Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mike Pence's Gay Bunny Number 1; Cynthia Nixon Running For NY Governor; Another Review For Love, Simon

Mike Pence Gay Bunny Book Number 1

I knew nothing about this book until I saw the article. But I think we'll be hearing more about it this month.

This is the story of a little gay bunny.

A little gay bunny who belongs to Vice President Mike Pence

A little fictional gay bunny whose book is beating the memoir of James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, on the Amazon best-seller list.

This is the story of Marlon Bundo, the Instagram star and real-life pet of the vice president’s family, who is also the subject of two dueling children’s books released this week.

You can read the rest here. It's number 1 right now, and it's up against some stiff competition, too. 

Cynthia Nixon Running For NY Governor

Even though I've never been a fan of Sex In the City because it treated gay men like pet poodles, I am a fan of Cynthia Nixon. I remember when she came out, and I thought it was huge at the time. I'm also one of those people who have no trouble separating TV shows from real life, and I think what Nixon is doing is excellent. 

To announce the launch of her campaign for governor of New York, Cynthia Nixon released a video on Monday that featured footage of herself doing typical New Yorker things: dropping off her daughter at school, walking through the streets with a cup of coffee, taking the subway. Even though Nixon spoke via voice-over about addressing economic inequality and other issues, all I could think upon first viewing was: “Cool, Miranda Hobbes is running for office.” I was hardly alone.

Here's the rest. It's been interesting to see some of the reactions to this news, and it will be even more interesting to see how all this plays out. 

 Another Review For Love, Simon

Here's one of the better reviews I've seen for the new film, Love, Simon

Love, Simon is many things: an upbeat and charming teen comedy, a leap forward for gay visibility in mainstream movies, and a therapeutic exercise for closeted teens who wish their parents were as accepting as Simon’s, played poignantly by Jennifer Garner and Fergie’s ex-husband. Kids will love it. Their parents will love it. Who wouldn’t love it? 

You can read more about it, here. I'm just thrilled it's not another Call Me By Your Name. Gay teens need movies like this...and so do gay adults who never got to see movies like this. 

A PG Rated Gay Romance

Altered Parts: Limited Edition

In Their Prime by Ryan Field

Monday, March 19, 2018

Love, Simon Box Office Smash; Gay Men Slut Shaming Each Other; Brandon Myers's Gay Adult Film

Love, Simon Box Office Smash

Obviously the film critic over at Time Magazine got this one wrong with his way off base review. As it happens, Love, Simon opened with some highly impressive numbers.

Love, Simon was, in many ways, a calculated risk for its studio, 20th Century Fox. There had never been a wide, major-studio release of a film centered on a gay teenager. It’s worth also noting that teen movies have suffered recently because it’s hard to get adolescent viewers to go to the theater, period (what with the rise of online platforms like YouTube churning out youth-focused content). But Love, Simon was made for only $17 million and opened to a solid $11.5 million; with its Cinemascore, it should have a long box-office life that’ll earn its budget back and more.

Here's the rest. Now I'm dying to see it. And best of all, it's not Call Me By Your Name, with a barely legal 17 year old boy having sex with an older man. 

Gay Men Slut Shaming Each Other

For as long as I can remember this has been happening, but it wasn't always considered wrong. Mostly I remember it being campy or funny and never taken very seriously. In fact, most of the guys I know always bragged about it. 

Catering to a guy’s sex drive doesn’t guarantee he won’t turn you loose post-afterglow. According to a 2017 Groupon survey, men are nine times more likely than women to be down with first-date sex, while 70% think you should wait until at least the fourth date. Clearly, the quasi-virginal mate is still an aspirational thing.

Here's the rest.  I never saw anything wrong with having sex on a first date. In fact, I encourage it. Life's short and the only regrets you'll have in life are the missed opportunities. You can quote me on that. 

Brandon Myers's Gay Adult Film

Here's another one of those stories about a gay adult film surfacing for a cute young guy. 

It appears to be the only time Myers has teamed up with another guy for some on camera “bodywork.”

