Month: April 2015

Trevor Donovan and Texas Rising; John Carroll’s Advice Column; Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen Are Daddies

Trevor Donovan and Texas Rising

If you don’t know much about Trevor Donovan, here’s his web site. I’ve been posting about an upcoming mini-series on The History Channel he’ll be starring in titled, Texas Rising. You can read more about TR here, where I’ve posted a few times. Donovan’s web site is simple to navigate and if you’re like me and you’ve been meaning to work on a new web site you might get a few ideas. I think his web site designer is mentioned there as well.

In any event, for those who don’t know much about Texas history, here’s a link I found fascinating. I’ve written a lot of novels set in Texas (the entire Glendora Hill series) and I’ve had to research a good deal of this already…plus, I had to contact friends on social media who live in Texas to find out little details, like climate and terrain.

On March 2, 1836, with the Alamo under siege, delegates from across Texas met and declared their independence from Mexico. Feelings of Texas pride have remained strong ever since, going well beyond just football and barbecue. Explore nine things you may not know about the Lone Star State.

Here’s another link with more about the mini-series, Texas Rising. 

Here’s a book titled, The Texas Rangers, with Kit Acklin…Christopher B. Acklin.

And here’s a youtube video with Donovan that’s not related to Texas Rising, however, it’s an interesting short interview he gave last December at the RFK Ripple of Hope awards in NY. In other words, you’ll see a lot of great beefcake videos and photos of Donovan, but not much that shows he’s smart, which is also important. I’m all for fun, sexy promotional marketing at any time, but I also think it should be balanced. Dolly Parton’s big breasts helped make her famous, but her brilliance kept her famous. You can quote me on that. 

Texas Rising will be airing on May 25th, on The History Channel, and I’ll probably be posting more about the Texas Rangers before then. The problem is that getting any information online isn’t easy. In the US we tend to ignore history if Washington or Lincoln didn’t sleep there.

John Carroll’s Advice Column

Here’s something a little different. The talented John Carroll is doing an advice column.

Have a problem? Need some good advice? Well, you could bend the ear of a trusted confidant to give you some sage words of wisdom…or you could go against your better judgement and just ask me. You can contact me at John@TheJohnCarroll.com or follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

There’s more here, with a video.

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen Are Daddies

I’ll bet anything most of you think this is about Cooper and Cohen adopting a kid and living HEA. Well, so did I. I really did. I’m not joking about that. My first thought was, “How nice.”

Evidently, I was wrong. This isn’t about them becoming dads. This is about them being DADDIES…as in “Yes, Daddy, give me some more, Daddy.” I know. But I didn’t write this. I’m just linking to it.

Andy Cohen opens up about his close friendship with Anderson Cooper to Attitude magazine when asked if they’re a similar type of gay man. Cohen puts it simply: “We’re both daddies? We’re both silver guys? We are! He’s my good mate. We have a great time. He and I are going on tour together, starting this month, in Boston. We travel extensively together actually. We’re doing a speaking tour soon. But yes, we’re both daddies.”

You can read the rest here, with more stories of idiocy that seem to be similar to this one 🙂 


In this third book in The Rainbow Detective series, Proctor and Blair take on a case that involves blackmail, kidnapping, and a handsome young guy with two perfect penises. The guy with two penises is a public personality, and the wealthy client who hires Blair and Proctor is willing to pay a huge sum of money to keep the guy’s two penises a secret.

As fascinated as Blair and Proctor are with the guy who has two penises, there are dangerous, unexpected twists in this case that put them in grave danger. And the fact that they are in love with each other doesn’t make working together any easier. It’s the kind of peculiar double penis case that will not only test their love, but also test whether or not they can continue working together.


Will Blair be able to grow up and meet Proctor’s professional expectations? And will Proctor ever be able to get the guy with two perfect penises out of his head?

Male Full Frontal Nudity in Films; Actors Who Have Done Full Frontal Nudity; Hot Man At Philly Art Museum

Male Full Frontal Nudity In Films

When I come across these things, I like to post them for other people who find male full frontal nudity in films appropriate at times, and also because some of us think it adds more to a film’s story line. According to this site, it’s all perfectly legal and done with consent.

