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Sundance 2017: Best LGBT Films; Mark Zuckerberg Sues Hundreds of Hawaiians; 10 More Will and Grace Years and Years Later; Trans People On Trump

Sundance 2017: Best LGBT Films

Here’s a link to The Advocate with a list of recent LGBT films. 

Mark Zuckerberg Sues Hundreds of Hawaiians

Here’s what Facebook’s good old Mark Zuckerberg has been up to lately.

Back in 2014, Mark Zuckerberg paid close to $100 million for 700 acres of beachfront property on the island of Kauai.

Now the Facebook billionaire is suing a few hundred Hawaiians who still have legal ownership claims to parts of his vacation estate through their ancestors, as was first reported by the Honolulu Star Advertiser

You can read more about that here. According to this, last year good old Zuckerberg built a huge wall…you know, made out of stone…to block their views of the ocean. Evidently, Trump isn’t the only one big on wall building.

10 More Will and Grace Years and Years Later

According to all reports, this breaking news seems as if it’s going to happen after all.

Well, it’s official: As of Wednesday, NBC has ordered ten new episodes of Will & Grace that will reunite series stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally. As Entertainment Weekly reports, they’ll each be airing during their 2017-2018 TV season.

You can read the rest here. The comments are mixed. I know it comes as a surprise to many of you that not all gay men loved this show. And we have our reasons. One person commented with this…

  • rod815 I never watched it, they totally made it for straight audiences implicating a woman in a gay man’s life, with the question always looming…”Maybe he’ll turn straight”

Trans People On Trump

Now that the election is over many who fall under the umbrella of LGBT are planning in advance for certain things…that may or may not happen. It really is too soon to know, but it is understandable. I’ve heard from friends in Key West that a lot of younger gay men are rushing to get married for fear marriage might be taken away from them. And this article talks about how trans people are eager to get their legal documentation done before Trump takes office.

“In my experience, belonging to a marginalized group [like the trans community] forces you into this unnatural state where you are always prepared for the absolute worst thing to happen,” he tells Queerty. “But you’re also keeping just enough hope alive within yourself to get out of bed each day and face an America where you might get harassed, assaulted, or even killed for who you are.”

There’s a full interview here. Whether you’re for Trump or against him, this is a valid concern for anyone living under the LGBT umbrella because no one knows what to expect now. We prepare for the worst because we’re so used to living that way. 

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Cody Alan Comes Out As Gay; SNL’s Alec Baldwin and Anti-Gay Slurs; Leah McSweeney and Alleged Homophobia

Cody Alan Comes Out As Gay

I’ve been saying all along we’re going to be seeing a lot more of this.

To country music fans, Cody Alan has always been a ball of sunshine. But for years, the seemingly happy-go-lucky CMT and iHeartRadio host suffered an identity crisis, holding onto a secret he’s finally ready to share — that he’s gay.

“Though my TV or my radio persona was always that of a happy guy, there was this underlying ache inside of me for years, so I decided either I was gonna do something about it, or I was gonna live with this layer of misery underneath that happy face on the TV,” Alan, 44, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

You can read more about it here. 

I love the way people in the media refer to being gay as an “identity crisis.” He knew who he was all along. He just didn’t tell YOU until he was ready to come out.

And he’s not going to be the last one to come out as gay either.

SNL’s Alec Baldwin and the Anti-Gay Slurs

Suddenly, Alec Baldwin is the darling of the press because of his parody of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. It’s a good parody and I’m not questioning that. Evidently, no one else is either. I’m just wondering why everyone forgot all about this…

Alec Baldwin’s new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter.

The cable channel didn’t specify the reason it yanked Friday night’s Up Late with Alec Baldwin from its schedule this week and next, but the decision came the day after the Thursday run-in. 

If you google Alec Baldwin and Anti-Gay Slurs, you’ll come up with more information than you need to read. I’m also wondering if Baldwin would have gotten a free pass on this one if his slurs had been directed at any other minority. No one else ever has. This kind of thing has ruined careers, for obvious reasons. But if you shout out a repulsive anti-gay slur, that seems to be forgivable.

It’s interesting. That’s all.

Here’s the link.

Leah McSweeney and Alleged Homophobia

In short, Leah McSweeney is some kind of designer I never heard of who got into some kind of flamewar with an openly gay comedian from Saturday Night Live named Michael Che. She’s making one claim, he’s making another, and there are screen shots of tweets of the shitstorm so you can figure out how you want to be outraged this time.

She said this, in part…

“I met a comedian. I’ve dealt with a few comedians. They are the worst,” McSweeney said. “Michael Che is so arrogant and so rude and disrespectful that I cannot even believe that someone … You’re like a D-list celebrity to me! Whatever!”

But here’s the twist…

But a series of text exchanges between the two, published by Page Six, don’t appear to support McSweeney’s allegations in the least. If anything, they expose the socially awkward, not to mention racist and slightly homophobic, strategies she employs when trying to seduce guys on dating apps.