If you follow this link, you can see for yourselves. I saw it...it's not that big a deal. It's actually a link to one of those Twitter accounts that post gay porn clips all the time. But it's not bad either. I think it's more erotic and sensual than hardcore...the Tweet. 

A PG Rated Gay Romance

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In Their Prime by Ryan Field

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Why I Disagree With Time Magazine's "Love, Simon" Review; Gay Millennials and Monogamy; Another Man On PrEP Tests HIV Positive

Why I Disagree With Time Magazine's Love, Simon Review
I haven't seen Love, Simon yet so this isn't my opinion. I did comment at the end of this post, though, because this review is NOT an opinion with which I agree. 
I also do intend to see Love, Simon because I've heard to many good things about it from so many people...gay and straight. I love the fact that Love, Simon star, Keiynan Lonsdale, just came out
With that said, this is rich...
But that’s precisely the problem. Kids like Simon, in 2018, already have a good shot of fitting in. They don’t need this movie. Will they look up from Netflix to notice that it has premiered? Love, Simon feels like a film responding to an entirely different culture, like one in which gay marriage was never legalized. That decision both acknowledged that equality for gays had won the day and opened the door for far more interesting and challenging fights, ones the next generation will lead. Movies that integrate those stories are ones worth anticipating with relish. Love, Simon, by contrast, simply feels like looking back in time.
I couldn't disagree with this reviewer more about movies like Love, Simon. What an interesting assumption...to state in writing that all gay kids have it so easy now and they don't need a movie like this. 
I think gay kids need films like this now more than ever. In fact, this review only makes me want to see Love, Simon even more. And I think it's proof that not all gay people are understood or represented very well by mainstream outlets like Time Magazine. In fact, a good deal of this review is insulting.  
Here's the rest. When I do see Love, Simon I will post my review.  

Gay Millennials and Monogamy

This actually doesn't surprise me. And I think it has a lot to do with younger gay men assimilating more now that gay marriage is legal.

This just in: Polyamory and open relationships may be on the outs. And monogamy may be making a comeback.
new study by researchers Lanz Lowen and Blake Spears has found some surprising new relationship trends, especially among gay men ages 18-39.
Here's the rest. The entire piece is very interesting. They say most singles are seeking monogamous relationships. And I love that because I wasn't even sure if that was possible when I was growing up. I'm not joking either. I honestly didn't know. 
Another Man On PrEP Tests HIV Positive
Here's another story about a guy who's been on PrEP, but still tested HIV positive. 
But this is not a panic article, and I think it's important to read from beginning to end. If you're on PrEP or thinking about doing the regimen, there's still a lot more information that's encouraging. 
These cases confirm that PrEP doesn’t provide 100% protection against HIV. However there are few who work in HIV prevention, care or research surprised by this. More usually, the surprise isn’t that PrEP can fail but that it’s as successful at preventing HIV as it is.
Most often efficacy of 86% is cited, as this was the impact seen in several major PrEP studies, including the UK-based PROUD study.
More here. They even get into how condoms can sometimes fail.
 Kendle's Fire
A PG Rated Gay Romance

Altered Parts: Limited Edition

In Their Prime by Ryan Field

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Newspaper Removes Gay Husband From Obituary; Love, Simon Star Keiynan Lonsdale On Coming Out; A Tool To See Who Blocked You On Grindr

Newspaper Removes Gay Husband From Obituary

I've seen gay couples deal with obituaries many different ways in my lifetime. Older gay couples typically mentioned a "husband" as "a lifelong friend," or something along those lines. Something tasteful and safe...something that wouldn't offend people. Up until recently I rarely ever saw "husband" ( or "wife") actually used in obituaries for older gay couples. That's because discretion was always the most important thing to these people. And also because we weren't allow the freedom to do this, legally.

Many never even admitted they were long term relationships, at least not aloud. This topic with regard to gay couples could be a series of posts, however, I'll stick to this one story for now because it's so awful. In this case the newspaper totally removed the husband from the obituary of the other guy's mother.

