Having A Gay Brother; Lexus Gay Docuseries; First Gay Military Service Leader

Having a Gay Brother

I know I’ve mentioned I have a gay brother in NY and a gay nephew in medical school in Iowa, however, I don’t think I’ve ever commented on that in detail. This series of memes is interesting to me because it has quotes from younger gay guys who have gay siblings, and they are growing up knowing this. And I have to admit that’s a novelty for me.

I didn’t even know my brother was gay until we were both in our late twenties and we accidentally and literally bumped into each other in a gay bar. We didn’t grow up knowing this. It’s not that we were ever estranged either. We just didn’t discuss it and we just didn’t talk about it. You didn’t do that in the 1990s. But I was glad when I found out. It made sense to me.

Growing up gay is often an isolating experience, though thankfully that’s beginning to change in a big way.
For many people, the thought of having a gay sibling to relate to during adolescence sounds like it would have been a dream come true.
 And here’s one of the quotes…
Whenever someone is surprised that both my brother and I are gay I feign surprise that their siblings are all straight. 
You can read the other quotes here. They’re all a little different.

Lexus Gay Docuseries

I love this because we just re-leased another Lexus iS 300, and we knew nothing about it while we were negotiating a price with the Lexus Dealership. At least I know Lexus is gay friendly…not that it would have mattered. I really don’t think that way, but it’s still nice just the same.

Luxury automobile brand Lexus launched a new documentary series for their L/Studio film portfolio. This six episode series, called “It Got Better,” is a collaboration between producers Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky of the award-winning “Web Therapy” series with the It Gets Better Project. These episodes will feature such GLBT luminaries, including actors Jane Lynch, George Takei and Laverne Cox, professional basketball player Jason Collins, style maker Tim Gunn and recording artists Tegan & Sara.

Here’s the rest. I think it looks wonderful and I’ll post more as I get more info.

First Gay Military Service Leader

One of the things I try to do here on the blog is show people new links for LGBT information on the web. It’s not always easy because you don’t always get links with a simple search. I got lucky with Lavendarmagazine.com, and I hope you check out all of their content with the two links I’ve provided with this post.

In any event,

Fox News reports the Senate Armed Services Committee has confirmed the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service, voting to approve the nomination of Eric Fanning to be Army secretary.

You can find that one here.

The Rainbow Detective Agency Rancho Mirage

In Print and E-book

New Ab Fab Trailer; Gus Kenworthy’s Mustache; Ryan Reynolds Interviews Hugh Jackman; Update on Rancho Mirage Book by Ryan Field

New Ab Fab Trailer

I think a lot of people have been looking forward to the new Ab Fab movie. For many reasons, two of which include 90’s nostalgia and the sharp comedy. A lot of people who were very young in the 90’s feel the same way about TV shows like Friends. (I know I do.) I think pop culture like this helps define an era. And there aren’t that many from which to choose.

It’s finally here, sweetie darling. We mean the first teaser for the loooong-awaited film version of Absolutely Fabulous. It looks to be a very glamorous affair with our favorite party girls Edina and Patsy romping around the French Riviera with two dashing young male companions. They walk along the beach, flit around in a motorboat, and clink glasses over an al fresco lunch. It resembles a very high-end fragrance ad. And you just know it’s all going to go horribly awry any minute.

Here’s a link to the video.  

Gus Kenworthy’s Mustache

You know, I could complain about politics and rant about publishing on a Friday, but I’d rather talk about Gus Kenworthy right now. I don’t know about anyone else but I get so tired of these people who have to overthink and over analyze everything on the planet. From books, to fiction genres, to long Facebook statuses updates you’re sorry you clicked, these people get on my freaking nerves. Sometimes you just want to grab them and say have some wine and lighten up, for the love of God.

In any event…

In a recent shoot for Frontiers Media that’s giving us classic ’60s meets Miami penthouse pool party, skier Gus Kenworthy shows off his new whiskers and perfectly fuzzy legs.
And the boy can certainly fill out a suit.

These shots are really good, with an artistic flair you don’t see all the time. You can check them all out here. 

Ryan Reynolds Interviews Hugh Jackman

I saw a this video with Ryan Reynolds interviewing Hugh Jackman earlier this week and I lost the link. Well, I found it again and I’m sharing it now. I found it interesting because I never had a chance to see Reynolds in action…as he is in RL.

We’ve been fans of Ryan Reynolds and his body of work for years, so we’re happy to take him wherever we can get him – which in this case is a press junket for another movie star.

Hugh Jackman is hot on the promo trail for his new flick Eddie The Eagle and sat down for an impromptu interview with the Deadpool star, who played the same role opposite him in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

You can see that one here. 

