Month: June 2022

Iran Executes Gay Man For Sodomy, Ryan Field Books

 Iran Executes Gay Man For Sodomy

I’m always posting about how gay men are treated in other parts of the world. It’s especially bad in places like the Middle East where Islam rules. 

Here’s proof of what can happen in these countries. 

“Yet again another man has been executed on a charge of sodomy, which he may or may not have committed, with or without consent. What is certain is that this man almost certainly did not receive a fair trial under the notoriously biased Iranian judicial system.

Here’s more. The article goes on to mention more about this case, and it also calls for global solutions. All the hate in these countries is based on this backward anti-gay Sharia Law System. 



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]

"We Say Gay" Florida's Pride Parade Draws Massive Numbers, Ryan Field Books

“We Say Gay” Florida’s Pride Parade Draws Massive Numbers 

After that MAGA governor in Florida enforced a bill that basically silences schools from mentioning anything LGBTQ, especially in the lower grades, I’m relieved to see this news. And after the worst of the MAGA crowd started referring to gay people as “groomers,” I’m even happier to see this. The word groomer, in this case, suggests that gay people are trying to turn little straight white kids gay. Which is ridiculous. You don’t turn gay. You are born gay. 

But this year’s Florida’s Pride Parade showed those MAGAs that we can come out in numbers, along with our allies.

 

Florida’s largest annual Pride march returned to St. Petersburg this past weekend for the first time since 2019. This year, however, the celebratory event took on a more activist tone as revelers contended with the lingering coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, and a new state law limiting LGBTQ classroom instruction.


Here’s more.  I hope that MAGA realizes that we’ve fought worse than this. They don’t seem to understand that we are a lot tougher now than we were 50 years ago. We’ve been fighting all of our lives and we will continue. 


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]

The New Gay Film "Firebird" and Gay for Pay, Book Review For "French Braid" by Anne Tyler and When a Straight Woman Writing Gay Characters Works

The New Gay Film Firebird and Gay for Pay

From what I’ve read so far, the premise of this film reminds me of a short story I once edited for an author named Curtis von Dornheim who was in his 70s. You can look him up. He’s still on Amazon. I edited him for around 10 years and he passed away in 2015, and I know he had someone taking care of his copyrights. He was most known for his spiritual awakening books, and I only edited them because I love anything dealing with the spiritual or supernatural. He also became a very good friend. And it wasn’t easy to edit him, but I also enjoyed his stories about being a gay man years ago. He wrote all his work out in long hand in a notebook, in scratchy cursive, as the spiritual guides helped him along, and I would have to type it all up and then edit. Again, it was such good material I couldn’t say no. 

The reason I mention Curt is that he wrote one short story that reminds me of this new gay movie, Firebird. Just from what I’m reading so far. I haven’t seen the film yet so I don’t really know the storyline in detail. Here’s a link, if you are interested in where you can find Curt’s work. 

With all that said, the movie Firebird has a basic storyline focused on two gay men when the love between two men was considered scandalous and dangerous. The first mistake they made for me in promoting the film was comparing it to Brokeback Moutain. At the time BBM was released I didn’t appreciate the fact that it was gay content written by a straight woman. Even back then, at that time, I knew from working in publishing there were thousands of other gay male authors with stories just as good who were overlooked. I also didn’t like those straight actors who played gayface in gay-for-pay roles. I remember arguing about this with an angry lesbian who saw nothing wrong with it at the time because cultural appropriation was not a thing back then. And gay men had no voices. 

But I won’t judge Firebird on a bad PR firm. So far, I know that one of the male stars of Firebird, Tom Prior, is openly gay, but I’m not sure about the other one. Oleg Zagorodnii who is a Ukrainian actor who talks about the attack on Ukraine by Russia. In fact, there is absolutely no information about how he identifies at all, online, which leads me to suspect he’s probably straight playing gayface. But I could be wrong and I’m keeping an open mind. Ukraine is not exactly great in gay rights so maybe he can’t come out officially. I don’t want to assume anything like those people on Twitter. 

The period piece is based on a true story during the Cold War and “follows a handsome, soulful young soldier named Sergey,” played by out actor Tom Prior, “who embarks on a clandestine sexual affair with Roman, a charismatic fighter pilot on an Air Force Base in occupied Estonia; at the height of 1970’s Communist rule.”

Here’s the rest. It’s all publicity, but it goes into more detail. I’m not making any strong comments until I learn more. 

As a side note, the director of the film is Peter Reban who is also an openly gay male activist. It sounds very promising to me. And I’ll make a point of seeing this. It’s a 2021 film that was just released internationally in April 2022. 

