Provincetown Bear Week Canceled; Why Lee Daniels Couldn’t Stand to Watch "Brokeback Mountain"; Ryan Field Books

Provincetown Bear Week Canceled

Thanks to COVID here’s another cancellation in the LGBTQ community. It’s normally an event that people look forward to every year.

Provincetown Bears is saddened to announce the suspension of Bear Week Provincetown 2020. Members of our board have watched the rampant developments of the coronavirus pandemic and we believe that it is not advisable for us to host the crowded parties this summer that are the hallmark of Bear Week.

There’s more here. 

What bothers me the most is we did not get a Pride month this year at all. No Pride events, no marches, parades, or rallies. Nothing.  Many of us will not forget that. 

Why Lee Daniels Couldn’t Stand to Watch Brokeback Mountain

This is amusing for me because I couldn’t stand to watch Brokeback Mountain either, but for very different reasons. It was too hetero for me. I also didn’t like the fact that it was based on a short story written by someone coming from straight white privilege, I didn’t like the fact that straight actors were playing gay face, and I didn’t think certain things were believable. 

Here’s why Daniels didn’t want to watch it. 

Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels has opened up about his longtime refusal to see the beloved queer film Brokeback Mountainhe couldn’t stand to see someone else direct it.

Here’s more. Frankly, I think I might have liked the movie more if Lee Daniels had directed it. In fact, I know I would have liked it more. 


“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. 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.”

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.

Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field

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