Somewhat Controversial Gay Mascot of Virgin Atlantic; Homoerotic Heroes of Wonder Con; Real Gay Culture: Tom of Finland Foundation; Altered Parts by Ryan Field

Somewhat Controversial Gay Mascot of Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic introduced a new image/mascot they’re calling “Rain Bow.” It’s this odd Peter Pan like caricature of a gay man flying through the air, with arms spread wide, limp wrists and toes pointed. He’s wearing some sort of skin tight red onesie with a rainbow, and there’s a Union Jack flag attached to his shoulders.

The gay mascot’s red outfit also blends into rainbow shorts as a nod to the LGBTQ community. The company plans to display the mascots on the exterior of its planes, which will also carry the mascot nickname. In the case of the gay mascot, that name is said to be “Rain Bow.”

The problem is that not everyone is embracing the image. Some find it insulting and they’re calling it stereotypical.

Here’s one link, where there are comments that show how people are looking at this.  And here’s another link where you can see a few more new images that Virgin is using to show more diversity.

I don’t see anything wrong with any of them. They’re exaggerated images, with a campy tone, meant to be whimsical.

Homoerotic Heroes of Wonder Con

I’ve always been fascinated by the fandom culture these things draw. I’ve never been part of any fandom, and frankly I don’t always understand it either. But there are obviously millions of people who are into these things. This one seems to be sprinkled with homo-eroticism.

Anaheim Convention Center hosted Wonder Con, the annual comic book convention that serves as the lil’ bromo to San Diego Comic Con. (If Comic Con were Folsom, Wonder Con would be Dore Alley: a little smaller, a little more intimate, and a little more hardcore.)

Here’s a link for more. There are tons of photos. I don’t find them all that homoerotic at all. Campy at best, in a heteronormative way. But not erotic, at least not in a Tom of Finland way.

Real Gay Culture: Tom of Finland Foundation

Speaking of Tom of Finland, here’s a link to a web site of the Tom of Finland Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving erotic art. I think most gay men know about this, but if you don’t you’ll find it an interesting part of gay culture. And gay history.

This is what I consider real, authentic erotic art. 

There’s no straight washing at this site. This has nothing to do with calling anyone by his name, broken back mountains, or Will and his Grace. It’s a well executed site, and simple to navigate.

 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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