Update on Rancho Mirage Book by Ryan Field

I realize it’s been taking longer than usual getting the next book in the Rainbow Detective Agency out, but it’s been really busy around here and I had a slight cover issue. An author friend, G. A. Hauser, used the same stock model that I chose…unknowingly…for Rancho Mirage and she was kind enough to let me know before the book was launched. It’s happened before, too. There are only so many stock models out there and creating covers…even for publishers…is getting more challenging. I now understand why small publishers and authors invest in their own photo shoots.

In any event, Rancho Mirage will be launched very soon and I’ll post updates as it comes out. This will be the 8th book in the series. And it might be the last book in the series, too. I never end a series permanently, however, there does come a point where it’s time to move on, especially when you’re writing erotic romance. As they say, “I’d rather leave while I’m in love…”

Here’s a link where you can check out the other Rainbow Detective Books on Amazon. 

Straight Guys And BRO-Jobs; Ricky Martin’s Bedroom Shenanigans; Psychic Denies Housing to Queer Couple

Straight Guys And BRO-Jobs

There’s an app called BRO that I think helps “heteroflexible” guys when they are looking for something same sex oriented. They word it a little differently in the article to which I’m linking, but this is what it sounds like to me.

First, here’s the definition of heteroflexible. I’m doing this because it’s all news to me. I always thought of this sort of thing as “in the closet.” 

A primarily straight individual who, in certain situations can find persons of the same sex appealing.

Now here’s more about BRO…

“BRO goes beyond using labels, and is for men that are interested in meeting other men,” the description reads. “It’s as simple as that. Just sign up, and start looking for new bros!”

And this…

Jane Ward, whose bestselling book Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men caused a media frenzy last summer, says BRO further supports her theory that straight-identifying men engage in homosexual behaviors a lot more often than people might think.

“This kind of product serves as more evidence that the labels ‘gay’ and ‘bisexual’ do not capture all of the ways that men want to make intimate contact with other men, whether emotionally or sexually,” Ward tells Queerty.

Interesting. I’m sticking with my resolution for 2016 and trying to remain objective this year.

You can read the rest here.  

Check out the comments. They aren’t objective at all.

Ricky Martin’s Bedroom Shenanigans

Even though I despise the word shenanigans, I’m posting this about Ricky Martin because it talks more about “labels.”

“I know that I like both men and women,” Martin confessed. “I’m against sexual labels, we are simply human beings with emotional and sexual needs.”

Though he identifies as gay, Martin said he’s not totally opposed to the idea of having sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex.

“I am gay,” he said, “Men fascinate me. But I like to enjoy sex in total freedom, so I’m open to having sex with a woman if I feel desire.”

You can read more here. I love Ricky Martin, but as Judge Judy says, “don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”    

Psychic Allegedly Denies Housing To Queer Couple

Here’s a story about a self-proclaimed psychic who allegedly refused housing to a queer couple.

When Tonya Smith and her wife Rachel, a trans woman, applied to rent a home from psychic Deepika Avanti in the town of Gold Hill (pop. 230), they were allegedly told in an email that their “unique relationship” would become a “town focus,” triggering gossip and blowing Avanti’s “low profile.”

“In small towns everyone talks and gossips,” the email read. “All of us would be the most popular subject in town. … There is no way to avoid this.”

The queer couple has filed a lawsuit against the psychic, and the psychic didn’t even know it until the media contacted her.  The psychic claims the queer couple have children and she didn’t want the noisy kids living there.

You can read more here. 

It’s hard to speculate on this one. 

The Rainbow Detective Agency

Saying Goodbye


Free Gay Excerpt: The Scottish Duke; Five More Things About Gay Sex; Gay Rights, Global Scale

Free Gay Excerpt: The Scottish Duke

I’m posting a quick excerpt today from the most recently pubbed book in The Rainbow Detective series, The Scottish Duke. 

Here’s the blurb, and here’s a link to Amazon. I’ve already posted more links to places like Smashwords, here. 

In this installment of The Rainbow Detective Agency, Blair and Proctor’s passionate relationship has moved forward to the point where they begin a small family and don’t even realize it. And that’s because they’re busy trying to solve the case of a well-known gay romance author, E. Q. Montana, who was so obsessed with Proctor he lined the walls of his unkempt West Hollywood apartment with Proctor’s photos. 

But E. Q. Montana wasn’t just any best-selling gay romance author. E. Q. had a few deep dark secrets and enemies of his own that Proctor and Blair have to figure out, one of which has to do with The Scottish Duke of Huntley. It’s a peculiar case of dangerous literary subterfuge, with sudden twists and vicious, ambitious authors, that has them both stumped emotionally and intellectually, and in the end Proctor’s worst nightmare comes true.

I promise, no spoilers.You can scroll down to the bottom of this post for the excerpt.

