Thursday, March 31, 2016

Gay Baseball Player Who Was Raped; Anderson Cooper's Mom's Lesbian Affair; Lesbian Reporter Fired From Gay Publication

Gay Baseball Player Who Was Raped

Here's a story about a coming out struggle, obstacles gay men growing up in rural places face, and a plot twist that turned into what only resembles most of our worst nightmares.

After driving for a while, the man “wrestled me out of the car. He sexually abused me. He drugged me. He raped me. He changed my life. It’s a struggle to just write a few lines about it, but it’s part of who I am now.”

Needless to say, the article continues with how this horrible thing set him back years.

You can read the rest here.

Anderson Cooper's Mom's Lesbian Affair

I went to Fairleigh Dickinson University in Florham Park NJ, which was one of the old Vanderbilt estates in the early part of the 20th century. It was magnificent...here's a photo.  While I was there taking a fine arts course as an elective I met a few older students who were auditing courses, not matriculating. One of these older students claimed that when she was a child she knew Gloria Vanderbilt, as a child. The woman claimed her mother worked on the estate and she'd played with Vanderbilt in the summer months. I never knew how much of that was true, however, the entire campus was rich with Vanderbilt history. And, a lot of people don't realize that Anderson Cooper's mother is Gloria Vanderbilt.

In any event, this is interesting.

Anderson’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, made the revelation that when she was thirteen years old, she had what she calls a “lesbian relationship” with a fellow classmate at Miss Porter’s School, an all-girls’ boarding school in Connecticut (sounds expensive).

You can check that out here. 


Lesbian Reporter Fired From Gay Publication

This one is a little tricky because I think that if you're working in the media and you're trying to attract newer, younger readers, you have to keep up with technology and the times. And that includes all forms of social media, things like e-books, digital music, and basically every new change that happens each day. And sometimes these changes do happen daily. The changes that have happened within the LGBT community in the last five years are amazing alone. Gay bars are becoming extinct thanks to hook up apps.

With that said, I'm not trying to speculate or comment on this one and this has nothing to do with the woman they're talking about in this article. For all I know she could be a tech genius tweeting at red lights like everyone else. However, I do know a lot of people over a certain age who have not embraced the most basic things younger people are doing nowadays...especially younger gay people. And by younger that could mean anyone under 60 years old. I have older friends who don't even know what a DM is, which is fine for them because they're not working in publishing or the media. They don't need to know, unless, of course, they want to remain relevant. I know authors who brag about not having an iPhone and not knowing what texts are.   

In any event, a 66 year old lesbian reporter/journalist who has worked for LGBT Frontiers Magazine for many years was fired.

“Unfortunately, Karen fell where we realized we were moving toward a digital and millennial audience, and we wanted to give the generation of millennials a real shot at creating our content,” Blair told PressPassQ. “Karen did an incredible job and is very much missed. We would like to use her services in the future from time to time, if she would like to.”

The overall tone seems to suggest it was because of her age but being that I don't know any of the details I obviously can't comment specifically.   You can read the rest here

The comments are interesting. And frankly, I'm wondering how long any LGBT focused publication can remain relevant with younger gay people assimilating so much, not to mention technology. Back in the 90s I used to make a point of going to one of our local gay bars weekly just to pick up a print copy of the Philadelphia Gay News. It kept me informed; I loved the ads. I don't think I've even seen a copy of that publication in the past ten years, thanks to the internet. When gay becomes so commonplace there are no more coming out stories, what will the gay media resemble? I don't know.

But I do know everything changes.

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A Bionic Penis; The "Ideal" Penis; First American Penis Transplant

A Bionic Penis

I think this is an interesting story about science and technology with regard to sexuality and intimacy. It's a good example of how something like this can change a man's life completely.

Mohammed Abad's story has captured the interest of the world.

The lovelorn security guard, who was fitted with a £70,000 eight-inch bionic penis in 2012, lost his virginity this year at the age of 44 with the help of a sex worker.

And while he would still like to find true love and eventually have children, he is delighted to evangelize about the 'sexnology' that has allowed him to feel like a man again.

You can read all the details at this link.  There's actually a pretty good description detailing how all this works.

The "Ideal" Penis

I know this story isn't exactly breaking science news, but I did pass up linking to a story about a Kardashian who has never seen a white penis, as if we care. So there's that.

