Category: gay sex

Gay Marriage vs Straight Marriage; SFW Gay Adult Films; #Grindrfails

Gay Marriage Vs Straight Marriage

Of course, this is sarcasm, and you’ll need a sense of humor. But I figured I’d better mention that just to be safe.

It talks about the differences between gay marriage and straight marriage. 

Stay as traditional as you want or think out of the box. Our role models for what same-sex marriage looks like are few and far between. For this reason we can do whatever we want at our weddings. If we want to have chiseled men in shorty-shorts serving body shots it’s totally okay. Have troupe of your favorite drag queens entertain with Liza’s finest or Judy’s best is completely acceptable.

You can read the rest here.

In reality, marriage is marriage and there’s really not that much of a difference at all between straight and gay marriages, from what I’ve seen. 

SFW Gay Adult Films

I’m not so sure about this one, but it’s interesting. And they say it’s SFW.

Through the power of creative editing, gay porn is given a whole new cultural light in the below video thats been spreading across the web like wildfire.

You can check this one out here, with an example.

#Grindrfails

There’s really not much news out there right now, and I’m not posting about politics. So here’s what you’re not supposed to do when you go to hook up apps like Grindr and Scruff. If you’re like me and you know nothing about hook up apps, you’ll find it especially amusing.

To help you make the most of your Independence Day, we’ve once again compiled examples of things you should never say to someone you’re hoping to bump uglies with.

You can check this out here. It’s a series of texts. 

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The Arrangement

Steve Grand Is Perfect; Jerusalem Pride Stabbing; Gay Sex, UK Prime Minister, and KGB Agents

Steve Grand Is Perfect

Well I’m sure Steve Grand’s not perfect. No one is perfect. Not even me. However, I wanted to post something about this because I see it happen all the time with gay artists of any kind and I’ve stopped linking to web sites like Queerty because of it… unless I’m looking for pure clickbait. 

This article I’m linking to is interesting because I think of Steve Grand as the talented young openly gay artist I wish I’d seen around twenty years ago in the 90’s. He’s the ultimate inspiration. When I discuss him with other gay men we all agree that he’s one of the best we’ve seen in ages. I have never once heard a negative comment about him. He’s almost too good to be true, and I’m not talking about his looks. I’m talking about his music, the way he’s worked so hard to get where he is, and how he continues to move forward all the time. So I completely agree with him in this case…on every single count. 

Steve Grand wants us all to know he’s more than just a guy in a skimpy bathing suit.

He sings, writes songs, is good to his fans, is a staunch LGBTI activist and ‘a colorful, complex, deeply flawed, ever-evolving young man.’

Grand, who gained Internet fame when his video All-American Boy went viral, has been all over gay sites in recent days – including Gay Star News – because of an interview he did with Underwearnewsbriefs.com in which he defended his wearing of bikini briefs.

But he’s not happy about all the fuss over his skivvies.

‘I usually let things like this pass without speaking up about it. For two years I’ve trudged through it all with a smile, so hopefully I’ll get a pass for speaking up on my behalf this time,’ he wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday (29 July) evening.

‘It would be nice if any other aspect of my life/work as an artist/advocate got a fraction of the press I get for wearing a bathing suit by gay media.

You can read the rest here. Of course they try to explain themselves, because I’m linking to the gay clickbait media and they need butter for their bread. I don’t mind clickbait. I love it sometimes. I understand how important it is to gain a readership through clickbait. But all the time is getting really tired for me with gay presses. And I think Steve Grand deserves a little more respect than what he’s been getting. 

Jerusalem Pride Stabbing

I hate to be a downer on a Friday, but this is distressing. Six people were reported stabbed at Jerusalem Pride.

The incident happened on the corners of Sokolov and Keren Hayesod streets, with the victims evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Hadassah University Medical Center in the capital’s Ein Kerem neighborhood.

The attacker is allegedly an ultra-orthadox, so once again religion and violence go hand in hand against gays.

The rest is here.  