Not to be completely weird, but do you ever feel like you’re constantly watching art house films and premium cable shows that show a lot of naked women, but nary a naked man? It’s probably because there still is a lingering stigma against presenting the male form in all its glory on film. That said, there are plenty of great films and television shows that feature famous actors (like Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, and Viggo Mortensen) in full frontal nude scenes. In fact, many of these titles are so great that you should watch them anyway — the nudity is just a bonus! Oh, and you can stream all of them. It’s no big deal!

Here’s a link where you can find out more.  I’ve already posted about some of these films and like the paragraph above states they are worth watching with or without the full frontal nudity.

Actors Who Have Done Full Frontal Nudity

This is a fairly recent article, and that’s the main reason why I’m linking to it now. Since I last posted anything about male actors who have done full frontal nudes scenes a few more have been added to the list. Ben Affleck for one. I’m always on the fence about him, and only because he’s always so vocal about political things that I may or may not agree with. But as far as his films go I’ll admit that I’ve rarely seen a Ben Affleck movie I didn’t think was excellent. Or for that matter a Ben Affleck nude scene.

It seems that male nudity makes both women and men uncomfortable, but we barely bat an eyelash when we see naked women in films (or on TV). And it’s no wonder we’re desensitized to female nudity: it’s practically a regular occurrence on the big screen, while we rarely get a chance to squirm in our seats at the sight of an undressed man. 

As usual, the comments are also worth reading. One woman really nailed it with this one:

Women like to see naked men on TV and are tired of having to watch naked women in every movie, especially if they are watching with their boyfriends . It really makes me upset that you just started the article out by generalizing women as a whole and your dead wrong .

You can find out more here.  

Hot Man At Philly Art Museum

It’s hump day, so why not celebrate another hot man. This time it is 27 year old fitness model, Geoff Peirce, and it happened at the Philadelphia Art Museum, a place I’m familiar with because I live in what’s considered the most northern part of the Philadelphia area…Bucks County. Only I didn’t know about this:

Not since Rocky have we been so interested in the steps leading up to the Philadelphia Art Museum. OK, that’s a lie, we weren’t that interested in Rocky to begin with.

But there’s no denying the appeal of this impossibly fit beast of a man who was snapped getting his sweat on recently.

You can check out the photos here. It’s worth the bait to click this time.  And it’s all SFW.



In this third book in The Rainbow Detective series, Proctor and Blair take on a case that involves blackmail, kidnapping, and a handsome young guy with two perfect penises. The guy with two penises is a public personality, and the wealthy client who hires Blair and Proctor is willing to pay a huge sum of money to keep the guy’s two penises a secret.

As fascinated as Blair and Proctor are with the guy who has two penises, there are dangerous, unexpected twists in this case that put them in grave danger. And the fact that they are in love with each other doesn’t make working together any easier. It’s the kind of peculiar double penis case that will not only test their love, but also test whether or not they can continue working together.


Will Blair be able to grow up and meet Proctor’s professional expectations? And will Proctor ever be able to get the guy with two perfect penises out of his head?

Andrea James On Bruce Jenner’s Transition; Gay Hotelier Apologizes for Ted Cruz Dinner; The Guy With Two Penises by Ryan Field

Andrea James On Bruce Jenner’s Transition

This is one of those times I’m going to seriously practice what I preach here on the blog. I’m linking to a commentary by LGBT rights activist and transgender, Andrea James, and I’m not commenting at all on transgender issues. This is one of those times when as a gay man I can’t know, feel, or understand what transgender people go through. I can only listen, support, and try as hard as I can not to preach to other people what I don’t know, and never will know, from first hand experience.

But more than that, I’m not going to examine transgender people because I know them personally or because my best transgender friend knows them, as if they are science experiments. If I were to try to examine transgender people this way, coming from the POV of a gay man, I would be that disingenuous douchey guy who did that.

So, here’s a little background about Andrea James. 

She doesn’t come without controversy, which you can see from this article

And here’s the piece I’m linking to where James talks about Bruce Jenner’s transition.

