Harry Potter Film Ignores Gay Leading Man; Neo-Nazi Tells Court He’s Bisexual; Another Kennedy, Again

Harry Potter Film Ignores Gay Leading Man

I’m surprised at Ms. Know-It-All, J. K. Rowling. I’ve never seen a Harry Potter film, and I never plan to see one. It’s not my genre, and it never will be. So I’m only linking to this. I do, however, have one comment at the end.

When asked whether Dumbledore’s sexuality will be mentioned at all in the film, director David Yates said:

“Not explicitly. But I think all the fans are aware of that. He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology and each other.”

Clearly, a lot of gay people are not happy about this. You can read the rest here.

You’ve seen me rant about THAT film, Call Me By Your Name. I ranted because that’s a story about a 17 year old barely legal boy having a sexual relationship with an older man. It’s the same dismal story line gay men get all the time in films. But even worse, they refer to Call Me By Your Name as a gay romance when it is anything but a gay romance. And now this, with Harry Potter. God forbid anyone should give gay people a good romance, or show kids a positive love story between two men.

As someone in the comments pointed out, at least Star Trek did it correctly. 

Neo-Nazi Tells Court He’s Bisexual

Here’s a story about a guy who allegedly planned a “murderous attack” on gay people, but was stopped before he had the chance to do anything. And now he’s denying it. It’s very twisted. 

Now Stables is denying he planned any sort of terroristic attack, telling the court he’s not homophobic at all.
He says he’d written the posts simply to get a rise out of friends, adding: “Actually I am bisexual.”
His attorney claims Stables has Asperger’s syndrome.
Here’s the rest. If nothing else, in general, I think it’s a good example of why you should never, ever post anything on social media that’s damaging or violent. Unfortunately, I see people do it all the time and frankly I’m surprised we aren’t seeing more things like this in court. 
Another Kennedy, Again
I’m sure Joe Kennedy III is a great guy, with tons of talent, and I hope he has a bright future in politics. I’m not knocking him. But as a registered Democrat all my life, I’d like to see something a little different for a change. It’s like they just keep recycling that same strategy over and over, and no one new ever gets a chance. 
The overall tenor of Kennedy’s speech was distinctly anti-Tr–p, and more than a few pundits agreed he was the wrong person to be making that argument.
You can check this out, here. He is cute. There’s that. 
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Why ALL Authors Need A Spokesperson Just In Case; The Gay Model Who Left The Priest Homeless; Why Would Anyone Slam Carson Wentz?

Why ALL Authors Need A Spokesperson Just In Case

When I worked with an e-publisher called LoveYouDivine back in the 2000s there was an author who was dealing with cancer. She didn’t tell everyone about it and she dropped out of sight for a long time. Her name was Carol McKenzie. She eventually passed away, which was devastating for a lot of people, and her husband (and I believe the publisher) made an announcement online to let her readers and all the other authors know. And that made a difference. If no one had made an announcement we never would have known what happened to her. I think I heard about it at the time through Yahoo groups.

Recently, I noticed that an author I’ve been following for at least the last five years on social media has gone missing. He just stopped posting. His fans and other authors have no idea what happened to him. And this was someone who interacted a great deal on social media. He had a good following. So it really leaves everyone wondering where he went…wondering and worrying. It’s a very helpless feeling.

So if you’re an author and you have a web presence, plan ahead for things like this. Have at least one person in your life that you trust who can share news about you in case you have to drop out of sight for a while. People build online relationships now more than ever, and they take those relationships seriously. Especially in small communities like m/m romance. You don’t want to leave people wondering and questioning what happened to you. And you can let them know through someone else.

The Gay Model Who Left the Priest Homeless

Here’s more about the alleged gay model who left his much older husband…a former Catholic priest…homeless. I still don’t believe he’s really a model. He’s not model material. I just think he’s one of those pretentious gay guys who get a model portfolio and pretend they’re really models.

The story just got worse.