Gay Sex, UK Prime Minister, and KGB Agents

This sounds like something from General Hospital back in the day.  UK Prime Minister David Cameron was under the impression that KGB agents tried to recruit him when he was 19 years old, but the story gets more involved.

He first told the story in 2006 on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

‘I traveled on the Trans-Siberian railway… and then met a great friend in Moscow,’ he said. ‘We went down to the Black Sea and were on the beach in Yalta.

‘These two Russians who spoke perfect English sort of turned up on the beach, which was mainly reserved for foreign tourists, and took us out to dinner, and interrogated us in a very friendly way about life in England and politics.’

But it turns out it wasn’t KGB agents, Russian author Gennay Solokov claims secret service sources have told him that there was no bid to recruit Cameron. And in fact, they were just a couple of gay men looking for sex.

There’s more here. There’s just something about the whole thing that leaves me wondering…

But what a great story line for a gay romance.

The Rainbow Detective Agency

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Four books in One


 

Gay Tricking and Leaving Gracefully; Gay Men And Straight Women Debacle; Top Jock This Year

Gay Tricking and Leaving Gracefully

I’ll admit a lot has changed for gay men in the past decade. There’s been a great deal of assimilation thanks to TV shows like Modern Family and aggressive gay personalities like Neil Patrick Harris who will do anything for attention and money. The gay bar is practically dead, and the gay ghetto is a place where only people over a certain age go to live…and that’s even changing. And there’s nothing wrong with all of this, not by a long shot. However, the one thing that hasn’t changed is that gay men cruise, they still pick up tricks, they still have one night stands, and they take off as soon as the sex is over. Thank you very much; I’ll call you sometime.

This article talks about how to make a graceful exit after one of those one night stands with a trick you hardly remember. In some cases I would imagine it’s the old one hour stand.

Ah, the blacked-out one night stand — a rite of passage for any self-disrespecting gay man with a penchant for destructive behavior. It’s the kind of story that kills it in the dorm cafeteria between rounds of everlasting pizza dipped in ranch, but as you get older and the story stays the same, it starts to sound a lot less cute.

There’s more here, with a video from Go-Go Boy Interrupted. I thought it was funny and it’s refreshing to see things like this that break the stereotypes everyone’s always seen on TV shows like Sex and the City. It’s also refreshing to see more gay men being represented in different ways.

Gay Men and Straight Women Friends Debacle

I want to begin this part of the post by stating I’ve always had many different types of friends. Straight women and straight men, lesbians and gay men. My friends vary in age, too. And to be honest, like most gay men, I never gave this next topic much thought. But when I saw this post today I couldn’t just ignore it. I even left my own comment at the bottom and I rarely ever do that. It just bothered me so much because it’s so wrong on so many levels. It’s not only insulting to women and gay men, it perpetuates the worst stereotypes for both.

First, the title of the post reads this way:  Why Gay Men and Straight Women Make The Best of Friends: 4 Great Reasons. The title alone screams UGH! And then the article goes into why, according to this guy, gay men and straight women are best friends.

Get this crap:

You see, the trusted “gay best friend” helps offset the frustration of navigating a world of bitchy girls and bozo boys, and of course we empathize with your raging, mood-swingy hormones, too. (Well, everything except those menstrual cycles. We’re not quite sure what to do with those even though we have our own version of them). So, why is a gay guy a great friend to have around? For several reasons: 

We Admire and Adore You
Let’s start with a confession … we gay men/boys dig you girls way more then we let on. We’re actually kind of jealous of you. Not because you get all the great fashion. Our jealousy comes from the fact that your feminine energy has a way of making the male species become putty in your hands. True, we can do that, too, just not as well as you can. And, we watch you a lot. We’re dying to learn all your tricks for manipulating guys into doing anything you want. (Of course, let’s be truthful girls, manipulation shouldn’t be something we’re proud of unless it means manipulating a better deal on a pair of shoes … right?)

