President Biden Talks about Pride Month along with the Attacks, More Gay Cultural Appropriation from Amazon Movie "Red, White, and Royal Blue" Written by Non-Gay-man White Woman Casey McQuiston, Ryan Field

 President Biden Talks about Pride Month along with the Attacks

The president declared June as Pride Month and he mentioned the attacks on LGBTQIA people in recent months, by condemning the recent trend in “don’t say gay” bills in certain states. 

“I often say that America can be defined by one word: possibilities,” Biden wrote in a presidential proclamation released Tuesday, the eve of Pride Month. “This month, we celebrate generations of LGBTQI+ people who have fought to make the possibilities of our Nation real for every American.”

Here’s the link. He’s right about generations. We’ve been around since the beginning of time, only you never knew it. And it’s not since the last 60 years or so that you even knew we existed. Pride is about many things, but one of the most important things is that we are now recognized and heard…for better or worse.  Although Hollywood and book publishing hasn’t reached a point of respect yet with their constant cultural appropriation, most of the world has. And that’s Pride! 

Sadly, though, my next part of this posts discusses a different kind of direct attack on gay men. One that even many gay men don’t find offensive. 

More Gay Cultural Appropriation from Amazon Movie “Red, White, and Royal Blue”

This is so dismal to read on the first day of Pride month, but it also shows how far we have to go yet to receive full respect from the mainstream.

First, while millions of openly gay authors are writing gay romantic comedies, Amazon took a book title, Red, White, And Royal Blue, and turned it into a movie. The book was written by a non-gay male white woman named Casey McQuiston. Here’s a link to her wiki page.  McQuiston hopes that her novels will push queer stories into the spotlight. Well isn’t that kind of her. Because we obviously can’t do that ourselves. 

Red, White & Royal Blue is a contemporary queer romance that follows Alex Claremont-Diaz, a fictionalized First Son of the U.S., as he develops romantic feelings for Henry, an English prince, following an altercation that forces them to fake a friendship for damage control and PR purposes.

In short, she is stealing gay content, appropriating gay men, and giving no respect to real gay authors. You don’t find this happening so easily with other marginalized groups. These women only do this to gay men. And sadly, it’s never authentic. 

Second, I checked out the cast. I wanted to know if Nicolas Galitzine was openly gay. Here’s what I found.

No. Nicholas is NOT gay. He’s already stated he’s a straight. So he’ll be one of the so-called leading characters of this so-called gay rom-com written by a non-gay-male woman doing gay for pay. 

The other lead, Taylor Zakhar Perez, claims to be bisexual. But I’m not sure if his character is gay or bisexual. And frankly, I don’t care enough to find out. 

I don’t care enough about any part of this film to go any deeper. I already know what I need to know. And I will not be watching this movie. And I hope no other gay men will be either. When do we stop them from doing this? When do we cancel these people stealing our culture? 

And once again, for those of you who say, “it’s acting, it’s only acting.” First, tell that to the millions of actors and authors who are constantly being overlooked for straights appropriating our culture. Second, try to imagine Meryl Streep playing the lead role in the Life Story of Rosa Parks, in blackface. Streep would never do this, but don’t you think this would be a huge wrong for gay men? 

Then why isn’t it wrong when straight people still do this to gay people. The Brokeback Mountain days are long gone. As a group, let’s do better at realizing how wrong this is. 



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]


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