Presidential Hopeful Pete Buttigieg Raises $7 Million First Quarter; New Museum: Gay Life In the 1940s on Fire Island; Chechnya Crisis Appeal Raises 12K; Altered Parts A Gay Romance Novel

Presidential Hopeful Pete Buttigieg Raised $7 Million First Quarter

Here’s more gay history in the making, and more news about Mayor Pete Buttigieg (pronounced Boot-ajudge) who is the 2nd openly gay man to ever run for President of the United States.

He recently announced that his campaign has raised more than $7 million in the first quarter of 2019, which is amazing and spectacular because this really is a grassroots operation built on hard work and dedication.

“This is a big number for us,” Mr. Buttigieg wrote to supporters in an early Monday email. “We are not part of the national political machine. We started with just about 20,000 people on our email list, and not many people even knew who I was.”

You can read it all, here.  Of course the money is a huge factor, but I’m also noticing that he’s getting mainstream media attention as well. And that’s also huge. 

New Museum: Gay Life In the 1940s on Fire Island 

I’ve always been a fan of the 1940s era. I even set my book, Altered Parts, in the 1940s, which you can read more about below. Of course even though the word gay was not used as a reference for same sex partners or lovers back then, there were “gay” men and there was “gay” life. 

Here’s a story about a new museum that’s focused on what gay life was like in the 1940s in places like Fire Island. That’s significant because there’s really not that much information out there about gay life prior to the 1970s. And for good reason. No one WAS openly gay in the 1940s…at least not in public. From what I’ve been told, and from what I’ve read, it was all very concentrated to certain areas like Fire Island, and extremely furtive.  

A new art museum is opening in Miami that will house the full collection of gay artist George Daniell, whose work offers a look back at the “glamour grit of yesteryear, with a strong dose of homoeroticism.”

Here’s the link. 

Chechnya Crisis Appeal Raises 12K

I posted about this crowdfunding event by Gay Star News a few weeks ago, and here’s how the event has progressed. 

The Gay Star News crisis appeal for Chechnya has achieved over $12,000.

Here’s more. All the money will be turned over to a group that will help the purge victims in Chechnya. 



Reader Review: his 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]


Altered Parts by Ryan Field 


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.

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