Introduction: Valley of the Dudes by Ryan Field; Trump Chooses Pence? Gays Told To Stop Hugging In Canada Amusement Park

Introduction: Valley of the Dudes by Ryan Field

 
I posted the new introduction to Valley of the Dudes below. I wanted to talk about some of the things that inspired me, and some of my concerns while writing a gay erotic romance parody.

I will put up links for this soon. I still haven’t received them.

Trump Chooses Pence?

I don’t even think it’s official yet that Donald Trump has chosen Gov. Pence of Indiana as his running mate, however, this article seems fairly certain. I still think it could change, but I wanted to post about it anyway…because of Pence’s anti-gay record on LGBT rights. And even though I usually recuse myself from all politics, this one was too important to LGBT people to ignore. That’s the one time I draw the line.

Please keep in mind that even though I’d never vote for a candidate like Pence, I wouldn’t have written an article quite this way. However, emotions are running high this year. 

He’s also an antigay buffoon. Pence has a long history of opposing LGBTQ equality. He was a vocal opponent of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tel, complaining that it would “mainstream homosexuality.”  He voted against the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes law because it advanced “a radical social agenda.” He supported a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and wanted to divert HIV funding to conversion therapy programs. Needless to say, in this year’s presidential race, he endorsed Ted Cruz.

You can read more here. If you do a simple search for “Pence and anti-gay law” you’ll come up with more than one interesting article from reputable sources that talk about facts this time…anti-gay facts.

Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which I’m sure many of you remember. I remember it well.

Gays Told To Stop Hugging In Canada Amusement Park

If you think gay discrimination ended with legalized gay marriage, think again. And this time it happened in Canada.

Oh, Canada, what have you done? You were supposed to be better than this: an employee at Canadian amusement park Wonderland ordered a gay couple to stop hugging each other “because this is a family park.” What’s worse, the park has reportedly refused to institute sufficient sensitivity training — which probably explains why homophobic harassment is a problem there.

Here’s the rest.  I don’t think they would have told a straight couple to stop hugging.

Introduction Valley of the Dudes 

When I was first approached about writing a gay erotic romance that loosely parodied Valley of the Dolls, I hesitated because I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it…or that I could do it. It wasn’t the first time I’d been asked to write a gay parody, with sex scenes, on a well-known book or film, but it was the first time I was asked to parody something I’d always considered a game changer in publishing, pop culture, and in film. I’ve always believed Valley of the Dolls was part of the forefront of the sexual revolution, and it broke those proverbial grounds that lead the way for other books like it to enter the mainstream.
            With my previous gay erotic romance parodies, the focus had always been to give gay readers, and straight people who love reading gay erotic romance, something they never had before. I wanted to give them something I never had growing up: a storyline with which I could both identify and escape at the same time. And I wanted these gay erotic romance parodies to be uplifting, and, to have happy endings. When I was growing up and I was searching for gay reading material I cannot say that I ever found anything that had a happy ending. And back then a gay person got a slap in the face at least once a day. But more important, there was nothing, absolutely nothing, in the mainstream with which gay people could identify. Unless you stepped into the fringes of pop culture, you had to watch or read heteronormative mainstream story lines and try to imagine what they might be like with gay characters. And that’s exactly what we did. We imagined. We had no other choice.  
            I first read Valley of the Dolls years after it had been published, and I was only a teenager at that time. I also saw the film years after it had been produced, and by that time it had become a pop culture classic. I was so young at the time I didn’t even realize the magnitude. I wouldn’t realize it until I was in college taking a contemporary fiction course as an English elective and I had to re-read it. And through the years, I’ve re-read Valley of the Dollsseveral times, and I’ve interpreted the story line and the characters with each different reading in a slightly different way. It’s amazing how you view certain books and characters so differently when you’re in your late 30’s as opposed to when you’re in your late teens. I think that’s especially true for gay readers who never had much content with which they could identify.
            So when I agreed to write a gay erotic romance parody of Valley of the Dolls, I didn’t do that lightly. I also wanted readers to know that’s exactly what I was doing, and I didn’t want to be glib. But I didn’t want to take myself too seriously either, which is why I tended to exaggerate a few of the sex scenes in a way that gay men might exaggerate them in real life. I knew there was no way I would ever compete with Jacqueline Susann, and I wasn’t even going to try. In all honesty, even though Susann is one of my favorite authors of all time, I can’t even say this was a tribute to her or her books, at least not in a literal sense. I think I would be fooling myself if I tried to pull that off, and I would be fooling readers as well. You can parody a good book or movie, but you can never reproduce the original, and I knew that when I started. However, I did want to show that you can take one of the best novels ever written and humbly try to show that it can be done with a gay storyline and gay characters. And in doing that, if you’re lucky, you might be able to pay tribute to the original.
            I also think it’s a little ironic, if not symbolic, that the 50 year anniversary of Valley of the Dolls coincides so closely with the 50 year anniversary of the Gay Liberation movement. Valley of the Dolls and Gay Liberation were both part of an era that helped define sexuality and equality today. And whether Jacqueline Susann realized she was doing this or not at the time doesn’t negate the fact that Valley of the Dolls helped change the world, and influence a generation of readers, in its own distinct way. 

