Cooma Jail: A Prison Once Dedicated to ONLY Gay Men, Ryan Field Books

 Cooma Jail: A Prison Once Dedicated to ONLY Gay Men

This is scary. In Australia, there’s an old prison that was dedicated to gay men for having gay sex. It was also used as a place to try to “eradicate homosexuality.” Supposedly, it’s the only homosexual prison in the entire world. One man claims the gay men were sent there to protect them from hetero prisons, but others disagree with that. They were trying to convert them. 

It doesn’t sound as if they were very lucky. 

“We know they failed in their mission to eradicate homosexuality because our podcast reveals gay men having ongoing relationships in the prison. Some even reoffended to rejoin their boyfriends inside.”

Here’s more. I find it interesting that this news comes from Australia, a place where they allowed straights to judge gay marriage with a mail-in voting ballot. I still find that offensive. I also knew a woman author once from Australia and she tried to become my best friend. At the time, about 15 years ago, I didn’t know much about straight white women writing gay romance, so I didn’t give it much thought. That is until she started to interrogate me about gay culture and what it’s like to be gay, for one of her dreadful books. I dropped her fast and haven’t had any contact with her in years. I was just beginning to learn about cultural appropriation. 

In any event, this article is fascinating because it’s so unusual. And why haven’t we heard about this prison before? I think it would be a wonderful TV series. 


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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

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“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]

After Years of Tortuous Conversion Therapy, India's Openly Gay Prince is Fighting Back, Ryan Field Books

 After Years of Tortuous Conversion Therapy, India’s Openly Gay Prince is Fighting Back

When I speak about the cultural appropriation of gay writers, actors, and other gay people in the arts deal with on a daily basis, it’s not because I’m a mean person. It’s because we…LGBTQIA…people have endured some of the worst treatment in the history of the world, and in some places, it’s still happening. I find it highly offensive when someone straight and white, male or female, tells me they have it worse. And I’m going to fight back. At least I know who I am. 

With that said, here’s a story about a prince in India who’s been through some of the worst treatment of any gay man alive today. Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil came out as gay at the age of 41. But he knew he was gay at 12 years old. I knew at 3. Many of us ignore the feelings, but we know. 

“The day I came out, my effigies were burnt. There were a lot of protests, people took to the streets and shouted slogans saying that I brought shame and humiliation to the royal family and to the culture of India. There were death-threats and demands that I be stripped off of my title,” Gohil told Insider over a phone call from the coastal state of Kerala.

Here’s more. And that’s only part of it. After years of enduring the horrors of conversion therapy, he’s now trying to make conversion therapy illegal. 


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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]

Why Are So Many Straight White Women Writing Gay Romance? For Some Don't Say Gay Laws Aren't so New, Ryan Field Books

 Why Are So Many Straight White Women Writing Gay Romance?

This has always fascinated me. I totally understand straight white women reading gay romance novels. I love to read many things outside my own personal scope. I love novels written by black authors, with black content. However, I would NEVER take on writing a novel with black content myself. Never. That would be too many kinds of wrongs to list here. 

With that said, I’m linking to another article that discusses the concept of straight white women writing gay romance novels for monetary gain. I find it interesting. 

How could straight women feel that they have the authority to write gay romance? Because they’ve been told so by a culture that has long treated gay men as a neutered, fetishized object of curiosity. The trope of the tame gay man is a favorite in straight culture. 

Here’s more. There are some excellent quotes in the piece, and it’s very well-written. I didn’t find anything to be inaccurate. Here’s just one more great quote. 

I was surprised to find that some LGBTQ-focused stories were reflecting not me, but a straight person’s imagination of me.


For Some Don’t Say Gay Laws Aren’t so New

We’ve been reading and hearing a lot about Florida, DeSantis, and the don’t say gay bill. But other places haven’t been getting the same kind of attention. For example, Alabama just passed a bill that’s not all that different from Florida’s don’t say gay bill. And it’s been going on in other places for quite some time.

A year ago, “Don’t Say Gay” laws that had passed in the 1980s were considered archaic, LGBTQ+ advocates said, with many of them repealed over the years.

Here’s the link. The article goes on to mention how so many states have had these don’t day gay bills for many years. Apparently, many of these laws date back to the AIDS years when there was so much panic. 

But there’s clearly no reason for them now. 

 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]

South Korea Landmark Ruling on Gay Sex, Cultural Appropriation: Don't Dip Your Pen In Someone Else's Blood, Ryan Field Books

South Korea Landmark Ruling on Gay Sex

This is big news for gay men in South Korea who are in the military. The Supreme Court of SK recently ruled against the military’s age-old ban on gay consensual sex away from a military setting. Then they struck down guilty verdicts for two gay men who had been charged with having sex off their base. 

