Welcome to COOL GAY STUFF ! It's a pin-board of brief Net snippets highlighting recent gay-friendly media. This sampler also offers online links to purchase the recently-published, richly-entertaining, 498-page paperback copy (or alternatively, its low-cost Kindle e-book copy) via Amazon-USA or Amazon-UK of your host - - - author George Gardiner's - - - highly-regarded sensual tale of Ancient Rome titled THE HADRIAN ENIGMA: A Forbidden History. Visit the book's sales site at Amazon via direct link, below, to explore 25 readers' opinions & purchase-&-post details.

Cool Gay Stuff prioritizes readers & reading. It's a pointer to today's literary culture via brief excerpts from recommended press articles, literary crits, movie crits or trailers, & current news sources. It also directs you to sites of unique gay appeal or relevance. They've been assembled by your host, George Gardiner, author of "THE HADRIAN ENIGMA".

Being a recently-published historical novel, THE HADRIAN ENIGMA is a highly-praised, erotically-charged, Roman Era "good read" crime-thriller and sensual romance. It is based on the real-life relationship of ancient Rome's dynamic emperor Hadrian ("... one of the five good emperors ...") with his handsome beau, Antinous of Bithynia, whose over-120 surviving ancient sculptures attest to his muscular good-looks and classic attributes. Nevertheless, during an imperial tour of Rome's Mediterranean provinces in 130CE, Antinous drowned in Egypt's River Nile under questionable circumstances. This tragedy prompted an Imperial whodunit investigation whose (fictive) details have encouraged many readers of the paperback or Kindle e-book to endow this work with a very favorable topmost 5-Star rating by more than half of its 25 Amazon online reviewers (56%, to be precise). To this rating is added a further 24% of Amazon reviewers who awarded the novel a 4-Star rating. Combined, these figures deliver an Amazon purchasers' appreciation score of 4.1 points out of a limit of 5.

Cool Gay Stuff also provides direct links to the relevant Amazon-USA or Amazon-UK's book-sales sites for you to acquire a copy of the 500-page paperback (adding a modest fee for delivery to your chosen mail address). Alternatively, you may prefer to promptly download the thrifty Kindle e-book copy of the same text? If so, click on your preferred version of the choices offered below. Please note :- the paperback edition of THE HADRIAN ENIGMA is NOT available at other public book-stores ... its sole purchase option is online via Amazon-USA or Amazon-UK (links displayed below). A 500-page paperback copy will be mailed to your preferred address following credit-card payment via Amazon.

Then follows this month's regularly-updated Cool Gay Stuff sampler of notable GLBTQ articles, essays, news, videos, movie trailers & reviews, plus direct links to the original Net sources. Please note :- this site avoids displaying NSFW images or overt porn so as "not to frighten the horses" (Oscar Wilde's cheery 1890's advice). The site's formal Fair Dealing/Non-Profit copyright criteria are posted at its conclusion, plus a complete catalog of The Hadrian Enigma's research resources. So, welcome everyone whoever & wherever you are!


.... and now for something subtle ...

Plot : Summer of 1983, Northern Italy. An American-Italian (Timothee Chalamet) is enamored by an American student (Arnie Hammer) who comes to study and live with his family. Together they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them.

Watch the official trailer for this Italian (English-language) romantic drama "Call Me by Your Name," starring Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Victoire Du Bois, Vanda Capriolo, and Antonio Rimoldi. Directed by Luca Guadagnino.

The movie had its debut at the Sundance Film Festival (USA) in January, where it received rave reviews. It will play the Toronto Film Festival in August before it's release in the USA on November 24. The 2'10" trailer (above) tells it all in a very compact way ... (See too the related promotional story at : http://www.ontopmag.com/article/32702/Armie_Hammer_Timothee_Chalamet_On_Important_Gay_Drama_Call_Me_By_Your_Name

(Video trailers courtesy of YouTube, with many thanks.)


ONE OF THE EARLIEST RECORDED SAME-SEX ROMANCES OF HISTORY : Hadrian Caesar and his very-fit paramour Antinous of Bithynia, set amid the Roman Empire (circa 125-130CE) two centuries before Rome legalized Christian beliefs.

The two-line blue web-address (below) is an invitation from your host, author George Gardiner, to explore his 498-page romance/crime/historical erotica/m-m romance "THE HADRIAN ENIGMA: A Forbidden History" at Amazon USA.

Alternatively, a click on the actual book cover-pics (below) will also deliver you to Amazon (USA) to explore purchase details via its Amazon Online link :-

HADRIAN & ANTINOUS - recorded history's first real-life 'out' lovers ...

HADRIAN & ANTINOUS - recorded history's first real-life 'out' lovers ...
... back & front covers of THE HADRIAN ENIGMA. To reach Amazon book sales: CLICK ON THE PICS for direct link to its Amazon USA page to check reviews, prices, & airmail-purchase of a paperback or instant Kindle ebook download.

OPINIONS OF "THE HADRIAN ENIGMA" - genuine online quotes from 25 Amazon purchasers ...