Unabated



 

Riverdale Avenue Books Press Release: Valley of the Dudes by Ryan Field

Press Release: Valley of the Dudes

Here’s the publisher’s press release for Valley of the Dudes.

From my inbox…


  
Riverdale Avenue Books Publishes Valley of the Dudes by Best-selling M/M Author Ryan Field in Homage to 50thAnniversary of Susann’s Classic
Riverdale, NY, July 15, 2016 – The innovative award-winning hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books has just released Valley of the Dudes by Ryan Field to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking classic, Valley of the Dolls.
Lambda-award-winning author Ryan Field, who has been known for parodying heteronormative romance classics, explained his approach to writing his novel, “I’d always considered Valley of the Dolls a game-changer in publishing, pop culture, and in film. I’ve always believed it was part of the forefront of the sexual revolution, and it broke those proverbial grounds that lead the way for other books like it to enter the mainstream.” 
Field added, “I also think it’s a little ironic, if not symbolic, that the 50 year anniversary of Valley of the Dolls coincides so closely with the 50 year anniversary of the Gay Liberation movement. Valley of the Dolls and Gay Liberation were both part of an era that helped define sexuality and equality today.”
Said Riverdale Avenue Books Publisher, Lori Perkins,” It’s amazing how relevant Susann’s classic remains today as we wade through the flood of celebrity worship and scandal that Susann predicted. Ryan’s re-imaging shows just how universal her vision was when it is brought forward 50 years and genders are changed, and it is still a powerful tale of the cost of fame and fortune.”
About the Author
Ryan Field is a Lambda-Award winning author of more than 100 LGBT works of fiction.  Some of his best-known work includeof the bestselling “Virgin Billionaire” series and the short story, “Down the Basement,” which was included in the Lambda Award winning anthology titled “Best Gay Erotica 2009.” Though not always, he sometimes writes gay parodies of *straight* mainstream fiction/films in the same way straight fiction and Hollywood has been parodying gay men for years, without apology. Please check out his web site for updates http://www.ryan-field.blogspot.com
About Riverdale Avenue Books
Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry.  We publish e-books, print, and audio books under 9 imprints: Desire, an erotica/erotic romance imprint; Pop featuring pop culture titles; Riverdale/Magnus the award-winning imprint of LGBT titles; Truth, an erotic memoir line; Verve featuring lifestyle titles; HSF, a horror, science fiction, fantasy line; Dagger, a mystery thriller imprint; and Sports and Gaming featuring sports and gaming titles. Started in 2012 by industry veteran Lori Perkins, Riverdale is a full service publisher, with a foreign rights and film agency department.  Visit us at www.RiverdaleAveBooks.com.

Valley of the Dudes FREE Gay Excerpt; Drag Queen Ghostbusters Parody; George Takei Welcomes Gay Characters On Star Trek

Valley of the Dudes FREE Gay Excerpt

I haven’t done a free excerpt in a while, so it’s long overdue. I stopped because life was getting really busy and there was only so much time to fulfill work obligations and family obligations. But things have calmed down lately with the family obligations.

Here’s the blurb and I’ve posted the excerpt below at the bottom of this post.

