Tom Daley Nude Photos Leaked Online; Cisgender,White, And Gay; Rose McGowan Blasts Hollywood Fakery; Why Barbara Meier Didn’t Wear Black

Tom Daley Nude Photos Leaked Online

They’re saying that Tom Daley is experiencing distress over this. Poor Tom. My heart is breaking.

The tabloid reports the selfies were taken while Daley was involved in a “secret relationship” back in 2016 and feature him “posing naked in his bedroom.”

And you think you’ve got it bad.

Here’s the rest. 

Cisgender, White, and Gay Not Cool Anymore

I have to agree with a lot of this. It’s about challenging the perfect gay male, with the perfect gay male body, and the perfect white gay male background. 

There’s an Instagram account called Hoscos under fire now because of its lack of diverse content. And they’re not apologizing for it. 

Here’s an excerpt describing Hoscos, from an investigative piece, by Mic. 

If you like your men with a little grunt in their dumbbell curl, or if you are a lover of somewhat exposed derrieres, entirely exposed derrieres, naked men contemplatively staring out on a mountaintop or couples whose bodies are so similar in definition you’d swear there was some sort of genetic mutating at play, then Hoscos is an account you might consider tapping.

There’s more here. I happen to like diversity in men, and I think most gay men do, too. I wish I were allowed to post nude photos of men here (not porn; just artistic nudes), only google and Facebook would censor that. But if I could, they would definitely be diverse. 

Rose McGowan Blasts Hollywood Fakery

I haven’t always agreed with McGowan, but this time I’m leaning in her direction. I also like the fact that she’s not afraid to voice her opinion about anything…in spite of the consequences. McGowan is going up against a lot of “old boy” power here. 

Actress Rose McGowan said Sunday that it was “Hollywood fakery” for actors to wear black to the Golden Globes as a way to protest sexual misconduct. 
McGowan, an actress and activist who has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her, criticized the awards show in an impassioned Twitter exchange with Asia Argento, another alleged Weinstein victim.
You can read more here. It’s going to take a lot more than wearing black dresses to put an end to the kind of sexual harassment both women AND men have been dealing with in Hollywood.
Why Barbara Meier Didn’t Wear Black
Barbara Meier didn’t wear black to the Golden Globes and she’s been taking heat for not following the proverbial herd. But she explains it here. I don’t know a lot about rape culture, but I do know you never blame the woman (or man) for what they wear. 
 “A lot of women will wear black tonight to support the Time‘s Up movement. I think this is a great and extremely important initiative! Nevertheless, I decided to wear a colorful dress tonight,” she wrote. “If we want this to be the Golden Globes of the strong women who stand up for their rights, I think, it’s the wrong way not to wear any sexy clothes anymore or let people take away our joy of showing our personality through fashion.”
Good for her. Here’s the rest.  

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 Said With Care

A PG Rated Gay Romance

Facebook Censors and Bans More Gay Content; Court Rules Against Oregon Bakers: Gay Wedding Cake; Gay Magazine Mailed Without Second Cover

Facebook Censors And Bans More Gay Content

Most people don’t realize that Facebook has a long history of doing things like this. You have to understand that there’s nothing democratic about Facebook…or any social media for that matter. They all censor and they all pick and choose the content they want to show. Social media is not about free speech, it’s more about free enterprise. And once you learn that you’ll never have a problem with social media again…or, you’ll have fewer problems. You can never be totally sure. 
Earlier this month, 32-year-old Fan wrote an essay for Vice China about his experience participating in a kink.com adult film shoot back in 2013. Much to his surprise, the article actually made it through China’s heavily monitored, uber-strict media censors. Then, much to his shock, the article was quickly yanked down by Facebook.


