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Gay Pornster Beat Up Boyfriend For Watching Porn; Dustin Lance Black and Closeted Gay Actors; Gay Couple Shamed

Gay Pornster Beats Up Boyfriend For Watching Porn

A gay porn star named Jared Louis Valezquez allegedly beat the hell out of his boyfriend for watching exactly what he (Valezquez) does for a living.

Jared Louis Valezquez, a 31-year-old best known as Tyce Jax and has starred in films for Raging Stallion and Next Door Ebony, is on probation for beating, choking and pulling a knife on his partner Bobby Hamill in their duplex in Atlanta.
Valezquez has been arrested on domestic violence charges five times before.
The 31-year-old is said to have become enraged when he found Hamill watching porn on an iPad, according to an Atlanta police arrest affidavit.

There’s more here. He broke the iPad, too.

Dustin Lance Black and Closeted Gay Actors

This definitely kicked off a lively debate on Facebook yesterday. And I thought I saw more comments with this article, but they must have been deleted or something.

Dustin Lance Black may understand the business reasons why gay A-list actors remain closeted but he has strong feelings about those who are blatantly dishonest.
‘I have no respect for someone who lies about their sexuality,’ he says in the new issue of Attitude.
‘At the very least say “no comment,” just keep your personal life personal. But if you’re going to closet yourself, that sends a negative message.’

Here’s the rest. It’s important not to take what Black is saying out of context. From his own experiences, he claims he’s never experienced homophobia by a studio or network. He claims it’s the agents and managers who promote homophobia. And I believe him. I’ve seen that myself, too, especially with these pushy, shouty managers who often wind up hurting a career more than helping it, without the actor even realizing it until it’s too late. These managers don’t just manage. They rule and control with a passive aggressive iron fist.

 Gay Couple Shamed

Here’s another story about a gay couple that was shamed in public at one of those stores I’ve never heard of, for kissing on the cheek.

Aidan Skinner, 21, and boyfriend Sean West, 20, bought a bottle of wine and a meal in the supermarket store in Broadpiece, Wick, on 12 December when a member of staff made a homophobic comment.
‘Do you have to do that in here?’ the till operator said. ‘Especially two guys.’
The couple confronted the woman behind the till, and an argument ensued.
Skinner, who works night shifts in a Sainsbury’s store, told the Littlehampton Gazette: ‘I get how hard the shifts can be and that they could be having a bad day, but you don’t take it out on someone you are serving.’

There’s more here. It goes on to mention similar things like this that have happened in the past. The people in the comments go into even more detail.

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Alabama Chief Justice Halts Gay Marriage Licenses; Matt Bomer Busier Than Ever; Celebrity Big Brother and Homophobic Slurs In UK

Alabama Chief Justice Halts Gay Marriage Licenses

If you thought the fight for marriage was completely over, think again.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore resumed his fight against same-sex marriage today by ordering probate judges in the state to no longer issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Despite a ruling last June by the US Supreme Court that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, Moore insists that the high court ruling only affected bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee and that the ban in his state remains ‘in full force and effect.’

You can read the rest here.

What amazes me is that with the SCOTUS ruling last summer nothing significant has changed for the country or heteronormative society. The only people who have experienced a huge change are gay people…because they were allowed this equal right just like everyone else.

 Here’s the good news:

The Southern Poverty Law Center characterized Moore’s order as ‘a dead letter.’
‘In no way does his administrative order supersede Judge Granade’s federal injunction prohibiting probate judges from enforcing discriminatory Alabama marriage laws,’ said SPLC Senior Staff Attorney Scott McCoy.

Matt Bomer Busier Than Ever

Here’s a story where Matt Bomer talks about how busy he’s been since he came out in 2012, and says maybe he was born at the right time.

In the current issue of Men’s Fitness, Bomer was asked about his ability now to be openly gay and to be cast in both straight and gay roles.
‘I try not to take the time to stop and think about all these zeitgeist-dependent circumstances that I really have no control over and just try and focus on the work,’ he says. ‘Maybe I was just really lucky to be born at the right time.
‘I’m really grateful for it, and I hope people will always think of me as an actor. It took a lot for me to be at this table right now.’

Here’s the rest of the article.