I’ll post a new introduction to the book that explains more about it (and why I wrote it) tomorrow. And, I’ll put up links as soon as I get them. I don’t have them all yet.

Side note: this is a gay erotic romance parody.

This is the story of several talented young gay men, of their fight for recognition, and of the unexpected price they will pay for getting the fame they so desperately crave. Their lives are charmed in many ways, the secrets they keep hidden rule them, the sex never seems to end, and the gay lives they lead appear magical on the surface. However, beneath all the orgasms and glamour, are the addictions to alcohol, pills, and substances that help them survive in this jungle of ecstasy and fortune…the “Dudes” of the stars. They are the real secrets to success and exploitation and survival in the Valley of the Dudes.

Drag Queen Ghostbusters Parody

Speaking of gay parody…a huge part of gay culture that straight people don’t always understand, or want to understand…this looks like fun. And why not? They’ve been parodying us for years, especially in Hollywood. And it works. 

When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call? Jackie Beat, Lady Red Couture, Bianca Del Rio and Sherry Vine, of course!

The new Ghostbusters movie has been on everyone’s lips for weeks, so what better time than now to release a hilarious drag queen parody? Then, to add a cherry on top of it all, the video guest features RuPaul‘s Drag Race fan favorite Alyssa Edwards.

You can check the video out here.

George Takei Welcomes Gay Characters On Star Trek

In all fairness, I thought it was important to post this about George Takei as a follow up to other stories I’ve posted this week. He’s not okay with Star Trek making an existing character gay for artistic reasons, but he is okay with having gay characters on Star Trek. He claims that most accounts of what he said recently have been “misleading.” Of course I believe him, and I was hoping he would make a statement to clear it up.

Here it is, in part:

On the specific question of Sulu being gay, when I was first approached with the concept, I responded that I hoped instead that Gene Roddenberry’s original characters and their backgrounds would be respected. How exciting it would be instead if a new hero might be created, whose story could be fleshed out from scratch, rather than reinvented. To me, this would have been even more impactful. While I understand that we are in an alternate timeline with the new Trek movies, for me it seemed less than necessary to tinker with an existing character in order to fulfill Gene’s hope of a truly diverse Trek universe. And while I am flattered that the character of Sulu apparently was selected as an homage to me, this was never about me or what I wanted. It was about being true to Gene’s vision and storytelling.

You can read it in full here. It’s a long statement, and I think I agree with it. I was recently placed in a position with Valley of the Dudes where I was asked to change the characters, and I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t think it could be done. We compromised and we reached an agreement and I made a few changes that did work. Whenever something is complete, it’s not always a good idea to change it.

But most of all, I think Takei is spot on when he mentions that this kind of controversy makes for better sales. And they did get attention. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, but it works.

So while I don’t think anyone will hold this against Takei for feeling the way he does about his art, I thought it was important to post his statement to clear up some of the rumors.

FREE Gay Excerpt Valley of the Dudes

You all know I only post things here on the blog that are SFW. But the book itself is an erotic romance. 

This is from Chapter One…

Rush Goodwin had lived his entire life in a small New England town. He was an only child living with his widowed mother and her spinster sister, and always dreamed of the day he would begin a new life in New York City.

He kept his wavy brown hair at a medium length and wore a thin, well-manicured layer of facial hair on purpose that looked more like five o’clock shadow than an actual beard which he trimmed daily to achieve a scruffy look on purpose. In the right light, his brown hair took on a reddish tint that grew more pronounced in the summertime. And when he wasn’t working, he often wore knitted caps on his head all year long.

He could get away with a lot: he had a handsome face, with a strong square chin, full lips,and deep brown almond-shaped eyes. Though he wasn’t extremely athletic, he had the tight,sculpted body of a young baseball player. When he walked into a crowded room, both men and women looked in his direction.

He didn’t want to move to New York because small town life was bad. Rush had been very fortunate. His mother and his Aunt Julia rarely discussed the fact that he was gay, but they’d accepted his lifestyle, quietly, without any arguments or complaints. They greeted his boyfriend,Harold, with smiles and invited him to dinner on Sundays. When Rush went away on long weekend trips with Harold, they didn’t roll their eyes and look in the other direction. But Rush was eager to experience more in life than what he’d always known. He craved these new experiences with such fortitude there were times he couldn’t sleep at night.

