Author: Ryan Field

US Embassy in Moscow Flies Rainbow Flag; LGBT People in Gabon Fear Backlash After Gay Sex Vote; Ryan Field Books

US Embassy In Moscow Flies Rainbow Flag

In order to push a positive Pride message in Russia, the US embassy in Moscow put out the rainbow flag.

This is what they posted on Insta…

Today, the US Embassy in Russia honors the LGBTI Pride Flag during the #PrideFlagDay celebration.

You can check it out, here. The article goes into more detail about what it’s like for LGBTQ people in Russia nowadays, and there’s a photo of the flag on their building.

LGBT People in Gabon Fear Backlash After Gay Sex Vote

Here’s more disturbing global news.

Gabon’s LGBT+ community said on Wednesday they feared a homophobic backlash after the lower house of parliament voted to legalise gay sex, less than a year after making it a crime.

Gabon is in Africa, of course.

You can read more, here. It’s another hideous anti-gay country in Africa. In 2019 a law was passed that states you can get up to six months in prison for having gay sex. Plus, a steep fine.



The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Ryan  Field]








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.”

Altered Parts


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]


While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field

How Straight Mainstream Publishing Screws Gay Authors; US Marines Mark Pride Month; Ryan Field Books

How Straight Mainstream Publishing Screws Gay Authors

Here’s something interesting that I saw yesterday in a group for LGBTQ authors. It’s not quite your run of the mill screw job that we usually get from mainstream publishing and straight authors, but it is clever…in a sneaky way.  

Apparently, a straight liberal woman author who is well known for a series of books is number 1 in an LGBTQ book category on Amazon. How did she get there? She’s with a large mainstream publisher, she’s highly vocal about her liberal politics, and she often includes minor gay characters in her work. She’s known for this. 

However, her books are NOT considered LGBTQ, and they are NOT real LGBTQ content. These are mainstream books, with mainstream content, written for a mainstream audience, that sometimes have an LGBTQ character. 

And yet her publisher classifies her book as LGBTQ on Amazon, and she’s number one in this particular LGBTQ category. 

Interesting. 

I have links, but I’m not posting them. It’s not the first time mainstream publishing has done something sneaky and it won’t be the last. I’m just pointing out that if you are writing mainstream fiction and you happen to have a gay character, that does NOT make it an LGBTQ book. That makes it a mainstream heteronormative book with a gay character. And I don’t care how liberal you are or how may gay friends you have. 

US Marines Mark Pride Month

Now here’s something more positive, and much more uplifting than what I posted above. 

The US Marine Corps has marked LGBTQ Pride Month. Anyone disagreeing with this gesture of support risks a blunt response from one serving member in particular.

It goes on to mention DADT, and the repeal which was 10 years ago. I can’t believe it’s been that long already. It feels like yesterday I was posting about it. Here’s a link to my post dating back to 2010. 

But for now DADT has been repealed, and it looks like it’s going to stick, ending one of the most discriminatory laws this country has ever seen.




The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Ryan  Field]








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.”

Altered Parts


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]


While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field

Gay Sex In the Time of COVID; 20 More LGBTQ Sex Myths; Ryan Field Books

Gay Sex In the Time of COVID

It’s no secret that everything about life as we’ve always known it has changed since the coronavirus took over the planet. Here’s what it’s doing to gay sex lives.

Many men have changed their habits completely, and they aren’t having sex as often.

“They say, ‘I haven’t had any contact since I saw you last, so there’s no need to do any STD tests,’” said Klausner.

Here’s more. If I were single I would be thinking the same way. And I think it’s because we simply do not know enough about this virus. In any event, it’s an interesting article that covers a few things. 


20 More LGBTQ Sex Myths

There’s always been a lot of false information out there about LGBTQ sex, especially gay sex. This article tackles a few of those myths in a smart, clinical way. 

They’re all pretty good, but here’s one I like. Not all gay men love poppers. 

Or that we all like poppers

Some queer people don’t like to use poppers, or find drugs and sex an unpleasant experience. No problem there if it’s not your thing! It’s important to remember tastes come in all varieties.

You can read it all, here. 

And here’s one more myth from me. Not all gay men want to be called “queer.” If that’s what you want, fine. But pay attention closely: many of us find that word as offensive and insulting as the N word. I think we should all have the right to identify however we choose. I don’t find it offensive if other people want that, but I choose not to be “queer.” 



The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Ryan  Field]








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.”

Altered Parts


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]


While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field


10 Excellent Nude Beaches with Photos of Nude Guys; Mom Forces Teen To Come Out; Ryan Field Books

10 Excellent Nude Beaches with Photos of Nude Guys

I always try to post something about this every year in hopes that someone who’s never been to a nude beach might try it. It’s really a wonderful experience. You’ll never regret it.

