Archive for the ‘The Face Of Gay’ Category

The Face of Gay 21 (Thom)

Friday, May 25th, 2018

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I can honestly say I knew Thom before he became a publisher author! Granted, I still haven’t met him in person yet, but we’re working on that. Maybe one year at DragonCon. What I thought I knew about him recently went right out the window when I read his post for this series. It’s one thing to ‘know’ somebody via social media and a few phone calls discussing publishing pointers, but to really dig into the nitty-gritty?

Someone complained two weeks ago that they felt these posts were too sugarcoated and never delved into the ugly side of life. I disagree, but that’s my own humble opinion. I’d also challenge that person to read this week’s post and call this sugarcoated. And with that, welcome to Thom’s Face of Gay.
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The Face of Gay 20 (Paul Bright)

Monday, May 21st, 2018

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Filmmaker Paul Bright first came to my attention a little over a year ago when I visited a TLA booth at the WEHO Book Fair and saw one of his films, Altitude Falling, for sale. The film stuck in my head, but it wasn’t until I saw Paul in person at a booth at OutlantaCon with the film in front of him that I put two and two together. I’m great with film covers or poster art. I’m terrible with names. I’m not so good with math at times either.

So, how does a writer/director/actor (plus someone who wears several other hats) who happens to be gay manage to navigate around the Hollywood system and release independent films? What about the man behind the films? For the answers to those questions, I’m going to let the man himself tell you. Please say hello to Paul Bright and his Face of Gay.
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The Face of Gay 19 (Angel Martinez)

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

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I originally wasn’t going to have a Face of Gay post this weekend. It was even a topic of conversation on my Facebook page because I honestly wanted to know if people thought they’d be around to read it. I just didn’t think it was fair to have someone write something up only to miss half the regular audience. However, we’re fluid here and after reading Angel’s post, I realized that this weekend isn’t just about strikes at Wal-Mart, moronic corporate executives at Target, or money. It’s about family. At least in the US. It was about family in Canada last month. As for the UK…um…every day is Family Day.

Reading Angel’s post gives me hope. It gives me hope that love and understanding is still alive in families and that if the next generation follows the examples she and so many of you are setting, we’re going to be okay. What amazes me even more is that she (Angel) sent this to me because she felt compelled to write it without even knowing if it would be featured as one of these posts. It couldn’t be more perfect. So with that, I give you Angel Martinez’s Face of Gay.
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The Face of Gay 18 (Julie L. Hayes)

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

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One of the things I’d hoped to accomplish with this blog series is establishing some common ground between the GLBT community and everyone else. It’s that whole “If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? Wrong us, shall we not tell your friends and family just how badly you dress without our help?” I’m paraphrasing that last bit. The rest was made famous in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In any case, there have been several contributors who aren’t gay, but whose lives have been touched either by someone in the LGBT community or through their interaction with the community.

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the stories coming in where someone who’s straight and a supporter of the community has had backs turned on them by family and friends because of it. It boggles me. Okay, I’ll be honest…it also annoys me. I’m sure it’s more annoying for them. And with that, welcome to author Julie L. Hayes’s Face of Gay.
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The Face of Gay 17 (Rick Reed)

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

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There are certain people you hear about, read about, interact with and hope to meet one day. Rick Reed is one of these people. For those of us in the publishing field, it’s difficult not to discuss authors who also happen to be a part of the GLBT community and not hear his name come up. And there’s a reason for this. If you’re not sure what that reason is…well, I’m not going to do your homework for you. You’re just going to have to check up on him yourself. I’d recommend you start here.

Welcome to Rick Reed’s Face of Gay.
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The Face of Gay 16 (Adriana D’Apolito)

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

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We’ve all heard and read the horror stories associated with someone coming out to their family. Rarely is it a Hallmark moment and some families just couldn’t exist without drama. I know. My extended family can be like that at times. Half acts like white trash and the other is just nuts. It’s truly amazing I wound up as saintly and well-balanced as I did. That better not be chuckling I hear…

But what do you do when you’re straight, a friend and supporter of the GLBT community, and involved in beta reading and reviewing erotica because you enjoy it? Where exactly is the problem with that? Do you see one? I don’t. Adriana didn’t. But somebody did and it just so happens to be the focus in today’s Face of Gay post.
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The Face of Gay 15 (Kharisma Rhayne)

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

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Everybody has had their fill with talk about the upcoming election, myself included. Yet, it’s why I started The Face of Gay blog series back in June. I feared the future. I feared what would happen if people didn’t sit up, take notice, and realize that every member of the GLBT community is just like everyone else and just as deserving of the same rights as everyone else. If the country votes one way, then the community stands to lose its right to marry those who we love. I stand to lose my marriage. We stand to lose more than that, too.

There are consequences if we lose this fight. We need only look at our own history to see the warning signs. I have one of those warning signs today. Welcome to today’s Face of Gay.
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The Face of Gay 14 (David)

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

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It’s crossed my mind recently how I would have felt growing up if I’d found out a teacher whose class I was in was gay. Would I have felt a little more at ease? Would I have felt a little better about myself? Positive visibility might have been and still be a helpful thing. It gives those of us in the GLBT community something to aspire to, to know that we can grow up without fear, find happiness, and pursue any professional vocation that suits us–minus a career in the Boy Scouts of course. And despite the somewhat colorful negative adjectives used to describe many of us these days, I’m proud to say that we’re just as emotional, vulnerable, hopeful and sometimes as screwed up as any heterosexual.

We are the same. And here’s David with my proof.
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The Face of Gay 13 (amy with a lower case /a/)

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

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I get the feeling that any of the three ways I started this intro might embarrass amy. Why? Because, in a nutshell–don’t ask which nut, she’s good people. There are some folks who you meet in life and just intuitively know that there’s something special about them. They often can’t see it themselves, but you can. I saw that in amy almost 20 years ago and as with so much in life, I was right! Well, many things. A few things. I was right in this instance, okay?

Now, I could tell you a number of stories about amy…but I won’t. She utilizes the same security service as Dorien Grey and I don’t want my legs broken. Suffice to say that if you ever want to hear about the old days back at university, buy me a Pepsi or some sushi and green tea and we’ll talk. In the meantime, here’s amy and her Face of Gay.
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The Face of Gay 12 (Dorien Grey)

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

RECOVERED

There are three things you should know about author Dorien Grey. First, never ever under any circumstances stand up and offer him your seat. He doesn’t like it and he’ll likely have his security detail get you banned from wherever you are. Second, never ever under any circumstances send him SPAM mail. He doesn’t like it and he’ll definitely have his security detail hunt you down and break your legs. He already has a long list. I know. I’ve seen it. Finally, always under any circumstances read Dorien Grey’s novels. Why? Because his work is worth reading.

Dorien’s life has always been an open book and his blog is a favorite hangout for friends and fans alike. That’s why I feel very honored that he agreed to share his thoughts in this week’s Face of Gay. I’m also honored to call him a friend…especially because he hasn’t asked his security detail to break my legs.
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