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The Face of Gay 23 (Martha Davis of The Motels)

Friday, July 6th, 2018

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Have you ever heard a song on the radio and not been able to get it out of your head? I’ve experienced this a few times in my life and one of the earliest I remember is from 1983. It remains to me a bit of magic to this day…a song that embraces the perfect combination of melody, vocals and lyrics. It’s called Suddenly Last Summer and it cemented my young, cute-as-a-button-back-then self as a fan of The Motels from that day forward.

It was years later in 2000 that I got curious about what the group was up to and looked them up online. As fate would have it, The Motels were playing a month later in Chicago during Halsted Market Days. My then-boyfriend/partner/future husband/Master over all living things (his words, not mine) lived two blocks away, so I flew out and, together, we watched Martha Davis and her troupe play live. What made it especially memorable is that she played a song from her solo album, Policy, called Just Like You and EVERYBODY knew the lyrics and sang along. Talk about magic.

We’ve seen Martha Davis and The Motels play live three times now, the last concert being in Palm Springs during Pride Fest a couple of years back. It was at that show during the finale of Only The Lonely when Martha actually stopped the song, looked at someone in the audience, grinned and announced “Holy shit! You hit the high note!” She’s no stranger to the LGBT community and when I approached Martha to ask if she’d consider writing a Face of Gay post, she didn’t hesitate. Her warmth and affection for all people shine through here and I can’t thank her enough for contributing to this series.

So, Happy New Year and welcome to the first Face of Gay of 2013!
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The Face of Gay 22 (J.P. Barnaby)

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

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If all goes well, the next Face of Gay post on December 29th will be the last one for 2012 and I have something rather fun, festive and musically inclined planned for it. You see, we’ve attracted some readers who don’t always comment, but who pour over what you write each week. Some of them are names you might recognize and it’s become my mission to see if I can get them involved, one at a time.

All in all, this has truly been a year of meeting people both online and in person. One who I met for the first time many months ago is a fellow author, the indomitable J.P. Barnaby. She’s not only a breath of fresh air, but she makes me laugh and that’s something I appreciate a great deal. And like so many authors in this genre, she either reached out, caressed and touched lives around her or they’ve reached out and goosed her. We authors like that sort of thing…if the person doing it is appropriately gorgeous and well-endowed. But it’s not all about groping. It should be, but it’s not. Sometimes those whose lives we touch and are touched by have very dark beginnings. Welcome to J.P. Barnaby’s Face of Gay.
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The Face of Gay 21 (Thom)

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

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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)

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

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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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