"Five stars .. A wonderful insight into Roman life ... fantastic, well-researched ..."
Amazon Customer, USA (March 2017)

"Five stars ... a good read."
Viola Noll at Amazon USA

"Nobody will ever know what, exactly, happened to Antinoos. But this is IMHO the best yet story about what might have been. ...."
David Woodworth (USA) at Amazon's USA sales site

"Five stars ... This is a good & fast read."
Fr Mike Mangoian (USA) at Amazon USA

"Five Stars ... I loved this book ... If you like mysteries, try this book. ... Lots of fun ... "
Eric Sootin, Asheville, NC (USA) at Amazon USA

"Five Stars ... Excellent ... couldn't put the book down ... one of the most enjoyable novels I've ever read ..."
Lloyd F Adams (USA), at Amazon USA

"Five Stars ... The best book I've read on Hadrian and Antinous."
JANE (Canada), at Amazon USA

"I recommend it to any historical fiction fan, especially any fan of the redoubtable Mary Renault. ..."
J.R. Tomlin, author of historical fiction, at :- http://jeannetomlin.blogspot.com/

"Five stars ... a tour de force ..."
Elisa Rolle, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer, USA & UK, & at : http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1092070.html

" ... an absorbing new book ... compelling writing ... action sequences that are brilliantly staged & paced ... on a higher plane than mere homoerotic titillation ... courageous & convincing ..."
Reader Down Under (Australia), at Amazon USA

"... extensively researched picture of life in the Roman Empire ... a mix of mystery, comedy, gay & straight romance - is an entertaining read ..."
Laura Staley, Historical Novels Review, USA, at :-

"... an age-old love story with a twist ... an unexpected delight ... his storyline hooked me immediately ..."
Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson of READER VIEWS, Austin TX, USA

"... You will feel engaged and challenged ..."
Nan Hawthorne, author Beloved Pilgrim, at Amazon USA

"... extremely readable ... it's a page turner ... Gardiner has written an interesting & gripping story ..."
Kim at http://www.desicritics.org/ India

"... Five Stars ... a compelling crime mystery ... a hard book to put down ..."
Terence Charters, Hobart, Australia, at Amazon USA

"... An adventure through Hadrian's world. The story is easy to read and full of the homoeroticism that we love about this era. ..."
P. Novotny, London, at Amazon UK

"... a definitive Five Star read for me ..."
Aleksandr Voinov, UK, reviewer at Speak Its Name

"Five Stars ... A masterful recreation of Ancient Rome ... the historical details are a delight ... characters are outlined in a vivid way which is like meeting old friends ... "
Ernest Gill, Hamburg, at Amazon USA & UK

"Five Stars ... as a reimagining of the Hadrian-Antinous relationship in the context of the age it is fascinating."
Muriel Perkins, Texas, at Amazon USA

" ... this is a novel about the nature of love ... but this is far from just being a gay romance. ..." Kit Moss, historical author, at :- http://kitmossreviews.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/the-hadrian-enigma-forbidden-history-by.html

"A truly exceptional book on 'What Greek Love" is all about ..."
John R. Shelton at Amazon USA

"Five Stars. I so enjoyed this book. Highly recommend it ... "
Stephen Forte, Birmingham, Alabama at Amazon USA

" ... I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the Hadrian/Antinous relationship"
Harrison Sheppard at Amazon USA

NOTE: Amazon USA's &
UK's online book & ebook purchase sites with their 25 independent reader's reviews (fourteen awarding Five Stars for excellence!) can be read in full by clicking on :- http://www.amazon.com/Hadrian-Enigma-Forbidden-History/product-reviews/0980746906/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1


LUST, LOVE, INTRIGUE, & MURDEROUS REVENGE: challenging suspense fiction suggested by real events in history's most unusual true love story ...

THE HADRIAN ENIGMA: A Forbidden History
A novel
(C) George Gardiner
ISBN13: 978-0-9807469-1-4 (at Amazon USA, UK, Europe, Australia etc) in 498-page paperback or Kindle ebook.
Also iBookstore, iPad, Nook & ePub ebook formats available via online sources. (Not available in street stores.)

The scene: ancient Rome, 130 years after Christ yet two centuries prior to Christianity being legal. Caesar Hadrian is the popular ruler of a vast pagan empire at the height of its power & wealth.

Hadrian, one of Rome's "five good emperors" searches for & eventually locates the love of his life .. Antinous, an elite Greek athlete, huntsman, & cavalry cadet. They become 'companions' under the ancient Greco-Roman mentoring tradition of an erastes (mentor) & his eromenos (student).

During an imperial pleasure tour of Egypt Antinous is discovered dead in the River Nile. Hadrian is distraught. Is the death a drunken prank gone wrong, suicide, murder, or something far more sinister? Hadrian assigns historian playboy Suetonius Tranquillus to investigate.

THE HADRIAN ENIGMA is the outlawed record of Caesar's investigation into one of history's most suspicious fatalities. It reveals more than Hadrian may want to know, or wants others to know. Set in a society increasingly reflecting facets of our own times, it portrays an era of torrid relationships, raging ambition, wealth inequalities, & uninhibited morals within a severely macho culture of honor, shame, pride & prejudice.

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COOL GAY STUFF now introduces current news & opinion in both columns ...

