A TV Show Written by, Produced by, AND Starring A Gay Man; Non-binary People Recognized In These Places; Are These Celebrities Gay or Straight?

A TV Show Written by, Produced by, AND Starring A Gay Man

Well this is definitely a novelty. And I’m not joking about that. After watching a countless number of TV shows, films, and even books with gay content coming from a heteronormative POV all my life, this should really be interesting.

Jim Parsons has landed a deal with Netflix to produce a series titled, Special.

Special, is loosely based on writer Ryan O’Connell’s memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, in which the author discusses growing up as a Millennial gay man with cerebral palsy, navigating internships, dating, and coming out.

Here’s the link to more. They go into more detail about the project, and about Jim Parsons. 


Non-binary People Recognized In These Places

Here are the states and cities that officially recognize non-binary people.

California, New York City, Washington D.C., Maine, Washington, Oregon, Arkansas, New Jersey. 

New Jersey is the most recent state to offer gender neutral birth certificates. And, trans people will be able to change their gender without having to go through gender confirmation surgery.  

There are more details, here. 


Are These Celebrities Gay or Straight?

The only reason I’m linking to this is because there are over 31 comments. While I obviously don’t believe there should be any shame associated with being gay, I do believe that every gay person should come out on his or her own terms. But, in all fairness, they don’t speculate here either.  

With that said, this article examines a ‘handful’ of celebrities who may or may not be gay. Here’s an excerpt about John Travolta.

No, John Travolta has never publicly come out as gay, though gay rumors and accusations have long followed the American actor.

You can read the whole thing, here. The only thing that always bothers me is when non-gay celebrities who play gay face for money claim ‘it should not be relevant.’ Well, yes, it is relevant.  It’s relevant to the millions of us who are gay, and who continue to get slapped in the face almost daily. 

However, the comments are a combination of entertaining, and in some cases, brilliant.




Reader Review: This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina. A sequel is in order and a film as well. Bravo Field


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]
Have you ever wondered what it might have been like for two young men who fell in love in 1940? Well that’s exactly what happened to young Joe Buddy Barnes and a cowboy drifter named Clay Totten.

Even though he’s great at running his family’s general store and fixing machines, Joe Buddy can’t seem to figure out how to fix his own life. The fact that he lives way up on remote Buddy’s Mountain in Western North Carolina, with two spinster aunts, doesn’t help his situation either. Although his aunts devoted their lives to him, one aunt never got over a long lost love and the other was born a man who always identified as a woman.

Then one hot summer afternoon in 1940 everything changes. While Joe Buddy is swimming in the creek he accidentally meets a tall, dark cowboy from Wyoming named Clay. He’s a drifter who is only passing through North Carolina on his way to Florida, where he plans to enlist in the military.

There’s an instant connection, and Joe Buddy winds up bringing Clay home for supper that night because he feels sorry for him. However, Joe Buddy suspects there’s more to Clay’s story than he’s telling, and he persuades Clay to stick around long enough to find out. As each event unfolds, these two young men move forward in ways that neither one of them ever expected. And as World War II lurks in the not so far off distance, there are some interesting changes coming to Buddy’s Mountain you won’t want to miss.




Lee Radziwill, ‘Grey Gardens,’ and ‘That Summer,’ Where Is Michael Sam Now?; Cory Booker Challenges Trump Nominee For Her Comments About Decriminalizing Gay Sex; Altered Parts by Ryan Field

Lee Radziwill, ‘Grey Gardens,’ and ‘That Summer’

Although she’s never received all the credit she deserved, Lee Radziwill has held many important positions that have helped shape pop culture. From her work as a designer to her work in public relations, she’s always been excellent at what she did.

One of the projects for which Lee rarely receives credit is how closely related she was to the Grey Gardens documentary about the reclusive mother and daughter living out in East Hampton, ‘Big Edie’ and ‘Little Edie’ Beale. Lee Radziwill is a Bouvier, and Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale was Lee’s paternal aunt, and the daughter, Edie Bouvier Beale, was Lee’s first cousin.

From what I’ve read, Lee started out with the intention of making a simple little documentary about her own life and her memories of East Hampton, and then the project turned into something completely different once they saw what was happening at Grey Gardens. I’ve also read that it was Lee Radziwill who actually spearheaded the project of cleaning up Grey Gardens.

