Welcome to COOL GAY STUFF! ... It's a thumbnail-sampler of gay-friendly reports from across the Net, 'sampled' for extra online promotion by the author of THE HADRIAN ENIGMA ... a sensual Roman-era romance & crime-mystery novel saluting the kaleidoscopic varieties of human affection.

To open, your host --- historical novelist George Gardiner ---introduces his highly-praised, erotically-charged, 498-page Roman-era "good read" thriller & romance titled "THE HADRIAN ENIGMA - A Forbidden History". It's a spirited telling of history's real-life relationship between the dynamic Roman emperor Hadrian Caesar and his much-admired hunky beau, Antinous of Bithynia (whose more than 120 surviving ancient statues attest to his muscular good looks). Combined with the suspiciously unexplained death of Antinous at the River Nile in Roman Egypt in 130CE, this novel has received a highest 5-Star rating by more than half of its 25 independent Amazon (USA & UK) online reviewers, as well as several 4-Star crits. (Read via the links, below, to Amazon-USA.)

COOL GAY STUFF opens showing snippets of reader's praises & offers direct Net links for you to acquire a 498-page paperback copy (plus prompt delivery) from Amazon USA or Amazon UK ... or you may immediately download a thrifty Kindle ebook copy of the entire work via Amazon. Note: The paperback edition is not available in street book-stores; its sole purchase option is online via Amazon USA or UK. (See Net links below.)

Then follows a month's daily-updated COOL GAY STUFF sampler promoting selected GLBTQ news, articles, videos, plus reviews of gay-relevant or simply gay-interest media. Note:- This site avoids sassy NSFW items & overt porn "so not to frighten the horses" (Oscar Wilde's cheery 19thCent advice), or scare-off visiting 'hets' (ie, non-gay folk). This site's formal Fair Dealing, not-for-profit, copyright terms are posted at its conclusion. So, welcome everyone, whoever & wherever you are!

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A MOVIE TREAT FOR CHRISTMAS ...


Over seven million YouTube viewers can't be mistaken, can they?

Synopsis: Jennifer Lawrence and (a site fave) Chris Pratt are two passengers on-board a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination.

As Jim and Aurora try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction... only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia

This science-fiction blockbuster opens worldwide at Christmas.


NEXT : DISCOVER ONE OF HISTORY'S MOST-CELEBRATED REAL LIFE ANCIENT-WORLD M/M ROMANCES ...


ONE OF THE EARLIEST RECORDED SAME-SEX ROMANCES OF HISTORY : Hadrian Caesar and his very-fit paramour Antinous of Bithynia amid the Roman Empire (circa 125-130CE) two centuries prior to Rome endorsing Christian beliefs.

The two-lined blue URL here 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 - recorded history's first 'out' lovers ...

HADRIAN & ANTINOUS - recorded history's first 'out' lovers ...
... back & front cover of THE HADRIAN ENIGMA. .. CLICK ON THE PICS for direct link to its Amazon USA page to check reviews, prices, & purchase of a paperback or instant Kindle ebook download.

OPINIONS OF "THE HADRIAN ENIGMA" - quotes from 23 USA & UK Amazon readers ...



"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 :-
http://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/the-hadrian-enigma-a-forbidden-history/

"... 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
http://www.readerviews.com/ReviewGardinerTheHadrianEnigma.html

"... 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
http://speakitsname.com/2010/04/22/review-the-hadrian-enigma-by-george-gardiner/

"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 book or ebook purchase site with its 22 reader's reviews (twelve 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



SYNOPSIS :

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.

BUY ONLINE ONLY (not in street stores). CLICK NOW ON A LINK BELOW to select or compare your preferred purchase & delivery options ...