With many thanks to the originating sources, this left-side column offers "
Mobile First" news excerpts ... a 'text-only' stream for mobile devices to identify & promote teaser-snippets of LGBTQ-news, relevant text selections, plus trailer details of likely gay-interest .... culminating in independent readers' reviews of

... meanwhile, the right-hand column (viewable only via full-frame PC's, laptops, & notebooks etc), displays pics, graphics, cinema trailers, or short videos relevant to the main column's subject .....


Saturday, September 23, 2017

REAGAN MENTIONS AIDS ... an historical reminiscence

Gay History, September 1985: Ronald Reagan mentions AIDS for the first time
----  the opening phrases of a striking historical news report by Will Kohler (USA), published 17th September 2017 at his challenging website Back2Stonewall  (& partially re-published here 24th Sept 2017) :-

      'Although AIDS was first identified in 1981, and victims, mostly gay men, were succumbing to the disease, Ronald Reagan did not mention it publicly for over four years notably during a press conference in 1985 and several speeches in 1987.
      When Reagan finally mentioned AIDS, briefly,  he was asked about the budget allocation for research:
      "Would you support a massive government research program against AIDS like the one that President Nixon launched against cancer?"
President Reagan: "I have been supporting it for more than 4 years now. It’s been one of the top priorities with us, and over the last 4 years, and including what we have in the budget for ’86, it will amount to over a half a billion dollars that we have provided for research on AIDS in addition to what I’m sure other medical groups are doing. And we have $100 million in the budget this year; it’ll be 126 million next year. So, this is a top priority with us. Yes, there’s no question about the seriousness of this and the need to find an answer."
During the disease's early years between June 1981 and May 1982 the CDC spent less than $1 million on AIDS and $9 million on Legionnaire’s Disease. At that point more than 1,000 of the 2,000 reported AIDS cases resulted in death;  .... '
----  see more of Will Kohler's provocative recollection at his striking website Back2Stonewall at :-
http://www.back2stonewall.com/2017/09/gay-history-september-18-1985-reagan-mentions-AIDS for the first-time.html 

Friday, September 22, 2017


Body Image in Gay Men: When and How to Intervene
----  two selected introductory pars from an extended report by Bianca Palmisano at PsychiatryAdvisor (USA), first published on 5th April 2017 (& reprinted here with thanks) :-

      'The occurrence of eating disorders is 3 times higher in gay men than in straight men, and nearly 15% of all gay men report dealing with anorexia or bulimia during their lifetime.1 ....
....  Gay men and straight women experience similar pressure through media portrayals of unattainable standards of beauty. Photographs of women are airbrushed to glamorize unhealthy thinness, while gay men are compared with muscular Adonises with 6-pack abs and no body fat.
      Michael Everett, MHS, an HIV educator and chief executive officer of Intimacy and Colour in Riverside, Georgia, explains: “Even within public health, the ads geared toward gay men present images of muscled men with small waistlines, which is impossible for every gay man to live up to and is not the only representation of good health.”
     These societal standards bleed over into a sexualized subculture that places a premium on muscularity and masculinity. .... '
----  see more of Bianca Palmisano's challenging observations at their original publishing site at :-

Monday, September 18, 2017


How to Politely Find Out Someone's Sexuality
----  a reprint of the introduction to an extended report on (very) sensitive social manners published by OHLALAmag (USA) earlier this year ...

      'Obviously if you’re chatting with the gay singles or in a gay bar, that problem goes away, but what about when a cute co-worker catches your eye? No one wants to risk an embarrassing rejection when all you wanted was a date, and heaven forbids you insult them by accident when asking if they swing your way. Is there some code of conduct or instruction manual on how to get that important – and potentially awkward – detail out of the way?
Here is your checklist for politely getting your answer.
  1. Don’t Make it Your Opening Line - If the first thing anyone asked you was “What’s your orientation?” you wouldn’t find them very charming, interesting, or unique, would you? Off that first impression, do you want to spend more time with them? No. So don’t be that person. If you’re interested in someone, make your opening intriguing as a standalone, and then shift into the question. This gives them a reason to be interested if they share your orientation, and breaks the ice so the question isn’t so sudden. (Continue with the four extra recommendations, below, at the OHLALA site ...)
2. Just Be Honest
3. Ask Them When You’re Alone
4  Do NOT Ask Someone Else
5. Accept the Answer – No Excuses.

See OHLALA magazine's full five recommendations at :- 

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Hillary's clue about 'What Happened' to gay culture
----  the opening lines from a challenging post by Mark Lee at WASHINGTON BLADE (USA)**, 14 September 2017 :-

      "I know that for a lot of people, including a lot of women, the movement for women’s equality exists largely in the past.

