Tag: Cultural Appropriation

Tom Hanks Says He Won't Play Gayface Ever Again, Ryan Field Books

 Tom Hanks Says He Won’t Play Gayface Ever Again

As the world continues to change, so is everything LGBTQ related. In this case I’m talking about actors who once played gayface. Before 2000, any straight actor who took on a gay character in a movie, TV show, or even a play was considered brave because no on else wanted to do it. In the film, Philadelphia, which I saw when it was first released, Tom Hanks did a brilliant job playing a gay character. The entire film depicts an era. However, Hanks recently stated that he wouldn’t ever do that again…and rightly so.

I remember being annoyed when Brokeback Mountain came out. First, the book was written by a straight woman who had no business writing gay content. We didn’t know enough about cultural appropriation back then. Second, the actors in playing gay parts were all straight. And many of us were pissed. I was working for a blog back then called BestGayBlogs.com and I remember the heated discussions. The more passive gay men, who just want everything to be nice, didn’t seem to mind all the cultural appropriation associated with Brokeback Mountain. But others, like me, were livid.

Of course no one listened to us, and they still aren’t listening today. Straights love nothing more than watching or reading gay content that was created by other straights. And, oddly enough, there are a certain amount of self-loathing gay men who will say, “it’s just acting. It’s acting.” And that’s sad because these poor souls obviously don’t think enough of them selves to thing they are better than or equal to straights. Not to mention the fact that just because someone can do something doesn’t mean they should be doing it. 

Well, bless him, Tom Hanks recently came out saying he would never play a gay role again. Here is a quote in his own words:

“Let’s address ‘Could a straight man do what I did in Philadelphia now?’” said Hanks. “No, and rightly so. The whole point of Philadelphia was don’t be afraid. One of the reasons people weren’t afraid of that movie is that I was playing a gay man. We’re beyond that now, and I don’t think people would accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy.”

Here’s more. Well, I agree that we’re moving forward. However, The Policeman, is a recent movie with gay content written by a straight woman, and acted by straight Harry Styles. Although Styles claims he doesn’t like labels, until he comes out as gay he’s NOT gay. Then there was Call Me by Your Name, and I can name several others. All gay content but controlled by straights.

So we still have a long way to go until people finally understand that we are a marginalized group just like all others, and you can’t appropriate us or exploit is anymore for monetary gain. Within our own community we have a long way to go. Gay marriage is not the only issue we’re still fighting. 


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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

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]


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"My Policeman" the Movie and Cultural Appropriation, Ryan Field Books

 “My Policeman” the Movie and Cultural Appropriation

First of all, for those who don’t know, here’s a good definition of Cultural Appropriation. It’s short and it’s sweet. 

Cultural appropriation takes place when members of a majority group adopt cultural elements of a minority group.

This could include any small marginalized group of people. Years ago those with straight white privilege did this to Native Americans, and even Asian people. And NO ONE is more guilty of cultural appropriation than the movie industry. They continue to do it to gay men time and again. It’s also very prevalent in the book industry. As an openly gay author I’ve faced it all my life, on a firsthand basis. 

Not everyone does it. Some are too smart now. Recently, the wonderful Tom Hanks made a statement saying he’d never play gayface again.  

With that said, once you know what it means, it doesn’t take much to spot cultural appropriation. In this case it’s a movie geared toward a mainstream audience, with straight actors playing gayface. 

This particular article asks the question “is gay sex still taboo?” And I’m not even getting into that. I’m more concerned that is doesn’t question anything about the appropriation happening. The author completely ignores it. They even compare The Policeman to Billy Eichner’s Bros and that’s so blatantly unfair. Billy Eichner’s Bros was authentic gay content written and acted by gay men. It was not a majority group stealing gay culture, once again. 

I know many of you think “it’s only acting.” But the world has changed, openly gay men have voices now, and this goes much deeper. For one thing, thousands of openly gay actors missed getting the part for The Policeman. 

