthful, I am flattered. I’m more than flattered. I’m honored that an author who was as talented as E. Q. would choose me as his focus. And I know that this kind of thing won’t last long. The next new trend will come along and some idiotic reality TV show star will try to break the Internet with her ass again. However, I also know how the world can be. I’m an openly gay man and I still get a slap in the face every single day in one way or another. You can’t tell me you don’t get that yourself, Blair. And when the vicious and the sarcastic start making comments about this I don’t want the agency to suffer as a result.”
Blair didn’t make a silly comment this time. He seemed to understand Proctor’s feelings and he reached across the table and took his hand. “Hey, we’ll get through this. We’ll be okay.”
Before Proctor had a chance to reply, the doorbell rang and he looked at the clock on the wall above the table. “It’s almost nine o’clock. Who could that be?”
“I’ll get it,” Blair said. “You stay in here.”
A moment later, while Proctor was clearing the table, Blair walked into the kitchen with Howard Stumpf.  Proctor exchanged a quick glance with Blair and said, “Howard, I didn’t expect to see you again this soon.”
“I had to come by,” Howard said. Instead of the conservative business suit he’d worn the first time Proctor had met him, he was wearing jeans, a white polo shirt, and a pair of navy blue leather oxfords without socks. The white shirt accentuated the reddish brown tones in his thick hair and beard. He looked even more like a quasi hipster with good taste than a school teacher.
Proctor wanted to finish cleaning up the kitchen so he turned to Blair and said, “Why don’t you guys go into the living room and I’ll be there in a minute.” He also wanted to take Snowden outside one more time. Snowden had jumped off the cushion to check Howard out and Proctor wanted to continue the puppy training that Jane had started that day. Constance seemed oblivious to Howard. She took one look at him, yawned, and went back to the cushion.
By the time Proctor joined Blair and Howard in the living room, Blair had started a fire and he and Howard were sitting on the sofa drinking martinis. The moment Proctor walked into the room Howard stood up and said, “I’m sorry to bother you, but I had to stop by and talk about everything that’s happened.”
“There’s nothing to talk about,” Proctor said. When he said this, he smiled. He didn’t want Howard to think he was being abrupt or glib.
“I think you should listen to him,” Blair said. Evidently, Howard had already talked over a few things with Blair. “The guy might make you feel a lot better.”
Proctor saw a third martini on the coffee table he assumed was for him. He picked it up and sat in a club chair next to the fireplace and smiled again. “I’m sure you heard about the big news,” he said. 
“The entire world now knows that E. Q. Montana based most of his main characters on me.”

 

President Carter Cancer; Fed Judge Orders Kentucky Clerk to Issue Marriage License; Straight Guys and Skimpy "Gay" Underwear

President Carter Cancer

After liver surgery, 39th President Jimmy Carter recently announced on Twitter he has been diagnosed with cancer. It’s unclear exactly what type of cancer it is.

“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,” Carter said in the statement released by the Carter Center. “I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.”

The statement makes clear that Carter’s cancer is widely spread, but not where it originated, or even if that is known at this point. The liver is often a place where cancer spreads and less commonly is the primary source of it. It said further information will be provided when more facts are known, “possibly next week.”

I wish President Carter and his family the best. It’s a difficult journey ahead. It brings back way too recent memories of my mom’s cancer, which began as stage one bile duct cancer diagnosed in 2014, and then spread to the liver by July of 2014.

NEGU


You can read more here. 

Fed Judge Orders Kentucky Clerk to Issue Marriage License

One of those clerks that are refusing to issue legal marriage licenses to gay couples was ordered by a federal judge to knock it off and get to work…basically. This time it happened in Kentucky.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning said the couples should not be forced to travel to another county to get marriage licenses.

“Davis is certainly free to disagree with the court’s opinion, as many Americans likely do, but that does not excuse her from complying with it,” Bunning wrote. “To hold otherwise would set a dangerous precedent.”

I just don’t understand why they can’t take their religions and keep them in church where they belong. Church and state do not mix. And if you can’t keep them separate maybe working for the government might not be the job for you.