This needs to be said first: Anyone who discussed Jenner’s possible transition in the media for any reason before April 24, 2015 is part of the problem. That includes trans people. The “teaching moment” could wait, the scolding of the press could wait. The mocking or slamming of Jenner for how this transition is unfolding on TV could wait. That was all just feeding the trolls, and the trans people doing it were essentially engaging in self-promotion. But now that we have an announcement, let the games begin!

This needs to be said second: Coming out as gay, lesbian, or bi can certainly be stressful and challenging, but transgender people face an extra layer of challenges because we often change our appearance, name and other fundamental ways we interact with others. If a trans person enjoyed any amount of pre-transition notability, the process is even more difficult. Arguably, no one as famous as Jenner has ever announced a gender transition, so there’s intense scrutiny not only from the press, but from the trans community concerned about what effects the announcement and upcoming reality show might have. Any trans people who think they can second-guess what Jenner should or shouldn’t do based on their own transitions under far less famous circumstances don’t know what they’re talking about.
It’s a thoughtful piece and I highly suggest reading it in full. Again, no comment from me because I just don’t feel as if I have a right to comment this time because I’m not transgender. And also because I know all too well what it’s like to have people of privilege commenting on my life as a gay man. It’s not fun, trust me.
Gay Hotelier Apologizes for Ted Cruz Dinner
I just posted about this yesterday, so all you have to do is scroll down a little on the blog. This is a follow up, which I didn’t expect so soon. 
For those who don’t feel like scrolling, Gay hotelier, Ian Reisner, issued an apology on his Facebook page after receiving backlash when it was discovered he hosted an event for anti-gay marriage advocate, Ted Cruz. As a result of the Ted Cruz event, Broadway Bares cancelled a fundraising event at a club Reisner owns, 42 West.
Here’s the apology:
  
I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake. I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights. I’ve spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz’ statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry. I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees. I will try my best to make up for my poor judgement. Again, I am deeply sorry.”

I’m not even sure what to say about that apology. But if you have to spend 24 hours reviewing Ted Cruz’s record on gay marriage to fully understand where Ted Cruz stands, there’s probably something wrong with you. For most people it would take five minutes.

You can check out the rest here. You’ll want to read the comments, too.


In this third book in The Rainbow Detective series, Proctor and Blair take on a case that involves blackmail, kidnapping, and a handsome young guy with two perfect penises. The guy with two penises is a public personality, and the wealthy client who hires Blair and Proctor is willing to pay a huge sum of money to keep the guy’s two penises a secret.

As fascinated as Blair and Proctor are with the guy who has two penises, there are dangerous, unexpected twists in this case that put them in grave danger. And the fact that they are in love with each other doesn’t make working together any easier. It’s the kind of peculiar double penis case that will not only test their love, but also test whether or not they can continue working together.


Will Blair be able to grow up and meet Proctor’s professional expectations? And will Proctor ever be able to get the guy with two perfect penises out of his head?

CBS, Tony Perkins, Anti-Gay Leader; Are Bottoms More Promiscuous? Broadway Bares and Ted Cruz

CBS, Tony Perkins, Anti-Gay Leader

Even the mainstream media is having trouble listening to Tony Perkins these days. So much so that they’re referring to Tony Perkins as the Anti-Gay Leader, and the Family Research Council as a hate group. But what I find most interesting is that most Christians do NOT feel that Tony Perkins or the Family Research Council speaks for them.

“The Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group,” Schieffer explained as if it were a warning to his viewers. “We have been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear because they, in their view — quote — you don’t speak for Christians.” 

Perkins argued that the Supreme Court had no place deciding whether LGBT people deserved equal protection under the Constitution because “it does a disservice to both sides if the court weighs in on public policy like this.”

“The courts are decided [SIC] to interpret the Constitution and the constitutionality of laws, not to create public policy,” he opined. “When they do that, they create division and they erect barriers to reaching consensus on public policy like this. So no, we stand with millennia of experience that the union of a man and a woman — the sacred union of marriage — is the cornerstone of society.”

You can read more, and check out a video here. I’ve been waiting for this to happen, where the majority of Christians in the US start speaking up about how they feel so misrepresented by the far right in both the religious and political spectrum. And it’s not a matter of free speech and silencing them. I truly believe that should be able to say what they want. It’s just a matter of showing them the door.

