Gay Men with Monkeypox Share Their Stories, Ryan Field Books

Gay Men with Monkeypox Share Their Stories

One thing I don’t want to get is Monkeypox. Just the thought of is creeps me out. Especially after reading this article where gay men talk openly about their experiences with Monkeypox. There are almost 7,000 known cases of Monkeypox around the globe. 

 Nevertheless, 18 gay men who contracted monkeypox told NBC News how it can cause unsightly and in some cases debilitatingly painful skin lesions — and has left them stuck glumly inside.

Here’s more.  The article goes on to explain more about Monkeypox in general and what it can do. There are also a few videos and a like to an even more in-depth story. 


Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

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Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

C'mon Twitter It's Time to Use Real Names and Identities and Weed Out the Cowards, Ryan Field Books

C’mon It’s Time to Use Real Names and Identities and Weed Out the Cowards

I’ve been working online for over 20 years now and I’ve seen every form of social media there is, from google blogger in the old days to Tiktok now. And the one thing that still amazes me with all social media is that so many people will still hide behind a fake name and identity. I think the two most notorious places are Amazon and Twitter. Amazon is filled with reviews written by cowards who will not use their real names. Twitter is even worse. The vitriol and hate that comes from some of these people on Twitter who hide behind fake names is becoming intolerable. 

In the old days, long before social media, if you wanted to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper or magazine in order to place complaints (or praise) of some kind, you had to use your real name and your true identity otherwise the newspaper would not print the letter. And rightly so. People who hide like cowards behind fake names most likely would never say the same things with their real names. We are all more civil and professional with our real names. 

So c’mon, Twitter, and all other social media out there (I’m not singling out Twitter). Start keeping it real and clean up the internet a little. We call for full transparency for politicians, actors, authors, and business owners and the same should be done with anyone out there using social media. Full transparency for Mrs. Starry Nite of Twitter and full transparency of Mr. Bag of Cones on Amazon. It’s only fair to those of us who do use our real names and identities. 

Of course, I know this won’t happen any time soon. 

Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Most Child Sex Offenders Are Straight Men, Ryan Field Books

 Most Child Sex Offenders are Straight Men

I am so sick and tired of these MAGA types running around all over social media claiming that LGBTQIA people are sex offenders. They make these broad generalizations without even backing them up with research. So I decided to post about it. And I did do some research. In fact, all you need to do is a simple search for this topic. This comes from the stop abuse campaign, which I believe to be accurate. 

MOST STRAIGHT MEN ARE CHILD SEX OFFENDERS

 Most child sex offenders consider themselves heterosexual [1]. Jerry Sandusky and Jared Fogel are two famous examples of married, heterosexual sex offenders who fathered children.

Here’s more. The article gets into more detail about sex abuse and statistics. It’s a very interesting piece that I highly suggest reading. 


Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

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A Teen in Florida is Killed by a Guy Who Feared Being Outed, Ryan Field Books

 A Teen in Florida is Killed by a Guy Who Feared Being Outed

To this day gay men are still terrified of being “outed.” And this incident happened with teens. Nowadays you’d think all younger people are so open about being LGBTQ, but sadly that is not the case. The same kind of fear and shame is still there. 

“There was some concern that Telan either had or was going to post something on social media kind of outing the suspect,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young said at a news conference Wednesday. 

Here’s the rest. They go into a little more detail. I wonder if Florida’s don’t say gay law contributed to any of this. But I’d just like to say one thing. Please don’t fear coming out. I know how it feels. I’ve been there myself. Coming out is intimidating and you never know how people will react. But I never knew anyone who came out and regretted it. 

Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Dirty Photos that Show South Asia's Homoerotic Sport, Kushti, Ryan Field Books

 Dirty Photos that Show South Asia’s Homoerotic Sport, Kushti

There’s a sport in  South Asia that’s not only very dirty but also very homoerotic. Homoerotic in the same way wrestling is here in the US. Only no one ever admits it here. But seriously, you put two hot young men in singlets and tell them to roll around on a matt hugging and groping each other, that’s homoerotic in my book.

Kushti is, indeed, a form of wrestling. I wish I could share one of many photos but I don’t have permission. 

Kushti was developed in the Mughal Empire by combining Persian martial arts with influences from native INDIAN combat wrestling. Kushti wrestlers are often trained in judo and jujutsu as well.

