The Alleged Jussie Smollett Attack and Hate Crimes; The Glorious Penis Gallery Launches; Rami Malek Played Gay Face As Gay Teen; ‘Kendle’s Fire’ by Ryan Field

The Alleged Jussie Smollett Attack and Hate Crimes

This story about Jussie Smollett just keeps evolving from one shocking new detail to another. I think we’ve all seen hate crimes, and our first instinct is to believe the victim. I think that’s just a normal reaction for all LGBT people because we know what it’s like to live with that fear. I’ve posted about many of these hate crimes here on this web site over the years. Every time I’ve posted about a hate crime it was always serious, and always devastating. But it now looks as if the world is changing, unfortunately.

Jussie Smollett allegedly promised to pay his two pals $4,000 to stage his racist and homophobic assault — which the trio even rehearsed beforehand, according to a new report.

Here’s a link. Attorneys for Smollett are denying that Smollett staged the attack. 

I don’t speculate until I know all the facts. As of right now, we’ll just have to wait and see.

The Glorious Penis Gallery Launches

This is an article that’s about penis art, and about the challenges men face nowadays with respect to their own penises. It goes a lot deeper than it sounds on the surface, and I think it’s going to be an ongoing discussion in the future. I see a lot of straight men on Twitter that are already redefining their roles as husbands and dads, and it’s nice to see. That’s why I focused on masculinity in my novel, Kendle’s  Fire (see below). 

If dicks are your jam, you’ll be delighted by this news. Later this month, on Tuesday 26 February, there will be an exhibition that aims to raise awareness of the relationship men have with their bodies.

Rami Malek Played Gay Face As Gay Teen
Apparently, Rami Malek who played gay in Bohemian Rhapsody has a history of playing gay face. I didn’t know that. 
Here’s a quote that talks about how daring and brave it was for Malek to play gay face, because the implication is that it’s always a challenge to play gay when you’re not gay. At least that’s what we’ve been told time and again by other straight actors who have played gay face to advance their careers and garner awards. It’s considered the ultimate acting, for a straight guy to pretend to be gay, especially if there’s a deep kissing scene with two guys.  
 “It was a challenge for Rami playing this character,” Lotterstein adds. “He was given this big responsibility of being a teen character coming out of the closet on network TV. It really elevated the show to some of our best work.”

I’ve never seen that show. Here’s the link. There’s a video…and it’s one of the most heteronormative videos I’ve seen in a very long time. 

And, if you’re interested, here’s an excellent article about straight actors playing gay face. It’s very thoughtful, and on target. 

There is no easy, prescriptive solution here. But what is abundantly clear is that queer voices need to be heard – and not only when they’re spoken through the mouths of straight people.

Amazon Reader Review:

“This is GREAT story!! It’s wonderful in its exploration of sexuality and masculinity. The story is well done and beautifully done. The story flows beautifully and the characters are wonderfully written.”

Kendle's Fire by [Field, Ryan] 

Even though Kendle is an openly gay ex-Marine, he’s been questioning his masculinity all of his life. He’s always been what people expect a man to be, in spite of the fact that he’s never been completely comfortable living up to these expectations.

He also has a few secrets. The kind of secrets a man can only talk about with the most intimate people in his life. One of those people is his best friend and part time lover, Dale. And their relationship is not without a few unusual quirks and ironies either, especially when it comes to the way Kendle explains his relationship with Dale to his own parents. 

After a string of bad career decisions and awkward mistakes, it’s not until Kendle meets a young guy named Walter that his life begins to come together. It’s a journey filled with as much joy as heartbreak, with a few bittersweet twists in between. As Kendle opens himself up to new possibilities, he finds himself in the midst of life altering changes that leave him devastated. And there’s a point where he’s not sure he can get through any of it.

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