For an Amazon-USA or overseas paperback :
www.amazon.com/HADRIAN-ENIGMA-Forbidden-History/dp/0980746906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269738721&sr=1-1

for Amazon's Kindle ebook or Kindle-For-PC's download :
http://www.amazon.com/HADRIAN-ENIGMA-Forbidden-History-ebook/dp/B003LSSEQA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&m=A24IB90LPZJ0BS&s=books&qid=1273695704&sr=1-2

[If you buy a new print edition of THE HADRIAN ENIGMA, or have purchased one in the past, you can buy a Kindle ebook edition for only $1.99 - saving 80%. Print edition must have been sold by Amazon.]

for Amazon UK :
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hadrian-Enigma-Forbidden-History/dp/0980746906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271810088&sr=1-1



COOL GAY STUFF now posts current miscellaneous selections in both columns ...


... this left-side column offers LGBTQ-news & trailers of recent gay-interest movies etc plus, later, independent book reviews of THE HADRIAN ENIGMA ... [.. but note: except for the single opener post, some syndicating browsers of this blog exclude the entire month's 25 posts of this left-hand column, thus rendering both columns incompatibly out-of-phase] ...

... finally a full bibliography of the academic literature consulted for research when writing THE HADRIAN ENIGMA ends the list.

In parallel, the right side column offers miscellaneous gay-interest items & m/m related info, plus direct links where appropriate (though not to mobile-handsets). So, enjoy!! - G.G.
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Friday, September 23, 2016

BLACK LGBT HISTORY AT NEW MUSEUM ...

What's Gay About the Smithsonian's African-American Museum? A Lot.
----  opening phrases from a substantial report by Orie Givens at The Advocate (USA), 22 September 2016 :-

      'From art to protest, the inextricable ties between black life and LGBT life are an “integral part” of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. (See pic in right-hand column.)
      It shouldn’t be a surprise that talking about African-American history includes lessons about black LGBT people, and now that history is on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, opening this weekend.
      “It’s difficult to tell the story of African-American history and culture without acknowledging the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans who cover a spectrum of identities and experiences, including gender identities and orientations,” curator Aaron Bryant tells the Center for Black Equity.
      "Our goal is to tell the story of America’s history through an African-American lens, and so the museum embraces and celebrates the fact that black communities are diverse, as is American culture and history.”  ... '
----  see more of this revealing article by Orie Givens at www.advocate.com/race at :-
http://www.advocate.com/race/2016/9/22/whats-gay-about-smithsonians-african-american-museum-lot 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

UN defends LGBT rights ...

United Nations holds first leaders' meeting on LGBT rights
---- the opening pars from a news report by AFP (Agence France-Presse), 22 September 2016 :-

      'UNITED NATIONS, United States — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday warned countries that criminalize homosexuality they were “bucking the tide of history,” during the first UN high-level meeting on LGBT rights.
      Held on the sidelines of the General Assembly, the meeting was attended by US Vice President Joe Biden and leaders from some 20 countries defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people worldwide.
      Ban said it was an “outrage” that hundreds are killed in anti-gay violence every year and millions “live their lives in the shadow of discrimination and disapproval.” .... '
----  Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/817801/un-holds-first-leaders-meeting-on-lgbt-rights#ixzz4L2x6CCQZ

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

SEARCHING FOR MONOGAMY ...

Younger Gay Men Tending Towards Monogamy
---- the introductory pars from an informative summarizing essay by San Francisco psychotherapist, Tom Moon, at the San Francisco Bay Times (California, USA), 21st September 2016 :-

      'Blake Spears and Lanz Lowen have been together in an open relationship for over 40 years, and in past columns I’ve reported on their in-depth research on the viability of long-term open relationships. In the past, they write, most research on gay male couples has shown that approximately two-thirds of long-term male couples who have been together for five years or more are non-monogamous.
      But they have just released a new study of younger gay men, aged 18–40, called “Choices: Perspectives of Younger Gay Men on Monogamy, Non-monogamy and Marriage,” which suggests that an historic change has been occurring in the attitudes and behavior of gay men in relationships.
      “The most striking finding of this study,” they report, “is younger gay men’s greater inclination toward monogamy. We see this in the overwhelming number of relationships that are monogamous (86%). In addition, 90% of the single younger gay men were seeking monogamy. This is a sea change compared to older generations of gay men.”
      Even in a cohort of interview subjects recruited from the hook-up site Grindr, a whopping 81% of the 325 single men reported that they were seeking monogamy. .... '
----  see more of Tom Moon's informative report on this phenomenon at the San Francisco Bay Times, plus connecting source links, at :-
http://sfbaytimes.com/younger-gay-men-trending-toward-monogamy/ 

AN APP TO SPICE-UP YOUR SEX LIFE? ...