Here’s more. The article doesn’t talk about cultural appropriation, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. 


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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade


"Bros" Admits the Annoying Truth About Gay Men, Ryan Field Books

 “Bro’s” Admits the Annoying Truth About Gay Men

Before I get into this article fully, yesterday Billy Eichner and “Bros” were both trending on Twitter and I was amazed at the way so many straight people come out of the woodwork to either slam Bros, or comment on a gay film as if they know all there is about gay men. These straights were even comparing Bustedback Mountain to Bros, as if they have anything at all in common. Bros is an authentic gay film written and performed by openly gay artists. Bustedback Mountain was contrived content written by a straight white woman during a time when few gay men could even break into publishing. So I had fun blocking people on Twitter yesterday. No straight is going to tell me what it’s like to be gay. That’s my story. 

With that said, I’m now linking to an article about Bros that goes into more detail than most. It’s mostly a review, but with a few insights with which I agree. It’s actually kind of tongue and cheek at some points, especially where he admits that we as gay people can be annoying at times. But I think that’s because we’ve always had to fight so hard for everything. Nothing has ever come easy to an openly gay man, to the point were I sometimes think these closeted cowards in Hollywood who fake being straight and everyone believes them might have a point. Maybe they are right.  Maybe being liars is working for them. 

In any event, the reviewer speaks about how we usually see gay men portrayed in films, and how different Bros is. I really can’t argue with anything he wrote. I just want to add that no matter what Bros does or says about gay men, I’m thrilled to finally see a film like this come out. I’m so tired of straights playing gayface and straight writers appropriating my culture that I could gag. And sadly, good old Bradley Cooper is in a new film where he plays gayface, again. And the straights will run to the box office to see this garbage because it’s Bradley Cooper appropriating a gay man. That’s what I’m sick of. 

So, for anyone who hasn’t seen or heard anything about Billy Eichner’s all gay film, this review will help. You can find it here. And for any gay man that doesn’t support Bros, maybe you should read a little more about cultural appropriation and what it really means and why you shouldn’t support it anymore. 

                                  

                               How to Be a Good Gay Bottom 


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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

With Recent Anti-Gay Laws Old Gay Activists Think History is Repeating Itself, Ryan Field Books

 With Recent Anti-Gay Laws Old Gay Activists Think History is Repeating Itself

As far back as I can recall, LGBTQIA people have had to deal with inequality. But we are now living in some of the best times for gay people. I can’t talk about everyone under the LGBTQIA umbrella right now. But I can talk about gay men right now. We have legalized marriage, which is HUGE. We get all the benefits straights get from marriage. And public opinion continues to change, in our favor, every time someone does a poll. 

So what these old activists are talking about is interesting. I’m not discounting it and I’m not mocking it. Even though they themselves will admit to the progress we’ve made, they still believe we are going backward in some cases. 

What is the reasoning? Well, someone threw a rock through the window of an LGBTQIA Center in Gainesville, FL. A few doctors who provide gender affirming care claim they have been harassed. And at drag venues…they don’t mention anything specific…there have been protests. These older activists believe that all this could take us in a backward direction. 

A man named Andrew Shaffer, who is involved with some LGBTQIA historical society claims that the “rhetoric” people are using today is the same that was use 20 or 40 years ago. And he’s not wrong in come cases. The homophobia is still around. But I was around 20 years ago and so many people in the mainstream have changed since then. Yes, the rhetoric is still there, but it’s not as loud anymore. Not by any means. I was there. 

While I don’t totally disagree with this article, I do believe some of these older activists should now start focusing on what Hollywood does to gay men. They still hire straight male actors to play gayface. Or look at book publishing. Straight white women dominate the gay romance genre. There is a TV show right now with gay content that was written by a woman. This is the kind of cultural appropriation, especially for monetary gain, we should also be focused on, so that it will, indeed, bring us all into the future. I know that I’m tired of this passive aggressive form or homophobia by so-called allies. Real allies don’t appropriate. 