If you’re looking for clothing-optional options that include the sun, sand, and surf get thee to a nude beach. The following beaches have all reopened for the summer season. Please check the safety guidelines at each location.

Here’s a link for more. There are photos, too. All SFW.

Mom Forces Teen To Come Out

Whenever I see a situation where someone is forcing someone else to come out, I grow livid. It bothers me just as much as whenever I see someone out gay people. Mind your own damn business and let closeted gay people come out when they are good and ready. You don’t get to choose this for them. In this case, the guy’s mom is forcing him to come out.

She’s forcing him to come out to his homophobic dad and he’s just not ready to do that. And for me that’s the point: he’s just not ready. Any back story is irrelevant to me. It’s up to the individual. Of course I also think the mom is correct and the kid should come out. I hope he does come out. But on his terms, and when the time is right for him.

You can read it all, here. The whole piece is interesting, especially the comments at the end.



The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Ryan  Field]








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.”

Altered Parts


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]


While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field


Reebok Drops Pride Inspired Sneakers; Gym Owner’s Straight Pride Logo; Ryan Field Books

Reebok Drops Pride Inspired Sneakers

This has been such a dismal Pride month, anything like this next story is wonderful to read. 

This season’s Reebok pride collection, All Types of Love, is a nod to Baker’s creation but with subtle modern flair and with an expanded sense of diversity.

Here’s where you can read more. 

They also give some nice backstory about the rainbow flag, and Gilbert Baker the man who designed it.  


Gym Owner’s Straight Pride Logo

When I wrote The Straight Pride Parade I did it for a reason. I wanted to show a world where the proverbial tables were turned and LGBTQ people had all the privilege and the straights were all marginalized. I also tried to keep it fair and balanced. I enjoyed writing that story, and I think it’s because I’m always amazed when I see idiots like this guy. 

“I am proud that I’m a straight guy … I [take] no offense if someone is proud that they are gay. Everybody has their right to choose their lifestyle they want to live or whatever it may be and I don’t get offended if someone has gay pride on their window or car or wherever it may be.”

He clearly doesn’t get it, he has no clue as to what straight privilege means, and I get tired of explaining it. I’m just starting to cancel people like this now. It’s not worth the time. 

Here’s the link to more. 



The Straight Pride Parade: This is one night he’ll never forget! by [Ryan  Field]








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.”

Altered Parts


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]


While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field

Bang Like a Porn Star by Winston Gieseke; "Love, Victor" on Hulu; Ryan Field Books

Bang Like a Porn Star by Winston Gieseke

I’ve posted about working with Winston Gieseke here on the blog a few times in the past. I was lucky enough to have worked with him on books with a German publisher, Bruno Gmunder.  It was always a wonderful experience for me.

Well, Gieseke now has his own book out, and I think it looks fascinating. And it was coincidentally published on my birthday.

Bang Like a Porn Star: Sex Tips from the Pros Paperback – February 1, 2019

This is from the Amazon link.

You learn the piano from a music teacher. A tennis coach helps you better your serve. When you want to improve your skills in the bedroom, who do you turn to? Naturally, people who “do it” for a living. “Bang Like a Porn Star” is a comprehensive how-to on everything from hooking up to getting down and dirty.

This is totally correct. When I was single and going out to bars alone I became friendly with a group of hot male strippers and they taught me quite a bit. It IS worth learning from the pros, which makes this book even more fascinating. 

You can can check out the rest, here, on Amazon. Most important, good, classic gay reading. And it’s authentic gay content.


Love, Victor on Hulu

I can’t say I hate Love, Victor. However, I had a hard time getting through one episode. As a gay man I couldn’t relate to a single thing about it. And at one time I was a teenage gay boy just like Victor. So I know how closeted teenage gay boys think and feel. I was there; I lived this. And Love, Victor simply did not do it for me.

But again, I didn’t hate it. And I’m sure some people will enjoy it more than I did so I can’t knock it either. There’s a really informative review about it.

In many ways, Love, Victor feels mostly like a well-built teen show, prominently featuring a coming-out story that is still too rare on TV, but one that’s become much more familiar in the past decade.

Here’s the link. I think we have a long way to go with gay content.






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.”

Altered Parts


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]


While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field

Provincetown Bear Week Canceled; Why Lee Daniels Couldn’t Stand to Watch "Brokeback Mountain"; Ryan Field Books

Provincetown Bear Week Canceled

Thanks to COVID here’s another cancellation in the LGBTQ community. It’s normally an event that people look forward to every year.

Provincetown Bears is saddened to announce the suspension of Bear Week Provincetown 2020. Members of our board have watched the rampant developments of the coronavirus pandemic and we believe that it is not advisable for us to host the crowded parties this summer that are the hallmark of Bear Week.