So one cold snowy day, not long after he’d received his law degree, he told his mother and his aunt he was moving to New York. (He’d been planning the move in his head for a while and he’d already passed the New York Bar Exam so that he could legally practice law in New York.)This happened on a Friday evening. They had just finished dinner and Rush was waiting for Harold to pick him up. Rush sat down on a footstool in front of his mother’s favorite wing chair and leaned forward. He told her he’d applied to an entertainment law firm, he’d gone on a series of interviews, and they’d offered him a job in New York. He even knew where he could sublet a small apartment; all he had to do was sign the lease. Rush said he hadn’t mentioned his plans earlier because he wasn’t sure whether or not he’d get the job. He’d just found out it was all definite that morning.

His mother stopped knitting and stared at Aunt Julia. She lowered the knitting needles to her lap and raised her eyebrows. Aunt Julia glanced back with large blue eyes as she sat in another wing chair beside a blazing fire, reading a novel she’d already read a dozen times. His mother pressed her lips together and turned her head toward Rush. “Are you absolutely certain about this?” she asked. “You already have a stable position here in Connecticut with an excellent law firm. This sounds awfully impulsive.”

Rush nodded and reached for her hands. “I’m sure. This is something I’ve always wanted to do. The only thing I’m worried about is leaving you both here alone.”

Rush had always been the man in the family. His father had been killed in a car accident when Rush was 12 years old. Since then, Rush had been the one who’d dealt with the plumber,the electrician, and the auto mechanic. The house where he’d grown up was one of those big old brick colonials, with white trim and no shutters. There were white dormers on the third floor and two wide chimneys on both ends of the house. It had been in his mother’s family for over 200years. Supposedly, the basement had been used as a shelter during the days of the Underground Railroad.

His mother took a deep breath and sighed. “We’ll be fine,” she said, nodding at her sister, raising an eyebrow. “But moving to a place like New York is a big decision.”

He smiled. “I know it is. This wasn’t an impulsive decision. I promise. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time.”

“I see,” she said. “When do you leave?”

He squeezed her hands and hesitated for a moment. Her face was still tight and expressionless. “In a couple of weeks,” He said. “I’m worried about you, though.”

“Ah well,” she said, taking a quick breath, allowing her face to soften. “We’ll be just fine.” Then she tilted her head to the left and asked, “What about Harold?”

Rush knew his mother was wondering about whether or not he and Harold were moving to New York together, as a couple. Rush had been with Harold since he was a freshman in college and he’d never dated anyone else. “I haven’t told Harold about this yet.” Part of the reason he wanted to move to New York was Harold. But he didn’t mention this to his mother or his aunt. His mother frowned and gave his aunt a look. She said, “I suggest you tell him as soon as possible.”

“We’re going to the movies tonight,” Rush said. “I was planning to tell him afterwards.” He released his mother’s hands and stood up. He squared his shoulders and asked, “So you’re okay with this?”

His mother shrugged and lifted the knitting needles. As she poked the tip of one needle into a loop of red yarn, she smiled and said, “If this is what you want to do, I’m fine with it. And you’re not moving to the end of the world. You’re only moving to New York. We’ll be just fine here in Connecticut.”

Later that night, while Rush and Harold were leaving the movie theater, Rush told Harold about his plans to move to New York. The theater had been empty and the few people that had been there were bundled up and trotting toward their cars to get out of the cold. Rush’s voice was low and soft and he spoke without a hint of concern. He made his announcement while they were crossing the snowy parking lot to Harold’s car. Harold was still talking about the movie. Harold stopped walking; he faced Rush and furrowed his eyebrows. “You’re doing what?” he asked. His head went up and his strong, patrician chin jutted out.

Rush took a deep breath and stared down at his shoes. In the years they had been together, Harold had always been the one who took control, in a very passive aggressive way. He’d practically planned every moment of their lives, and Rush had let him do it. “I’m moving to New York in a couple of weeks. I have a new job with an entertainment law firm that represents celebrities and I’ll probably sublet an apartment in Chelsea.”

“Have I done something wrong?” Harold asked. His hands were still in his pockets and he was looking directly into Rush’s eyes. He was reacting like a scorned employer when his best worker quits, not like a jilted lover.