The two accused men, a first lieutenant and a master sergeant, were indicted on charges of breaking the military code after they were found to have had sex in a private house during off-duty hours in 2016. Lower military courts sentenced the lieutenant to four months in jail and the sergeant to three months; the sentences were suspended.

Here’s more. Pay attention, you women who appropriate gay culture in the m/m romance genre. This is what gay men are still dealing with, while you still have your straight privilege and your dominance. I think this makes us a little bit more marginalized than you claim to be. You can scream misogyny from the rooftops, but what happens to gay men will always be far worse. And it’s still happening to us. The article goes on to talk about what it’s like for gay men in SK, and that same-sex marriage is still illegal.

However, this is a landmark ruling in SK and as usual, we gay men are thrilled for anything we can get. 

Cultural Appropriation: Don’t Dip Your Pen In Someone Else’s Blood

I see so much cultural appropriation and discrimination all the time with gay men I’d be a blithering idiot not to mention it. And in some cases, this issue is one where I’m willing to go up on that hill. Because it’s so, so wrong. 

The article to which I’m linking now explains how problems will arise when writing about different cultures. One topic they touch upon is the cultural appropriation in the book and film “The Help.” It created anger and insult, and the Association of Black Women Historians even issued a statement…

The American Association of Black Women Historians released an open statement which concludes that it is “unacceptable for either this book or this film to strip black women’s lives of historical accuracy for the sake of entertainment”.

And they were absolutely correct. If you can’t see this, you are part of the problem, not the solution. It happens with every other culture, too.  

Here’s the rest.  If you have no clue about cultural appropriation, read this article. It might help you go down on the right side of history.

A few years back there was a wonderful TV series on PBS called “Vicious.” Its focus was on two gay men who had been together as a couple for many years. I loved it. Every gay man I know loved it. And that’s because it was authentic. But the most interesting thing happened. When the straights started to review it they slammed it as being inauthentic and stereotypical. Go figure! 


 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”

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“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]

Are You Appropriating or Appreciating Queer Culture?

 Are You Appropriating or Appreciating Queer Culture?

A very good gay male author friend of mine has been dealing with the attack of straight women writing gay fiction simply because he said he doesn’t believe that straight women can capture the authenticity of gay culture the same way gay men can do it. Which seems perfectly reasonable to me. 

I’m not talking about readers. Readers should read whatever they want. Just authors, singers, actors, writers, and anyone who appropriates another culture. The story I’m linking to now is about how Madonna appropriated gay culture many years ago and thought nothing of it. But first, here’s a good definition of cultural appropriation. 

Defining cultural appropriation isn’t easy. Typically, it’s used when members of a dominant group borrow the customs of another group, often one that’s experienced oppression in some way. 

Here’s more. The excerpt above is not only accurate but it’s been happening for years to queer culture. And if you think my friend and I are the only ones talking about it you are living in a dream world. It happens to other marginalized groups, too. I don’t want to minimize that. I recently posted about how it was happening in Asian culture with a popular TV show called Kim’s Convenience

It goes on to mention how Madonna was accused of cultural appropriation. And that’s exactly what it was. With her straight white privilege, she made a lot of money. 

But Madonna was accused of cultural appropriation, with many accusing her of profiting off of the work of the marginalized folk she worked with.


 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]


 

 

An Awful Gay TV Series, Helix Studios Presents, Streaming On Prime by a Women Writing Gay Content, Heidi Moore

An Awful Gay TV Series, “Helix Studios Presents,”  Streaming On Prime by a Women Writing Gay Content, Heidi Moore

We’ve been watching this TV series about gay men on Prime called Helix Studios Presents and Tony lost patience with it last night. It’s so bad he actually begged me to turn it off. It is the most inauthentic piece of gay content I have ever seen. It says on IMDb the writing credits go to Heidi Moore. 

In addition to directing, Heidi writes and edits at Helix Studios; a queer entertainment studio that makes its own rules. 

That’s a short excerpt from one of her online bios. 


We made it to the 3rd episode before my husband, Tony, begged me to turn it off.  At the time, as I said, we didn’t know it was gay content written by a woman. But I suspected it.

Here’s the description from Amazon.

 Chase has just had the worst day of his life, and Garrett’s had enough of pretty much everything. On a whim, they decide to leave it all behind, and go on a road trip to anywhere. They don’t have a real plan, but they get to where they need to be.

