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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