Tom of Finland and Gay Culture; Carly Fiorina On Gay Marriage; Ian McKellen Chokes Up

Gay Culture and Tom of Finland

If you haven’t heard about Tom of Finland, you should look him up. This is a huge part of gay culture and it even crossed into pop culture. This erotic male art is so distinctive and so compelling it inspired several generations in many ways. In fact, I recall the first time I ever saw one of the images. I still can’t get that mental picture out of my head. That’s the kind of impact it has. I also believe, in many ways, it defines gay men and gay culture to a certain extent. And we need to be proud of this and we should own it.

Laaksonen feels pressured to get married to a woman and can only indulge in secret affairs with other men but finds refuge and liberation in his artistic expression which eventually develops a worldwide following and helps set the cultural tone for gay men in the age of gay liberation.
‘This is the story of a man ahead of his time, bravely standing up against a world virulently against his right to be who he was – a homosexual man with homosexual fantasies,’ Karukoski said in a statement to Deadline Hollywood.
‘The story shows how literally one person can create change in the world, even with something as simple as an artist’s tools.’
The screenplay has been written by Aleksi Bardy who is producing the film along with Miia Haavisto and Annika Sucksdorff of Helsinki Film.

And now there’s a film being made. You can check that out here. And here’s a link to wiki about Tom of Finland. I once had a contest and one of my readers won a collection of Tom of Finland books. You can read about that here.

Carly Fiorina On Gay Marriage

It really doesn’t matter much now because Carly Fiorina just dropped out of the Presidential race, however, I saw an article about Fiorina  “opposing” gay marriage I thought was interesting. I hope the information is accurate and they didn’t put another gay press spin on it.

Fiorina has been consistently against same-sex marriage, according to a summary of her positions on the website On The Issues.
She voted for California’s Proposition 8 in 2008 which banned same-sex marriage in the state before it was overturned by the courts. Fiorina also supported a federal amendment to prevent same-sex marriage.
‘I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, but also have been consistent and clear that I support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples,’ she once said.

I haven’t followed Fiorina very closely in this election so I can’t comment. You can read more here.  And here’s another article about Fiorina and gay marriage.

Ian McKellen Chokes Up

This time he’s choking up while reading a coming out letter that’s from Amistad Maupin’s Tales of the City

Here’s part of the letter.

The letter, from Armistead Maupin’s novel Tales of the City, is written by protagonist Michael Toliver, a gay man who discovers his parents have joined an anti-gay campaign.
‘I’m sorry, Mama. Not for what I am, but for how you must feel at this moment,’ it reads.
‘I know what that feeling is, for I felt it for most of my life. Revulsion, shame, disbelief — rejection through fear of something I knew, even as a child, was as basic to my nature as the color of my eyes.’

I have to admit that I don’t know much about Tales of the City but I’ve always wanted to know more. I also find that the older I get the more interested I am in gay culture and what it was like “back then.” We’ve come a long way, and just like Black History, Gay History has a place now, too.

You can read the full letter here. 

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Ian Reisner: Gays Are Entitled, and Cheap; Carly Fiorina Runs for President; Guy Benson Comes Out

Ian Reisner: Gays Are Entitled, and Cheap

Ian Reisner is the gay dude in NY who had a dinner event for Ted Cruz and the gay community went berserk about it…because left wing liberal gays hate Ted Cruz and his stand against equality and gay marriage. I’m not too fond of Cruz either, but for many reasons. I’ve posted twice about this. Once when the Ted Cruz dinner was disclosed, and again when Ian Reisner offered an apology. Both here.

According to this next link, Ian Reisner is now calling gays cheap and entitled. Here’s the quote in full:

“You know, it’s so ironic — I wanted to build kind of a community center in the gateway to Hell’s Kitchen, which in 2008–2009 was already a gay place and now it’s even gayer. Very close to Broadway. We decided there’d be so many different ways to give back to the community. We show gay artists there. For gay performers, we have let this cabaret club go on for three and a half years. And you don’t make money when you let drag queens in on Tuesday night and 30 people drink at $10 a drink and you have to pay five people to watch over the place. You don’t make money … My only point is, this has not been a profitable venture. Gays are cheap. They’re frugal; gays are frugal. Let me retract that … gays are entitled … Do you know how challenging it is to make a penny off a gay person? I’m gay, I don’t pay cover. I’m gay, where’s my comp drink? No, I’m being serious! The Out NYC has not shown a profit yet …”

Ugh. Do I need to state the obvious?