Spice Up Your Old Sex Life? There's An App For That.
----  the defining phrases from a (very useful) report by Adam Dupuis at Instinct online magazine (USA), 17 September 2016 :-

      'When you get someone into your pleasure palace, do you go all vanilla or balls to the wall? Do you rely on someone else to take the lead and show you new things or do you have all the tricks of the trade memorized?
      Have you and your loved one become routine in the bedroom?  Well there's an app for that.
      If you need some inspiration when it comes to your loved life, check out the 69 Positions app  and see what happens. The app has 26 fully illustrated positions (each with written descriptions as well) in the free version, and 113 in the paid version. 
      The app is for couples and by the looks of it when I downloaded it, not threesomes of foursomes, and it's for straight couples.  But sex is sex and holes are holes so I am sure it would work for us. .... '
----  see more of Adam Dupuis' deeply personal research into "Sixty Nine Positions" at his report's linked graphic (at Instinct) at its url address of :-
http://instinctmagazine.com/post/spice-your-old-sex-life-theres-app 

Monday, September 19, 2016

A NEW UK ACADEMIC COURSE ON QUEER HISTORY ...

Why the time is right for the world's first course on Queer History
---  two selected introductory pars from an extended essay by Jan Plamper, Professor of History at Goldsmiths in London, on why the institution is launching an MA on LGBTI History, and its choice of the word 'Queer', published at Gay Star News (UK), 18 September 2016 :-

      'In terms of legal rights, political representation and social and cultural acceptance, the 21st century is a much more hospitable place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) than in years gone by. At least, in much of the West.
But the direction of travel has not always been forward. There have been backlashes against progress, while many regions of the world were untouched by progress in the first place.  ....
....  There is now an established body of interdisciplinary thought known as queer theory which tries analyze and explain these aspects. But practical hands-on historical research is as important as theory, and researchers will be able to search what will become the National Queer Archive at Goldsmiths for important material, such as the personal literary estates of those who self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in the past. .... '
----  see more of Professor Plamper's announcement at www.gaystarnews.com at :-
http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/time-right-worlds-first-queer-history/#gs.NltTvus

Sunday, September 18, 2016

TOM OF FINLAND promises an appearance ...

Check Out the Dramatic Teaser Trailer For the TOM OF FINLAND Biopic
--- an excerpt from a post by Joseph Patrick McCormick at Pink News (UK), 16 September 2016 :-

      'The story of the man behind the iconic Tom of Finland drawings is to make it to the big screen in the form of a documentary film. The artist, Touko Laaksonen ("Tom"), will be the subject of a film directed by Dome Karukoski. ... '
----  see more of JP McCormick's report at the ever-interesting www.pinknews.co.uk site at :-
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/09/16/check-out-the-dramatic-teaser-trailer-for-the-tom-of-finland-biopic-video/ 
---- plus visit the 40-sec YouTube video-teaser trailer in the right-hand column.

Friday, September 16, 2016

GAYS IN FOOTBALL / Brit actor Russell Tovey in "THE PASS" ...

British Actor Russell Tovey in Trailer for Gay Football Movie "THE PASS"
----  brief moments from news published at Out'n Proud (UK), 15 September 2016 :-

      'A new trailer has been released for The Pass, a film about a closeted footballer in a famous London Football Club.
      The film was adapted from a play of the same name, in which Russell Tovey also starred in 2014. The production, which was held at London’s Royal Court Theatre, was a resounding success.  ....
....  Earlier this year, Tovey told the Evening Standard about his desire to see a pro-footballer come out as gay in the next few years .... '
.... The Pass is out in UK cinemas this December.
----  view the 2-minute trailer for the approaching movie version of The Pass in the right-side column, and/or visit the Out'n Proud website at :-
https://onpblog.com/russell-tovey-new-trailer-gay-football-movie-pass/ 
----  see too a comparable report at the Daily Express (UK), 21 September 2016
http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/712970/gay-footballer-The-Pass-trailer-Looking-Russell-Tovey-film-Nico-Mirallegro
PS: Russell Tovey recently played a key character in the HBO-USA series "LOOKING ".