Court Rules Against Oregon Bakers: Gay Wedding Cake

This isn’t about how you feel, or your emotions, or even what you believe. This ruling sets a standard for future cases like this that could involve anyone. Who knows? Maybe one day a lesbian baker will refuse to bake a cake for a devout Christian. Although I’ve never seen that kind of hate happen, it’s still a possibility. If  a lesbian discriminates against a Christian, I’ll be the first to support the Christian. 
For me it’s about discrimination, plain and simple.For me, this isn’t about religion or sexuality or free speech. This is about people in business offering services to the public and not discriminating against anyone. No one should walk into any business anywhere and suffer any kind of discrimination. 
I believe in the process, and the court ruled this way on purpose…
The Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a $135,000 fine against two Christian bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
The case began back in January 2013, when Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the since-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery just outside Portland, Oregon, cited their religious beliefs when declining to make a wedding cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer.

Gay Magazine Mailed Without Second Cover
This is also why I’m happy with the court ruling above. Not too long ago gay magazines were sent out with second covers that hid the gay content. 
“For many years, our readers wanted privacy,” explained Phelps. “Sure, cost came into it, but we polled our readers in April, and asked the question [about removing the second cover]. A majority of readers said absolutely – it’s a waste of plastic.
“People just aren’t as concerned about their privacy in terms of their sexual orientation as they once were,” Phelps continued. “They actually would prefer it that way.”
You can check that out here. It’s an older piece, but I wanted to post about it to show the many ways gay people have had to deal with discrimination and how they’ve had to protect their privacy. No one is more guarded than a gay person. Yes, even today. 
The Projector by Ryan Field
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A PG Rated Gay Romance

You Could Lose These Internet Rights; Brian Singer Fired From Queen Biopic; Two Men Tortured For Having Gay Sex; Gay Teenager Strangled

You Could Lose These Internet Rights

I’ve been working on the Internet since the late 90s and I’ve seen a lot happen. But nothing that’s ever been this scary.

Net neutrality–or the idea that the internet should be free and open–is circling the drain. The FCC is planning to repeal the 2015 law that banned blocking, throttling, or fast-laning web content. But what, exactly, are the implications of doing so? 

Here’s one thing that could change.

Essentially, internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T want the government to deregulate the internet so they can make more advantageous business decisions. 

I highly urge you to pay attention to this.  Frankly, though, I’m not even sure this can be avoided.

Brian Singer Fired From Queen Biopic

In pop culture news, this is turning into a huge mess. And the project itself sounds so promising.

“Bryan Singer is no longer the director of Bohemian Rhapsody,” the studio said Monday in a statement.
The decision reflected an escalating clash between Singer and actor Rami Malek and was caused by the helmer being missing from the set, necessitating the Dec. 

Here’s more.

Two Men Tortured For Having Gay Sex

Whenever straight people ask me why I don’t care about certain issues, this is the kind of example I give them. For most LGBT people out there in other parts of the world, nothing is safe.

According to various reports, two men in Uzbekistan were arrested and tortured for having gay sex in their own home.

Police claim that the men, each in their 20s, will face three years in prison for “engaging in illegal sexual relations”.

Here’s the rest. What truly worries me are the things we DON’T hear about.

Gay Teenager Strangled

Here’s another example of what gay people still face. This is about a 19 year old who fell victim to anti-gay bullies in London. And I always think of London as safe. So this could happen anywhere.

A police spokesperson said: “They demanded the victim apologize for being gay which eventually the victim did as he was struggling to breathe.

There’s more here.

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A PG Rated Gay Romance

Harsh Kevin Spacey Coming Out Memes; Jason Dottley On Hollywood Sex Abuse; Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham’s Wedding Video

Harsh Kevin Spacey Coming Out Memes

I get a lot of letters from gay men who are still in the closet, and they are in the closet for valid reasons. They find my books or this web site, and they contact me in private. Most live in small towns where there’s still a huge gay stigma, and some live in parts of the world where coming out could get them killed…literally killed. I correspond regularly with a closeted gay Amish man (one of the nicest people I have ever met) who has lived his life married to a woman and he has children. He’s lived a good life and a productive life. I think there are some valid reasons why people don’t come out of the closet. And I never judge.