In any event, here's a link to a video where porn stars talk about the ideal penis.

Sure, porn stars are forced to work with larger-than-average “talent” throughout their careers, but what do they do recreationally? Do they enjoy having giant bulldozers normally, or do they prefer to work with more manageable-sized man parts?

You can check that out here. I think this one is SFW.

First American Penis Transplant

On another note, here's a link that's far more serious and details an actual penis transplant. It's really something that's valid, both physically and emotionally,  and it shows how doctors deal with a devastating military case where the guy lost his penis in combat. I think things like this are relevant mostly because we don't hear about them on the local six o'clock news. They're all too busy putting a spin on politics...and fake-smiling too much.

This excerpt shows what I'm talking about...

Doctors will perform 60 such surgeries on combat veterans – and more than 60 additional men are already on the waitlist to have the procedure performed. Johns Hopkins will pay for the first surgery, which it estimates to cost between $200,000 and $400,000, and it has asked the government to chip in for subsequent operations. The Department of Veterans Affairs will pay for the cocktail of anti-rejection medicines the men must take once the surgery has been performed.

You can check that out at this link. It's actually a detailed article that explains how the penis transplant works.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Trans Woman Allegedly Assaulted In Stonewall; Elton John's Body Guard Is Suing; Apology To Wentworth Miller For Fat Shaming

Trans Woman Allegedly Assaulted in Stonewall

This alleged assault happened recently in Stonewall, NYC's historic gay bar, in a unisex bathroom. It's interesting, especially as the controversy over unisex bathrooms continues to surface everywhere.

A man who claimed that he needed to wash his hands had barged in behind the victim, and then proceeded to grope and rape her, before fleeing the scene.

The victim left the bar afterwards, but returned an hour later.

After calling 911, she was taken to the nearby Lenox Hill Hospital for treatment.

The rest of the story is here. They have a photo of the alleged attacker on video surveillance. I didn't even know there were cameras inside bathrooms.

Elton John's Body Guard Is Suing

A guy who once worked as a body guard for Elton John is now suing John for alleged harassment and battery.

According to TMZ, Wenninger alleges John attempted to grab his genitals while in a car together and claimed he told him to ‘get your todger out’ and ‘say hello to Uncle Elton’.

In another incident, Wenninger also allegedly claimed he had his nipples twisted by the singer who told him: ‘You gorgeous thing you’.

And here's the source to this one.  I have no comment.

Apology To Wentworth For Fat Shaming

The LAD Bible is a Twitter account, and that's all I know about them. The LAD Bible tweeted a meme of Wentworth Miller in an attempt to fat shame him. Miller went on the defense and replied with an explanation as to why he'd gained so much weight...his mental health issues. And now the LAD Bible is apologizing to Miller for fat shaming him.
 
‘​We certainly didn’t want to cause you pain by reminding you of such a low point in your life. Causing distress and upset to innocent or vulnerable people is simply not acceptable.’

It continued: ‘We applaud your raw honesty and promise to now cover such matters in the responsible manner that our audience expects.

And there's this story.  

I have a rule about shaming of any kind when it comes to physical appearance: don't do it.  But I also believe that if you're in the public eye, and you've put yourself there willingly, and you're getting paid a lot of money to live a very privileged life, you take the good with the bad. 


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Monday, March 28, 2016

British Spy Outed By Wife; Rock Stars In Their Undies; 10 Sexiest Men In Underwear Movie Scenes

British Spy Outed By Wife

Gay news isn't the novelty it once was, which is understandable, but there are still a lot of fascinating gay stories happening all the time. Like this one...

Hell hath no fury like a military wife scorned.

The spouse of a high-ranking British spy is pissed after learning her husband has been sneaking around with other men behind her back.

“When I found out what he had been doing my world fell apart,” the woman testified before a military divorce court last week.

Here's the rest.  Now, that's not surprising in a literal sense. But it is surprising that these stories are starting to surface in public more and more these days.


Rock Stars In Their Undies

In 1980 a photo book by Paula Yates was released that focused on rock stars in their underwear. It was titled, Rock Stars In Their Underpants.

Andy Warhol said this about it...

He dubbed it “the greatest work of art in the last decade,” and whether or not he was joking, Yates’ collection does offer an unguarded glimpse at the more vulnerable sides of some rock icons.