      That line, previewed from Hillary Clinton’s maligned-in-advance blame-everybody-else book-of-electoral-excuses “What Happened” published this week, provides an insight relevant to the current state of LGBT politics and culture.
      Given the rapid and dramatic pace of broad gains in LGBT civil equality and cultural acceptance, the prevalent proclivity within our ranks for grievance collection and victim portrayal may wear as thin as Clinton’s lingering lament over losing.
      Whether we will become chronic complainers like Clinton who simply won’t stop whining is the question.
      We run the same risk as she, suffering political allies reported by media to be expressing in exasperation, “I wish she’d just shut the f— up and go away.” ... '

----  see more of Mark Lee's opinion-piece at :-

[** WASHINGTON BLADE: Covering the LGBT community since 1969]

Thursday, September 14, 2017

LIVING INSIDE A COMPUTER ... a wake-up call

You Are Already Living Inside a Computer
----  brief introductory lines from a fascinating post written by Ian Bogost & published at The ATLANTIC.com magazine (USA) (reprinted here with thanks, September 2017) :-

      'Futurists predict a rapture of machines, but reality beat them to it by turning computing into a way of life.
      Suddenly, everything is a computer. Phones, of course, and televisions. Also toasters and door locks, baby monitors and juicers, doorbells and gas grills. Even faucets. Even garden hoses. Even fidget spinners. Supposedly “smart” gadgets are everywhere, spreading the gospel of computation to everyday objects.
      It’s enough to make the mundane seem new—for a time anyway. But quickly, doubts arise. Nobody really needs smartphone-operated bike locks or propane tanks. And they certainly don’t need gadgets that are less trustworthy than the “dumb” ones they replace, a sin many smart devices commit. But people do seem to want them—and in increasing numbers. There are now billions of connected devices, representing a market that might reach $250 billion in value by 2020.
      Why? .... '

----  see more of Ian Bogost"s insights into the computer era at The Atlantic (USA), at :-


Hundreds of Love Letters Between Two Gay WWII Soldiers Were Found and Are Being Made Into a Book
----  a few pars from a "Gay Issues" post at Sambag's Blog (UK), 5 September 2017 :-

      'While on military training during World War Two, Gilbert Bradley was in love. He exchanged hundreds of letters with his sweetheart – who merely signed with the initial “G”. But more than 70 years later, it was discovered that G stood for Gordon, and Gilbert had been in love with a man.
      At the time, not only was homosexuality illegal, but those in the armed forces could be shot for having gay sex.
      The letters, which emerged after Mr Bradley’s death in 2008, are therefore unusual and shed an important light on homosexual relationships during the war.  ....
....  But life as a homosexual in the 1940s was incredibly difficult. Gay activity was a court-martial offence, jail sentences for so-called “gross indecency” were common, and much of society strongly disapproved of same-sex relationships. .... '
----  see more of this fascinating post, complete with quotations from the couple's touching correspondence, at Sambag's Blog (with thanks) at :-

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


52 Queer Gods Who Ruled Ancient History
----  the introductory pars from an historical post researched by Jacob Ogles, followed by descriptive thumbnail visual-&-literary sketches of 52 ancient religious personae possessing a recorded 'gay character', complete with their historical visualization, published at PRIDE.com (USA), 12 September 2017 :-

      'You didn't know we were so divine. People have worshiped queer gods and deities for millennia. Mortals throughout history looked to the gods for guidance, love, and acceptance regardless of sexuality. In this dive through history, we explore 52 immortals who enjoyed same-sex relationships. .... "
----  see all eight pages of this well-informed survey of "the 52 immortals" who possess distinctive gay characteristics, complete with their traditional portrayal in both European and Asian art formats, posted at :-

Monday, September 11, 2017


Armie Hammer Talks About "CALL ME BY YOUR NAME"
----   brief excerpts from an entertainments post by Curtis M. Wong at the HUFFINGTON POST (USA), 11th September, 2017 :-

      '.... The queer-themed coming-of-age drama “Call Me By Your Name” drew critical raves after its Sundance Film Festival premiere in January, garnering early Oscar buzz for stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. ....
.... “Call Me By Your Name,” which hits theaters nationwide Nov. 24, wowed audiences at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival over the weekend, and currently boasts a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Los Angeles Times praised the film, which is based on André Aciman’s novel, as “a powerfully erotic and affecting love story.” The Daily Beast described an early screening as “tantamount to group gay catharsis for the audience in attendance.” .... '
----  see more of Curtis Wong's  report on "Call Me By Your Name" at the HUFFINGTON POST (USA) at :-
----  and visit the YouTube trailer in the side column at right for a taste of the forthcoming movie.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


What Men and Women Really Desire In Their Sex Lives
----  a few lines from a surprising post by Dana Dovey of Medical Daily (USA), re-published at ALTERNET (USA), 6th September 2017 :-

      'Men often get a reputation for having NSFW sex fantasies, but a new survey found they have a bit of a different desire: most men prefer more sensual and romantic forms of sexual behavior. The research found that both men and women of all ages prefer affectionate sexual behaviors such as kissing and cuddling above all else, suggesting that at the end of the day, we all just really want to be held.
      Despite the fact that humans have been having sex since, well, forever, our partners' true desires in the bedroom have remained a mystery for most people. Thankfully, a group of scientists from the Indiana University School of Public Health have peeled back some of the mystery to reveal what men and women want more of in the bedroom. A number of sex acts made the list, such as masturbation and oral sex, but the majority of respondents admitted that they’d like a bit more romance and affection in their relationship. ....'
----  see more of Dana Dovey's surprisingly-touching (?) post, reprinted from Medical Daily (USA), and accessible from Alternet at :-


(REPRINT from 2016): Straight version of a gay thing
----  selected lines from an insightful social-comment essay by Casey Dalager at The Berkeley Beacon (USA), originally posted in April 2016 :-

