Welcome to COOL GAY STUFF ! It's a pin-board of short Net snippets which sample recent gay media. These postcard-sized samples also provide links to buy a copy of the recently-published, highly-entertaining, 498-page historical paperback (or its lower-cost Kindle e-book copy) via Amazon-USA or Amazon-UK of your host's - - - author George Gardiner's - - - highly-regarded sensual saga of Ancient Rome titled "THE HADRIAN ENIGMA: A Forbidden History". Visit the novel's sales site at Amazon via its Net links (below here), to explore its 25 reader's opinions of the novel, plus easy-to-buy delivery details.

Cool Gay Stuff prioritizes readers & reading, therefore it points to today's adventurous literary culture via short excerpts from press articles, literary crits, movie crits or trailers, plus current news sources. It also directs you to sites of lively related appeal. They've been assembled by your host, George Gardiner, historical novelist & author of THE HADRIAN ENIGMA : A Forbidden History.

THE HADRIAN ENIGMA is a highly-praised, erotically-charged, Roman Era "good read" crime-thriller embedded in a sensual m/m romance. It is based on the real-life historical 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 classical attributes. Nevertheless, during an imperial tour of Rome's Mediterranean provinces in 130CE, Antinous drowned at Egypt's River Nile under questionable circumstances. This tragedy prompted an Imperial whodunit investigation whose (fictional) 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 buyers who awarded the novel a 4-Star rating. Combined, these figures deliver an Amazon purchasers' appreciation score of 4.1 points out of a ceiling of 5.

Cool Gay Stuff also shows direct links to Amazon-USA or Amazon-UK's sites for you to acquire a copy of the 498-page paperback (adding a modest fee for delivery to your preferred mail address). Alternatively, you may prefer to immediately download the thrifty Kindle e-book copy of the same book? If so, click on your preferred media version offered below. Please note :- the paperback edition of THE HADRIAN ENIGMA is NOT available at other public book-stores ... its sole purchase option is via Amazon-USA or Amazon-UK (online links below). A 500-page paperback edition will be mailed from Amazon-USA or Amazon-UK to your preferred address after payment.
Please note :- this site avoids displaying NSFW visuals or overt porn so we "don't frighten the horses" (Oscar Wilde's cheery 1890's advice). This site's formal Fair Dealing/Non-Profit copyright criteria are posted at its conclusion, plus a catalog of The Hadrian Enigma's research sources. 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 - purchase recorded history's first real-life 'out' lovers ...

HADRIAN & ANTINOUS - purchase 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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With many thanks to the originating sources, this left-side column offers "
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Thursday, November 16, 2017


Australia Votes Overwhelmingly in Favor of Marriage Equality
----  the opening lines to a news report offering electoral stats, written by Mark Joseph Stern at SLATE.com (USA), published 17th November 2017 :-

      'Australia wants marriage equality.
      In a national postal survey, 61.6 percent of respondents voted to let same-sex couples marry. Just 38.4 percent voted against extending marriage rights to gay people.
      About 12.7 million Australians voted, with a whopping 79.5 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot.
      The final result is almost identical to that in Ireland, which voted to legalize same-sex marriage by 62 percent in 2015.  ...'
----  see more of Mark Joseph Stern's revealing report at SLATE at :-

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Navigating the gender complexities of a contemporary sex party for urban dilettantes ...

How to Navigate a Mixed-Gender Sex Party
---- a brief sample of cautiously-chosen lines from a lively recollection of a raunchy occasion at a New York sex party, as recorded by Zachary Zane in the ADVOCATE, the leading US gay community journal  of style & record ...