You can read the article here. It’s not bad, and it’s not without merit. I just believe it’s time to move forward with a new brand of activism and show them we are not Will and Grace anymore. 

                                                    How to Be a Good Gay Bottom 


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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

Reviews For Harry Styles Playing Gayface in The Policeman, Ryan Field Books

 Reviews For Harry Styles Playing Gayface in The Policeman

I have been talking about cultural appropriation with gay men for a few years. Prior to that, most of us didn’t even know what cultural appropriation meant. But now we do, and it’s catching on. 

I came across an interesting new account on Twitter, @stopgayface, the other day and I’d like to share this with all the gay people I know, and all the allies I know, so that maybe we can all put a stop to gay cultural appropriation. It’s not going to be easy. Most straight people are so deeply rooted in their straight privilege they see nothing wrong with actors playing gayface, or straight white writers writing gay content. But this will, indeed, change one day. And these people taking advantage of gay men and gay culture will not go down on the right side of history. 

With that said, I’m linking to a few reviews of the new Harry Styles movie, The Policeman. For those who don’t know, Styles is playing gayface in the film, and he’s been queer-baiting all month. They are calling it a gay romance, but it’s not. It’s a hetero interpretation of what it was like to be gay in the 1950s and they always get it wrong. Even more interesting, this film is based on a book written by a woman, not a gay man. So there’s that brand of appropriation, too. I haven’t seen the movie so I’m not offering any comments or opinions. And I do not plan to see it. 

This is from Vanity Fair:

“When [Harry Styles] has to hold a scene’s emotional tenor for longer than a line reading, he’s flat. He projects a glow of decency throughout the film, which means he’s not unwelcome in any given scene, but you ache for him every time a bit of dialogue thuds.

Here’s more. There are more quotes at this link. It’s interesting to note that not one single reviewer mentioned gayface. Just interesting. They would have mentioned Yellowface if Styles had been portraying an Asian character. 

In any event, here’s another review for The Policeman

Navigating the world as a queer person, especially in a time when it was still punishable by law, requires too much complexity for someone still testing out his sea legs, it’s essentially two roles at a time when he struggles to play one. He’s drowning in the deep end and it sinks the movie around him.

 Then why not give that role to an openly gay actor? If you recall, James Franco and Nick Jonas tried gay-baiting and it didn’t work for them either. 


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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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

On Harry Styles, Cultural Appropriation, and Queerbaiting, Ryan Field Books

 On Harry Styles, Cultural Appropriation, and Queerbaiting

It’s hard to tell with Harry Styles because he claims he “doesn’t want labels.” I assume he’s talking about those labels that the rest of us wear with Pride. Labels like gay and lesbian. Yes, indeed, I’m proud of being gay and I don’t care what anyone thinks, especially Harry Styles. So that old comment about not wanting labels just doesn’t work anymore. Saying you don’t want labels carries a certain amount of shame with it. And that shame is what gay men and all LGBTQIA people have been fighting against all these years. Just look at the word queer and how it’s evolved. 

With that said, Harry Styles, whom I would imagine is straight…at least until he comes out as something different…is now playing gayface in a new movie, and he’s doing a certain amount of queerbaiting. You may enjoy that, and you may say “it’s only acting,” but it’s still wrong. It’s called cultural appropriation and Styles seems to be taking full advantage of it. If he is gay and he’s not coming out, I don’t even want to get into what I think about that.

So I’m linking to an article about Harry Styles and queerbaiting. It’s really not a very strong article but I think it gives examples of queerbaiting. 

But that very same sexual and romantic ambiguity has thrown Don’t Worry, Darling — Styles’ new movie — into the center of a social media controversy in which he has been accused of “queerbaiting,” or capitalizing on pieces of the queer identity without actually identifying as queer.

Here’s more. Styles also states that he’s not even going to address any of the accusations about queerbaiting. Well, that’s just what they all do. They ignore us as though we don’t even have voices, in all their straight privilege. And we let them get away with it. 