Are Bottoms More Promiscuous?

I think this is the kind of thing that fascinates people, even if it is pure clickbait. Partly because it’s rare to find a gay man willing to admit whether he’s a full top or a full bottom, and partly because it sets up a pattern of sorts with all kinds of social ramifications.

“I’ve always believed that bottoms have more fun,” blogger Jerry Plaza writes in a new op-ed published by GayGuys.com. “We’re able to tease, please and squeeze our way into sexual situations necessary for us to be a part of. After all, if there isn’t a man willing to bend over backwards, penetration is out of the question.”

Plaza, a self-proclaimed “power bottom,” says that when it comes to red hot gay lovin’, bottoms hold most of the cards.

“Most of the time, bottoms don’t need to seek out sex,” he writes. “Guys are drawn to us like a moth to a flame. … Go to the dance club and see for yourself, or better yet change the preference on your Grindr or online dating profile to ‘Power Bottom’ and see how many more messages you receive.”

I’m sorry. I’m calling bullshit on this one. First, it’s really not always easy to tell. In fact, it’s almost impossible to tell unless the sloppy-ass bottom is so obnoxious about being a power bottom you would rather have nothing to do with him in the first place because he’s so sleazy. Second, you can go to any gay club, hook up site, or cruising ground anywhere in the world and you’re going to find nothing but bottoms looking for that one great top, which rarely ever happens. So if you look at this as a simple supply and demand situation, the top holds all the cards because he is in such high demand. Now tell me I’m wrong and make me smile.

I had a friend from Bosnia once who could sum all this up in four words: “They Are All Bottoms.” That might be a little extreme, but it’s not that far off either. And all of this falls under the title of, “It’s Complicated.” In other words, gay sex is not always all about anal sex. There are many gay men who don’t like it at all.   

The comments…116 of them…seem to agree with me.  

Broadway Bares and Ted Cruz

I’m going to try to keep a convoluted situation as simple as I can right now.  

Republican Senator Ted Cruz is anti-gay marriage. Yet he’s been linked to wealthy gay hotel owners in NY…these wealthy gays had an event for him at their NY apartment.  It’s nothing sexual; it’s people in power dealing with other people in power. Now the gay hotel owners are dealing with boycott threats because they are linked to Ted Cruz. I know, it sounds as if I’m making this up. I’m not.And it gets even worse.

Evidently, the gay hotel owners also own the club, 42 West, where Broadway Bares was supposed to be doing a fundraiser on May 10th. When it was disclosed there was a relationship/connection between the gay club owners and Ted Cruz, this transpired:

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s edition of the Broadway Bares Solo Strips fundraiser, which was scheduled for May 10 at the NYC club 42West. We cannot in good conscience hold an event at a venue whose owners have alienated our community, as reflected in an April 23 New York Times story and an April 24 follow-up post.

We do business with and accept fundraising support from a variety of people across a wide spectrum of political and religious affiliations. The rich diversity of our community makes what we do together so special. It is a rare instance where the actions of a donor negatively impacts us as an organization and potentially jeopardizes our relationship with others whose support is integral to our success. But when it does occur, in a way that’s blatantly against all we stand and work for, we can’t pretend it doesn’t come with consequences. Silence is not a neutral position. It is complicit.

This is not about partisan politics or punishment. This is about doing what’s right to ultimately ensure that our commitment to the men, women and children we serve cannot be questioned.”

You can find that quote here. 

I don’t mean to diminish this in any way, and I support Broadway Bares completely with their decision to cancel, without hesitation. It’s just that I’ve known this kind of politics, and these kinds of gay men before. So frankly, it doesn’t surprise me that there would be extremely wealthy gay men having a supportive event for the likes of Ted Cruz and completely ignoring the gay marriage issue, or toning it down as if it means nothing at all. It is, in deed and action, complicit.


In this third book in The Rainbow Detective series, Proctor and Blair take on a case that involves blackmail, kidnapping, and a handsome young guy with two perfect penises. The guy with two penises is a public personality, and the wealthy client who hires Blair and Proctor is willing to pay a huge sum of money to keep the guy’s two penises a secret.

