"Mister Sister" Gay Bar In Vermont Causes Firestorm; Openly Gay Tommy Page Commits Suicide; Hollywood Throws Milo Yiannopoulos Shade

“Mister Sister” Gay Bar In Vermont Causes Firestorm

It’s no secret that I’m very fond of Vermont. If I could get Tony to agree, I’d live there full time. That’s how much I love it. So I wasn’t too thrilled when I read this…

You’d expect the news of a new LGBTI venue opening in Vermont to be greeted with excitement by the local community. However, it has instead prompted deep division.
The reason? Its name.
Mister Sister is due to be open shortly in Winooski, Burlington. It’s a rebranding of the business currently at the venue: Oak45 wine bar. It will be the first dedicated LGBTI bar in the area in just over a decade.
However, its name has been called out by some as transphobic.

You can read the rest here, The article goes into more details about just exactly who is creating all the trouble, and the way the owner of the bar is defending the name. Without going into a huge rant about how sick and tired I am with the PC crowd, let’s just say that I agree with most of the people who have commented so far.

Openly Gay Tommy Page Commits Suicide

This is a sad one…

Tommy Page commits suicide, age 46.
The gay former US chart topper was found dead on Friday (3 March), reports Billboard.
Billboard Entertainment Group President John Amato said: ‘We are all mourning the loss of our friend and colleague Tommy Page.
‘He was a magnetic soul and a true entertainer.

You can read the rest here. He left behind a husband and 3 kids.

Hollywood Throws Milo Yiannopoulos Shade

We haven’t heard much about Milo Y until this popped up.

From Hedwig and the Angry Inch to Milo Yiannopoulos?
Well, not exactly – but close.
John Cameron Mitchell has been cast as a Yiannopoulos-inspired character on an The Good Fight.
He will appear in an episode of the CBS All-Access drama that begins streaming on 19 March, according to TV Line.

Here’s the rest. I don’t watch old time network TV shows anymore so I can’t comment. I’m more Netflix and Ryan Murphy. I got tired of sitcoms with plots that had a bunch of clever, witty poor people living in New York, wearing designer clothes, renting the most expensive apartments…but they don’t have jobs. Or, the jobs they do have don’t make sense to the way they are living.

I’m no huge fan of Milo, however, it’s interesting that Hollywood is going after a different kind of gay man. Whether or not you agree with Milo isn’t the point. You don’t have to like him. The point is that he’s not the typical Hollywood stereotype of what a gay man is supposed to be…and they clearly don’t like that.

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Christmas Book Giveaway; Verdict In Philly Gay Bashing; Coming Out as a Christian Evangelical; Homophobic Holiday Settings

Christmas Book Giveaway

My social media followers will wonder why I’m posting about this again. The reason is that the majority of my blog hits come from random google searches and not from within any book communities.

And I’m happy about that. I’m glad it happens. I’ve worked hard to separate my blogger identity from my author identity without changing my real name or identity, partly by always keeping this blog rated PG. It’s not always easy to keep that separate.

It’s interesting. Facebook gives me the least amount of hits.  Twitter is a little better. But most come from Google through people searching for LGBT information. And they always have.

So I’m re-posting the link to the Christmas book giveaway I’m doing this weekend for the people who will find out about it through a random search. And they come from all over the world.

Yesterday’s post should tell you all you need to know about the book giveaway, if you’re interested.

Verdict In Philly Gay Bashing Trial

The verdicts in the “Philly Gay Bashing” trial I’ve been following since last year are in and a lot of people are left wondering WTF happened there.

Of course the alleged gay bashing incident happened in Philadelphia, which is a very gay friendly city, but proves anything can still happen anywhere and no gay people are really safe.

After a series of contentious, “heated” deliberations, a Philadelphia jury returned a mixed verdict Friday in the assault trial of Kathryn Knott, finding the Bucks County woman guilty of simple assault and conspiracy to commit simple assault against Zachary Hesse, one of two victims beaten as they walked to get pizza in Center City on Sept. 11, 2014. 

Knott also was found guilty of reckless endangerment against both Hesse and his boyfriend, Andrew Haught, but acquitted of aggravated assault, a felony and the most serious charge against her.

You can read the rest here. I don’t want to comment on the trial at all because I do believe we have to respect the process no matter what the outcome. The deliberations are being described as “heated” and one juror said this:

Another juror, Gina Cook, described the process as “three days of fighting, vomiting and getting sick.”

Coming Out As a Christian Evangelical

A Christian researcher is claiming that it’s more difficult for an evangelical Christian to come out and admit it openly than it is for an LGBTI person.

