Category: Gay in the 1950’s

Trevor Donovan In Million Dollar Quartet; Secrets From the Golden Girls; New HIV Treatment: Descovy

Trevor Donovan In Million Dollar Quartet

There’s an 8 episode mini-series coming up on CMT titled, Million Dollar Quartet, that’s based on the Broadway show. One of the stars is Trevor Donovan…many of you know him as “Teddy” from 90210. He also starred in an Amish romance I loved titled, Love Finds You In Charm.

Produced by Leslie Greif and directed by Roland Joffé, Million Dollar Quartet is a period drama timed to the historic 60th anniversary of the famous recording sessions featuring icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Donovan will play Eddy Arnold, one of the most popular country artists of all time and and one of the first to find crossover success in pop. 

You can read more here, and I’ll post more information as it becomes available.  I follow Donovan on social media and he’s pretty good about details.

I personally love that entire era, and I even set one of my books during that time period, which I titled, Take Me Always. And I set The Arrangement, (link below) in the early 1960s. A good deal of that era revolved around the music, so this new mini-series looks like it could be really good.

Here’s a link to more about Eddy Arnold.

Secrets From the Golden Girls

There haven’t been many television shows that have managed to maintain quite the same popularity as The Golden Girls. I think it began in 1985, ran about six seasons, and it’s been going strong in reruns ever since. I remember one night when my nephew was very young and we were watching a rerun on vacation. We weren’t even paying attention to it, until we saw my nephew laughing hysterically. I think he was only about six years old at the time.

So anything about the history of TV shows like that is perfect clickbait. According to a new “tell-all” book, Bea Arthur wanted to quit the show on several occasions.

A new Golden Girls tell-all (because the world needs such things) reveals that life on set of the iconic seven-season show could be just as bumpy as the characters’ scripted mishaps.

The biggest bombshell in Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind The Lanai is that Bea Arthur, who played Dorothy, wanted to quit the show on numerous occasions (Secret #1, if you’re counting).

The book’s author, Jim Colucci, says it had a lot to do with what the show’s writers called “Dorothy bashing.”

You can read a few more secrets here. I think with books like this it’s always more about getting the information, even if we know some of it already. Just hearing it again, for some weird reason, is satisfying.

New HIV Treatment: Descovy

It’s always good news to hear that there’s another new drug on the market for treating HIV.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Descovy (emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir alafenamide 25 mg, F/TAF), a fixed-dose combination for the treatment of HIV. Descovy is indicated in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older.

You can read more about this here.

They make it clear this is NOT a PrEP regimen.  If you read the comments, several people added some information. I never comment about things like this because I’m not a doctor, so please refer all questions to your medical doctor when it comes to anything health related and don’t pay attention to what you read on comment threads.

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Marco Rubio on Gay Marriage In Florida; 10 Rare Fetishes; American Horror and Gay History

Marco Rubio on Gay Marriage In Florida

I rarely get into politics here on the blog…because I’m not all that political. At least for the most part. But I do follow some things and as a gay person I think my right to an opinion is valid when it comes to gay issues. Gay marriage being one of them. I think everyone has been following the bitter debate about gay marriage in Florida and now that it’s finally legal comments from politicians like Marco Rubio are significant. They are significant now, and for the future when it’s time to vote again and Rubio is running for office. Contrary to what most people believe, I know for a fact there are more gay Republicans and Independents than we hear about in the mainstream media. And frankly, I hope these comments from Rubio come back to haunt him.

“If they wanted to change that law, they should have gone to the legislature or back to the Constitution and try to change it,’ Rubio tells Politico. ‘I don’t agree we should be trying to make those changes through the courts.’ 

He adds: ‘While I believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman, while people want to change that law — and a lot of people apparently do – there is a way to do that. You go through the legislature, or you go on on the ballot, but I don’t agree the courts have the power to do this.’

This is the same weak argument others have used to stop gay people from obtaining equality and each time it’s been disputed, logically and legally, and shot down. And unless I’m mistaken each judge in each state that has struck down the ban on gay marriage has always done it because he or she claims it’s unconstitutional. SCOTUS already ruled on this a year and a half ago and that started a chain reaction to lift the marriage ban in many US states. So I’m not really sure where Rubio is going with this, except that I think he’s basically going down with the rest of those who were against freedom, equality, and gay marriage, on the wrong side of US history.

The biggest mistake Rubio has made is in not recognizing that the shift in opinion from the straight mainstream community continues to grow more toward supporting gay marriage as each day passes. And there are several reasons for this. One is that most people in the US are related to, or know, a gay person or couple. Another is that gay marriage becoming legal hasn’t changed anyone’s world in any highly significant way…except for those gay people who can legally get married now.

I think Rubio shot himself in the foot this time, especially with Independent voters.  You can read the rest here.

American Horror and Gay History

I’ve found this interesting since I started watching American Horror Story: Freak Show at the beginning of the season. The storyline is set in the 1950’s and there are gay characters that do, indeed, break the stereotypes and show people a glimpse of what gay life was like back then. In this sense, I think Ryan Murphy nailed it and my New Year’s resolution is to only focus on the positive with Murphy from now on…unless I really, really can’t help making a Glee joke.

Here’s a quote from Dennis O’Hare who stars in the show this season.

And one of the subtler applications, of course, is the way that gay people were thought of and treated. And it’s really interesting to see Dell as one expression of that, somebody who’s so deeply closeted that he actually considers hanging himself in the last episode, to someone like Stanley, who just seems to roll with it. It seems to be part of his lifestyle, which is admittedly not a healthy lifestyle; he’s a professional liar, but there is a sense in which he’s a lot more, I guess, at ease with it.

The rest is here.   

What’s even more interesting is that prior to the 1940’s there’s not much gay history out there. My book, The Men Who Loved on the Titanic, was one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done and also the most difficult. You see, during the latter days of the Edwardian era anyone considered “homosexual” (because gay wasn’t a reference) was considered sick…or a criminal.The information just wasn’t out there and I had to guess a lot.

10 Rare Fetishes

Here’s an article that lists 10 of the most unusual sexual fetishes there are. As far as I know they are accurate. Some might surprise you.

Here’s one, below. You can read the rest here.

I really don’t like to comment or judge these things. Everyone has a right to his or her own private fetish as far as I’m concerned. I just think it’s interesting. And whether you have a computer mouse fetish or a foot fetish, have fun with it.

  1. Yeastiality

    With Gluten Free living being so popular as of late, it’s hard to imagine this fetish is hanging in there. Yeastiality is a fetish that involves a sexual arousal by dough or bread. This can include any type of pastry, or baked good as well. For some, the fetish hinges on the yeast itself and are attracted to individuals that have yeast infections.