Month: October 2016

Is This Ad Campaign For Men’s Clothing Homophobic?; American Horror, Murder House/Coven Crossover; Colton Haynes’ Halloween Costume

Is This As Campaign For Men’s Clothing Homophobic?

Before I even get into this. I think it is homophobic and I’m glad it was called out on social media. I don’t like stereotyping or homophobia of any kind, and this is pretty obvious.

A campaign to find the face of their Autumn/Winter line features a broody male model next to a so-called “real man,” and features the caption: “Real men have balls, not man bags.”

Unsurprisingly, the Twitter minions wasted no time in decrying the ad as “homophobic” and rife with “toxic masculinity,” as well as playing into “old-fashioned stereotypes,” as Attitude reports.

You can check this one out here. There are photos of the ads and you can see for yourselves. 

American Horror Murder House/Coven Crossover

This sounds interesting. I think my two favorite seasons of AHS were Murder House and Coven.

With Roanoke a little more than halfway dun-dun comes news that American Horror Story will be revisiting Murder House and Coven — and at the same time, too. (Scream.)

Characters from both seasons will be mixing and matching in an upcoming crossover season sure to be a monster-mishmash of ideas, set pieces, and intricate plotting straight out of a grammar school sandbox.

Read more about this here.  

Colton Haynes’ Halloween Costume

I saw this on Twitter yesterday and it’s probably the best Halloween thing I’ve seen all weekend.

Then in 2015 he one-upped with his killer Ursula look from The Little Mermaid. There was rejoicing all across the land.

So how did he fare this year?

This year he was Miss Piggy. You can check that out here

Not all of the comments are as kind as you would imagine.  People can be mean sometimes.

Unabated

Unabated

 Uncertainty

Tyler Clementi’s Rommate Pleads Guilty; Hallmark Gay Holiday Ad; Gay Guys Getting Kicked To the Curb; Chase of a Lifetime Series by Ryan Field

Tyler Clementi’s Rommate Pleads Guilty

I’ve been following this story since 2011 and now there’s a new legal twist. In case you haven’t been following it, here’s a link to a few of my previous posts.

Dharun Ravi, the Rutgers University student who spied on Tyler Clementi as he was having a sexual encounter with a man, has agreed to plead guilty to attempted invasion of privacy.

The charge is one of the original 15 counts he faced in his 2012 trial.

According to the New York Times, by accepting the third-degree felony state prosecutors will drop all other charges.

You can read the rest here. It gives a fairly good history of how everything has transpired.

Hallmark Gay Holiday Ad

When I first saw this headline I almost thought it was a gay Hallmark holiday movie. But it’s not. I guess we still haven’t moved beyond ad status yet.

The new commercial for the greeting card company’s Keepsake Ornaments line, features a gay couple who’s moving into a new home and unpacking the boxes.

The adorable pair then reminisces about the first Christmas they spent together after they found their first Christmas tree from one of the boxes.

‘You know what it needs?’ says one of them. ‘An accessory.’

You can watch the video here.  

It’s interesting.

Gay Guys Getting Kicked To the Curb

Here’s a meme post, where gay guys talk about how they got kicked to the curb, literally, because they’re gay.

In 2014, two of the world’s worst parents were caught on camera physically assaulting their gay son, just moments after banishing him from their home over what they believe to be his “chosen” and “ungodly” sexuality.

Here’s one of the quotes:

My parents kicked me out because I’m gay BUT they moved me into an apartment and they still pay for my food, education, rent, etc… I don’t know what to think. They must still love me right?

Now that was heartbreaking. And I hope those of you who think things have changed so much for gay people check these memes out.

You can read more here

Chase of a Lifetime Series by Ryan Field

One of the drawbacks for authors who only focus on the current book itself, in the present, is that we tend to be painfully disorganized when it comes to previous books. And I’m the worst offender. A good deal of the time I can’t even remember how many books I’ve written and had published. But every once in a while I get a moment of clarity and I put it in a blog post.

