No Robber Was Getting HIS Louis Vuitton Bag; Jeff Leatham and Colton Haynes’s Divorce Filing; Nico Tortorella Is Gender Fluid

No Robber Was Getting HIS Louis Vuitton Bag

A little over a year ago I had to go to the ER and I was diagnosed with a small kidney stone. It wasn’t bad. The pain was awful and uncomfortable, but the stone wasn’t that large. My biggest worry was that they were going to keep me and I had a dinner party the following night. And there was no way I was going to miss that dinner party. I’d been looking forward to it all week. So when they gave me instructions on how to pass a kidney stone and sent me home, you can imagine my relief. I took a pain killer and went to the dinner party, kidney stone and all. So we all have different priorities in life.

“It happened very fast. In one motion he took the gun out of his waist belt and with the other hand put up a bandana over his mouth and pointed, was like, ‘Give me your bag,’” Kluting explained to local NBC station WCMH. “I was like, ‘You’re not getting my Louis Vuitton.’ I worked very hard for this and this bag I’ve had forever and it means a lot to me. I wasn’t about ready to relinquish it to some thug that was going to demand it from me.”

I can understand that. It’s also a Louis Vuitton bag that’s no longer in production. You can’t find them everywhere.

Here’s the rest. Obviously, he lived to tell the story.

Jeff Leatham and Colton Haynes’s Divorce Filing

For those who don’t know, Jeff Leatham is Colton Haynes’s first husband, and now they’re getting a divorce after 6 months of marriage. It’s those dreaded irreconcilable differences.

 Just days after Haynes filed paperwork to dissolve their marriage, Leatham filed his response to Haynes’ petition.

The 46-year-old Four Seasons artistic director has cited “irreconcilable differences” as the cause of the split and requested the court not be involved in awarding spousal support to either himself or his estranged husband.

It all sounds very civil. You can read more, here. 

Nico Tortorella Is Gender Fluid

The more I read about this person the more I like them. Notice how I’m purposely using respectful gender neutral pronouns for this part of the post. Totorella has a wonderful book of poetry out there, they are on a popular TV show, and they have always been open about their personal life in a way that you rarely see.

Nico Tortorella has come out as gender-fluid with the help of RuPaul‘s Drag Race season 9 queen Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor.

The queer actor, who has previously opened up about his non-binary sexuality, says they recently started using gender-neutral pronouns.

You can read more about them, here. I’ve begun to use gender neutral pronouns in many areas of my life lately. I haven’t done it with fiction yet because I don’t want to confuse readers, and I think that would confuse readers. It’s difficult enough to write a gay love story with male pronouns and not get confused. But I support the concept of gender fluid fully.

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Gay Boy Bible A New Gay Web Site; Working To Defeat Measure C In Palm Springs, CA; Frankfurt As A Gay Pride Mecca

Gay Boy Bible A New Gay Web Site

I’ve seen Gay Boy Bible on my Twitter feed for the last few weeks and I wanted to share it.

It’s a new LGBTQIA web site with stories about news, politics, fashion, and pop culture. There’s a lot more, too. I’m just giving you the abbreviated description.

What I like…from what I’ve seen so far…is that it’s easy to navigate, simple to read, and it covers most things that are of interest to LGBTQIA people. It’s still so new there aren’t that many ads either, which makes it clean and fresh. Simple.

I used to be a staff member on a web site called Best Gay Blogs, and I would review and interview personal gay bloggers. At the time, back in the early 2000s, there were tons of personal gay blogs and I never had to look far for content. In the last 15 years I’ve seen them come and go, and I’m still here writing about them. But now that things have changed so much, and there’s so much more gay content out there that’s newsworthy, web sites like Gay Boy Bible have taken all this to another level.

I think you’ll like it, and I’ll be linking to them every now and then. You can check it out, here. 

Working To Defeat Measure C In Palm Springs, CA 

There’s a group that’s trying to ban short term vacation rentals in Palm Springs, CA neighborhoods. From what I gather, this would affect a lot of LGBTQI people who go to Palm Springs on vacation.

