Tag: dancing with the stars

You Don't See Two Men Dancing Together Anywhere, Ryan Field Books

You Don’t See Two Men Dancing Together Anywhere

This is more of an observation than a commentary. I’ve been following Dancing with the Stars this year because Trevor Donovan has been a contestant. And I’ve watched him grow and continue to get better as each week passes. However, I would never watch DWTS if it weren’t for Trevor. 

It’s always been a straight show. It took 30 seasons for DWTS to actually pair a gay couple. That’s right and it took 336 heterosexual pairings to reach that point. 

I’m linking to an article that goes into more depth about the way DWTS in the US ignores gay couples. In fact, it’s taken years for DWTS to even consider a same sex couple. And they aren’t the only ones ignoring gay men. It happens all the time in multiple places and we have grown so used to that we often don’t even notice. 

“We’ve discussed [such] pairings in the past,” one producer, Conrad Green, told NBC News in 2011. “But the traditional role in ballroom [dancing] is for men to have a female partner, so that’s what we’ll do.”

I remember the first time I slow danced with a man in a gay bar. At the time it felt so good, and yet so dangerous. And I’d like to know who decided that ballroom dancing is just for straight couples. 


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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

JoJo Siwa on Playing a Queer Role, Ryan Field Books

 JoJo Siwa on Playing a Queer Role

JoJo Siwa is openly LGBTQ. As I read this article in full I started to realize what she means by openly LGBTQ. That seems to be the way most are going about it. And that’s fine. Everyone has to find their own lane. 

With that said, Siwa gave a really, really nice interview about being openly LGBTQ, and how it relates to a role she plays. I like this quote so much. And I love the fact that a queer person is playing a queer role. 

“But this is so straightforward: Madison is a queer human. I think it’s really special getting to know that kids are going to watch this and not be like, ‘She’s queer? What’s that?’ They’re going to be like, ‘She’s queer. Cool.’ I love that the next generation just kind of [moves past] it vs. it being a weird thing.”

Here’s more.  She goes into more detail about how she identifies and how she views herself as a queer person. It answered all my questions. They also mention how she made history in 2021 by taking on a female partner on Dancing With the Stars. 

How to Be a Good Gay Bottom 


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]


The Wizard of Pride




The Straight Pride Parade

Will Michael Sam Dance With Men on Dancing With the Stars; Neil Partick Harris Mixed Reviews; Gay Sex in The Imitation Game

Will Michael Sam Dance With Men on Dancing With the Stars

This looked a little odd to me at first…reading about Michael Sam being on Dancing With the Stars. I like DWtS, don’t get me wrong, and I like Michael Sam. One of the few things I’ve never done in my life that I’ve always wanted to do was good ballroom dancing. I watch in amazement when I see good ballroom dancing. It’s the reason I love Silver Linings Playbook so much…he couldn’t dance well, but he pulled it off with determination and a lot of hard work.

But, this should be interesting with Michael Sam.

Michael Sam has been chosen to appear on ABC’s Dancing With the stars. 

The first openly gay player ever drafted by a National Football League team will be among the celebrities competing when the season’s roster is unveiled Tuesday (24 February) on ABC’s Good Morning America, according to TMZ. 

Sam made the cover of Sports Illustrated when he came out publicly just after completing his stellar college career at the University of Missouri. 

It doesn’t say whether or not Sam will dance with men on DWtS. And I’m curious about that. I think it’s important. One would think he would dance with men. It would make perfect sense.

You can read the rest here.  This is all according to TMZ.

Neil Patrick Harris Mixed Reviews

In full disclosure, I didn’t watch the Oscars. They bore me, especially at the middle. But I did follow Twitter while watching Downton Abbey, so I basically knew what was going on during the Oscars. Unfortunately, I missed Neil Patrick Harris in his underwear.

In any event, there were mixed reviews that I don’t think can be blamed on NPH. And, this year the Oscars had the lowest ratings in years.

‘I’m glad that it’s done and I’m sorry that I read Twitter,’ said Harris. 