 The 24 year-old male model who left his 79 year-old retired priest husband homeless after he signed their apartment over to him has pawned his wedding ring, reports Pink News.

You can read the full story, here, and if you’re not familiar with this alleged male model there’s a full update.

Why Would Anyone Slam Carson Wentz?

I don’t know much about the Benham brothers, but this article is a little annoying to me. The author of this article is known for writing things like this. He’s going after the Benham brothers and he’s doing it through Carson Wentz now. It’s totally unfair to Wentz. 

And it’s quasi news that doesn’t make sense. I’m from the Philadelphia area and I love Carson Wentz. He’s a great guy, he’s talented, and I’ve never heard him say a bad thing about anyone. 

I don’t understand this need to go after Carson Wentz. He’s just a nice guy from what I’ve seen who is dealing with his own health issues right now.  

“Submission to political correctness creates weak men,” they write. “Men who lack the courage to stand for what they believe, simply for fear someone might get ‘offended.’”
Which is why, the continue, they are so fond of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

You can read it all here. This article is proof that not everyone who is gay is nice. Sadly. 


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The Projector: New Release; The Milo Yiannopoulos Court Saga; Guys Are Going Commando; Watch Them Objectify Justin Trudeau

The Projector: New Release

Here’s my newest release, The Projector, which is also part of a limited edition I’m doing with Altered Parts. But I wanted to release both separately, with different covers. They aren’t related, except for the fact that I’m offering The Projector as a free bonus story with Altered Parts, here. 

In any event, The Projector is a long story that falls a few thousand words short of a novella…it’s 15,000 words. Here’s the blurb, and here’s the Amazon link. I also have it up for sale in other places, too, like Smashwords and iTunes.

Kyle Jacobson is a perfectionist on a mission. With an important school project that must be done on a certain night, during a certain time of the year, he plans everything right down to the last detail. He keeps his secret project so carefully guarded no one other than his boyfriend knows about it, because Kyle believes this could be the most important project of his academic career.

Unfortunately, Kyle’s boyfriend disappoints him at the last minute and Kyle is left to deal with his secret project alone. It becomes a true test of professional tenacity to see if he’ll follow through with his plans or abandon them completely.


Kyle has no idea what lies ahead of him that night, nor is he aware of how quickly life can change in the blink of an eye. But it soon becomes apparent he made the right choice that night, because the outcome of this project changes his entire perspective and his life in a totally unexpected way.


The Milo Yiannopoulos Court Saga

While I’m not a huge fan of any political pundit, I do find this lawsuit with Milo Yiannopoulos interesting from a publishing POV. And this is getting gritty now. The notes from Milo’s editor were released in court, and Milo’s fighting back with a few interesting allegations of his own. 

I’m not going to try to parse this one, and I’m not excerpting. You can check it out here. I’m going to follow this one to see what the outcome is. 

Keep in mind that most articles about this are highly slanted in one direction or the other.  

Guys Are Going Commando

There’s not much happening this week, obviously. Some company is selling gym shorts where guys can go commando…or that’s how it feels.  

The company has released a homoerotic commercial, er, “infomercial” that shows a dude repeatedly adjusting his junk and bending over in a G-string while his fratty friends attempt to tear his clothes off in public. You know, typical “guy” stuff.

It’s worth checking out the video, and the comments. The shorts actually look kind of comfortable. I thought the video was funny, but the people who commented clearly don’t agree with me. 

You can do that, here. 

Watch Them Objectify Justin Trudeau

Whenever I see things like this I can’t help wondering how people would react if this was done to a woman. Especially a woman politician. Think about that for a moment.

But getting back to those looks, a photo quickly went viral today that shows off Trudeau’s curves in all the right ways.

What follows that comment is a close up photo of Justin Trudeau’s ass. This really bothers me because I happen to have a lot of respect for Justin Trudeau. He is the only high profile politician that I can think of in recent years who has actually apologized to gay people for what they’ve gone through.  

We should be thanking Trudeau, not gaping at him.  

