Your Just In Case Author Contact; Russia Fines Gay Activist; Russian Lawmaker Wants Gays to Leave; Gus Kenworthy On Coming Out

Your Just In Case Author Contact

In the past year I became friendly with another author by sheer coincidence. I read one of her books, she read one of mine, and we hit it off. It doesn’t happen often but when it does it’s nice. There was no nonsense in the background and we didn’t become pen pals where we exchanged all of our information. It was strictly a professional, online, friendship through social media where we talked about books, things we liked, and indie publishing.

In January this author posted something about having a slight stomach issue and I didn’t give it a second thought. However, since that post she completely disappeared from the Interwebs and I’ve been wondering what happened to her. So have other people. She’s a nice person; we like her. We’re genuinely concerned about her. The problem is she was known by a pen name and no one knows how to contact her privately in order to see if she’s okay.

I know that’s part of the territory when it comes to meeting people…and working with people…online. You get to know them, you like them, and sometimes they just vanish never to be heard from again. In most cases, they want it that way and you respect that. However, in this case, I just have this feeling the author I’m talking about wouldn’t want it that way. She loves her books, she loves indie publishing, she loves her publishers, and she works hard to promote herself online. So for her to just vanish doesn’t make sense.

And all I can assume is that she didn’t have a contact, just in case something happened. I’m talking about someone in her private life who can make a general announcement on social media explaining where she is and what happened to her. People have emergency surgery, they slip and fall, and people can be out of commission for a while in real life and we all know what happens to them. But when it’s someone online, especially an author with a fairly public profile, we don’t always know what happens. And that’s a shame. I think it’s a good idea, just in case, to have someone in your life who knows you and knows what you do so some kind of an announcement can be made if you wind up out of commission for whatever reason.

I have Tony, just in case something happens to me. I would hope that he would make some kind of announcement to readers, my publishers, and to anyone who might be interested either through this blog or through social media. I also know enough people online by now, who also know Tony, who would most likely contact him to find out if something was wrong…if I went missing. But I’m not the typical case. Not everyone uses their real name…for valid reasons…like I do and not everyone discloses as much as I do about my life. And they do have reasons for that. However, I think most people…and authors…would want some kind an announcement made just to let everyone know what’s going on.

So if you aren’t prepared just in case something happens to you, you might want to think about having some kind of author contact who can make some kind of announcement on social media, just in case you can’t do it yourself. 

Russia Fines Gay Activist

I’m no free speech expert, but I do know that in the US the government can’t penalize you for exercising your right to free speech. I don’t personally have to listen to you, or care about what you say. But the government is a different story.

In Russia a gay activist was fined by the government for giving advice to LGBTI teens on social media because he allegedly violated the “gay propaganda” law that made headlines not too long ago.

In one, he was trying to combat the myth that to be gay meant being evil, or wrong, or disgusting.

‘Children! To be gay means to be a person who is brave, strong and confident in themselves. A gay person has a sense of dignity and self-respect. A gay person loves someone of the same gender, and there is nothing wrong in that.’

You can read the rest here. They also closed down his group.

Russian Lawmaker Wants Gays To Leave

The anti-gay lawmaker in Russia who actually designed the “gay propaganda” laws now claims he wants a gay activist to leave the country.

Vitaly Milonov, the author of the ‘gay propaganda’ law, said he will pay out of his own expense a plane ticket to Switzerland for gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev.

Alekseev has several complaints lodged with the European Court of Human Rights over the banning of Pride and other public events for LGBTI people across Russia. 

He believes banning these events contradicts the constitution’s guarantee of freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. 

‘Get out of Russia,’ Milonov said on Russian News Service. ‘We do not need you in the country complaining.’

Here’s the rest.  I hate to comment on these things so I try to remain neutral. But Russia!!

Gus Kenworthy On Coming Out

Of course I think Gus Kenworthy can do no wrong, ever…on this planet or any other in the universe…however, this is really a great piece of advice. I hope that someday it’s a reality, too.

The 24-year-old, who won silver at the 2014 Winter Games, revealed that he was gay on the cover of ESPN magazine in October last year.