There’s so much more to the story that I can’t get into with a short post right now. However, I wanted to mention the documentary, That Summer, which was actually filmed before the documentary, Grey Gardens. It views like a prologue to the Grey Gardens documentary, except Lee Radziwill is in this one, along with other pop culture icons like Peter Beard and Andy Warhol. I watched it the other night and it was fascinating, and in many ways more fascinating than the documentary Grey Gardens, because you get to see Lee interacting with her aunt and her cousin in a very human, caring way. You could see that Lee really cares about their situation, which is something that was always missing from the Grey Gardens documentary.

In any event, the documentary, That Summer, with Lee Radziwill, is definitely worth watching. Big Edie and Little Edie are both a huge part of it, the house is an enormous focus, and you get to see a few things that you didn’t see in the Grey Gardens documentary. I’m glad they released this, and I’m thrilled that someone gave Lee Radziwill the credit she deserves for being such a huge part of all this. Its just excellent footage, and if you’re interested in pop culture or pop culture history you will love this.

Here’s a link to IMDb where you can read more about That Summer. We streamed it through Amazon, but I think you can watch it online, too.


Where Is Michael Sam Now?

I shared so much about Michael Sam at one point I lost count of the posts. He was the first openly gay NFL player, and he’s inspired many gay men. He’s pretty amazing.

The piece I’m linking to right now covers everything that’s been going on with Sam in the last few years, including the motivational speaking he’s been doing.

Revered for his unwavering courage, graciousness and fortitude, Michael inspires with his personal journey of triumph over intense adversity. Authentic and heartfelt on the stage, his candor empowers audiences to overcome their own impediments to self-truth, love and acceptance.

Here’s a link to more. I still love everything he did in the past, and what he’s doing now. 


Cory Booker Challenges Trump Nominee For Her Comments About Decriminalizing Gay Sex

These are usually stories you won’t read in the mainstream news. That’s not something new. We never did hear many LGBT stories in the mainstream…unless it was so sensational they couldn’t pass it up. Thankfully, smaller news outlets are sharing stories like this online and it’s making a huge difference for many people.

With that said, Cory Booker is usually one of the few people out there who is willing to even mention the topic of LGBTQ rights. 

Cory Booker has challenged a Trump judicial nominee over her previous comments attacking the decriminalisation of gay sex.

It’s a good article, and Booker doesn’t hold back.

Here’s the link.  





Reader Review: This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina. A sequel is in order and a film as well. Bravo Field


Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]
Have you ever wondered what it might have been like for two young men who fell in love in 1940? Well that’s exactly what happened to young Joe Buddy Barnes and a cowboy drifter named Clay Totten.

Even though he’s great at running his family’s general store and fixing machines, Joe Buddy can’t seem to figure out how to fix his own life. The fact that he lives way up on remote Buddy’s Mountain in Western North Carolina, with two spinster aunts, doesn’t help his situation either. Although his aunts devoted their lives to him, one aunt never got over a long lost love and the other was born a man who always identified as a woman.

Then one hot summer afternoon in 1940 everything changes. While Joe Buddy is swimming in the creek he accidentally meets a tall, dark cowboy from Wyoming named Clay. He’s a drifter who is only passing through North Carolina on his way to Florida, where he plans to enlist in the military.

There’s an instant connection, and Joe Buddy winds up bringing Clay home for supper that night because he feels sorry for him. However, Joe Buddy suspects there’s more to Clay’s story than he’s telling, and he persuades Clay to stick around long enough to find out. As each event unfolds, these two young men move forward in ways that neither one of them ever expected. And as World War II lurks in the not so far off distance, there are some interesting changes coming to Buddy’s Mountain you won’t want to miss.

The Jussie Smollett Investigation; Jack’d Security Flaw and Exposed X-Rated Pics; Ellen Page Calls Out Chris Pratt

The Jussie Smollett Investigation

According to this piece, there are new developments in the Jussie Smollett case.

They’re seriously looking for a possible link that might connect the attack to hate mail that was sent to Smollett. They have examples of the hate mail.

According to reports, the FBI has coordinated with a private security firm hired to screen mail sent to the cast of the show, which has a history of receiving threatening letters.

You can read the rest, here. 