Here’s a list of the books from my Chase of a Lifetime Series. I’ll be releasing a new indie book soon that has yet to be titled, and I have another new book coming out with Riverdale Ave Books that is titled, Stepbrothers In the Attic. 

In any event, here are the five books in the Chase series. As you can see, book two, comes in two different versions. One has sex scenes, and one doesn’t. I’ve explained why I did that several times, here. And, as far as I know, no one has ever done that before with an erotic romance. And, book 3 was done with a publisher, so that’s why the price is a little higher. I have no control over that.

Chase of a Lifetime – Book 1

Chase of a Dream – Book 2 Unabridged version Abridged Version

Chase of an Adventure – Book 3

Chase of a Holy Ghost – Book 4

Chase of a Christmas Dream

The Will and Grace Revival; Farewell To Vine Stars; 18 Gay Magazine Covers Over the Years

The Will and Grace Revival

I have seen this Will and Grace revival thing in so many places lately I figured I’d post about it…once. This article questions whether or not we need a Will and Grace Revival.

But, yeesh, let’s take a minute and think here. When you watch an episode of the show, it really does not feel contemporary, and not just because it’s shot at 1.33:1. You forget how far this country has come until you see the issues queers were dealing with in 1999. Coming out was a huge deal, discrimination was just expected, gay marriage was hahaha yeah right. The show created a happy gay fantasy bubble where the real world seldom intruded, but it had to do so because the real world was so unpleasant at the time.

I think whoever wrote the article is living in a huge bubble of gay privilege. Seriously. What is wrong with these people writing gay related articles like this? Do they think we don’t know? Yes, we have come a long way since the 90s, however, millions of gay men all over the world are still dealing with the same issues they were dealing with back then. In some cases, it’s even worse.

And yes, I do think there’s room for a Will and Grace revival. I would love to see a Will and Grace revival. I never watched it that much, but I know tons of people who did and they loved it.

The rest is here, with comments.

Now, I always make a point of NOT reading the comments before I comment. And this comment below is way too coincidental even for me. This guy makes me feel a lot more validated now.

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This article seems to be living in its own bubble. For many of our gay brethren young and old, coming out is difficult and can mean ending up estranged from family or homeless. Discrimination, both individual and systemic, is still the norm in huge swaths of our country or are we choosing to ignore “religious freedom” laws because they’re not in NYC or San Francisco? And so many of the episodes were about the judgements we make within our own community like putting down femmes and artsy gays and pretending to be straight acting at work. Yes, we have seen significant headway in the first two decades of this new century, but not nearly enough to try and mothball Will & Grace as some sort of comedic antique.

To be honest, the author of this article lost me at “yeesh.”

Farewell To Vine Stars

As most of you know already, Twitter is shuttering Vine. I never followed it too much, but I was always amazed whenever I saw something about a “Vine Star.” That there are actual “Vine Stars.”

 As our way of saying goodbye, here’s a quick summation of what made Vine so entertaining, confounding, frustrating, frightening…

You can check that out here, with visuals

For those of us who’ve been heavily invested in the Internet since the late 90s,  I can’t help thinking that we’re entering a new era of online content.

18 Gay Magazine Covers Over the Years

From a cultural POV, this is worth checking out.



In the spirit of LGBT history month, your dedicated editors did a hunt through the Google archives in pursuit of breakthrough magazine covers.

Pioneer print pubs like ONE, The Ladder, and HIM led us down a rabbit hole of early issues of LGBT periodicals.

You can check them out here. 

The only retro one that I remember is the one with Billy Bean. That was big news in the 90s, and I’ve always had a lot of respect for him…nothing but respect. He’s always been one of the true inspirations.

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The Gay History of Halloween; Gay Teen Who Was Thrown Out By His Parents; Becoming A Gay Porn Star Later In Life

The Gay History of Halloween

Every year at this time I come across a story like this, but they’re always slightly different.

Gay cultural influence on Halloween became an unstoppable phenomenon here and abroad.

So much so that anthropologist Jerry Kugelmass of University of Florida published a book in 1994 on the new trend, titled Masked Culture. He described Halloween as an emerging gay ‘high holiday’.