Five More Things About Gay Sex

Supposedly, here are five more things about gay sex “you didn’t know.” No need to get your smelling salts with this one. It’s another Queerty advertorial, but it’s funny…I think.

Here’s one “fun filled fact you didn’t know.” 

Gentlemen prefer kissing (and BJs) to anal sex

Researchers at George Mason University and Indiana University conducted a sex study with nearly 25,000 gay and bisexual men. Participants were asked about their most recent same-sex encounters. 75 percent reported giving oral sex compared to 74 percent who reported receiving oral sex. 74.8 percent reported kissing on the mouth. But only about 35 percent reported having full-blown anal intercourse. The takeaway from the study? Apparently the question, “Are you a top or a bottom?” only matters one-third of the time.

Someone should tell this to all the guys I dated when I was single. That wasn’t my personal experience. The moment they pin you down, you know exactly what they want, and they are eager to get it.

Here’s the link. As usual, with anything printed by Queerty, you’ll want to read the comments with this one. And I’m not knocking Queerty. It’s free content.

Gay Rights, Global Scale

I always think it’s important to know…and care…about LGBTI people in other parts of the world. Mainly because so many don’t have the rights we have here in the US. It’s the only thing I ever get political about.

Here’s an article that talks about the best and worst places for gay rights, on a global scale.

Where are LGBT rights improving?

Parts of Latin America remain the standard for equality for LGBT rights. Argentina‘s Gender Identity Law 2012 allowed the change of gender on birth certificates for transgender people. It also legalised same-sex marriage in 2010, giving same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex couples, including the right to adopt children. Uruguay and Mexico City also allow equal marriage and adoption, and last week Colombia recognised its first legal same-sex civil union (not “marriage”).

And it’s still a concern here in the US, too. I had a conversation with someone recently about the Republican debates. Granted, this is someone older and not as informed because he doesn’t have access to Internet news, so I did make an allowance for that. When I stated that I wasn’t fond of a few Republican candidates because of their stand on gay marriage, he said, “You can’t base your vote on one issue.” Clearly, he didn’t get it and I didn’t bother to explain. That one issue, however, is what I base my votes on these days because that one issue is one of the most fundamental aspects of my life.

You can read more here.

The Scottish Duke…

Here’s the excerpt. It’s hard to post anything longer because I would be giving out spoilers. With a book like this a lot matters in that department. This comes from the middle of the book and I don’t think it gives away too much. But if you’re worried, you might want to skip it. And, Constance, of course, is a large Bengal cat, and Snowden is a new puppy that I introduced in this book.

When they pulled up to the house, Blair climbed out of the car without waiting for Proctor to invite him inside. Proctor didn’t say anything that night. It was almost ten o’clock, they hadn’t eaten anything all day, and Proctor was planning to make salad. Although he loved pizza, and he joked about eating pizza on Twitter with his fans, he didn’t have it often. He was model who always focused on his body and his weight. And although eating pizza and doughnuts tempted him every day of his life, he knew that it was salad that would keep him in skinny jeans and skimpy tight swim trunks.

He also knew Blair wouldn’t complain. He’d eat anything as long as he didn’t have to cook it himself. Blair seemed to have this attitude toward food in general that always amazed Proctor. Blair ate to live. He didn’t live to eat. It wasn’t even something he focused on consciously. If there was a lot of food around Blair would eat it. If there wasn’t, he didn’t seem to mind. 

Proctor unlocked the front door and he entered first, with Blair in tow. Before Proctor even switched on the hallway lights he looked down and saw Snowden at his feet, wagging his little tail. Then he heard a growl and saw Constance sitting on the bottom step.

Proctor turned to Blair and said, “Why isn’t Snowden in his crate in the kitchen?” Constance had free run of the entire house, but he knew Jane would never have allowed a small puppy to roam freely that way.

Blair seemed to sense something unusual, so he headed toward the living room and flipped on the main light switch.

Proctor picked Snowden up and glanced into his living room. He gasped and said, “What happened?” The tables were turned sideways, chairs and cushions rested upside down all over the place, and one of his best crystal lamps had been shattered into a million little pieces.

Blair put his arm around Proctor and said, “Either you’ve been burglarized or we missed the earthquake.”

Proctor held Snowden tighter. His first thought was relief, knowing that Constance and Snowden were safe. Then he looked at his crystal lamp again and sighed. “Why would anyone do this to me?” He had an alarm system, but Jane rarely activated it at the end of the day because she naturally assumed that Proctor would be home by seven o’clock. He preferred not dealing with alarms and code numbers. Now he was sorry he’d been so lazy about it.

Before Blair could answer him, a nasal voice spoke from a dark section on the other side of the living room. “Where’s The Scottish Duke of Huntley?”