Harold had a tendency to think everything that happened between them revolved around him. “It’s not about you, Harold,” Rush said. “It’s me. I’m restless. And you know I’ve always talked about moving to New York.”

There had been many times he’d mentioned how much he wanted to leave New England and move to New York. But Harold was a dentist, and he worked in his father’s established dental practice in New Haven. Whenever Rush suggested Harold could start his own practice in New York, Harold thought he’d lost his mind. There was no way Harold was giving up a successful position to start all over again in New York City. He told Rush they could visit New York any time Rush wanted. But they weren’t moving there full time.

“I know you’ve mentioned it,” Harold said. “But I never thought you were serious about it. After all, we can go to New York whenever we want. We’re not living in Kansas.”

This was part of the problem. Harold liked being a small town boy, and he never seemed to take anything about Rush seriously. But Rush didn’t want to argue. “Don’t be mad, Harold. This isn’t about you. It’s about me. I need to do this. If I don’t, I think I’ll suffocate here. There are times I wake up in the morning to face another day and I honestly don’t think I can breathe.” Harold removed his hands from his pockets and took a step forward. He put his arm around Rush and said, “Let’s get in the car.” Then he lowered his head and nibbled on Rush’s earlobe. “I know how to make you feel better.”

This was another part of the problem. Harold was extremely good looking. He stood over six feet tall, he had the defined, muscular body of a professional athlete from competing in triathlons, and he had droopy, steel blue eyes. His hair was sandy blond and his face looked as if it had been chiseled out of stone. Though Rush and Harold were two very different people who wanted very different things in life, there was a sexual connection between them that went beyond all sense of reason.

Rush pulled away from Harold and said, “I think we should both just go home and talk about this tomorrow. My mind is made up and I’m moving to New York. I have to do this.” He wasn’t officially breaking up with Harold that night. And he wasn’t moving to New York to meet new men. His restlessness went much deeper than that. But he wasn’t sure having sex with Harold tonight was a good idea.

Harold raised an eyebrow and smiled, and then he reached for the back of Rush’s head, in the middle of the snow covered parking lot, and kissed him on the mouth. When he finally removed his tongue from Rush’s mouth, he said, “Let’s get into the car. We haven’t fooled around inside the car in a long time.”

Rush was ready to take another step back. But when Harold reached down and placed his strong hand on the small of his back, he leaned into the left side of Harold’s strong body and followed him to the car. The best part about being with conservative, dependable Harold was that they were both adamantly monogamous, so there was no need for condoms, and it was safe and familiar.

When they reached the car and Harold clicked the locks, Harold opened the back door instead of the front door and practically shoved Rush into the back seat. Harold drove a large, black Yukon; the backseat was spacious and all the windows were tinted with dark film. If anyone had been walking around in the empty parking lot, they wouldn’t have been able to see anything that was happening in the backseat.

Harold followed him into the backseat and pulled off his coat. He leaned forward and switched on the engine to get the car warm. When he sat back, he grabbed Rush’s coat, unzipped it, and pulled it off his body. Rush’s pants were already tight and his erection pointed up so far it reached the waistband. Even if having sex with Harold that night was a mistake, things had already gone too far to end it.

Unabated

Valley of the Dolls Fifty Year Anniversary, and, Valley of the Dudes

Valley of the Dolls Fifty Year Anniversary, and, Valley of the Dudes

There have been several pieces written this year celebrating the fifty year mark for the pop culture classic, Valley of the Dolls.

This one said...

With 31 million copies sold to date and 30 foreign editions that place the book in the best-selling ranks of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Gone With the Wind,” “Valley” is hardly obscure.
It’s a coming-of-age story that follows Anne, Jennifer and Neely, friends who contend with pretty much all seven deadly sins on their path to fame, from 1945 to 1965. The cult 1967 movie version starred Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate and Patty Duke, and their big-haired, Pucci-swathed looks and melodramatic lines are frequently invoked by entertainment and design professionals to this day.
And I thought this was interesting…
 “I’ve got to leave something on this earth before I go, and I don’t want it discovered after I go,” Jacqueline Susann wrote in her diary on New Year’s Day, 1963. She would fulfill that ambition three years later with the publication of her second novel, Valley of the Dolls. By the time Susann died of breast cancer in 1974, it had sold 17m copies, spawned a hit movie and made her the favorite punching bag of a literary world that surely envied her success.

