Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci Play Gayface; Support For Guy Who Hates His High-Pitched Voice; Ryan Field Books

Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci Play Gay Face

I have no doubt Tucci and Firth will be up for Oscars for playing gay face in this film, and frankly, I’m tired of posting about these things. I do believe this will change in time. From what I’ve been told, black face was acceptable at one time. The Prime Minister of Canada dressed up in black face not too long ago, which of course was wrong even at that time. He has since apologized. But, sadly, it took time for people to realize just how wrong it was to do that. And that’s how it’s going to work with gay face.

Firth and Tucci are the lead actors in Supernova, a British film focusing on a romance between two life-long partners as they travel around England in an RV after Tucci’s character begins experiencing early-onset dementia.

Here’s the link to more about Firth and Tucci playing gay face. 

I just wonder sometimes how openly gay actors like Rupert Everett feel about straight actors playing gay face nowadays. I would think that Rupert Everett would have been perfect for one of these parts. Everett has voiced his opinions about being openly gay in Hollywood.  This is an interesting link, too.

Rupert Everett has opened up on homophobia within the film industry, claiming that gay people are treated like “second class citizens”.

Support For Guy Who Hates His High-Pitched Voice

I think we all have something about ourselves we dislike, and most people don’t like the sound of their own voices. I don’t like the sound of mine. I think it’s too deep. This guy is just the opposite. It’s a Reddit thread where a guy talks about how much he dislikes his own high-pitched voice.

“I honestly just want to become mute or rip my vocal cords apart,” the user added. “I would have better chances dating. I’m becoming increasingly self-conscious about it. And I’m actually scared of meeting guys in real life because of that. I’ve tried voice-lowering techniques, but they don’t seem to work. I hate my voice with a passion. Anyone else relates?”

Here’s a link to the rest.  People were very supportive.

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16 Gay Activists In Uganda Arrested and Given Anal Exams; The Horrors of Being Gay in Chechnya; Ryan Field Books

16 Gay Activists In Uganda Arrested and Given Anal Exams

Here’s yet another horror story from this backward, vicious country that treats gay people like sub-human beings.

Ugandan authorities confirmed yesterday the arrest of 16 LGBTQ people by police in Kampala on Monday.

You can check it out, here. They not only arrested them, they also forced them to take anal exams. 

The Horrors of Being Gay in Chechnya

And here’s more about what’s happening in Chechnya, another backward country where they’ve been rounding gay people up, torturing them, and detaining them for the last few years. This time it finally made it to the mainstream news, and this is a first hand account of what’s been happening.  

“The first day they took me and locked me in the cell in our city police station,” Ricky said. “Then they took me to another place.” After that, the torture began.

At first, they were just beating me. They punched me and then they hit me with electric shock. They did waterboarding, which was the worst,” Ricky told ABC News in a recent interview.

What they are doing is despicable. Here’s the link to read more. 

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The "Masc 4 Masc" Debate Continues; Hong Kong Ban On Same Sex Marriage; Ryan Field Books

The “Masc 4 Masc” Debate Continues

These stories continue to dominate present day gay culture, and I think they’re worth sharing. People do take them seriously.

A new video, which is obviously designed to be triggering, has been making the rounds on social media. It asks a group of six gay men to what extent they agree or disagree with the statement, “I prefer masculine men.” And the internalized homophobia and coded misogyny is so thick it’s almost palpable.

Here’s a link to more. You can watch the video. It’s interesting. 

Hong Kong Ban on Same Sex Marriage

Here’s a piece about what’s happening with same sex marriage in Hong Kong…or rather, not happening. 

Weeks after legislators ruled out the possibility of same-sex marriage on the Chinese mainland, a court in Hong Kong similarly rejected an opportunity to expand the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.

Here’s the link. They will appeal, and unfortunately it sounds just like every other country in the sense that it’s going to be a fight to the finish. 