Blair blinked. “The Duke of what the fuck, man?”

The Scottish Duke of Huntley,” said the nasal voice, again. “I want to know where he is this minute. I know you’ve got him here and I’m not leaving without him. Release him to me this instant.”

As a short, thin man stepped out of the shadows on the far side of the room, Proctor saw he was pointing a handgun at them. The guy had short red hair, with tight kinky curls, and a long thin neck. Proctor held Snowden tightly to his chest and said, “I don’t know anything about this Scottish Duke. Who are you and what do you want?”

Blair stared at the gun and said, “Just stay calm, man. We don’t know anything about a Scottish Duke. You’ve mistaken us for someone else. I think the people across the street are Scottish, you should check that out.”

Proctor’s first thought was the man pointing the gun at them was unhinged and possibly dangerous. He obviously had an unrealistic delusion that Blair and Proctor had kidnapped The Scottish Duke of Huntley and they were hiding him somewhere in the house. Proctor had a great uncle once who thought he was Napoleon. He decided the only way to keep this man calm was to placate him and ask more questions. “I’m sorry, but we don’t have the Scottish Duke. We’ve never even seen him. What does he look like? Why would you think we kidnapped him?”

M/M Romance in Fiction: The Scottish Duke; Straight Guys and Bro-Jobs; Caitlyn Jenner’s Conservative Politics

M/M Romance in Fiction: The Scottish Duke

Update: Since a few have asked, I figured I’d better explain it here. The Scottish Duke is really Book 5 in the series, however, it’s listed as Book 6. The reason for this is because the “Box Set,” which is books 1-4 in the Rainbow Detective series, is considered Book 5. It’s never come up before because I never did a box set before. There’s no way around it. I tried. So The Scottish Duke is listed as Book 6, but it’s actually Book 5. However, each book is considered a stand alone and they don’t have to be read in order. It helps, but it’s not mandatory. I didn’t do any cliff hangers in this series. 

This is book five in The Rainbow Detective Agency series, subtitled, The Scottish Duke. The subtitle is part of the story line but the book itself is NOT set in Scotland. It’s set in LA just like the rest of the Rainbow Detective books. The next book, Book 6, however, will be set in Provincetown. 

Here’s the blurb:

In this installment of The Rainbow Detective Agency, Blair and Proctor’s passionate relationship has moved forward to the point where they begin a small family and don’t even realize it. And that’s because they’re busy trying to solve the case of a well-known gay romance author, E. Q. Montana, who was so obsessed with Proctor he lined the walls of his unkempt West Hollywood apartment with Proctor’s photos. 

But E. Q. Montana wasn’t just any best-selling gay romance author. E. Q. had a few deep dark secrets and enemies of his own that Proctor and Blair have to figure out, one of which has to do with The Scottish Duke of Huntley. It’s a peculiar case of dangerous literary subterfuge, with sudden twists and vicious, ambitious authors, that has them both stumped emotionally and intellectually, and in the end Proctor’s worst nightmare comes true. 

And here’s a link to ARe.  It’s priced at 2.99 everywhere.

Here’s the Smashwords link. 

Amazon Link for Kindle Readers

It’s also in other places like Kobo, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble. I don’t always post link to those web sites because they aren’t the most popular. But if anyone ever has questions please e-mail me. My e-mail is on the side bar with my bio here on the blog.

It runs around 47,000 words which is about 3 thousand words less than what I normally do with a full length e-book, however, I did edit about six thousand words out during the final edits. I didn’t think all that needed to be there and I wanted the book to be tighter.

I also discussed a topic I normally don’t discuss in fiction: the m/m romance genre, people writing with pen names, and fictionalized authors who will stop at nothing to succeed. Of course it’s all exaggerated, but I think I touched on a few topics that might interest readers of the m/m romance genre. I see a lot of unfairness with good writers and it bothers me sometimes. That’s all. No spoilers. There’s also an important transgender character in the book and if I say anything else I’ll be giving away too much.

Straight Guys and Bro-Jobs

This is an advertorial, not a real article. It’s from Queerty.com. They do that a lot…advertorials…but they lead you to believe they are articles. I like to be clear about that up front. But it’s some of Queerty’s best cheesy, trashy clickbait and I think it’s an interesting topic…that no one thinks about often. It’s not something you’ll ever want to take seriously. But you might wonder a little when you’re finished reading it.  You might even smile and feel like tweeting something.

Here’s the cheese:

What is a “bro-job”?
In a nutshell, it’s when a straight guy gives another straight guy a blowie not in a meaningful sexual way but in a friendly, NSA, I’m-just-doing-you-a-little-favor, totally not gay sort of way. Or something.

