Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Anderson Cooper Wonders About Trump's Tweets; Barney Frank's "Fag Burning" Joke; More Older Men Diagnosed With HIV

Anderson Cooper Wonders About Trump's Tweets

I think this is interesting because I love Twitter so much.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper wondered aloud on Tuesday (29 November) how Trump remains as prolific a tweeter as he was when he was still a presidential hopeful.

‘We are in uncharted waters with a president-elect who is continuing to tweet as he did – maybe a little bit less – during the campaign.

‘When I first heard that he was tweeting about something that was on this broadcast – a number of tweets – factually incorrect tweets – I kept thinking, “Doesn’t he have a briefing book on ISIS to be reading?”

I'm not a huge Trump supporter, however, I can't help but wonder if Anderson Cooper is being a little disingenuous here. He has to know why Trump is tweeting. I think we all know why Trump is tweeting. Trump is communicating with the people who helped elect him, he's communicating with the public at large, and he's not depending on people like Anderson Cooper who get paid millions of dollars to communicate for him.

No matter what side of the political spectrum you're on, this should be a good thing for you. Think about it without Trump in the story line. That's why they call Twitter "Social Media." The key word being "media." Mark Zuckerberg spotted and nailed this years ago. I think if Hillary Clinton had done more tweeting and less tea dance at Wilton Manors she would be President right now instead of Trump.

The times, they are a changing, again.

You can read more here.  

Barney Frank's "Fag Burning" Joke

I'll never understand why straight people don't get this kind of humor from gay men.

Said Frank on Hardball: ‘Scalia wrote the opinion, he was very strongly on the other side of [flag burning], and [Trump] cited Scalia as his favorite justice. I think there was a pronunciation problem there. You know, Scalia was actually the leading advocate of fag burning, not flag burning.’

Host Chris Matthews laughed but said: ‘That’s not funny.’

The show’s other two guests appeared to wince.

You can read the rest here. It's actually a discussion about flag burning.

But it reminds me of a review of the TV show Vicious I once read by a straight person who just didn't get the humor of some gay men. It's not always PC, in spite of what perfect PC George Takei has led you to believe. And most of the gay men I know think Vicious is one of the all time best gay TV shows ever.

More Older Men Diagnosed With HIV

I didn't know this. And it's focused on men in the UK. Evidently, more older men are being diagnosed with HIV than ever before.

However, others are acquiring HIV when older. Sometimes after many years of practicing safer sex.

New diagnoses among older people have nearly doubled in the last decade. In 2015, there were 1,018 new diagnoses of HIV in people aged 50 and older in the UK, compared to 667 in 2006.
 
The article goes on to answer why this is happening. It's a long article with some very insightful thoughts that I think is definitely worth reading no matter what age you are.

Here's the link.

 





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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Stepbrothers In the Attic Release Day; Male Full Frontal Nudity In Films: Shared Rooms; Farewell America by Neal Gabler

Stepbrothers In the Attic Release Day

Stepbrothers In the Attic is a light parody of a well known story line. Of course the love and romance is my main focus in the book, but I also focused a little on how people treat gays, the shame associated with being gay, and gay reparation therapy.

I've posted about this book on several different occasions and you can read more about it here on this blog. However, I want to make it clear this is not a word for word recount of the original story line, and there is a huge surprise ending that I don't think has ever been done before with this story.

At the links above, I've provided a few free excerpts and the back cover copy. I will post a few more excerpts toward the end of this week...all SFW.

I would imagine this one will be out in both paperback and e-book, but right now it's only available as an e-book.








Male Full Frontal Nudity In Films: Shared Rooms

The other day I posted about a new gay movie, Shared Rooms. Well, I made a point of watching it and I wasn't totally blown away. And that's a shame because I was looking forward to it. I think it was partially funded through one of those crowdfunding web sites.

First, I didn't finish watching it. I would have, but Tony hated it so much I couldn't put him through that kind of torture. I honestly would have finished it. I didn't think it was THAT bad, but he started to moan and it was just easier to turn it off.