But I do find this Hollywood hypocrisy thing confusing. There are gay men in Hollywood who came out in their private lives years ago, but they remain in the closet because they believe it might hurt their careers. Well, it might hurt their careers…I’m not sure about that. But I am sure they live in this privileged world where hypocrisy is a way of life. These are ambitious people who will stop at nothing to get what they want while the closeted gay guys who really can’t come out at all suffer in private and the brave gay men in Hollywood like Colton Haynes deal with the career issues alone. So I have very little tolerance for that kind of Hollywood hypocrisy…the kind where a gay man is open to all his friends and family, but remains in the closet so he can get the next movie deal or sign the next contract. That’s not fair to everyone else. Plus, it only continues to promote the shame that’s always been associated with being gay.

With all that said, Kevin Spacey has faced more than his fair share of backlash recently thanks to his unusual attempt at coming out. Under any circumstances this coming out announcement is not a huge surprise, but these are some really powerful circumstances. They are alleged circumstances that make this entire Hollywood sex abuse scandal even worse.

In case you haven’t heard yet: On Sunday, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making untoward sexual advances on him when he was just 14 years old. Spacey was 26. In response, Spacey issued a hasty statement saying he was drunk at the time and didn’t remember the alleged incident… Then he came out as gay. Surprise!

Here’s what Spacey said…

In my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.

First and foremost you don’t choose to be gay. I didn’t choose to be gay, and neither did my Amish friend who’s still living in the closet. People are born gay. Spacey just chose to pretend to be straight all those years. There’s a difference.  

You can read the rest here. There are comments. Of course there’s the usual victim blaming and shaming.  

Jason Dottley On Hollywood Sex Abuse With Men

I had a feeling we’d be hearing more about this sex abuse scandal in Hollywood. Jason Dottley was part of the Sordid Lives cast a few years ago, and now he’s speaking up.

On Monday, the 36-year-old entertainer posted a lengthy Facebook status update alleging widespread sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of industry professionals when he was a teenager trying to make it as an actor.

There’s more, plus the full statement, here. 

Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham’s Wedding Video

On a more positive note, which I think most people need nowadays, here are some great wedding images that were taken in Palm Springs at Haynes and Leatham’s wedding. It’s actually a video.

The below video will allow you to gently re-enter polite society, firm in the confidence that you’re up to date on every breath Haynes has taken in the last 72 hours. We did this for you.

Here’s more. Even though the comments are a little cruel, I think it’s adorable and I’m still shocked this is now possible for gay men to do…get married. I hope it’s a long and happy marriage.  

Someone said they’re going to hyphenate their names.  

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Kendle’s Fire
A PG Rated Gay Romance


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Gay Men Going To the Far Right In Germany; Gay Men Afraid To Hold Hands In Public; Louise L. Hay, Gay Men, AIDS, and "Kitsch Spirituality"

Gay Men Going To the Far Right In Germany

Here’s a piece about something that’s been going on in Germany that rarely makes headlines in the US, not even in LGBT presses.

It’s about two gay men who suffered a violent attack that has changed everything about them…right down to their core beliefs.

Police identified the attackers as two locally known Muslim extremists. They were never arrested and later fled to Syria. After demanding answers from local prosecutors and the mayor’s office and not getting a response, Karsten turned to Germany’s far right party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD).
“I don’t like everything they say,” Karsten says, “but this is too dangerous for gay people to live openly here, if we get attacked like that. We need a party that’s talking openly about this.”
Gay Men Afraid To Hold Hands In Public
This is happening in the UK, but I think it could probably happen anywhere. There was a survey taken and more than half the gay men in Britain feel unsafe holding hands in public. And it gets into other hate crimes with other groups that fall under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. 
Stonewall said the UK had much to do before all LGBT people “can feel safe, included and free to be themselves”.
While hate crime was more effectively recorded than in the past, the charity said there had undoubtedly been “a genuine increase” in incidents since its last major survey in 2013.
Louise L. Hay, Gay Men, AIDS, and “Kitsch Spirituality”
This is actually a difficult one for me because I did follow a lot of the principles and techniques of Louise Hay, and I never knew any of this.  But I followed Hay in a very general sense, and at the time I was very, very young and I wasn’t as heavily invested as some people were. 
Evidently, now that she’s dead people are speaking up about Hay and how she affected a generation of men. 
Many AIDS survivors and caregivers have testified to the tragic personal cost of Hay’s philosophy, and what some have called her brutal dismissal of actual people with AIDS, including the poor and people of color, as well as her willingness to profit personally through the pain of the sick, the psychically unsettled, and the terminally ill. Activist and filmmaker Peter Fitzgerald saw Hay in action with his desperately ill comrades. After her death he said,  “I understand that she providedd hope at very dark times to a great many people, I also know all too well that her clay feet were deeply mired in the guilt of being an AIDS profiteer, a disloyal friend and purveyor of false hope. Namaste, bitch.”
It’s a long piece, that you can find here at this link. They refer to Hays and what she taught as “kitsch spirituality.” I really don’t know enough about it to make any specific comments.   
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Not All Gay Books Have Sex
In Their Prime by Ryan Field





