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DOJ Fights Marriage Ban; Gay Torso Pics; Amazon’s "Transparent"; Small Town Romance Writer by Ryan Field

DOJ Fights Marriage Ban

According to recent comments by Attorney General, Eric Holder, the DOJ plans to urge SCOTUS to uphold a lower court ruling that keeps states from banning game sex marriage. This all stems from what’s been happening in Utah…attempts to keep the bans on same sex marriage in place.

Last month, a federal appeals court ruled that a state ban on gay marriage, approved by Utah voters in 2004, was unconstitutional, finding that states cannot keep two people from marrying simply because they are of the same sex.

Now the state of Utah is asking the Supreme Court to weigh in, as several other federal appeals courts across the nation consider similar cases that could make their way to the Supreme Court.
If SCOTUS takes these cases the DOJ will actively support same sex marriage.
Gay Torso Pics
There’s a documentary by Tim Marshall called, Torso. It is focused on the dynamics behind gay online dating through how gay men reveal themselves with photos of their torsos. It goes much deeper, though.  Marshall will also get into breaking body image stereotypes.
TORSO” started in Sydney, Australia in 2013 and continued shooting throughout 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland and, recently, Los Angeles. The Sydney series is available for viewing online and the Los Angeles series will premiere as an interactive installation in July as part of Outfest Los Angeles.
There is a full interview with Marshall about the project here. One of the things I found interesting is how he went from being a snob about online connections to understanding how so many men these days actually form lasting online relationships and life long friendships. It’s significant simply because so many who don’t understand the Internet are always so quick to judge online friendships, and discard them as if they mean nothing. Those of us who have been working online for years now understand how important online connections can be.
This was interesting, too.
I was pleasantly surprised by the honesty of the individuals I interviewed. People were willing to be so candid with me about their experiences. I think the anonymity of the project helped with this.
Amazon’s Transparent
For those who don’t know, Amazon has been creating streaming TV. One of the pilots that they claim stands out the most is a show called Transparent. It’s created, directed, and written by Jim Soloway who did Six Feet Under (one of my all time favorite TV shows.)
I thought this was interesting.
 Soloway wants to subvert the Disney trope of a parent dying.

 The death of a parent is a big theme in Disney movies, but Soloway’s idea for “Transparent” was driven from her desire to
subvert this with a new concept: the birth of a new parent. “The idea of replacing a wounded father by blossoming femininity would be an interesting source of comedy,” Soloway said.
In this case, the parent is transgender…hence the title. Wiki…
Transparent is an American comedy-drama web video series created by Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014.[1] The series was created and directed by Jill Soloway. The story revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that their father (Jeffrey Tambor) is transgender.[2] It was picked for a full season by Amazon Studios on March 12, 2014.[3]
There’s more here.  We’re going to seriously have to rethink how we are watching TV now…Tony and I. This one looks interesting.
Small Town Romance Writer
by Ryan Field

Candis Cayne on "Tranny;" Eric Holder on Boy Scouts; Rugby Player Banned

Candis Cayne on “Tranny”

Another performer associated with RuPaul’s Drag Race who is hocking a movie has come out publicly in support of the word “Tranny.” Candis Cayne doesn’t think there’s anything transphobic about that word and she believes that only a few people don’t like certain words.

“There’s no transphobic anything [on Drag Race],” the actress stated flatly during a recent telephone interview promoting her new film Crazy Bitches, which debuts June 26 at San Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival. In fact, rather than towing the trans-party line, Cayne seemed frustrated by those lobbing the accusations.

“There’s a group of people who don’t like certain words,” said Cayne, who plays one of seven sorority sisters systematically murdered in the upcoming indie horror flick. “And now everyone has to change their lives around it.”

There’s an interesting comment at the beginning of this article that states Candis Cayne seems to think she’s the unofficial spokesperson for “all things trans.” I know many who would disagree with that. As far as I know there are no spokespeople, officially or unofficially, for any part of the LGBTI community. I know one thing for certain NO ONE speaks for me. I can do that on my own, thank you.

Cayne is also hocking a movie titled, Crazy Bitches. I wonder how the feminist community feels about the word “bitches.” Notice how no one even mentions that in the article.

Here are a few previous posts I’ve written about the “tranny” word in case you haven’t been following this debate. It doesn’t seem to want to go away, and there are obvious reasons for that.

You can read more here. Personally, I don’t use the word. And I never did use it, not even before the debate started. I think all words are important and the odds are I wouldn’t be hanging around people who do use it. And I’m far from being an activist. (Unfortunately, Cayne doesn’t seem to understand that without activists there wouldn’t even be a RuPaul’s Drag Race.)

The most important part of this article is that Cayne seems to flip flop on the topic. She doesn’t use the word herself, but doesn’t see anything wrong with using the word. It’s actually hard to figure out WTF she’s saying.