I’ve read a lot of douchebaggery and WTF-ery in my day. I’ve seen more than my fair share of insulting discussions about gay men on book blogs that focus on romance. But this one makes the top ten of all time. “Raging, mood-swingy hormones?” “We’re dying to learn all your tricks” And that’s just a tip of what this douchecanoe, Rick Clemons, wrote on the topic of gay men and straight women.

I suggest you read it all just for the sake of seeing how the wrong people get pubbed over at Huff Po sometimes. I just hope younger gay men don’t take any of this seriously. They make us all look like a freak show. I could post pages about how wrong this is, and talk about how it insults women and promotes passive aggressive homophobia by objectifying gay men and turning them into pet poodles. But when I read the other comments I could see that sometimes it’s just best to keep it all plain and simple…here’s one comment:
  
 Wrong. Sorry, just wrong on so many levels.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to run over to my best girlfriend’s house to braid her hair while we talk about Debbie Macomber books and cry. NOT

Top Jock This Year

This article is commenting on how gays are making headway in sports and equality…even though Michael Sam is still having his issues. There’s a list of the most popular who made headlines. And you can vote for whomever your personal favorite might be. I’m leaning toward a few I won’t mention aloud. But one of them has always been someone I admired…Billy Bean.

Is it former major league outfielder Billy Bean, who was appointed by Major League Baseball this year to level the playing field for gay players, baseball personnel and fans?

Is it Chris Kluwe, the non-gay punter and advocate who exposed the homophobia of his former team, the Minnesota Vikings?

The courageous Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL?

Here’s a link to the article, where there’s another link to vote. I think you can vote every day until 11/2/14.

Ring My Bells by Ryan Field



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Dog Meat Festival; Power Bottoms; Gay Bachelors People Magazine; Cage James by Ryan Field Free Excerpt

Dog Meat Festival

Please keep in mind this is a cultural piece, and the video with the link is going to disturb you. I couldn’t finish watching it. I thought I could take a lot. But I just couldn’t watch. It’s a piece about a different kind of activism we rarely hear about in the US. It’s animal activism that many are starting to take more seriously in places like Yulin, China, where there’s an annual dog and cat meat festival. I’m posting about it because I have two new releases coming out soon and one, Cage James, deals with a very delusional character who dines on exotic meats. I didn’t use dog meat in my story for obvious reasons, but I found it interesting while doing research that so many exotic meats are perfectly legal in the US. And even those that are not legal can often be purchased for the right price.

As I said, this is cultural and animal activists in China are working to change it:

Dozens of journalists, filmmakers and photographers have come to the city in China’s southeast Guangxi province to document an event that lies at the center of a battle between deeply-ingrained tradition and the encroachment of the modern world. Activists say dogs are part of the daily diet here, with an estimated 10,000 dogs killed for the festival alone.
 
Ask a local when the tradition of eating dog meat began and you’ll likely be met with a dumbfounded expression — it is akin to asking someone when people started eating beef. For many in the city, eating dog meat is a hard habit to break, despite changing attitudes about the treatment of animals in China.
 
You can read more here. And please be advised that video will be disturbing to most westerners. I’ll post more about Cage James and the character who eats exotic meats in my story below.
 
Power Bottoms
 
Once again, here’s another piece I found interesting about sex, erotica, romance, and gay power bottoming. I’ve mentioned this in erotic m/m romance from time to time, but never in detail. I just assume that all readers know what a power bottom is, but I’ve received e-mails from some who aren’t quite sure.
 
I think this is probably one of the easiest and most comprehensive articles I’ve read on the topic, and also with regard to many references made that ring true. It mentions size queens, straight men who enjoy bottoming with their girlfriends, and power and control. What is a power bottom? Here’s how this piece answers it:
 
In gay sexuality terms, a “bottom” is understood to be the male partner who is on the receptive end of anal intercourse and enjoys being penetrated. A “power bottom” could be defined as a bottom who has a strong enthusiasm and drive for engaging in long sessions of anal penetrative sex, whether as an extended single encounter with no interruption of being “topped”, or having the desire and ability to engage in multiple instances of anal sex over a long period of time within a sexual episode. A man who can accommodate penile thrusting for long periods without stopping and shows exuberance, lack of inhibition, and active participation in the sexual encounter are characterized as “power bottoms.” Many tops (the penetrator) who have endurance and enjoy long sessions of anal intercourse commonly complain about bottoms who have to terminate penetration because of discomfort, pain, or exhaustion. Conversely, power bottoms can also be discontented with a top who ejaculates too quickly during sex and halts the sexual encounter before he has been thoroughly satisfied.
 
