California and First Openly Gay Man Going to Congress, Ryan Field Books

 California and First Openly Gay Man Going to Congress

Here’s another political win for an openly gay immigrant. And also for the entire LGBTQIA community. I never take these things for granted. 

It seems as though every time an openly gay person gets elected to office it’s the first time. But I never get tired of seeing it happen. And it truly inspires and amazes me how the mainstream will actually elect gay people.

In this case, it’s someone named Robert Garcia and he’s currently the mayor of Long Beach, CA. And now he’s about to become the first openly gay immigrant in the House of Representatives. He even received a congratulatory phone call from the President. 

He’s also married to Matthew Mendez Garcia who is a college professor. Sadly, he lost both his mother and stepfather to COVID and he’s been promoting vaccines ever since. 

You can read more here. 

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Get This: There's a Gay Republican Heading to Congress, Ryan Field Books

 Get This: There’s a Gay Republican Heading to Congress

I always find it interesting when the mainstream (and some gay people) realize that there are, indeed, gay Republicans. I’m not, but I know a few personally. Aside from politics, I’ve always found them to be very nice people, just like my gay Democrat friends. And in several cases, because of the nasty politics we see lately, several of these gay Republicans are in the closet. And they only talk about it with close friends. 

Well, this is a story about a gay Republican who’s far from being in the closet. His name is George Santos and he’s the only openly gay Republican in Congress (because we know there are always a few closet cases, Democrat and Republican) and he will be representing New York’s 3rd congressional district. To be honest, I’m kind of surprised that Republicans voted a gay person into office. 

There are a few facts about gay Republicans in Congress and the fact that Santos allegedly has ties to January 6th. Santos denies being anywhere near the Capital on Jan. 6th. However, some Democratic activist caught him there on camera. You can see the video at the website to which I’m linking. It doesn’t appear to be anything violent. Just a bunch of people standing around on a grassy area. They also talk a little about gay marriage in the article. 

You can check it all out, here. My problem with all this really isn’t political. I stick to certain issues instead of politics.  I think SOCTUS should have left Roe vs Wade alone. There should be a law written up that states once a ruling happens it can’t be changed. Because we’ll never be able to trust SCOTUS again. Unless, of course, we lose a few of the conservative judges while Biden is still in office.  


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A Piece About Why it Took Gay Rights So Long, Ryan Field Books

 A Piece About Why it Took Gay Rights So Long

This is an excellent piece that starts out with how a man named Henry Gerber was persecuted by the straights for starting what many believe is the first gay rights organization. That happened in 1925 and we have been fighting for our rights ever since. 

We are still fighting for quality today, but in different ways. The right wing red states want to silence us and send us back into the closet, and the left wing so-called allies continue to appropriate gay culture for monetary gain in films, TV shows, and books. We get it from all angles. Many of our so-called allies are so deeply rooted in straight white privilege, they don’t even realize it when they are keeping us down. We don’t need you to save us. We need you to support us. 

I once had a publisher, Ravenous Romance, tell me that I couldn’t use the word “thug” in a book because she thought it was racist. And then I found out that she published a “gay romance” that was written by a straight white man. Both of them were seriously liberal, and both of them thought nothing of the cultural appropriation they did. However, the straight guy’s book tanked, and Ravenous Romance eventually went out of business. And there was no need to wonder why. I’m just glad I had all my rights reverted to me. 

But I digress, the piece to which I’m linking continues to discuss the history of the gay rights movement in the US with some excellent examples. According to this piece, what is considered the beginning started with groups like Mattachine Society and Daughters of Bilitis. I’m not all that familiar with either. They didn’t teach us about that in high school or college.

It’s a fascinating piece and you can read more about it here. The entire piece is mainly about Henry  Gerber and The Society for Human Rights that dates back to 1924. They mention a few more important names as well.  If you’re like me, this is all fresh news that I didn’t know existed. They also enforce the importance of this kind of gay history and equality, just so no one thinks all this started up just recently.

It has always been a long hard battle. 


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“Best Gay Novel In Years. 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.”
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Book News: Draft2Digital Acquires Mark Coker's Smashwords, Ryan Field Books

 Book News: Draft2Digital Acquires Mark Coker’s Smashwords

This news has been out for a few months, but I think it’s still fresh and I like to post about websites where e-books are sold. 