Fortunately, there is now a handle on Twitter that’s fighting against gayface. It’s actually @stopgayface and it goes after actors like Timothee Chalamet who play gay for pay without giving it a second thought. 

This is how their bio reads on Twitter and here’s a link in case you want to follow them. 

Gayface media is a hate crime against queer people everywhere. It’s time to stop letting straight people “play gay” & further hateful stereotypes #stopgayface


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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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

Straight Actor Chris Meloni Gay Baits to Gay Men Online, Ryan Field Books

 Straight Actor Chris Meloni Gay Baits to Gay Men Online

One of the reasons why we never watched the show “Oz” on HBO was because straight Chris Meloni was playing a bisexual for pay. As far as I know, Meloni has never come out as bisexual. It’s no different than playing gay for pay.  I believe Tom Hanks was correct when he said he would never play gay for pay again. 

Apparently, Meloni was baiting young gay men on Twitter. I know it dates back to 2016, but it is still relevant. A very young “Oz” fan was binge-watching the show, and when it ended he Tweeted that he was sorry to see Chris Meloni’s character die. 

And Meloni replied with this:

Take a shower and pretend I’ll be joining u

You know, I wouldn’t mind something like this if the world were a different place. I would love to just laugh at it. If straight actors stopped playing gay for pay, and if straight writers stopped writing gay content, we could all laugh and joke about this. But right now, the way things stand, it’s gay-baiting. 

I know a lot of you don’t like to hear this, but until we all realize this, as gay men and gay allies, it’s never going to stop. 

You can read the rest here. There are screenshots of his Tweet.  

                                                     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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

Annie Proulx's Two Time Cultural Appropriation, Ryan Field Books

 Annie Proulx’s Two Time Cultural Appropriation

When I first learned about Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain being published in the New Yorker, I cringed a little. Even back then, at that time, I couldn’t understand why any reputable publisher would accept that kind of cultural appropriation. And that’s exactly what it was, and my guess is that she did it for cash. There is also a certain amount of fetishization, too. My biggest problem was that I knew, at the time, there were indeed many gay men writing gay romances that were better than Proulx’s and more authentic. But the publisher still overlooked gay male authors and went with the straight.

The story in the New Yorker was published as a short book, and then they made a GD movie out of it so straight people could enjoy watching “the gays” on the screen. I read the book and saw the movie and I found so many small issues with it I was stunned that so many gay men were praising it. But in all fairness to those gay men, there wasn’t much gay content out and I think they were thrilled to have Hollywood throw them a bone. They didn’t see the discrimination I saw working in publishing. 

However, I had no idea that Annie Proulx culturally appropriated something else. It’s really an article about how these authors who culturally appropriate are doing it for money. And I believe that to be true. I’ve seen too many straight women writing gay romance, appropriating my culture, and I believe it’s for monetary gain. And it astounds me that some really dumb gay male authors will defend them. It is cultural appropriation no matter how you spin it or twist it around. And that’s just a fact.

 Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News is a fine Canadian book set in Newfoundland. But Proulx herself is American.

Here’s more. I know nothing about The Shipping News, but I trust the article to be true. He seems to also be for cultural appropriation in some respects, but you can’t blame him or his straight white privilege. It doesn’t sound as if he knows the first thing about being marginalized. Because for the victims of cultural appropriation it is more than just money. These shifty shady authors are stealing our identities. 


Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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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]

GOP Congressman with Anti-Gay Past Tries to Win Over Gay Voters, "Stranger Things" Star Noah Schnapp Claims Will is Gay and in Love with Mike, Ryan Field Books

 GOP Congressman with Anti-Gay Past Tries to Win Over Gay Voters

I don’t find this all that surprising. I see more and more straight people who at one time were anti-gay changing their minds. Let’s face it, even Hillary Clinton opposed same-sex marriage until she “evolved.” So why should it be so unusual for a GOP Congressman to “evolve?” 