Here’s more.  It goes on to explain more of the detail, plus you get to see some excellent photos. 

Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

More Details On Florida's Don't Say Gay Law, Ryan Field Books

 More Details On Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Law

Ever since it was announced that Florida was pushing a bill that will censor LGBTQ voices, there have been many discussions. Mostly about what the bill is about. Conservatives will argue that it changes nothing, except for the fact that you can’t discuss anything LGBTQ-related to small kids. The worst of the MAGA types call this “grooming,” and they claim LGBTQ people are trying to turn their kids either gay or transgender. Which is ridiculous. We’re all born that way and no one can turn us. They really are stupid. 

Liberals claim the bill is basically a “don’t say gay” law that will cause a great deal of harm and damage to kids and LGBTQ families. This article to which I’m linking calls the bill out for what it is. It was never designed to be anything with great detail. It’s a hate law.  

It was designed to do one thing and one thing only: terrorize LGBTQ+ people.

Here’s more. Now that this is officially the law, a teacher can’t even wear a rainbow sticker. The author of this piece not only slams Republicans but also Democrats who aren’t doing anything. 

The bottom line is that we are still fighting the conservative, backward straights. 


Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Nelson Piquet Called Out Racist and Homophobic Slurs To Lewis Hamilton, Ryan Field Books

 Nelson Piquet Called Out Racist and Homophobic Slurs To Lewis Hamilton

This article just shows how we are still treated in certain areas. And as Hamilton states later in the article it’s often done to us by older people who are still stuck in the dark ages.  

Even though Piquet was condemned for his slurs, it got even worse when more footage was revealed with worse comments. 

His comments had already received widespread backlash from those within the F1 community and beyond, with reports suggesting that the three-time title winner has now been banned indefinitely from the F1 paddock.

Here’s more. There’s a video at the link where you can hear him. He clearly shows no remorse. Hamilton has called for older voices to have less of a platform. 


Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Iran Executes Gay Man For Sodomy, Ryan Field Books

 Iran Executes Gay Man For Sodomy

I’m always posting about how gay men are treated in other parts of the world. It’s especially bad in places like the Middle East where Islam rules. 

Here’s proof of what can happen in these countries. 

“Yet again another man has been executed on a charge of sodomy, which he may or may not have committed, with or without consent. What is certain is that this man almost certainly did not receive a fair trial under the notoriously biased Iranian judicial system.

Here’s more. The article goes on to mention more about this case, and it also calls for global solutions. All the hate in these countries is based on this backward anti-gay Sharia Law System. 



Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

"We Say Gay" Florida's Pride Parade Draws Massive Numbers, Ryan Field Books

“We Say Gay” Florida’s Pride Parade Draws Massive Numbers 

After that MAGA governor in Florida enforced a bill that basically silences schools from mentioning anything LGBTQ, especially in the lower grades, I’m relieved to see this news. And after the worst of the MAGA crowd started referring to gay people as “groomers,” I’m even happier to see this. The word groomer, in this case, suggests that gay people are trying to turn little straight white kids gay. Which is ridiculous. You don’t turn gay. You are born gay. 

But this year’s Florida’s Pride Parade showed those MAGAs that we can come out in numbers, along with our allies.

 

Florida’s largest annual Pride march returned to St. Petersburg this past weekend for the first time since 2019. This year, however, the celebratory event took on a more activist tone as revelers contended with the lingering coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, and a new state law limiting LGBTQ classroom instruction.


Here’s more.  I hope that MAGA realizes that we’ve fought worse than this. They don’t seem to understand that we are a lot tougher now than we were 50 years ago. We’ve been fighting all of our lives and we will continue. 


Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

The New Gay Film "Firebird" and Gay for Pay, Book Review For "French Braid" by Anne Tyler and When a Straight Woman Writing Gay Characters Works

The New Gay Film Firebird and Gay for Pay

From what I’ve read so far, the premise of this film reminds me of a short story I once edited for an author named Curtis von Dornheim who was in his 70s. You can look him up. He’s still on Amazon. I edited him for around 10 years and he passed away in 2015, and I know he had someone taking care of his copyrights. He was most known for his spiritual awakening books, and I only edited them because I love anything dealing with the spiritual or supernatural. He also became a very good friend. And it wasn’t easy to edit him, but I also enjoyed his stories about being a gay man years ago. He wrote all his work out in long hand in a notebook, in scratchy cursive, as the spiritual guides helped him along, and I would have to type it all up and then edit. Again, it was such good material I couldn’t say no. 