      'As a bisexual man, I was thrilled when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the country in 2013. Not only did I consider that day a win for “my people,” but I also reveled in the idea of LGBT culture not only being accepted, but celebrated. ....  I had grown up feeling unnatural, sinful, and ostracized like so many others, and on that day we were all free from cultural oppression. Or so I thought. The closer I look at our society, the less I see acceptance, and more a trend of assimilation. The LGBT movement is not being celebrated, but instead absorbed into the dominant white culture of America.
      While the queer community spans across all races, genders and ethnicities, society’s LGBT narrative prefers to see only those who are like me: white, cis, and male. The American mainstream now welcomes the gays, but minorities both in and out of the LGBT community remain simply as punchlines: mere stereotypes or the butt of jokes. This assimilation has happened before, and if history does repeat itself, it is doing so at the expense of people of color. .... "
----  see more of Casey Dalager's challenge at the Berkeley Beacon early last year at :- 

Monday, September 4, 2017


IBIZA is chilling out as 24-hour party people get older, Thomas Cook says
----  a few lines from the northern hemisphere's summer-seasonal tourism observations by reporters from The Telegraph (UK), 4th September 2017 :-

      'Ibiza's reputation as Europe's top destination for the UK's 24-hour party people is at risk as visitors are getting older, new figures show.
      Travel agents Thomas Cook report that millennials are moving away from the Spanish island in favour of more affordable clubbing experiences in Greece.
Over the past five years, one in six bookings have shifted from those under 30 to those aged 30-39, the firm said.
      The happy hardcore of the 90s and early 2000s is giving way to chillout beats to suit a growing band of thirty-somethings and their young families. .... '
----  see more of The Telegraph's report about shifting summertime tourism priorities, including within gay community choices, at :- 

Sunday, September 3, 2017


Over 48 New HIV Medications and Vaccines Are in the Pipeline
----  some opening lines from a news report by David Artavia at www.HIVPlusMag.com on August 31st, re-published by The Advocate's "Plus" section (USA), 4th September 2017 (with thanks) :-

      'Dozens of new medications are in development for the treatment or prevention of HIV.
      In the three decades since HIV was first identified in the United States, activists, providers, researchers, government agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry have all played a part in the quest to expand prevention and treatment options.
      New scientific breakthroughs have reignited the hope of stopping not only transmission of the virus, but also its impact on the quality of life for HIV-positive people across the nation. In fact, 2017 is proving to be a springboard towards innovation, progress, and optimism. Over 52 medicines and vaccines for HIV are currently in development, according to 2017 HIV/AIDS Medicines in Development, and The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, an industry public relations and lobbying organization.
      Overall, 32 medications on the list are antiretrovirals and antivirals, 16 are vaccines, and four are cell therapies, including a “potential first-in-class medicine intended to prevent HIV from attaching to new cells and breaking through the cell membrane.” All are either in clinical trials or awaiting review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  .... '
----  see more of David Artavia's report at The Advocate, with thanks, at :-

Saturday, September 2, 2017


The New Yorker Radio Hour: Why Men Should Read Romance Novels
----  the introductory phrases to a 26-minute radio program at www.wbez.org (USA), August 2017 :-

      ' The New Yorker’s Josh Rothman finds it hard to get a conversation going about romance novels with male friends or acquaintances. He talked with Curtis Sittenfeld—whose fiction often contains a romantic story, though her books aren’t romance novels, per se—about why that is. Sittenfeld’s most recent book, “Eligible,” is a retelling of the ur-romance novel, Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”       It’s been many years since she devoured a trove of bodice rippers, but there’s one—featuring a sex scene on horseback—that Sittenfeld hasn’t let go of. Plus: Sherman Alexie reads from his story       “Clean, Cleaner, Cleanest,” in which a motel maid struggles to reconcile her faith with everything her jobs shows her about human nature. ....
---- read and - or - hear more at :-

Saturday, August 26, 2017


"WILL AND GRACE RETURNS": Jack Discovers Grindr
---- the opening lines from a lively promotional post (plus a 30-sec video) at Out'n Proud (USA),  26th August 2017 :-

      '"I feel like I could get finger herpes just from scrolling."

       The 9th Season of Will & Grace officially kicks off September 28 on NBC  [USA]. Originally planned for a one-season revival of the hit gay-comedy, Season 10 of the series has already been ordered, so we’re getting at least two more seasons.
      If you’re biting at the bit like we are, don’t worry. There’s been some fantastic teasers for the new season, hopefully they can tide you over one more month until it finally airs at the end of September.
      You have to remember that the last full Will & Grace episode aired almost 12 years ago. The copious amount of gay dating apps we’re so used to weren’t around back then. But of course Jack would be the first to get with the times. In the trailer [in the right-hand column, here] he discovers Grindr. Like most of us, Jack is concerned about being safe while browsing the multitude of men.  .... '
----  see more of this Out'n Proud post about the return of Will & Grace at :-
---- with thanks to NBC (USA) for the supportive YouTube-excerpt video.