You can check out some of the photos here.

I think this proves that in some cases some people look better in clothes. But there is an artistic camp value to it.


Ten Sexiest Men In Underwear Scenes

Here's a link that's focused on the ten sexiest films scenes with men in underwear.

In honor of the cinematic sausage fest of the year, BlackBook looks back on 10 times boys in briefs stole the show. Feel free to bookmark this one and watch it over and over.

You can check them out here. One of them is Tom Cruise from the Risky Business scene where he's dancing around in his underwear. I personally think that one is as hot today as it was back when the movie was first released.

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Gay and Disabled; A Gay Vocal Bottom; Clay Aiken On Anti-Gay Law

Gay and Disabled

It's kind of a shame someone had to write an article like this in the first place, but I guess so many people can be insensitive it can't be avoided. It's a list of things you don't say to a gay guy who is disabled, especially if you're hooking up. 

Here's one:

I’m so sorry! Is your disability curable?
What I want to say: Is your ablest ignorance curable? (OK, credit to my dear friend for that one.)
What I actually mean to say: I actually get asked this quite a bit. While I believe most people’s intentions are good, just… don’t. Please. Asking if my disability is curable is like me asking if your big sexy jawline is curable. It’s not, nor do I wish it were. Next question, please!


It's really a very well done piece.  

A Gay Vocal Bottom

There is this popular romance book review web site out there that constantly criticizes erotic romance books for the kind of dialogue that's often used during sex scenes in gay erotic romance. I think every gay erotic romance writer knows...or should know...there is a great deal of humor in sex scenes, however, there's a huge difference between laughing with the characters and laughing at them. But this particular web site doesn't "get" gay male romance either. Oh, they'll straightsplain it, but they really don't get it.

In any event, here's a story about a guy who found out he was a gay vocal bottom through his, get this, girlfriend.

I'm not going to excerpt this one because it's so graphic, but you can check it out here.

Clay Aiken On Anti-Gay Law

I don't know much about politics or about Clay Aiken, but he seems to be vocal on political issues in the state where he lives, and I thought this was relevant. Ever since gay marriage was legalized by SCOTUS everyone seems to be under the misguided impression there's nothing else to do for gays. 

So now Clay’s sent out a few tweets about HB2, the North Carolina bill that encourages people to discriminate and basically criminalizes peeing while trans. “Im as pissed abt in NC as anyone. But the number of people who are indignant abt it, yet who didn’t even vote in 2014 is more sickening,” he wrote.

Again, I'm not getting political with this one, but the article puts an unusual spin on Aiken's statements. And in their misguided quest to prove a point, they wind up sounding as if they have a huge case of socialist butthurt combined with those proverbial sour gay left wing grapes.
You can read the rest here.   The comments are very good with this one. 

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Funny Huge Penis Stories; Huge Penis Implant; Huge Penis Made Him A Virgin

Funny Huge Penis Stories

Here's an article from Men's Health with a few funny, huge penis stories.

As a brand devoted to men and men's interests, we try to provide you with the best and most extensive penis news coverage on the internet. If it happened to a wang, or effects your dingdong in some way, we'll tell you about it.

You can check that out here.

This one is particularly amusing.

Like this guy, who for some reason decided to put his erect penis into a roll of Scotch tape and then, upon discovering that he couldn't remove it, advertise this fact on 4chan, a social image bulletin board, in the hopes of getting some guidance on how to get the damn thing off.

Huge Penis Implant

I found this story in GQ and thought it was fairly interesting. An LA surgeon has invented a huge penis implant that is costly, but will almost double your size. It's actually a very well written piece with comments from the doctor, and from people who are familiar with the final result.

Another guy, a 43-year-old mechanic from Arizona, told me he got an XL Penuma inserted two years ago because “I realized, well, nothing about me is average or normal, and I didn’t want my sexuality to be average or normal anymore.” After the surgery, he said, his boners increased from six and a half inches to eight and a half inches, and the Penuma “gave me this crazy amount of stamina. Like, I can go for two hours. And I have more control over my orgasms. I mean, I can be going like a Mack truck and still hold back.”

You can read the rest of this here. 

Huge Penis Made Him A Virgin

Here's a link to one of those advice columns. This one is from the UK. Evidently, there is a guy there who is so large no woman wants to go near him.