You can check it out here




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PC Gone Wrong: Students APOLOGIZE For Playing "Walk On the Wild Side" – Which Ass Is Cuter? Marcon Ass Or Trudeau Ass; A Real Transphobic Joke?

PC Gone Wrong: Students APOLOGIZE For Playing “Walk On the Wild Side”

A group of students in Canada recently apologized for playing the infamous, classic song, Walk On the Wild Side, because they thought they were being transphobic. They are now claiming the song is filled with “hurtful transphobic lyrics.” 
It’s come to our attention that the playlist we had on during bus pass distribution on Thursday contained a song with transphobic lyrics (Lou Reed, Take a Walk on the Wild Side). The playlist was compiled by one of the Executives with the intent of feeling like a road trip from the 70s and 80s. The song was included solely on those terms and made in ignorance as the person making the list did not know or understand the lyrics.

We now know the lyrics to this song are hurtful to our friends in the trans community and we’d like to unreservedly apologize for this error in judgement. 

The article moves forward and shows some of these so-called “hurtful” lyrics. And then it states that this song actually helped transgender visibility back in the day.

But the group of PC students in Canada don’t want to hear anything about THAT. Those poor little offended darlings believe it’s “hurtful.”

There’s a lot more you can check out here…with comments at the end.

Which Ass Is Cuter? Marcon Ass or Trudeau Ass

There’s not much to say about this one. It is what it is. One thing is for sure, you have to wonder what these publications are thinking sometimes. In one breath they are slamming people for not being PC enough (see below), and in the next they are objectifying men in the most awful ways. It’s interesting. Can you imagine how it would look if someone did this with two women politicians? It might break the Internet.

Do they even know what they are doing, and how wrong it is?

46-year-old Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be everyone’s favorite man crush, admired the world over for his thick, wavy hair, liberal politics, and boyish charm. But he may have just gotten a competitor.

Last Sunday, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as President of France, officially making him youngest French head of state since Napoleon. Like Trudeau, he’s also cute and liberal with an adorable smile and striking jawline. 

You can check this one out here. You know, this is one of those times when I actually feel sorry for politicians.

A Real Transphobic Joke?

The PC police is out in full force and they’re not taking this one lightly, and, they’re letting this guy have it. They’re calling him names.

Bryce Powers from the upcoming season of The Bachelorette is more than just a pretty face. He’s also kind of a dirtbag.

This week, the bios for the season 13 contestants were released and–oh, guess what?–one of the guys has already cracked a transphobic “joke.”

When asked what his what his biggest dating fear was, Bryce replied: “The chick is actually a dude.”

You can check that out here. This time there’s an interesting discussion on the comment thread, with several opinions.

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Brokeback Mountain Author Pissed Off; Bubble Butts; Don Lemon Worst Journalist List 2014

Brokeback Mountain Author Pissed Off

The author of Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx, is making a few strong statements about how her short story was received and how it’s been interpreted in various ways over the years. The story, which became a huge bestseller and a ground-breaking feature film that many claim spawned the m/m romance genre, has never been without controversy. And that controversy has not always come in the form of traditional homophobia. I remember back when it was released and I was interviewing and reviewing gay male bloggers for bestgayblogs.com many gay men weren’t thrilled with the story or the film.They found fundamental flaws in the storyline, but I’m not getting into that right now. I thought it was a nice story, in a general sense.

In any event, this is what Proulx said, in part:

So many people have completely misunderstood the story. I think it’s important to leave spaces in a story for readers to fill in from their own experience, but unfortunately the audience that Brokeback reached most strongly have powerful fantasy lives. And one of the reasons we keep the gates locked here is that a lot of men have decided that the story should have had a happy ending. They can’t bear the way it ends — they just can’t stand it. So they rewrite the story, including all kinds of boyfriends and new lovers and so forth after Jack is killed. And it just drives me wild.

I really don’t know what she’s talking about when she says “men” are doing this. But I may have missed that. My only comment is that after writing and getting published for many years in the concentrated genre of gay fiction I’ve found more than a few things interesting in the past ten years, since BM became so popular. One of them is that I still can’t get over how many people coming from a place of privilege can’t wait to tell gay writers how to do “it.” Another thing is how little they really know about gay men.