LGBTQ People and Mental Health Issues; Russell Tovey and the Femme Controversy; The Vatican On Gay Priests

LGBTQ People and Mental Health Issues

Here’s an interesting piece that explores whether or not LGBTQ people deal with more mental health issues than straight people.

A sweeping new study by the National Alliance on Mental Illness indicates that people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender are three times as likely to suffer from certain mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

I think there’s definitely something to this. We grow up repressing so many emotions that straight people take for granted there has to be some repercussion.

But, we’re strong, too. You can read the rest here. 

 Stepbrothers In the Attic by Ryan Field

Russell Tovey and the Femme Controversy

I must have missed this one totally. I don’t remember it happening, but I could be wrong. 

Last year, the actor ruffled feathers by saying he was grateful for all the childhood bullying that cured him of being “really effeminate.”

He recently made this comment…

Things come out the way you don’t intend them to. It was a very upsetting time for me. … I learned from it and I’ve grown from it. … I’ve found you’ve just got to be true to yourself, be a good person and the work should speak for itself.”

You can read the rest here.

The comments are mixed. Evidently, a lot of people saw this. This is a tricky one because, of course, there’s nothing wrong with effeminate men…gay or straight. The problem is what society expects ALL men to be. And frankly, I think that’s changing for ALL men…gay and straight.

The Vatican On Gay Priests

Don’t laugh (or cry) too hard when you read this one.

For the record, The Vatican still doesn’t think those of us with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” or people who “support the so-called ‘gay culture’” should be priests.

A new statement reiterates the ban on gay priests that’s been in place since 2005, stating that those who “practice homosexuality” will not be welcomed into the priesthood.

There’s a quote from the Vatican that goes into more detail. You can check that out here.

I think we should tell them it’s already too late to enforce this one.   I’ve already posted about the two gay priests I once knew, here.  

A Christmas Carl Print/Paperback; Defying Gay Stereotypes; Queerty Writer Doesn’t Like TROLLS or Butthurt??

A Christmas Carl Print/Paperback

Twenty years ago when my stories first started showing up in gay anthologies by gay presses like Alyson Publications, I used to get excited whenever my author copies came in the mail.

And now, after over one hundred digital releases, I have to admit that I’m still just as thrilled as I was back then when I opened the mailbox this weekend and found my author copies in print.

This time it’s even better because I did it without a publisher. Many of you may not know that even though all of my Ravenous Romance novels were released as both e-books and print, I never once received an author copy of a print book from Ravenous Romance. They just didn’t do that. If I wanted a copy of a Ravenous Romance book that I authored, I was told that I had to order it and pay for it myself.

So I never bothered. I did receive digital author copies, and that was exciting, too. But there’s something about seeing these books in print that’s hard to describe. And I’m not going to go back to reading print books for personal pleasure, not ever. I love my digital library. But the print books give me something tangible. I guess some old habits just can’t be broken.

In any event, here’s where you can find A Christmas Carl now as an e-book or as a paperback.

Defying Gay Stereotypes

Here are a series of memes with quotes by gay men who are defying the stereotypes we see all too often.

I like this one:

I’m a gay police officer. I don’t do anything sexy like use handcuffs in bedroom, nor have I ever seduced a straight man. My job is really normal and I like it that way.

I like the other quotes, too. Many of them seem to want to bring home the point that gay men don’t always have women friends…because they have so little in common with straight women. But there is one thing in particular I didn’t find here that I think has become a very serious stereotype. This concept…this rule…that all gay men have to follow the same brand of politics. And that simply just isn’t so.