Some people in the comments can be so mean.

Jack’d Security Flaw and Exposed X-Rated Pics

In case you haven’t heard of it, Jack’d is a hook up app where guys go to meet guys. There have been security issues, and x-rated photos of guys (who thought they were posting safely) are allegedly winding up online for public viewing.

A guy named Oliver Hough discovered the security issue and he claims he contacted Jack’d a year ago to let them know about it. Here’s what he has to say:

“I don’t feel they were quick enough to respond and I believe they only rushed to get it fixed after they knew the story was going to be published,” he tells Out. “I’m glad they have rolled out a fix, though it took too long to get here.”

Here’s the link to this one. 

Ellen Page Calls Out Chris Pratt

I posted about Chris Pratt proudly belonging to an anti-gay church a couple of weeks ago, and now Ellen Page has a few things to say about that. 

She tweeted: ‘Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?’

I missed this tweet, but it seems Page garnered a good deal of support from Twitter followers. 

You can read the rest, here. 


Blissfully Yours
by
Ryan Field

In Paperback or E-book


Blissfully Yours by [Field, Ryan]



Earl Bradshaw’s first impression of his gay son’s fiance leaves Earl wondering where he went wrong. The fiance, Gabriel, is pushy, scruffy, overbearing, and he refers to Earl as “dad” without even asking for permission. Earl has a feeling deep in his gut that Gabriel is lying about something. So when the entire family travels to Palm Springs for Thanksgiving, Earl makes a point of finding out what Gabriel is hiding.

Abby Bradshaw, Earl’s wife, instantly falls in love with Gabriel’s charm and sexy good looks, and she starts treating him as if he’s her own son. Abby not only wants to support her gay son’s marriage, but she genuinely adores her future son-in-law in spite of Earl’s suspicions.


Baldwin Bradshaw, Earl and Abby’s gay son, is so blissfully in love with Gabriel he can’t see any of his flaws. The only thing Baldwin wants to do is introduce his family to the man he loves and live happily ever after.


But nothing in life is ever perfect, and Baldwin soon finds out that his happily ever after dream might not come true after all. And when a few of these realities finally sink in, nothing about Baldwin’s future is secure. The only thing that can save Baldwin and Gabriel is love through strength, and it’s not going to happen without a few tears along the way.









TV Star Matt Dallas Told To Stay In Closet; Male Model’s Alleged Affair with NFL Player; Trans Woman Sues NJ Restaurant; Kendle’s Fire by Ryan Field

TV Star Matt Dallas Told To Stay In Closet

This is why I could never fault any gay man for not coming out of the closet. It’s especially true for gay male actors, but it could be any gay man in any profession.

In 2006, Matt Dallas, who was starring in the ABC Family series, Kyle XY, was told he had to stay in the closet. I remember that TV show vividly, and I remember loving it. It was actually one of the best TV shows out at the time, and that’s mostly because of Matt Dallas.

“I was told to stay in the closet,” he recalls, “not talk about my sexuality, to be on every red carpet with a girl on my arm.”

You can read the entire piece, here. Dallas goes into a lot more detail about this, and about how it’s affected his life.

Male Model’s Alleged Affair with NFL Player

It’s no secret that many gay men in professional sports remain in the closet, for obvious reasons. With that said, everything in this story is alleged, and I’m also not a fan of outing gay men. No gay man in the closet should ever be outed by anyone. 

An amateur male model by the name of Malik Joseph claims he engaged in a romantic relationship with P.J. Hall of the Oakland Raiders, Black Sports Online reports.

Here’s the link to a good deal more

I also want to point out, just for the record, that calling a man gay, even if he’s straight, is NOT slander. It may or may not be true…but either way it’s NOT slander. That implication bothers me as much as outing someone. 

Trans Woman Sues NJ Restaurant

I’ve seen a few stories just like this lately.

A trans woman recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer, a restaurant in New Jersey, claiming that she was fired because of her gender identity.

You can read this one, here.   I hope there’s a follow up. 

Kendle’s Fire



Reader Reviews:

This is GREAT story!! It’s wonderful in its exploration of sexuality and masculinity. The story is well done and beautifully done. The story flows beautifully and the characters are wonderfully written. 