CNN contributor David Frum wrote last year the ‘Halloween craze started in gay culture’:

There’s more here. I don’t want to burst anyone’s gay stereotype bubble, but for the sake of gay stereotypes, there are just as many gay men who don’t care about Halloween as there are who do. Trust me on that. I know plenty of them…and I’m gay 🙂

Gay Teen Who Was Thrown Out By His Parents

I remember posting something about this about a year ago, and now there’s a much better ending.

A year ago a video of Daniel Ashley-Pierce went viral after the world saw his family disown him and throw him out for being gay. People were so supportive they crowdfunded enough money for him to go out on his own.

Now one year later, Ashley-Pierce was able to find a place to rent and pay for his medical bills (including the cost of hearing aids) now his parents dropped him from their insurance plan.

He also donated thousands to Lost-n-Found Youth, a shelter for homeless LGBTI children. He also began volunteering, working to help kids who find themselves from the people they thought would look after them.

You can check this out here. Good for him. 

Becoming A Gay Porn Star Later In Life

This isn’t the kind of thing you see everyday. When you think of porn…gay or straight…you think about young actors. I actually think what this guy in the article is doing is a good thing because it helps stop the negative stereotypes about gay men aging. Or, at least it gives an alternative.

Steele spent the best part of two decades working in corporate America. However, desiring a complete change, in 2014 – in his late-40s – he branched out into adult entertainment.

There’s more here. The comments are very…interesting.

 
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Halloween Sale!! "Fangsters" by Ryan Field; Riverdale Ave. Books

Halloween Sale Today – “Fangsters” by Ryan Field; Riverdale Ave. Books

They’re having a huge Halloween sale over at Riverdale Ave. Books this weekend, and today one of my books is featured…

Fangsters – Book One

Here are the details to the entire sale.

And here’s the link to where you can get Fangsters on sale today.

In case you don’t feel like clicking…here’s more.


Riverdale Avenue Books Celebrates Halloween with 14 Days of 50% Off on AllRomanceEbooks and RAB Website
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Starting Monday October 17th – October 31st,
New York (October 17, 2016) ­– To get into the Halloween spirit, Riverdale Avenue Books is offering 14 of their best-selling horror and paranormal romance titles on sale at half price for the final two weeks of October featuring such classic themes as zombies in love, gay vampires and prognosticating witches. Reader will also be able to enter a Goodreads.com give-away for the same 14 titles.
Beginning on Monday, October 17th, one book a day will be featured for 50% off on both the Riverdaleavenuebooks.com website, as well as AllRomanceEbooks.com.
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An Outcast State
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18
How to Throw a True Blood Party
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Capricorn: Cursed – Book One of the Witch Upon a Star Series
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Aquarius: Haunted Heart – Book Two of the Witch Upon a Star Series
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Pisces: Teacher’s Pet – Book Three of The Witch Upon a Star Series
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Aries: Swinging into Spring – Part Four of the Witch Upon a Star Series
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Dead Sexy: The Unofficial WALKING DEAD Fan Guide to Zombie Style, Beauty, Parties
DSHALLOW2016
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The Ripper Letter: Book One of the Hearts of Darkness Series
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25
Still Hungry for Your Love: Further Adventures in Zombie Romance
SHHALLOW2016
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Blood and Lust in NYC: A Lesbian Vampire Tryst
BLHALLOW2016
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Venomoid: Book One of the Night Code Saga
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Clan of The Jersey Boys, Book One of the Fangsters Series
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Avalon Revisited: A Novel of Vampires, Murder, and Sex in Victorian England
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Wedding Bells Times Four: Book One of The Virgin Witch and The Vampire King
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Blood Burn
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Said Publisher Lori Perkins, “Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year and I love to curl up with a scary book that keeps me turning the pages. I wanted to share some of our best scary tales at a special price.”
Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry. Started in 2012 by industry veteran Lori Perkins, Riverdale Avenue Books is a full service publisher, including foreign rights and film agency services, publishing e-books, print, and audio books. Visit them at www.RiverdaleAveBooks.com.