They didn’t mention the “gay icon” stereotype either, which is always something that’s passed me by.  Not every gay man loves Cher, Bette Midler, or any of the others.

The other issue I have is that just because something is a stereotype doesn’t make it wrong…or even bad. I think the main focus is that gay men are highly diverse. 

You can check them all out here. 

Queerty Writer Doesn’t Like TROLLS or Butthurt?

This is rich. It’s an article about butthurt from a writer with a gay press who would probably be the first to scream free speech if anyone tried to silence his personal views.

I once saw an exchange on a small personal blog where someone commented and disagreed with the author of the blog post…a gay author. The author of the post RAN to social media, posted there was a TROLL commenting on his post, and his minions followed him back there with popcorn. 

The only problem is that I was there watching this entire exchange, silently, too. I didn’t see a troll anywhere. I saw someone commenting who didn’t agree with a highly charged topic and he or she was expressing a different POV. The gay author of the post didn’t like this and neither did his minions. They went after this alleged “troll” in such a vicious way the person commenting finally gave up and moved on. And this so-called “troll” was making a perfectly valid point without getting offensive or abusive. The gay author and his minions, however, were actually behaving more like trolls than the person they were calling a “troll.”

There’s a huge difference between an Internet troll and someone with a different opinion. The word troll, like the word bully, is highly overused in most cases. Unfortunately, the distinction isn’t pointed out in this particular butthurt piece.

This is the overall tone coming from the author…

The troll is lurking in the shadows, more than happy to tell you your child is ugly, your haircut looks terrible, and your version of “Defying Gravity” never got off the ground. 

You can read it in full here.

Once again, butthurt at its best from someone too special to take criticism.


If you think I sound a little too cold-hearted about this, think again. I’ve been subjected to every single ounce of criticism and opinion there is online as an author and I’ve never once complained butthurt in all the time I’ve been doing it. So I have very little sympathy when I hear someone else do it. 


I think many of the comments on this one agree with me. I highly suggest checking them out. 

Fangsters: Book 2

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Ryan Field Print Books;Ben Cohen’s Big Bear Hug; Bette Midler Shade Toss for Caitlyn Jenner; Jake Gyllenhaal and Gay Marriage

Ryan Field Print Books

Here are more books I just released in paperback. For those who don’t read e-books, this is an alternative. I’m actually excited to see how the covers look in paperback. I’ve never really seen these books other than in digital format.

Chase of a Dream (unabridged) This was the book where I released two versions, one with sex scenes and the other without. Both books are identical and I only had to remove 7,000 words to make it pg rated. I did self-censor this book on purpose, but I put up both versions. The covers are identical but it’s clearly marked which is abridged and which isn’t.

Amazon 

Create Space

Chase of a Dream (abridged) Here’s the version without sex scenes.

Amazon

Create Space 

Chase of a Christmas Dream is another book in the Chase series.

Amazon

Create Space 

Please keep in mind that the Create Space links are accurate, but sometimes it takes time for Amazon to put things up and if you don’t see it there are this very moment, you will very soon.   

Ben Cohen’s Big Bear Hug

This is one of those multi-photo pieces where the well known post things on social media. I like them, and some of the photos are interesting. It’s mindless entertainment…and harmless.

You don’t really need a quote.

You’ll like some of them. I work a lot and don’t always have time to keep up with what’s happening in pop culture and these little things to me are like a crash course in who’s who.

Bette Midler Shade Toss for Caitlyn Jenner

First Bette/Britt Midler goes after Justin Bieber in a tweet that came out of nowhere and was totally unprovoked by Bieber. Say what you will about Justin, but he really didn’t do anything to warrant Bette/Britt Midler’s Twitter attack. And, she went after his DAD. Who does that?

And now this:

And now her attention has moved to a subject that many seem to be thinking but few are will to say: Caitlyn Jenner and her inexplicable Republican values.

Someone should tell her.

Bette/Britt should stick to singing and mind her own damn business when it comes to what someone else believes in politically. It’s just none of her business.