In some instances I’ve found that power bottoms can take on multiple tops, and their own climax is not usually something they care about. The experience of taking on these top men IS the sexual satisfaction for them. Climax in the traditional sense is not the most important thing and many prefer unreciprocated sex in that respect.
 
You can read more here. It’s a detailed account with some excellent examples. I personally like this one:
 
Gay men love penises of all shapes and sizes and despite the stereotypes about “bigger is better”, many men find these phalluses difficult to accommodate and less pleasurable than an average-to-smaller sized member. Others love the feeling of being “filled” and “stuffed” by an over-sized appendage.
 
And there you are. The next time you find yourself in a discussion about gay men, sex, romance, and bottoming you’ll know most of what you really need to know.
 
Side note: I also think there are “power tops.” Even though we don’t hear the term often I once knew a gay couple where the top in the relationship was so enthusiastic about sex with his partner he would top for hours while the bottom just watched TV. That really is a true story, and I’m sure it’s not unique.
 
Gay Bachelors People Magazine
 
I’m glad this is starting to happen. For a long time it wasn’t even a topic of discussion. But now people are questioning why People Magazine just listed famous eligible bachelors and there isn’t one gay man on the list. Ricky Martin is single. Where’s his name?
 
A wet and sexy Joe Manganiello on the cover of this week’s People Magazine assured that its annual Hollywood’s Hottest Bachelor issue would enjoy huge sales.
 
In addition to three shirtless photos in a four-page spread of the True Blood stars, the issue also features large sexy photos of such hunks as Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, and Scott Eastwood.
 
All are straight.
 
Well, as far as we know they are all straight. One big reason there aren’t more gay bachelors is because so many famous men are still in the closet.
 
 
Cage James by Ryan Field Free Excerpt
 
As mentioned above, Cage James is an indie book I’ll be releasing at the end of this month. My other new release, Small Town Romance Writer, will be out this week and I’d like to focus on that because it’s 110,000 words and the final book in the bad boy billionaire series. I actually submitted that one a year ago and it’s finally coming out now. I’ve been rethinking release dates and how far apart to separate them.
 
In any event, Cage James is a quirky erotic romantic suspense book that’s set in San Francisco and revolves around a dysfunctional relationship between an opportunistic gay male stripper and a sheltered young millionaire who eats nothing but the most expensive exotic meat money can buy. Here’s a short excerpt from one of the dining experiences in the book that makes one character cringe a little.
 
 
 
