Month: June 2022

Pride Parade Is Canceled in Oslo Due To Alleged Terrorist Attack In Gay Bar, Ryan Field Books

 Pride Parade Is Canceled in Oslo Due To Alleged Terrorist Attack In Gay Bar

On the global front, a Pride parade was canceled in Oslo, Norway, due to a deadly shooting at a gay bar. The police are treating this as a possible terrorist crime. 

Two people were killed and eight others taken to hospital after the shooting near the London Pub, which describes itself on its website as “the largest gay and lesbian venue in Oslo.”

Here’s more. I guess mass shootings happen everywhere, not just in the US, sadly. The suspect is a Norwegian Citizen who is originally from Iran. They go into a lot more detail. 

Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

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“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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

A Library In New York Has Banned All LGBTQ Content From Children, Oklahoma Theater Posts Warning Sign For Gay Kiss Scene in "Lightyear"

 A Library In New York Has Banned All LGBTQ Content From Children

This was shocking to read. There’s a town on Long Island called Smithtown that recently banned all LGBTQ content from their library in the children’s departments. That means any books with LGBTQ content and even the Pride Flag.

The Smithtown Library Board of Trustees has issued a resolution demanding the removal of all LGBTQ+ Pride materials from the children’s departments across all four of the library district’s buildings.

Here’s more.  I thought this kind of thing was over. Not long ago in book publishing anything with LGBTQ content came with an adults-only warning. There didn’t have to be any sex in the books at all. They considered anything LGBTQ harmful to children. 

I do think they’re making a big mistake. They’re following this MAGA mindset and it’s going to backfire. I think it also shows that this kind of homophobia can happen in any state. 

Oklahoma Theater Posts Warning Sign For Gay Kiss Scene in “Lightyear”

There is one simple kissing scene in the film Lightyear and all the MAGAs are up in arms. One little kiss, that’s all it takes to set off the Christians. 

This time it’s in Oklahoma, where a theater posted this warning sign below.

“Attention Parents: The management of this theatre discovered after booking ‘Lightyear’ that there is a same-sex kissing scene within the first 30 minutes of the Pixar movie. We will do all we can to fast-forward through that scene, but it might not be exact.”

Here’s the rest. What really bothers me the most is that it’s been proven that straight men are the usual sex abuse types. And these people are worried about one gay kiss. 

I feel sorry for LGBTQ people in Oklahoma. This warning the theater posted is more than what it appears to be. This is a direct MAGA attack on all of us. 

Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Larry Luckinbill Playing Gay in "The Boys in the Band," Movie Review: "Fire Island," Ryan Field Books

 Movie Review: “Fire Island”

This won’t be a long review with spoilers and a full plot description. In fact, I’ll never understand why some reviewers feel the need to give readers every last detail of the plot. That’s not a review. That’s someone who doesn’t know any better. 

In any event, Tony and I both watched the new gay male film out there titled Fire Island and we loved it. For me, it was actually thrilling to watch an all-gay production without any heteronormative influence. At times, it even reminded me of The Boys in the Band.  With films coming out like Red, White, and Royal Blue which is based on a book with gay content written by a woman author who identifies as “queer,” it was a relief to finally see authentic gay content. No shade toward anyone who is a queer woman, but how on earth can a “queer” woman writer create authentic gay male content? There’s no connection, other than political or equal rights issues. 

But I digress. The cultural appropriation from these women who are non-gay will continue as long as people are willing to put up with it. It won’t go down well in history, but that’s another post.

Back to the film. It was shot on Fire Island and it covers some serious points and a few light-hearted points. It’s supposed to be a take on the romance, Pride and Prejudice, and I think the romance aspects held up well. It wasn’t overdone either. There was nothing trite, frilly, or flowery about it. The romance, for me, happened just as it would happen in real life with real gay men. In short, it was all believable. As a side note, I wrote my own Gay Pride and Prejudice about 10 years ago for a publisher who is no longer in business. But I re-published the book myself, here. 

I could recommend this one to everyone interested in authentic gay content and a good gay romance. You can read more about it here on IMDb. 

I loved it. 

Larry Luckinbill playing gay in “The Boys in the Band.”

I’ll never forget the first time I watched the all-gay film, The Boys in the Band. Of course, the film had already been out for years by the time I saw it, but it still left a huge impact on me as a young gay teenager. I remember sneaking into my room with a small TV so I could watch the film on PBS without anyone knowing. In the late 80s, it was still hard to come out as gay and I wasn’t ready. 

But I was ready to watch a movie about gay men. For me, it was thrilling and educational, and even a bit dangerous. And Larry Luckinbill became sort of a hero of mine. It was the first time I had ever seen gay men depicted this way His character showed me that not all gay men are the typical stereotypes I’d always seen. There’s nothing wrong with the stereotypes, but not all of us fit into that mold. 

