Gay Parody Stepbrothers In The Attic by Ryan Field

Madonna’s Still At It; "Michael’s" Manager Gets 32K For Boyle’s Homophobic Rants; Oakland Space Was Genderqueer Oasis Before Fire

Madonna’s Still At It

Madonna made her claim to fame with some of the most controversial antics of the 1980s. She continued that into the 1990s with books and relationships. And now she’s at it again, in the beginning of her twilight years, with politics.

Unflattering images of Trump were projected behind her, such as one with his mouth as a urinal and one where his nose grows to the proportions of Pinocchio’s after telling a particularly big whopper – like, say, claiming millions of people voted illegally with no evidence to back it up.

I’m not knocking Madonna, so please don’t misinterpret me. I like her and I look forward to what she’s going to do next. She did this all for charity, which is excellent.

Frankly, I can’t wait to see what she does next.  

You can read the rest here.  

“Michaels” Manager Gets 32K For Boyle’s Homophobic Rants

I support this one 100%. I think this is more about the general statement than the money that was collected. People were repulsed by the woman who went on a homophobic rant at a Michaels’  store, and they are sending a message to all homophobics. They aren’t going to take it anymore.

 “On the night before Thanksgiving, I witnessed a white woman engage in a 30 minute racist rant against the employees at a Chicago Michaels store,” Grady explains. “I am starting this gofundme because I’d like to do something to try to make it up to the employee who was the main target of this racist attack.”

Grady only started with a goal of $400, but wound up raising $32K. 

I’m sorry the manager had to go through that kind of experience, but I’m glad someone started the crowdfunding page and I’m glad people supported it.

You can check this out here.  

Oakland Space Was Genderqueer Oasis Before Fire

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the devastating fire in Oakland, CA that killed at least 31 innocent people this past weekend. It was absolutely horrific for the victims and their loved ones. But I didn’t know this…

Spaces like this are the only way we have any sort of viable arts scene where anyone is making any money. There is virtually [no other] option for a thriving performance space in this city without occupying these spaces. [They also] offer the most support of trans and genderqueer folks. That’s a large part of what last night should have been about, what it started out about. That group of people is totally sidelined in the dominant nightlife culture of a gentrifying Oakland.

My heart literally does break for them. First and foremost for the loss of life, but also partly for the loss of what that space symbolized to so many artists. 

We had a place like that right here in New Hope for many years. I used to go there often. Unfortunately, in the 90s, a greedy real estate developer came along and turned the whole place into offices and retail. It really was a shame, too. New Hope hasn’t been the same artist town since. Many of our artists went to places like Key West, FL. Some of the best artists on the east coast created work there. It was called Union Camp, an old underwear manufacturing building. Now it’s called “Union Square,” and they have trendy little shops and offices that pay very high rent. And, you pay for parking. I don’t go there very often nowadays. 

In any event, you can read more here.

 Stepbrothers In the Attic by Ryan Field

Gay Parody: Stepbrothers In the Attic; Faye Dunaway On "Mommie Dearest"; Polyamorous Gay Love Relationships

Gay Parody: Stepbrothers In the Attic

I’ll have a new book coming out in a few months titled, Step Brothers In the Attic, and as the title suggests, clearly, this will be a gay parody of Flowers In the Attic. This will be one of the first parodies I’ve done in a while and the only reason I’m doing it is because a publisher approached me about it.

It’s still so new I don’t even have edited excerpts yet that I can share. I will soon, but right now I’m still working out issues in the plot, and dealing with how I think the characters should be portrayed. It hasn’t been easy either. I didn’t even know where the story was going until last week. And that’s because I didn’t want this to be a dark, creepy book. It’s a parody. It’s not a tribute of fan fiction to the original book or movie. There’s a huge difference. I hope people find it a little campy at times, and a little peculiar, too. I didn’t see any other way it could be done, at least not with a book like this that has such a controversial theme.

With all that said, I also get into certain issues that still haunt gay men. Reparation/Conversion therapy is one of them. I can’t go into details about how this comes into play in this book, but I thought it worked well considering the general story line. It’s actually been the first time I’ve ever been able to work Conversion Therapy into any story line, so I hope readers will find that part a little different.

I will definitely post more in the coming weeks, with release dates and links. I’ll post an excerpt, too, as soon as I have one I think is ready to go.

Keep one thing in mind. In the original story, the controversial theme revolved around incest. However, in this parody, the controversy revolves around two gay men who fall in love and raise a family. I’m not by any means comparing gay love to incest. That should be abundantly clear. What I’m doing is showing that there are people out there who think one is as bad as the other.

Faye Dunaway On Mommie Dearest

Speaking of campy parody, here’s an article that discusses how Faye Dunaway has always felt about doing the film, Mommie Dearest. In spite of the fact that millions of people have loved that film time and again, and quoted from it every chance they can get, she’s not too thrilled with it herself.

“I think it turned my career in a direction where people would irretrievably have the wrong impression of me,” she says, “and that’s an awful hard thing to beat. I should have known better, but sometimes you’re vulnerable and you don’t realize what you’re getting into.”

“It’s unfortunate they felt they had to make that kind of movie,” she continues. “But you can’t be ashamed of the work you’ve done. You make a decision, and then you have to live with the consequence.”

I loved it…and so did many of the people in the comments. You can check that out here. 

Polyamorous Love Relationships

This is an off-beat piece about polyamorous relationships, which I know nothing about so I can’t comment too much in detail.

Polyamorous love. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? How could you possibly know until you’ve given it a try?

Writer Jeff Leavell and his husband Alex have been together for almost five years. A year and a half ago, they opened their relationship up to include a third man, Jon, and the three became a triad.

You can read more here. I have personally known guys in three-way long term relationships and I’ve never seen one last. They always think it will. They always claim how wonderful it is in the beginning. But in the end, one always winds up becoming the third wheel on that proverbial wagon. That’s just from what I’ve seen personally, with friends. I’m not making a broad generalization.

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