Despite his previous opposition, the Republican says, he believes the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the nation should not be overturned.

Here’s more. His name is Ken Calvert and he has been in Congress for 30 years in Riverside County, CA. Riverside County is also where Palm Springs is located. Calvert is challenging Democrat Will Rollins who is a former federal prosecutor in Riverside County. They say that Will Rollins campaigns with his partner,  Paolo Benvenuto. 

Aside from everything else, I have to admit that I like to see more and more allies as time goes by. And let’s face it. I think every politician on the planet was against gay marriage at one time. They’ve all “evolved.” 

“Stranger Things” Star Noah Schnapp Claims Will is Gay and in Love with Mike

I enjoyed watching the most recent season of Stranger Things, but I feel uncomfortable about this new gay storyline. Are they doing it to create more viewers? Did they just pull this out of a hat? I never trust 100% when straights take over gay content. The creators of the show, Matt and Ross Duffer, are both straight. 

Will’s potential homosexuality and feelings for Mike have been the subject of fan speculation for quite some time, though Schnapp’s remarks are a departure from his previous comments. The actor previously refused to give fans a definitive answer, saying that Will’s sexuality was up for interpretation.

Here’s more.  I hate when they use the word “homosexuality.” That alone now is a pejorative. 

It sounds as if this will be just another straight interpretation of unrealistic gay content. But I could be wrong. We’ll see. I’m curious to see if they make Mike gay, too. 


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Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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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]

Happy Pride to the Women Who Read Gay Romance, 50 Years For Philadelphia's "Gay" Pride March, Ryan Field Books

Happy Pride to the Women Who Read Gay Romance 

I sometimes post about cultural appropriation and the women who write gay romance novels. If you believe that gay men have their own culture, and if you believe that gay men deserve the same respect as any other marginalized group, then you can clearly see the cultural appropriation going on with gay romance. 

In fact, no other marginalized group of people has had to experience anything quite like the cultural appropriation gay male authors deal with on a daily basis. There was one straight white woman writing gay romances and it was discovered that she was stealing her work from another straight white woman author who writes excellent hetero romances. This thief in m/m romance was not only appropriating, she was stealing another author’s work and getting away with it. 

With that said, I sincerely want to clarify that none of this has anything to do with the women who read gay romances. Over the years I’ve met many women who read gay romance and I find them to be bright, empathetic, and strong allies to everyone who falls under the LGBTQ umbrella. 

It’s a very different thing when you want to read about another culture. That only makes you curious and smart. I find that reading about different cultures helps me to understand the obstacles they’ve faced and the long roads they’ve taken in order to survive. I especially like reading African American authors like Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. But I would never dare try to write a novel that’s focused only on African American characters. That would be cultural appropriation and I leave that to the many wonderful African American Authors out there who are struggling hard to be published.  

Once again, I just want to give thanks to the many women who are curious about gay culture and who want to read about it. I think they have a great deal in common with gay men, too, on certain levels. But that’s for another post.

 50 Years for Philadelphia’s “Gay” Pride March

I put gay in quotes again because it is NOT Gay Pride anymore. It’s LGBTQIA Pride and so many people still don’t even realize that. Trans people and everyone else who falls under the umbrella have been fighting for years for equal rights and respect. So why the media can’t get this right passes me by. 

In any event, it’s now 50 years of Pride Marches in Philadelphia and that helps you define LGBTQIA history a little. 50 years ago was about the time we started to become recognized by the mainstream and it’s also around the time the word “gay” was used for gay men. Up until then is was just a long list of pejoratives that included the word “homosexual.” And yes, “homosexual” is a pejorative now. 

Some dropped masks and chains into coffins, symbolically shedding the guilt and shame they’d been taught to carry for simply being who they were. “There are an awful lot of gay people,” one marcher said that day, “who feel alone.”

Here’s more.  So you see that we still have a long way to go in many respects. So many of us still haven’t even come out. 

Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

Amazon

“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]