Kendle's Fire by [Field, Ryan]


Even though Kendle is an openly gay ex-Marine, he’s been questioning his masculinity all of his life. He’s always been what people expect a man to be, in spite of the fact that he’s never been completely comfortable living up to these expectations.

He also has a few secrets. The kind of secrets a man can only talk about with the most intimate people in his life. One of those people is his best friend and part time lover, Dale. And their relationship is not without a few unusual quirks and ironies either, especially when it comes to the way Kendle explains his relationship with Dale to his own parents. 

After a string of bad career decisions and awkward mistakes, it’s not until Kendle meets a young guy named Walter that his life begins to come together. It’s a journey filled with as much joy as heartbreak, with a few bittersweet twists in between. As Kendle opens himself up to new possibilities, he finds himself in the midst of life altering changes that leave him devastated. And there’s a point where he’s not sure he can get through any of it.





Gus Kenworthy on Playing Straight; Damon Wayans Jr’s Anti-Gay Comments; Bert and Ernie Are Gay (with a catch); Gay Catholic Leader Confronts Alt-Right;

Gus Kenworthy on Playing Straight 

Whenever the argument comes up about straight actors playing gay roles it never fails that someone will comment about gay actors playing straight roles.

So when I saw openly gay Gus Kenworthy Tweet this I thought it was perfect. Kenworthy will be playing a straight role in an upcoming AHSFX, and apparently this question came up.

Interviewer: So how did you prepare for this role? Me: I actually played “straight” for the first 23 years of my life…

Here’s a link to the tweet. You can’t get more honest than this.

Here’s more about the role Kenworthy will be playing on AHS.


Damon Wayans Jr’s Anti-Gay Comments

In a general sense, with all these new discoveries regarding past celebrity anti-gay comments, I think it’s a good example of what LGBT people have had to deal with for many years. All of our lives. This isn’t new to us. I’ve even experienced it in book circles on certain romance blogs that I won’t name.

With that said, Damon Wayans Jr is now the latest casualty to have his past anti-gay comments exposed in public.

 The offensive tweets were written by the New Girl actor back in 2010 and 2011 and include words like “tr*nny bitch”, “f*gs” and “no homo.”

Here’s the link. Wayans is now doing damage control and the tweets have been deleted.


Bert and Ernie Are Gay (with a catch)

I posted about this last September. In short, a former writer said he thought of Bert and Ernie as more than roommates. As a gay man, he imagined them to be a loving gay couple. However, Sesame Street producers very quickly rushed in to deny that Bert and Ernie were gay, and this sparked controversy.

Evidently, Sesame Street has now changed its tune…at least a little bit. They won’t actually admit that Bert and Ernie are gay, but they did throw this bone our way…

“People can think whatever they want [about Bert and Ernie],” says Brown Johnson, the executive vice president of the Sesame Workshop, toldThe Hollywood Reporter. “You want to think they’re gay? OK. You want to think they’re not gay? They’re not gay.”

Here’s the link to this one.  There’s usually, a catch. 


Gay Catholic Leader Confronts Alt-Right

This is a story about a San Diego man, Aaron Bianco, who had his entire life change when alt-right conservatives discovered him. After many years of being devoted to his Catholic church, and being treated with great respect by parishioners, alt-right conservatives went after him in the worst possible ways.

He arrived at the church one day to find the doors had been lit on fire and “NO FAGS” spray-painted on a wall.

Here’s the full story. His photo is there, too. 


Fresh Release

Sleepless In San Francisco


Sleepless in San Francisco by [Field, Ryan ]


Reader Reviews:

 I read a lot of Ryan’s books, but really loved this one. The main character reminded me of someone… read it and see.

A PG Rated Gay Romance






Ramon Canyon by [Field, Ryan]
Blissfully Yours



Kendle’s Fire

A PG Rated Gay Romance 



Not All Gay Books Have Sex

In Their Prime by Ryan Field

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Mayor John Duran of West Hollywood and Sexual Misconduct Allegations; The 2019 Queerties: Vote Now; Alan Turing Named Greatest Person of 20th Century

Mayor John Duran of West Hollywood and Sexual Misconduct Allegations

According to this article, the mayor of West Hollywood, John Duran, will step down as board chairman of the LA Gay Men’s Chorus because of sexual misconduct and harassment allegations.

