Okay, book review. This week I read Boze Hadleigh's Hollywood Gays: Conversations With: Cary Grant, Liberace, Tony Perkins, Paul Lynde, Cesar Romero, Randolph Scott.
I really loved this book.
Paul Lynde comes across very funny. I think I enjoyed most reading his chapter and the interviews with Dick Sargent and Waylon Flowers.
And it's really something to read this book. I think it was the right week for it because it was the week Ava and C.I. noted "Call Her Heroic (Ava and C.I.):"
We're told that various people can't come out because it would destroy their careers. We don't believe that. But, okay, fine, stay in your closets if you have to. What's the reason for keeping someone closeted after they've died?
THE NEW YORK TIMES supports enshrining the dead in a closeted tomb. Of course, they do. They have to. Mel Gussow reviewed or 'reviewed' plays and based his opinions on who he slept with -- if, he slept with an actor in the play before the play (especially if he paid for sex), he panned the play. Gussow wasn't alone at THE TIMES and to this day we're all supposed to pretend that this well known john to countless men was straight. It goes to the paper's image.
We don't give a s**t. The image -- the
false image -- needs to be dismantled for truth. Even if you did
nothing in life to help equality, in death your truths can help others.
Your truths can explode the lies of right-wing hate merchants who want
to pretend that there is no historical truth to LGBTQ+ persons. Your
truths can provide reality to the ignored history.
As CALL ME ANNE makes clear, Anne Heche always lived in her truth. As life made clear, even in her final days, Anne had to take hate from people. She was so much better than the times she lived in.
There are truths in the book that provide reality. So many gay people who were in the closet. So many that we embraced and that knowing the truth about would make a difference.
Cary Grant. Why can't his daughter talk about the truth today? Who's going to be harmed? Randolph Scott is in the book -- Cary's lover. The book has people talking about Gary Cooper. They were talking about some millionaire kept him. I thought, "I didn't know Anderson Lawler was rich." Anderson was his love affair. Turns out, he also had a rich man who kept him.
I liked the chapter on Caser Romero -- especially when they talked about books on gay actors -- like Sal Mineo -- were minimized or avoided and when they wrote about someone who had come out as bi -- like Marlon Brando -- results in a book that ignores his public comments and instead renders him straight.
It's historical and really increased my understanding and perspective.
Gays were hidden and not by accident and not just in the 50s.
It's a really great book. Also loved the chapter with Richard Deacon -- Mel Coolie on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
I read the book on Amazon Kindle and strongly recommend it.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Critics have long argued that theTimes is falling short in its LGTBQ+ coverage, particularly of trans kids, but the debate around the publication’s standards exploded into public view last week.
Thousands of Times contributors signed onto an open letter, organized by the Freelance Solidarity Project and delivered to leadership on 15 February, which voiced “serious concerns about editorial bias in the newspaper’s reporting on transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people.”
The letter pointed to a recent article referring to a person seeking gender-affirming healthcare with the term “patient zero,” and another instance where a source’s affiliation with an anti-trans hate groups wasn’t mentioned.
The document noted with dismay that coverage by The New York Times has been cited by various GOP officials who are waging attacks on trans youth in court and in legislatures across the country; it argued that the Times was fueling a similar media-political feedback loop that saw previous generations demonise those with HIV/Aids and those who were gay.
He attacks Jaqueline Luqman with lies and then we see his followers throughout the thread -- a bunch of White racists and Indian racists attacking her for her race. And no one's supposed to notice that?
- Daniel Davis Aston, 28
- Kelly Loving, 40
- Ashley Paugh, 35
- Derrick Rump, 38
- Raymond Green Vance, 22
“Last month, a person with an AR-15-style assault rifle entered Club Q—a nightclub that served as a haven for LGBTQI+ people in the Colorado Springs community—and opened fire on unsuspecting bar patrons and staff. The attacker’s depravity robbed us of five innocent lives—Daniel Aston, Raymond Green Vance, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, and Derrick Rump,” said Chairwoman Maloney in her opening statement. “Let us honor them by recommitting to the bold action necessary to ensure that every person in the United States can experience the freedom to live authentically and safely—regardless of who they love or how they identify.”
The great Glenneth, of course, rushed forward to insist that the shooter being non-binary meant that it wasn't homophobia.
It was shocking because you'd think if anyone would be an expert on internalized homophobia, it would be Glenneth.
As we noted then, it was very likely that the shooter was dealing with issues of homophobia -- whether the shooter was non-binary or not.
Detective Rebecca Joines testiftied that Aldrich ran a neo-Nazi website that featured a white supremacist training video glorifying mass shootings, posted an image of a Pride parade with a rifle scope trained on it, and used anti-LGBTQ+ and racist slurs while gaming. Joines said that while those who knew Aldrich were unaware that they identified as nonbinary, Aldrich had told them that their mother, Laura Voepel, was nonbinary and had taken them to gay bars. Aldrich’s defense showed a photo of Aldrich and Voepel at Club Q taken in August 2021.
Joines also testified that there was evidence that Aldrich planned to livestream the shooting.
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Adding to Jody's post, in case anyone needs a reminder, two videos. "Real Love" and "Still A Thrill."