As Sam crossed to the other end of the table Forna entered the room pulling a cart.  He set a fresh plate of raw ground beef and a cup of tea in front of Sam and said, “Here you go, Mr.  Sam.”
“I think you should start calling me Mr.  James,” Sam said.  He sent Cage a smile.  “I’m thinking of taking Cage’s last name as my married name once Cage and I are married.”
This was news to Cage.  He hadn’t even thought that far in advance.
Forna made a face.  “I’m going to call you what I’ve been calling you since you were born until you get married.”  He sent Cage a dirty look and pulled the cart to his end of the table.
Sam took a big mouthful of raw meat and swallowed without chewing it completely.  “It’s all up in the air right now, Forna.  There’s no need to get nervous about it.  We still have to work that out.  Cage might take my last name, Woodard.  Or we might even hyphenate both of our names.  So calm yourself, my dear.”
“I’m not nervous about anything,” Forna said, as he set a plate of raw ground beef and a cup of coffee in front of Cage.  He turned back toward the kitchen and spoke in a low mumble.  “It doesn’t matter to me what you call yourself.  I’m only the hired help around here.  You want to marry a man you just met that’s fine with me.  You can call yourself Miss Dee Meanor for all I care.”
Cage glanced down at the raw meat and pressed his palm to his stomach.
Sam swallowed another big forkful of meat and said, “Don’t pay attention to Forna.  Miss Dee Meanor was a drag performer he once knew.  He’ll get used to you, Babydoll.  He’s just not used to sharing me.  It’s only been Forna and me for a long time. I think he gets jealous of you sometimes.”
“I understand,” Cage said, trying to figure out how he would deal with this raw meat in front of him.  Since he’d met Sam and moved into the mansion he’d been introduced to a lot of peculiar foods that came from all over the world.  He didn’t mind the snake meat, or bear testicles because they’d been sautéed in garlic butter.  But he’d never been fond of raw meat, especially when it was this red.
Sam noticed he wasn’t eating.  “Is anything wrong?”
“This is raw.”
“It’s the best raw elephant meat money can buy,” Sam said.  “It’s good for you.”
Elephant meat?”
Sam laughed.  “I’m only joking.  I would never eat elephant.  It’s only bison.  And it really is good for you…like snake meat and bison testicles.  Raw bison testicles are excellent for the blood, and taste wonderful with ranch dressing.”  Sam took another forkful and swallowed.  With a trickle of blood dripping down the side of his face he said, “I love exotic meat.  I have a few huge freezers in the basement devoted to nothing but exotic meats from all over the world.  And, there’s a butcher block down there, too, with a high tech grinder for the best and freshest ground meat.  I pay this one butcher very well to wrap and package the freshest kills as soon as they are delivered.  This meat is actually kind of tame, at least compared to the other meats down there.”
Cage gulped.  He didn’t know there were whole freezers full of that shit.  The thought of eating bison testicles and ranch dressing for the rest of his life made his stomach jump.
“I think this particular bison is very tasty, especially raw.  It’s the only way to eat some exotic meat.”
“Then have mine,” Cage said.  “I not that hungry right now.  I insist.”
As he stood up to carry his plate to the other end of the table, Sam said, “No.  It’s all for you, Babydoll.  Now be a good boy and eat up.”
Cage glanced down at the raw meat and forced a smile.  The monkey glared at him from the buffet table, picked up a gold ceramic pear from a fruit bowl, and hurled it across the room.  Cage looked up just in time and ducked.  The ceramic pear hit the wall and shattered into a million pieces.
Instead of scolding the monkey, Sam turned in his direction and laughed.  “Now you be a good boy, Sweetness.  We’ll have no more of that.  Cage is your new gay daddy now and you be nice to him or no filet mignon for you tonight.”
Cage blinked. The monkey got filet and Cage got raw bison.  Something was seriously wrong with all this.  At least the monkey created a distraction that Cage needed.  While Sam was looking at the monkey and laughing, Cage dumped his entire portion of raw men into the napkin on his lap and shoved it into the bathrobe pocket.
 
 
 
 
 

Bears & Gay Oral Sex; OJ Simpson Pilots Are Transgender; Gay Father of the Bride; My Fair Laddie by Ryan Field

Bears & Gay Oral Sex

Evidently, bears enjoy fellatio…real live bears. Not bear as in “Bear Week” in Provincetown.

The pair of male brown bears (who were born in the wild, but were both orphaned as cubs and now live at a sanctuary in Croatia) were seen repeatedly engaging in “vigorous penile sucking” over a period covering six years between 2008 and 2013.

You can read more here. There is actually a scientific paper out on this.

I knew a very sexually aggressive and good looking Croatian guy once when I was single. He was six feet four, had dark hair, and hands the size of dinner plates. He couldn’t speak a word of English…other than the most common curse word we all know and love. I think I even wrote about him loosely in a book once, but I could be wrong about that. I dated him a few times and the language barrier never bother either of us. There wasn’t much time to talk about anything.