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

HOW TO BE GAY & HAPPY ...

"STRAIGHT JACKET: How To Be Gay & Happy"  ... a new book
----  a selected paragraph from an extended interview introducing a new book by Matt Todd, former editor at Attitude magazine (UK), reviewed by Stuart Rodger at Common Space (UK), 13th September 2016 :-

      '....  The shame that gay people inherit while growing up is, he thinks, subsequently compounded by the hyper-sexualization and objectification of gay people.
      “I think objectification is a massive problem for gay and bisexual men. Because I think on many different levels gay men objectify everybody. Sex sells, the same as it does with straight society. But if you have an emotional wound and you want to have a relationship with somebody it involves connecting that sensitive, real part of you and that is painful. And so it’s much easier just to have sex with somebody.” .... '
----  see more of Stuart Rodger's review of Matt Todd's "STRAIGHT JACKET: How To Be Gay & Happy" at www.commonspace.scot at :-
https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/9294/over-rainbow-interview-matt-todd-about-how-be-gay-and-happy

Straight Jacket: How To Be Gay And Happy’, published by Bantam Press UK, is out now 

ARE STRAIGHTS REALLY BI? ...

Straight Men Are A Lot More Bisexual Than You Might Think
---- three brief excerpts from a controversial post at QUEERTY.com (USA)

      'Pornhub recently released data on the top porn searches broken down by gender. The survey found “gay male porn” as the second highest searched topic by straight women. This begs the question: What about straight dudes? How many of them are also looking at man-on-man porn? And what might be their motivations for doing so?  ....
....  In our research, we learned that straight men don’t just watch gay porn for sex tips. They also watch it to get off.  ....  But hold your preconceived notions for just one moment. Isn’t it possible there are more gray areas in human sexuality than anyone really knows, or is at least willing to admit? And isn’t looking at porn in the privacy of one’s own home the safest place to explore one’s curiosities?  .... '
----  see the entire provocative article and its links at www.queerty.com at :-
https://www.queerty.com/straight-men-are-a-lot-more-bisexual-than-people-think-20141025 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

GAY LIFE / The South Korean experience ...

Six things you didn't know about Korea's gay culture
----  the final summarizing paragraph from a brief survey of gay life and attitudes in Korea today, at AllKPOP (South Korea), 8 September 2016 :-

      'Six things you didn't know about Korea's gay culture. ....  Just in case you were curious where to go, and what to do and where to stay when visiting Korea for any gay related reason, there is actually a useful resource made just for the LGBTQ community! The Gay Seoul Guide of 2016 (which updates every year) gives you all the trending information such as where the hottest bars are, which hotels are cheapest and closest to gay nightlife, and it even offers sites such as 'travelgaysia' for you to discover the gayest parts of Seoul and more! ...
.... see AllKPOP''s entire article and its six pieces of advice on gay shopping, saunas, gay apps, and social attitudes etc at :-
http://www.allkpop.com/buzz/2016/09/6-things-you-didnt-know-about-koreas-gay-culture 

GAY HEALTH / The matter of the mind ...

