San Francisco Opens Bath Houses Again; Authentic Gay Content: Gay Prison Fantasy Revived in "The Prince"; Ryan Field Books

San Francisco Opens Bath Houses Again

After about 30 years of keeping bath houses closed, San Francisco will soon vote on whether or not to let them reopen once again. They’ve been closed for years thanks to the AIDS epidemic. Of course they are still taking COVID into account.

“To be clear, this ordinance does not and will not require or allow the reopening of adult sex venues in San Francisco before it is safe to do so as part of our COVID-19 reopening,” said gay District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman.

Here’s a link to the rest. Bath houses have always been a huge part of gay culture. At one time they were a huge part of gay social life. I don’t remember any of them because it was before my time. I didn’t come out until the 90s.

Authentic Gay Content: Gay Prison Fantasy Revived in “The Prince”

Here’s another interesting story dealing with gay culture. It’s about a movie that dropped this month titled, El Principe. (In English The Prince.) And apparently the director underestimated gay erotic fiction. 

Says Muñoz in a director’s statement, “I did not expect that behind what seemed a cheap erotic novel I would discover an amazing portrait of 1970s Chilean society…”

Here’s a link. It goes into a lot more about the prison fantasy and the straight macho male fetish. It sounds fascinating. It’s based on an early 1970s novel by Mario Cruz. 

There’s a trailer, here, and it’s very very good

New Book 
Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf



“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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