Monday, August 21, 2017


David Hockney Pops in Paris
----  the opening lines from a well-illustrated report on British artist David Hockney's newly-opened exhibition in Paris, published at the Huffington Post (USA), 20th August 2017 (with many thanks) :-

      'The Tate Britain in London, the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, and the Pompidou Center in Paris have collaborated on the most complete exhibition to date on the career of famed artist David Hockney.
      The global show is a celebration of Hockney’s 80-year’s birthday (born July 9, 1937). Over 160 works of art are represented with paintings, photographs, engravings, drawings, and video installations.
      The important retrospective of his original work comes nearly 20 years after his first Paris debut at the same Pompidou Center.
      The most iconic paintings of the artist are shown here, such as various California swimming pools views, double portraits or monumental landscapes, showing the entire artistic career of the painter, up to today.  .... '
----  see the entire report on this important contemporary artist at the HUFFPOST (USA) at :-

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Love is in the air on India's first LGBT radio show
----  "better late than never?" ... the opening lines from a Thomas Reuters Foundation report at The Malay Mail Online (Malaya), August 15 2017 :-

      'MUMBAI, Aug 15 — Outspoken Indian gay rights activist Harish Iyer is used to fighting for equal rights but over the last month he has turned into a messenger of love.
      He is the host of “Gaydio”, the first radio show dedicated to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in India, where homosexuality is a taboo and gay sex can be punished with up to 10 years in jail.
      “As an activist, it is in my DNA to stand up for a cause,” Iyer, 38, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
      “You hear heart-warming love stories during your activism, but you are busy being the saviour. But on this show, I look at the softer side.”
India’s penal code bans “sex against the order of nature”, which is widely interpreted as homosexual sex .... '
----  see more of this Malay Mail  syndicated report, thanks to the Thomas Reuters Foundation at :- 

Monday, August 14, 2017

BBC America to show "QUEERS" ...

BBC AMERICA to Show Mark Gatiss' Gay Britannia Series 'QUEERS'
----  the initial pars of a publicity announcement by Stewart Clarke, a Variety International Correspondent, published in VARIETY magazine (USA), August 9 2017 :- 

     'BBC America will launch “Queers,” later this year, the British drama series from “Sherlock” writer Mark Gatiss that looks at life for gay men and women in the U.K.
      The short-form project comprises eight monologues from well-known actors. In the U.K. it was part of a longer “Gay Britannia” season on pubcaster the BBC, which was launched to mark 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act, the law that decriminalized homosexual acts in the U.K.
      BBC America, which is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and AMC Networks, was a co-producer on the series and it will bow on the cable channel in October.
      The monologues run to 15 minutes apiece, covering the past 100 years, and the characters address topics including the HIV crisis, and the Sexual Offences Act itself.
      A roster of British actor perform the pieces including Ben Whishaw (“Spectre”); Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”); Gemma Whelan (“Game of Thrones”); and Fionn Whitehead (“Dunkirk”)..... '
----  see more of Stewart Clarke's report, with thanks, at VARIETY's website at :-

Thursday, August 10, 2017

TOM OF FINLAND / Celebrating an outrageous gay icon ...

TOM OF FINLAND review - intriguing biopic of a gay liberation hero

---- selected pars from the introduction to a news-&-review movie report by Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian (UK), 10 August 2017 :-

      'Pekka Strang stars as the Finnish wartime artist Touko Laaksonen, whose homoerotic illustrations helped create the iconography of gay culture.
      Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, known by his nom de plume Tom of Finland, is brought above the radar of cultural history in this well-acted biopic.
      In postwar Helsinki, in conditions of the gravest illegality, Laaksonen produced thousands on thousands of homoerotic fetish illustrations, showing bulgingly endowed leather-clad guys having an unapologetic good time.
      Tom of Finland’s work reached the liberated US in the 1960s via mail order, and he became a counterculture hero of gay liberation, virtually inventing a whole language of hedonism that influenced Queen, the Village People and the club scene.  .... '
----  see more of Peter Bradshaw's review of this new intriguing biog of Tom of Finland at The Guardian at :-
----  & visit the 37-sec trailer for TOM OF FINLAND in the side column here (at right) ....  with thanks to The Guardian (UK).

Monday, July 31, 2017


As  brave as any: Letters reveal untold stories of gay soldiers who risked being shot for 'gross indecency' during two world wars
----  selected opening pars from an historical report by Rory Tingle at the Daily Mail'Mail Online (UK), 28 July 2017 :-

      'They dedicated their youth to defending a country that was often reluctant to accept the way they lived their lives - even at the risk of getting shot.
      And now the incredible stories of the gay men who fought in the two world wars has been revealed in a new book on the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
      These include the love letters of First World War sweethearts, working-class Ralph Hall and middle-class soldier Montague Glover, who began a long-term relationship in the 1930s. 
      Both men served in the Army from 1914-18, while Hall joined in the RAF during World War Two, and the couple reunited during peacetime and risked imprisonment for their relationship up until 1967.
      Due to manpower shortages, gay men were unofficially allowed to serve in the armed forces, and around 250,000 of some 5 million British men who during the Second World War are estimated to have been gay or bisexual.
      This is despite the law saying gay recruits could be dismissed with a dishonourable discharge for the mere fact of being gay, and imprisoned or even shot for 'gross indecency' if they engaged in homosexual acts ... ' 
----  see more of this revealing extended article at www.dailymail.co.uk at :- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4735232/Letters-reveal-stories-gay-soldiers-world-wars.html 