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The Word "Queer" Was Used As A Slur Against Pete Buttigieg; Jonathan Groff Dressed As Mary Poppins; Ryan Field Books

The Word “Queer” Was Used As a Slur Against Pete Buttigieg

This is what an elected official in Tennessee recently said about Pete Buttigieg.

“We’ve got a queer running for president, if that ain’t about as ugly as you can get,” Sevier County Commissioner Warren Hurst said to the crowd after telling them to “wake up.”

You can read the rest, here. The county where this guy was elected issued apologies. But that still doesn’t change anything about the word he used. The word “Queer” is still a pejorative for many homophobic people, and it always will be. 

Jonathan Groff Dressed As Mary Poppins

I like this article for several reasons, one of which is that there’s always been speculation that Mary Poppins was a lesbian. The author of Mary Poppins, PL Travers, was most likely a lesbian and even though it’s rarely mentioned people have been discussing this for a while. I posted a few things about it a while back. 

I also like Jonathan Groff and I haven’t seen him in the news in a while. He’s in a new Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors, and he’s a huge, serious fan of Julie Andrews. 

In fact, he was able to prove his love of the actress stretches back to his earliest years. When he was aged 3, he was so obsessed with the movie Mary Poppins, his mom allowed him to dress as the character for Halloween, complete with lipstick, trademark hat, and bag.

Here’s more, with a seriously adorable video of Groff. 

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More ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ Once Again; Surviving Conversion Therapy and Embracing Queerness; Ryan Field Books

More ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ Once Again

This is one of those movies and books that I absolutely refuse to watch or read, and it never seems to go away. I’m not getting into my own personal opinions. Instead, I’ve linked below to several reviews I’ve found helpful.

However, the straight male author who wrote the first story is now promoting a sequel, because obviously one just wasn’t enough. 

Titled Find Me, the story picks up 10 years after the first story, and finds Elio dating an older man named Michael. Oliver has married a woman and their union is on the rocks as he dotes over his love for Elio. Elio’s father Sami also has a significant role in the book, as he engages in an affair with a younger woman.

For all I know it might be the best story ever told, however, it’s NOT a gay romance. It’s a heteronormative book written by a straight male author, with gay content. There is a difference.

Here the link to more. 

And, here’s one review from the New Yorker. 

The elision of the characters’ mental lives renders “Call Me by Your Name” thin and empty, renders it sluggish; the languid pace of physical action is matched by the languid pace of ideas, and the result is an enervating emptiness.

Here’s one from The Boston Globe

“Call Me by Your Name” isn’t about an older man and a younger man. It falsely romanticizes an exploitative relationship between a grown man and a teenager. These manipulative relationships cause lasting damage, as I know from my own experience.

This review refers to it as the straightest gay movie ever. 

What would happen if all gay teens discovered their sexuality without a conflict with family and social milieu? ‘Call Me by Your Name’ depicts such a scenario – and it’s pretty dull

There are more reviews similar to these with a simple search.

Surviving Conversion Therapy and Embracing Queerness

Now here’s an LGBTQ story that’s relevant and genuine. It’s a personal piece written by someone who has been through all kinds of fresh heteronormative hells…even conversion therapy. And yet they still come out with a strong, bright spirit. Their name is Seth Owen and I highly recommend reading this, in full. 

I’ve heard my family disparage queer folks for as long as I can remember. My mom and grandma would call people like me “funny” — that was their word for it — and would scrunch their faces the same way I do when I eat broccoli. My dad would scream “faggot!” at the TV.

Here’s the link. This is the kind of real, genuine LGBTQ content that inspires me.  

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"Transparent" Musical Series Finale on Amazon Streaming; Aaron Schock Spotted At Another Gay Circuit Party; Ryan Field Books

“Transparent” Musical Series Finale on Amazon Streaming

It’s hard to believe my posts about the TV show, Transparent, date back to 2014. And I’ve been posting different news stories about it ever since because I love the show, the characters, and the writing. In fact, there was never a thing about that show I didn’t like. I even love the house. There’s always been an artistic quality, but not over the top. Unfortunately, there was a problem with one of the lead actors, Jeffrey Tambor, you can read more about here. But I’m not getting into that. This post is about the series finale, which was actually done as a 2 hour musical.