Book Review for French Braid by Anne Tyler and When a Straight Woman Writing Gay Characters Works

I read my first Anne Tyler book in college in my sophomore year and from that day on I’ve been hooked. After I read that first book I went out and read every other book she wrote. And over the years, I’ve waited with patience for her next book, which usually takes about 2 years. I think she’s in her 70s now and she’s still dropping books that are as good as anything else she’s ever written. As an author, she’s one of my heroes and she is one of the people who has inspired me to write fiction. And I am fully aware that the content we write is totally different, but I’m talking about her tight writing style and her need for less is more. In my case, I noticed so many romance authors writing this awful flowery narrative, and ridiculous dialogue that almost always contained said bookisms. And I wanted my gay romances to do just the opposite. It works most of the time with my readers who know better, but some readers simply do not understand word economy.   

Well, Ms. Tyler’s latest book title, French Braid, was astounding for me because she wrote about two gay characters, in the most subtle, tasteful way. And it’s fine that she did this. She didn’t culturally appropriate gay men and she didn’t steal gay culture in any way. She simply added two gay men into her book and there’s nothing wrong with that. It works. It’s okay to add gay characters but it’s not okay to appropriate with entirely gay content. Leave that to the gay male authors. 

With no spoilers, French Braid focuses on another Baltimore Family and how it evolved over the years. With a few exceptions, I think almost all her books are set in Baltimore. I think French Braid covers about 60 years. And the magic is that Tyler can turn something as perfectly ordinary as a French braid…even the gay couple…into something fascinating. She handled the disappointment that can happen in marriage very carefully, with her two characters Robin and Mercy. Robin adores Mercy, but Mercy is a bit self-centered, and in many ways, she has every right to be. They have three children, two girls, and a boy, and their lives are examined, too. 

At times it’s complicated; at times it’s not. The writing, as always, is smooth and neat and tight and it’s a pleasure to read. I truly couldn’t find one single thing that offended me. A lot of people have mentioned the cat in the story and that turned them off on Mercy, but I found it to be an honest gesture and a human gesture. And I think Mercy did the right thing. I think she’s a true artist at heart. 

I would recommend this book to anyone. There’s a reason why it has received so many excellent reviews just here on Amazon. Here’s a link to French Braid. 


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]

CDC Want Gay Men In Florida to get Meningococcal Vax Because of the Worst Outbreak in History, Ryan Field Books

 CDC Want Gay Men In Florida to get Meningococcal Vax Because of the Worst Outbreak in History

This sounds ominous. Thanks to a serious outbreak in Florida, the CDC is asking gay and bisexual men to get vaxxed for meningococcal disease. 

As of Friday, there have been 26 cases and seven deaths with 24 of these cases among men who have sex with men. Six of the deaths were also a part of the LGBTQ community. Half of the cases have been in men who identify as Hispanic.

Here’s more. They go on to explain it all in more detail, and they talk about the Monkey Pox issue, too, that seems to be hitting the gay community. 

Tony and I are still wearing masks and social distancing because of COVID. We do our normal everyday errands to the market and basic shopping, but I see people on social media without a care in the world at events and parties. If nothing else, COVID has taught us all one thing. You can’t keep people home. 

Please be prudent and get the vaccine for meningococcal disease. Just like COVID, it’s not always deadly but it can be. 


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]

Queer as Folk Reboot Reviews, RIP Jeffery Escoffier a Scholar of Gay Theory, Ryan Field Books

 Queer As Folk Reboot Reviews

About 20 years ago, Tony and I had a regular routine on Sundays. We went to tea dance at 5 pm, met up with friends there, then we went out to the local bistro for a quick dinner, and finally we went home to watch Queer as Folk. Aside from the Ellen Show, It was the only gay content on TV back then, and it was good. There were a few actors playing gay for pay, but that was expected back then. 

With that said, I’ve been reading the reviews for the new reboot of Queer as Folk and they aren’t very good. I have not seen the show so I can’t comment, but here’s a link to IMDb where you can read a few reviews from actual viewers of the show. I’ve learned to trust reviews like this far more than any so-called “professional” reviews…for books, movies, and TV shows. The book review sites are the worst. You can’t trust them to be honest.  

I’m not sure I’ll be watching this new reboot. 

RIP Jeffery Escoffier a Scholar of Gay Theory

Jeffery Escoffier was well known for various things. From starting a project called The Gay Alternative that focused on the Gay Activists of Philadelphia, to writing essays, and focusing on the pre-Stonewall history of gay life. 

He was also a health official in New York City. 

Mr. Escoffier was a leading voice in gay and lesbian scholarship and theory, both as an editor and as an essayist.

Here’s more. It goes into a lot more detail about his life and his work, and there’s a great deal of gay history involved. An amazing man.


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]

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”

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]

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]