Duran denies the allegations and claims he was planning to resign anyway.

One chorus member, Brian Phillip Nichoalds, told The Times Duran made sexually inappropriate comments and put his hand on the inside of his waistband.

Here’s the link to the rest of it. There are more details.

The last time John Duran’s name made national news he was calling for the removal of Donald Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This is what Duran said about Trump:

“Earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is an honor. When one belittles and attacks minorities, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities or women — the honor no longer exists.”

Here’s the link to this one. 


The 2019 Queerties: Vote Now

I like things like this. It’s pop culture, it’s current, and it’s fun.

If you follow this link, you can vote for all your favorite personalities, or icons, from indie movies to pod casts. 

It’s very simple. 


Alan Turing Named Greatest Person of 20th Century

There were so many great people who shaped and molded the 20th Century it had to be difficult to choose just one. But this was done through a public vote, during a live BBC broadcast, and the presenter said this:   

‘Today he is the most celebrated figure of the 20th century, a father of computing, war hero and genius’.

Here’s a link to more.  If you don’t know anything about Turning, there’s back story. 


Fresh Release

Sleepless In San Francisco


Sleepless in San Francisco by [Field, Ryan ]


Reader Reviews:

 I read a lot of Ryan’s books, but really loved this one. The main character reminded me of someone… read it and see.

A PG Rated Gay Romance






Ramon Canyon by [Field, Ryan]
Blissfully Yours



Kendle’s Fire

A PG Rated Gay Romance 



Not All Gay Books Have Sex

In Their Prime by Ryan Field

Amazon



We’ve Always Been Offended, You Just Didn’t Know; Mumbai’s Historic Pride Event; Gay Polish Politician and New Progressive Party

We’ve Always Been Offended, You Just Didn’t Know

I see people complaining about how other people get too offended lately, and it never ceases to amaze me how lightly they take it. But I also understand it. How could they know? If you’re coming from a place of privilege you can’t know how it feels to be the punch line of a bad, offensive joke.

I’m not going to make this long, because it’s really not that difficult. We’ve always been offended. This isn’t new. The truth is that many of us grew so used to being offended that it turned into a sort of resigned indifference.

In other words, when gay people would watch a popular TV show in the 90s and the heteronormative characters would make a gay joke, we would simply wave it off and ignore it. We knew it was offensive. We also knew we couldn’t do anything to change it.

However, things did change. One of the great things about the Internet is that so many people have voices now, and they can be heard. We didn’t have voices in the past and no one heard us, which rendered us totally helpless with regard to what offended us, or left us indifferent.

So, people who think we get offended too much now, it’s nothing new. You’re just going to have to deal with that. If you don’t like it, that’s too bad. We had to deal with being offended and not speaking up about it for years. For many it was a lifetime. And, just so it’s clear, and so you know, we’re going to let you know what offends us now.

Mumbai’s Historic Pride Event

Here’s some positive,wonderful news on the global front.

Mumbai just celebrated its first pride event, which is significant because it’s also the first pride since India decriminalized ‘homosexuality.’

 “This is the first time I have participated in Mumbai Pride Parade,” Mr. Gay India 2019 Suresh Ramdas told The Times of India. “It’s crazy, fun, and colorful. I am especially excited because after the Section 377 went down, the atmosphere is really energetic.”

You can check this out, here, where there are some excellent photos.

Gay Polish Politician and New Progressive Party

I’ve posted about Robert Biedron before. He’s the openly gay politician in Poland who’s been making headlines since 2014.

Biedron just announced there will be a new progressive party in Poland just in time for the elections this year. It’s going to be called Wiosna, which means spring.

‘There is no room for hate, we have reached the limit,’ he told the audience gathered in Warsaw. ‘We need a spring that will renew this gloomy landscape.’

Here’s the link. 

Fresh Release

Sleepless In San Francisco


Sleepless in San Francisco by [Field, Ryan ]


Reader Reviews:

 I read a lot of Ryan’s books, but really loved this one. The main character reminded me of someone… read it and see.

A PG Rated Gay Romance






Ramon Canyon by [Field, Ryan]
Blissfully Yours



Kendle’s Fire

A PG Rated Gay Romance 



Not All Gay Books Have Sex

In Their Prime by Ryan Field

Amazon