I think the one thing about the movie that bothered us the most were the stereotypes, and not just one in particular. This movie covered all the proverbial bases. There's the stereotype of the fussy effeminate gay couple who don't like kids. There's the stereotype of the hot butch muscle guys hooking up on apps and having sex. And there's even the gay roommate stereotype. The film follows three different story lines that are supposed to come together in the end, and I kept hoping that at least one would get a little better, especially because I think the premise was based on how gay men find comfort in their friends during the holiday season.

But, there is full frontal nudity. Not much, but it's there...a quick glimpse of meat and potatoes bouncing around. As I said I probably would have continued watching had it not been for Tony's outbursts, and you might feel the same way I did. There's a certain camp appeal to it that I liked, and I don't think it was meant to be taken very seriously, so you might enjoy it if you keep that in mind.

Here's another review about Shared Rooms that wasn't as kind as I was.

Frankly, I think that review was a little harsh. I think some would enjoy Shared Rooms as long as they aren't expecting too much.

Farewell America by Neal Gabler

The reason I'm posting about this is because I honestly don't know how to comment on it. As most of you know I'm not very political. In fact, I despise politics. In this case, I think that only time will tell, and I want to come back and revisit this post and this piece sometime in the future.

America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide. We the people chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, made a nation out of a country.

I was only a kid when Ronald Reagan became President in 1980, however, I can still remember the most devastated claiming it was the end of days. Clearly, it wasn't the end of days. America survived that election, and years later went on to elect the first non-white President in 2008.

In any event, it is an interesting read.  

You can read the piece in full here






Monday, November 28, 2016

A Possible Gay Utopia; Fidel Castro's Horrific Record With Gays; Stephen Port Gets Life Term For Killing 4 Gay Men

A Possible Gay Utopia

Now this sounds like a fascinating discussion. It was an event held in LA that examined how LGBT people deal with sexual identity and community.

The workshop created a space for LGBTQ people to come together to reflect on their lives through storytelling, art-making, and play. Through this process, they generated innovative ideas on establishing long-term LGBTQ community values that could impact city planning in L.A., and beyond.

As the icebreaker, the participants were asked to “build your first childhood memory of being different” in 10 minutes by choosing from hundreds of small objects. This prompt helped participants re-create that "aha” moment in their lives that revealed that they were different from the rest of the children or youth around them.

You can read more here.

I think the most interesting part comes toward the end of the article. That's when they talk about how most communities are designed for straight people. I've seen that happen right here in New Hope, PA. At one time, New Hope was an enclave for theater people, artists, writers, and anyone who fell under the umbrella of LGBT. Over the past 20 years it's evolved into an expensive trendy little tourist town, with subdivisions and excellent schools, all geared toward heteronormative families. There are still a lot of gay people here, however, many older gays have moved to places like Palm Springs, CA or Wilton Manors, FL for obvious reasons. 

I think it's all relative, especially when you consider the fact that most younger LGBT people are assimilating more as each day passes.

Fidel Castro's Horrific Record With Gays

Over the past weekend I kept seeing idiot politicians praise Fidel Castro and I kept shaking my head. And I was hoping someone would write an article like this.

Fidel Castro was many things: a revolutionary, a communist, a garrulous orator. Amid the fawning encomia released upon his long-overdue death at the age of 90, it should never be forgotten that he was also an oppressor, torturer, and murderer of gay people. 

“We would never come to believe that a homosexual could embody the conditions and requirements of conduct that would enable us to consider him a true revolutionary, a true communist militant,” Castro told an interviewer in 1965. “A deviation of that nature clashes with the concept we have of what a militant communist should be.”

There's more here. It goes on to talk about how Castro put gays in concentration camps, how Allen Ginsberg was kicked out of Cuba,  and how Castro quarantined all people with HIV in the 1980s. He was a tyrant. And when people like Jill Stein or Jimmy Carter  praise Castro, I have to wonder WTF is wrong with them. These facts about how Castro treated gays are easy to find with a simple search and you don't have to take my word for it.  