And still, fifty years later, the book is resonating with readers from all over the world. People re-read it constantly. I’m not exactly sure why that is, but one reason could be the fact that it helped define an era, especially with regard to the sexual revolution. And it’s still selling copies.
When I was asked to write the parody, Valley of the Dudes, I decided to do it for several reasons, one of which has to do with the fact that The Gay Liberation movement was just getting started about the same time Valley of the Dolls came out and gay fiction was on the far fringes of publishing. Gay readers had no content readily available to them. Unless they lived in a city where they could find small book shops that carried a limited amount of gay fiction, they had to read books like Valley of the Dolls and imagine what it would be like if the characters were gay. And that’s what they did.
Many things have changed for LGBTQ people since Valley of the Dolls was released fifty years ago, however, gay fiction still isn’t mainstream. Of course thanks to the Internet and technology, not to mention digital publishing, gay readers can now find more gay fiction than ever before in the history of publishing. And my goal was to parody a heteronormative cult classic with all gay characters, with the kind of erotic romance readers didn’t get fifty years ago. It might not be for everyone, and I fully realized that at the time I wrote it, and I realize that now, but it has resonated with some people who read gay fiction…at least according to some of the Amazon reviews I’ve had. 
Here are three short excerpts from three reviews I’ve had, verbatim…
Let me start by saying, I have not finished this book yet. I started it last night and it has drawn me in, just like the movie valley of the dolls.
 So naturally i devoured this book. It follows the original story pretty well, only with a twist. I just can’t get enough dolls, or dudes!!!! 
Ryan Field has given a new meaning to the word–Dudes, in this story. He created six powerful characters who made me mad, laugh, and cry. Ryan held nothing back, he let it go and came up with a wonderful story about six friends who meet in their twenties and go through life together.

So with all this said, we’ll be re-releasing Valley of the Dudes this year with Riverdale Avenue Books, with a few minor additions to the original book, and a brand new cover. And this time I wrote an in-depth introduction to the book that I will post here on the blog eventually. I don’t do these parodies anymore because they tend to be more difficult to write than original stories, like Unabated, or my most recent, Uncertainty. In fact, they take too much thought sometimes and they tend to receive too much criticism. But I think the most important point I’d like to get across is that Valley of the Dudes was written with an LGBTQ goal, but it was still a humble effort that was never designed to compete with, or take from, the original book. In a way, it is a tribute to the original book and to Jacqueline Susann. The story isn’t identical, and the narrative and dialogue are completely original for a gay parody of this kind. 

This is the story of several talented young gay men, of their fight for recognition, and of the unexpected price they will pay for getting the fame they so desperately crave. Their lives are charmed in many ways, the secrets they keep hidden rule them, the sex never seems to end, and the gay lives they lead appear magical on the surface. However, beneath all the orgasms and glamour, are the addictions to alcohol, pills, and substances that help them survive in this jungle of ecstasy and fortune…the “Dudes” of the stars. They are the real secrets to success and exploitation and survival in the Valley of the Dudes

Colton Haynes’ Web Site A Huge Hit; Philly Hate Crime Convict Kathryn Knott Released From Jail; Mom Creates Tinder Profiles For Gay Sons

Colton Haynes’ Web Site A Huge Hit

The Colton Haynes Web Site just went up, and it’s already sold out. I think it’s amazing that a web site that just went up so recently sold out of so much merchandise that quickly.

It proves one thing: Colton Haynes is smart. I even bought one of the shirts, and I’m going to get another as soon as they are re-stocked.

You can check out the web site here.

I actually heard the web site crashed the first day it launched because it was getting so many hits. Don’t quote me on that, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did crash. I think people see a celebrity like Colton Haynes, they see the real deal, and they respect that. As opposed to all the others we see who aren’t sincere. And you can tell. You can always tell.

Philly Hate Crime Convict Kathryn Knott Released From Jail

I follow this partly because it’s a local story for people like me who live in New Hope, which is located in between Philadelphia and New York. We get a lot of tourists from both cities, and both cities have a huge influence here.