      '.... The first sex party I attended was with my ex-boyfriend. He, too, is bisexual and this party was for all genders and sexual orientations. I was reluctant to go, but he assured me it was a safe space. The party goers were an assortment ranging from men in their early 20s (like myself) to women in their mid-60s.
      We did something called the “opening circle” whereby we all said our name, gender pronoun, which genders we’re attracted to, and what mischief we were looking to get into that evening. Answers ranged from the adorably platonic (“I just want to cuddle and maybe make out”) to the more sexually adventurous (“I want to get double fisted”).
      By the time it was my turn to speak, I had prepared my curt response: “I’m Zach. Bisexual. This is my first sex party, so looking to observe and just have sex with my boyfriend.” In unison, three women replied, “Can I watch?” I laughed, and said, “Sure.”  ....'
----  see more of Zachary Zane's whimsical recollection of  "The newest trend: sexy soirees for all genders, races, and orientations", published at the ever-relevant ADVOCATE magazine (USA), for November 2017 at (with many thanks) :-

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Scotland formally apologises for gay convictions ....

Tears of joy over gay convictions apology
----  brief moments from an historical news report from Brian Taylor, BBC political editor (Scotland), 8th November 2017 :-

      On the floor of the chamber, sympathy and solemn determination. In the public gallery, tears of joy. The occasion? An apology from the first minister for the conviction of gay men under previous laws. ....
.... Nicola Sturgeon [Scotland's First Minister] was apologising on behalf of a much wider constituency. By definition, she was not apologising for personal or political failings.  ...
...  Her government had nothing to do with historic laws banning gay sex. Indeed, through such initiatives as gay marriage, their actions have been decidedly in the liberal direction. ....
.... But Ms Sturgeon explained that she felt the apology was a proper accompaniment to the bill proposing an automatic pardon with a concomitant right to obtain the disregard of convictions in record books .... '
----  see more of Brian Taylor's historic news report at BBC-Scotland at (with thanks to the BBC)  :-

Monday, November 6, 2017


Hilary Clinton slams Trump administration's record on LGBT issues
----  the opening phrases from an extended news report by Steven Overly published at POLITICO.com (USA), 28th October 2017 :-

      'Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Saturday blasted the Trump administration’s record on civil rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people during its first nine months, telling an audience of LGBT advocates in Washington “we have some tough battles ahead.”
      Clinton took aim at the White House’s efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act and ban transgender service members, as well as its silence on international LGBT issues, during her remarks at the national dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT rights organization. .... '
----  see more of Steven Overly's report at POLITICO (USA), with thanks, at :-

Sunday, November 5, 2017


----  brief excerpts from a Tourist Israel promotion for summer of 2018

      'Israel is without a doubt the best country in the Middle East for gay and lesbian individuals to live. In addition to the fact that gay people can serve openly in the Israeli military, Israeli governments have been promoting social equality for LGBT people for more than a decade.
      It should come as no surprise then that Israel’s capital of cool, Tel Aviv, has gained a reputation as one of the world’s top destinations for gay men. If you haven’t yet added Tel Aviv to your travel itinerary, here are some reasons you should made a last-minute addition. ....
....  Although Tel Aviv’s nightlife is generally regarded as among the best in the world, this is particularly the case when it comes to gay establishments. One reason gay nightlife in Tel Aviv is so exciting is that the Tel Aviv gay scene revolves around weekly parties, rather than specific bars or clubs like most cities around the world. ....
....  Although gays swim at nearly every beach in Tel Aviv, the surest spot to find “family” is at Hilton Beach, located just in front of the Hilton Tel Aviv hotel. Although heterosexual people come to this beach as well, you can expect most of your fellow patrons to be gay. Single men, couples and groups of friends alike flock to Hilton Beach to enjoy sun, sand and surf. ....
....  see more of this Israeli promotion for the forthcoming summer (northern hemisphere) season at :-

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Hong Kong to become first Asian host of Gay Games
----  a brief excerpt from an AFP news report published at TODAY Online (Singapore), 1st November 2017 :-

      'HONG KONG — Hong Kong will become the first Asian city to host the Gay Games in 2022 with rights campaigners celebrating the winning bid for a city often criticised for lagging on LGBT rights. Hong Kong beat Mexico’s Guadalajara and Washington DC to host the 11th edition of the event, with the jubilant bid team saying it would attract 15,000 participants and bring HK$1 billion (S$174 million) into the local economy. Organised by the LGBT community, the Gay Games feature a range of sports and is open to all participants "without regard to sexual orientation, and there are no qualifying standards", the Hong Kong team said in a statement. ...'
----  see more of this post at its original publishing at TODAY Online (Singapore) at :-

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Intimate revelations between the sheets ...