Stephen Port Gets Life Term For Killing 4 Gay Men

Here's more about Stephen Port, a UK man who met guys on hook up apps and then did despicable things to them.

The man, Stephen Port, who murdered at least four young men over 15 months and raped many more, was sentenced at the Central Criminal Court in London on Friday to life in prison, in a case that has appalled the country with its grisly details and raised serious questions about the quality of policing.

All of Mr. Port’s victims were gay and in their 20s. They all died from overdoses of the date-rape drug GHB, also known as G or liquid ecstasy.

You can read more here. It goes into a lot more detail about how questionably the police treated the case and how the families reacted.  

Port received a life sentence, which I personally think is too good for him.

Guys, be careful out there, especially with hook up apps. You can't trust anyone.

 
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cyber Monday Sale At All Romance E-books; Being Gay and Asexual; Shirtless French Farmers and More

Cyber Monday Sale At All Romance E-books


They're having a Cyber Monday sale over at All Romance E-books on November 28, 2016, and all of my books with Riverdale Ave Books will be included. In fact, all of my books are on sale. I just checked. 

From my inbox...



Readers can access purchases via AllRomance.com, the ARe Android App, or the ARe iTunes App

Check them out for more details. 


If you've never shopped for e-books at All Romance, please check them out just for the sake of something new. It's always been one of my favorite places for e-books.

Being Gay and Asexual


I have to admit that this one slightly stumps me. I've always thought a person was either gay or asexual, but not both. Evidently, this article I'm linking to challenges that.

I do believe that asexual falls under the umbrella of LGBT. I just don't totally understand the concept of being gay and asexual. I understand them individually, of course. And there's not much info out there.

In any event, this article is one of those meme things where people talk about being gay and asexual. Here's one that does clarify things a little better, at least for me it does:

I'm basically a gay asexual. I am sexually attracted by a man's body but that's it. Not his part...

Unfortunately, the comments will not help much with this topic. They're very rude and the jokes are not very funny. 

You can check the memes out here. And here's a link to a forum where they discuss being gay and asexual. 

If you are gay and asexual, good for you. It doesn't really matter if anyone (including me) understands it or not. It only matters that you understand it.

Shirtless French Farmers and More

Because sometimes you just need something lighter and not so serious...

In this 2017 calendar, photographer Fred Goudon sets his lingering lens on some stunningly handsome French farmers. Purchase it here.

You can check out a few more interesting things here, including a trailer for the upcoming NBC play, Hairspray Live...which I believe airs very soon in December.  


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Saturday, November 26, 2016

70s Gay Subculture and Gay Semiotics; "Shared Rooms" New Gay Production; Aaron Rhodes' Biggerst Turn Ons

70s Gay Subculture and Gay Semiotics

A photographer named Hal Fisher published a book in 1977 called Gay Semiotics, which focused on what it was like to be gay in San Francisco back then. I missed all that and I've always been curious about it. I only know what I've heard through older gay friends.

The most basic definition of semiotics is "the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation." I studied a lot of this in a graduate course I took once called "Communications and Literature." If you want to read more about semiotics for background info, you can check this out.

Here's more about how semiotics played a role in 70s gay subculture.  It's an excerpt from the book.


BLUE HANDKERCHIEF
Handkerchiefs signify behavioral tendencies through both color and placement. A blue handkerchief placed in the right hip pocket serves notice that the wearer desires to play the passive role during sexual intercourse. Conversely, a blue handkerchief placed in the left hip pocket indicates that the wearer will assume the active or traditional male role during sexual contact. The blue handkerchief is commonly used in the treatment of nasal congestion and in some cases holds no meaning in regard to sexual preferences.

RED HANDKERCHIEF
Red handkerchiefs are used as signifiers for behavior that is often regarded as deviant or abnormal. A red handkerchief located in the right hip pocket implies that the wearer takes the passive role in anal/hand insertion. A red handkerchief placed in the left hip pocket suggests that the wearer plays the active role in anal/hand insertion. Red handkerchiefs are also employed in the treatment of nasal discharge and in some cases may have no significance in regard to sexual contact.


