Loving Daylight by Ryan Field

Mormon Church Donates to LGBT Charity; George Takei Denies He’s Racist

Mormon Church Donates to LGBT Charity

This is encouraging. The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints donated $2,500 to an LGBT homeless and youth center.

This represents a first step in building relations between the Mormon church and the gay community: the Church supported Proposition 8, the 2008 legislation to ban gay marriage in California. It was ruled unconstitutional.

The Utah Pride Centre provides food and counseling to around 40 homeless LGBTI people a week, as well as sex-safe kits and mental health support services.

‘We are grateful for their generosity and the emerging relationship’ Kent Frogley said, the chairman of the centre’s board of directors.

You can read the rest here. I hope this kind of thing continues.

George Takei Denies He’s Racist

You know, sometimes, for some reason, some people get a voice and I have no idea why they get that voice. I’m not saying I don’t like George Tekei. I just don’t “get” why whatever he says is so important. He’s not someone who has much influence over my life. 

This week Takei  made a highly questionable comment about Justice Thomas that made me look twice.

And now Takei is claiming he’s not a racist. 

The gay Star Trek actor and activist angered some when he delivered a stern rebuke to the African American judge after he voted against same-sex marriage in the Supreme Court ruling.

Thomas denied that same-sex couples who were unable to get married were ‘deprived of their liberty and dignity’.

‘Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved,’ he said in his dissent. ‘Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them…The government cannot bestow dignity and it cannot take it away.’

Takei, who was a survivor of a Japanese internment camp, reacted angrily to Thomas’ dissent.

‘He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry,’ Takei told KSAZ-TV.


The rest is here. This kind of thing makes me so uncomfortable I hate to even comment with one more word. I just hope I never say anything as stupid as what Takei said.

Loving Daylight

 

A PG rated Mainstream Romance

 

Blake Skjellerup’s Hawaiian Wedding; Gay Pride Meme Outrage; Magic Mike Shocker from Sam Kalidi

Blake Skjellerup’s Hawaiian Wedding

One of the things I enjoy about LGBT news lately are the names I see of people I never heard of and know absolutely nothing about. Blake Skjellerup is one of those names, and his husband, Saul Carrasco, is another.

Evidently, BS is an Olympic skater and SC is a designer. From what it sounds like here they made all of their wedding plans in public, on instagram, and they finally settled on Hawaii.

There’s a question and answer and this is an excerpt:

Was the timing influenced by the Supreme Court’s decision about marriage equality?

No, I can’t say it was. We live in New York where Marriage Equality has existed for some time now, and I am from New Zealand where marriage equality passed into law back in 2013. Getting married is important to us, and we are very grateful to those that have fought so hard for us to have the freedom.

You can read the rest here. Not sure if they’ll be posting honeymoon updates on social media. But I would assume that’s next. It’s seems to be the trend with some people.

Gay Pride Meme Outrage

I posted about this on social media and I received more than a few interesting comments…many from gay men. Some were on the fence about it, others supported it, and some were not so thrilled about it.

With this photo, I think it’s important to understand that it’s not a new image. It was done about ten years ago.

This is from the photographer:

When I took this picture almost ten years ago, it never, never occurred to me that it would someday come to symbolize the victory we are celebrating today. Congratulations to all of us! Love to you all.

You can read the rest here. For me it’s a part of gay culture that symbolizes many things, among them equality for the men and women who served in the military that were gay.

Magic Mike Shocker from Sam Kalidi

Sam Kalidi is a comedian I’ve posted about here before. I follow him on Twitter and I never know what to expect. In some cases I can’t even retweet, even though I think the tweet is hysterical. He can get away with some things that I could never think about getting away with. 

Kalidi put together a meme which is a parody of the new Magic Mike sequel.

Editor’s note: We’ve asked online comedian, voice actor and chest hair model Sam Kalidi to create a new meme each week for Queerty readers. This week he looks forward to the continuation of a certain stripper movie franchise. Sam looks forward to all your hate mail.

You can check that out here. The comments, as you would imagine, are mixed and range from people complaining about fat-shaming to praise. Once again, a PERFECT example of how some people don’t understand parody.