Here’s more at IMDb. All I can tell you is that we can’t watch another moment of Helix Studios Presents. We’d rather go back to streaming older Julia Child cooking shows. They have some great ones to stream for free. I highly recommend them. 

There is an accurate review for this TV series on IMDb that you’ll find helpful. 



 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]

Growing Up Gay in Alabama in the 70s, Ryan Field Books

 Growing Up Gay in Alabama in the 70s

This is a good opinion piece about what it was like growing up gay in the 1970s. Life was very different back then for gay men. But the author believes it’s more difficult today for all LGBTQ kids for various reasons. He makes a few good points. 


It saddens me to realize that as a young gay man in the late 70′s, I probably got a more affirming education than LGBTQ students in Alabama may get today.


Here’s more Alabama also has its own version of a don’t say gay bill. Which of course makes it more difficult for kids to discuss lGBTQ issues.

 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]


A Gay Friendly Town Deals with Homophobic Protesters with Pizza Boxes, Ryan Field Books

 A Gay-Friendly Town Deals with Homophobic Protesters with Pizza Boxes

This happened in Guerneville, California. A group of anti-gay protesters set up shop on Main Street and they started to drive the town wild with screaming and shouting and obnoxious behavior. So a group of local citizens decided to counter-protest. 

As the anti-gay protesters harassed people in town, they were met by this group called the Pizza Box Brigade. 

The Brigade is made up of 30 or so locals who organized via group text and greet the protesters with messages including “Hate is toxic” and “Jesus loves me and my boyfriend” painted on pizza boxes.

Here’s the rest. Apparently, it’s been working, too. It’s been spreading all over town and more and more people want to join in. You can also read more about the gay history of this little town. I think I’d love to go there. I have to see how far it is from Palm Springs. 

There’s also a photo of the pizza boxes at the link. They’re very nice. 


 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]

Gay Porn Star Is Arrested For Taking Part In the Insurrection, Donny Trump Jr's Weird Rant on Don't Say Gay Bill, Ryan Field Books

Gay Porn Star Is Arrested For Taking Part In the Insurrection

Well, here we go with something different. A gay porn star, Steven Miles, who uses the oh so clever stage name Sergeant Miles, was allegedly one of the Trump supporters who stormed the Capital. He’s from Florida and they just arrested him on April 12th. 

This is from court documents:

“Meanwhile, other rioters, including Miles, continued to smash the window on the other side of the Senate Wing Door. Miles smashed a plank of wood into the window and then entered the building through that broken window. He briefly walked through the building and then exited through another door.”

Here’s more.   I’m really not surprised by this. There are more than a few LGBTQIA people who are MAGA. I see them a lot on Twitter. But they aren’t the majority of LGBTQIA people. 


Donny Trump Jr’s Weird Rant on Don’t Say Gay Bill

In spite of the fact that Donny Trump Jr grew up in the privilege of NYC and he was around gay people most of his life, he’s now ranting to the dumbest crowd of people in the US. 

Supposedly, Donny went on a rant about LGBTQIA teachers who plan to “indoctrinate” small kids. 

“There is no need to get into this level of detail of sexuality with young kids, there’s probably not a need to get into this level with much older kids who can actually understand it.”

Here is the rest. He knows better. He’s too smart not to know better. This isn’t about sex or sexuality. But this is what crooked people do when they want to sway the opinions of dumb people. 


 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]

Anti-Gay MAGA Type Terrorizes Gay Dads and their Kids on a Train, Ryan Field Books

 Anti-Gay MAGA type Terrorizes Gay Dads and their Kids on a Train

This is scary because it can happen to any gay parents, it can happen anywhere, and these anti-gay MAGA types are all over the place. Many of whom are straight women. 

In this particular case, it was two gay men taking a short business trip from LA to Oakland, CA, one of whom works for the LGBTQIA publication, The Advocate. They also had their two beautiful, innocent children along with them. This really is brutal for a small child. 

Pierce, a substitute teacher, and their children were tagging along. Around 10 hours into the journey, a man in their carriage started shouting at the family, and particularly their 6-year-old son Calvin.

Here’s more. This man allegedly shouted that the two gay men had stolen their children and that they were pedophiles. Another scary part of this is that it coincides with the “grooming” spin these MAGA types have been trying to pin on LGBTQIA people ever since that don’t say gay bill in Florida passed. 

But make no mistake. This happened in California, not Florida. These MAGAs are everywhere. 

I don’t know how I’d react in a situation like this. Oh, wait. Yes, I do. I would have gone after anyone who shouted at my kids so fast and so hard they wouldn’t have known what hit them. I don’t like being a victim. 




 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]