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Candace Cameron Bure Will Focus on Traditional Marriage, Ryan Field Books

Candace Cameron Bure Will Focus on Traditional Marriage

Lately there’s been an attack  on LGBTQIA people. Some states have put gay propaganda laws in place, like the don’t say gay bill in DeSantis Florida. I’ve heard different things about the bill from both conservative and liberals, but the bottom line is that this bill calls attention to us all over again in a very negative way.   

With all this said, I’m linking now to an article about the GAC channel and Candace Cameron Bure. I’m not making any speculations about it because I know someone who works there who it is not homophobic or anti-LGBTQIA. As far as I know, this is purely Bure speaking on her own and she is not speaking for all of GAC. 

So even though Bure made this statement, and others like it, I want to be fair and not judge anyone else involved. 

“I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core,” the Full House alum said.

Here’s more.  You know, I have no problem at all with straight people doing movies like this. The only thing I would like to see is more of a balance. And I think we are beginning to see that, slowly but surely. It’s always taken a lot of time for us. 


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GAC TV Network Wants to Make Christmas Great Again but Is This a Dangerous Message? Do Anti-Bully Campaigns Ever Work? Why Gay Film Stars Remain Locked in the Disingenuous Closet, Ryan Field Books

 GAC TV Network Wants to Make Christmas Great Again but Is This a Dangerous Message?

The new GAC TV Network is run by a man named Bill Abbott and he’s the guy who pulled the lesbian wedding ad on the Hallmark channel a few years ago. He has spent a good deal of his life doing “family” content for TV. After a good deal of backlash about the Lesbian ad, Hallmark and Bill Abbott parted ways. GAC now stands for Great American Channels. It used to stand for Great American Country. 

 I really don’t like to speculate on things like this, even though everything about GAC screams MAGA, and I’d rather wait to see how it all unfolds. In other words, will GAC and its family content include LGBTQIA people? Who knows? Maybe it will. 

So far there have been no signs of LGBTQIA characters, stories, or even the most basic content. There could be a reason why. A large investor group with ties to former President Trump is also backing GAC. Once again, it smells of MAGA. And if you are marketing toward MAGA the only LGBTQIA people you’ll be reaching is the closet crowd. But this excerpt from the article to which I’m linking makes me wonder. It’s actually a little scary. 

Americana. American traditions. Safe storytelling. It’s the coded language the network uses about its content, as much as the content itself, that reveals its underlying message, one echoed across conservative media and politics: The “real” America is suburban or rural, predominantly white, heterosexual and Christian. Especially when tied up with a holiday bow, it’s a message far more dangerous, and demonstrably false, than any Christmas movie (or wedding-planning ad) with a gay couple at its center.

Here’s more at this link. And here is another link to Vulture where they discuss it in even more detail. 

So I guess the bottom line is that we’ll have to watch and see what GAC does in the future. As I said, I don’t want to speculate.

Do Anti-Bully Campaigns Ever Work?

A good deal of the anti-bullying campaigns I’ve seen over the years appear to be contrived as if some ambitious unknown celebrity decided to choose a cause and run with it. And I see it time and again. The only reason I focus on this is that so many LGBTQIA kids and adults face bullying all the time, and I want to see real programs with real professionals. Not celebrities holding workshops that do nothing but promote their agenda, or the agenda of the TV channel they work for.

For one thing, when I see an anti-bullying campaign it’s usually filled with well-adjusted kids screaming rah-rah-rah. It’s a big fun-fest. There’s no round table; no serious discussion. And adults patting themselves on the back. I never see the real kids being bullied because that’s always discreetly done. Kids who are being bullied will rarely speak up about it. The bullied kids face too much shame to talk about it openly. No one wants to be a victim, especially in front of their peers.  

The problem is where do we find these professionals. And in the meantime, do these quasi anti-bullying programs work? 

“None of this stuff has made one bit of difference for the quality of life for kids in schools,” says Stuart Twemlow, a former professor of psychiatry at Baylor College and the author of Why School Anti-Bullying Programs Don’t Work. Twemlow — who is, by his own admission, somewhat controversial in his field — says you would notice no difference in terms of bullying between schools with anti-bullying campaigns and those without.

Here’s the rest. So according to this professional, anti-bullying programs are not helping much. 

But what’s the answer? No one seems to have come up with that yet. 

Why Gay Film Stars Remain Locked in the Disingenuous Closet

I think there’s a huge difference between the average closeted gay man who is not rich and famous and the high profile Hollywood film star who remains in the closet. The average guy isn’t out there promoting himself and lying daily to the public. He’s living a quiet life, under the radar, because he can’t come out for various reasons. The Hollywood film actor is on social media daily, overtly flirting with women and pretending that he’s straight, in public. And while I have always maintained that coming out of the closet is a personal and private matter, some of these fake, disingenuous Hollywood actors in the closet make me roll my eyes. It’s so obvious, too, not to mention homophobic. There are even a few who have played gay characters while maintaining the grand lie that they are still straight in real life. I don’t know how these people sleep at night. 

I also think that things are changing and if these actors below can come out it might be time for others to stop lying to the public. 

Celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Caitlyn Jenner and Neil Patrick Harris have kicked open the closet door with little to no damage to their careers. In some cases, they’ve found themselves more in demand after revealing their sexual preferences or gender identification.

Here’s the rest. But the closet mentality runs very deeply. Plus, there’s denial, too.

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Bullying and The Tyler Clemente Foundation, "Don't Say Gay" Bill Is Nothing New To Conservatives, Including Ronald Reagan, Disney Employees Walk Out Because of the "Don't Say Gay" Bill, Ryan Field Books

Bullying and The Tyler Clemente Foundation

Although bullying isn’t exclusive to the LGBTQIA community, this is always my focus and I stick to one thing. The straights can handle their own issues because it’s usually a straight kid bullying a gay kid. 