‘Someone coming out as gay shouldn’t be newsworthy. It shouldn’t be warranting a magazine cover or anything like that, which I had as my story for coming out,’ he told CNN.

‘I think down the line, it will make it so that it isn’t news. It doesn’t matter, so it doesn’t have to be something that’s a big announcement; just something that is what it is.’

You can read the rest here. 

He’s really very bright. 

The only problem is trying to explain this to LGBT people who have been in the closet for so long and who just don’t see a way out. And there are many. Unfortunately. 

A Guy With Two Penises

 This book had me with the title; it must be one of the most bizarre to be found on the Kindle marketplace. I must admit, the title didn’t really prepare me for the quality of the writing. I was expecting a bit of a comedy, and thought the quality of writing would be pretty average, but it was actually fast-paced, punchy, slick and insightful.I also loved the tongue-in-cheek comedy that appears throughout the book; the main character is called Proctor Gamble (I love it!).

You can check that out here.

Review For A Guy With Two Penises; Homophobia; Ted Cruz, Iowa; #TweetLikeAWhitePerson; Pastor Comes Out, Remains Married To A Woman

Homophobia, Ted Cruz, Iowa

I find this interesting because, as I recall, Iowa was one of the first states to legalize same sex marriage. I don’t have exact dates, but I do remember it was legal there before it was legal here in PA. I have an openly gay nephew living, and going to med school, in Iowa right now and I never heard him say anything about homophobia in Iowa.

In any event, here’s an article that touches on how homophobia may have played a part in Ted Cruz’s victory in Iowa this week. It’s all conjecture,  so keep that in mind.

The success of Ted Cruz was in keeping with the suspension of political rules this campaign season. By all accounts, Cruz was on a downward slide in the weeks leading up to the caucuses. Ostensibly, the reason for Cruz’s decline was related to questions whether he was allowed to become president, since he was born in Canada. That feeble argument allowed the GOP establishment to pile onto Cruz, whom is universally loathed by party leaders. Meanwhile, support for Donald Trump — at least in polls — was growing.

I’m still not so sure the being born in Canada thing with Cruz is a feeble argument. I don’t think any question about a political candidate is feeble. I remember being taught in school that you have to be a “natural” born citizen to become POTUS. “Natural” being the key word. And I’d like to see this matter put to rest for good so that if it ever comes up again it’s not an issue.

In any event, you can read more here.

I think a lot of things play a part in primary elections that I’d rather not get into in a a short blog post.


There’s a hashtag now, #TweetLikeAWhitePerson, that is allegedly focused on trying to “expose racism within the gay community.”

We’ve all seem them. Racist Scruff and Grindr profiles that say things like “No Asians” or “No Blacks” followed by hollow disclaimers like “Just my preference!” or “No racism intended.”

We get it. You can’t always control who you are attracted to. But you can control what you write on your profiles, and singling out entire swaths of people based exclusively on their race is, by definition, racial prejudice, even if you insist it isn’t. Look it up.

You won’t see me doing that on Twitter. And that’s because I think the entire concept of #TweetLikeAWhitePerson is both racist in itself, and highly insulting. And I think it’s time people started speaking up about all racism. I’m tired of racism. I hate racism in all forms. I think that’s a racist hashtag that does more harm than good.

You can read the rest here.  The comments seem to agree with me.

Pastor Comes Out, Remains Married To A Woman

I don’t find this all that unusual, and I “get” what they’re doing. A pastor in the Mennonite church came out as gay and he’s staying married to his wife of 20 years.

Mennonites are mostly old-fashioned, which is a nice way of saying bigoted and intolerant.

But that seems to be changing. One renegade Mennonite church in Canada even married a gay couple in 2015.

As for Pieter and his wife Susie, the two plan to stay married despite the revelation.

I know m/f married couples where one or the other is gay and they’ve all been happily married for a long time. In fact, I had this conversation recently with a reader who e-mails me all the time about his closeted situation and his wife. It’s an option that married couples can, and do, explore. Sometimes it works out.

You can read the rest here.

Review For A Guy With Two Penises

Here’s part of a 5 star review I noticed on Amazon, from a reader that I did not solicit, that made me smile. She got what I was doing and where I was going with this book. That makes it all worth while.