Eric Holder on Boy Scouts

Speaking of bad stereotypes, Attorney General Eric Holder openly stated that he thinks the Boy Scout ban on gay adult leaders promotes the worst gay stereotypes.

“It’s a relic of an age of prejudice and insufficient understanding,” the attorney general said Tuesday evening to Lambda Legal, an advocacy group for LGBT rights.

Referring to the group’s work a decade ago to challenge the termination of a gay assistant scoutmaster, Holder said that “too many organizations, policies and practices that discriminate against LGBT individuals remain persistent concerns.”

Unlike the vapid comments from Candis Cayne, Holder’s comments not only ring true, but they help give more credibility and relevance to what’s been happening with the Boy Scouts and how they’ve been treating the LGBTI community. He made these comments to Lambda Legal, advocates of gay rights.

You can read more about this here in USA Today. This time it made mainstream headlines.

Rugby Player Banned

A rugby player, Zak Hardaker, was banned for calling another player a “fucking faggot.” He was banned for obvious reasons listed in the article, including ‘verbal abuse based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin.’ However, he seems to think he was the one being abused and he tweeted this:

‘Thankyou everyone for ur support, 5 games it is,’ Hardaker tweeted. ‘You live and learn and that’s life, so I’ll just make sure I come out better for it.’

What’s most interesting here is that he claims he’s not homophobic.  His coach even defended him, mentioning the ways they support gays in this rugby club, and how remorseful Hardaker is. They don’t think of this as homophobia. The phrase “fucking faggot” is just offensive language to them.

Which actually brings me right back to the tranny word, which I’m sure is just as offensive to transgender people as the phrase “fucking faggot” is to almost all LGBTI people.

You can read more about Hardaker here. I actually don’t think he’s homophobic, not in a literal hateful sense. I just don’t think he knows any better and I hope he does come out better for it. His coach sounds like a lost cause.

Chase of a Lifetime by Ryan Field

J. K. Rowling Gets Slammed; Shame on Davey Wavey; Eric Holder on Marriage Bans

J.K. Rowling Gets Slammed

(Update, below)

An unknown novelist/copywriter, Lynn Shepherd, wrote a post in Huff Po recently and titled it “If J.K. Rowling Cares About Writing She Should Stop Doing It.” I think this might be a way for a desperate unknown to get attention, and the article might have been geared this way on purpose, to garner comments. I’ve been seeing a lot of that lately with the entitlement set, usually in Huff Po, and it’s really getting tired. But even if that’s not what this is, it’s one of the most pointless pieces I’ve ever read. And also a good example of what not to do if you’re trying to build a name as a writer. Notice I didn’t say author. I said writer.

She discloses she didn’t read anything Potter, but then she gets into The Casual Vacancy.

It wasn’t just that the hype was drearily excessive, or that (by all accounts) the novel was no masterpiece and yet sold by the hundredweight, it was the way it crowded out everything else, however good, however worthwhile. That book sucked the oxygen from the entire publishing and reading atmosphere.

The Casual Vacancy did get a lot of attention, and rightly so. It was so far out of Rowling’s typical genre everyone was curious. It also got a lot more criticism than most books, and for reasons I didn’t think were fair. I reviewed it here not long after it was released. I also mentioned in the review I’d never read anything in the Potter series because it’s not my genre. Frankly, I was amazed at how well written TCV was. I hadn’t expected this, and to me it confirmed that J.K. Rowling is more than an author. She’s a writer.

From my five star review, excerpt:

What some readers have commented on is that there’s a dark side to this book, and I just didn’t see that. There’s a realistic side. I saw that very plainly. But I didn’t see all the darkness and gloom. Like I said, it’s real and sometimes it’s intense. And sometimes there’s some wit and humor worked into the book when you don’t expect it. It’s also gossipy in the way many small towns are. But I just didn’t see all that darkness and gloom others talked about.

After a few more comments about TCV, Shepherd then comments on Rowling’s mystery, The Cuckoo’s Calling. I didn’t read that one, again, it’s not my genre. For those who don’t know, Rowling released TCC with a pen name, and some lawyer’s wife leaked the truth about Rowling being the author and Rowling wound up suing, winning and donating the money to charity. In her quest to criticize Rowling for being successful, Shepherd doesn’t mention this in detail.

In any event, the point of Shepherd’s post is that thanks to Rowling other unheard of writers like Shepherd get lost in the proverbial shuffle and don’t get any attention because Rowling is still getting it all. Shepherd suggests Rowling should retire now that she’s made her fortune and give other writers, like Shepherd a chance at their shot for fortune and fame. It’s a dumb point to make. And clearly Shepherd isn’t aware of the fact that not all writers are in this for money and fame. We’re not all out there trying to compete with Rowling or anyone else. We’re writing because that’s what we do. That’s what we love. And if fortune and fame come along, fine. But if they don’t we’ll still love what we do.