You can read more here.

Straight Guys and Skimpy “Gay” Underwear

You can almost be certain this is just an advertorial for Christian Andrew underwear. It’s a video of how alleged straight guys react to the complications of “gay” underwear. It really is about as dumb as dumb gets.

Here you go:

Gay underwear design can get a little confusing if you don’t know how the various straps and holes are meant to align on the body.

Good thing there are lots of pretty pictures to use as models while discerning front from back.

But how do straight guys feel about these sinfully suggestive undergarments?

Thank you again, Queerty.   

Now let’s hear it for the millions of gay men who wear the same underwear straight men wear…or for those of us who don’t wear them unless we have a doctor’s appointment.  

So far, no one’s even bothered to comment on this one.

The Rainbow Detective Agency Book 6

The Scottish Duke

"Stand with Margie" and Pope Francis; Stonewall Star Jeremy Irving Comes Out Swinging; Grindr Bots and STDs

“Stand with Margie” and Pope Francis

One of the reasons why I still keep this blog running is for things like this…the story about Margie and Andrea, a married couple, where Margie was fired from a Catholic school for being gay and married. It’s not great clickbait. It will never get nearly as much attention as pundit, Megyn Kelly, or Donald Trump, and yet it’s 100 times more important. It’s simply about two decent, hard working women trying to live their lives to the best of their ability and still facing discrimination through no fault of their own. I could go on, but you get my point. No one else has touched this topic since it broke. I first posted about all this here.

And I’ve been following the story ever since. Now the supporters who set up a Facebook page for Margie are asking people to write to Pope Francis as some sort of show of appeal.

TAKE ACTION!
Letter Writing Campaign:

Write to Pope Francis this week
Children: Tell Pope Francis your story and ask him to meet with Margie and Andrea

Adults: Tell your story, ask Pope Francis to meet with Margie and Andrea and ask him to declare a moratorium on firing LGBT Catholics.
Send these letters to our
P.O. Box 343
Narberth, PA 19072
so we can send them to Pope Francis all at once.
Letters MUST be received by Wednesday August 19 th 2015. Please look at the the messages below for sample letters you can use.

Thank you for your efforts to help achieve a moratorium on firings and eventually inclusion for all.

You can check that out here. 

The story about Margie didn’t make the Guardian, but one similar did. 

In May 2012, she wed the love of her life, Donna, in Iowa. It was also at that time she learned her cancer was in remission. The following May, she applied for – and later accepted – her dream job, a position that entailed running a food pantry at St Francis Xavier, a Roman Catholic church.

And this year, on 9 May, Simon was asked to resign from that job after her marriage to a local Lutheran reverend, Donna Simon, was noted in a magazine article.

In any event, the main point I’m trying to make is that I live in the northern most section of the Philadelphia area, between New York and Philadelphia, in New Hope, Bucks County, PA, and I watch the local news regularly from Philadelphia. So far I have not seen one single follow up on this story, and the only news I see related to Pope Francis is how wonderful his visit to Philadelphia is going to be. You would think God himself is coming. So I have very little hope that any letters from any amount of people on this topic of Margie being fired will help much. But I do give them credit for trying. At least there’s that.

Stonewall Star Jeremy Irving Comes Out Swinging

In yet another attempt to save the image of the upcoming film, Stonewall, a white star in the film, Jeremy Irving, recently made a few comments of his own. I posted about activists calling for a boycott yesterday and if you scroll down you’ll see more links. The main reason we’re seeing this is because activists are calling for a boycott of Stonewall. And that can get nasty and gain momentum. I’ve seen that happen on the Internet many times before.

