A Wonderful Positive Review for Billy Eichner's "Bros," Ryan Field Books

 A Wonderful Positive Review for Billy Eichner’s “Bros”

In the past, dating back to films like The Boys in the Band, straight actors would almost always play gayface. In the film, Philadelphia, that was released in the 90s, Tom Hanks played gayface and he did a wonderful job. However, Tom Hanks recently made a statement that he would not play gayface nowadays because that would be wrong. It would be cultural appropriation. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should be doing it. 

In the past it was necessary for straight actors to play gay because no one was willing to come out in public that way. Gay men were shamed and criminalized so straight actors bravely took on gay roles. I know when I started getting published I questioned whether or not I should use a pen name. I decided to keep it real. But over the years I have seen sleazy crooked women authors writing a strange brand of gay romance lie and cheat and fake who they are. One even hired a gay man to go to book events and he pretended to be her. At the time, I didn’t know much about this. She would often send me personal messages with her fake persona and I would believe her. I really thought she was a gay man. I was stunned when news broke in the book world that she was lying all that time. Another fake gay romance author was caught plagiarizing straight romance. She would take the straight romance and use all gay characters. Oh, I’ve seen it all with those crooked fake women. They disgust me. 

But fast forward to the 2000s. We had films like Brokeback Mountain, written by a straight white woman with two straight white actors playing the leads. At that time, gay  men had advanced enough to the point where we didn’t need straights playing gay anymore. I remember being livid about the movie, and about that book. I had arguments with friends over it. How dare they steal my gay culture and spin it with their straight voices. How dare they take away the voices of millions of gay writers and actors. 

But they did it anyway, and they are still doing it. Straight queer-baiting Harry Styles is playing gayface in The Policeman, and straight Bradley Cooper is playing gayface in the life story of Leonard Bernstein. And there will probably be more in the future. So when a film like Bros comes along I can’t wait to celebrate it and shout out about it. Finally, a film with gay content, written by a gay author, starring openly gay actors. This is the way it should be with gay content now. The entire world should be celebrating openly gay artists of all mediums. Straight women should NOT be writing gay content for us. They should be on their chubby little straight knees apologizing for doing that by now. 

But they aren’t. They are still stealing our culture. And I don’t see an end to this kind of cultural appropriation in the near future. As long as we support these straight people who are profiting from our culture, it won’t end. That’s why I’m sharing a link to this review of Bros. And this is one of the best reviews I’ve seen so far. And they use a few of my favorite words, such as ribald. 

Here’s the link

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”


“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

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