So I adored Larry Luckinbill, and I still do to this day. Even though he’s straight, and nowadays I don’t like it when straight actors do gay for pay. It’s just another form of cultural appropriation. However, at the time Larry Luckinbill played gay it was actually brave. No one wanted to play a gay character, not even gay male actors. It could ruin a career. And yet Larry Luckinbill had the guts to do it. 

Luckinbill gave an interview to Palm Springs Life in 2018 that I found interesting. He also lives right here in Palm Springs. 

Mart told me he’d gone around New York trying to get people to read the play. Producers did not want to read it. Straight actors wouldn’t look at it, and gay actors didn’t want to do it because they were in the closet. 

Here’s more. It also shows how difficult it was for gay men to get any kind of recognition back then. And frankly, with all the straight people now appropriating gay culture not all that much has changed for gay men. 

This is why it’s so important for us to support projects like Fire Island

Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

I Would Hate To Be Gay and Living in Texas Right Now, Ryan Field Books

 I Would Hate To Be Gay and Living in Texas Right Now

It’s getting worse for gay people in Texas. They seem to be going backward instead of forward, and I think it’s going to backfire on them eventually. They have a new homophobic platform now that refers to gay people as ‘abnormal’ and they refuse to acknowledge transgender people altogether. It’s one of the worst things I’ve seen in years. 

“Homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice,” the 40-page resolution reads. “We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin, and we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.”

Here’s more. That’s scary. And I feel bad for any gay people living in Texas right now. I wouldn’t want to be there. Usually, these MAGA types are quiet about their hate for gay people. But now they’re so open and honest about this hate it’s shocking. But we’ll just have to keep fighting back just as we’ve been doing for years and years. And we will overcome and wear them all down. 


Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Grindr Recognizes Gay Men Who Are Not Tops or Bottoms, Ryan Field Books

 Grindr Recognizes Gay Men Who Are Not Tops or Bottoms As “Sides”

This is a truly interesting article about gay men, and I’ve often posted about this exact same topic. Not all gay men fit into the category of top or bottom. Believe it or not, there are gay men out there who don’t like or do anal sex. I don’t totally understand that, but they are out there and they do exist. And finally, Grindr decided to respect them with something new. 

Grindr added a position called side…Sides are men who find fulfillment in every kind of sexual act except anal penetration. 

Here’s more. Sides even go so far as to refer to their brand of sex as “outercourse.” The article goes on to explain more about sides, and even quotes a few gay men who have been sides all their lives. There’s a video, too. I’m just glad they are finally being recognized after all this time.

I knew a side once who was just into feet. 



 

Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Hollywood Isn't As Gay Friendly As You Would Imagine, Ryan Field Books

 Hollywood Isn’t As Gay Friendly As You Would Imagine

I’m always posting about straight Hollywood actors playing gay for pay. I think the most recent gay-for-pay actor is Bradley Cooper playing Leonard Bernstein. The only big star who agrees that it’s wrong to play gay for pay is Tom Hanks. He recently came out against playing gayface and many gay people applauded him for that on Twitter, including openly gay Billy Eichner.

With that said, here is an article that talks about Hollywood and how it’s not as gay-friendly as we think it is. The article even covers some transgender issues with comedians. 

“Hollywood is more driven by its fear of what might undermine the bottom line than by its purported championing of marginalized people,” says the granddaughter of company founder Roy Disney.

Here’s more.  This is also why they’re still using straight actors to play gay. Bradley Cooper will attract more straights to the movie than an openly gay actor, or so they think. And it happens in publishing, too. A straight white woman wrote Brokeback Mountain, not a gay man, even though it was gay content. That book was released over 20 years ago and publishing and Hollywood continue to ignore us and appropriate us. They are only our allies on their terms. 

We have a long way to go. 


Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Gay Log Cabin Republicans Are Shunned by GOP at Texas Convention, Ryan Field Books

 Gay Log Cabin Republicans Are Shunned by GOP at Texas Convention

For those who don’t know, there is a group called The Log Cabin that’s made up of gay Republican people. Or I guess anyone who falls under the LGBTQ umbrella. I first heard of them back in the late 1990s when a friend of mine who was a Philadelphia attorney took me to some kind of AIDS fundraiser that was sponsored by The Log Cabin. I was more impressed by the old building than I was with The Log Cabin group, but I did find it interesting, too.

The Log Cabin, as a political organization, has been around for a long time. Here’s a link to their website. I would imagine that a lot of people find it ironic that gay people would be so dedicated to the Republican party, especially after what just happened in Texas. The GOP actually shunned The Log Cabin from participating in an event. LRC is short for Log Cabin Republicans. 

But apparently none of that bothers the LCR. What really rankles them was their recent exclusion from the Texas GOP Convention in Houston. The group was denied a booth in the exhibition hall after receiving a previous approval email that said otherwise.

Here’s more. I’m sure many people are thinking they deserve what they get. And rightly so. 

Happy Pride, Texas GOP. 


Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

History of the Ken Doll As Related to Gay Culture…Or Not, Ryan Field Books

 History of the Ken Doll As Related to Gay Culture

This is one of those pieces that can go one way or the other. In one respect it’s all about the campy aspects of the Ken Doll. Especially with regard to the new photo released this week with Ryan Gosling in full makeup as a Ken Doll. In another respect, the Ken Doll has always been more straight than gay. Barbie and Ken represent the mainstream a lot more than any part of gay culture. In fact, I remember my sister playing with Barbie and Ken, and even at that young age I knew was not part of that. Barbie and Ken were reserved for little straight girls. If a boy was caught playing with a Barbie or Ken doll eyes would roll. 

With that said, even though this article is about “gay” Ken, it does go into the history of the Ken doll and a great deal of that is interesting from a pop culture POV. It even touches on the AIDS crisis. 

Already, the image has inspired scores of memes based on the simple premise that Ken looks, well, kind of gay. This is nothing new. The doll has a long history as a gay symbol, which stands to reason: minus a handle-bar moustache, he embodies the kind of beauty ideals that in the 70s and 80s would find you atop the sexual hierarchy of Fire Island. He is also, of course, extremely kitsch – a vibe which has always been popular among gay men.

Here’s more. First, kitsch isn’t the right word to use here. I don’t know if the person who wrote this article is gay or not, but the correct word would be camp. Camp, or high camp, has a long history in gay culture. Second, if this theory is true about the Ken doll being so “gay” it certainly points out all the most common stereotypes about gay men. 

The bottom line for me is that the Barbie and Ken dolls represent mainstream straight culture for me and I cannot relate to them even slightly as a gay man. But I can see how others might disagree with me. And that’s fine. We don’t want to lose our sense of humor altogether. 

Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Tom Hanks Says He Wouldn't Play a Gay Role Today and Rightly So, Ryan Field Books

 Tom Hanks Says He Wouldn’t Play a Gay Role Today and Rightly So

When this comment from Tom Hanks went viral on Twitter yesterday you should have seen the straight people go wild. “It’s acting, it’s only acting,” was the most common complaint. But some even believe that if we limit straight actors from playing gay for pay then we have to limit gay actors from playing straight. Which makes no sense. All gay people WERE straight at one time, plus we are the marginalized group. Oh, that was another comment I saw: gay people are a “sexuality,” not a marginalized group. And that came from a so-called “ally.”

In any event, the comments were as dumb as the people making them. I don’t think that most people realize that back in the 1990s when Tom Hanks played gay in the film, Philadelphia, there weren’t many openly gay actors around. In fact, in those days if you were an openly gay actor your choices were limited. So it was no big deal for Tom Hanks to play gay. 

However, the world has changed and gay men have evolved since the 1990s. We’re starting to realize we have a culture and a history and we’re not as willing to allow anyone to appropriate that any longer.  That’s not to say we don’t have a way to go yet. Just the fact that people are arguing with Tom Hanks over his statement shows how far we have to go. And just in the gay romance book genre alone straight women are completely appropriating and dominating the market in the most blatant way. And they will fight back like vipers against any gay man who questions them about what they are doing.

With all this said, here’s what Tom Hanks said about playing gay for pay. 

“Let’s address ‘Could a straight man do what I did in Philadelphia now?’” said Hanks. “No, and rightly so. The whole point of Philadelphia was don’t be afraid. One of the reasons people weren’t afraid of that movie is that I was playing a gay man. We’re beyond that now, and I don’t think people would accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy.”

Here’s more. The article goes on to mention films that appropriate, like Call Me by Your Name and that new movie about closeted Leonard Bernstein with Bradly Cooper playing gay for pay. I’m just thrilled someone like Tom Hanks finally made a statement like this. And I sincerely hope that other gay men fully understand what this means. We don’t have to allow straight people to appropriate anything about our culture. We are more than just a “sexuality.” 

Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

Right Wing MAGA Types Are Targeting Pride Events and Drag Queen Story Hour, Ryan Field Books

 Right-Wing Maga Types Are Targeting Pride Events and Drag Queen Story Hour

With the climate as it is right now in the US, and with politicians in places like Florida creating anti-gay legislation, I’m not surprised by this. Right-wing straight white groups are not going to let go of their privilege easily. Plus, there’s a lot of anti-gay rhetoric going around and it’s increasing with each day. I see it on social media all the time from straights who follow MAGA. 

This is what happened during Drag Queen story hour in San Lorenzo, CA. 

“They called me a groomer, a pedophile, a tranny, an ‘it,’” Panda Dulce said in a statement shared with TIME. “My heart hammered. I had a complete freeze response.”

Here’s more. Those idiots are too stupid to know that according to statistics it’s straight males who are the majority of pedophiles. 

But that’s not all they’re doing. At least 11 Pride events have been delayed or disrupted by these right-wing MAGAs. Plus, two other events involving Drag Queen story hour have been disrupted. 

Watch your backs. You never know where these MAGAs will strike. 


Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]