A newspaper has defended censoring a grieving man’s husband from his mother’s obituary.
Barry Gilles and John Gambill have been married for 31 years.
Gilles’ mother, Brenda Light, had an obituary published in The Olton Enterprise, Texas, following her passing in February aged 77.
When my mom and dad passed in 2015 and 2016, I wrote the obituaries myself and I added Tony as my husband, without apology or shame. And I knew my parents would have wanted it that way. But not everyone's that lucky.

Love, Simon Star Keiynan Lonsdale On Coming Out
Now here's a good example of how much has changed in the last few years. In case you don't know, Love, Simon is a new gay film that's getting excellent reviews from gay people, not the straight, fake, fixed Hollywood publicity machine like with Call Me By Your Name. From what I'm seeing and hearing, Love, Simon is an authentic gay film. 
Actor Keiynan Lonsdale has spoken about coming out to his Love, Simon co-stars and crew.
Lonsdale stars in the romcom as school jock Abraham Greenfeld, otherwise known as Bram.
The 27-year-old came out as LGBTI in May 2017, a few weeks after filming for Love, Simon finished.
I've heard wonderful things about this film and I can't wait to see it. 

A Tool To See Who Blocked You On Grindr
Here's a story from hook up app culture. For the life of me I don't know why anyone would care about who blocked them on Grindr. It's Grindr. Think about that. 
Introducing C*ckblocked, a new online tool that allows Grindr users to see everyone who has blocked them. It was developed by Trever Faden, a tech professional from Washington, D.C.
I guess I'm missing something. I don't even care who blocks me on social media, let alone a hook up app. 

Kendle's Fire
A PG Rated Gay Romance

Altered Parts: Limited Edition

In Their Prime by Ryan Field

Friday, March 16, 2018

Man Tests HIV Positive With PrEP; Hot Cop of Castro Found Guilty; Troye Sivan Doesn't Want To Be Called A Gay Icon

Man Tests HIV Positive With PrEP

I heard a very unusual story recently about a guy I know personally who is on PrEP. He's been doing the PrEP regimen for a couple of years, he's always tested negative for HIV, he's perfectly healthy, and he was recently diagnosed with Kaposi's Sarcoma...KS...which is a rare form of cancer associated with AIDS. No one can explain why he got KS, especially since he's HIV negative. But this kind of KS been showing up in urban areas with gay men just recently. And not many people are talking about it.  You can read more about KS here. 

With that said, here's a story about a guy who's been on PrEP who recently tested HIV positive.

Health officials in Washington State say that a local man has contracted HIV while taking PrEP. It is believed he was infected with a rare strain of HIV that is resistant to both of the medications in Truvada.

Here's the rest.  Be prudent, guys. I don't believe there will ever be anything that replaces safe sex and common sense when it comes to all STDs.

Hot Cop of Castro Found Guilty

Turns out the Hot Cop of Castro the gay presses were raving about a few years ago is a criminal now. I'll never forget the first time I read about this guy and how I wanted to gag.

 Christopher Kohrs, also known as the “Hot Cop of Castro,” was found guilty Thursday of two felony counts of hit and run after plowing over two pedestrians in San Francisco’s North Beach in 2015, then fleeing the scene.

One of the things I despise most...and will never understand...is a hit and run. Despicable. 

You can read more here. Wait until you hear his defense.

Troye Sivan Doesn't Want To Be Called A Gay Icon

Well, since I've never even been sure what a gay icon is, Troye Sivan will LOVE me.

 Troye Sivan might be one of the queerest of the queer pop stars making music today, but the 22-year-old singer says he isn’t interested in being labelled a “gay icon” just yet.

In a new interview with Wonderland magazine, Troye says there are limitations when it comes to representing the LGBTQ community.
Here's the rest of it.   Grab some popcorn for the comments. 

Kendle's Fire
A PG Rated Gay Romance

Altered Parts: Limited Edition

In Their Prime by Ryan Field

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Jake Sheers and Broadway's Kinky Boots; Private Grindr Pics Sent To City Hall; The Benham Brothers Talk Sex

Jake Sheers and Broadway's Kinky Boots

This is getting fantastic reviews. 