This book had me with the title; it must be one of the most bizarre to be found on the Kindle marketplace. I must admit, the title didn’t really prepare me for the quality of the writing. I was expecting a bit of a comedy, and thought the quality of writing would be pretty average, but it was actually fast-paced, punchy, slick and insightful.I also loved the tongue-in-cheek comedy that appears throughout the book; the main character is called Proctor Gamble (I love it!).

You can check that out here.


Scottish LGBTI Awards; Jindal Blocks Westboro; Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats; Review A Guy With Two Penises

Scottish LGBTI Awards

In case I never mentioned it, I link a lot to Gay Star News and I like the way they use LGBTI. The “I” means intersex. I welcome that addition and seriously praise it far more than that offensive “Q” word I see all the time.

In any event, for the first time ever there will be an awards event in Scotland for LGBTI people.

The very first Scottish LGBTI awards will take place on September 10, hosted by advocacy group Equality Network.

The awards will honour individuals and organizations who contributed to the progress and wellbeing of the LGBTI community over the last year.

This year is a historical one for progress in the country. In 1980 – 35 years ago – homosexuality was decriminalized in Scotland. It’s been 20 years since Scotland’s first Pride March.

Fifteen years have passed since Section 28, which raised the age of consent for gay people, was repealed.

You can read more here. In case you didn’t know, the national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. I only know that because it’s in my next book in The Rainbow Detective series, The Scottish Duke.

Jindal Blocks Westboro

The funerals for the victims of the Louisiana shootings will be held soon and Gov. Bobby Jindal had some interesting things to say to the Westboro Baptist Church.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is prepared to do everything in his power to block the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting the funerals of the victims in the last week’s Lafayette movie theater shooting.

According to The Hill, he issued an executive order yesterday (25 July).

‘In times of grief and mourning, the rule of law is especially important to protect the rights of citizens when they are most vulnerable, and any effort to disrupt or interfere with a family’s ability to grieve following the loss of a loved one is a reprehensible act,’ the Republican wrote, according to The Hill.

‘Any action by any individual or group to in any way disrupt, interfere, or cause additional suffering during this time of mourning is unconscionable and morally reprehensible,’ the order continued.
There’s more here. Finally, something I can agree on with Bobby Jindal. 
Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats
Evidently, Merkel’s Christian Democrats are not in favor of gay marriage. 
The majority of members of chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party’s (CDU) Berlin faction oppose gay marriage, a poll has revealed.

It found 45% were against the German government opening marriage to same-sex couples, with 35% of members in support.

The poll, conducted to gauge member’s opinion on marriage throughout the country, also revealed that 3% deemed the question ‘not important’.

Berlin’s general secretary Kai Wegener, who announced the result today, said: ‘I believe this result will accelerate the debate on a national level.’

The result comes ten days after Merkel said she supported gay marriage, as long as it was not called marriage, in an interview with German Youtube star LeFloid.

Another example of why there’s still a long way to go. It’s actually kind of interesting to me because I’ve worked with several European publishers in the past and I’ve always been under the impression things were more open and liberal over there. I guess not in all cases.

I don’t get the part where she supports gay marriage as long as it’s not called marriage. What should we call it? She’s a backward woman who is missing something important. The whole point behind “gay” marriage is we hope that someday it won’t be “gay” marriage. It will just be “marriage.”

The rest is here. 

Review for The Rainbow Detective Agency The Guy With Two Penises

I saw this review for one of the Rainbow Detective books and thought I’d share. I like reviews like this because they mention things that normally don’t occur to me while I’m writing. I just do it and when someone makes comments like this I wonder sometimes how I managed to do it.

In any event, here’s part of the review, below. You can read it in full here. There are a few other reviews, too.

What I miss in most gay-themed books is a realistic, tension-filled symphony and cacophony set up by two highly individualistic men. Proctor and Blair are such men. They are opposites who, whether or not either will admit it, are blessedly made for each other. And yet they seem always on the verge of breaking into splinters by the sheer tautness of their hold on each other. Their chemistry is freaking off the charts. Together they set off an electromagnetic charge that defies description. My kind of characters.