You can read more about this here, with photos. It's fascinating material and it's a huge part of gay history. They get into a great deal, including poppers. If you're writing or reading gay erotic romance and you don't know what poppers are, you really should enlighten yourself with this article.

The comments are even more fascinating.

"Shared Rooms" New Gay Production

Here's a piece about a new gay production titled, Shared Rooms.

Shared Rooms, the latest holiday-themed production from writer-director Rob Williams (Make The Yuletide Gay, etc.) is out this week. The film unspools a trio of gay tales entirely shot in the gay Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, including one that has earned notoriety on the LGBTQ film festival circuit.

I haven't seen it so I can't comment. There's more here.

There's a trailer that didn't really do much for me. If you don't like the characters in the trailer, it's not much of an incentive to see the movie. Two people who already left comments seem to agree with me.


Aaron Rhodes' Biggest Turn Ons

This is fairly harmless. It won't change your life, but it's entertaining in a, "like," way that requires very little thought at all. And he is cute. I think it's interesting that this is how some segments of gay culture have evolved as compared to the book I mentioned above, Gay Semiotics.

These are a few of Aaron Rhodes’ favorite things, as revealed in a new YouTube video. (Twin bro Austin’s away in Denver, so he’s going solo this time, m’kay?)

This one's all about the video, which you can view here.

The comments are mixed. I still find it interesting that these people find any audience at all on the Internet...but they do.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

New Release and FREE Excerpts: Stepbrothers In the Attic; Russell Tovey Likes Being Gay; RIP Florence Henderson

New Release and FREE Excerpts: Stepbrothers In the Attic

This is my newest release titled, Stepbrothers In the Attic. I've posted a few things about it already...link below.

And this is the final cover reveal. Links to follow very soon.


If you click this link you'll find more info about Stepbrothers In the Attic, plus free excerpts from the book. It's just another link to this blog and SFW.

Russell Tovey Likes Being Gay

I think things like this inspire other gay men, especially those who are not out of the closet.

Russell Tovey has said he believes being gay is the best thing that has ever happened to him and his career.

The British star has spoken out against the idea that coming out can destroy an actor or actress.

There's more here. The more that come out the easier it gets for everyone else. There is power in numbers. 

RIP Florence Henderson

Among many things, Florence Henderson was a huge supporter of the LGBT community.

Florence Henderson, one of the most beloved television moms in history, died on Thanksgiving at the age of 82 of heart failure.

Henderson had been seen just last month at a taping of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars in support of Maureen McCormick who played her daughter on the classic sitcom The Brady Bunch.

Of course Henderson was most commonly known for her role as the mom in The Brady Bunch. The father in that show was Robert Reed, who at the time was gay and in the closet.

Reed was gay but kept this fact private, fearing it would damage his career. In July 1954, Reed married fellow Northwestern student Marilyn Rosenberger.The couple had one daughter, Karen, before divorcing in 1959.

After his death, Reed's Brady Bunch co-stars – most notably Barry Williams and Henderson – publicly acknowledged Reed's sexual orientation, and admitted that most of the cast and crew of The Brady Bunch were aware, but they did not discuss it with Reed. Williams said, "Robert didn't want to go there. I don't think he talked about it with anyone. I just don't think it was a discussion – period."

According to the wiki link above, Reed died of "colon cancer complications due to HIV." 

Henderson always supported Reed, too.

Reed was gay and early in the show’s run, Henderson put her foot down with a director who tried to mistreat the actor because of his sexuality.

There's more about Florence Henderson here. Personally, I used to love to watch a talk show she did fairly recently on a cable channel. She was very good at everything she did. RIP


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Joe Jonas Thinks It's "Kind of Funny" If You Think He's Gay; UK Censoring Online Adult Entertainment

Joe Jonas Thinks It's "Kind of Funny" If You Think He's Gay

I see a lot of this lately and I don't always get it. Evidently, sometimes people think Joe Jonas is gay and this is how he responded:


I don’t know the real answer to it. I don’t have an issue with it. I think it’s a compliment. I have a lot of gay fans. It’s not like it bothers me. Some people handle it differently, but at the end of the day, I’m cool with it and think it’s kind of funny. You have to learn to laugh; people are gonna create a story out of anything.