What Your Sleeping Pattern Reveals About Your Relationship
----  the opening lines from a substantial gender behavioural post by Conrad Braxton at the ever-interesting GAY POP BUZZ (USA), 29 October 2017 :-

      'Looks like spooning has some major perks?
      What you and your partner do between the sheets says a lot about your relationship, just not in the way you think. According to a study recently published by the University of Hertfordshire (UK), your sleeping habits speak volumes about how well your relationship is going.
      So, what can be learned from how you and your man hit the sack? Well, per the research, there's a direct link between physical and emotional intimacy. Which of the 9 positions listed below (see source images) describes you? ...'

----  see more of Conrad Braxton's interesting revelations, in both text ands visuals, about how you respond to your partner when you're in the sack together, at its original site at :-

Thursday, October 26, 2017


.... brief excerpts from a well-informed essay on drag in Paris today, written by Stuart Richardson for SLATE online magazine (USA), 25 October 2017 :-

      '....  As a newcomer to both Paris and its drag scene, I’ve learned that drag queens don’t run gay nightlife in the French capital as they do in many American cities. Gay clubs, which here focus more on cruising and dancing, sometimes struggle to comprehend the outlandish, glamorous, outrageous queens who now arrive at their doorsteps along with the usual crowd of partygoers on weekends.
      It may surprise Americans to learn that drag is a marginal phenomenon in Paris’ gay scene today.
 ----  see more of Stuart Richardson's interesting personal observations at :- http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2017/10/25/what_violet_chachki_s_paris_nightclub_incident\says_about_drag_in_the_city.html

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Homophobes Might Be Hidden Homosexuals
----  the opening pars from an extended historical essay by Jeanna Brenner, Live Science (USA), re-published from Scientific American (USA), April 2012

      'A new analysis of implicit bias and explicit sexual orientation statements may help to explain the underpinnings of anti-gay bullying and hate crimes.
      Homophobes should consider a little self-reflection, suggests a new study finding those individuals who are most hostile toward gays and hold strong anti-gay views may themselves have same-sex desires, albeit undercover ones.
      The prejudice of homophobia may also stem from authoritarian parents, particularly those with homophobic views as well, the researchers added.
      "This study shows that if you are feeling that kind of visceral reaction to an out-group, ask yourself, 'Why?'" co-author Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said in a statement. "Those intense emotions should serve as a call to self-reflection."
      The research, published in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, reveals the nuances of prejudices like homophobia, which can ultimately have dire consequences. [The 10 Most Destructive Human Behaviors].
----  see more of Jeanna Brenner's challenging essay at (with thanks) :-

Thursday, October 19, 2017


BRUSSELS is cool for lesbians
----  the introductory pars from a press release published at EXPATICA (Belgium) on 19th October 2017 :-

      'Brussels is a world famous destination for gay men. Its buzzing gay club scene attracts thousands of international visitors every year.  Brussels’ lesbian scene is less well known, but exists. Thanks to Girls Heart Brussels people abroad are now being given a unique opportunity to discover the Belgian and Flemish capital from a female, feminist and lesbian perspective.