Mind Matters
----  the opening lines from a substantial health-information post by Greg Jameson at The Gay UK (UK), 8th September 2016 :- 

      'We talk about our physical well-being all the time; discussing everything from our gym and dieting regimes through to our sexual health and exploits. Our mental health is all too often overlooked, even though LGBT people are known to suffer disproportionately more from poor mental health compared to the straight population. Recovery can be a long and arduous road, so it’s important for anyone suffering from poor mental health to be able to access the help they need.....'
----  see more of Greg Jameson's timely post at :-
http://www.thegayuk.com/mind-matters/ 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The closet, as experienced in China ... an example

BEIJING COMRADES by Bei Tong, translated by Scott E. Myers (via The Feminist Press, USA)

      ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED online in Chinese, Beijing Comrades is a first-person narrative with unadorned prose and vivid sex scenes. Set in the sociopolitical unrest at the end of the 20th century, China is steeped in social and economic change. However, old ways still dictate many aspects of urban life. For example, one does not marry out of his or her class. Parents pressure sons and daughters to marry, which is one of the conflicts that Chen Handong experiences in a country that views homosexuals as degenerates.  ....'
----  see more about Beijing Comrades at The Gay & Lesbian Review at :-
http://www.glreview.org/article/the-china-closet/ 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

"SEED MONEY" / The gay porn video industry & its sexual politics

"SEED MONEY": The Chuck Holmes story ...
----  a YouTube trailer for a doco about a daring contributor to the evolution of porn from its heyday to being a viable publishing format, and his equally daring engagement in decades of sexual politics, USA-style, 30th August 2016 :-

      'Seed Money is the story of Chuck Holmes, a San Francisco pornographer turned philanthropist. Holmes helped create and shape gay identity in the years after Stonewall, and later became a major contributor to gay advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign and the LGBT Victory Fund.
     Later in life he would come to find that, while his money was welcome in philanthropic circles, he sometimes wasn’t. ... '
---- visit the 1'38" trailer at YouTube (in the column at right) for details of this movie.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

GAY MEN ARE MORE MASCULINE? ...

Ian McKellen: " I think gay men are more masculine than straight men"
----  excerpts from a news report by Elvis Michael at Morning Ticker (USA), 1st September 2016 :-

      'Sir Ian McKellen revealed his homosexuality back in 1988 and has since become a powerful voice in the LGBT community. What many didn’t expect, however, was for him to declare that gay men are typically more masculine than straight guys due to spending extensive time around others of the same gender.
      Despite being widely celebrated and accomplished, McKellen says he is still subjected to hate speech and homophobic abuse. However, the actor says none of that bothers him as he considers himself more masculine than the average guy. .... '
----  see more of Elvis Michael's brief news report at Morning Ticker at :-
http://www.morningticker.com/2016/09/ian-mckellen-i-think-gay-men-are-more-masculine-than-straight-men/ 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DO LGBT RIGHTS DENY RELIGIOUS FREEDOM? ...

LGBT Rights Dispense With Middle Ground in War Against Religious Freedom
----  selected excerpts from the introduction to a provocative essay by John Stonestreet, author, at cnsnews.com (Virginia, USA), 30 August 2016 :-

      'According to one Christian thinker, it’s time to get on the LGBT bus or be thrown under it.  ....  And then I thought of the stunning article by Christian ethicist David Gushee. And if you follow me on Twitter, you know what I did next. I hit “Tweet.”
      In his article at Religion News Service, Gushee fired a warning shot across the bow of conservative evangelicals and religious traditionalists. He writes, “[y]ou are either for full and unequivocal social and legal equality for LGBT people, or you are against it … neutrality is not an option. Neither is polite half-acceptance … Hide as you might, the issue will come and find you.”
      Now, there have been honest attempts by people on both sides of these issues to offer third-way sensible solutions, even compromises, that accommodate religious freedom and LGBT rights. Still, I think Gushee is right when he said these solutions will largely be rejected, shouted down by demands of a full embrace of the LGBT agenda.
      What bothered me, however, deeply about Gushee’s piece, was how he framed the struggle of those who hold strongly to the historic Christian vision of sex and marriage. Conservative religious holdouts, Gushee writes, “are organizing legal defense efforts under the guise of religious liberty, and interpreting their plight as religious persecution.”  .... '
----  see more of John Stonestreet's challenging, even controversial, essay at cnsnews.com at :-
http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/john-stonestreet/lgbt-rights-dispense-middle-ground-war-against-religious-freedom

Monday, August 29, 2016

Being LGBT in India ...