The reason I mention Curt is that he wrote one short story that reminds me of this new gay movie, Firebird. Just from what I’m reading so far. I haven’t seen the film yet so I don’t really know the storyline in detail. Here’s a link, if you are interested in where you can find Curt’s work. 

With all that said, the movie Firebird has a basic storyline focused on two gay men when the love between two men was considered scandalous and dangerous. The first mistake they made for me in promoting the film was comparing it to Brokeback Moutain. At the time BBM was released I didn’t appreciate the fact that it was gay content written by a straight woman. Even back then, at that time, I knew from working in publishing there were thousands of other gay male authors with stories just as good who were overlooked. I also didn’t like those straight actors who played gayface in gay-for-pay roles. I remember arguing about this with an angry lesbian who saw nothing wrong with it at the time because cultural appropriation was not a thing back then. And gay men had no voices. 

But I won’t judge Firebird on a bad PR firm. So far, I know that one of the male stars of Firebird, Tom Prior, is openly gay, but I’m not sure about the other one. Oleg Zagorodnii who is a Ukrainian actor who talks about the attack on Ukraine by Russia. In fact, there is absolutely no information about how he identifies at all, online, which leads me to suspect he’s probably straight playing gayface. But I could be wrong and I’m keeping an open mind. Ukraine is not exactly great in gay rights so maybe he can’t come out officially. I don’t want to assume anything like those people on Twitter. 

The period piece is based on a true story during the Cold War and “follows a handsome, soulful young soldier named Sergey,” played by out actor Tom Prior, “who embarks on a clandestine sexual affair with Roman, a charismatic fighter pilot on an Air Force Base in occupied Estonia; at the height of 1970’s Communist rule.”

Here’s the rest. It’s all publicity, but it goes into more detail. I’m not making any strong comments until I learn more. 

As a side note, the director of the film is Peter Reban who is also an openly gay male activist. It sounds very promising to me. And I’ll make a point of seeing this. It’s a 2021 film that was just released internationally in April 2022. 

Book Review for French Braid by Anne Tyler and When a Straight Woman Writing Gay Characters Works

I read my first Anne Tyler book in college in my sophomore year and from that day on I’ve been hooked. After I read that first book I went out and read every other book she wrote. And over the years, I’ve waited with patience for her next book, which usually takes about 2 years. I think she’s in her 70s now and she’s still dropping books that are as good as anything else she’s ever written. As an author, she’s one of my heroes and she is one of the people who has inspired me to write fiction. And I am fully aware that the content we write is totally different, but I’m talking about her tight writing style and her need for less is more. In my case, I noticed so many romance authors writing this awful flowery narrative, and ridiculous dialogue that almost always contained said bookisms. And I wanted my gay romances to do just the opposite. It works most of the time with my readers who know better, but some readers simply do not understand word economy.   

Well, Ms. Tyler’s latest book title, French Braid, was astounding for me because she wrote about two gay characters, in the most subtle, tasteful way. And it’s fine that she did this. She didn’t culturally appropriate gay men and she didn’t steal gay culture in any way. She simply added two gay men into her book and there’s nothing wrong with that. It works. It’s okay to add gay characters but it’s not okay to appropriate with entirely gay content. Leave that to the gay male authors. 

With no spoilers, French Braid focuses on another Baltimore Family and how it evolved over the years. With a few exceptions, I think almost all her books are set in Baltimore. I think French Braid covers about 60 years. And the magic is that Tyler can turn something as perfectly ordinary as a French braid…even the gay couple…into something fascinating. She handled the disappointment that can happen in marriage very carefully, with her two characters Robin and Mercy. Robin adores Mercy, but Mercy is a bit self-centered, and in many ways, she has every right to be. They have three children, two girls, and a boy, and their lives are examined, too. 

At times it’s complicated; at times it’s not. The writing, as always, is smooth and neat and tight and it’s a pleasure to read. I truly couldn’t find one single thing that offended me. A lot of people have mentioned the cat in the story and that turned them off on Mercy, but I found it to be an honest gesture and a human gesture. And I think Mercy did the right thing. I think she’s a true artist at heart. 

I would recommend this book to anyone. There’s a reason why it has received so many excellent reviews just here on Amazon. Here’s a link to French Braid. 


Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]