Oct 5, 2013
It's been that way ever since Jodie Dallas on Soap switched between gay, bi, and transgendr as he slept with every woman he could find (including lesbians) but no men. Since Steven Carrington on Dynasty had multiple romances with women while saying "I've got a pretty face. I must be gay!"
One of the latest renditions is Teddy Montgomery, a "confused" and "conflicted" high school tennis star on the Beverly Hills 90210 revamp 90210 (2009-2012), played by Trevor Donovan (seen here with a woman's hands groping him).
In Season 3, he's still gawking over girls, grabbing at girls, and falling for girls, but one night he gets drunk and hooks up with Ian (Kyle Riabko).
Ian thinks he's "on the downlow" and promises not to tell anyone, but Teddy insists "I'm straight!" and tries to beat him up. Later Teddy admits that he's been feeling "confused" for years.
What's to be confused about? He obviously likes guys, and he has had endless sexual exploits with girls. It's pretty clear that he's bisexual.
Nope, he's gay. His heterosexual years were just "lying to himself."
But...he didn't just pretend to like girls. He had sex with them-- a lot.
That was a lie, too.
He kisses Ian. Someone snaps their picture, and tries to blackmail him! Yes, people are still blackmailed, lest their horrible secret is revealed.
At least in Beverly Hills, which is awash in pre-Stonewall homophobia.
No gay community. Nothing but bars. Reminds me of the Manhattan of Will and Grace.
And being gay threatens the campaign of his Uncle, who is running for Congress.
Um...having a gay nephew will cost you the election? In California? In 2010?
In Season 5, Teddy's ex-girlfriend Silver wants to have a baby, and asks him to be a donor. He agrees, and they realize that there's still a spark between them.
So is he bisexual now?
Nope, still gay. He just gets "sparks" for girls now and then. Doesn't everybody?
Oct 3, 2013
Avatar: The Last Airbender was a Nickelodeon animated tv series (2005-2008) that followed the conventions of anime. Set in a medieval, vaguely Japanese fantasy world, it featured teenage martial artists with mystical powers struggling against the evil Fire Lord and his minions.
1. Aang (Noah Ringer in the 2010 movie), the last Airbender, a martial artist with mystical powers.
2. Katara (Nicola Peltz), a female Waterbender.
2. Sokka (Jackson Rathbone, top photo), the older brother of Katara, who doesn't have any bending powers.
4. Zuko (Dev Patel, left), a Firebender, the exiled prince of the Fire Kingdom who eventually becomes their ally.
Oct 1, 2013
Born in 1901, the wealthy, aristocratic David Manners began his career as a swimsuit model. He starred in 39 movies from 1929 to 1936, including tearjerkers, romantic comedies, and horror, but only two, that I know of, had strong gay subtexts:
1. The war movie Journey's End (1930), directed by famous gay director James Whale. Two soldiers in World War I, Raleigh (David Manners) and Osborne (Ian Maclaren) (above) are sent on a dangerous mission behind German lines. They fall in love during the arduous journey. Raleigh is killed, and Osborne is overcome with grief.
He died in 1998.
Sep 30, 2013
Apparently gay authors can produce witty, humorous works, but not serious literature.
The fact that this homophobic, racist, sexist jerk still has a job doesn't surprise me -- I'm in academe, where homophobia, racism, and sexism is rampant.
Suddenly,to break the silence, or just to stir things up a bit, I raised my hand and asked if Ernest Hemingway may have been Gay. (I think I said "Homosexual Tendencies."
Dr. Dahlquist stared, utterly taken aback. Someone behind me stifled a snicker. Otherwise the room became absolutely silent. I was certain that the Deplorable Word had never been spoken in any classroom at Augustana College, or at any classroom at any college anywhere in the world.
After glancing at the other students, then back to me again, Dr. Dahlquist decided that I was not wisecracking or being initiated into a frat, but asking a legitimate question, however scandalous. He forgot all about Hemingway and began an impromptu lecture:
In spite of the ambiguities of his verse, we know that Walt Whitman scattered illegitimate children along the Eastern seaboard.
Shakespeare’s infamous sonnets written to “Mr. W. H.” reflects a mere convention of the day, and Christopher Marlowe’s reputed love of “tobacco and boys” was a defamation by his enemies.
Gerard Manley Hopkins was a priest, therefore celibate, and as for Oscar Wilde, history tells them that he was merely “posing” as a sodomite: he had a wife and two children:
“The idea that a homo might have the wits to be a writer, especially a great writer, is absurd.”
Strangely enough, Dr. Dahlquist also taught my Creative Writing class, and constantly praised my stories.
Thirty years have passed, but not much has changed. Only "serious heterosexuals" need apply.