Hiring LGBT Employees and Discrimination In Virginia; Openly Gay Pete Buttigieg Presidential Candidate; Tumblr Traffic Tumbles; Uncertainty by Ryan Field

Hiring LGBT Employees and Discrimination In Virginia

An investigation done by a civil rights organization in Virginia discovered high levels of discrimination when hiring LGBT people. They released a report based on civil rights testing that compares the experiences of straight applicants to gay and lesbian applicants.

 As part of its testing regimen, the ERC conducted 10 matched-pair tests at companies in Virginia, where a straight applicant and a gay or lesbian applicant with identical or similar demographic information and nearly identical qualifications both applied for the same position.

What’s really interesting is how so many of us don’t even realize the discrimination is going on. I actually see that kind of thing often on social media. Many LGBTQ people are being discriminated against and they don’t even realize it’s happening to them. We all need to be a little more aware of all this.

Here’s the link. 

Openly Gay Pete Buttigieg Presidential Candidate

Once again, the mainstream media seems to be ignoring the gay presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, which isn’t something new. Last time they ignored Fred Karger. These are the straight people in the media and in Hollywood who will tell you how much they support you so they can feel good about themselves, but then turn their backs when it comes to the most important kind of support…showing, not telling. 

But at least Pete Buttigieg is getting some coverage.

The Navy veteran with a hard-to-pronounce name, from a city small enough to fit every resident in a college football stadium, seems to be winning the argument at the moment. Weeks after declaring his interest in challenging President Trump, he has become, if not exactly well-known, a subject of interest for many Democratic voters, buoyed by a breakout performance at a CNN town hall on March 10.

Here’s the entire piece, with photos.  I’ve heard him a couple of times and I think he actually sounds promising, and I’m not saying that just because he’s openly gay. He’s very level-headed and I hope he keeps moving forward.

Tumblr Traffic Tumbles

I don’t think this will come as a shock to anyone. Tumblr has experienced a significant drop in traffic. Supposedly, this is all a direct result of Tumblr’s strong censorship policy with regard to what they consider, “adult content.” That’s really what censorship is: a personal opinion that can, and often does, vary.

The site now prohibits “photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples.” Traffic fell from 521 million monthly page views in December to 437 million in January. February fared no better, with traffic plummeting to 370 million views.

I haven’t been there since the new policies started, and I have no intention to return there any time soon. And I didn’t even have any adult content up, so it didn’t personally affect me. My Tumblr has always been G rated. I just won’t support a web site that practices that kind of censorship. Good bye, Tumblr.

Here’s a link to more.



Amazon Reader Reviews: “Duty or Love? That is the hard choice that Gus’s surviving dad, Henry, is trying to decide. This story revolves around a beautiful family that’s hit some hard times. You hope beyond hope alongside with Gus that Henry will choose love, no matter what.” 



Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]


When Gus Baldwin realizes that his gay dad is serious about marrying a much older man for safety and security instead of love, he concocts a plot that he hopes will change his dad’s mind. Even though his other dad has been dead for over a year, Gus wants his surviving dad to find love and happiness someday with a new husband. 

However, their financial situation is about as bad as it gets and they’re on the brink of losing their grand old Victorian home, and everything about their perfect lives is threatened. So Gus winds up putting his own marriage on hold with the guy he’s been in love with since high school. It’s so bad he’s even thinking of quitting college to help support his dad and his younger brother just so his dad won’t have to marry the older man. 

After Gus convinces his dad to take a road trip in their vintage 1950s station wagon to their getaway cabin in the mountains, along with his younger brother, his future husband, and their nineteen year old dog named Special, their lives change in ways none of them ever anticipated. And even though the future is still uncertain in some respects, they discover a few things about themselves on this trip they never could have predicted.

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