In any event, here is a link to the Tyler Clemente foundation with a few statistics to look over. In some cases it’s staggering. But even if only one LGBTQIA kid gets bullied, that’s one too many for me. 

Bullying is an intricate issue and I’m no expert, and I don’t claim to be. In fact, nothing bothers me more than those who think they are experts and they know nothing. It only diminishes the real bully issues.

Understanding bullying data is just one part of preventing and interrupting bullying. The information available from research depends on terms, definitions, and measures. When students are surveyed about their experiences with bullying, their answers may vary depending on how or when a question is asked. The information below will look closer at the “what, how, why, and who” of bullying so that you can start conversations about how to prevent it in your community. 

Here’s more. Do you see what I mean about how intricate it is? If you leave it up to amateurs you could make it worse. The article goes on to explain all kinds of bullying, even cyberbullying. As I said, it’s not a simple issue. And you need some seriously trained professionals to handle it. 


“Don’t Say Gay” Bill Is Nothing New To Conservatives, Especially Ronald Reagan

While millions of people are marching for equality in Florida against the “don’t say gay” bill and the way Disney reacted to this bill that will basically silence all LGBTQ kids, I saw this article trending on Google and it’s really spot on with regard to what I remember as homophobia from politicians such as Ronald Reagan. The Reagan years were terrible times for gay people. During the height of the AIDS crisis, with millions dying, Reagan pretended we didn’t even exist. He’s not the only one. 

During a similar episode of anti-gay moral panic none other than Ronald Reagan — whose record on L.G.B.T. issues is most often defined by his shameful inaction around H.I.V. and AIDS during his presidency — turned to his libertarian roots to thwart such bigotry, rather than promote it.

Here’s more. The entire article is worth the read.  I think Reagan, and his Moral Majority, were probably the worst offenders. This is also how Reagan will go down in history in some regards.

Disney Employees Walk Out Because of the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

This all reminds me of when former “Family Friendly” Hallmark CEO, Bill Abbott, decided to pull the Lesbian Wedding commercial and the world went berserk. Abbott eventually left Hallmark over the debacle. Sadly, Bill Abbott is now running a family-friendly cable channel that’s so far off the radar I can’t even get it. But he’s still around, and so is the CEO of Disney who really botched up this time. 

With that said, here is why LGBTQIA people are walking out.  

Organizers of the walkout wrote in an open letter posted on its website that statements by Disney’s leadership regarding the bill “have utterly failed to match the magnitude of the threat to LGBTQIA+ safety represented by this legislation.”

You can read more here. From what I gather, Disney has been trying to do better. At least on the surface. But is it all too late? If you read the article you’ll see what I mean. I think the problem is the way Disney responded in the first place. CEO Bob Chapek tried to remain neutral. It’s all in the article. This bill is too dangerous to remain neutral. You either take a stand on one side or the other. As a gay author, I can’t just sit back and support a bill like that. I would be an idiot.  




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“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

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

Altered Parts

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If Straight White Privileged Lori Loughlin Can Get Her Career Back So Can Jussie Smollett, Watch Out For Anything "Family Friendly, Ryan Field Books

 If Straight White Privileged Lori Loughlin Can Get Her Career Back So Can Jussie Smollett

If you recall, straight white Lori Loughlin who plays a sugary sweet role on a “family-friendly” cable channel, was sentenced to a couple of months in prison plus she got a heavy fine for her part in that college entrance scandal a few years ago.  I think she even did community service. I’m not focusing on those details right now. I’m only focusing on the fact that Loughin got her life back and she got her TV show back and it’s as if she never went to prison for anything.

Loughlin, best known for her role in the ’90s sitcom “Full House,” will renew her role as Abigail Stanton on the second season of “When Hope Calls,” which originally aired on the Hallmark Channel but will now be broadcast on GAC Family Channel.

Here’s more. Oh yes, the good old GAC channel now run by Bill Abbott who just happens to be the guy who pulled those harmless lesbian ads from a Hallmark TV movie a few years ago. 

So if Lori Loughlin can get it all back so easily, why can’t Jussie Smollett? The poor guy was just confused and he didn’t really harm anyone in particular as far as I know. I mean, it’s not like he robbed the futures of college kids by trying to get his dumb kid admitted into college with his money. If anything, poor Jussie hurt himself. And I do believe he was confused and that he deserves the same second chance that Lori Loughlin gets. 

No more double standards. What’s good for “family-friendly” Loughlin is just as good for Jussie Smollett.


Watch Out For Anything “Family Friendly” 

I didn’t realize until recently that some things that are considered “family-friendly” are possibly anti-LGBTQ. It’s a passive-aggressive tactic. If you take into consideration that so many gay couples are now raising families, it’s almost kind of ironic. Well, mean and ironic. The gay couples I know who are raising kids are just as family-oriented as the straight couples I know. And yet the discrimination and bigotry still continue. And we have to be aware of it. 

This excerpt is from a piece about “family-friendly” TV. 

…you may have heard rumblings about GAC Family, formerly known as Great American Country. It is a linear cable network created in 2021 by former Hallmark executive, Bill Abbott. Since its inception, it has used phrases like “family-friendly” to promote homophobia, racism, and all-around bigotry.

Here’s the rest. This is the same Bill Abbott who has met with the homophobic One Million Moms group, and the same guy that pulled the lesbian ads I mentioned earlier in this post. 

Just be wary. 






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The Straight Pride Parade
The Straight Pride Parade

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

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“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

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

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]