Category: Jussie Smollett’s Family’s Statement; New York’s 2 Competing Pride Parades This Year; RIP:Drag Performer Hattie Hathaway Passes; Ryan Field Gay Romance Novels;

Jussie Smollett’s Family’s Statement; New York’s 2 Competing Pride Parades This Year; RIP: Drag Performer Hattie Hathaway Passes

Jussie Smollett’s Family’s Statement

As far as I know, the investigation with regard to the Jussie Smollett attack in Chicago is still underway, and his family released a statement today.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack. We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice. Our family thanks everyone for their prayers and the huge amount of love he has received.

It’s a long, heart-wrenching statement, and you can read the rest of it, here.

New York’s 2 Competing Pride Parades This Year

This is pretty big news, especially because this is the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall riots. A grassroots organization called the Reclaim Pride Coalition (RPC) filed for a permit in NY to host a pride parade that’s totally separate from the traditional pride parade that’s always been hosted by the more commercial, political, corporate focused Heritage of Pride.

“Eschewing the corporate-saturated, highly policed nature of recent parades, the March is a truly grassroots action that mobilizes the community to address the many social and political battles that continue to be fought locally, nationally, and globally,” 

Here’s a link to read more. I support RPC completely. There’s been an ongoing discussion about how pride events have changed over the years, and not always for the positive. 

RIP: Drag Performer Hattie Hathaway Passes

I don’t know anything about Hattie Hathaway, aka, Brian Butterick, but apparently Hathaway was a highly well known figure in the East Village of NY.

Beyond making a name as a drag queen, Butterick was also a musician and performer, poet, and club runner.
Butterick worked at the likes of Mudd Club, Mother, and Pyramid. The latter was a prominent queer cabaret and nightclub, of which Butterick eventually became the creative director.
Here’s a link. There are a lot more details. Butterick was only 62. 

Fresh Release

Sleepless In San Francisco

Sleepless in San Francisco by [Field, Ryan ]

Reader Reviews:

 I read a lot of Ryan’s books, but really loved this one. The main character reminded me of someone… read it and see.

A PG Rated Gay Romance

Ramon Canyon by [Field, Ryan]
Blissfully Yours

Kendle’s Fire

A PG Rated Gay Romance 

Not All Gay Books Have Sex

In Their Prime by Ryan Field