You’re welcome. Don’t you love the way they phrase it…”blowie”

Here’s the link to the ever so dignified Queerty.  

Caitlyn Jenner’s Conservative Politics

Of course now that Caitlyn has gone through all the motions of coming out, in public, she’s starting to get some backlash from other trans people who don’t like her politics. It was bound to happen.

It surprised many when Caitlyn Jenner – in her final interview as Bruce – told Diane Saywer of ABC News that she is a Republican.

Since then, Jenner has emerged as probably the most famous transgender woman in the world and made clear her intention to do some good with her renewed fame.

On Sunday’s episode of the docu-series I Am Cait, Jenner found herself sounding very stereotypically Republican and at odds with a group of other transgender women while discussing the needs of their community during a road trip.

You can check out the rest here.

I think this falls into an even bigger category. The category of true tolerance. It seems these days that if anyone LGBTI goes against the norm and isn’t following the PC left wing liberal band wagon he or she is criticized for what they believe. I’ve seen it happen time and again. I’m a registered Democrat and even I get disgusted sometimes when I see the intolerance some people have for anyone who is different. I just don’t see how it’s possible to preach equality and tolerance and still remain so hooded and intolerant of an opposing view. In other words, I might not agree with anything Marco Rubio has to say but I’m willing to listen to him and I’m not willing to dismiss him. I have respect for him. And when I tell you I don’t agree with anything about that man, I’m not joking.  

Free Gay Excerpt; Publishing Scams; Barry Manilow’s Glass Closet

Publishing Scams

I try to keep on top of everything in publishing even if I don’t post about it. The problem is that other than an Amazon lawsuit where Amazon is suing someone for creating fake reviews, not much of interest has been happening in publishing. Oh wait, I read something about Harper Collins going back to the agency pricing model. Now that’s big, fascinating news.

In any event, here’s a piece about a publishing scam that the blogger followed for years.

I first heard of Senese in 2007, when I began to get questions about a project called Bookbeat–a supposedly  in-development TV show featuring books and authors. Despite a cheesy-looking website full of ungrammatical text, Bookbeat purported to be affiliated with major players in the entertainment industry. No staff were named on the website, but a fairly easy-to-trace trail led to Senese, who claimed to head the impressively-titled Orion Entertainment Group, and to have authored a bestselling blockbuster novel called Cloning Christ.

You can read the rest here. It’s an older blog that’s been around for a while now. I sometimes agree, and sometimes don’t. The main point is that there are many publishing scams going on right now, with authors, bloggers, and greedy ambitious people and you have to be cautious with everything. Especially where you donate your money these days on crowdfunding sites. They seem to be the worst of all. I recently witnessed a lot of good people donate thousands of dollars to a legal fund and the person they donated to turned out to be one of the biggest scammers of all time. I’m waiting to see if, or when, that will be rectified.

Barry Manilow’s Glass Closet

This is interesting to me because in my most recent novel in The Rainbow Detective series one of the main characters gives in to extortion in order to avoid being outed. He’s wealthy, famous, and flamboyant and everyone knows he’s gay…except he never formally came out of the closet and said as much. In fact, his worst fear is being outed and he’s willing to pay a million dollars to keep it quiet.

It’s the same case with IRL public personalities like Barry Manilow. When it was recently discovered that Manilow married a man the only people who were shocked were his homophobic fans. As far as I know, Manilow didn’t even make the announcement formally. He just got married and people wrote about it. It’s not unlike the way Liberace and even Richard Simmons have handled their situations.

When news broke that “Copacabana” crooner Barry Manilow had secretly married his long-time “friend” and manager Gary Kief, we were happy for him but not entirely shocked. The 71-year-old veteran performer has been setting off people’s gaydar for decades, yet he still chooses to remain closeted to mainstream audiences. Think Liberace.

But it’s 2015, and certainly audiences could handle rethinking songs like “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Could It Be Magic,” and “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” in the context of same-sex affection. They’re just songs, anyway.

I disagree. Those people who you hear calling in to QVC and the Home Shopping Network can’t handle it and it would have an impact on Manilow’s brand. And I find it awfully presumptuous that the author of this article would even make that statement.

For whatever reason, Barry has gone out of his way to quell rumors.

I know I should probably be more vocal about this, because I do believe coming out is the best policy, but I just can’t help taking a few steps back. There’s a valid, logical reason why these public figures don’t come out waving the rainbow flag and it has nothing to do with not wanting to be labeled. They have a brand. They have been selling that brand and working that brand for many years. And even though we’ve come a long way there are still people out there in the US who would turn their backs on them if they came out of the closet in public. In some cases it’s much better to just not say anything at all. Last I heard, Manilow never actually denied he was gay either.