AIDS: The Myth of Patient Zero, Gaétan Dugas; A Creepy Andy Cohen Story; Speedos Disappearing In Europe

AIDS: The Myth of Patient Zero

I’ve posted about Patient Zero before on the blog, and I think this article I’m linking to right now might clear things up once and for all.

For years people claimed that a guy named Gaétan Dugas was responsible for bringing AIDS to the US. However, now they are claiming it was all myth.

“The new analysis shows that Mr. Dugas’s blood, sampled in 1983, contained a viral strain already infecting men in New York before he began visiting gay bars here after being hired by Air Canada in 1974.”

There’s more here. The comments are a little off the proverbial wall with this one and you might not want to take them too seriously.

A Creepy Andy Cohen Story

I’m assuming this article was meant to be taken lightly, however, it’s the kind of thing that always bothers me slightly. There’s something creepy about it that just doesn’t sit well. You never hear a story about Andy Cohen encouraging Kelly Rippa to sleep with a “beautifully blonde” lady. But it’s okay to do it to the gay guy. Then it’s funny.

In any event…

Cohen proudly recounts that one crazy time Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos strongly encouraged him to sleep with a “beautifully blonde” lady, as well as her equally gorgeous husband — “a muscular, tanned mechanic.”

I really hate to take these things too seriously, but if these things were to happen to any other minority no one would be laughing.

That’s more here

Speedos Disappearing In Europe

I know this one is kind of silly, and we can all live without hearing about it, but I couldn’t resist.

For as long as I can remember, there have been jokes about men wearing speedos. And now this article claims the speedo is losing ground in Europe, too.

That’s the not-bitchy style writer and photographer Karlmong Tang, talking to How Stuff Works for their alarmist article “Why Is the Speedo Disappearing From European Beaches?”, a rather exhaustive investigation into why the Lycra-clad minions are no longer rocking swim briefs in the summer and what they’re choosing to wear instead.

Here’s more.  I have no strong opinions on this.

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Mormon Church Leader Reaches Out To Gays; Gibraltar Passes Same Sex Marriage; Sexually Fluid Nico Tortorella on Dating Men and Women

Mormon Church Leader Reaches Out To Gays

I don’t know much about the Mormon Church, but Tony’s brother lives in Utah and from what I hear it’s gay friendly…at least in the urban areas like Salt Lake City. But I’ve never actually been there…yet. I’ve also linked to a few LGBT publications out there in the past that I’ve found reliable and well executed.

A member of the Mormon Church’s leadership is saying in a new video the words that many gays have long wanted to hear: you are welcome.

‘We want you to know we love you. You are welcome,’ says Elder L. Whitney Clayton in a message ‘directly to church members who experience same-sex attraction or identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual.’

There’s more here. However, as you will see, the entire topic is still not without controversy.

Gibraltar Passes Same Sex Marriage

Sometimes we fail to remember that not every LGBT person in the world has the same equal rights we have in the US.

Gibraltar has passed same-sex marriage in its government with unanimous cross-party support.

The British overseas territory voted on the Civil Marriage Amendment Bill and all 15 present members agreed to pass it into law.

You can read more about that here. I always hope things like this show that we’re still moving forward, but there are still battles left to fight.

Sexually Fluid Nico Tortorella on Dating Men and Women

The star of the TV series, Younger, Nico Tortorella, thinks it’s harder to date women than men. Keep in mind that Nico is what’s considered “sexually fluid,” which basically means he’s dating men and women but he’s not taking on any labels at all…at least not the traditional labels like bisexual. I posted a link below that explains Sexual Fluidity in-depth. It’s too complicated to get into here in a short post.

In any event…

He was pinned down this week with the big question: Which gender is tougher to date?

Tortotella gave it a moment then told Access Hollywood Live hosts – both women – that it is women who are tougher to date.

There’s more here. It’s amusing, and he seems harmless (and genuine) enough.

Sexual Fluidity –  That link will lead you to wiki, which I tend to trust more lately. As I said, it’s complicated but interesting.

There is significant debate over whether sexuality is stable throughout life or is fluid and malleable.

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