You can read about it here. 

Carly Fiorina Runs for President

Now that Carly Fiorina says she’s running for President it looks as if the race for President might finally get a little interesting. So far, there’s Marco Rubio on one boring side, and it’s been looking as if Hillary Clinton will take over for Barack Obama, much the same way a king will hand over the reigns of power to a queen. And that’s just not how it’s supposed to work in the US. No one is that entitled in the US. No one “deserves” to be President. I’m not taking any sides at this point. However, I was curious about where Carly Fiorina stood on gay marriage.

“It has been tough for some in the media to understand my position because I refuse to join the game of name calling and vitriol. Politics shouldn’t be a game, however. We must find a way to respect one another, to celebrate a culture that protects religious freedom while condemning discrimination,” Fiornia said.

Unlike many of her potential GOP rivals, Fiorina is unequivocal in her support of government benefits to gay couples bound by civil unions, even while stopping short of supporting gay marriage.

So far, that’s the best objective link I could come up with. There really aren’t many…objective links anymore. In short, it sounds as if she’s a centrist.

You can read the rest here. 

And this is big. Carly Fiorina is tech savvy. This means that for the first time in modern history someone is running for President who actually understands social media, e-mail, and all things tech related. If she actually does become President, maybe we won’t have to see her doing photo ops at old time brick and mortar book shops in Washington, D.C. during Christmastime. 

Guy Benson Comes Out

Most people probably don’t even realize that I changed the heading on this blog from “The Big Gay Story” to “The New Gay Story.” I did that for a reason. I’m finding more and more that a huge segment of the loudest within the gay community isn’t as open or as inclusive as I would like them to be. I think the new gay story should include all people within the LGBTI community, not just the loudest and the most political…or the biggest. We should all be thankful for the voices that have helped us get where we are, but like everything else we have to evolve and move forward, too.  

With that said, Guy Benson is a Fox news contributor, he recently came out of the closet, and the most vituperative gay presses are going for his throat as if he were guilty of throwing rotten tomatoes at Hillary Clinton and her ugly pantsuits. And even though I’m a registered Democrat, I find their tone both insulting and annoying. I also think this is a form of bullying…from the very same people who will claim they’ve been bullied all their lives. Worst of all, the whole thought process is going to backfire hugely within the next decade as “gay” becomes less political and more mainstream in every single respect.

In an interview with Buzzfeed ahead of the book’s release, he said, “Gay rights is not something that dominates my attentions or my passions,” maintaining that his gayness is less of a cultural identifier as it is purely biological.

 “That may seem incongruous, that may seem counterintuitive to a lot of people,” he said. “But the issues that I care about most undergird the reasons why I’m a conservative and have been forever and will be a conservative moving forward.”

There’s a lot more here, with commentary.

The odds are I probably wouldn’t agree with Benson on most issues, however, I’m glad he came out, I’m glad he’s vocal about his politics, and I hope more gay men like him decide it’s time for them to come out as well.

  

5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Fun Story! April 30, 2015

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The Rainbow Detective Agency is owned by two gay men – Proctor Gamble and Blair Huntingdon. Proctor is 36 years old and was once a male swimsuit model. The case they are working on now involves a C List celebrity/model named Isaac Luke. He’s a closet gay and also has a very rare physical affliction. He has worked in the past for a designer named Lion Hewitt and has also been personally involved with him.

Isaac is kidnapped and Lion Hewitt hires The Rainbow Detective Agency to find Isaac and to keep the physical affliction from becoming public knowledge. It all turns out to be fun and games until poor Isaac finds his luck has ran completely dry!

The playful banter between Proctor and Blair was a lot of fun and they remind me of Oscar and Felix on the Odd Couple. They are passionate men so you can expect to read quite a bit of steamy scenes with these two. Both, Proctor and Blair were very excited to get acquainted with Isaac and see his special package ( so to speak).

A very fun story! It reads like a smooth dream and the characters have a lot of energy, heart, and charm.