You can read the rest here. The comments are mixed. The fact is that even the media treats closeted gay public figures differently than they do openly gay public figures. If you have any doubts just look at what Michael Sam has been dealing with since he came out. And frankly, as a gay author my opportunities are as highly limited as any minority in the US. Even though I was a best selling genre author at the time with my book Pretty Man, five years ago when I was asked to write a novel for a romance collection on a home shopping network they asked me to write it with a pen name so no one would know a gay author had contributed. And I did it because it paid well, without regrets. I didn’t like it, but I did it.

So there you are. It happens all the time in publishing, too.

Here’s another link about Manilow’s wedding…Suzanne Somers was the best man. 

Free Gay Excerpt

Now that I mentioned the new book in The Rainbow Detective Agency…which will be titled The Rainbow Detective Agency: The Guy with Two Penises…here’s an excerpt from the book where I get into the fear of being outed in public. He says he’s afraid of the world finding out about a rare condition known as Diphallia, but he’s really afraid of being outed himself.

“I hope you can see why I obviously can’t go to the police,” Lion said. “If this went public and everyone found out about Isaac’s rare penis condition there’s no telling what might happen to his career or my clothing line. That’s all people would focus on. We could lose all credibility. And even though I must admit there are definite advantages to being with a man that has two penises, I’d rather Isaac make the decision to talk about it in public on his own terms, not because someone forced him into doing it. And that’s what’s happening right now. Isaac made a very bad choice, he did a porn video for fast money he didn’t think anyone would ever see, and now the creeps who made the video figure they can make more money blackmailing us both and kidnapping Isaac. At least more money than if they released a naked video of him online. They’re threatening to expose his secret if I don’t meet their demands, and as a backup they’ve kidnapped him and they’re saying they’ll kill him. You know how those things work. These naked videos get released on the Internet, everyone copies them, and everyone takes advantage of the victim’s likeness. These people who kidnapped Isaac think they know exactly what they are doing and I don’t want to buckle down to their demands. Under any other circumstance I wouldn’t buckle to them. But I don’t have a choice. Giving them the money and getting Isaac back is cheaper than having all this exposed to the world.”
“How much money do they want?” Proctor asked. He found it odd they were blackmailing and kidnapping at the same time. The case didn’t make sense in many ways, and yet it seemed plausible to Lion. 
“One million dollars in cash,” Lion said. “And I’m willing to pay your agency two hundred thousand if you can handle this without getting the police or the media involved. I want this kept quiet.”
When he said two hundred thousand it was as if the skies had opened and Blair saw the gates of heaven. He jumped off Proctor’s desk, stood up straight, and said, “Of course we’ll handle the case, Lion. You can count on us, buddy, and most of all you can trust us. We get Isaac and his two dicks back safely, without incident. They get the money and they never publish the porn video.”
“How can you be sure they won’t go public with the video anyway,” Proctor said. “What if you give them the money and they still post the video on the Internet? What if they get greedy and want more?”
“I don’t believe they would take that chance,” Lion said. “If that happened I would have to go to the police and I’m sure they know there’s always an electronic trail left behind when something is posted to the Internet. I have to trust them on this one. I know it’s a gamble, but I don’t have a choice.”
“And most important, of course, is that Isaac’s life is worth a lot more than a million bucks,” Blair said. “This is more than a porn video and I think we should make that clear. They’re threatening to kill this man if you don’t comply. So whether or not they release the video afterward isn’t too significant.”
“Exactly,” Lion said. “I want Isaac back safely. And that’s why I need your help. I need a middle man, so to speak, that I can trust completely.”
Proctor had never heard Blair sound more professional. He gaped at Blair for a moment, and then he said, “I’m not sure, Lion. This case really isn’t something we would normally handle. It sounds more like you should go to the police. I hate to think these guys will get away with this, plus all that money. It’s more complicated than I’d originally thought it would be.”
Blair reached for the desk, as if he had trouble standing up straight after he heard Proctor hesitate at making two hundred thousand dollars. Proctor didn’t blame him. It wasn’t as if Lion were asking them to give him a guarantee. All he wanted them to do was follow orders, hand over some money, and do the job. However, there was something about this case that seemed too simple, as if they weren’t getting all the information they needed.
Lion looked Proctor in the eye and said, “After all you’ve been through in this business, I came to you because I knew you would understand how things work better than anyone. If this gets out, and it might get out, I’d rather it be on our terms.”
Blair said, “These dudes do sound like a bunch of amateurs. Seriously. Who kidnaps and blackmails at the same time?”
“I agree,” Lion said. “But I don’t trust them either, not with Isaac’s life. Isaac is one of a kind.”
“I’ll say,” Blair said. 
Although Proctor had more than a few misgivings, he took a quick breath and said, “We’ll see what we can do. But I can’t make any promises at this point.”
Lion nodded with a stern unwavering expression and said, “That’s all I’m asking.” And then as he stood and turned to leave, he pulled a photo and a few folded sheets of paper from his breast pocket and handed them to Proctor. “Here’s a recent photo of Isaac and the instructions I’ve received from them. As complicated as the situation is, they’ve made things rather simple as far as how they want me to go about handing over the money. Maybe even too simple.”
“So all we do is hand over the money and they’ll release Isaac on his own,” Proctor said. “We don’t even have to get him. And you trust that?”
“I have no reason not to trust that,” Lion said. “Of course I’m taking a chance, but as I’ve already said I don’t have any other choice. I can’t let the world know about this.”
While Blair and Proctor glanced down at Isaac’s photo and the sheets of paper that had the instructions printed out as screen shots from text messages, Lion crossed to the door and said, “I’ll be waiting to hear from you.”