You do get the right to believe in whatever you want to believe in the US.  You don’t get the right to tell anyone else what to believe in, or to question their beliefs. You don’t have to agree with them, but there’s this word called tolerance that those on the far left and the far right really need to learn more about.

You can read the rest here. 

You can also read Bette/Britt’s nasty tweet there as well. I’m not going to bother quoting her here.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Gay Marriage

This is interesting because it’s a quote by Jake Gyllenhaal on how he thinks the movie, Brokeback Mountain, helped push equality forward…in a general sense.

I think it is changing… and it’s pretty amazing how it’s changing. And one of the things that I’m so proud about [Brokeback Mountain is that], within the past basically 10 years, how much has changed.
 
When the Supreme Court [issued a ruling] just a little while ago, I felt like we had been part, a little part and parcel of that movement. I was proud, you know? To me that’s really a pretty incredible moment. We had to wait a little while for it. But when will it be OK for an actor to be gay? I mean, it’s OK now.

Heath was always somebody who I admired. He was way beyond his years as a human, in a way. I wasn’t quite sure where he came from. I mean, I know he’s from Perth, but I wasn’t really quite sure where he came from, and I think that’s the feeling most people got when they were around him and why he was so extraordinary.”
 
I actually do agree with Gyllenhaal. Even though I would never minimize all the hard work that went on behind the scenes with court cases and constant, endless battles for equality that most straight people don’t know about, little films from the straight community like Brokeback Mountain did help when it came to educating the mainstream. It brought the topic up front and out in the open for the first time while everything else was going on behind the scenes and while all the hard work for real equality was actually being done.

You can check that out here.  

Fangsters: Book 2


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Gay Romance Parody The Way We ALMOST Were: Oh Hubbell, Oh Hubbell

Gay Romance Parody The Way We ALMOST Were: Oh Hubbell, Oh Hubbell

I have a book coming out next week sometime (don’t have the exact date yet, but I’ll post it soon) that’s a ridiculous, hopefully funny, sometimes tender, and a parody of the old movie The Way We Were. 

I stuck to the basic storyline. How could I not stick to that mush and write a parody? But I also made a few highly significant changes that I thought worked better for a gay book with gay content. In other words, I made it gay, I made is sexy, and I made it what I hope will be something readers will enjoy. And, of course, I gave it a happy ending. Because all romance has a happy ending…even a parody of romance. 

I’m really not parodying romance in general; just this particular story that is so straight and so heteronormative I couldn’t resist. However, oddly, it worked with gay characters, too…with the changes I had to make.

And I’m not being shy about this one. It’s parody. I repeat: it’s parody. It’s not serious romance and I’m not laughing at romance either. I’m laughing with it, because yes, sometimes romance and erotic romance is funny, too. A snarky book reviewer once taught me that and I never forgot it. She had a vicious, sarcastic way of reviewing romance she didn’t like that left me crying in the end.

Will this win a Pulitzer? Dear God I hope not. The best I can hope for is that it might piss Barbra Streisand off a little. I only want to make a few people smile, and make a few people wonder what it would have been like if good old Hubbell Gardner had been gay.

Raw Excerpt Before Edits…because it’s easier to copy and paste this than a PDF:


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It was a warm Friday afternoon in June. The sidewalks of Times Square were jammed with pedestrians, the street was filled with traffic, and the director was waiting for Acer to get out of the limo and finish the final scene of a new episode of The Naughty Boiz. The director was also the star, the producer, and the creator of the show, Mikey Phoenix. And The Naughty Boiz was a syndicated half hour television show about idiotic young guys with too much testosterone, doing stupid pranks and trying to pull off lame stunts in public. Mikey Phoenix had hired Acer in the first season for small stunts, back when no one thought a show like this would ever become a hit series. And Acer had taken the job because he’d needed fast money. But as the show gained ratings beyond what anyone ever could have predicted, Acer’s small stunts and pranks became so popular with viewers he’d practically become the star of the show. People couldn’t wait to see his next stupid prank.
            Acer kicked off his shoes, removed his socks, and pulled down his pants. While he was pulling his white T-shirt off, there was a knock on the limousine window and Mikey Phoenix opened the back door. “Are you almost ready, Buddy?” Mikey asked. “After this one scene, we’ll wrap up for the day.”
            Acer covered the middle of his body with the T-shirt. He lowered his eyebrows and said, “Close the door. I don’t want anyone looking in.” He wasn’t completely nude. He was wearing the same sheer leopard thong he always wore during his ridiculous stunts. “I’ll be ready in a minute.” He and Mikey were also best friends, but Acer didn’t want anyone on the street looking into the car.
            Mikey rubbed his jaw and laughed. “Don’t get all upset,” he said. “No one can see inside except me. Besides, the entire world is going to be seeing you like this on television. What’s the big deal?”
            “It’s different,” Acer said. Mikey was a typical straight guy; he never understood these things. “When I’m doing a scene, I’m working and no one can see my face. I’m in character: I’m not me anymore.” He felt as if he’d explained this a thousand times to Mikey. Other than the sheer leopard thong, Acer always wore a pair of heavy black boots and a black ski mask. The public never saw his face and they had no idea about his true identity. When he’d taken the job with Mikey Phoenix four years earlier, he’d thought it would only be temporary; just something to hold him over until he landed a real job as a journalist. He’d never dreamed that he’d wind up becoming famous and making tons of money for doing stupid pranks on television in a thong. Acer and Mikey had become instant millionaires, thanks to The Naughty Boiz. And the press was always trying to find out Acer’s real identity.
            “I’ll wait for you outside,” Mikey said. Before he closed the door, he looked inside and said, “Hey, if anyone even tried to get into this car, I’d kick the shit out of them. You know I’m always watching out for you, buddy.”
            Acer looked up and smiled. “Yes, I do,” he said. “Thanks.” What else could he say? He knew Mikey meant well. Mikey was a strong, good-looking alpha male and he felt an obligation to watch out for his gay buddy. Acer didn’t need anyone to watch out for him. But Mikey was a nice guy and his best friend, Acer didn’t want to hurt his feelings.  
            When Mikey shut the door, Acer reached down to put on his black boots. He was doing a skateboard scene that afternoon, with another actor, where he would be skating through Times Square, up a wooden ramp, and over a pretzel vendor. They were racing; the city had been notified and a section of the street had already been roped off. If they didn’t make it over the pretzel vendor, they would both wind up falling into a vat of yellow mustard, together. Mikey was also in this scene acting as the announcer, to set the scene up for viewers. And the pretzel vendor was a paid actor. Acer had already planned on falling into the vat of yellow mustard. He’d always been athletic and he was excellent on skateboards. He knew how to ride a skateboard well enough to do the jump without falling into the mustard. But that wouldn’t have been funny.
            In the past four years, Acer had made an art out of looking like an absolute fool. And he’d been paid well to do it. He’d wrestled alligators, teased sharks, and ridden elephant trunks. Even though Mikey was a straight guy, and the viewing audience was geared toward a straight audience, The Naughty Boizproduced strong homoerotic stunts that people seemed to love. The episode where he’d wrestled in quick sand with another actor, wearing nothing but his leopard thong, had been one of the highest rated shows they’d ever done. And once, they’d fastened water balloons to Acer and another good looking actor and made them bump into each other until all the balloons had popped and their almost naked bodies were saturated with water. The entire public, including gay and straight viewers, seemed to love watching straight guys play gay chicken, and they couldn’t wait to see how far Mikey Phoenix would go.