There’s more here. 

What bothers me the most is we did not get a Pride month this year at all. No Pride events, no marches, parades, or rallies. Nothing.  Many of us will not forget that. 

Why Lee Daniels Couldn’t Stand to Watch Brokeback Mountain

This is amusing for me because I couldn’t stand to watch Brokeback Mountain either, but for very different reasons. It was too hetero for me. I also didn’t like the fact that it was based on a short story written by someone coming from straight white privilege, I didn’t like the fact that straight actors were playing gay face, and I didn’t think certain things were believable. 

Here’s why Daniels didn’t want to watch it. 

Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels has opened up about his longtime refusal to see the beloved queer film Brokeback Mountainhe couldn’t stand to see someone else direct it.

Here’s more. Frankly, I think I might have liked the movie more if Lee Daniels had directed it. In fact, I know I would have liked it more. 






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.”

Altered Parts


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]


While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field






Israel Has Record Number of Gay MPs; Brian Jordan Alvarez Accused of Catfishing; Ryan Field Books

Israel Has Record Number of Gay MPs

On the global front, not everything is always negative for gay people.

Israel is set to have a record number of openly gay MPs after new rules allowing cabinet members to give up their seats came into effect.

Here’s the link to read more. I think this will continue in the future. Look at the US. We had Pete Buttigieg, an openly gay man, running for POTUS. 

I know there’s a long way to go, but we have come a long way since the days when Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest would make cheesy, insulting gay jokes on American Idol. A very long way. 


Brian Jordan Alvarez Accused of Catfishing

This is another Grindr story. 

Actor Brian Jordan Alvarez can’t get a break… at least not when it comes to dating. The actor has been accused of catfishing on Grindr yet again. 

You can read it all, here. I can’t comment because I’m honestly not even sure who he is. I just thought it was amusing that he was accused of catfishing for sending real photos of himself. 







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.”

Altered Parts


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]


While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field


Gay Trump Supporter Refuses to Wear Mask on a Plane; Canadian Museum for Human Rights Censor’s LGBTQ Content; Ryan Field Books

Gay Trump Supporter Refuses to Wear Mask on a Plane

I really don’t care who anyone supports or follows politically. That’s none of my business. But I cannot understand these blithering idiots who refuse to wear facial masks, especially on planes. We are not over the coronavirus and we should all still be taking precautions. Frankly, I wouldn’t get on a plane now if you paid me. And Tony and I had the mild version of the virus last March. But no one knows if you can get it again. In short: we’re not taking any chances.

Apparently, not everyone agrees with me.

Self-described “former liberal” Brandon Straka reacted in sheer disbelief when American Airlines staff politely asked him to wear a mask on a flight from New York to Dallas.

Here’s the rest. I just don’t get it. It’s such an easy thing to do. Wear the god damn mask and STFU.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights Censor’s LGBTQ Content

This is disturbing.  I guess things aren’t as perfect up in Canada as everyone claims they are. In fact, this is downright sneaky.

Several current and former museum employees have come forward to say that, for over two years, management would instruct them not to share any LGBTQ content on certain tours, particularly tours for religious school groups, who are arguably the ones who most need to see the content.

Here’s more. It’s especially disappointing because this is a museum for human rights. The last place you would expect this to happen. And now I’m wondering even more how a country could re-elect a man as Prime Minister who actually did blackface at one time. That’s a special kind of voter.






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.”

Altered Parts


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]


While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field

Giant Loophole In SCOTUS Ruling For LGBTQ Rights; Ellen Deletes #BLM Tweet After Major Backlash; Ryan Field Books

Giant Loophole In SCOTUS Ruling For LGBTQ Rights

Early this week SCOTUS ruled that provisions listed under the 1964 Civil Rights Act also include LGBTQ people. Which means that you can’t be fired for being gay or transgender. However, there’s an issue.

But it includes a critical exception for small businesses with fewer than 15 employees, which employ as many as one in six Americans.

Here’s the link. It goes into a lot more detail. And it also points out that this isn’t the end of the fight for us. We clearly still have a long way to go, and I think it should start by re-claiming the month of June again as Pride Month. This year we barely even know it IS Pride Month. 


 Ellen Deletes #BLM Tweet After Major Backlash

The criticism of Ellen DeGeneres continues.

Ellen DeGeneres deleted a tweet about racial injustice in the US after some fans called her out for being vague and hypocritical. 

You can read more here. She did post 2 new messages that appear supportive to the Black Lives Matter Movement. You can also view the Tweets. Twitter is particularly toxic lately, and it’s going to wind up canceling itself out eventually. 






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.”

Altered Parts


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]


While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.


Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field