 The closest a woman gets is putting a hand on it and once an escort lady refunded my money and left. Please help. It’s making me very unhappy.

There's more here. 

Don't worry. I don't get this one either. Maybe he should at least consider a gay hook up. I doubt he'd remain a virgin for long.


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Friday, March 25, 2016

RuPaul Nails It On Straight Pop Culture; The Easter Bunny's Chocolate Penis, and Peep Smut; James Franco In Rolling Stone


RuPaul Nails It On Straight Pop Culture

I often post about how straight pop culture shames or laughs at gay culture. I see it happen almost daily. They don't always laugh with gay culture. They laugh at it. And that's the problem. You never see gay people joke around about Jimmy Fallon and that perpetual shit eating grin on his face. God forbid a gay person should do that. But it's okay for straight pop culture to shame gays.

Well, Ru Paul decided to speak up about it.

‘Regular, straight pop culture has liberally lifted things from gay culture as long as I can remember. And that’s fine, because guess what? We have so much more where that comes from. Take it!’

They talk so much about acceptance now today and it’s like, yes, but trust me — I’m old and I know this shit — it’s superficial. Because as soon as the lights go out, you’ll see how advanced people’s thinking is. This so-called “Will & Grace acceptance” era is just people fucking posing. Things haven’t changed that much. You see it in politics right now — that’s the fucking truth of people. And you know, people will have you think, “Oh, we’re fashion. We’re gay. That’s my gay over there!” It’s like, no. We’re still a very, very, very primitive culture.’

You can read the rest here. RuPaul so freaking nailed this one I don't have anything else to say.

The Easter Bunny's Chocolate Penis, and Peep Smut

I remember there used to be a candy store in New York that sold erotic candy. I can't remember the name and I'm not even sure if it's still there. But this link reminded me of them.

It's a web site called Chocolate Fantasies, and it is focused on all kinds of erotic chocolate designs. I wish I could share a photo, but the best I can do it offer the link.  

They have one design with a chocolate Easter Bunny that has a chocolate penis. 

And, there's a 'thing' out there called "Peep Smut," which I believe is erotic fanfic about Peeps. I can't go into detail about that here on the blog, but you can check out this short Peep Smut here.

James Franco In Rolling Stone

James Franco is at it again, and this time in an interview with Rolling Stone. It seems that all those gay boy stories about him, and all the appropriation and gay bait articles, actually help him when he's dating women.


Hollywood heartthrob James Franco has revealed what makes him obsessed with telling gay stories and playing gay roles and how the gay rumors that fly around him as a result are actually helpful when he’s dating women in a long form interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
The interview explores what it calls Franco’s ‘artistic preoccupation’ with homosexuality both in the films he makes himself and the roles he chooses to play in other people’s projects.

The rest of this buttsmoke is here.

It's also another good example of straight pop culture lifting from gay culture. The good thing is that there are only two comments. I don't think you could drag me into a James Franco movie again.

 
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Investigating Penis Sizes; Males Have 11 Erections A Day; Mr. Gay Competition Muslim Finalist

Investigating Penis Sizes

This link is definitely NSFW, however, it's actually fairly on target. And it's not porn, or at least I wouldn't consider it porn. I think it's more of a psychology piece. There are photos.

It really is an in-depth investigation about penises.


In truth, my fascination is less about penises themselves and more about the disjunct between what they are—dangling, fleshy, easily agitated protuberances—and what they are asked to represent: authority, virility, power. They are masculinity’s synecdoche, and rather an odd choice.


You can read the rest here.

 Males Have 11 Erections A Day

This article was linked with the one above...in case you didn't bother to click...and I thought it was worth mentioning separately. I didn't know this. And I think this one is SFW.

The average man has about 11 erections each day and several more at night.

But these erections don’t always happen because a man is sexually excited. Sometimes, there is no sexual stimulus at all.

For example, many men wake up with an erection. These morning erections are usually the last of a series of 3 to 5 erections that happen during the night (nocturnal penile tumescence). Each erection usually lasts for about 25 – 35 minutes.

There's more here. 

Overall, the entire site is fascinating, and it's more clinical than anything else. You can learn a great deal there. The part about reflex erections was something I didn't know about either.