OJ Simpson Pilots Are Transgender

This is just about the best kind of trivia there is. I can still remember where I was and what I was doing on the night those helicopters were chasing OJ Simpson all over LA. Tony and I were in a local gay bar…The Raven…watching everything unfold on a TV over the bar. Who knew that all these years later I’d find out the pilots of those helicopters would one day be transgender women?

This is amazing because both pilots were rivals at the time of the OJ Simpson chase. They didn’t even like each other, and neither had a clue the other was transgender.

 They were two rivals who hated each other until about a year ago when after years of not seeing each other, they discovered that each was transgender and were now living life as women, according to the radio program Off-Ramp.

Tur, now called Zoey, says: ‘When you go through something like this, it’s like going to war. It’s very, very rough, and you need people out there who understand. (Vahle) was very understanding.’

Vahle, whose name is now Dana, still disputes Tur’s claim that he was first on the scene.

‘Everybody at my station feels very strongly that we were actually there before Bob Tur was there, which, of course, is something we all wanted to do in that market at that point,’ she said.

You can read more here. There’s a photo of them as women now.

Steve Martin: Gay Father of the Bride

Steven Martin recently said there are no plans to do a Gay Father of the Bride. But I find that interesting because of all the gay parodies and gay takes I’ve done in books with movie tie-ins. They actually asked me once to do a Gay Father of the Bride and we switched it to something else for reasons I don’t even recall.

Diane Keaton was expected to return as his wife Nina. The film was reported to focus on the couple’s son, originally played by Kieran Culkin, and his upcoming nuptials to another man.

The article actually states this:

It would have been the first entirely original movie in the series.

I always thought taking a standard hetero trope and giving it a gay spin was original. But more important, don’t gays deserve to read and watch these tropes as well?

My Fair Laddie

Speaking of old tropes with a gay spin, here’s some information about my book, My Fair Laddie. It is the classic Pygmalion storyline…but with all gay characters this time. If I ever get the rights back to this particular book I will put it up for free forever. The reviews are interesting. Just interesting. I couldn’t help get the feeling that because I changed such a classic well loved storyline into a gay parody I paid a price for it. It’s not as if that storyline has never been reinterpreted before. And I also have the feeling that the people who reviewed it poorly would be the two people who wouldn’t be watching the film version if Steve Martin ever decides to do that project.

In any event, I had fun writing it. And I do know from the e-mails I get a lot of people had as much fun reading it. And that’s what the book was all about: fun. I wasn’t going for the Lammie or a Pulitzer. The goal was to entertain.

Young Wilbur Munroe doesn’t know a soup spoon from a salad fork. And although he makes his living working as a manual laborer for wealthy people in Savannah, he dreams about a much better life than what he’s known.

Dr. Harlan Henderson is a world-famous teacher of applied linguistics. And in his spare time he enjoys the company of rough, working class bi-sexual men who never put emotional demands on him. At thirty-nine years old, the last thing he’s looking for is a life partner.

But when young Wilbur trips over an urn at one of Harlan’s infamous Savannah parties and spills his pomegranate martini on a Georgia senator, Harlan’s life changes forever. Though his first instinct is to fire Wilbur, he’s mesmerized by Wilbur’s wretched accent and his bold spirit.

When Wilbur returns the next day to ask Harlan to teach him to speak well and turn him into a perfect gentleman, Harlan is willing to take on the challenge. He moves Wilbur into his home, works with him night and day, and refuses to stop until he sees results.

Only he doesn’t notice Wilbur is falling in love with him. And by the time he does, it just might be too late…

Kramer vs Streisand; Hotel Asshat List; Modern Family Gay Wedding

Kramer vs Streisand

As the Memorial Day weekend air date for the film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play, The Normal Heart, approaches, Kramer has lashed out once again at Barbra Streisand. This time he’s alleging that Streisand finds gay sex “distasteful.”

“I said, ‘I really think it’s important that after eons of watching men and women make love in the movies, it’s time to see two men do so,’” the playwright and activist told The New York Times of his desire to see his 1985 autobiographical play brought to the big screen. “I bought [Barbara] a book of very beautiful art pictures of two men making love, and she found it very distasteful.”