I remember going to a dinner party back in the late 90s and one of the guests worked in the art department of Random House. At the time, I was getting short stories published for the Gay/Lesbian Presses like Alyson Books. And I remember this guy telling us that soon there would be digital reading devices that people would use in place of hard copy books. Even though several people just waved him off and laughed, I found it all fascinating. 

And slowly but surely, as the next few years passed, e-books were gaining in popularity by the most avid readers. Of course to this day there are still old timers who refuse to read digital books, and that’s fine. However, I have always found that the most serious readers only read digital. They often buy at least 5 books a week. 

With that said, by 2008 digital books became so common almost everyone who really knew book publishing was doing it. And a man named Mark Coker started a wonderful online e-book website called Smashwords. I remember when it all started and I have always had my books there. First, my romance publishers would put them up on Smashwords, and then when I started to do a few indie books. I depended on Smashwords, too. And for what it’s worth, I have always found Smashwords to be pleasant and professional. It’s nothing like the vipers of Amazon. 

Over the years, since 2008, I have seen so many publishers and start-ups come and go I’ve lost track. Most have shuttered and disappeared from the Internets. However, Smashwords is still here and it’s moving forward, as usual. It was announced earlier this year that Draft2Digital, another e-book publisher that I like, will acquire Smashwords. This is big news for indie authors. 

And Mark Coker will be staying on. 

“I’m thrilled to join forces with Draft2Digital,” said Mark Coker. “Over the last decade, I’ve come to deeply admire Draft2Digital’s team, technology, and commitment to authors. Our shared business model is a key to our two companies’ success. We put authors first. By design, we only make money when our authors make money. This aligns our interests with the interests of our authors. Together we will lead the next chapter of the indie author revolution.”

You  read all about it, here. If you do just a quick simple search you’ll find tons of information about this merger. And if you’re an author, I’d like to say that all of my books have always been on Smashwords, and you should do the same.  

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Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. 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.”
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Guy Who Won Gay Rights Case with SCOTUS Settles Lawsuit, Ryan Field Books

 Guy Who Won Gay Rights Case with SCOTUS Settles Lawsuit

Gerald Bostock was one of three cases where SCOTUS ruled that LGBTQIA people are protected from discrimination in workplaces. 

And now, a county in Georgia has decided to settle on a lawsuit with him. The county settled with Gerald Lynn Bostock for 825K. Bostock believes he was fired in 2013 because he’s gay. 

Bostock made a statement that he’s thrilled he won and that it’s finally over. I’m sure he is. 

Here’s where you can read more. It goes into a little more detail, plus there is a video of Bostock showing his gratitude. I find it frustrating that it took so long for them to settle. 

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Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. 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.”
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The Straight Media Outlets Support Gayface With Harry Styles in "The Policeman," Ryan Field Books

 The Straight Media Outlets Support Gayface With Harry Styles in “The Policeman”


Before I say anything else, I’d like to make it clear I like the author of this article, I’ve met him on Twitter, and he’s a very nice guy. 

I just started seeing the film, The Policeman, show up on Amazon Prime and every time I see it I want to gag. No, I will not be watching this. I have watched Harry Styles queer baiting for months and I have no interest in watching another straight play gayface in a film or TV show while there are thousands of openly gay actors who cannot get jobs. 

But one thing that always remains consistent whenever straight plays gay, the mainstream media is always out there supporting the straight actor instead of calling attention to the cultural appropriation of gay men. It never fails. 

I’m linking to an article right now where they discuss the gay sex scenes in The Policeman. They are still taking writing and acting jobs away from us and creating gay content that is not authentic. And don’t tell me it’s only “acting,” because if that were the case Meryl Streep would be playing the lead role in the life story of Rosa Park. But Streep wouldn’t do that. And, for the record, Tom Hanks recently came out against straight actors playing gayface. 

As long as there are straight actors out there playing gayface, and there are straight writers writing quasi gay content, nothing at all has improved. It’s just straights exploiting and making money on gay culture. 

You can read the entire article, here. I’m done. And I will not be watching  any TV Show or Film that takes acting and writing jobs away from openly gay artists. And, in all fairness, maybe the author of the article hasn’t heard about cultural appropriation or stealing gay culture. I do, in fact, know many gay men who haven’t realized this yet. And he seems like a nice person who’s trying. 

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Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. 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.”
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There Have Always Been Gay Rural Country People, Ryan Field Books

 There Have Always Been Gay Rural Country People

Sometimes I see these headlines and I just shake my head and wonder what are these people thinking. Of course there have always been gay country people living quiet lives in rural areas. There are gay people everywhere. We just don’t know it all the time. 