Being LGBT in India: Some home truths
----  a selected par from the opening of a disturbing report by Rashmi Patel at LiveMint (India), 29 August 2016 :-

      'For the Indian LGBT community, a truly inclusive society remains a distant dream  ....  Far away from gay pride parades, meet-ups and heated discussions on Twitter, families in rural India have their own ways of dealing with LGBT individuals. In some parts, secret honour killings are planned so that the only way for a young gay man to survive is to run away in the cover of the night to some city, with no money or social support.
      In other parts, lesbian women are subjected to family-sanctioned corrective rapes, which are often perpetrated by their own family members. ....'
----  see more of Rashmi Patel's eye-opener report at LiveMint at :- 
http://www.livemint.com/Sundayapp/sAYrieZdZKEybKzhP8FDbP/Being-LGBT-in-India-Some-home-truths.html 

Friday, August 26, 2016

IS PORN BAD FOR YOU? ..

Porn Isn't Bad For Our Health
----  the opening pars from a personal opinion-piece by Bruno Russell, University of Southampton (UK) at The National Student (UK), 17 August 2016 :-
   
      'Porn isn't bad for our health, it has as many positives as it does negatives. Recent reports that new evidence shows that porn is causing serious health concerns, with porn addictions leading to increased chances of gaining erectile dysfunction or a low libido, are doing nothing more than scaremongering and making it appear that porn is wrong!                                              The report on this site states that, “Increasingly easy access has led to addiction. Porn addiction and the increasing numbers of men suffering from this is unsurprising; research by porn website Paint Bottle revealed that porn sites get more visitors each month than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined. The estimated number of monthly visitors is 450 million!”     But does the evidence really add up, and are there really such ‘dangerous’ repercussions to online porn?  .... '
----  see more of Bruno Russell's challenging view at The National Student (UK) at :- 
http://www.thenationalstudent.com/Opinion/2016-08-16/porn_isnt_bad_for_our_health_it_has_as_many_positives_and_it_does_negatives.html 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

AN OLYMPICS REPORT ...

Reflecting on Rio: The good, the bad, and the ugly
----  two opening excerpts from an LGBT report on the Olympic Games 2016 by Ross Forman at the Windy City Times (USA), 22 August 2016 :-

      'When the caldron was extinguished Aug. 21, culminating the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a true mix of wide-ranging emotions endured—jubilation, celebration, anger and embarrassment.

      And that was just a start of the look back at Rio 2016, from an LGBT perspective. Rio 2016 was the gayest Games ever, as at least 53 out athletes competed in Rio, according to Outsports and Olympic and LGBT historian Tony Scupham-Bilton. There also were three out coaches. There were 42 lesbian or bi women, 11 gay men and no out transgender Olympians.

      The 2012 Summer Games in London featured 23 out LGBT athletes, it was reported. Others have come out publicly since they competed in London. ....
.... "In a country that typically has a bad reputation for LGBT acceptance, it was beautiful to see the country of Brazil, the Olympics, and the whole world accept these successful and openly gay athletes," said college swimmer Ayrton Kasemets, who attended Mundelein High School in Chicago's northwest suburbs and is openly gay. .... '
----  see more of Ross Forman's report at www.windycitymediagroup.com at :-
http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Reflecting-on-Rio-The-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/56243.html 

Monday, August 22, 2016

BRINGING CAMP OUT OF THE CLOSET ...

Antonio Lopez Brought Camp Out Of The Closet
----   brief excerpts from a New York arts-retrospective opinion-piece by Blake Gopnik at ArtNet.com (USA), 22 August 2016 :-

    'At El Museo del Barrio, Lopez helps gay desire go mainstream.  ....  In the early 1960s, there was the “camp” moment, when a series of coded markers for gayness ­– Tiffany lamps, Mae West, cappuccino – started to be popular among straight culturati.
      But note that it was the code rather than the thing encoded that had made that transition: Art Nouveau fabulousness was “in” but homosexuals could still barely come out.
      As late as 1964, when Hollywood had happily picked up on the camp craze for all things Edwardian, Life magazine could still wax indignant at the fact that “homosexuals are discarding their furtive ways and openly admitting, even flaunting, their deviation.” .... '
----  see more of Blake Gopnik's interesting article about artist Antonio Lopez at ArtNet.com at :-
https://news.artnet.com/opinion/antonio-lopez-museo-del-barrio-615614 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

WHY GAY MEN LOVE MUSICALS ...