To anyone with concerns about the diversity of the #StonewallMovie. I saw the movie for the first time last week and can assure you all that it represents almost every race and section of society that was so fundamental to one of the most important civil rights movements in living history. Marsha P Johnson is a major part of the movie, and although first hand accounts of who threw the first brick in the riots vary wildly, it is a fictional black transvestite character played by the very talented @vlad_alexis who pulls out the first brick in the riot scenes. My character is adopted by a group of street kids whilst sleeping rough in New York. In my opinion, the story is driven by the leader of this gang played by @jonnybeauchamp who gives an extraordinary performance as a Puerto Rican transvestite struggling to survive on the streets. Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ character represents the Mattachine Society, who were at the time a mostly white and middle class gay rights group who stood against violence and radicalism. I felt incredibly nervous taking on this role knowing how important the subject matter is to so many people but Roland Emmerich is one of the most sensitive and heartfelt directors I’ve worked with and I hope that, as an ensemble, we have not only done such an important story justice but also made a good movie as well. Jeremy

He can “assure” us? How old is this dude? And and could there be a conflict of interest in his comments? 

Here’s a link to the entire article. You’ll want to check out the comments on this one, especially this comment from someone who is allegedly a Stonewall Historian, David Carter.

Here is what Stonewall historian David Carter said about Marsha and Sylvia in an interview published on GayToday.com:

Paul D. Cain: Where’s Sylvia Rivera? Duberman’s Stonewall placed her at the bar on the first night of the riots, yet your book makes absolutely no mention of her (although you do mention her buddy, Marsha P. Johnson). Do you think that, like so many others, she fabricated her remarks about being there?

David Carter: Yes, I am afraid that I could only conclude that Sylvia’s account of her being there on the first night was a fabrication. Randy Wicker told me that Marsha P. Johnson, his roommate, told him that Sylvia was not at the Stonewall Inn at the outbreak of the riots as she had fallen asleep in Bryant Park after taking heroin. (Marsha had gone up to Bryant Park, found her asleep, and woke her up to tell her about the riots.) Playwright and early gay activist Doric Wilson also independently told me that Marsha Johnson had told him that Sylvia was not at the Stonewall Riots.

Sylvia also showed a real inconsistency in her accounts of the Stonewall Riots. In one account she claimed that the night the riots broke out was the first time that she had ever been at the Stonewall Inn; in another account she said that she had been there many times. In one account she said that she was there in drag; in another account she says that she was not in drag. She told Martin Duberman that she went to the Stonewall Inn the night the riots began to celebrate Marsha Johnson’s birthday, but Marsha was born in August, not June. I also did not find one credible witness who saw her there on the first night.

There are more quotes like this, and it gets even more interesting. Evidently, something I didn’t know, there’s controversy about everything surrounding what happened at Stonewall. Frankly, I’m kind of curious about what the real story is.

From yet another POV, here’s a piece from Huff Po with a quote from someone who was actually there…not a well paid actor who has to promote a film.

Miss Major, a 73-year-old trans activist who participated in the riots, didn’t even make it through the full two minutes and 20 seconds of the trailer before she turned it off. “It was too much to watch,” she told HuffPost. “It’s just, ugh, they’re whitewashing it again. They’re burying us in the ground so when they step off of us, there’s no proof that we were even there.”

Many say that Emmerich’s decision to cast a handsome white man in the film’s lead role is part of a long history of the mainstream gay rights movement ignoring trans issues and the concerns of people of color in favor of causes like marriage equality and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
 
Say what you will, agree to disagree, but that last paragraph is a very difficult point to argue. This what they’ve done in the past and I’ve never yet seen a case where history didn’t repeat itself.

Grindr Bots and STDs

This is all a novelty to me because I know nothing at all about Grindr. I’ve never been there and don’t see myself going there any time in the near future.

However, those who do use Grindr in the UK are fuming because these alleged spambots catfished them and infected their phones with STDs.

Several men have reported falling victim to the spambots, which have been preying on users in the U.K. The bots are designed to strike up a conversation. Once they’ve engaged a user by talking about their “really nice dicks,” they try to lure them into clicking on a link to a fake webcam site, which then installs a virus on their device.

“It’s not a natural conversation flow,” one of the victims tells Pink News. “So it seems suspicious, but equally convincing enough to be real.”

And there you are.

You can read more of that here.

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