Ripa’s co-host Michael Strahan asked Harris to compare hosting the Oscars to the Emmys which he has hosted twice and the Tonys which he has hosted four times. 

‘The Oscars, it’s a juggernaut – a gigantic show,’ Harris said. ‘It’s a lot of hurdles and a lot of laps around the track.’ 

He said one of his goals was to make the live audience inside the theater feel welcome but to also make television viewers feel a part of things as well.

In any event, Lady Gaga stole the entire show when she performed a medley of songs from The Sound of Music. Now if we can only get Julie Andrews to do Bad Romance life will be perfect. 

You can read the rest here.  There’s also a very excellent feature in this month’s Architectural Digest with NPH and his husband, with a photo spread of their Harlem home.Side note: I wanted to move to Harlem fifteen years ago and Tony refused. We could have found something very reasonable at the time.

Gay Sex in the Imitation Game

Well. There is no gay sex in The Imitation Game. I haven’t seen this yet, but I will.

Here’s why there was no sex:

“It was not because we were afraid it would offend anybody. If I … had this thing about a straight character, I would never have a sex scene to prove that he’s heterosexual. If I have a gay character in a movie, I need to have a sex scene in it — just to prove that he’s gay?”

I’m not shying away from it. His whole relationship, how he falls in love and the importance of him being a gay man, was all about secrecy.

He had some sexual partners, but it was few and far between. The only reason to have a sex scene in the film would be to satisfy critics who feels that every gay character needs to have a gay sex scene.”

I don’t totally agree with that. That’s NOT the only reason to have a gay sex scene. Sex isn’t all about being gay, but it’s huge part of it and it’s why we are so discriminated against and why religions shun us. They don’t hate us because we have good taste in design, they hate us because we suck dick. In this case, it almost sounds as if they’re not putting gay sex in on purpose just to prove a point. And I don’t think it’s a very valid point.

As I said, being gay is NOT all about sex, but sex is a big part of it.  So it serves no point to pretend gay sex doesn’t exist…unless, of course, there’s a valid reason why the gay character doesn’t have sex…a fundamental issue in the plot. And there are reasons. It just doesn’t sound as if this one is valid.

You can check this out here. 

There’s no gay sex in this book of mine, Meadows Are Not Forever. But there’s a very good reason for it I can’t give you without spoilers. 

Meadows Are Not Forever 


PA Judge Fast Ruling for Gay Marriage; Valerie Harper Dancing with Stars

PA Judge Fast Ruling for Gay Marriage

As I posted earlier today, a judge will rule as to whether or not Montgomery County Clerk, D. Bruce Hanes, was acting illegally by issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

A judge promised to rule as quickly as possible after hearing arguments Wednesday about whether a suburban Philadelphia court clerk should be forced to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini said a central issue is “how power is allocated in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

“What’s before us today is generally, ‘Who decides?'” Pellegrini told the full courtroom in Harrisburg at the start of oral arguments.

Pennsylvania is the only northeastern state that does not allow gay marriage or civil unions. A 1996 state law says a marriage must be between a man and a woman, and it says same-sex marriages performed elsewhere cannot be recognized in Pennsylvania.

D. Bruce Hanes, the elected register of wills in Montgomery County, defied the ban in late July by issuing licenses to same-sex couples, as part of his duties as the orphan’s court clerk. His action followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to throw out part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and a statement by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane that the same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.

I think the important thing to remember here, along with the laws, is who will go down on the right side of history. And it’s moments in time like this that tend to define people in more ways than one.

Valerie Harper Dancing with Stars

When I read and reviewed an autobiography by actress, Valerie Harper, last winter, I posted it, along with other information about a cancer diagnosis that only gave her a few months to live. Since then, Harper has gone into remission, has become a huge inspiration to all of us, and she’s going to be part of next season’s Dancing with the Stars.

“I said, ‘Give me one good reason,’ ” Harper recalled. “He said, ‘You have cancer! Get up there, and show people that you can dance and do — and the doctors said it’s fine to exercise. Encourage people to move, to exercise, to do all the things that will be good for them, and mainly not to sit in the house and glower and worry and feel sorry for yourself because you have this disease and anything else.'”