Shepherd, unfortunately, seems to be looking for a brass ring that may or may not exist. She seems to express a sense of entitlement…that she deserves her fame and fortune and Rowling is getting in her way. It’s a vulgar attitude at best. Rowling, in the other hand, has proven that she’s more than an author. She’s a writer who can hop genres and I would imagine write on any topic in any genre she wants. In other words, even if she didn’t have fame and fortune, as a writer she could still mop the floors with the likes of Lynn Shepherd.

The problem these days with a lot of “authors” I see is that they’re doing it for all the wrong reasons.

You can read the entire diatribe here.

Update: I was curious. Shepherd is a trad published writer. Web Site here. According to her bio page, she also has a strong background in public relations. To her credit, it all looks highly legitimate and the web site is well executed.

Shame on Davey Wavey

This isn’t recent, but I found it interesting from a cultural POV. There’s a blogger on Youtube who goes by the name Gay Family Values and he once made a video slamming Davey Wavey.

Ok, so I hate making videos attacking other YouTubers but I have had a bad day and the last thing I needed was for a Gay YouTuber to block me and remove a comment about equality. Today I logged on to YouTube to
see who had posted videos and I came across a new video from Wickedkewl = Davey Wavey. The title of the video was: “Ask A Hot Straight Boy”. I left a comment: “Davey I am disapointed that you didn’t make a video about Maine today”. Davey’s response to remove the comment and block me from his channel. WTF?

No comment from me. I expect serious, intelligent social and political comments from Davey Wavey like I expect Pat Robertson to marry Rush Limbaugh. And Davey Wavey never has portrayed himself as anything more than a pop culture figure who works hard to create his own brand of parody many find amusing. I also would never try to contact him because flighty superficial gay men like Davey Wavey tend to live in their own trumped up world and he would just ignore me. It would be a waste of my time. In other words, it makes no sense to take him seriously.

You can check out the video here. I also recommend checking out more Gay Family Values if you haven’t seen it yet. I think it represents a segment of the LGBTI community we don’t see often.

Eric Holder on Marriage Bans

Eric Holder is the most important law enforcement officer in the US. And his recent comment to attorney generals in many states about not having to defend marriage bans basically says what most courts have found, which is marriage bans with regard to equality are unconstitutional.

U.S Attorney General Eric Holder today issued guidance to state attorneys general on same-sex marriage bans, announcing they are under no obligation to defend a ban they believe to be unconstitutional. Since before his election, President Barack Obama had said he believed DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that banned the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, was unconstitutional, and later, as president, joined with Holder in deciding to not defend that ban in federal court.

The key word is unconstitutional. It has nothing to do with religion.

You can read more here.

Fed Gov’t Honors Utah Marriages; Coming Out Reactions; Hot Guy Pic

Fed Gov’t Honors Utah Marriages

In a highly supportive move, Eric Holder made the announcement that the federal government will, indeed, recognize the same sex marriages performed in Utah even though same sex marriage is NOT recognized any longer in Utah. If you haven’t been following this, you can read more here where I’ve been posting for a while. It’s been a rollercoaster because gay marriage was legal for about five minutes in Utah, many LGBTI people got married, and then it wasn’t legal on a state level all over again.

So those who were married in Utah are basically in the same position as people like Tony and me. Our state, PA, doesn’t recognize same sex marriage, but when we’re married later this month we will be recognized in other states and by the federal government.

“I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Holder said in a video released Friday afternoon.

You can read more here.

Coming Out Reactions

This next article talks about a video that gets into what gays can expect when they tell someone they are gay. I’ve posted my thoughts on this more than once and I think coming out is a personal process that should be handled gently and within each individual’s comfort zone. I also don’t think everyone needs to have a “coming out,” at least no in the literal sense. I never did. I just never denied it and continued doing what felt right to me. Everyone figured it out on their own when I brought my first boyfriend home. No questions asked.

Coming out is something of a rite of passage for most gay men and women, whether we like it or not. I personally do not. I’ve even spent a lot of time thinking how funny it’d be if my hetero friends were required to come out as straight—taking the aphorism ‘take a walk in someone else’s shoes’ to a whole new extreme—but that day seems a ways away if not a tad (and unnecessarily) torturous for everyone. Until then, let’s lighten up with our queer proclamations…and laugh.

You can read more here, and view a clip. It’s very adorable. You’ll want to hug him.

Hot Guy Pic

I have to figure out a way to legally post photos like this myself. Until I do, here’s a link to wickedgayblog, to a photo of a hot guy taking a selfie in his shorts. There’s just something about it.