You can read the rest here. 

I do find it ironic that Saturday Night Live came up again with the topic of homophobia…in general. I’ve linked to SNL more than once over the years. It wasn’t too long ago when I was posting about the SNL 40th reunion and how a gay cast member was left out completely. And from what I’ve read there has never been a long list of openly gay cast members on SNL.

It’s just an observation.

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Christmas Contest For "A Christmas Carl"; Why Gay Bars Are Closing; Obama Annoyed At Screaming Gay Activists

Christmas Contest For A Christmas Carl

They’re having another contest for one of my books over at the Erie Gay News.

Enter for a chance to win a digital download of A Christmas Carl: A Gay Retelling of A Christmas Carol by Ryan Field! To enter the contest, fill out the form below between Friday, December 23 and Friday, January 13.

Here’s the link with all the details. There’s a simple form to fill out at the bottom of the page.

And here’s another link to the Riverdale Avenue Books blog page where they discuss a few other books similar to A Christmas Carl. This is from the publisher, Lori Perkins…

I’ve been creating books in epublishing for close to a decade now, and as an editor and publisher, I”ve published a lot of Christmas titles.  It always amazes me that the Christmas zeitgeist can be re-interpreted (and recycled, if you will) so consistently and enthusiastically every year.

Why Gay Bars Are Closing

This continues to be a topic of fascination in gay culture.

“Guys my age stopped going out to bars all the time,” said Jack LaFary, a former bartender at Indianapolis’s 501 Eagle, which closed this year.

He’s interviewed this week in a piece by the Chicago Tribune, which examines the fact that gay bars are slowly but steadily going extinct.

Some people blame it on rising rents, others on smart phones. In the past, and really not too long ago, gay bars were a few of the only places where gay people could meet. I think that has a lot to do with it, too. Thanks to all the gay activists who have worked so hard for all of us all these years, we can meet each other almost anywhere nowadays and we don’t have to hide in the dark.

You can read the rest here. The people who commented left more than a few valid opinions.

President Obama Annoyed At Screaming Gay Activists

Here’s something President Obama said about gay activists. It’s a quote from an Atlantic piece.

 [T]here have been times where, let’s say on LGBT issues, when we were trying to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and I got the Pentagon and Bob Gates, a Republican holdover from the Bush administration, to authorize a study of how you might end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, headed up by Jeh Johnson, who at that time was a council to the Justice Department. And it was going to take a year to conduct that study, issue a report, and figure out how it might be implemented, what effect it would have on unit cohesion and military effectiveness. And I had laid out this strategy because if I could get the Pentagon’s imprimatur on this thing, then I knew that we could end up getting legislation passed to reverse the policy, and we could get the branches of all the military to implement it. But during the course of that year, probably every speech I gave, I’d have gay activists just screaming at me during rallies. And you just say, ‘Come on, man. Not only do I agree with you, but I’ve actually got a strategy to execute, we are executing it, and in what sense do you think that you yelling at me here is going to advance your cause?’”

You can check that out here. No comment, man. I don’t want to be accused of being a screaming activist.

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Straight You Tuber Pranks Gay Friend; Jonathan Groff and His Looking Character; Will & Grace Reunion

Straight You Tuber Pranks Gay Friend

Here’s a story that’s a little complicated, and the comments below it vary.

We had never heard of fledgling YouTube personality NoBiggie before, and after viewing one of his latest offerings, we start to understand why.

His schtick largely consists of texting friends, acquaintances, and exes various lyrics to popular songs as though striking up conversation, with theoretically hilarious consequences.

You can check this out here.  You have to watch the video to fully get it. The article is confusing at times, which makes me wonder what they’re teaching people in journalism classes these days. But the story is interesting.

Jonathan Groff and His Looking Character

I think stories like this in these heated political times are a nice diversion. It’s a quote by Jonathan Groff, from a book about the series, Looking.

This job has changed my life in so many ways. I’ve never played a character that hit so close to the bone. It felt like an extension of myself taking place in the present. Trying to figure out what it means to be gay. Patrick and I are from the same generation of gay men so it has been so real for me. I had told Andrew of a break up I had where the other guy wanted to be in an open relationship – so he wrote that situation for Patrick and Kevin.”

You can check this out here.  I find it interesting that a TV show that sparks so much emotion in so many viewers…even in gay guys I know who don’t like watching TV, but will watch Looking…gets canceled so quickly. I’ll never get that.

Will & Grace Political Reunion

Now here’s a TV show that I never watched much, but it did stay on TV for a long time and it did garner a huge following. I just never could identify with the main characters…Will or Grace.

With that said, there’s been a lot of talk about the Will & Grace reunion.

Your love of 90s nostalgia just got triggered: the cast of Will and Grace has reunited for a video about how voting only matters in swing states, and it’s like the last 15 years have melted away and we’re all living in a world of sitcoms.