      Since 2014 the not-for-profit organisation Girls Heart Brussels has been organising special weekends for foreign visitors eager to learn more about the Belgian capital, its feminist and lesbian history and the numerous cultural initiatives that it has to offer feminists and lesbians. Girls Heart Brussels' Jessica Gysel: 

      "The Brussels tourist agency VisitBrussels does a lot to promote Brussels as a destination for gay visitors. Given the vibrant male gay club scene initiatives originally focused mainly on gay men, but then there was a realisation that more should be done to encourage women from the LGBTQI community to visit Brussels and discover the wealth it has to offer lesbian women. Bianca Debaets, the Brussels secretary of state for equal opportunities, is a keen supporter of our initiative and was instrumental is providing a grant from the Brussels government. ...."

----  see more of this EXPATICA article at its website at :- 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

LONDON'S SECRET HISTORY .... a new book by Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd: A secret history - 2,000 years of gay life in London
----  brief introductory excerpts from an extended review of  "QUEER CITY - Gay London from the Romans to the present day" by author Peter Ackroyd,  as reviewed by Andrew Dickson at THE GUARDIAN (UK), 20th May 2017  (with thanks) :-

      'The prolific biographer, historian and novelist Peter Ackroyd returns to familiar territory with a gay history of the city.
      As far as I can calculate, there are now 18 works of fiction and more than 30 biographies and histories. Ackroyd does nothing by half measures, as the legendary tales of his drinking testify. ....
....  The new book, a history of gay London entitled Queer City, returns to familiar territory, so much so that it’s surprising Ackroyd hasn’t already written it ....
....   Yet the new work goes far deeper, travelling from the barely visible remains of Celtic London and the arrival of Christianity in the AD300s to the great sex scandals of the 19th century – Wilde included – and on to recent fights for gay rights. As ever, the book is rambunctiously inclusive, practically Rabelaisian. One sentence quotes Julius Caesar on the flamboyantly long-haired, moustachioed Celts, who honoured what Aristotle called “passionate friendship between men”. In the next sentence, Ackroyd drily remarks: “You can still see them walking in the streets of London.” .... '
----  see more of Andrew Dickson's stimulating appraisal of Peter Ackroyd's new book at :-

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TROYE SIVAN ON QUEERNESS and other things ...

----  here is the inviting, brief introduction and web-link to an extended biographical interview by Phillip Picardi with the young talented musical artist Troye Sivan posted at TEENVOGUE (Conde Nast USA, with thanks), February 2017  :-

      'The star sits down with friend and actor Hari Nef for an intimate conversation.
      Last year we lost three men of the '80's who redefined what it meant to be a rock star: David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael. Through their music, videos, and fashion choices, each man bucked conventional norms of masculinity, transcending gender norms and sexuality to create not just singles but art.
      In 2017 we have Troye Sivan, and openly (and unapologetically) gay pop star, living proof to the entire industry that, yes, the world is finally ready. Here, Troye shares an intimate conversation with his dear friend Hari Nef, the transgender model and actor who's creating a new normal  in her own right.  .... '
---- see more of this interesting extended multi-page interview by Phillip Picardi, accompanied by striking full-frame pics of Troye, at TeenVogue earlier this year (with thanks) at :-

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


 ARMISTEAD MAUPIN's New Memoir Explains How He Found His "Logical Family"
----  the opening phrases from a substantial recollection by Karen Iris Tucker at SLATE magazine (USA), 3 October, 2017 :-

      'Growing up in the 1950s and ’60s in North Carolina, the novelist Armistead Maupin was a gentle, fanciful child who feared the mandatory dodgeball game at recess and convinced his parents to outfit his bedroom with a stained-glass window.
      His father, a lawyer who romanced racism and was prone to bouts of unexplained rage, assumed his son would grow out of his delicate constitution. Sensing early on that keeping up appearances was vital to survival, and longing unrequitedly for his father’s love across much of his life, Maupin initially tried to fit in: He embraced conservative politics, worked at a television station then managed by future U.S. senator and rabid social conservative Jesse Helms, and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
      Lucky for his readers, Maupin ultimately made his way to San Francisco as a newspaper reporter. .... '
----  see more of Karen Iris Tucker's reflections on Maupin's biog by scrolling down to the relevant entry within :-  http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward.html