Mr. Gay Competition Muslim Finalist

This entire article is conflicting because as far as I know being LGBT and Muslim don't go hand in hand. In case you're not familiar, here are a few facts. I no expert on religion, so I needed to read them, too.

Prejudice remains, both socially and legally, in much of the Islamic world against people who engage in homosexual acts.

You can read more about LGBT in Islam here. 

In any event, they've chosen a practicing Muslim for the Mr. Gay Competition, and again, I find so much of the entire article conflicting.

“I want to show that 2016 should be a feasible year for the existence of different cultures, including Islam, in order to all live in peace. It should be feasible for everyone to accept people as they are,” he said in an interview. That’s a nice sentiment, but he has his work cut out for him when it comes to showing people what it means to be Muslim and openly gay.

He has his work cut out for him in a lot of different aspects.

My one big question is why does his religion even matter in this competition? We don't ask about the religions of other guys in the competition so why should he be singled out? The article even mentions this:

There’s no word on the religion, if any, of the other contestants.

You can read more about this here. 


 
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Steve Grand's Pride Source Interview; Gay Men Are the New Oppressors? Are Gays Getting Paid Less?

Steve Grand's Pride Source Interview

In truth, I have cut back on posting about Steve Grand here on this blog for a few reasons, one of which is I'm not sure what kind of image he's trying to promote anymore and I'd rather not comment on it until I figure it out. I don't know how else to put that. Grand is young. He's doing it alone. Give him a break.

No one's expecting scholarly insight from a guy who regularly uses the hashtags "muscle", "thirsttrap", "masc4masc", and "guysintights", but when Grand lamented to US LGBTQI website PrideSource this week that he was misunderstood by people, there was a general air of cynicism.

"I just know people have really, really low expectations of me and that's what the Internet does," Grand said.

"I'm such an easy person to target. Young, good-looking, white, gay men - we love to hate those people. But there's been a real person there the whole time."

The article devolves from there, and I think it's unfair to Grand and to the millions of fans that support him. Again, he's young.  You can check that out here.  


Gay Men Are the New Oppressors?

This is rich. According to this article, The National Union of Students think gay men aren't sufficiently oppressed anymore.

The NUS has decreed that homosexual men are not downtrodden enough to merit their own place on the representative student body and has, instead, accused them of exhibiting “oppressive behaviour."

This is coming from the UK, but I have no doubt we'll hear about it in the US, too.

You can check out the rest here. I don't think I even need to comment on the left wing idiocy of this one.

There's another related article here, and this one talks about how the NUS is against clapping. Yes. Clapping...as in applauding. And that is all you need to know about that group :)

Are Gays Getting Paid Less?

I think it's been established, without dispute, that there are big differences with regard to gender and pay. This next article talks about sexual orientation and pay.

Until recently, little information was available on how sexual orientation factored into people’s work experiences. The availability of new data has allowed researchers to explore whether labor market opportunities and rewards are also stratified by sexual orientation.

To date, studies have found that gay men earn less than heterosexual men, and lesbians earn more than heterosexual women—but still less than all men.

I wonder how the NUS feels about this. You can read the rest here. It's an interesting piece for many reasons.  I think my biggest question here is how do they know? Are these gay people walking around with name tags or something that say they are gay?



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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Gayest Brady Bunch Episode; A Day Without Grindr; 39 Gay Sex Toys

Gayest Brady Bunch Episode

Don't ask me why, but I was curious and I fell for the clickbait...


Every few months this Funny or Die video from 2010 gets circulated in our newsfeed and we have to drop everything and watch it again. Appropriately titled “Oliver Twist,” the comedy site inserts a sassy gay version of the character originally played by Robbie Rist who gets the customary warm welcome from the Bradys (“I feel like the last quaalude at a key party,” he exclaims) before the kids realize he’s a walking disaster area.


You can watch the video here.   

The comments are mixed. As far as parody goes, though, it's actually clever.


A Day Without Grindr

With so many things happening out there I'm not sure why the gay presses are still so focused on hate politics and pointless pieces like this one below, but it's what I'm still seeing headlining in gay news.

And that's a little scary, because readers seem to prefer various topics, not just one focus. I've seen gay presses come and go in the past, and mostly it's due to their unending self-indulgence with politics, and the inability to let go of the old gay stereotypes. I hope that's not going to happen again, especially now that we're just beginning to realize how diverse the gay community really is. In other words, the news is out there but we're not getting it all, and I happen to like gay news and I want them to stick around.