You know, it’s probably because I’m in touch with my feminine side. Look, I love fashion; I love to dress well. I love certain things like that. And I have a lot of gay friends, as well, so that could probably point them in that direction. But again, the gay community is something that is close to my heart, so I don’t mind. Hey, if they wanna think I’m gay, it’s fun.”

Funny?

Here's the rest.

Someone in the comments said this:

 drsmithnj 
 
He thinks it’s fun? I’m not an accessory. He doesn’t get to demean me like I’m a piece of luggage.


UK Censoring Online Adult Entertainment

If this is true, it might be the beginning of more online censorship. And it's something to worry about.

It’s looking like UK Internet scavengers will soon be unable to access any website depicting “non-conventional sex acts,” according to The Guardian. 

Part of the Digital Economy Bill, a proposal currently going through parliament, will force all internet service providers to block any entertainment that wouldn’t receive certification for commercial sale from the British Board of Film Classification.

Here are some of the things considered "non-conventional."

 Attitiude reports there’s no definitive list of these sex acts, but it will likely include spanking or whipping, urination, vaginal ejaculation, sex in public, and “any form of sexual penetration into an orifice which exceeds the so-called ‘four-finger’ rule.

You can read the rest here.


 
 


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Riverdale Ave Books Thanksgiving Sale

PRESS RELEASE: Riverdale Ave Books Thanksgiving Sale

I figured this deserves a post of its own. From my inbox...





Riverdale Avenue Books to Offer Dysfunctional Family Thanksgiving Day Sale on MILF, DILF, and Stepbrothers Books

New York, New York - November 21, 2016 Spend this Thanksgiving with your favorite dysfunctional family with the help of Riverdale Avenue Books. The innovative hybrid is offering 50% off of all MILF, DILF, and Stepbrother titles to kick off the holiday season.

“We know how crazy your family can get during Thanksgiving, so we wanted to offer our readers a great discount and a laugh,” said Publisher, Lori Perkins. “Our readers love MILFS, DILFS and stepbrothers, and I know they rather be with them over their own dysfunctional families.”

Each book has a unique code for the 50% discount that can be redeemed on riverdaleavebooks.com. The tiles and discount codes include:

·         Happy MILF Day, edited by Lori Perkins - MILFTG2016  
·         Happy DILF Day, edited by Lori Perkins - DILFTG2016
·         Her Stepbrothers’ Demands, by Trinity Blacio - HSDTG2016  
·         Her Stepbrothers are Aliens, by Trinity Blacio - HSAATG2016  
·         Her Stepbrothers are Blood Suckers, by Trinity Blacio - HSABSTG2016  
·         Her Stepbrothers are Angels, by Trinity Blacio - HSAATG2016
·         Her Stepbrothers are Demons, by Trinity Blacio - HSADMTG2016
·         Her Stepbrothers are Dragons, by Trinity Blacio - HSADRTG2016  
·         Her Stepbrothers are Werewolves, by Trinity Blacio - HSAWTG2016  
·         Her Stepbrothers are Saber Tooth Tigers, by Trinity Blacio - HSASTTTG2016  
·         Her Stepbrothers Christmas Gift, by Rachel Kenley - HSCGTG2016  
·         Her Beastly Stepbrother, by Rachel Kenley - HBSTG2016  
·         Her Frozen Stepbrother, by Rachel Kenley - HFSTG2016  
·         Stepbrothers in the Attic, by Ryan Field - SITATG2016  

About Riverdale Avenue Books
Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry.  We publish e-books, print, and audio books under 10 imprints: Desire, an erotica/erotic romance imprint; Riverdale/Magnus the award-winning imprint of LGBT titles; Pop featuring pop culture titles; Afraid, a horror line; SFF, a science fiction fantasy line; Truth, an erotic memoir line; Dagger, a mystery thriller imprint; Sports and Gaming featuring sports and gaming titles; and VerVe featuring lifestyle titles. Started in 2012 by industry veteran Lori Perkins, Riverdale is a full service publisher, with a foreign rights and film agency department.  Visit us at www.RiverdaleAveBooks.com.