Loving Daylight

 

A PG rated Mainstream Romance
 

 
 

Ann Coulter and John Cloud; Christian Goes Berserk Over Marriage; Miss USA Pageant Loses Openly Gay Host

Ann Coulter and John Cloud

For those of you who do follow politics, which I normally don’t deal with here on the blog, there’s an interesting piece in Salon that talks about Ann Coulter’s “fall from grace” and it mentions a Time Magazine article that focused on Coulter, by John Cloud. Coulter is a conservative right wing pundit. I’m not sure exactly what Cloud is.

While the Time story gave Coulter cover for her noxious commentary, it caused John Cloud a world of hurt from critics who weren’t as impressed with his light treatment of his subject. Media critic Brendan Nyhan wrote:

After working on Spinsanity for more than three years, I’ve seen a lot of bad political journalism. But John Cloud’s article about Ann Coulter in Time still shocked me (note: it’s not online yet for non-subscribers, unfortunately). It manages to bring together everything that’s wrong with contemporary political coverage: the obsession with being counter-intuitive; the pervasive unwillingness to check facts; and the focus on “fairness” and “balance” rather than critical reporting. A non-journalist might ask an obvious question: Why write a cover article about Ann Coulter in the first place? It’s widely understood that she’s a shrill, destructive demagogue. But to Cloud the distaste that both liberals and conservatives show for her is “suspicious”:

I never took Ann Coulter seriously. Who does? And I actually stopped reading Time Magazine altogether because of John Cloud.

You can read the rest here. And here’s more about the John Cloud piece
  

Christian Goes Berserk Over Marriage

Here’s a link to a piece where a Christian extremist recorded herself ranting about legalized same sex marriage. I can’t imagine putting anything like this up, in public, for the world to see. But there you are.

“This is a really sad day for me,” Rommel begins. “Everything that God created his church to be — as man as woman — Adam and Eve — Five justices decided that God was wrong!”

What then follows are four and a half hilarious tear-filled minutes of regurgitated Fox News propaganda and a nonsense prayer about America’s decidedly secular founding fathers.

“God did not change! His word is truth!” Rommel sobs. “And God says that marriage is between a man and a woman! … I don’t care what you think. I don’t care what you think about my opinion because, you know what? I could really care less!”

Well.

You can read more here. My only comment is that I’d like to clarify that it’s not just Fox news putting a spin on things. They are all doing it, especially CNN.  Unfortunately, in order to be well informed nowadays you have to read beyond what’s in the mainstream media, including the article to which I just linked. 

Miss USA Pageant Loses Openly Gay Host

Miss USA host, openly gay Thomas Roberts, is backing out of hosting the show for reasons that seem to be related to Donald Trump.

The host of MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts was to have returned for the second year and be teamed with Cheryl Burke of NBC’s I Can Do That for the 12 July event.

Both are now out following NBC’s decision to sever business ties with pageant owner Donald Trump. Trump has been under fire since making highly controversial comments about Mexican immigration when announcing his presidential bid.

To be honest, I have no idea who Thomas Roberts is because I don’t watch MSNBC at all anymore, and I never followed “Miss” pageants of any kind.

But it is interesting to note this…how Roberts got the job hosting Miss USA.

The newsman had lobbied for the job back in 2013 when Miss Universe was held in Moscow. Original hosts Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic had dropped out because of an anti-gay propaganda law passed in Russia earlier that year.

I just find it interesting the way some people choose their convictions the way most of us choose our socks. 

Of course things in Russia have only grown worse for LGBT people since 2013 so I guess that excuse for showing Russia gay people from the US didn’t work out after all. I’m with Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic on this one. They did the right thing.


You can read more of this here. 

Loving Daylight
 
A PG rated Mainstream Romance
 
 

Rainbow Colored Garden Lamps a Hoax? Small Towns Celebrate Gay Marriage; Loving Daylight by Ryan Field

Rainbow Colored Garden Lamps a Hoax?

This is fascinating to me because I often refrain from comment whenever I see a new crowdfunding campaign that I think might be questionable. I don’t say anything but I see it happen time and again everywhere. This year I even saw an attorney who owns a book review blog get sued for a blog post she wrote, people started a crowdfunding campaign for her legal defense, and it turned out she had been horribly deceiving her readership with a pen name and fake identity all along. I think that shady, shifty campaign made over sixty thousand dollars so far, AND, the attorney who is being sued is still blogging and there are actually people who are taking her seriously. It’s mind blowing when you think about it.

