Month: September 2022

Jeffery Dahmer Reporter Claims the Netflix Series, "Dahmer," Missed Many Facts of the Case, Ryan Field Books

 Jeffery Dahmer Reporter Claims the Netflix Series, Dahmer, Missed Many Facts of the Case

Tony and I are watching the Dahmer series on Netflix right now and we know that the entire story has been fictionalized and dramatized for the sake of entertainment. They took a great deal of “artistic license.” And I think in most cases with a story like that you can expect a certain amount of fiction. I remember following this case back in the 90s and even I saw a few flaws. But I don’t mind that. The one thing I do mind is the way they try to make Dahmer out as a suffering poor soul. I’ve even seen younger people on Twitter claim they feel so much remorse for Dahmer. 

And that’s just ridiculous. Those of you who want to feel sorry for him, don’t. The guy was a despicable monster, plain and simple. He murdered countless numbers of gay men and did absolutely hideous things with their dead bodies. He had no respect for his victims whatsoever. He would meet them and talk to them at length, slowly bringing them into his hideous horror story. 

This new article now to which I’m linking is about the reporter, Anne E Schwartz, who broke the story back in the 90s. And she claims that many things in the series are not factual. As I said earlier, I didn’t expect them to be factual. But it seems they took a great deal of artistic license in some cases. 

For example, she claims that Dahmer’s apartment didn’t smell like dead bodies. She said it smelled like chemicals. She also claims that Ryan Murphy’s interpretation of the police officers as racist and homophobic is also false. That I find a bit hard to believe. Of course, the police aren’t going to admit to it, but I remember what it was like back then and I experienced that kind of homophobia. The police used to hunt gay men down in cruise areas, criminalize them, and treat them like dirt. So she’s clearly coming from a place of white privilege and she hasn’t a clue as to what gay men experienced in the 90s. Straights will often do this, especially straight women…not a clue. 

In any event, you can read more about all this, here. It’s not earth-shattering but it’s interesting.


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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.”
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A Review For All-Gay Movie by Billy Eichner Called "Bros," Ryan Field Books

 A Review For All-Gay Movie by Billy Eichner Called “Bros”

I’m linking to a nice review for Billy Eichner’s all-gay movie, Bros. I keep making a point that it’s all gay because we rarely ever see that anymore. We see straight women writing gay romances and getting away with all kinds of cultural appropriation. And if you challenge them, they will call you a misogynist. It’s really quite a phenomenon. It’s okay for them to appropriate gay male culture, but you can’t call them out on it.  

And because gay romance has always been a rather small genre, these straight women authors fly by the mainstream radar. And believe it or not, there are a few kowtowing gay men who will support the cultural appropriation of these women. It’s very sad to watch. I’ve reached a point where I just block them all on social media. 

I also see something even more interesting. There are some straight women out there who will fetishize gay closeted celebrities in the most blatant ways. Obviously, the closeted gay celebrities have their reasons for not coming out and that’s fine. It’s just the fandom they attract leaves a great deal to be desired. 

With that said, the movie, Bros, was written by a gay man and the entire cast is LGBTQIA. As far as I can see there’s no cultural appropriation going on there. And I can’t wait to see Bros. 20 years ago all we had was Brokeback Mountain, which is gay male content written by a straight white woman.

The review to which I’m linking gives a good summary of the plot and it touches on a lot of the good points in Bros. Overall, I think it’s a nice review and I haven’t even seen the film yet. One of the characters wants to educate straight people on gay history, which is a novel concept. I find that most straights out there only know what they’ve learned from Will and his Grace. And they will fight you about it. It doesn’t matter if you are gay, these straights will tell you that you are wrong. 

If you want to read the review I’m talking about you can find it, here. It’s long, but it will give you all the facts you need to know about Bros


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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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

A New Book About Chicago Gay Bars and Chicago Gay History, Ryan Field Books

 A New Book About Chicago Gay Bars and Chicago Gay History

From what I gather, there is a new book out about Chicago gay bars by two authors, Rick Karlin and St. Sukie de la Croix. It is titled, Last Call Chicago: a History of 1001 LGBTQ-friendly Taverns, Haunts, and Hangouts. From the description on the Amazon page, they seem to be covering everything from the 1920s to the present.

According to this article, the book is filled with all kinds of gay-related photos and old-school ads. If you’re from Chicago I’m sure you’ll love it. And if you’re not from Chicago you’ll learn a little about gay history. 

And one of the authors, de la Croix, lives right here in Palm Springs now. He talks about thousands of older gay men and lesbians, but I don’t see that. In most recent years I find a mix of everything in Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley, with people of all ages. And a good deal of those people are year-round now. 