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Gay rights 50 years on: Ten ways in which the UK has changed
----  the opening phrases from an extended statistical report by Rachel Schraer & Joey D'Urso at BBC News (UK), 29 July 2017 :-

      'It's 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexual sex in England and Wales. How did the law change society?
1. Social approval of same-sex relationships has risen rapidly
The proportion of the British public who say they approve of same-sex partnerships has soared over the past 30 years.
      Since 1983 the British Social Attitudes survey has asked people whether they think sexual relationships between two adults of the same sex are "always wrong, mostly wrong, sometimes wrong, rarely wrong or not wrong at all".
      The group of people answering that they thought same-sex partnerships were "not wrong at all" has almost quadrupled from 17% when the survey started in 1983, to 64% in 2016.
      Approval fell in the 1980s when the Aids crisis and the introduction of section 28 - a law prohibiting the promotion or teaching of homosexuality in schools - could have swayed public opinion according to NatCen, the think tank which runs the survey.
      But a steady and rapid rise from the early 1990s reflects a wider trend of social liberalisation, something also seen in changing attitudes to pre-marital sex.  ....
----  see more of Schraer & D'Urso's report, complete with appropriate stats, at www.bbc.com/news/uk at :-

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Remaining to be seen
----  brief quotes from an interesting observation on the rise of gay themed video series in Thailand's online tv, as reported by Kornrawee Panyasuppakun at the Bangkok Post (Thailand), 26 July 2017 :-

      'Gay-themed series are now flooding online TV, but whether the contents are strong enough to address the rights of the LGBT population is still in question.
      Boy love. Sweet kisses. Gay flirts. These had hardly been portrayed openly on Thailand's big and small screens until back in 2007, when teen drama Love Of Siam made a bold move with its kissing scene between two male high-schoolers, Tong and Mew. The film addressed family, teen and gender issues while also stirring debate as to its appropriateness. A decade has passed. As a country that prides itself on being gay-friendly and gender-tolerant, we've seen a huge increase in the volume of gay romance, both on the street and on the screen. Particularly on online channels like YouTube and Line TV, dozens of gay-themed series currently air, each featuring scenes far beyond just hugging and kissing.
      In the past two years, Thai alternative media has been flooded with over 20 gay-romance series. ....
----  see more of this extended report from the Bangkok Post at :-

Friday, July 21, 2017


Shakespeare may have been gay says artistic director of RSC
----  selected lines from a substantial news report collated by reporters at The Telegraph (UK), 21 July 2017 :-

      'William Shakespeare may have been gay, the artistic director the Royal Shakespeare Company has suggested, and directors can no longer hide the sexuality of his homosexual characters.
      Greg Doran on Friday dipped into the long-running debate on the Bard’s sexuality, saying he believed it had given Shakespeare an outsider’s insight which had helped his work.
      Mr Doran, who took over artistic control of the RSC in 2012, said it was “no longer acceptable” that performances should conceal the sexuality of Shakespeare’s gay characters. ....
....  Mr Doran told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I guess a growing understanding of Shakespeare as I have worked with him over the many years that I have, makes me realise that his perspective is very possibly that of an outsider.
      “It allows him to get inside the soul of a black general, a Venetian jew, an Egyptian queen or whatever and that perhaps that outsider perspective has something to do with his sexuality.”
      The key clues to understanding Shakespeare’s sexuality were in his sonnets, Mr Doran said. ....'
----  see more of Greg Doran's views at www.telegraph.co.uk at its online address at :-
----  see too Jason Murdock's version of this report at the International Business Times (UK), 23 July 2017, at :-


How Merchant and Ivory's 'MAURICE'paved the way for gay romance
----  the initial pars from a substantial movie historical report written by Pam Grady at the San Francisco Chronicle (USA), 19 July 2017 :-

      'Director James Ivory and his life partner and producer, Ismail Merchant, were riding high after the 1987 release of their adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel “A Room with a View.” The film resonated with critics and audiences alike and garnered eight Academy Award nominations, winning three.
      With such heady success, Ivory and Merchant could attract backers to make whatever they wanted for their next film. Ivory set his sights on another Forster novel, “Maurice,” a gay love story.

      “It was a movie we all felt strongly about, because nobody really wanted us to make it,” Ivory, now 89, recalled in a 2012 Toronto Star interview. (Merchant died in 2005 at age 68.)
      Nevertheless, the partners persevered. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of “Maurice,” which is returning to theaters in a new 4K digital restoration. The film premiered at the 1987 Venice Film Festival, where it won three awards, including the Silver Lion and an acting prize for [UK] co-stars James Wilby and Hugh Grant (it was only his second film). .... '
----  see more of Pam Grady's extended essay on the impact and effect of  'MAURICE' in the development of gay themes in contemporary cinema at :- 

Sunday, July 9, 2017


10 Myths About Lesbians You Need To Stop Believing Now
----  a (very delayed since April) opening excerpt from a delightful essay on lesbian social behavior by Rebekah Allen at Teen Vogue (USA), April 2017 :-

      'No, we don't all love The L Word. Forget everything you think you know about Lesbians. Well, not everything. Some truth remain undeniably unavoidable (say, for example, that whole 'being attracted to women' thing) but for reasons our identity also comes with a bunch of misconceptions and stereotypes that range from casually cute to potentially dangerous.
      Of course, some stereotypes exist for a reason. Personally, do I own at least 10 beautiful flannel shirts? Yes, proudly.
      I also own around 30 pairs of Converse and I literally have a rainbow tattooed on my body.
      However, I am fully aware that the next girl I swipe right for on Tinder might hate rainbows and think flannel is downright atrocious. Is nothing sacred any more? Who can we trust?! Just kidding ...'