When I saw that the series finale was a 2 hour musical, I was worried. I thought it would be another Glee. But it really was very good, and nothing at all like sticky sweet Glee. I’m not going to give out any spoilers, but it’s interesting the way the writers handled the ending. They brought the entire show, story line and characters, full circle, in a very symbolic way, that involves loss, reawakening, and life changes. They just did a fantastic job, and it’s sad that it’s not getting more press and attention.

Here’s the link to find out more.  I watched it on Amazon Streaming with Prime just the other night. I highly recommend it.

And of course Judith Light made the entire show all the more spectacular. But they’re all excellent.

Aaron Schock Spotted At Another Gay Circuit Party

Here’s another story in the never ending Aaron Schock saga. I’m still not sure why people seem so interested in him, but I do get the gist of it, in a very broad general sense. 

Aaron Schock was once again spotted shirtless at a gay circuit party over the weekend, laughing joyously with his arms wrapped around another dude, but somehow we’ve lost the ability to feel scandalized by it.

You can check this out, here. 

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What If Gay Authors Took Over the Straight Romance Novel Market?; Frank Ocean’s 80s Club Scene Party Faces Backlash; Ryan Field Books

What If Gay Authors Took Over the Straight Romance Novel Market? 

The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Field, Ryan ]Today’s focus here is about realities that don’t really exist. And I wanted to mention my new short story on Amazon again that’s titled, The Straight Pride Parade.  Every year I see a small group of people bring up the topic of Straight Pride, and this year they even had a Straight Pride Parade in Boston. Of course I think that’s ridiculous, so I wrote a ‘what if’ short story that’s futuristic where gay people are the privileged mainstream and straight people are the marginalized group.

One of the topics I mention in the story is ‘what if’ gay authors wrote straight romance novels and dominated the straight romance market. But I also cover a lot of ground with this story and that’s only a minor focus. I just thought it was an interesting minor focus, is all. In fact, the entire concept of giving gay people all the mainstream privilege in every aspect, and making straight people the marginalized group, was an interesting experiment for me. Another focus in the story was legalized straight marriage. Just imagine what the world would be like of straight couples had to fight to get legally married the same way gay couples had to fight.

In any event, here’s the blurb, and here’s the link to Amazon. It’s really just a simple little ‘what if’ story that will probably get buried somewhere. But I loved writing it. 

In a futuristic society where gay is the mainstream and straight is the minority, Mark Alberts is uncomfortable about having dinner with a straight couple, Bert and Betty. Even though he’s open to equal rights for all straight people on his planet, and he’s always openly supported legalizing straight marriage, he still has trouble accepting the unnatural fact that men and women have sex.
In addition to all this, there’s an interesting twist coming Mark’s way that night that changes everything in his perfect, privileged gay world forever.

Frank Ocean’s 80s Club Scene Party Faces Backlash 

Apparently, I’m not the only one thinking about “realities that don’t exist,” and I guess a lot of gay people do this, including Frank Ocean. 

Openly gay rapper, Frank Ocean, wanted to do something a little different, but it sounds as if it backfired a little. In short, Ocean pulled together a club night called “PrEP+” with the good intention of getting people together for fun and dancing in an atmosphere that resembled 1980s club culture. But it’s a little more complicated than this and I don’t want to get anything wrong about the story. 

“homage to what could have been of the 1980s NYC club scene if the drug PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) — which can be taken daily to prevent HIV/AIDS for those who are not infected but are at high risk — had been invented in that era.”

You can read it all in full, here. Ocean replied the next day by saying that he’s an artist and that his job is to, “imagine realities that don’t necessarily exist.”

This is exactly what I tried to do with The Straight Pride Parade.  

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