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Is Being Gay Just About Sex?
----  selected pars from an extended post written by Jim Downs & re-published here from the HuffPost (USA), of February 2017 (with thanks) :-

      '....  Today, more gay men overemphasize the sexual part of being gay at the expense of developing social and cultural connections. To that end, they put more time into their body—weightlifting at the gym, leading the trend in CrossFit, and negotiating the most effective diets.
      Their appearance has become the leading marker of their gay identity. Many gay men, in turn, are hostile to those that do not fit their ideal body type and refuse to engage those who do sexually appeal to them, which has led to a breakdown of community among gay men and a disintegration of gay culture.
      The striking thing is that many gay leaders in the 1970's predicted that the sexual revolution spurred by the Stonewall uprising might lead to a world where gay men interacted solely based on their sexual interest and thus forfeit any opportunity for meaningful connections..... '

----  see Jim Downs' entire questioning opinion-piece at the HuffPost online edition of February 22nd 2017 at :-

[Jim Downs is the author of Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation (Basic, 2006). He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellow at Harvard University and an Associate Professor of History at Connecticut College.]

Thursday, September 28, 2017


POLL: One-Third of 16-to-22 Year-Olds Identify as Gay or Bi
----  introducing new eye-opening statistics from a Youth-seg post by Ariel Sobel at ADVOCATE.com (USA), 27th September 2017 (with thanks) :-

      '.... The figure is in contrast to a poll of baby boomers, of whom 88 percent identify as straight.
      A poll conducted by the BBC found that a third of 16 to 22-year-olds identify as being attracted to someone of the same sex at least some of the time. Of that group, nine percent identified as bisexual, while fourteen percent stated they are "mostly heterosexual" but not fully so.
      The study, conducted by Ipsos Mori, surveyed 3,000 people divided into four generations — Z, Y, X, and baby boomers.
      As the generations got younger, fewer members identified as heterosexual. In Generation X, it was 85 percent; with Generation Y, otherwise known as millennials, it was 71. The poll found that 88 percent of baby boomers identified as fully heterosexual, with just 9 percent identifying as "mostly" and one percent as bisexual.
      Many survey respondents felt that younger generations are simply more comfortable with an LGBT label.  ....'
----   see more of Ariel Sobel's revealing ADVOCATE report at the US magazine's online site of :-

Monday, September 25, 2017


----  selected quotes from a news post placed by Priest Hernestus of the always-interesting website Antinous The Gay God (USA, UK & Europe), 25th September 2017 (see web address below) :-

      'A "lost" portrait of the male lover of England's King James I by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens has been rediscovered after almost 400 years. ....
....  Few people realise James 1st (also as James IV of Scotland) was gay. He was the King who succeeded Elizabeth 1st thus creating the 'United Kingdom'. This lost portrait of his lover is a remarkable find.
      The restored portrait of George Villiers, the 1st Duke of Buckingham, was authenticated as a Rubens by Ben van Beneden, director of the Rubenshuis in Antwerp.
      He said it was a "rare addition to Rubens's portrait oeuvre, showing how he approached the genre".
      Dr Grosvenor said: "The chance to discover a portrait of such a pivotal figure in British history by one of the greatest artists who ever lived has been thrillingly exciting."

----  view the recovered portrait of the gay king's acknowledged boyfriend in the sidebar (at right), or visit the original report-&-displayed portrait via :-  
----  see too another report at:- http://www.newnownext.com/rubens-painting-duke-of-buckingham-james-i/09/2017/ 

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 :-

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 :-


.... 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 ...

"CALL ME BY YOUR NAME" ... trailer


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 ...

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.


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

STONEWALL | The birth of a Movement ...

FREEHELD - A subtle gay rights challenge ...

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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