As fascinated as Blair and Proctor are with the guy who has two penises, there are dangerous, unexpected twists in this case that put them in grave danger. And the fact that they are in love with each other doesn’t make working together any easier. It’s the kind of peculiar double penis case that will not only test their love, but also test whether or not they can continue working together.


Will Blair be able to grow up and meet Proctor’s professional expectations? And will Proctor ever be able to get the guy with two perfect penises out of his head?

Straight Guy Secret Man Crushes; Obama’s Gay Jokes; Prostate Pleasure

Straight Guy Secret Man Crushes

Here’s another one about straight guys apparently having secret man crushes on other guys. It seems to be trending in gay presses.

We’ve heard that straight men are a lot more bisexual than you might think, and science has even tried to explain why so many straight dudes fantasize about having gay sex, but when it comes to hetero daydreams about a same-sex encounter, who tends to pop up naked?

We asked Whisper to do a little digging. Here’s what they found:

You can see the photos here. It’s funny. And, maybe there is some accuracy to it as well. 

Obama’s Gay Jokes

This is actually funny, too. It looks as if President Obama is opening up a little more now that he has the freedom to do this. And he’s doing it with a little snark.

He delivered a laser-sharp barb at the expense of Michele Bachmann and her recent prediction that rapture was upon us. “Michele Bachmann actually predicted that I would bring about the biblical end of days. Now, that’s a legacy. That’s big. I mean, Lincoln, Washington, they didn’t do that.”

Here’s the rest of the article. 

Prostate Pleasure

This one is about as simple as it gets. “The Ins and Outs of Prostate Pleasure.” I really wish there were more exciting stories in gay news, but lately they seem to be scrambling for material. Michele Bachmann better say something soon or we’ll be reading about nut sacks next.

2. It makes your orgasm
Or at least, a significant part of it. In a small 2011 study, almost 40 percent of men who had their prostate removed reported being unable to orgasm. A larger 2014 study found only five percent were unable to orgasm after prostate removal, but 60 percent of men reported less intense orgasms. So while the science is unclear, the evidence suggests prostates are necessary for orgasms to be their best. Which leads us to …

There is more here, with a video. Actually, all sarcasm aside, it really is important for all men to know more about this. Any little bit helps, no pun intended. 

Mama June Is Bisexual; Bruce Jenner’s Roller Coaster; Frank Ocean Changed His Name

Mama June Is Bisexual

Even though I follow all this on social media, I haven’t seen many reality TV shows…and I don’t plan to in the future. However, I do know who Honey Boo Boo is. How could you not know? She’s kind of like the modern day Shirley Temple, loosely speaking, who can’t sing, dance, or yodel. 

In any event, Honey Boo Boo’s mom, Mama June, and her sister, Pumpkin, recently came out as bisexual.

June ‘Mama June’ Shannon chimed in to correct her daughter: ‘Bisexual.’

‘I’m not going to lie, I played in the minors but never went pro,’ she added.

By not going pro, she means that while she has been with women physically, she has never had a relationship with one.

Of potential backlash from the revelations, June says: ‘I look at it this way, haters are going to hate.’

You can read the rest here. I see a lot of people complaining about reality TV. Frankly, I’m not a huge fan myself. But someone is. And it has become a huge part of pop culture. These shows are evidently attracting a huge following and a lot of people are making a lot of money.

Bruce Jenner’s Roller Coaster

I see a lot about Bruce Jenner, too, on social media and some of the things I see surprise me a little. I think by now everyone knows I’ve always supported trans people. All my life, in my real life, because I’ve known many trans people who lived and worked right here in New Hope. There was “Sheva” who was a male to female transgender who worked in Princeton for an attorney. There was “Mother Cavalucci” who not only lived as a transgender but also did regular drag shows at local gay bars. Then there was “Mary Margaret” who took her little dog with her everywhere. And those are just a few transgender people I’ve known. But some of this press about Jenner is often a little strange…and not because he’s transgender. I blame it more on the press and the way it’s handled.

‘It’s going to be an emotional roller coaster but somehow I’m going to get through it,’ Jenner says in the latest in a series of promos. ‘I want to know how this story ends…you know… how does my story end?’