But I digress because this is about a book. They continue to discuss how Chicago didn’t attract gay men by accident. For one thing, Illinois was the first state to decriminalize homosexuality. There are other facts as well. 

If you’re interested in reading more, here’s the link to the article.  They will give you a link to the book. I think I’ll be checking his book out. Why? Because I honestly know nothing about Chicago and I’d like to change that. Both my gay nephew and my gay niece…brother and sister…now live in the mid-west and from what I gather they meet up in Chicago all the time. When I visit them I’d like to know more about Chicago. 


How to Be a Good Gay Bottom 


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]


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The Straight Pride Parade

Memoir About a Gay Kid in Rural America Who Survived, Ryan Field Books

 Memoir About a Gay Kid in Rural America Who Survived

After growing up in a small town in Southern New Jersey, I can relate to what it’s like growing up gay in a small town. You can’t express yourself, you’re constantly questioning yourself, and you’re often in denial about who you really are. And you are terrified to face it. It. Is. Hell. And I would never go back to live there again. 

With that said, A gay author named Taylor Brorby has a new memoir out titled, Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land. It seems to be getting some pretty good reviews. 

He comments that there is not a lot of literature from the American West that focuses on LGBTQ people. He mentions Brokeback Mountain, but I don’t even consider that LGBTQ literature because it’s gay content written by a non-gay woman. This author was culturally appropriating us even before we knew what cultural appropriation was about. 

Brorby also talks about what it was like to have other kids using gay slurs against him. I think we all know, as gay men, what that’s like. Gay women seem to hide better…but not always. Teenage straight white girls can be vicious if they even get a hint of a girl being gay. 

In any event, you can read more about Brorby and his memoir, here. It sounds interesting to me. I know for a fact, coming from a small town, not all gay kids do survive in these places. The pressure is just too much for them. I’m hoping memoirs like this help gay kids today who are living in awful places in America. 


How to Be a Good Gay Bottom 


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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

Cuba Finally Approves Gay Marriage, Ryan Field Books

 Cuba Finally Approves Gay Marriage

It’s nice to finally see that Cuba has approved legalized same-sex marriage, which is part of a new family code that is being called the most progressive in Latin America. In the past, there has allegedly been a long tradition of toxic masculinity. And now all that is about to change. 

Best of all, two-thirds of the voters helped pass the law. The new legislation will also allow gay couples to adopt, and the rights of women should improve. 

I think this is a sign that the entire world is changing and attitudes toward gay people have evolved to the point where we are not being treated as if we were mentally ill, and we’re not being criminalized anymore. Of course, there are still places around the world that aren’t as evolved as Cuba. They’re mostly in the middle east and Africa. And then there’s Russia with its gay propaganda law. 

There’s more to read about, here.  And this is helpful, too. They mention a few of Cuba’s ongoing issues, which include food shortages, electricity shortages, and the effects of COVID. I’ve always wanted to go to Cuba. I have friends who went there by way of Canada and they loved it. 

In a way, it’s kind of ironic that they refer to all these new changes as “Family Code.” Here in the US anything “Family Friendly” usually refers to MAGA and anti-gay beliefs. 


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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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

Trump Wants to Keep Our Country Gay, But Not Really, Ryan Field Books

 Trump Wants to Keep Our Country Gay, But Not Really

I think Donald Trump is the most controversial figure I have ever seen in my lifetime. People either love him or despise him. He’s broken up families, friends, and sometimes even marriages. And he continues to plow forward with such a strong MAGA following that I wouldn’t go near any of it with a ten-foot pole. MAGA people hate gay people. And I’ve experienced that kind of hate on Twitter firsthand. 

With that said, Trump recently stated at one of his huge rallies, “we have to keep our country gay.” And thousands of people stood there stunned. Trump quickly realized his mistake and said, “we have to keep our country great.” Clearly, he had misspoken. 

After this happened, apparently, Trump’s mistake went so viral that one anti-Trump account on Twitter received a million hits. I was on Twitter all weekend and I guess I missed it all. But then I tend to follow book people, a few celebrities, and non-political accounts. I’m not a fan of politics in general. I find it sleazy, dirty, and rotten. 

You can read some of the comments people left, here.  It also goes on to discuss Trump’s history with the LGBTQIA community. 


How to Be a Good Gay Bottom 


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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

Gay Rom-Com "Bros" Won't Be Seen in Homophobic Middle East Because of Gay Sex Scenes, Ryan Field Books

 Gay Rom-Com “Bros” Won’t Be Seen in Homophobic Middle East Because of Gay Sex Scenes

I guess this should have been expected. Billy Eichner’s Bros is making history, so they say, because it’s the first gay Rom-Com by a major studio. I know I have high hopes for this film because it’s gay content by gay men. However, it won’t be making any history in the notoriously homophobic Middle East. 