The back story to all this is that Kramer wanted Streisand to adapt The Normal Heart into a film (for years) and she never did it. Evidently, he’s been holding a grudge for a long time. I’ve posted about it a few times, here.

Streisand has responded quietly and with professional dignity:

Streisand — who has long been a gay icon and gay rights advocate — responded to the Times story, saying her goal is “to promote the idea of everyone’s right to love. Gay or straight!”

“Larry was at the forefront of this battle and, God love him, he’s still fighting,” added Streisand, who for a time owned the rights to “The Normal Heart.” “But there’s no need to fight me by misrepresenting my feelings. As a filmmaker, I have always looked for new and exciting ways to do love scenes, whether they’re about heterosexuals or homosexuals. It’s a matter of taste, not gender. … I was trying to reach a large audience, and I wanted them to root for these two men to get married.”

Clearly, Streisand is not only a supporter of LGBTI people, but I would imagine very deeply involved for personal reasons. Her son is gay.

I would never wish for my son to be anything but what he is. He is bright, kind, sensitive, caring, and a very conscientious and good person. He is a very gifted actor and filmmaker. What more could a parent ask for in their child? I have been truly blessed. Most parents feel that their child is particularly special, and I am no different. I have a wonderful son. My only wish for my son, Jason, is that he continues to experience a rich life of love, happiness, joy, and fulfillment, both creatively and personally.

In any event, Ryan Murphy of Glee fame picked up the option and he’s done the HBO film adaptation that will air this weekend. According to this article, in true Murphy fashion, he gathered up all of Hollywood’s most beloved “icons” to star in the film. Originally, Alec Baldwin was set to be in it, too, but that changed fast. 

There’s also an e-mail exchange between Kramer and Streisand that was leaked, here at this web site.  This comment by Kramer is interesting.

“Overnight this is going in the press? This will make her mad. But she had every opportunity to make the movie. If she had made it in 1986, it would have been out there a long time ago, doing its job. But I always sensed there was something troubling her about the play that she wouldn’t put into words. I think, maybe, she was uncomfortable directing the sex stuff. We invited her to our opening night [of last year’s revival] in New York, but she never responded.”

If you do a simple search, you’ll find even more information about the vituperative attack Kramer has launched against Streisand in public. He makes the jaded politically incorrect expression “mean old queen” look tame in his quest for publicity and attention.

Side note: if anyone is looking for an excellent, comprehensive account of what it was like for people living with AIDS in the 1980’s, John Irving’s novel, In One Person, is the best I’ve ever read…and there’s nothing self-indulgent or insulting to many gay men about it. The details and research is astounding. It won a Lambda Award last year, and I’ve reviewed it. This link has all the information you’ll need to know.  If I were Streisand I’d go after the film rights on this one, make a feature, and flip the bird to Kramer when no one else is looking, with a great big smile.

Hotel Asshat List

Here’s an interesting article involving Twitter and asshats that go to hotels and complain about them on social media.

At the taping of yesterday’s Pando “webinar” I  asked founder Sam Shank outright: By any chance does Hotel Tonight keep a list of whiny Twitter assholes to ensure they get special treatment?

“It’s not a list of assholes,” Shank insisted, thus confirming that it absolutely is.

He wouldn’t tell me precisely how many people were on Hotel Tonight’s asshole list, although he would say it’s “a few hundred.” But again he insisted the assholes on it were referred to in the company as “influencers.”

“What kind of influencers?” I asked.

Shank hesitated. “Heads of state, Victoria’s Secret models, that kind of thing,” he lied.

This is proof that nothing we say or do anymore goes unnoticed. I keep a few asshat lists myself whenever I see something on social media.

You can read more here.

Modern Family Gay Wedding

The gay wedding between Mitch and Cam on Modern Family focused more on comedy than politics and emotion. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve read and heard a lot of positive things about it.

‘We want emotion we want to send a message but if it’s not funny then people are going to lose interest really fast,’ show creator Steve Levitan said at a party this week celebrating the episode. ‘I think its got an abundance of heart but I also think that it’s a really funny episode.’