Thanksgiving Book Sale At Riverdale Ave. Books; Some Gay Thanksgiving Advice; What Shocks John Waters?

Thanksgiving Book Sale At Riverdale Ave. Books

If you're going to spend at least part of this long weekend holiday reading, you might find this interesting. 

If you want to avoid talking politics around the Thanksgiving dinner table, there’s no better way than to curl up with the latest book boyfriend trend – stepbrother romances. Riverdale Avenue Books, an award-wining hybrid publisher, is offering all their stepbrother romances, from stepbrother fairy tales to paranormal shape shifter stepbrothers through the Thanksgiving weekend.
They are also the highlighting the publication of their latest stepbrother title, Stepbrothers in the Attic, by Lambda-Award winning author Ryan Field (author of Valley of the Dudes), which is an homage to the 70s classic Flowers in the Attic.
You can check the list out here. I'll post more about Stepbrothers in the Attic over the next few weeks. I've already posted a few things here. It was a difficult book to write, and it wasn't easy figuring out a happy ending...plus, the main theme of shame in my parody is the fact that the two dads are gay. It's not about incest. It's about the shame gay people face all the time.

Here's the cover for Stepbrothers In the Attic...links to follow soon. And, we're still working on the cover and this one is only a reveal.




Some Gay Thanksgiving Advice

I'm lucky in the sense that most of my family agrees on politics. And if we don't totally agree, no one is homophobic and we at least have that in common. This year Tony and I will be spending Thanksgiving day at Tony's sister's, locally, and we all agree. So that makes life a lot easier. However, I know a lot of people don't agree with their families, and this advice might help make the day a little easier.  

Oh boy, this Thanksgiving may be the roughest yet if you’re heading home to conservative family. If you’re anticipating fights over politics from your Republican aunts and uncles, you’re completely justified in feeling more dread and anxiety about this year’s celebration than any ever before.

But hold on. You don’t have to walk in unprepared. As luck would have it, researchers have identified four steps to having a positive, productive conversation with people whose politics are in opposition to yours.

You can check out the video here.  Good luck and just remember it's only one day out of the year :-)

It's really a weird Thanksgiving for us because this is the first year we're not hosting at our home in a very long time. We've hosted up to 50 people here on Thanksgiving some years. But that's okay, too. I don't mind taking a break in the least. It's nice to do something different.

What Shocks John Waters?

I would imagine not much shocks John Waters at this point. Not much shocks me. However, there are still a few things left that are shock-worthy. 

In any event...

There are easier things in the world than shocking the man who introduced coprophilia to the mainstream, but it’s not impossible. John Waters recently popped into The Late Show to shill his upcoming Christmas spectacular and share some of the most dangerous, baby-bruising toys of all time.

You can check this out here. 



 
 
 
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Twink Found Guilty For Murdering 52 year Old; More Gays In China Coming Out; Sexuality In Ancient Greece and Rome

Twink Found Guilty For Murdering 52 year Old

I find this scary because according to this article it all happened through an online hook up. I'm not knocking online hook ups. Millions of people do it. I just think we have to be so cautious nowadays.

A British teen has been found guilty of murdering a 52-year-old by slashing his throat after meeting him on Grindr.

Ben Bamford, 18, inflicted more than 40 injuries during a ‘sustained’ attack on senior tax officer Paul Jefferies in the latter’s home in east Sussex.

The 52-year-old was found naked with a dish towel covering his head on his blood-covered kitchen floor.

You can read the rest of it here. There are a couple of photos, and a few more details.
 

More Gays In China Coming Out

I always find it interesting to read about gay culture in other parts of the world. Here's one that talks about more gays coming out in China.

Evidently, they do a report in China on the LGBT community. One of the things they found, in spite of the fact that most families still encourage traditional heteronormative values, is that things seem to be changing.

More LGB people plan to come out: 22% of gay and bisexual men and 12% of lesbian and bisexual women plan to tell no-one about their identity in the next five years, versus 30% of men and 16% of women last year.

Here's the rest. Same sex marriage is still not legal in China. 


Sexuality In Ancient Greece and Rome

You rarely ever hear about sexuality in history, and I always wonder about it. You know Ben Franklin and George Washington had sex. Sex has always been around. People like it...well, most people. But it's always such a taboo topic, especially gay sex.

Here's an article that goes into a little more detail about sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome.

Most of us know that the ancient pagan world was more tolerant of homosexuality than the one god religions that would follow. But how tolerant were the ancient Greeks and Romans? It turns out they weren’t nearly as tolerant as you might like to think.

Neither the Greeks or the Romans had a concept of homosexuality or heterosexuality.
Men were assumed to be attracted to both males and females, and to express a preference for just one sex was considered eccentric.

There's more to read here. 

 
 
 


Monday, November 21, 2016

Should We Blame Facebook For Fake News; 50 Biggest Dating Turn Offs; Hot Future Doctors Do A Magic Mike Strip Down

Should We Blame Facebook For Fake News?

If you're like me, you've run across more than a few fake news stories on Facebook. Some people share them innocently without realizing it. It's hard to blame them. I've been guilty of that myself...not recently, but I've done it by accident and learned my lesson.

I actually have seen a few people do it on purpose for laughs.

In any event, the fact remains a lot of what you see on Facebook (and other social media) isn't true. And here's a link to an article about how Mark Zuckerberg is addressing the fake news stories on Facebook.

Zuckerberg outlined seven projects his company is working on that could undermine fake news stories. The approaches range from consulting with journalists and fact-checking organizations to disrupting the flow of money in the often-lucrative online fake news business.

"We are raising the bar for stories that appear in related articles under links in News Feed," Zuckerberg wrote of one initiative. Of another, he said, "A lot of misinformation is driven by financially motivated spam. We're looking into disrupting the economics with ads policies like the one we announced earlier this week, and better ad farm detection."

I don't blame Zuckerberg for this one. And I'm glad he's trying to do something about it.

You can read the rest here.

I think the best we can all do is make sure we get the news accurate if we're going to share it. You can call it out as fake if you see it, but the problem with that is that people will defend it and no one wants to get into a flame war on social media.

50 Biggest Dating Turn Offs

A lot of this is pretty boilerplate, but some of them are interesting.

2,000 single people recently participated in a survey conducted by the e-cigarette brand Blu about their top 50 turn-offs in a potential mate. Not surprisingly, body odor is the #1 reason people avoided any follow-up dates, with almost three-quarters of participants saying it was a deal-breaker. So shower up, fellas!

You can check them out here.

Hot Future Doctors Do A Magic Mike Strip Down

Here's a link to a video of guys in med school who do a Magic Mike parody of sorts. It's actually very well done.

In the following video, future doctors of Portugal proudly slip out of their lab coats to reveal taut physiques and a talent for sensuously pouring water all over themselves in this tribute to Magic Mike.

You can watch the video here. This one is SFW.







Sunday, November 20, 2016

Jon Hamm's Huge Penis Girth, Again; Three Insights On Coming Out Later In Life; Activist Dick Wagner Writes Gay History Book

Jon Hamm's Huge Penis Girth, Again

Well, here's another serious news item from a gay press you don't want to miss. And it's so poorly written ("lips incessantly flapping") I've explained it below.

Evidently, there was a photo of Jon Hamm taken while he was walking down the street and the outline of his penis was showing through his pants. At the time, Hamm didn't know he was being photographed and he wasn't showing off on purpose. And Hamm reacted in a way that I think most people would react. 

“It was a topic of fascination for other people, certainly not me,” he fascinatingly tells GQ Australia, our favorite magazine.

“By the way, as rumors go, not the worst.”