Free Gay Excerpt; Brokeback Mountain Made Her Cry; Naked Men Eat Sushi; Sorry Girls He’s Gay

Brokeback Mountain Makes Her Cry

I have been known to see certain films so many times Tony loses patience. Films like The Help, The Color Purple, Driving Miss Daisy, and Fried Green Tomatoes I’ve seen so many times I can’t count. If Silver Linings Playbook were to come on TV every night for the next year, I think Tony would lose his mind. That’s how much I love certain films, and Sliver Linings Playbook, for various reasons, but mostly because of the content and the way they were done.

But this article praising Brokeback Mountain isn’t something to which I can relate. The author, a woman named Tola Onanuga, claims she loves the movie so much it makes her cry. I have seen Brokeback Mountain and I’ve read the short story it was based upon, but only once, in each case, because I’m not sure I could get through either one a second time. The printed story…it was a story, not a book…is better than the film, for me. But once was enough.

In any event, here’s an excerpt from the article:

Its most tear-jerking scenes occur on one of Ennis and Jack’s many trips back to Brokeback Mountain, where they first struck up a friendship while working as labourers. I’m sure I’m not alone in wincing as a visibly shaken Ennis recalls being forced by his father to view the mutilated body of a man killed in a suspected homophobic attack. The unbearable savagery of a person being ripped to pieces chills me to the bone.

A more subtle but no less painful moment occurs during a tense argument in which Jack, ever the idealist, reveals his dream to settle down with Ennis, buy some land together and live out the rest of their lives in a peaceful idyll. The depth of Ennis’s self-loathing is fully revealed when he flatly rejects the suggestion, leaving Jack crushed and defeated.

I liked BM for the most part, but I found more than one issue with the storyline. There were times when I just didn’t believe something that happened in the film would actually happen that way to a gay man…in 1960, 1980, or even in 2015. In fact, there’s one scene in the film I know wouldn’t happen. And that bothered me, because I wanted so much more from the film. I think films like The Children’s Hour, with Shirley MacLaine handle the lesbian theme over 50 years ago with more authenticity. But then I’m not totally sure about that because I’m not a lesbian and I can’t speak for lesbians on that one. I wouldn’t argue that point either, because the lesbian gets the last word with the lesbian movie.

You can read more here. I know how much many of you loved BM and to a certain extent I get that. The film did open up new doors in many ways that hadn’t been open before. It also introduced people to gay men who had never known anything about gay men before. I get that, too. I also know it’s all subjective.

Naked Men Eat Sushi

Now here’s something I could watch more than once…cute naked men eating sushi. I love both…naked men and sushi.

If you’re fans of BuzzFeed’s perenially-nude “Try Guys” (and, really, who among us isn’t?), you were probably wondering how the playful boys would celebrate their favorite holiday, April Fool’s Day. Naturally, they found a new way to get naked, surprise their coworkers and potentially ruin sushi for everyone forever. As one of the guys says, “We have a weird job.” Indeed. Will their warm bodies turn the sushi into baked fish? Watch the video below to find out.

There’s more here. Check out the photo. It won’t make you wince, and it won’t chill you to the bone, but you will be able to look at it more than once.

Sorry Girls He’s Gay

I love the tone of this article. And I’m glad I’m living in a time when I can witness something like this…when the guy who is everyone’s dream in high school turns out to be gay and NOT interested in the cheerleaders.

Sorry, girls.

I just wanted to come out in a unique way. I was at my friend’s house and thought, what if I just Photoshopped a picture of a rainbow behind me? Then I looked at more pictures online and saw the picture I used, which was more retro, it was more of a cartoon. What if I cropped out his face and used my face instead? People describe me as a person who doesn’t really conform. I wanted to do something different than people just announcing that they’re gay. I wanted to come out in my own way, since that’s how I feel coming out should be. I wanted to do it in a fun sort of way and so it wasn’t awkward.”