            When the black boots were tied, Acer pulled the black ski mask over his head and stepped out of the limo. People walking down the street knew who he was. They stared at his naked body; one young guy carrying a small poodle almost tripped on the sidewalk; two middle aged women murmured something to each other and leered at his ass. Acer’s attractive body was thin, with long, lean muscles and rugged ridges of bone. The lines where muscle connected to bone were well defined, because he didn’t have an ounce of fat. He was naturally smooth, and he shaved off the small amount of body hair he had on his legs and crotch. The two most pronounced sections of his body were between his legs: he filled the leopard thong with a floppy eight inch dick and his solid round buttocks resembled two smooth, perfect melons. Most of the people who sent fan mail to the show commented on Acer’s spectacular ass.  
            Acer crossed to the front of the limo where the crew and the other actor were waiting for him. As long as the ski mask was over his face, he didn’t feel self-conscious. He adjusted the sliver rings in his nipples fast. He’d had his nipples pierced a month earlier and they had become highly sensitive. If he didn’t adjust them, he started to get an erection. Getting his sensual nipples pierced hadn’t been his idea. Mikey had wanted him to get a few tattoos, because he thought it would make him look wild and kinky. But Acer had rejected the tattoo idea. He didn’t want anything as permanent as a tattoo attached to his body. So when Mikey suggested that he get his nipples pierced instead, he reluctantly agreed. If he got tired of having pierced nipples, he could always remove the silver rings and the holes would eventually close up.
The other actor doing the stunt, a semi-regular on the show, was wearing pale blue boxer shorts. He was an average looking straight guy type, with a blank expression and a hairy chest. He had a stocky body and fuzzy legs; he looked like a weekend baseball player from the suburbs that’d had too many beers and pizzas since high school. Mikey knew what he was doing, and hiring this average looking actor had not been an accident. Whenever Mikey put smooth, slim Acer in a stunt scene with a stocky, hairy guy, the audience sent tons of fan mail begging for more.
When Acer reached the crew, he saw a large machine with a long black hose next to the pretzel vendor. He looked down and said, “What’s this?”
“It’s just a prop,” Mikey said. “Don’t worry about it.”   
            Then Mikey handed them both skateboards and said, “We should be able to get this in one take. You guys know what to do.”
            The stocky actor smiled and punched Acer in the arm. “You ready, Dude?”
            Acer nodded and said, “Here we go.” He’d worked with this actor in the past. He looked straight, but he was really gay. And Acer knew that he could depend on him for support. When he was doing stunts like this, trusting the other actor was important.
            Mikey grabbed the stocky actor’s arm and said, “Just make sure you fall into the vat of mustard first, and then let Acer fall on top of you. And when he falls on you, make sure you accidentally grab his ass a few times. Do it on purpose, feel him up a little, but make it look like an accident. And make it look like you’re a straight dude totally freaked out because you just grabbed another straight dude’s bare ass.”
            The stocky actor nodded yes and followed Acer to the end of the block.
            It took a while to get everything set up just right. Acer stretched and prepared for the scene as if he were about to enter a boxing rink. A crowd had formed in the street by then; Acer concentrated only on the stunt he was about to perform. If they didn’t get this perfect on the first take, they’d have to clean up and start all over again.
When Mikey stood on his mark and shouted, “Action,” and they started shooting the scene, Acer went into character. He bobbed up and down for a few minutes, joking around with the other actor, acting as if he’d just returned from a drunken frat house party. His goal was too look as stupid as possible, and to show that he was willing to do any prank they dared him to do.
            Mikey began to explain the scene with his deep announcer’s voice. Acer and the actor mounted the skateboards and started racing toward the wooden ramp in front of the pretzel vendor. They remained at an equal distance until the last minute, when Acer slowed down on purpose. When they reached the vendor, he ducked and they rolled up the ramp. The stocky guy gained a three foot lead on Acer, made the leap first, and fell into the middle of the vat of mustard.
            A second later, with a large group of people watching everything on the street, Acer was soaring over the pretzel vendor and into the vat of mustard. The stocky actor was covered with yellow goop from head to toe. When Acer landed next to him, he wrapped his arms around the guy’s shoulders and his smooth legs around the guy’s waist. The camera followed them; they got a good shot of the stocky guy placing his hand on Acer’s ass. It looked accidental and innocent. The actor shouted, “Dude, this is too gay. Get the fuck off me.” Then he pushed Acer back into the mustard. The people on the street watching the scene laughed. Acer and the actor pretended they couldn’t get their balance in the vat of mustard and continued groping each other by accident. 
            When the scene was almost over, a couple of assistants ran to the mustard vat and helped Acer and the actor climb out. When they were on the sidewalk, covered in yellow mustard from head to toe, Mikey ran over and shouted, “Okay guys, hose them down now.”

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