Exercise is generally encouraged for patients, according to the American Cancer Society.

“At one time, patients with cancer, especially in the advanced stages, were often told by their doctor to rest and limit their exercise,” the organization’s website says. “But newer research has shown that exercise is not only safe and possible during cancer treatment, but that it also can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.”
 
It’s not always easy to exercise. I know how hard it is because I have been doing a three to five mile run early every single morning of my life for the past twenty years. At this point, I don’t know how I would live without that morning run. I can’t even imagine.
 
And if I couldn’t run, I’d walk.
 
 
 

CBS Parodies Dancing with the Stars: "Dancing ON the Stars"


I found this amusing, and I’m not talking about the photo of Bristol Palin doing the Wasilla hoochie-coochie.

I’m talking about the rift between ABC and CBS. I don’t know how many others will find it amusing. But even if you don’t find it amusing it is a great example of parody in a snarky way. And like most parody, there is a certain amount of truth to it that hits home.

Evidently, CBS and ABC are at war right now over issues about reality shows, “Big Brother,” and “Glass House.” CBS (Big Brother) is suing ABC (Glass House) because they say ABC allegedly stole their concept. So in order to really piss ABC off, CBS released this fake press release, dissing ABC’s “Dancing WITH the Stars.”

Los Angeles, June 21, 2012 – Subsequent to recent developments in the creative and legal community, CBS Television today felt it was appropriate to reveal the upcoming launch of an exciting, ground-breaking and completely original new reality program for the CBS Television Network.

The dazzling new show, DANCING ON THE STARS, will be broadcast live from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and will feature moderately famous and sort of well-known people you almost recognize competing for big prizes by dancing on the graves of some of Hollywood’s most iconic and well-beloved stars of stage and screen.

The cemetery, the first in Hollywood, was founded in 1899 and now houses the remains of Andrew “Fatty” Arbuckle, producer Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Paul Muni, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, George Harrison of the Beatles and Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones, among many other great stars of stage, screen and the music business. The company noted that permission to broadcast from the location is pending, and that if efforts in that regard are unsuccessful, approaches will be made to Westwood Village Memorial Park, where equally scintillating luminaries are interred.

“This very creative enterprise will bring a new sense of energy and fun that’s totally unlike anything anywhere else, honest,” said a CBS spokesperson, who also revealed that the Company has been working with a secret team for several months on the creation of the series, which was completely developed by the people at CBS independent of any other programming on the air. “Given the current creative and legal environment in the reality programming business, we’re sure nobody will have any problem with this title or our upcoming half-hour comedy for primetime, POSTMODERN FAMILY.”

“After all,” the spokesperson added, “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

CBS Parodies Dancing with the Stars: "Dancing ON the Stars"


I found this amusing, and I’m not talking about the photo of Bristol Palin doing the Wasilla hoochie-coochie.

I’m talking about the rift between ABC and CBS. I don’t know how many others will find it amusing. But even if you don’t find it amusing it is a great example of parody in a snarky way. And like most parody, there is a certain amount of truth to it that hits home.

Evidently, CBS and ABC are at war right now over issues about reality shows, “Big Brother,” and “Glass House.” CBS (Big Brother) is suing ABC (Glass House) because they say ABC allegedly stole their concept. So in order to really piss ABC off, CBS released this fake press release, dissing ABC’s “Dancing WITH the Stars.”

Los Angeles, June 21, 2012 – Subsequent to recent developments in the creative and legal community, CBS Television today felt it was appropriate to reveal the upcoming launch of an exciting, ground-breaking and completely original new reality program for the CBS Television Network.

The dazzling new show, DANCING ON THE STARS, will be broadcast live from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and will feature moderately famous and sort of well-known people you almost recognize competing for big prizes by dancing on the graves of some of Hollywood’s most iconic and well-beloved stars of stage and screen.