----  see more of Rebekah Allen's delightfully witty ruminations on the ten myths of being a lesbian at www.teenvogue.com last April at :-


.... here are twenty movie trailers from recent international sources (click on center-frame arrows, below, to activate). They are updated regularly ... with thanks to
YouTube & the movies' international distributors ...

ARGENTINA'S 'ESTEROS" / A new movie .... click on the center arrow ...

When someone becomes the CENTER OF MY WORLD (Germany) 2016 ...



ASIAN GAY ROMANCE fights stigma in Hollywood ...

"THE PASS" ... its 2017 movie trailer

"BEING 17" / Young love finds a way ...

Twenty-two year old David has it all – he’s young, hot, and he’s just got into the prestigious dance school of his dreams. But he has a secret: for two years he’s been sleeping with his sister’s husband, Jules.

SOFT LAD is the directorial debut from Leon Lopez, an examination of lust, jealousy and their consequences in contemporary Liverpool. Starring UK artists Daniel Brocklebank (Coronation Street) and Jonny Labey (EastEnders).

Passions ignite and hidden secrets are revealed when a graphic designer in Los Angeles reconnects with an ex-boyfriend he hasn’t seen or heard from in 15 years. LAZY EYE is a story about roads not taken, unfinished business, and the struggle to adjust to progressive lenses. Written and directed by Tim Kirkman (LOGGERHEADS, DEAR JESSE, THE NIGHT LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME), LAZY EYE stars Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Aaron Costa Ganis and Michaela Watkins.


"LILTING' - British actor Ben Wishaw tests his range again ...


"What is like to live in a world where you have no grasp of its language, and your only lifeline to that is lost." In "LILTING" Ben Wishaw, wide ranging UK character actor from Shakespeare to James Bond movies, tests his range even further.

"Best gay-themed movie ever!" ... ?

STONEWALL | The birth of a Movement ...

FREEHELD - A subtle gay rights challenge ...

VENICE FESTIVAL ENTRY: "From Afar" (Venezuela 2015)

Peter Greenaway's EISENSTEIN, Stalin's eccentric filmmaker ...


BISEXUAL WOMEN | How to be oneself? ...



A fair-haired young man, dressed in rich ceremonial armor, is found dead in the Nile River. When he is identified, everyone realizes the dangerous political implications of this death, because Antinous was the eromenos—the lover and protégé—of the Roman Emperor Hadrian.

A grief-stricken Hadrian appoints two members of the court, Suetonius and his patron Clarus, to find out how and why Antinous died. They have two days to find the answer, permission to interrogate anyone except the Emperor and Empress, and the promise that they may forfeit their lives if they fail to satisfy Hadrian.

Failure is a distinct possibility. While Antinous was well-liked and respected, the circle of suspects is wide, as it often will be when the victim is the confidant of an absolute ruler. The two sleuths quickly draft unlikely but able assistants to help them, including a scribe and an observant, multilingual prostitute.

The book offers an extensively researched picture of life in the Roman Empire of 130 AD. Gardiner is equally convincing when writing about imperial politics and succession laws, marriage and sexual customs, philosophy and the theater.

But The Hadrian Enigma—a mix of mystery, comedy, gay and straight romance—is an entertaining read.

(See more at :-http://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/the-hadrian-enigma-a-forbidden-history/

THE HADRIAN ENIGMA | A review by historical fiction author J.R. Tomlin ...

An excerpt from a review of August 15, 2011

" .... In 130 AD, while accompanying the Emperor Hadrian on a tour up the Nile, the beautiful youth Antinous plunges into the Nile and drowns. Hadrian, near maddened with grief, declares Antinous a god. However, Suetonius just happens to be along on this imperial tour. Already the author of juicy books on contemporary Roman life, he is perfectly placed to investigate this mysterious death, so Emperor Hadrian commands him to investigate and find the murderer within 48 hours or suffer the consequences.

In the imperial compound on the Nile, Suetonius searches for clues. Here, semi-isolated, the bubbling cauldron of the Roman court has been transplanted to a fabulous tent city. Yet, the mystery of Egypt is an ever present backdrop to this baffling death. .... Why was Antinous clad in heavy ceremonial parade armor and weapons when he died? How did he come by a slit on his left wrist and strange marks on his throat? And how can Suetonius unravel all this when the Emperor refuses to let Suetonius even touch the body to examine it? The characterization is vivid and the historicity meticulous in this novel. I enjoyed savoring the characters and setting as Suetonius unraveled the imperial goings on. .... "

See more of J.R. Tomlin's review at her author's blogsite "Writing & More" at : http://jeannetomlin.blogspot.com/


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