We rent out the home we own in Palm Springs to guests, and we spend several months a year there ourselves. But Measure C wouldn’t affect us personally in any way. Our HOA won’t allow us to rent on a short term basis. We’re only allowed to rent our place for 30 days or more. So Tony and I have nothing to win or lose here and I’m not commenting. But I know that many people on both sides of the issue are passionate about it.

The battle over Measure C has been raging since the initiative, which would outlaw rentals of fewer than 28 days in the city’s residential neighborhoods, qualified for the ballot earlier this year. But the wider debate about short-term rentals has been playing out in Palm Springs for years.

You can read the rest here.

And there’s more here, too. 

The initiative was designed to prohibit vacation rentals of less than 28 days in residential neighborhoods unless the owner is present.

Frankfurt As A Gay Pride Mecca

Tony used to travel to Frankfurt, Germany every year for business, and he always raved about what a great city it was. In fact, I never heard one complaint. So this is good to hear. It’s an advertorial, but it’s informative, too.

Frankfurt, Germany, is host to one of the most glorious Pride celebrations in the world — and now it’s easier to enjoy than ever.
German airline Condor offers non-stop flights from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport direct to Frankfurt. And not just any flights: Passengers receive complimentary checked baggage, beverages and meals as well as in‐flight entertainment, all included in the base fare.

Here’s the rest. I also love my German readers. I get e-mails from them all the time, and they are avid fans of digital books, especially in the gay romance genre. 

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Scottish Pride Event Bans Drag Queens; Jim Parsons Falls On Broadway Stage; NY Firefighter Forced To Have Sex With Stripper

Scottish Pride Event Bans Drag Queens

Here’s something I’ve never seen happen before, and I’ve seen my share of Pride events. 

Free Pride Glasgow – which was set up as an “anti-commercialist” alternative to the main Pride Glasgow event – made the decision ahead of the event next month, claiming that despite drag being a uniquely celebrated part of most Prides, they would not be welcome to perform at Free Pride. 

You can read more about it here. It goes into a lot more detail about “cross-dressing as a mode of fancy dress.” And Pride Glasgow responded with a statement of their own as well. 

“Pride Glasgow believes that any community group should be given their place to flourish but that success should not be built on the negativity and ignorance towards other events, groups and like minded people and we are saddened to see that this is the direction that Free Pride has chosen to take.”

Jim Parsons Falls On Broadway Stage

I’m glad this wasn’t serious, but I can’t help wonder why they didn’t have an under study just in case something like this happened.

 Jim Parsons has reportedly taken the old theatrical “break a leg” tradition a little too close for comfort.

During a matinee performance of The Boys in the Band revival on Broadway Saturday, the out Big Bang Theory star tripped on stage while walking out to take his bow.

Here’s more. They had to cancel the Saturday night performance and some theater goers were not pleased. 

NY Firefighter Forced To Have Sex With Stripper

It’s hard to believe this kind of thing still happens, but it obviously does happen.

A former firefighter from Queens claims his colleagues demanded he “have sex with a stripper” to prove he wasn’t gay, now he’s filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the FDNY.
24-year-old Michael Troina alleges his colleagues at Ladder Co 1/Engine Co 7 subjected him to vicious “hazing rituals” that included racist and homophobic abuse, stomping on his bunker gear, smearing peanut butter on his car, and superimposing his face on a picture of a crying baby.

Check it out, here. According to this piece, when he refused sex with a stripper the anti-gay pejoratives came out in full force. 

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Del Rio’s Openly Gay Mayor; The Craigslist Confessional and Mormon Gay Guy; The Reality of Extra Huge Penises

Del Rio’s Openly Gay Mayor

There’s a fairly decent sized town in South Texas called Del Rio that just elected an openly gay mayor. According to this article there are more LGBT people in Texas interested in running for office. I think that’s interesting because recently an older gay man I know in Los Angeles was talking about not going to a literature conference in Texas because he didn’t like the way gay people are treated in Texas. It sounded as if this older gay man I know was getting all of his information from all the wrong places. And when I tried to educate him and explain that the entire state of Texas is not anti-gay, he simply made excuses and dismissed me. I let it go. It’s not worth the aggravation to prove every single point in life, especially not with people who believe they know it all. I also know he was speaking to an audience of his peers, and they don’t know any better either. But this guy I know was wrong, and this article shows that things are no only changing everywhere, but openly gay people are winning in politics now.

