Category: George Clooney On Boycotting Hotels Over Brunei Anti-Gay Death Laws; Mayor Pete Buttigieg Talks About Growing Up Gay; How to Pronounce Buttigieg; Ramon Canyon by Ryan Field

George Clooney On Boycotting Hotels Over Brunei Anti-Gay Death Laws; Mayor Pete Buttigieg Talks About Growing Up Gay; How To Pronounce Buttigieg; Ramon Canyon by Ryan Field

George Clooney On Boycotting Hotels Over Brunei Anti-Gay Death Laws

I was talking about this the other day with someone, and I was wondering what happened to the original boycott. I know I posted about this story back in 2014. The owner of specific Los Angeles hotels is allegedly responsible for some of the worst anti-gay death laws in the world. So when I saw this about George Clooney trending everywhere today I had to post something.

In a guest column for Deadline, Clooney writes about how Brunei, a tiny monarchy rich with oil, on April 3 “will begin stoning and whipping to death any of its citizens that are proved to be gay,” in accordance with a new law. The man behind the anti-gay law in the Southeast Asian country? The Sultan of Brunei, who owns Dorchester Collection hotel group, which owns properties including The Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel.

You can read it in full, here.  Clooney made some excellent points.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Talks About Growing Up Gay

As Pete Buttigieg moves forward in his quest for the presidency, I’m seeing more articles and comments about him everywhere. He seems to be gaining that proverbial momentum and I hope it continues. I think if he were to be the Democratic candidate it would make for an interesting election year. 

In this Mother Jones article he talks about growing up gay in Indiana. I don’t think there’s a gay person on the planet who cannot relate to this. 

“You think there’s something wrong with you,” Buttigieg says of being in the closet in high school. The 37-year-old mayor stands out for being the first openly gay man to run for president from a major party—his husband is a fun Twitter follow

Here’s the rest of the piece, and there’s a video. If you haven’t seen Buttigieg in action you really should take the time to do it now. There’s something different about him in a good way. And it’s not just because he’s gay. He reminds me of a good common sense Democrat, the kind we haven’t seen for a very long time. People who read this blog know that I rarely get political and I never make political comments unless I truly believe in something, or someone. 

How To Pronounce Buttigieg

I think a lot of people are wondering about this. I’ve heard Pete Buttigieg’s name mispronounced so many times I can’t even count them. So this article should clear things up. 

• Boot-a-judge
• Buddha-judge

Reader Reviews for Sleepless In San Francisco

“I loved the romance between Ed and Jonathan. Noah was adorable. All the supporting characters added so much to the richness of the storybook romance.”
“I read a lot of Ryan’s books, but really loved this one. The main character reminded me of someone… read it and see.”
“All the supporting characters added so much to the richness of the storybook romance. I’ll even admit that though most books in this genre may bring a smile to my face; they seldom bring tears. This one got me at the end. I would desperately like a second chapter to see where they go from here.”

Sleepless in San Francisco by [Field, Ryan ]

A Gay Western Romance
When Flynn had to leave Ramon Canyon 10 years earlier at the age of 18, he never thought he would return. He’d been caught in the act on his hands and knees with another cowboy his age by the town’s worst gossip, Sally May Johansson, and he knew he couldn’t remain there. So he set off without looking back, and found other places in the world where he could live his life and build his fortune. But no matter where he went he never stopped thinking about Ramon Canyon, and the young man named Jasper with whom he’d been in love. 

Eventually, he wound up in Europe with other like-minded people who understood him, where he amassed a great fortune and educated himself with the finer things in life. He told himself he’d never return to Ramon Canyon again, but then he ran into an old family friend who told him what had happened to his family and the ranch where he’d grown up. And that’s when he knew he had to return for his revenge. 

After a 10 year absence, most people thought Flynn was dead. But that didn’t stop him from riding through Ramon Canyon with his head high and his shoulders square. He realized how much he missed Ramon Canyon, and now that he had money, a purpose, and goals he didn’t have to run anymore. The timing was perfect and they needed him as much as he needed to be there. The only thing that was missing was the love of his life, and Flynn wasn’t sure he’d ever figure that out. However, he still had a few unexpected surprises coming his way.

Ramon Canyon by [Field, Ryan]