Bros is set to drop on September 30th and it will be seen around the world, except for the Middle East, and that shouldn’t be shocking. In case you don’t know, Islamic countries do not welcome gay men, nor do they feel the need to offer us full equality. In fact, in many places gay sex is criminal and gay men can be put to death. 

Supposedly, Bros also has quite a few gay sex scenes, which are usually taboo in Hollywood. I’m not sure about the actual storyline, but from what I gather, Billy Eichner, who plays Bobby, is a podcaster who works in a museum and he plans to remain single. That is until he meets Luke, an attorney who is the complete opposite of Bobby. It’s an old trope, but it always works in romance, and people like it. 

In any event, you can read more about Bros, here. I’m looking forward to it. As an author who has been writing gay romance since the late 1990s, with over 150 published works, I’m curious to see what they do. The one thing I am really curious about is that Billy Eichner has never been considered a sex symbol for gay men and I’m curious about just how explicit these sex scenes are. But I’m keeping an open mind. 

How to Be a Good Gay Bottom 


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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

Cuba's Yes Vote On New Gay-Friendly Laws, Ryan Field Books

 Cuba’s Yes Vote On New Gay-Friendly Laws

This is refreshing to see. Cuban voters will now be able to vote for “family code,” which means legalized gay marriage and more rights for women. 

They have been promoting all this on TV, Radio, and even roadside billboards. Some of the things in the new code include same-sex marriage and civil unions, plus allowing same-sex couples to adopt. The big issue with this vote is a bad economy and because this vote is the first of its kind, it can get tricky. 

Of course, Catholic bishops are against gay marriage and they are making it clear all over Cuba. In spite of this, according to this article, most Cubans are in favor of the vote and they want it to happen. Cuban woman claim that this code will enhance their protections and guarantee their rights. 

You can read the article, here. I do hope they publish follow-ups for this. 


How to Be a Good Gay Bottom 


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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade


Gay History: Two Openly Gay Candidates Run Against Each Other for Office in New York, Ryan Field Books

 Gay History: Two Openly Gay Candidates Run Against Each Other for Office in New York

While Hollywood seems to be going backward with regard to actors coming out as gay, politics continues to move forward. There are supposedly 1,095 LGBTQ people who are running or did run for all kinds of political offices this year. And the numbers are up considerably from 2020. 

This year, in New York, two openly gay candidates are running against each other for the first time in history. Robert Zimmerman is a Democrat and George Santos is a Republican. In short, this race guarantees that a gay candidate will win. 

A political science professor in Kansas believes this was destined to happen. They just had to find an LGBTQ Republican who could gain enough support in the primary. Even though organizations like the Gay Republican Log Cabin have been around for many years, we haven’t seen many openly LGBTQ Republicans running for office. 

I think there’s a reason for that. I’ve always been a Democrat, but I’ve always known quite a few gay Republicans and the LGBTQ community is not kind to them. Most are terrified to admit they are Republicans, let alone run for office. 

But I think that’s going to be changing in the near future. Here’s more.  The times they are changing. 


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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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

LGB Gay Activist Assaulted by Trans People at Pride in Vermont, Ryan Field Books

 LGB Gay Activist Assaulted by Trans People at Pride in Vermont

It’s such a shame this had to happen in Vermont. It was one of the first states to begin fighting for gay marriage. But the world is constantly changing and new things are popping up each day.

In case you didn’t know, there is this group on the fringes that call themselves LGB. In short, this means they want nothing at all to do with anyone who falls under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella. I know that sounds counterproductive, but it is what it is. LGB means Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexuals want nothing to do with the rest of us. And they are particularly cruel to trans people. So the article to which I’m linking is giving you a misguided headline. They make it appear that trans people knocked down this poor helpless elderly gay activist when the truth is they knocked down one of these angry LGB people. 

I have seen and witnessed, firsthand, the nasty things LGB people will do on Twitter. One came after me once and I reported him and they shut down his page. It was really bad and I avoid anyone LGB completely now.

While I do agree that the assault was wrong and I do not support violence of any kind, trans people had every right to be angry and insulted.  This elderly LGB activist was holding a sign-up that compared being trans to wearing blackface and insulting women who are not trans.  He clearly doesn’t get the fact that trans women are women, or that there are black trans women. 

The real shame here is that we…all LGBTQIA people and those who identify as LGB…are still marginalized groups and many of those very same women that this elderly man was defending would be the first to discriminate against him. 

In any event, here’s more about this story.  As I said earlier, the article is swaying toward the older LGB man, and that’s unfair. These LGB people are ruthless in their quest to put down anyone who falls under the umbrella of LGBTQIA+ and I have experienced this personally. 

There is also a thread on Reddit all about this story. 


How to Be a Good Gay Bottom 


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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade