Ellen’s Gardener and Nutella; Mr. Gay World Turns In His Crown; Gay Purges At Colleges

Ellen’s Gardener and Nutella

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the “Ellen” show, not even once in my life. I wouldn’t even know where to look for it. However, you’d have to be chained to a tree at the top of a mountain in Nepal not to hear about it. You don’t even have to use her last name anymore. It’s just…ELLEN.

I’ve been following the dramatic saga of Ellen’s gardener since it started to gain exposure in gay presses with other fascinating stories like the ones with Nick Jonas, and here’s another Ellen’s gardener installment that kind of reminded me of Nutella. I do love Nutella and I have a jar (or two) in the house at all times.

Even though “Ellen” is usually on the side of all things that are good and right and PC, I think it’s adorable the way she’s objectifying a man this way without getting called out for it. It’s the same thing men in power have been doing to women since the beginning of time. 

We’ve had our eyes on Billy Reilich for some time now. He first came to our attention as Ellen DeGeneres’ frequently-shirtless gardener on her daytime show. She helped him land a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo in the Magic Mike sequel. Of course, as a rite of passage these days, there were also leaked nude selfies. But lately we’ve noticed something very unusual about the mild-mannered young man. He’s slowly evolved into an incredible self-tanned, body-building hulk. Please don’t make him angry!

And when they say self-tanned they aren’t joking. Scroll to the bottom and you’ll see what I mean. That’s what reminded me of Nutella…his self-tan. Someone should tell him he doesn’t have to do that. 

You can check out the pics here.  For those of you who never heard of Nutella, you’re supposed to eat it, not wear it.

You might want to check out the comments with this one.

Mr. Gay World Turns In His Crown

In a move that hasn’t really shocked anyone and doesn’t have any huge significance in the world, Mr. Gay World is stepping down from his position and he’s turning in his crown. But he’s not offering much of an explanation.

He states he’s doing this for “personal changes.” Not personal reasons. Personal “changes.”

In a letter published on Mr. Gay World’s official blog yesterday, Bukart wrote: “When I entered the 2015 MR GAY WORLD™ competition in South Africa I thought that becoming MR GAY WORLD™ was the biggest challenge of my life.”

He continued, “Indeed it is very challenging and exciting winning the title, but what is
more challenging is living up to the expectations, responsibilities  and
duties that come along with it.”

You can read more about it here. The speculations in the comment section are what you would expect from the Internet.

Gay Purges At Colleges

There’s no sarcasm with this one. I never knew about this until now. According to this article, colleges used to do these gay purges, which means they would go after students they thought might be gay and ruin their lives and their futures. This is all pre-Stonewall, in the 1940’s.

It doesn’t surprise me this hasn’t been talked about before. When I was researching my short story about gay men on the Titanic I hardly found anything about gays during the Edwardian Era. This is why I don’t like to do gay historicals…so much is speculation. In fact, the word “gay” wasn’t even used widely until the 1970’s so when I use that word here it’s so people understand what I’m talking about…and to avoid terms I’d rather not use anymore.

In 1948, four University of Wisconsin students pleaded guilty to engaging in homosexual activities and were given one year’s probation and a warning from the judge that they had caused an “indelible mark” to be placed against them. Two years later, one of those students, “Keith Pritchett,” who was about to graduate at the time he was given probation, asked the university to grant his degree. The World War II veteran expected to be called back to active duty because of the Korean conflict and wanted the degree so he could be promoted. Despite positive recommendations from military officials, the university denied his request.

There are more examples here. If you’re interested in gay history, this one is an article you don’t want to miss.  There’s also a link to the main essay.

The Men Who Loved On the Titanic

 

Lance Bass On His Knees; Gay Santa Freaks Them Out; Streisand Goes After GOPer; Penis Blood Flow

Lance Bass On His Knees

Because he’s good at that.

But that’s not the entire story. It gets better. The headline is pure clickbait and the article is about the Logo “New Now Next Awards” I honestly don’t think I’ve watched Logo in a year or more so I guess I missed it on TV. So what’s New, Now, or Next about Logo passes me by completely. Last I read they were going mainstream.

In any event:

Sam Smith (Best New Musician- Male), Betty Who (Best New Musician- Female), Natalie Dormer (Best New Lead Film Actress for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”), Ansel Elgort (Best New Lead Film Actor for The Fault in Our Stars), Looking (Best New Television Series and Jonathan Groff as Best New Television Actor), Lorraine Toussaint (Best New Television Actress, Orange is the New Black), A Great Big World (Best New Music Group), Justin Simien (Best Motion Picture by a New Filmmaker, Dear White People), Gillian Flynn (Best New Screenwriter, Gone Girl), Bianca del Rio (Best New TV Personality) and Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Best New Broadway Production- Musical).

You can check out a few photos of Bass on his knees with Ellen’s gardener. Yes. Ellen’s gardener was there…because that’s what he’s good at. That’s all I’ve got as far as comments go on this one.

Gay Santa Freaks Them Out

This is interesting because I often hear passive aggressive homophobia from straight people and they don’t even know they are doing it. One summer on TV’s Big Brother, Jeff Schroeder went out of his mind because he found out one of the characters in Harry Potter was gay. Of course he has nothing against gay people…just don’t let any characters for Harry Potter be gay.

And this is basically the same kind of mentality, only worse, that happened when gay Santa freaked out the other straight mall Santas.

Following the release of a new documentary called I Am Santa Claus, the mall Santa community (don’t underestimate them, they know when you’ve been sleeping) has their respective beards is a twist over the inclusion of a — gasp — gay Santa Claus.

The film follows all sorts of seasonal Santas during their winter stints as well as the rest of the year, when they do things from BBQing a mean rack of ribs to selling real estate (have you seen the price of a one bedroom in the North Pole lately?).

But one of the Santas, Jim Stevenson, is gay. And for many of his would-be jolly brethren, that’s a line that just shouldn’t be crossed.

The straight Santas were so outraged they took to, where else, but good old tell it like it is Facebook to vent their hate-filled homophobic opinions. Here’s one:

 “So, Santa Fag makes his film debut? How disgraceful! We, as a society, have become TOO accepting of immoral lifestyles. Fags need to be shamed not paraded around.”

 You can read the rest here. It’s interesting because the article shows how another Santa who does something very questionable in his spare time took no heat at all. There are also more homophobic comments.

Streisand Goes After GOPer

Barbra Streisand was recently accused of causing Global Warming hype/hoax by Republican Senator James Inhofe and she wasn’t pleased. I’m not sure why this is even gay news, but I guess it’s because Streisand is another one of those alleged “gay icons” and she’s, you know, a Democrat.

This would be hilarious if it weren’t so frightening. I thank Senator Inhofe for singling me out as a voice against the perils of climate change! But I’m just a small part of millions of voices, who are informed and alarmed, including 97% of all climate scientists! God help us! This man is going to head the Committee on the Environment in the United States Senate. It’s like giving a fox the keys to the chicken coop.

The rest is here. I think it’s fascinating because so far no one has been able to prove or disprove anything solid about Global Warming…not on either side of the debate. For every scientist that claims Global Warming is valid, there’s another who will dispute that. If you don’t believe me, do a search sometime when you’re free, compare both sides, and you’ll see what I mean.

So when does a point become moot until some real solid facts are presented? The one thing we do know for certain is that the earth is going to evolve and change whether we use paper towels or not. 

Penis Blood Flow

I didn’t know this until now. If a gay person is seeking asylum in another country because he’s afraid his life is in danger, the tests they have been putting these people through are unreal. But the EU has ruled they don’t have to go through anymore tests considered undignified.

The news comes after three men, including a Ugandan and one from a Muslim country, were denied asylum by a Dutch court after not sufficiently convincing officials they were actually gay.

The European Court of Justing (ECJ) ruled that asylum seekers must be treated with respect to human dignity.

Czech authorities were harshly criticized in 2011 for using a “phallometric test” to evaluate legitimacy. The test measures blood flow to the penis when a subject is shown sexually charged stimuli. The practice dates back to communist times, and some argue its validity.

As I said, I never knew this. I guess they show the guys photos of nude men or something considered sexually charged? Not the best way to get a valid measure of any kind. If a guy is too nervous nothing’s going to happen. And I would imagine that’s a highly stressful environment. Put me in a room like that and ask me those questions in front of a roomful of people and I couldn’t even get excited if they put me on Justin Theroux’s lap naked.

Thankfully this is changing and someone is helping these people maintain a little dignity. 

You can read the rest here.

Chase of a Christmas Dream