This video may explain why gay men love musicals
---- the opening pars from a substantial opinion-piece by Timothy Rawles at the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (SDGLN) (USA), 15 August 2016 :-

      'There has been a long-held stereotype that gay men love musicals. For the most part that is a fair assumption. That’s not to say that all gay men love a book filled with song, but for those who do, it may have something to do with Hollywood’s closeted past.
      In a new video called “Musical Theatre is SO gay! – Representation (Part 1)” on YouTube (video of 'Part 1' is in side-column, at right, with thanks), there are some connections that can be made between the LGBT community and the entertainment business which to this day has a stigma about being out in Tinsel Town.  ....'
----  see more of SDGLN Community Editor Timothy Rawles' perceptive report, plus its two hilarious YouTube video demonstrations, at sdgln.com at :-
http://sdgln.com/entertainment/2016/08/15/video-may-explain-why-gay-men-love-musicals 
----  check #1 of the two videos in the sidebar at right.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

CANADA's apology to GLBT Canadians ...

JUSTIN TRUDEAU, Prime Minister of Canada, to apologize for the historic persecutions of gay Canadians
----  three selected pars from a substantial news report by John Ibbitson at The Globe and Mail (Canada), 12 August 2016 :-

      'As early as this autumn, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will apologize on behalf of all Canadians to those who were imprisoned, fired from their jobs or otherwise persecuted in the past because of their sexuality.
      That apology is a key element in a broad range of reforms that will collectively represent one of the greatest advances for sexual minorities in Canada’s history.  ....
....  The government’s planned reforms place Canada at the forefront of countries that are moving to redress past wrongs committed against members of sexual minorities. Germany and Australia are taking similar actions. .... '
----  see John Ibbitson's complete report of these proposed reforms at The Globe and Mail at :- 
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/justin-trudeau-to-apologize-for-historic-persecution-of-gay-canadians/article31376155/ 

Friday, August 12, 2016

"LONDON SPY" / The Beeb shows how it's done in today's complex gender climate ...

Secrets & spies
----  the introductory par of a video review on the occasion of the US dvd release of the BBC's spy thriller "LONDON SPY" (BBC USA/UK 5-part series 2015), a 'spy drama & romance', reviewed by Brian Bromberger at The Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco), 11th August 2016 :-

      '"You either step into the abyss or step back from it. You cannot walk along its edge for long." These ominous words reflect the threatening tone of London Spy, the five-part miniseries first broadcast in the UK last year and on BBC America in January, recently released by BBC on DVD.
      It is a heartbreaking love story disguised as a spy thriller. Even if espionage plots don't entice you, the fact that London Spy has a gut-wrenching gay romance as the center of its story should excite you in a genre rarely LGBT-positive.  ... '
----  see more of Brian Bromberger's fulsome review of this noir British spy drama, which only incidentally possesses a strikingly central gay theme, at The Bay Area Reporter at :-
http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=dvd&article=617 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

GAY LIFE / Replacing the decline of the queer womens' bar ...