There doesn’t seem to be a limit as to where nice people will donate money. And that’s what bothers me the most. People donate with the best of intentions.

In any event, it looks as if the Rainbow Garden story about the woman in Baltimore might be a hoax, too. I posted about her here. It was being dubbed “The Relentlessly Gay Garden” at the time I posted about it.

And now this:

Suspicions were raised when people noticed that both Baker and the letter she allegedly received displayed the same improper use of capitalization. The letter incorrectly capitalizes words such as “others,” “children,” “police” and “forced.” Meanwhile, Baker’s GoFundMe page incorrectly capitalizes words such as “home” and “relent.” A closer look at Baker’s Facebook page found that this seems to be a habit of hers, and that there are similar capitalization and grammatical problems in her rants criticizing right-wing Christians for their stances on marriage and abortion.

There’s more here. She allegedly told police that she can’t find the letter anymore. Check out her photo, too.

I’m going to refrain from commenting on this one, too, until I know more about it. 

Small Towns Celebrate Gay Marriage

I saw a lot of this on my local news the night SCOTUS ruled on same sex marriage. There was even a rally in downtown New Hope, PA, where I live. Of course New Hope is a known tourist destination on the east coast and also known for a large LGBT population. However, I really never did think I’d live to see a rally on Main Street celebrating legalized same sex marriage. 

It’s happening in other towns, too:

There’s nothing truly remarkable about DJ Payne and Lance Harrison’s decision to get married. The Petersburg, VA couple has been together for 16 loving years, so when same-sex marriage became legal in Virginia, the choice was simple.

But what they never could have expected was the outpouring of support they felt from their town of 32,400 people.

You can read more and check out photos here.

Loving Daylight by Ryan Field

About five years ago I was asked to write a novel for a romance collection that would be featured on The Home Shopping Network. The one catch was that I had to write the novel in three weeks. I almost turned it down, however, the publisher convinced me to do it and I agreed. I have never worked so intensely on anything in my life, but I’m glad I did it.

I recently had the rights reverted back to me and I’m releasing it now through Ryan Field Press. This is one of those reasons why I wanted to go indie for some things in the first place. I knew that one day there would come a time when I had to re-release my own fiction.

Loving Daylight is a mainstream contemporary hetero romance, a paranormal, with a small gay subplot. I wanted to start writing books like this, where I incorporate gay characters into mainstream novels. And this book gave me a chance to prove that I could do it. At the time, I used a female pen name for The Home Shopping Network for reasons I’d rather not get into in this post. But if you notice I only posted about it a few times here on the blog. I never spent much time at all promoting it anywhere.

It’s also a PG rated romance, without any explicit sex scenes, and runs 60,000 words. 

In any event, here’s the blurb and a few links, and it will bein iTunes and Kobo, too:

Avenir LaFramboise, a powerful one hundred and one year old vampire who looks like he’s in his early twenties, travels back to the place where he was born, Glendale Harbor, Maine, on Mt. Desert Island. He’s curious about a beautiful young woman named Sienna, the great-granddaughter of his first love. But he soon discovers that even though they look identical, their personalities are very different. Sienna is strong and independent and brave, and it doesn’t take long for him to fall deeply in love with her.

At first, Sienna isn’t interested in Avenir’s rugged good looks or his endless supply of money. She’s too busy holding down two full time jobs, saving money for law school, and supporting her ailing, former-hippie grandmother in a nursing home. Even though Sienna came from one of the wealthiest families in town, she was left with nothing when her mother died without a legal last will and testament.


Avenir eventually wins Sienna’s trust and they embark on a quest to uncover a valuable hidden painting, her mother’s last will and testament, and the truth behind her mother’s violent, untimely death. They do this with the help of an aggressive ghost, a remarkable little white kitten named Latte, and Avenir’s extraordinary vampire skills. The ending is as shocking as the events leading up to it. And though none of their lives will ever be the same again, dignity, honor and true everlasting love prove to be much stronger than the evil forces they’ve been fighting. 

Loving Daylight
Featured In a Romance Collection On the Home Shopping Network