Check out the behind the scenes video below for shots of the cast together, holding iPhones that were just a twinkle in the eye of Steve Jobs back when the gang was originally on the air.

You can check this out here. And here’s a link to a video…with a great article to go along with it This article refers to it as a “Strange Reunion Show.”

As in true old time Hollywood fashion they are calling it a “10 Minute Bonanza.” That’s right. A “bonanza.” But it’s really more about politics than anything else.

Frankly, I’m looking forward to a Friends reunion a lot more. 

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Addicted to Gay Massage Parlors; Is Sexual Addiction Real?; Conviction Overturned For Tyler Clementi’s Roommate

Addicted to Gay Massage Parlors

Someone wrote in to an advice column about their brother-in-law having an addiction to gay massage parlors. From what I gather, the guy who is addicted to gay massage parlors is married to a woman.

I am writing this question on behalf of my sister, who is facing issues with her husband, who’s cheating on her by being a regular visitor to gay massage parlours. Though they have discussed the issue and he made a promise to my sister that he wouldn’t do it again, he still continues to visit these places without her knowledge. She feels like he is addicted to it and can’t come out of it. What is sad is the fact that barring this habit, he is a gem of a person. Could you please suggest a way of helping him out of this mess?

You can read the reply here.

Frankly, I’m not sure if buy into the whole concept of sexual addiction. I’m posting about this below, with links.

I’m also wondering why this guy is going to a gay massage parlor instead of a straight massage parlor. He’s married to a woman. I think there’s more to this one that can’t be covered in a simple post.

Is Sexual Addiction Real?

When I wrote The Wall Street Shark in my Bad Boy Billionaire series, I mentioned the topic of sexual addiction. I didn’t go into great detail, but I learned a few things while doing the limited research I did do.

Not everyone believes sexual addiction exists.

Does sex addiction really exist? A new study published in last week’s journal of Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology suggests that maybe it doesn’t—bad news for celebrities like Tiger Woods and Russell Brand who have made it trendy in recent years to claim a clinical addiction to sex as an explanation for sexual misbehavior.

There are clinical scientific examples given. You can check them out here.

Conviction Overturned For Tyler Clementi’s Roommate

If you recall, Tyler Clementi was the student from Rutgers University in New Jersey who committed suicide after his roommate allegedly used a spy cam on him and caught him kissing another guy. It’s a complicated story and I don’t want to get anything mixed up. You can read more about that here, in depth.

And now something new has surfaced in this case.

Ravi was convicted in 2012 on 15 charges, including counts of bias intimidation, a portion of which the state Supreme Court has since invalidated, ruling that it was “constitutionally vague.”

The three judge panel ruled that his prosecution on these charges “tainted the jury’s verdict on the remaining charges,” determining that he therefore did not receive a fair trial, The New York Times reports. They have ordered a new trial on the charges not related to bias intimidation, such as invasion of privacy and tampering with evidence.

You can check that out here.  It should be interesting to see what happens this time.

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Colton Haynes’ Fantastic New Web Site; Black Lives Matter and Toronto Gay Pride; Adam Lambert and Queerness Pride

Colton Haynes’ Fantastic New Web Site

Here’s a little more about Colton Haynes’ new web site. It’s really very good. I posted about it earlier this week and this is a follow up. Evidently, it’s a huge hit, and rightly so.

The 27-year-old Teen Wolf/Arrow/Grinder star says in his announcement video that he’s very excited to be selling some ‘super limited-edition stuff,’ which include apparel that says ‘anxious’ and ‘daddy.’

Previously Colton spoke up about his longtime struggle with anxiety, which makes sense why he has the word ‘anxious’ on his merchandise. 

You can get there from here, and there’s a great video with Haynes. Or, you can do this… www.ColtonHaynes.com  

Black Lives Matter and Toronto Gay Pride

I haven’t been following this at all, so almost everything I read is news to me. Typically, I don’t follow pride related events…because so many other people do that already.

Pride Toronto was brought to a standstill last Saturday when Black Lives Matters protestors blocked the parade from continuing unless organizers met their demands.

Janaya Khan, who led the protest, was campaigning against police involvement as she believes their presence can make members of the black and trans community feel unsafe. 

There’s more here.

In spite of all the reactions I have seen about this on social media, there are only 9 comments.

Adam Lambert and Queerness Pride

This is a good example of how I’m always talking about how truly diversified gay men are.

Lambert has this message to fans: ‘I want you to keep celebrating exactly who you are, even if you don’t fit into the world’s ideas of what they think you should be. Take your flaws in stride, nurture your talents, take pride in your Queerness, and share all the love you have.’ 

There’s more here. Just so you know, though, not all gay men identify as “queer” and they are still proud of being openly gay. And, a lot of gay people don’t like labels at all.

However, if there are gay people who find Lambert’s message encouraging, that’s fine, too. If you do identify as “queer” good for you.

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