But I really don’t want to get off track here. I’ve done parodies of mainstream classic stories with gay characters, like An Officer and His Gentleman and Pretty Man. But frankly, the one story I always thought was off limits as a parody in this case was Brokeback Mountain. I wouldn’t parody a gay story…unless I were to do it with straight characters.  And I think I know exactly what Proulx is talking about this time. I just wish she’d been more specific in her rant. 

You can read the rest here.  

I highly suggest reading the rest of this in full. I really don’t have any strong comments on this one. I actually find it interesting when readers take my books and stories and reinterpret them in various ways. I don’t mind it in the least.

Bubble Butts

This is all about the sexy photo column at Queerty.com. I’ve been following it all year and I love some of the things they’ve done…especially about breaking body image stereotypes. I follow a pop star on social media and he posts some of the hottest photos online. But most are photo shopped. When he posts a real photo of himself, even though I think it’s hotter than the photo shopped pics, you’d be amazed at how many will criticize him. He’s absolutely adorable, yet they can’t wait to point out his flaws.   

This year, Queerty launched a new photos column, Homo Erotica, that highlighted various sexual styles and looks while celebrating sexy men of all sorts. Over the past 12 months, we’ve covered foot fetishes to armpit fetishes, hairy older hunks to twinks, with a few bubble butts and beer bellies thrown in for good measure. It’s been an interesting year, and we’re looking forward to bringing you even more homo horseplay in 2015.

You can check out the pics here. I think the cute guy with the belly is adorable.

Don Lemon Worst Journalist List 2014

I think most readers know I usually support everything LGBT. But I don’t think it’s wise to blindly support anyone just because he or she is LGBT, especially when an openly gay journalist like Don Lemon makes ridiculous comments about women and rape. Sexual orientation doesn’t give anyone a free pass to be arrogant or obnoxious. Dumb I can overlook. But I find it hard to believe anyone can reach the point of CNN anchor and be stupid. 

The worst journalist list was created by Columbia Journalism Review and those on the list are considered to have made the most “cringe-worthy” remarks during the year. 

David Uberti, the Review’s fellow wrote in a post why Lemon deserves to be ranked along with other missteps in journalism this year. 

‘As one of the most recognizable anchors on CNN, Don Lemon has helped lead the cable network’s coverage of the biggest stories of the year. Live television is exceedingly difficult to produce, of course, but Lemon’s gaffes this year offer a case study in how to choose words wisely — or not.’

 Uberti highlighted several controversial comments made by Lemon including telling an alleged rape victim of Bill Cosby, ‘You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you don’t want to do it… Meaning the use of teeth, right?’ 

The anchor also pondered whether Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was swallowed by a black hole.

You can read the rest here. It gives us all hope for the future journalists coming our way. At least they nailed this one. It’s also one reason why I refuse to even watch CNN anymore.

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New Release: Chase of a Christmas Dream

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New Release: Chase of a Christmas Dream

I don’t always post about new releases this way, with a stand alone blog post. But I wanted to add something about this Christmas book in a little more detail. This is part of the Chase series I started with my first indie book, Chase of a Lifetime, and the characters have changed and evolved over the past few years in ways I couldn’t have predicted when I released the first book. In fact, I didn’t plan this to be a series at all. And the only reason I turned it into a series is because I enjoy the characters myself so much.

In the book previous to this one, Chase of a Holy Ghost, Jim Darling-Mayfield goes through several disappointing, life-changing events that I can’t post about now because of spoilers. But Chase of a Christmas Dream gives Jim a chance to fill the voids in his life…the things he is missing and the fears he’s taken on, because of all the trauma he’s experienced. He even winds up going to a fortune teller in this book, out of frustration and fear. I tried to make that part humorous, but there’s also a deeper side to it I hope people will understand.  I’m actually very interested in the metaphysical and I took a lot of my own personal experiences and added them here.