But you only, mainly, hear about Matt Bomer. I can’t help wonder about the thousands of other gay guys (and women) in Hollywood and what they are experiencing right now…not to mention the gay guys (and women) who are still in the closet for very good reasons. Is Matt Bomer the exception to the rule? Is he lucky? I know several gay authors who claim it’s become even harder than ever for them to survive in publishing. If a straight author isn’t usurping their territory now and appropriating them, agents are telling them their work is “too gay.”

It’s still a complicated issue and I’m certain there are many other LGBT actors and entertainers who could add to this.

Celebrity Big Brother and Homophobic Slurs In UK

Evidently, Celebrity Big Brother is airing now in the UK and just like in the US at times, there have been allegations of homophobia recently.

Several complaints have been made to British TV watchdog over a homophobic slur on Celebrity Big Brother.
In last night’s launch show where 16 housemates entered, 165 people criticized the show for airing what former UKIP politician Winston McKenzie had to say in his entry video.
The politician, who is hoping to become London Mayor, said he would ‘cope with a homosexual in the house’ by ‘standing against a brick wall all the time’.

This sort of sensationalized speech seems to be expected on Big Brother…in any country…and I think that’s because BB is one of the last of the remaining dinosaurs of the golden age of reality TV. It’s part of the game. And you have to understand the game to understand why I just said that. I wouldn’t take it or anything that comes out of BB seriously.

Here’s the rest of it.

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Catholic Priest, Gay Sex, and Bagels; Anne Rice on Internet Lynch Mobs; Tab Hunter: His Gay Fears

Catholic Priest, Gay Sex, and Bagels

When I saw this one yesterday on social media I couldn’t believe it, and I went to 12 years of parochial school and I’d thought I’d heard it all. Never, in all the 12 years I spent in Catholic school, did I hear something this ridiculous.

A Catholic priest has come up with one of the strangest analogies yet for gay sex, claiming it is like cramming a piece of bagel in your ear.

Preacher John Riccardo was speaking at a conference in Michigan on Wednesday, called Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters with Same-Sex Attraction. It was a Catholic conference in order to help gay and lesbian people stay celibate.

He was taking part in a lecture called ‘HIV and Other Health Risks Associated with Men Who Have Sex With Men’, led by HIV researcher Timothy Flanigan.

Yes. Bagels in your ear.

You can read the rest here. 

Trust me, there are 54 comments and you don’t want to miss any of them.

Anne Rice on Internet Lynch Mobs

If you follow Anne Rice you already know she’s no stranger when it comes to speaking up about online bullies. And now there’s a recent piece in The Guardian that gets into the topic of a new kind of censorship.

The bestselling novelist Anne Rice, author of Interview With the Vampire, has said that she believes “we are facing a new era of censorship, in the name of political correctness”, in the wake of the heavy online criticism that has been directed at Kate Breslin’s romance novel For Such a Time.

Rice hit out at what she called an “internet lynch mob” that has descended upon Breslin in the last week. 

I can’t comment because I know nothing about Breslin and I haven’t read her book.

In any event, here’s a link to the Anne Rice piece.   

Tab Hunter: His Gay Fears

These little stories about the one time film star, Tab Hunter, keep popping up and I find them fascinating, especially in relation to some film stars nowadays. And I think that’s because the same thing is still going on in Hollywood and many film stars who are gay are still terrified of coming out, or they’re buried so deeply in a world of denial and endless selfies they don’t see a need to come out. I usually see them comment, “I don’t like labels,” and it’s kind of sad. You can’t run from who you are.

But the truth is that many are coming out today and the most talented are doing well. Tab Hunter didn’t have that opportunity back in his day.

Tab Hunter, now 84, came out publicly as a gay man nearly a decade ago.

But it almost happened 50 years earlier when he was taking off as a movie star and was very deep in the closet.

‘It all came about because Henry Willson, who “discovered” me and many other “pretty boy” actors, was upset when I left him to be represented by another agent,’ Hunter writes in the current issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

Around the same time that Hunter left Willson, the agent learned that the scandal magazine Confidential was planning to out Rock Hudson who was still one of Willson’s clients.

‘He cut a deal with them to keep Rock out of their pages feeding them dirt on me instead,’ Hunter writes.

You can check out the rest here. 

I’ve never been an advocate for pushing anyone out of the closet. It’s a personal decision and it’s different for everyone.

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