The most redeeming feature about this whole thing is that maybe Jenner will help other people who are trans come to terms with themselves. I just hope he gets a few highlights in his hair. That dark brown needs to go. The older you get the lighter you go.


The rest is here. 

Frank Ocean Changed His Name

Of course I’ve posted about the good looking openly gay rapper, Frank Ocean, a few times. I would be sleeping at the proverbial wheel if I hadn’t. I love rap music; I love good looking men like Frank Ocean. There’s not much more to say.

For most of his life Frank Ocean has been known in private circles as Edwin Breaux. Not a bad name, but he recently made the Frank Ocean name legal.

According to TMZ, the Pyramids singer filed for the name change back in March.

But due to some outstanding legal issues, mainly to do with his drivers license, the court put the brakes on the process.

It’s now gone through, so he can be addressed both on and off stage by Frank Ocean.

Here’s the rest, with a photo.  




Trevor Donovan in Texas Rising Trailer; Gay Man and Bloody McDonald’s Burger; Robin Williams’ Last Gay Role

Trevor Donovan In Texas Rising Trailer

I’ve posted a few times about Trevor Donovan starring in the upcoming History Channel mini-series, Texas Rising. You can check that out here.

It’s a series filled with history during a time in America a lot of us don’t know much about. It’s focused on the Texas Revolution and the Texas Rangers. Donovan is playing Kit Acklin, who was a Texas Ranger with deep American roots, and it will debut on May 25th, almost one month from today.

Rather than get into more historical facts this time, here’s a new trailer for TR, with a vocal by Kris Kristofferson. You’ll like this, trust me. 

Gay Man and Bloody McDonald’s Burger

A 24 year old gay man went to a McDonald’s in Washington state and they called him a faggot and served up a rare burger seeping with blood. But to be perfectly honest, this isn’t just a clear case of gay hate. It is bad, as it stands. But there really is more to the story.

As far as I can parse this, the gay guy overheard the manager calling out an employee and the guy didn’t like what he heard.

Then, the gay guy spoke to the employee who was getting yelled at:

‘I stated if she was my manager and was in my face, I would not tolerate that.’

The employee went back and told the manager (the manager is a woman) what the gay guy said. And this transpired:


‘As they both were speaking, they both turned around and looked at me and then I explained that he did not need to tell her. I then stated that I would gladly explain to her how I felt about her scolding an employee in front of customers and crew members,’ he said.

Because the manager is supposed to care about what the gay guy feels?

The manager replied.

‘She then looks at me, shrugs her shoulders and says, “I really don’t care.”’

The manager could have left it at that, but she didn’t. 

You can read more here. There are a few more interesting details. Even if the gay guy may or may not have been a douche in this case, it still doesn’t give anyone the right to refer to him with pejoratives or give him bad food. The manager could have just called him a douche and left it at that. But they always have to bring the gay angle into it.

Robin Williams’ Last Gay Role

This July there will be an indie film released titled, Boulevard. It stars the late Robin Williams and he’ll be playing a gay character who is coming to terms with being gay rather late in life.

‘Boulevard is a complex, life-affirming and surprising film and Robin’s final performance is absolutely remarkable,’ Kevin Kasha, head of acquisitions for Starz, tells Entertainment Weekly.

Producer Monica Aguirre Diez Barroso tells EW: ‘We are very excited about partnering with Starz Digital to get this beautiful movie out there.’

In the film, Williams’ character begins an unsettling relationship with a young hustler (Roberto Aguire) and his safe existence with his wife (Kathy Baker) is rocked to its foundation.

Even though it sounds like all the painfully stereotypical tragic gay books and films I’ve worked hard as a writer to stay away from in my lifetime, because not everything that is gay is tragic and painful, it also sounds like something that can and does happen in real life. And there’s no doubt that I will make a point of seeing it. Hollywood can’t help themselves…yet. They only associate gay story lines with pain and tragedy about sad sack figures who are gay and are “rocked” to their foundations because they are gay.

I’m gay. I’m happy. And even though I do face various forms of discrimination daily that I’ve learned how to deal with, each time I’ve been rocked to my proverbial foundation it had nothing to do with my being gay. Usually it’s when I lose my keys. 

So there you are.