NBC Sports and Homophobia; A Gay Blogger’s Grindr Rant; Meryl Streep’s Florence Foster Jenkins

NBC Sports and Homophobia

I think this kind of passive aggressive homophobia can’t just be blamed on NBC sports. I see it…and I experience it…everywhere. I even get it from people with the best of intentions who don’t mean any harm.

NBC Sports seems to have a problem treating gay athletes, and the gay parents of athletes, with the same respect and visibility it shows to their heterosexual counterparts.

They failed to identify Tom Daley‘s financé Dustin Lance Black when showing he and Daley’s mother in the crowd, dressed in matching “Team Daley” shirts.

You can read more here. The article goes on to give some excellent examples.  Don’t miss the comments.

We have a lot more work to do.

A Gay Blogger’s Grindr Rant

Some dude I never heard of named Donny Meacham went on a rant about Grindr and he claims it has ruined everything with regard to dating in the gay community.

There’s this…

“I am a queer single male in NYC,” the piece begins. “You would think dating would be easy because there are thousands of queer guys all around me.Well, if you think that, you are WRONG.”

And this…

“When you log onto Grindr, you have minimum of 50 horny thumbnails waiting to literally do just about anything you could think of,” he writes. “Doesn’t that sound more interesting than having sex with the same person twice a week?”

You can read more here. I know nothing about Grindr or hook up apps, so I can’t comment.  But maybe he should try Twitter…it seems to be a much better dating site, from what I get in DMs.

Side note: once again, I was with a group of people last night having dinner and every single one of us agreed we don’t like the word queer and we don’t want to be referred to as queer. If someone else wants to be referred to as queer that’s fine…for them…but not everyone does.

Meryl Streep’s Florence Foster Jenkins

I think Meryl Streep is probably one of the greatest character actresses of our time, and here are seven reasons why you won’t want to miss her new film, Florence Foster Jenkins.

Streep is likely to land her 20th Academy Award nomination with her performance as the eccentric, armature opera singer, and it’s obvious she relished every moment of this role. The queen of the silver screen leaves no doubt who still reigns supreme.

You can check out the other six, here.  

Ryan Kwanten Full Frontal Nudity; Gay Hook Up Apps; Boner in Subway Doors; Gay Superhero Movie

Ryan Kwanten Full Frontal Nudity

While doing a search to check out another post on male full frontal nudity in films I came across this new link to an interview True Blood star, Ryan Kwanten, did where he talks about doing full frontal.

There’s nothing to quote, but the video is interesting because it’s a novelty to listen to Kwanten speak with his native Australian accent which is so different from his accent on True Blood.

You can check that out here. There’s no actual full frontal nudity, but the topic is addressed well by Kwanten.

Gay Hook Up Apps

I’ve posted before about how I don’t think certain gay hook up apps are the safest places in the world. In many cases, I worry that younger gay men can be too trusting, especially if they are from safe rural areas and they are traveling to cities like Philadelphia where they aren’t used to the more realistic aspects of a dangerous, crime-ridden city. I think those are valid concerns. In a very different respect, this next article talks about whether or not hook up apps are harmful to gay culture in a more socialized way. The article discusses a commentary written by some PC know-it-all named Freeman who got published in Time because he thinks hook up apps are ruining gay culture. It’s really something I’m getting tired of listening to.

Freeman claims hookup apps like OkCupid, Tinder and Grindr are destroying gay culture by perpetuating the stereotype that gay men are all a bunch of whores. He also believes the apps encourage “shame-based” relationships. (Of course, it’s only “shame-based” if one thinks being gay is shameful, which Freeman seems to believe, or at least he insinuates it subconsciously.)

“Gay men want those perfect relationships that we see in romantic-comedies, instead of the ultimate fear of our generation: being alone,” Freeman generalizes. “But there is nowhere that is not sex-based to connect.”

The article I’m linking to here questions Freeman’s concerns and makes a few valid points, and I agree with the article. I think Freeman and everyone else at Time should get a life. I got a gift subscript to Time last year and I’m still getting it and I still have to throw it away every single week. They should be more worried about how they’re hurting the environment if they really want to get PC. 

Boner in Subway Doors

Now here’s something I find funny and interesting. It’s not major news, it won’t change the world, but once in a while it’s okay to laugh…at least I hope that’s still okay with the PC police. 

We’ve all been there. It’s five o’clock, the subways are packed with rush hour commuters, you just eye-fucked a stranger across the platform and it’s left you hot and bothered.

You can check the rest out here. I sure do hope that gay culture won’t be destroyed with something like this. You never know. Someone better call Time Magazine and warn them.

Gay Superhero Movie

I’ve written erotic books with gay superheros and they’re meant to be taken as satire and not all that seriously. And there are erotic anthologies out by many LGBT publishers with gay superhero content. There are even a few gay superheros in comic books. But we have yet to see a gay superhero in the movies.

This is slowly starting to happen in comic books, so it’s only a matter of time before we see it happen onscreen, too. In the last few years, queer superheroes have made huge inroads in the Marvel and DC universes. Marvel’s first openly gay superhero, Northstar, recently got married, adding to the growing ranks of LGBT couples in the comic world.

In other instances, such as that of DC’s Batwoman, previously established straight characters have actually been reshaped as gay (this is only logical, assuming comic book writers have been paying attention to the Internet’s penchant for queer fandom). What makes this all the more appropriate, not to mention hilarious in Batwoman’s case, is that she was originally introduced to counter the homoerotic tension between Batman and Robin.

You can read the rest here. I’m not all too familiar with comics or superheros, but I think it would be interesting to see a gay superhero in the movies. In fact, that might be why I was never interested in that sort of thing before. It always seemed so heteronormative I never bothered.

In any event, here’s my story about Captain Velvet, a gay superhero with a few very special talents. It’s not actually a romance, but the ending is about as happy as endings can get.  

Gay Super Hero Story

Captain Velvet’s Velvet Box


by Ryan Field