His mood about the whole non-scandal has lightened considerably sincethe halcyon days of 2013 when paparazzi snapped a photo of Hamm taking a leisurely stroll with then-girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt and, apparently, no underwear.

You can read the rest here. I can understand why he'd be annoyed.

Three Insights On Coming Out Later In Life

I know I'm always saying this, but I'm going to do it again. Although a lot has changed, it's still not easy for people to come out as gay. And there are plenty of people out there who are in that position right now.

I correspond regularly with one reader who is constantly questioning the double life he's living. I know guys who've been together 15 years and claim they are just "best friends." I also knew a gay couple who spent over 50 years together and always referred to each other as father and son...literally. In any event, the point I'm trying to make is that it's not easy for anyone to come out, ever, and especially not easy later in life.

Andrea Hewitt came out four years ago, at the age of 45, after two marriages to men and two children. Hewitt was inspired to help other women coming out later in life, started a blog, "A Late Life Lesbian Story," and a Facebook support group with more than 300 women.

Why did it take her so long to realize her sexuality? "It was a combination of the time when I was born and raised and [the] message I got as a child that [homosexuality] was not acceptable, even though my family was fairly progressive," Hewitt said. She added: "There's this internalized homophobia you get from the culture — that being gay is hard."

It's a very good article, and you can read the rest here. 

Activist Dick Wagner Writes Gay History Book

I know I've posted about how difficult it is to find anything pre-Stonewall with regard to gay history, so maybe this will make a huge difference.

He’s not done. He’s currently writing a book on the gay history of Wisconsin, covering the 1890s to 1980s. With 18 chapters down and about two chapters to go, he’s planning to complete his manuscript this winter. He hopes to finish his 10-year project in time for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City. The riots were a response to a police raid of a gay bar and kickstarted the fight for LGBT rights.


You can check this out here. It's actually an interview with Dick Wagner. Some of his answers are fascinating.



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Will Hollywood Portray Disabled Gay Characters? Some History on Jeff Sessions; Duck Dynasty Canceled

Will Hollywood Portray Disabled Gay Characters? 

Here's an interesting piece about gay disabled characters and TV.

According to GLAAD’s 2016 “Where We Are on TV” report, the percentage of series regulars with disabilities this year has risen to 1.7 percent (15 characters), up from last year’s 0.9 percent (eight characters). It is an “amazing” accomplishment, according to Ryan O’Connell, a gay and disabled TV/film writer and author of “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves,” a memoir based on his life as gay and disabled–but still not enough. 

Well that's finally something encouraging for a change. I hope it continues. Hollywood doesn't have the best track record.

You can check out the rest here

Some Disturbing History On Jeff Sessions

I would be remiss if I didn't post about things like this once in a while. Even though I hate politics myself, I do know that many people are concerned about the future. Unfortunately, this one about Jeff Sessions doesn't sound too encouraging, and that's because it looks as if he's going to be the Attorney General.

Here are a few things about his past record.

  • In 2000, Sessions voted against an amendment that would expand the definition of hate crimes to include sexual orientation. He voted against it a second time in 2002.
  • In 2004 and again in 2006, Sessions voted in favor of advancing the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would defined marriage across the entire  United States as a union of one man and one woman.
  • In 2010, Sessions voted against repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
  • In 2011, Sessions spoke out against President Obama and in defense of DOMA.

 You can read the rest here. There's more.

With all due respect, not the best way for President Elect Trump to gain supporters from the LGBT community, and those who support the LGBT community.

Duck Dynasty Canceled

I'm sure everyone has heard about Duck Dynasty being canceled by now, but I know a lot of people haven't seen the Twitter reaction.

After more than a week of seemingly endless bad news, we finally have something genuinely good to report: After five long years and 11 tired seasons, A&E is finally pulling the plug on its flagship white trash reality series Duck Dynasty. 

According to sources, ending the show was a mutual decision between the cast and the network. The final season will be split into two parts, with the series finale airing sometime in April.

You can check out the Tweets here. I've never even seen one episode of DD.