 According to Houston’s OutSmart Magazine, as of January there were at least 52 LGBT candidates across the state, chasing everything from small-town mayor gigs to state representative seats to the governor’s office.

Lozano had become well known in Del Rio for his work to clean up the border town’s waterways, according to Into, an online magazine produced by the gay online dating app Grindr, and he decided to run for mayor in 2016. “I’ve gained a huge following ever since I put my name in the hat,” Lozano told Into in April. “The Baby Boomers have been running the government over the last 20 to 30 years.

And he’s cute, too. Here’s the rest.  

The Craigslist Confessional and Mormon Gay Guy 

This is particularly interesting now that Craigslist has stopped publishing their personal ads thanks to the federal government and indirect online censorship.

There’s a writer named Helena Bala who started meeting people in 2014 on Craigslist to learn more about their personal stories. I think it’s sort of her own personal project to help people talk about their stories and experiences, and to share them in a way that hasn’t been done before. Here’s one about a gay Mormon guy.

In my experience, the Mormon Church has a really effective way of reinforcing their core beliefs. Starting at age twelve, I had to sit in front of a Church authority figure we called “the Bishop” and he would ask me a list of questions. I remember he asked me if I had impure thoughts and if I masturbated. And I had to tell him the things I’d done and the things I’d thought and I remember being so worried that he’d tell my parents or other members of the Church, and so I learned to lie to his face.

Here’s the rest. According to this link, she’s interested in hearing more stories and you can e-mail her.

Fascinating project.  

The Reality of Extra Huge Penises

Here’s an interesting article about extra large penises in general, and first hand commentary from a guy who has an extra large penis. 

In Greek mythology, Priapus—the well-endowed god of fertility—was thrust off Mount Olympus, strongly disliked by other gods for his extra-large, permanently erect penis and foul-mindedness. Way back when, smaller penises were the preferred kind of phallus, larger member’s being associated with dirty, naughty, dare-we-say it… lust.

You can read the rest, here.  You’ll get comments from a doctor, a sex therapist, and even a tailor. And the guy with the large penis says he likes his penis and he has no complaints. 

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No One Will Sleep With Gay Republican; Coddled Millennials and Their Virginity; Fed Prisons Roll Back Protections For Trans People

No One Will Sleep With Gay Republican

If you take into consideration that I know nothing at all about hook up apps, it’s no wonder I find things like this interesting. It’s a letter written to that Savage guy, and his reply.

Here’s part of the letter.

I am a 28-year-old gay white male living in Houston, Texas. In the six years since I came out and became sexually active, I have used various apps off and on, for dating and for sex. I like to think I have done my best to be respectful of the people I have slept with. Recently, I have noticed a handful of profiles that explicitly state “I do not sleep with republicans” or “Trump supporters swipe left.”

Here’s part of the reply.

 Sensible, self-respecting gay men don’t wanna fuck you because you did real and lasting harm to millions of your fellow Americans.

Here’s more.  

Coddled Millennials and Their Virginity

I have to wonder about this one. I know a lot of millennials and I don’t think any of them are virgins. 

A new study from University College London has found that Millennials are shaping up to be one the most chaste generations ever.

The study tracked more than 16,000 people born between 1989 and 1990 since they were 14 years old. Researchers found that Millennials are waiting longer–like, way longer–than previous generations to have sex, with one-in-eight Millennials report still being virgins at age 26.

You can read more, here. Some researchers are blaming this on overexposure to sex and porn. 

Fed Prisons Roll Back Protections For Trans People

Clearly, this bothers me. 

The Trump administration has rolled back protections for transgender prison inmates introduced under former President Barack Obama after some prisoners challenged the policies in court.

An inmate’s biological sex will now be used to make the initial decision as to where transgender prisoners are housed, instead of the gender to which they identify, according to a change in guidelines announced on Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

You can read more about this, here. It goes into more detail. 

This whole thing goes much deeper. According to this next piece, it was four Evangelical Christian women who sued that sparked all this, because they didn’t feel safe with trans women. It’s also a direct attack on Obama-era regulations.  Here’s the link.  