It’s not as if though we needed more evidence that we currently live in an unjust world, but here you are: Kathryn Knott has just been released from jail after serving a mere five months for her part in a brutal 2014 assault against two gay men in Philadelphia.

There’s more here. Her attorney issued a statement.

Mom Creates Tinder Profiles For Gay Sons

It seems like just yesterday all guilt-ridden young gay men were hiding porn magazines under their beds so no one would find out, especially their moms, and now this.

YouTubers The Monastero Twins are lucky enough to have a mom that takes PFLAG to a new level – she even created their Tinder profiles for them!

While we wouldn’t personally want our mother to have anything to do with our online profiles, the twins decided to give it a shot, and created a cute and funny video that brings a new meaning to “ally.”

Good for her. You can read the rest of it here, with a video.

Unfortunately, I still have this feeling that there are a lot of young gay men hiding porn so no one finds out…only now it’s on their browsers.

Unabated

 

The Arrangement
 

 

“I am so blown away by all of yalls support:) In just under 2 hrs…we are almost SOLD OUT. Sending hugs!!!,” he wrote.
Be sure to check out his new website!

Source: Colton Haynes Launches New Website & Merchandise Line! | Colton Haynes : Just Jared | http://www.justjared.com/2016/07/07/colton-haynes-launches-new-website-merchandise-line/?trackback=tsmclip

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“I am so blown away by all of yalls support:) In just under 2 hrs…we are almost SOLD OUT. Sending hugs!!!,” he wrote.
Be sure to check out his new website!

Source: Colton Haynes Launches New Website & Merchandise Line! | Colton Haynes : Just Jared | http://www.justjared.com/2016/07/07/colton-haynes-launches-new-website-merchandise-line/?trackback=tsmclip

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“I am so blown away by all of yalls support:) In just under 2 hrs…we are almost SOLD OUT. Sending hugs!!!,” he wrote.
Be sure to check out his new website!

Source: Colton Haynes Launches New Website & Merchandise Line! | Colton Haynes : Just Jared | http://www.justjared.com/2016/07/07/colton-haynes-launches-new-website-merchandise-line/?trackback=tsmclip

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Ben Affleck’s Full Frontal Penis gif; Gay Moments In Comics; Guilty Plea In Transphobic Murder; Gay Best Friend Mean Girl Bitches

Ben Affleck’s Full Frontal Penis gif

Remember when that Ben Affleck film came out and it was being promoted heavily by announcing he’d done full frontal male nudity? Well now there’s a gif.

You can check that out here. It’s NSFW, it’s not really news, and I’m not posting it here. But in case you’re interested.

Gay Moments In Comics

Without even realizing it, there have been a few gay moments in comic book history.

Whether it’s slang from a bygone era that reads differently today, those moments Batman and Robin made us say “Hmmmm,” or that time Captain America and Bucky worked it in drag, there are plenty of moments throughout comic book history that are hysterical when viewed through a modern queer lens.

You can check them out at this link.

 Guilty Plea In Transphobic Murder

I missed reading about this one when it happened. A nice-looking young guy named William Lound was murdered in his dorm and they’re calling it a transphobic murder.

Now, a man named Lee Arnold, who’s already in custody, has admitted to stabbing Lound and is pleading guilty to the crime.

 According to Pink News, Greater Manchester Police say there’s still no clear motive for the killing, but they’re treating it as a transphobic hate crime since Lound used to “dress up in women’s clothes.”

You can read the entire story, here. It’s a sad story that gets even sadder at the end.

Gay Best Friend Mean Girl Bitches

Unfortunately, this does happen. I’ve seen it myself. There’s always one…or two.  

We’ve already covered the scenario of realizing your friends are a soul-sucking pack of mean gays, but here’s an every-so-slight variation: when your friends are actually gay bitches.

Look, we’ve been there — it’s nice to get invited to the party. But sometimes you show up to the party and the general chatter makes you want to vomit even more than the flavored vodka in the freezer.

You can watch the video here.

But in all fairness, I’ve seen it happen with straight men and women, too. So this isn’t just limited to gays…or West Hollywood.

Unabated

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