Jim also meets someone new through Doc Sharp. He’s a young man who did a tour of duty in Afghanistan as a Marine, and he’s got more than a few surprises for both Jim and Len. Again, I don’t want to give out spoilers, but I think this part of the book…and series…shows how much Jim doesn’t care about convention or what most people think of as perfection. The fundamental flaw, if it could even be referred to as a flaw, in the Marine is something that I think helps all the characters move forward. And it shows how people can beat all the odds no matter what life hands them.

In any event, here’s the blurb for the book as posted on Allromanceebooks.com. I’ll post as many links as I have, and will update as I get more. Here’s the Smashwords link. I will post more free excerpts, too.

 Although Jim and Len Mayfield have had a rough year with the death of Arturo and Radcliff’s cancer surgery, Christmas at COAL Ranch is still something everyone’s looking forward to, especially their son, Culum. The entire family is arriving for a week and Len has planned his annual Christmas Eve horse and buggy ride around the ranch. This Christmas is a little different because they’ve met a sexy, handsome former Marine who lost his leg in Afghanistan, Jim’s dad is dealing with chemotherapy, and Len’s mom is now dating a former Catholic priest.

Everything should be perfect this Christmas, however, Jim is terrified something bad might happen to ruin their plans. So he visits a dubious fortune teller in Hollywood who sells him an eight hundred dollar “magic” candle that will keep all evil and impending doom away from his family. When he leaves the fortuneteller he feels so safe he doesn’t think anything bad can ever happen to his small family again.


Then fate takes over and Jim and Len face another surprise crisis that threatens to destroy the happiness they’ve worked so hard to build. And this Christmas could turn out to be one of the worst they’ve ever shared. Will the sexy former Marine who lost his leg be able to fill the void in Jim’s life he can’t seem to figure out? And will the fortune teller’s tragic prediction actually come true?

Release Day: Cage James by Ryan Field

Release Day: Cage James by Ryan Field

I don’t normally do an individual post for a book release, but I’ve had a lot going on this summer and I wanted to make sure this post about Cage James gets out before I forget and start posting about something else.

Cage James is a m/m novella that’s not exactly a romance, but it’s not exactly a thriller either. It’s a little different from what I normally do and it has a few of the quirky aspects that I used to add all the time to short stories I wrote for LGBT presses. For one thing, I think there is a happy ending depending on how you look at it. For another, I think there are a few topics in this story that haven’t been mentioned in other m/m novels. I also get into gay marriage in a very different way this time. It’s not the typical happy courtship promoting assimilation, but it is a reality in real gay life that happens with many men, especially where one is very wealthy and one has nothing at all.

Though I’m not trying to make any political or social statements with this book, I do think the topic of gay hustlers marrying for money is relevant and common in some circles. I also wanted to break the stereotype that this sort of thing only happens with older gay men and younger gay men. The two characters in this story are both around the same age.

In any event, here’s the cover, and the blurb is below. I’ll continue to post links as I get them. It take a while for Amazon to upload.

Blurb:

Hot San Francisco male stripper, Cage James, needs money to pay back loan sharks or he’s in big trouble. He knows he’ll be able to get the money, plus enough to never have to work again in his life, but he has to stall them for a while. His plan is flawless and all he has to do is marry a kinky young gay billionaire legally and find out where he keeps all his cash hidden. But Cage winds up falling in love with one of the big, strong-fisted loan sharks, losing control, and then dealing with a situation he never saw coming.

Sidenote: If anyone’s interested in a complimentary review copy, please contact me here rfieldj@aol.com. I’m going to start giving out ten copies of new releases to people who are willing to review in exchange for a free book. It’s strictly for review and how you review the book is up to you. Of course I hope you love it, but that’s not a requirement in order to get an ARC. The only requirement is that you leave an authentic review somewhere. I’m not picking and choosing either. The ARCs go out to the first ten people who e-mail me about it. Please put “Review Copy: Cage James” in the subject line of the e-mail.

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