“What I see here is that if you are a conservative Evangelical at a major law firm or at an Ivy League university, you have a much harder time coming out of the closet as a conservative Evangelical than you do coming out as a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

“That’s an empirical question but my experience at Princeton, and that was a decade ago, that it was much more of a contentious subject to say that you were opposed to same-sex marriage than to say that you were in favor of it.”

I actually can see his point. I would imagine it is difficult…in certain places. I just don’t think it’s more difficult. There is no place easy for a gay person to come out. I would imagine…sarcasm intended…there are still quite a few LGBTI people in university settings all over the world that still don’t feel comfortable coming out as gay. And so far I don’t think I’ve ever heard of  story where a teen got kicked out of his or her house because he or she was a Christian.

Someone should tell this guy the LGBTI community is not comprised of what he sees in the media.

You can read the rest here. 

Homophobic Holiday Settings

Comedian Sam Kalidi whom I love did another meme about what it’s like for gay people to have to suffer through the holiday season. I know it’s a serious topic and no one is laughing about it, but this is meant to be sarcasm.

We’ve asked online comedian, voice actor and chest hair model Sam Kalidi to create a comedic post each week for Queerty readers. This week he thinks about people who crawl back in the closet when visiting parents during the holidays. Sam looks forward to all your hate mail.You can find him on TwitterFacebook, Instagram and at your local glory hole.

You can check it out here.  

I think I’ve mentioned that for the first 15 years Tony and I were together we visited our families on the holidays separately because Tony’s family had no idea he was gay or that I even existed. Fifteen years. Things  are great now and I love his family like my own. But it’s never been easy for gay people when it comes to things like this, so we look for the humor in it.



Ryan Field Books In Print; Eating Patti LaBelle’s Pie; Gay Twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes

Ryan Field Books In Print

As I explained earlier this week in a post, I’m in the process of releasing all of my indie e-book titles as print books. I’m doing this for the readers who don’t read e-books. So now people have a choice…either print paperbacks or e-books.

Below are two links for purchasing paperback copies of Meadows Are Not Forever. One is Amazon and the other is Create Space.

Amazon Link.

Create Space

I’ll continue to post more links as I get them for other books going to print.

And please don’t take this as a sign that I think e-books are disappearing. I honestly don’t think that. I would never give up my own e-reading devices. Never. Not even for chocolate. I just think now that the boom is over and everything has settled a little the lines between who reads print vs. who reads e-books are clearly drawn…for now anyway. This is me offering everyone a choice now.

Eating Patti LaBelle’s Pie

For the life of me I’ll never get why anyone is referred to as a “gay icon.” I like Patti LaBelle and her music. I live in New Hope, Bucks County, PA, in the Philadelphia news market and I’ve been hearing about Patti Labelle and her pie all week on the local news.

And this is a wonderful story.

I truly just don’t get the “gay icon” thing…and I’m gay!!  There’s something about the entire gay icon thing that sounds so degrading, and I’m not even sure if that’s the right way to explain it. I have to post about this sooner or later.

In any event, some guy I never heard of went to Youtube and posted a video of how much he loves eating Labelle’s pie. Evidently, you can get LaBelle’s pie in WalMart. He garnered tons of hits for being outrageous and as a show of gratitude LaBelle invited the guy to her home on Thanksgiving Day. This is the best PR LaBelle (and her pie) has had in years.

Meanwhile WalMart, where the pies are sold exclusively, the pies are selling so briskly that the retailer cannot keep them in stock. 

Grammy winner LaBelle, who has long had legions of gay fans, initially had called Wright to thank him for his video. Then she did one better by inviting the Los Angeles-based entertainer to her home in Philadelphia for Thanksgiving dinner.

So there you are. I don’t eat pie of any kind and I’ve never been to WalMart either. Maybe I should turn in my gay card because I can’t figure this one out for the life of me. 

Gay Twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes

I think I remember posting about these guys a year ago. They came out to their father online and there was a video and it went viral. This is a follow up.

‘It’s been a whirlwind,’ Aaron said during a recent chat the twins had with Gay Star News.

‘It’s definitely been an incredible experience. I remember when we first got to Hollywood and we first started this career, everyone was telling us to stay hush-hush about our sexuality. To come full circle and be in the industry and be working and be completely out and proud as a young person is really liberating and exciting for our future.’

You can read the rest here. They seem like a couple of nice guys and I’m glad they are doing what they are doing. The comment about staying quiet about their sexuality is interesting, too. I think there are lines being drawn in this case. Younger gay men in Hollywood seem to be coming out more often than not, where anyone older than 35 is still cautious about it for career reasons. And I don’t blame them for that. People have bills to pay…even gay people.

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