Eric Stonestreet (Cam) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitch) play the grooms who have been together for several years already and are raising an adopted daughter who was introduced in the show’s first episode five years ago.

Stonestreet said at the party: ‘(Our) first and foremost goal is to make an audience laugh. (The fact) that we have these two characters on our show that also get to check in and be cultural touchstones for people who may have questions or may not know what a gay wedding might be – this TV show transcends that.’

I think he makes an excellent point. Many people still are so unfamiliar with gay marriage and gay weddings it’s important to show things like this to the mainstream. It’s relevant. And what better way than to do it with comedy?

There’s more here.

"Choose" to Publish? Pat Robertson on Gay Sex; Jim Davidson on Gay Marriage

Choose to Publish?

There’s a blog post up by a blogger I’ve never heard of until yesterday, Michael Bunker, who questions whether or not publishing the traditional way is a choice. I don’t have any strong opinions to offer about this topic because I’m not sure it’s worthy of a lengthy discussion. It’s an opinion piece and I’ve learned that unless I’m literally willing to die for a cause I don’t get into online discussions (or rants) with anyone. But I do think it’s interesting to see how some self-published writers view traditional publishing these days. In other words, I’m looking at this more from a historical POV with regard to publishing in a general sense instead of actually agreeing with (or endorsing) the blogger.

 Indie Michael would be sitting here today with a shitload of published titles (over thirteen titles) that sell well every day. This Indie Michael sold well over 30k books last year (probably around 35k, but I don’t have all the numbers yet.) He made enough to not have to go and get a regular job. At any one time he has over ten titles gracing about 15-30 category bestseller lists. He had three titles in the past year go up into the top 500 books sold on all of Amazon, and two that made it into the top 200. He has been interviewed dozens of times, and has readers waiting anxiously for his next release. You go Indie Michael!

You can read more here.

Once again, this is just for general information and I do not support or endorse anything associated with the link above.

And here’s a link to one of Michael Bunker’s books, Pennsylvania. The book was released in December. He has over 104 reviews as of this date, 92 of which are five star and 9 are four star. The book, from what I gather, is Amish science fiction.

I’ll have to mention this book to my Amish buddy I posted about a while back. We’re in daily communication to this day (he e-mails on the sly), and he might find this interesting. He wrote this guest post for me in 2012 and he’s taught me a great deal about Amish culture and the realities he faces all the time. He’s also disabused me of many misconceptions I once had about Amish culture.

Pat Robertson on Gay Sex

Why Pat Robertson would even comment on gay sex is amazing in itself because it’s basically a moot point where he’s concerned. Also not worthy of discussion either. But it’s also a little convoluted because Robertson claims it’s okay to be attracted to the same sex as long as you don’t act upon that attraction or desire.

‘But when you start having sex with that person…I don’t want to get graphic, that guy on Duck Dynasty got graphic and it got a little disgusting, but when you see what they do, it’s not very pretty.’

If you take anything out of context, especially anything sexual, straight or gay, it’s not very pretty and can often appear vulgar. I could give examples of hetero sex that’s just as repulsive to me as gay sex is to Robertson, but I think you get my point and I’d rather not “get” graphic.

You can read more here.

Jim Davidson on Gay Marriage

This article caught my eye because it’s not the usual thing you read. UK Celebrity Big Brother winner, Jim Davidson, who has been known to slam gays now says he supports gay marriage and he’s praising Scotland for legalizing it.

 ‘I think that’s very good. I shared a house with a gay man for a while and I also remember when one of my gay friends’ partners died a good few years back there were all sorts of problems with the will.

 ‘So of course gay people should be allowed to be married. It’s great. And why should straight people suffer on their own?’

It could have something to do with the overall shift in public opinion about same sex marriage. I’ve been seeing a lot of this kind of thing lately and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more in the future.

You can read the rest here. There’s a photo of Davidson. I’ve posted about the reality show, Big Brother, many times here on the blog with regard to racism, gay hate, and bigotry.