The campaign to import Jake Shears and his kinky boots from Broadway to the West End starts here. And hopefully the Scissor Sisters star can smuggle Kirstin Maldonado, of acapella group Pentatonix, over in his suitcase. These two big-name additions to the New York cast of the Tony award-winning musical are so good it’s hard to believe they’re both making their Broadway debuts.

You can check this out, here. I remember the first time I saw Kinky Boots. I loved it from the first scene. I'm glad it hung around this long. 

Private Grindr Pics Sent To City Hall

This is a story about a councilman who was either too trusting or doesn't know much about the Internet. He was on Grindr, published photos of himself there, and then someone sent them to city hall. 

19-year-old Cross Coburn was elected to the City Council in Groves, Texas. Yes, you read that correctly. He’s 19.
Earlier this week, anonymous envelopes arrived at the Port Arthur News, KDFM-TV, and City Hall. Inside were screenshots of Groves’ private Grindr photos and conversations he had had with other men.
Here's more. Of course he's defending his privacy. Sorry. If you're willing to risk putting photos of yourself on any online hook up app, then you'd better be willing to deal with any possible consequences. In this case, the photos aren't even that explicit. If anything, they make him look a little ridiculous. 

Frankly, I couldn't care less what photos anyone has on Grindr, however, unlike me there are a lot of judgmental people who do. He should have been more prudent. We all have to think a certain way nowadays. 

The comments are interesting. 

The Benham Brothers Talk Sex

I don't know why these guys fascinate me so much, but they do. And I'm not the only one. 

In a new interview with the Chrisitan Post, the Benham Brothers are warning millennials against the “darkness” looming over society and urging them not to bend to the “cultural winds” of sexual perversion sweeping over our great nation.

You can check this one out, here. This is the kind of thing that might make them look really idiotic 20 years from now. But I can't predict the future, so I guess we'll have to wait and see. 

The comments!! 

Kendle's Fire
A PG Rated Gay Romance

Altered Parts: Limited Edition

In Their Prime by Ryan Field

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

HBO's Here and Now Excellently HOT Gay Sex Scenes; Lebanon: Gay Sex Decriminalization; Tinder Sued By Trans Woman

HBO's Here and Now Excellently HOT Gay Sex Scenes 

When I first started watching HBO's new series, Here and Now, I thought it would be more of a paranormal. So far I'm not really sure what it is, but I love the characters, the story line moves fast, and there are two gay characters that are handled very well. So far I can't find one single Will and Grace stereotype. Like most TV these days, the gay characters in Here and Now are being incorporated into a mainstream story line and it's not a big deal. It's just natural, which is refreshing to see.

The sex scenes are great, too. They aren't explicit, but they show gay sex in a more realistic way than most things I've seen. 

Here's something from the web site.

A provocative and darkly comic meditation on the forces polarizing present-day American culture, as experienced by the members of a progressive multi-ethnic family — a philosophy professor and his wife, their adopted children, and sole biological child — and a Muslim family, headed by a psychiatrist who is treating one of their children.

You can check this out, here. I'm loving it and I'm not even binge watching this one. I'm actually waiting for a new episode each Sunday night.  

Lebanon: Gay Sex Decriminalization

On the global front, politicians in Lebanon are now trying to decriminalize gay sex. 

Politicians in Lebanon have called for the government to decriminalise same-sex intercourse.
Right-wing Christian Democrat party, the Kataeb party, announced plans to scrap the law on television over the weekend. 

Here's the rest. I'll post more when I see it. 

Tinder Sued By Trans Woman

I know absolutely nothing about Tinder.

A trans woman is suing Tinder claiming it rejects all transgender people from the dating app.
Ariel Hawkins, from Portland, has filed a lawsuit against the global dating site.
She edited her profile to disclose she was pre-op trans woman a few days ago.

Here's more. I hope there's a follow up. I don't totally understand this one because according to the link below from the NYT Tinder does allow trans people. And this dates back to 2016. I was curious and I had to check. 

The move to let transgender users identify themselves as such on Tinder is meant to let them “interact with people who are more accepting of who they are,” the company’s chief executive said.

Here's the link to this one

Kendle's Fire
A PG Rated Gay Romance

Altered Parts: Limited Edition

In Their Prime by Ryan Field