In any event...

L.A.-based sketch comedy duo and YouTubers Cool Kid Adjacent have come up with a clever, effective, and non-preachy vid that encourages gays to look up from their phones and get into the variety of hot guys that ripe for the picking in the real world.

You can check that out here.

39 Gay Sex Toys

This is actually pretty interesting. It talks candidly about how sex can be intimidating in the beginning, and how sex toys can help ease a lot of the anxiety for younger men before they actually have sex. And if you're a gay man there are certain things you have to learn. It's not...and never was...as easy as Brokeback Mountain led you to believe it was.

I’ll be honest guys, I did not enjoy sex toys when I first came on the scene. I was a freshman in college, brand new to sex, and all my friends, left and right, were exploring their anal pleasures with dildos. “It helps you get used to the feeling,” one guy told me in his dorm room. “I go at my own speed so that when the real thing comes, I’m ready.”

You can check out the list here. I never knew there were that many. 


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Monday, March 21, 2016

Gay 1960's Retro Romance: The Arrangement; Huge, Massive Penis Issues; Jonah Falcon's Giant Penis Again

Gay 1960's Retro Romance: The Arrangement

The Arrangement is a long novella (over 32,000 words) that I released with Ravenous Romance in collaboration with another writer. When I asked Ravenous Romance if I could have the rights reverted back to me, they were nice enough to do that without hesitation. I wanted this book to be released on its own, for the duration of my lifetime. And the only way I know that I can do that is to indie publish it myself.

With that said, The Arrangement is a story about a young guy who moves to New York in the 1960's and works in advertising. It's the height of the advertising age. I don't want to give any spoilers, however, I remained accurate to the times, especially when it comes to same sex relationships...and how hidden they were.

Here's the blurb, and below that are links. It will be on Amazon and I'll post that link as soon as it's launched.

The Arrangement by Ryan Field - Romance>Erotic Romance eBook
In Ryan’s Field’s, THE ARRANGEMENT, it’s 1962 and Toby MacFarlane has just moved to New York and started a new job in advertising. He’s hoping to find a social life, but he wasn’t expecting his married, over-sexed boss to use Toby’s apartment as a love nest so the boss can sneak around with young men behind his wife’s back. 
Toby also wasn’t expecting to fall in love with one of his boss’s young men either. With all the secrets Toby’s cheating boss is keeping from everyone, will Toby be able to live with the lies and infidelities for long? Or will Toby find the strength to stand up to his unholy boss and do the right thing for the young man he loves?

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I will post more links as I get them. And if you do a search for this book on Allromanceebooks.com it's going to be hit or miss. This is one of the reasons I've rarely linked to ARe in the past year or so.

Huge, Massive Penis Issues

Here's a link below to a piece that talks about what happens when a guy has a penis that's too big. It's actually a humor piece, with photos.

Here's one:


11. When you’re sitting at the table and someone accidentally kicks you and they’re like, “Oh, sorry, did I just kick you? I thought that was the table,” and you have to explain that they actually kicked your penis and that it did hurt because it’s a penis.


 You can read the rest of them here. Keep in mind, you need a really dry sense of humor for this one.

Jonah Falcon's Giant Penis Again

Here's another article about Jonah Falcon and his giant penis. This one is from Rolling Stone.

When Jonah Falcon was in fifth grade, his class was allowed to use the school swimming pool. Like many ten-year-olds, the boy was modest and decided to change into his swimsuit in a bathroom stall. Locker-room noises ricocheted outside as Jonah dropped his pants. Then, silence. At first, he wondered if everyone had run away.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

9 Greatest Biggest Penis Moments; Older Gay Film Stars; The Perks of Being Gay

9 Greatest Biggest Penis Moments

Here are the 9 greatest and biggest penis moments in movies. It's pretty self-explanatory.

Let's all be adults; this is not a puerile discussion of the male member.

Michael Fassbender, however, has no qualms about showing what God gave him. In Steve McQueen's new drama "Shame," Fassbender plays a sex addict who's in the buff so often his body is naked nearly as often as its clothed. In honor of Fassbender's courage to reveal everything, we're celebrating the movies -- and actors -- who've dared to go full frontal.

