Day: February 9, 2019

Lee Radziwill, ‘Grey Gardens,’ and ‘That Summer,’ Where Is Michael Sam Now?; Cory Booker Challenges Trump Nominee For Her Comments About Decriminalizing Gay Sex; Altered Parts by Ryan Field

Lee Radziwill, ‘Grey Gardens,’ and ‘That Summer’

Although she’s never received all the credit she deserved, Lee Radziwill has held many important positions that have helped shape pop culture. From her work as a designer to her work in public relations, she’s always been excellent at what she did.

One of the projects for which Lee rarely receives credit is how closely related she was to the Grey Gardens documentary about the reclusive mother and daughter living out in East Hampton, ‘Big Edie’ and ‘Little Edie’ Beale. Lee Radziwill is a Bouvier, and Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale was Lee’s paternal aunt, and the daughter, Edie Bouvier Beale, was Lee’s first cousin.

From what I’ve read, Lee started out with the intention of making a simple little documentary about her own life and her memories of East Hampton, and then the project turned into something completely different once they saw what was happening at Grey Gardens. I’ve also read that it was Lee Radziwill who actually spearheaded the project of cleaning up Grey Gardens.

There’s so much more to the story that I can’t get into with a short post right now. However, I wanted to mention the documentary, That Summer, which was actually filmed before the documentary, Grey Gardens. It views like a prologue to the Grey Gardens documentary, except Lee Radziwill is in this one, along with other pop culture icons like Peter Beard and Andy Warhol. I watched it the other night and it was fascinating, and in many ways more fascinating than the documentary Grey Gardens, because you get to see Lee interacting with her aunt and her cousin in a very human, caring way. You could see that Lee really cares about their situation, which is something that was always missing from the Grey Gardens documentary.

In any event, the documentary, That Summer, with Lee Radziwill, is definitely worth watching. Big Edie and Little Edie are both a huge part of it, the house is an enormous focus, and you get to see a few things that you didn’t see in the Grey Gardens documentary. I’m glad they released this, and I’m thrilled that someone gave Lee Radziwill the credit she deserves for being such a huge part of all this. Its just excellent footage, and if you’re interested in pop culture or pop culture history you will love this.

Here’s a link to IMDb where you can read more about That Summer. We streamed it through Amazon, but I think you can watch it online, too.

Where Is Michael Sam Now?

I shared so much about Michael Sam at one point I lost count of the posts. He was the first openly gay NFL player, and he’s inspired many gay men. He’s pretty amazing.

The piece I’m linking to right now covers everything that’s been going on with Sam in the last few years, including the motivational speaking he’s been doing.

Revered for his unwavering courage, graciousness and fortitude, Michael inspires with his personal journey of triumph over intense adversity. Authentic and heartfelt on the stage, his candor empowers audiences to overcome their own impediments to self-truth, love and acceptance.

Here’s a link to more. I still love everything he did in the past, and what he’s doing now. 

Cory Booker Challenges Trump Nominee For Her Comments About Decriminalizing Gay Sex

These are usually stories you won’t read in the mainstream news. That’s not something new. We never did hear many LGBT stories in the mainstream…unless it was so sensational they couldn’t pass it up. Thankfully, smaller news outlets are sharing stories like this online and it’s making a huge difference for many people.

With that said, Cory Booker is usually one of the few people out there who is willing to even mention the topic of LGBTQ rights. 

Cory Booker has challenged a Trump judicial nominee over her previous comments attacking the decriminalisation of gay sex.

It’s a good article, and Booker doesn’t hold back.

Here’s the link.  

Reader Review: 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. A sequel is in order and a film as well. Bravo Field

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]
Have you ever wondered what it might have been like for two young men who fell in love in 1940? Well that’s exactly what happened to young Joe Buddy Barnes and a cowboy drifter named Clay Totten.

Even though he’s great at running his family’s general store and fixing machines, Joe Buddy can’t seem to figure out how to fix his own life. The fact that he lives way up on remote Buddy’s Mountain in Western North Carolina, with two spinster aunts, doesn’t help his situation either. Although his aunts devoted their lives to him, one aunt never got over a long lost love and the other was born a man who always identified as a woman.

Then one hot summer afternoon in 1940 everything changes. While Joe Buddy is swimming in the creek he accidentally meets a tall, dark cowboy from Wyoming named Clay. He’s a drifter who is only passing through North Carolina on his way to Florida, where he plans to enlist in the military.

There’s an instant connection, and Joe Buddy winds up bringing Clay home for supper that night because he feels sorry for him. However, Joe Buddy suspects there’s more to Clay’s story than he’s telling, and he persuades Clay to stick around long enough to find out. As each event unfolds, these two young men move forward in ways that neither one of them ever expected. And as World War II lurks in the not so far off distance, there are some interesting changes coming to Buddy’s Mountain you won’t want to miss.

The Jussie Smollett Investigation; Jack’d Security Flaw and Exposed X-Rated Pics; Ellen Page Calls Out Chris Pratt

The Jussie Smollett Investigation

According to this piece, there are new developments in the Jussie Smollett case.

They’re seriously looking for a possible link that might connect the attack to hate mail that was sent to Smollett. They have examples of the hate mail.

According to reports, the FBI has coordinated with a private security firm hired to screen mail sent to the cast of the show, which has a history of receiving threatening letters.

You can read the rest, here. 

Some people in the comments can be so mean.

Jack’d Security Flaw and Exposed X-Rated Pics

In case you haven’t heard of it, Jack’d is a hook up app where guys go to meet guys. There have been security issues, and x-rated photos of guys (who thought they were posting safely) are allegedly winding up online for public viewing.

A guy named Oliver Hough discovered the security issue and he claims he contacted Jack’d a year ago to let them know about it. Here’s what he has to say:

“I don’t feel they were quick enough to respond and I believe they only rushed to get it fixed after they knew the story was going to be published,” he tells Out. “I’m glad they have rolled out a fix, though it took too long to get here.”

Here’s the link to this one. 

Ellen Page Calls Out Chris Pratt

I posted about Chris Pratt proudly belonging to an anti-gay church a couple of weeks ago, and now Ellen Page has a few things to say about that. 

She tweeted: ‘Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?’

I missed this tweet, but it seems Page garnered a good deal of support from Twitter followers. 

You can read the rest, here. 

Blissfully Yours
Ryan Field

In Paperback or E-book

Blissfully Yours by [Field, Ryan]

Earl Bradshaw’s first impression of his gay son’s fiance leaves Earl wondering where he went wrong. The fiance, Gabriel, is pushy, scruffy, overbearing, and he refers to Earl as “dad” without even asking for permission. Earl has a feeling deep in his gut that Gabriel is lying about something. So when the entire family travels to Palm Springs for Thanksgiving, Earl makes a point of finding out what Gabriel is hiding.

Abby Bradshaw, Earl’s wife, instantly falls in love with Gabriel’s charm and sexy good looks, and she starts treating him as if he’s her own son. Abby not only wants to support her gay son’s marriage, but she genuinely adores her future son-in-law in spite of Earl’s suspicions.

Baldwin Bradshaw, Earl and Abby’s gay son, is so blissfully in love with Gabriel he can’t see any of his flaws. The only thing Baldwin wants to do is introduce his family to the man he loves and live happily ever after.

But nothing in life is ever perfect, and Baldwin soon finds out that his happily ever after dream might not come true after all. And when a few of these realities finally sink in, nothing about Baldwin’s future is secure. The only thing that can save Baldwin and Gabriel is love through strength, and it’s not going to happen without a few tears along the way.