The cemetery, the first in Hollywood, was founded in 1899 and now houses the remains of Andrew “Fatty” Arbuckle, producer Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Paul Muni, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, George Harrison of the Beatles and Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones, among many other great stars of stage, screen and the music business. The company noted that permission to broadcast from the location is pending, and that if efforts in that regard are unsuccessful, approaches will be made to Westwood Village Memorial Park, where equally scintillating luminaries are interred.

“This very creative enterprise will bring a new sense of energy and fun that’s totally unlike anything anywhere else, honest,” said a CBS spokesperson, who also revealed that the Company has been working with a secret team for several months on the creation of the series, which was completely developed by the people at CBS independent of any other programming on the air. “Given the current creative and legal environment in the reality programming business, we’re sure nobody will have any problem with this title or our upcoming half-hour comedy for primetime, POSTMODERN FAMILY.”

“After all,” the spokesperson added, “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

Good For Cher: Chaz Bono on Dancing with the Stars



I probably should have left up my new release post for the weekend. But I saw this about Cher and Chaz Bono and couldn’t help posting about it right now.

When I made my last post, about Chaz doing the reality show, I was a little surprised at some of the negative reactions I received. And from gay and straight people, too. Well, anyone who knows me knows I don’t buckle when it comes to things like this. I kept the post up and I’m posting about it again. This is what the T in GLBT is all about, and I’ll fight to my death for tolerance.

Good for Cher for coming to his defense!!

As for Chaz, you may not like it, you may not understand it. You may not even want to like it or understand it. But the point is that Chaz Bono is doing something most people wouldn’t have the guts to do. And I find that amazing…on so many levels I could fill this entire blog with examples. And I don’t even like dancing myself…can’t do it….won’t even try. But I’ll be watching this show.

….Cher takes to Twitter to defend Chaz Bono on DWTS

By Sandy Cohen | AP – Thu, Sep 1, 2011 9:08 AM PDT

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..LOS ANGELES – Cher is taking to Twitter to defend her son Chaz Bono.

The superstar posted several tweets Wednesday defending his participation on the upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars.” Bono is the first transgender competitor on the hit ABC show.

Cher says her son, who was born female and underwent surgery to become a man, is being “viciously attacked” on blogs and message boards since the new cast was announced Monday.

“This is Still America right? It took guts 2 do it,” Cher wrote, adding that she supports him no matter what he chooses to do.

“Mothers don’t stop Getting angry with stupid bigots who (mess) with their children!” the 65-year-old singer wrote.

Bono, 42, is paired with pro dancer Lacey Schwimmer on the reality show, where celebrities and their professional partners perform various ballroom dances for judges’ scores and viewer votes.

“Dancing” fans have posted both angry and supportive comments on the show’s message boards. One called the casting choice “disgusting” and said “ABC should be ashamed of theirselves for harassing mainstream Americans and Christains.”

Another wrote: “I never and mean NEVER watch DWTS but will this season to support/vote for (Chaz).”

On his own Twitter page, Bono described himself as “the luckiest guy around” and thanked his fans for their support. He also thanked Cher.

“Thanks for all your support mom,” he wrote. “The haters are just motivating me to work harder and stay on DWTS as long as I possibly can.”

The 13th season of “Dancing With the Stars” is set to premiere Sept. 19.

Chaz Bono on Dancing with the Stars…



I’m obviously still here and Hurricane Irene didn’t do me in. In fact, as far as storms go, I’ve seen much worse. We’re used to nor’easters up here, with wind gusts up to 90 mph. The highest wind gusts we had here, and I’m only two hours away from Atlantic City where the eye was, were about 50 mph. But no complaints from me. It could have been much worse and I’m glad it wasn’t.

I just read here that Chaz Bono is going to be on Dancing with the Stars. Even though I can’t stand to dance myself, I do love to watch the dancers on that show. Jerry Springer amazed me. My heart sank when Kirsti Alley tripped and fell on her partner’s leg.

You have to give Chaz credit. And I’m not talking about the transgender thing. I’m talking about his having the guts to go on that show and dance in front of the world. I couldn’t do it. I’m not that brave. From what I’ve seen, it’s intense at best. And unless you’ve had formal training as a dancer, there’s no way it can be easy.