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British LGBT Award Winners and Justin Trudeau; Lesbian Moms and Their Six Kids Is Likely Suicide; Young Gay Priests In Training Banished to Ireland

British LGBT Award Winners and Justin Trudeau

As far as I know, Justin Trudeau is the only high profile leader in any country who ever apologized to LGBT people for how they’ve been treated in the past. Most high profile leaders claim they have evolved, but no one ever apologized for anything that’s been done to us. I found that apology not only gracious of Trudeau, but genuine as well. After all, we’ve been beaten, we’ve been mocked. We’ve been locked up as insane and put on trial as criminals. We’ve suffered abuse, they’ve mocked us, and they’ve even tried to change us with reparation therapy. They’ve appropriated us at times, they’ve treated us as if we’re pet poodles, and stolen our culture for movies and books. In some cases they’ve even raped us and shamed us. And that’s just to name a few things. I hate to sound pushy, but I think an apology of some sort is the least they can do.

Among the winners were Playboy, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Laverne Cox.
Trudeau won for Media Moment when he apologized to his country’s LGBTQ2 community for ‘unjust treatment’.

There are other winners and you can read about them, here. I just singled out Trudeau because his apology is so highly significant and unique. 

Lesbian Moms and Their Six Kids Is Likely Suicide
Here’s a sad follow up to a story I posted about last month where two lesbian moms and their kids died in an auto accident in California.
Police in Mendocino County now say that two lesbian mothers from Washington state appear to have intentionally driven their SUV off a cliff, killing themselves and their six children, ages 12 to 19.
Here’s more.  If you do a search there’s a lot more out there on this one. 
Young Gay Priests In Training Banished to Ireland

I’m surprised to see this making news. Usually it’s unspoken…or covered up by the Church.  
Two seminarians from the Irish College in Rome were sent home this week after the rector discovered them naked in bed together.
Both men had reportedly gotten wasted at an event marking the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul V1’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae. When they got back to their dorm that evening, they started going at it.
Here’s the rest. There are comments. 
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"Sorry Angel" and Gay Life and Dirty Cinemas In 1990s Paris; Lesbian Forced To Remove Offensive Pride Flag; New Hampshire Bans Conversion Therapy For Gay Youth

Sorry Angel and Gay Life and Dirty Cinemas In 1990s Paris 

Here’s another movie with gay content they’re calling a “queer romance” without even knowing what romance as defined by genre means, and without even bothering to understand that many gay men don’t identify as “queer.”

I don’t care what anyone told you in high school. Romeo and Juliet was not a romance.

But I’m not going to judge anything yet. It might be a wonderful film. The only thing I can find about Sorry Angel are those questionable movie reviews with big words and long sentences, from the typical sources you see every year during Cannes.

But this review seems to be honest enough.

 Christophe Honoré’s Sorry Angel is the story of a 90s-set love affair. It is often poignant and humorous but also placid and complacent, with performances bordering on the self-regarding and even faintly insufferable. 

There’s more, here. 

Lesbian Forced To Remove Offensive Pride Flag

Here’s one where the Pride flag is being compared to the Confederate flag. I understand how HOAs work, and we have a very strict HOA in Palm Springs, but to compare the Pride flag to the Confederate flag just leaves me shaking my head.

A renter in a Brevard County, Florida neighborhood was asked to remove the pride flag she’s flown for the last two years, with a member of the local Homeowner’s Association calling flag “offensive.”

Jennifer Raymond, who rents a home in Ashwood Lakes Subdivision, was contacted by her landlord, Anthony Posada after he received an email from the Homeowner’s Association’s Architectural Review Committee.

You can read more, here.

New Hampshire Bans Conversion Therapy For Gay Youth

I think we might finally be seeing an end to all this. It’s important to protect LGBT kids, too.

The New Hampshire state legislature today (10 May) sent Governor Chris Sununu a bill protecting LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy.
As defined, HB 587, ‘prohibits persons licensed to provide counseling services to propose to engage or engage in conversion therapy with a person under 18 years of age’.

Here’s more. 

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