Here's a link to the entire article. I saw the Fassbender movie...it's really very good. I loved it.

Older Gay Film Stars

There's this one web site that's owned by someone who is NOT gay, but I guess totally self-absorbed in gay men. It's creepy, it's delusional, and almost as if it's more like an obsession and I don't understand the motivation. And the worst part is how the content on this web site is published. Most of the time it's coming from this sappy unrealistic POV, and the rest of the time it's not all that accurate. So when I see an article like the one I'm linking to now that's actually very good I try to share.

Here's a brief excerpt...

Anthony Perkins is best known for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Friendly Persuasion.

Perkins was intense, sensitive, and complex, according to Scotty Bowers in Full Service. He was married with two kids but also gay. His longest gay relationship was with actor Tab Hunter, but he saw many men. 

Here's a link where you can read the rest. 

The Perks of Being Gay

I love this next article because I have always loved being gay. In spite of the obvious discrimination, not to mention the cultural appropriation I face daily as a gay writer, I wouldn't want to be anything else but gay.

And here's series of memes that talks about the perks of being gay. They are direct quotes coming from gay men, about why they love being gay.

I love that I'm gay because men are much more straight forward than women when it comes to having sex.

You can read the rest here. 

If you remove the gender politics, and men are just dealing with men, it's amazing how simple sex can be.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Terrible Grindr Tips; Straight Identifying Men Speak; Australian Senator Thinks Gay Men Are Unfaithful

Terrible Grindr Tips

Since I have no idea how Grindr works, this is news to me, too. It's a comedic series of tips from Mano Agapion on how to win Grindr.

Here's an excerpt:

Clearly tongue-in-cheeck, his “advice” is so brutally on the nose that if you followed it, it might actually get you laid — for the worst possible reasons.

“You need a hot pic of your torso that says ‘I move fast and I don’t respect myself.'” Check.

You'll find the rest here. 

Straight Identifying Men Speak

This one was a little confusing...to me. Maybe others get it, but it took me a moment. At first I thought it was about gay men who "identify" as straight men. But it's not quite like that.

recent national survey released by the CDC revealed that more Americans are identifying as bisexual than ever before. Not only that, but more straight-identifying men are admitting to having tried gay sex.

Evidently, it's about straight men having gay sex on the down low. The word "identifying" seems to be the PC way to put it...or to make it sound better. From what I gather in one of the quotes, cheating plays a huge role, too. The one straight guy only seeks out other straight married men because he doesn't want to risk his marriage to a woman, and he rarely looks for gay men. Cheating.

You can read the rest here.

Australian Senator Thinks Gay Men Are Unfaithful

This is pretty rich when you think about the previous part of this post where it talks about straight men being unfaithful to their wives with other "straight-identifying" men.

Family First Senator and marriage equality opponent Bob Day on Friday hit out at same-sex marriage, saying that most gay men in relationships are unfaithful to their partners.

As if straight men aren't unfaithful to their wives. Talk about ignoring the proverbial elephant in the room. The fact is, from what I've always seen from my own personal experience, many gay couples are not monogamous, however, they have open relationships (agreements) and that's not the same thing as being unfaithful. Many do three-ways. I get into this topic in my next book...open gay marriage. I don't have a title yet, but it will be out soon.

Not to mention the fact that in the cases of three straight couples that are friends of mine, the wives have been unfaithful in every single case. I'm not singling anyone out. My only point with this is that you can't just single out gay men as being unfaithful. Cheaters gonna cheat, gay or straight, male or female.

Once again, this is just another example of someone in power, with privilege, who truly does not know what he's talking about.

You can read the rest of it here. 

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Greg Scarnici On Paul Reubens; Harvey Levin On Growing Up Gay; Randy Blue Performer Overdoses

Greg Scarnici On Paul Reubens

This opinion piece is by Greg Scarnici that talks about how he feels about Paul Reubens of Pee Wee Herman fame. It's an opinion piece and I'm not going to comment for that reason.

Here's a short excerpt from a very in-depth piece that I found fascinating. 

You might be wondering why this is such a problem for me. Well, as an openly gay comedic artist, I think it’s important that successful men like Paul Reubens talk about their sexuality. Am I insinuating he is gay? Sure, but he has been doing the exact same thing through his work ever since he came on the scene — and continues to in his latest film — which features a relationship with Joe Manganiello he himself describes as, “a bit of a bromance.” 