I just wish I could delete the comments that follow. Some free speech should never see the light of day.

You can check the rest out there.

Free Gay Excerpt

Here’s a free excerpt from my upcoming book in the Rainbow Detective Series. In the book there’s something very unusual I’ve never written about before. It’s not really a spoiler if I tell now because it does come out fairly soon in the story. One of the characters has diphallia…a man born with two penises instead of one. You can look it up. It’s a real thing that can and does happen to some men.

Even after all this time, there were still mornings when Proctor Gamble had serious misgivings about his decision to remain in business with Blair Huntingdon to keep The Rainbow Detective Agency open. After the last two important cases they took on wound up making Proctor more money than he’d ever imagined he could make outside of modeling, he’d resigned himself to the pragmatic thought process that he could continue to do this in order to survive.

He’d also gained more media attention than he’d had since he’d modeled for the silly male underwear ads he’d done in his twenties that had made him rich and famous. But more important, deep down he felt such a thrill after each case he’d solved with Blair he finally felt complete as a man in ways he found hard to understand.
This time he wasn’t getting paid for his hot body, his perfect hair, or the bulge that protruded between his legs whenever he wore tight jeans. He wasn’t just the hunk. He was doing something of substance and making a difference in the world. He was more than just that ass.

If Blair’s constant game-playing and lack of professional ethics hadn’t ruined every serious moment they shared, Proctor’s life wouldn’t have been half bad. It was the oddest thing. To look at him, Blair could have been a male model himself, with his dark hair, lean wiry body, and well-defined features. When he opened his mouth to speak and his smooth voice filled a room with articulate sentences and impressive words that sounded more serious than they were, Blair could have been mistaken for a brilliant college professor. He wore flashy clothes, drove the right car, and deep down had a heart of pure gold. If Blair could have figured out a way to separate the obtuse from the dignified he might have been perfect husband material.
This was the entire problem that left Proctor wide awake in bed at night wondering how long he could continue trying to be professional. It was the issue that made his face hot with each act of idiocy Blair did, and the reason why he wanted to throw Blair through the office window at least three or four times a day. No matter how serious Proctor tried to be, Blair continued to undermine his every move with ridiculous antics that always seemed to get worse each time Proctor turned his back. 
On one bright sunny morning in Los Angeles when Proctor was feeling better than he had in weeks, he stood outside the office door and felt a pull deep in his gut. The day had started out well enough. He’d risen early, he’d had coffee with his Bengal cat, Constance, and his devoted personal assistant, Jane, and he’d gone for a long refreshing hike in Runyon Canyon. Although at thirty-six years old they considered him too old to model, he still maintained his twenty-six year old body and he often did personal public appearances. Thanks to that one infamous underwear poster he’d done in his twenties he would always be a pop culture icon in some respects and he wanted to keep his image alive as long as he could. He also found hiking and strenuous work outs soothing to his mind and soul as well. Without exercise he wasn’t sure how he’d survive emotionally. 

He stood outside the main reception area of his office listening to loud music and rolled his eyes. His face grew hot and he felt that urge to kick something. It was that ridiculous new pop song that was something about the bass that Blair was always singing around the office without even realizing it. It made every hair on Proctor’s body stand on end.

Who wouldn’t get frustrated about all this? It was Monday morning. Who on earth has an office party first thing on Monday morning?
Proctor dreaded opening the door to see what was going on inside the office. They had a small staff, including the office manager, Alvin Schlock. He heard Alvin’s high pitched squeal and another staff member’s deep throaty laugh. The endless repetitive song continued to blast and Proctor’s face grew redder and warmer with each bang of the bass drum. Why he had to suffer these frequent hells after all the hard work he’d done in his life made him want to break down the office door and scream. To be at the top of his game in his late twenties and now reduced to this insane drudgery in his mid-thirties wasn’t fair. Up until his business manager had run off with all his money and left him in debt his life had been so charmed people joked they saw little birds flying over his head. Now the birds were gone and he always felt knee deep in shit.

He took a deep breath and pushed the door slowly. He glanced into the reception area with his eyes wide open and held his breath. He took a step into the office and tightened his fists. No one even noticed him, not even Alvin Schlock. They were all too busy jumping around like idiots cheering for the male stripper who was twerking on top of Alvin Schlock’s desk.
Then Alvin noticed Proctor and he cut the music fast. While Proctor stood dead still sending a blank glance into the room, the rest of the staff turned and gaped at him. Even the male stripper stopped moving. He stood atop the desk wearing nothing but a red thong, with his hands on his hips and a confused expression. The only one who didn’t stop moving out of sheer terror was Blair.

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