Category: gay civil rights

"Longhorns" Gay Movie Male Full Frontal Nudity; If Harvey Milk Were Around Today; Mr. Gay Great Britain On HIV

“Longhorns” Gay Movie Male Full Frontal Nudity

I recently watched a gay film titled, Longhorns, on Netflix, and there was some male full frontal nudity. And not the kind of stupid male full frontal you see in mainstream films with Ben Affleck. This was the real thing…no jokes, no teasing. 

Here’s the IMDb page, which I think is as thorough as it gets

 Back in 1982, a Texas University student who was curious about the male sex fantasies he had been having, decides he needs to hook up with an out gay student on campus.

I’m not reviewing the movie in this post, but here’s a good review I found in Variety. And I did like it and I would recommend it. It’s really a gay film about gay men…and the challenges they faced back in 1982, and still face now.

And, last but not least, here is a web site with photos of the full frontal nudity in Longhorns I’m talking about. This film has a good storyline and there is full frontal nudity, so it can be done.  I would imagine this last link is NSFW, so you’ve been warned. But the movie itself is much more than you would imagine it to be. There’s even a character who is a woman who loves gay men.

If Harvey Milk Were Around Today

If Harvey Milk would have lived, he would have been 86 years old today. And this article talks about the things that have happened to the gay community since his death.

It’s been an incredible year for LGBTQ rights, both in the US and around the world. Of course, there’s still lots of progress remaining to be made — particularly in the area of trans freedoms — but even just halfway through 2016, there’s a ton to feel great about.

You can check that out here. They list 10 things that would have probably amazed him.

Mr. Gay Great Britain On HIV

Here’s a story about how Mr. Gay Great Britain, Sadiq Ali, not taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and then testing positive. According to this report, he claims he didn’t take PrEP because he was afraid of the stigma that went along with it, which ultimately caused him to be HIV positive. 

So, Sadiq waited a few more months, had second thoughts, and decided to enroll in the PrEP study after all. Unfortunately, fate had dealt him a crushing blow.

Between the time Sadiq heard about the study and before he actually began taking PrEP, he was infected with HIV. It occurred literally days before he started taking the pill. His first HIV test during the study, in January of 2014, revealed the infection.

You can read more here. There are a lot of gray areas with this one that I can’t get into in such a short post. But the comments are definitely worth reading. I wouldn’t advise taking each one to heart, but definitely worth reading for the sake of discussion.


The Arrangement

Prop 8 Overturned

Tomorrow I have a book being released that deals with gay marriage and civil rights. And though it’s a love story and classified as a romance, I couldn’t write a book dealing with pride, prejudice, and the legalization of same sex marriage without getting into the politics. When I wrote this book, I never imagined we’d be hearing this news.

I’m thrilled about this step forward. There’s still a long way to go. But at least we’ve made it this far. I read that President Obama and Gov. Schwarzenegger both support the decision and believe that banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional.

But this isn’t the end…not yet. It’s going to be challenged in the 9th Federal Circuit Court. After that, it will probably go to the Supreme Court, where it will affect all fifty states. But at least we’re moving forward instead of backward.

How Do I Feel About Maine Today?

I’ve been writing (and reading) gay romance for a lot longer than m/m fiction has been considered a trendy thing to write. And I’m sure, without a doubt, that I’ll be writing it long after the trend has died down. When someone reads my books or my short stories, they are reading fiction that I have based on my own personal experiences as a gay man. I know discrimination on a personal level and I don’t have to go out and research it for a book. All I have to do it draw from my own personal experience and it’s there.

I also don’t have to go around the Internet today posting about how disappointed I am in Maine and leaving heartfelt comments on blog threads about how I wish the characters in my books weren’t so far away from realizing their dream of obtaining the same equal rights every American citizen has. I live the for the dream every single day of my life, and it is a given that I have always fought for, and always will fight for, the civil rights of gay Americans.

And while I’m extremely disappointed in Maine today. I’m not giving up hope yet, because I truly believe that there are just as many people who disagree with Maine as there are who agree with them. We just have to fight a little harder next time.