Gay Dancing on TV
This is interesting to me because I’m in the middle of working on a book where the topic of country western music comes up. In short, the characters talk about how there have never been any gay songs in any genre (not just country western), especially gay love songs. So my main character decides to parody the most popular country western songs by replacing feminine names and pronouns with masculine. Why not? It’s parody, it’s something gay people can enjoy for a change, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have our own music, too. If a song can be titled “When a Man Loves a Woman,” it can also be titled, “When a Man Loves a Man.” I know how hard Steve Grand has worked to raise money and promote his brand of gay country music. But not one big record company as far as I know has offered to take him on and fund him.
I do, however, think this will change and we will be listening to more gay music…where gay singers actually sing about loving men, not women…or the same for gay women singing love songs.
In any event, this article discusses a gay dance scene on the TV show, So You Think You Can Dance. It’s allegedly the first gay dance routine in all the years this show has been on the air. Is it the first time a gay guy has danced? I highly doubt that. It’s just the first time two gay men have danced together.
Although nothing was said about it on the air, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance on Wednesday (27 August) featured what is believed to be the first romantic same-sex routines in its 11-year history.
You can read the rest here, with images.
Gay Twins Come Out
This article talks about the gay gene and how being gay runs in families. I tend to agree with that. I have a gay brother and at least one gay nephew that I know about as if right now. I have a feeling there are more.
In any event, there is another set of twins making headlines lately, and mainly because they’re gay twins.
Gay Bath Houses Going Extinct
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never actually been to a bathhouse, but I’ve always been curious about them. I think they were the most popular a generation before me, back in the 1960’s and 70’s. I’ve always heard stories from older friends about how they used to go listen to Bette Midler singing in the gay bathhouses in New York before her career took off…the same for Barry Manilow. I think there are other entertainers of that generation who also got started in the bigger bathhouses.
But I digress. This article is talking about gay bathhouses becoming extinct. It’s interesting to post this right after a post about two gay men dancing on TV, because it shows how the times are changing. I’m not sure gay bathhouses will ever become completely extinct in our lifetimes, but at one time gay bars and bathhouses were the only places men could go to meet other men like themselves. It wasn’t always just about the sex, at least that’s what I’ve been told anyway.
Giovanni’s Room might be in the clear, but another group of gay institutions is in serious trouble. More and more bathhouses are switching off their “Open 24 Hours” signs and closing their steam room doors for good.
“The acceptance of gays has changed the whole world,” 75-year-old Dennis Holding, who own a small bathhouse Miami told the AP. “It’s taken away the need to sneak into back-alley places … Bathhouses were like dirty bookstores and parks: a venue to meet people. Today, you can go to the supermarket.”
He’s right about that. Last evening Tony and I stopped at the supermarket to pick up a prescription for the dog. I waited up front in the car while he went in. And while I waited there were more gay men coming and going than I could count. How did I know? Trust me, they let me know.
FREE Gay Excerpt: Cage James by Ryan Field
Here’s a free excerpt from Cage James. I’m posting the g-rated parts here on google blogger, but you’ll have to click the link to go to my Word Press blog to finish the excerpt because it’s NSFW. Once again, these excerpts are in raw version, and subject to edits. You can purchase the book here, on Amazon. Or other places where e-books are sold, like Smashwords and allromanceebooks.com