I highly suggest you go here and read the rest of it

The comments surprised me. This one refers to Paul Reubens...

 I don’t care about his sex life. God forbid he have some privacy.

The problem with that is being gay is NOT about sex, or someone's sex life.

Harvey Levin On Growing Up Gay

For those who might not know, Harvey Levin founded TMZ, the celebrity news outlet that's everywhere. And he's openly gay. In this article he talks about growing up gay in a world where that wasn't easy.  It's a direct contrast to a celebrity like Paul Ruebens...and countless others...who never talk about it in public.

Here's an excerpt, verbatim...

When I was a teenager, I found myself in a profound internal struggle—what I perceived as a mandate to live a “straight” life, despite contrary feelings that were welling to the surface. I thought I did a pretty good job sublimating those feelings, but someone close to me had a good sense of what was really going on. That person went on with what felt like a homophobic campaign, denigrating LGBT people with epithets and snide comments—without ever confronting me directly.
 

Here's the rest, and there's a photo of Levin that shows how attractive he is, too. At least I've always thought he was.  

Randy Blue Performer Overdoses

Here's another painful story from the world of gay male adult entertainment. 

According to this article, Xander Scott, adult performer, died from an alleged drug overdose.

It's not a long piece, but you can check that out here.

Very sad, indeed.

 
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Grandma's Yummy Muffins: The Things You Can't Copyright; Do Tweets Have Copyright Protection?

Grandma's Yummy Muffins: The Things You Can't Copyright


When I write short posts like this, I do it without opinion and with complete objectivity. This is the way it is and what anyone thinks about it is insignificant. It's just good information to know, which is why I post about it.

I also try to keep it easy, which isn't always easy to do. The laws are complicated and in some cases all over the place...like with photo sharing...but I hope this helps.

This web site talks about the 5 things you can't copyright. It's one of the more basic explanations and I believe it to be accurate. I highly suggest reading the entire web page.

Number 4 is the one I found most interesting, especially the recipe part.  I not much of a dedicated cook, but never knew that.

Also exempt: names, titles, short phrases, or expressions—such as that catchy slogan you came up with for your business—product descriptions, pseudonyms, titles of works, and business names. The good news is that while they are not protected by copyright, if they pertain to your business (for example, goods and services) they can be protected with a trademark.

Recipes also fall under this category. Specifically the listing of ingredients (even if it's your own recipe ingredients) is not protected by copyright. This applies to formulas, compounds, and prescriptions as well. There are exceptions however, such as when recipes are compiled in a cookbook for instance or if the recipe is accompanied by “substantial literary expression,” a term that refers to text such as directions, or when there is a combination of recipes, there may be a basis for copyright protection.

As you can see, there are gray areas. However, I have a book out titled "Fangsters," with Riverdale Ave. Books, and there's another book on Amazon with the very same title. I believe it was a coincidence. My book was released first, and I didn't even come up with the title. My publisher did and I agreed to it because I liked it. However, just because someone else has a book with the same title as mine doesn't mean I'm going get all worked up about it. Good luck to him. But more than  that, there's nothing I could do anyway because titles can't be copyrighted.

In any event, here's a link to the web site I quoted above.

Do Tweets Have Copyright Protection?

Here's another link about Tweets and copyrights. Again, there's more gray area and this is only beginning to surface. I know a lot of people on Twitter use quotes to show it's not original, however, they don't always give credit because the original source isn't available. It causes friction, however, at least the quotes show that the intent was not to steal the Tweet. That doesn't satisfy everyone, and the debate will continue. However, for now this short excerpt seems to explain it well...


With Twitter, for example, while its terms of service clearly state that tweeters own anything they post on the service, the 140-character limit to a Twitter post makes it almost impossible for the work to reach the level of creativity required for copyright protection. In the same vein, titles or short phrases usually cannot be protected since their length contributes to their lack of originality, as defined by copyright law.


You can check that out, here. 

I've had original Tweets wind up on web sites that collect and list that kind of content. I didn't get credit for it, and frankly I'll survive. It's a Tweet, and in my case, most of the time, it didn't bring the curtain down and I'm not even sure I want credit for it. 

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