With that said, when I owned my art gallery in New Hope, I would often see gay men of all ages walking through town. It was just for the day. They would stop and we would talk, and many would purchase something small from the gallery. I always enjoyed meeting them and hearing about where they came from. The majority lived in rural places where they couldn’t come out of the closet, and they would go to gay New Hope for the day just too be around other gay people. 

The article I’m linking to right now discusses gay people who live in more rural areas. As obvious as it seems, I have to admit that it’s not a topic we see discussed often. I didn’t know half the things I read in this article. I think when most people think of gay people they tend to imagine them living in more urban areas. However, in rural Northern Ireland (a place I’d love to visit) there is a one day festival that sounds like fun that focuses on gay people who live in the country. 

It’s called The Bona Palooza Festival and it celebrates gender and sexual minorities that have lived in the rural area over the years. 

Here’s where you can read more about it.  There are a few photos and they go into more detail with a few famous names like the grandson of US President Chester Arthur, Gavin Arthur. Gavin had a fascinating life. He worked at an interior designer for Jacqueline Kennedy and had a gay affair with an activist. 

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Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. 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.”
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Gay People In Russia Terrified of the Future, Ryan Field Books

Gay People In Russia Terrified of the Future

I’ve been posting about anti-gay Russia for years now and nothing seems to be improving. If anything, it’s getting worse. 

Once again Putin is clamping down on LGBTQ freedoms in Russia and many are worried about what is to come next. I know I would be worried. 

Ever since the gay propaganda laws were passed, life has been challenging for LGBTQ people. For example, they can’t allow anyone under 18 into a simple g-rated LGBTQ art show. The reason being is that no one under 18 is allowed to be introduced to LGBTQ content thanks to the gay propaganda laws. You may or may not believe it, but it wasn’t that different here in the US. At one time in the US, anything gay/lesbian oriented was considered adult material. Even if it was g-rated.

And now Russia is about to pass a gay propaganda law that affects everyone, not just children. The laws would prohibit many simple g-rated aspects of LGBTQ life. As a result LGBTQ people are terrified for their futures. And rightly so. 

Here’s more. It always seems as though they are targeting LGBTQ people on purpose in Russia. And I wish there were some kind of global initiative that would help LGBTQ people there deal with it. I know that no one can stop nasty Putin, but if we could just give them some hope. Maybe even in the form of asylum. 


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Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

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“Best Gay Novel In Years. 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.”
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Irish Priest Says Varadkar and all Gay Politicians Will Go To Hell, Ryan Field Books

Irish Priest Says Varadkar and all Gay Politicians Will Go To Hell

Now some ridiculous Irish priest is telling gay politicians they are going to hell for being gay. He better watch out. He might wind up in hell for being so cruel. 

On top of this, the old Priest slammed gays, trans people, and abortion rights. After this went down the bishop apologized for what the priest said and also stated that his opinions do not “represent the Christian position.” Good for the bishop.  

The homophobic priest also thinks of gay as being a disability. Get this:

“because it leans a person in an abnormal direction in terms of expressing sexuality”.

Here’s more. Someone should tell him that being gay is not just about sex and sexuality.

 Government ministers are also calling the priest’s comments disgraceful. 

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Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. 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.”
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Patrick Haggerty, Older Gay Country Star, Dies,

Patrick Haggerty, Older Gay Country Star, Dies

I have to admit that I never heard of Patrick Haggerty. I’m not a huge fan of country music. But I wish I had known more about Haggerty. He sounds fascinating. 

This guy dates back to 1973 when almost no one was openly gay, especially not in the country music business. But like me with regard to my books, he knew he had to make a choice. Either spend his life in hiding or just go out there and be himself. And just like me, he chose to be himself. I actually chose to write gay romance. It wasn’t an accident. 

He did an album in 1973 titled, “Lavender Country,” which is now considered the first LGBTQ album in history recorded by an out country musician. For those of you who take these things lightly, I want you to know that this was big back then. Hell, this would have been big in the 90s. It’s only recently where we are seeing out musicians. 

It’s not surprising that Haggerty was not welcomed into the country music world with songs like C$$ksuckin Tears 

“When we made ‘Lavender Country,’ we weren’t stupid,” he told CNN. “No genre was going to take stock of anything that I had to say.”

He died this past Monday from a stroke. He was 78.

You can read it all, here. 

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Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. 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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

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