As LGBTQ Culture Becomes More Mainstream, Queer Women Struggle To Find a Place of Their Own
----  the opening phrases of an extended opinion-piece by Hannah Smothers at COSMOPOLITAN (USA), 9 August 2016 :-

      '"Even in female-centric spaces, there are always men."
      Last year, a flurry of articles and documentaries revealed what's been a long, slow phenomenon — lesbian bars are disappearing around the United States. Gay bars and bars that have ladies nights (nights for women who like women, not nights where girls get cheap booze) are still around, but the bars that cater specifically to queer women are shuttering their doors and stacking up their chairs for the last time. ....
Advertisement - Continue Readin             ....   "Even back in the '50s and '60s, which some people consider to be a golden age of lesbian bars,
                                                              it was often community formation as much as it was hooking up," said Jack Halberstam, a professor
                                                              of gender studies at the University of Southern California, in the Last Lesbian Bars, a Broadly documentary
                                                              released last year. For women who identify as gay, queer, or lesbian, places to find a sense of
                                                              community and other like-minded people are disappearing.  .... '
----  see more of Hannah Smothers' opinion-piece at COSMOPOLITAN at :-
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a62531/queer-women-lgbt-places/

Monday, August 8, 2016

GAY HATE / The long battle against prejudice ...

Queers Against Hate
----  the opening pars to an extended opinion-piece by Michael Bronski at the Boston Review (USA), 8 August 2016 :-

      'If we seek an explanation for the homophobia that caused Omar Mateen to murder forty-nine at Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub in June, we should start not with the Islamic State, but rather with the two hundred anti-LGBT bills proposed by U.S. lawmakers in the past eight months alone.
      A longer view would take us back to 1992, when Pat Buchanan was lauded for his Republican National Convention keynote address blaming “the homosexual rights movement”—along with abortion, feminism, secularism, and environmentalism—for everything wrong with America.
      But if the gay movement continues to be punctuated by tragic setbacks, we must acknowledge that there has been a decisive change in the role of LGBT issues in American politics over the last twenty years.  .... '
----  see more of Michael Bronski's revealing essay published at the Boston Review at :-
http://bostonreview.net/books-ideas/michael-bronski-faderman-downs-shepard-gay-liberation 
----  and check the four recommended books on the history of Gay Liberation posted by the author at the Boston Review article's site.

NOW : SELECTED TRAILERS OF RECENT GAY-THEMED (OR SIMPLY GAY-INTEREST) MOVIES ....



.... here are a dozen movie trailers from recent international sources (below), updated regularly ... with thanks to
YouTube & the movies' many international distributors in cinemas & home dvd's ...


Twenty-two year old David has it all – he’s young, hot, and he’s just got into the prestigious dance school of his dreams. But he has a secret: for two years he’s been sleeping with his sister’s husband, Jules.

SOFT LAD is the directorial debut from Leon Lopez, an examination of lust, jealousy and their consequences in contemporary Liverpool. Starring UK artists Daniel Brocklebank (Coronation Street) and Jonny Labey (EastEnders).


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.

BEING GAY IN CUBA .. "VIVA"

"LILTING' - British actor Ben Wishaw tests his range again ...

LILTING ...

"What is like to live in a world where you have no grasp of its language, and your only lifeline to that is lost." In "LILTING" Ben Wishaw, wide ranging UK character actor from Shakespeare to James Bond movies, tests his range even further.

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

STONEWALL | The birth of a Movement ...

FREEHELD - A subtle gay rights challenge ...

VENICE FESTIVAL ENTRY: "From Afar" (Venezuela 2015)

Peter Greenaway's EISENSTEIN, Stalin's eccentric filmmaker ...

FRENCH MOVIE ABOUT FRENCH FASHION ICON ...

BISEXUAL WOMEN | How to be oneself? ...

CONTROVERSIAL FRENCH MOVIE ...

ONE OF THE TOP TEN FOR 2014 ...

GAY LIFE in Switzerland in the '50's ...

COOL GAY MOVIE | "CONCUSSION" (USA 2013)

CANNES 2013 AWARD WINNER ...

HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY review of "THE HADRIAN ENIGMA" ...

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 - an unedited review by historical novelist NAN HAWTHORNE ...


Gaius Suetonius, a bit of a muckraking biographer, tells this story about an investigation into the sudden and unexplainable death of the youth, Antinous, by apparent drowning in the Nile during an annual festival of the death and resurrection of the god Osiris. The small group of investigators commissioned by Caesar Hadrian has two days to learn how he came to be found in the river dead. The path to this knowledge is difficult, involved, often contradictory and definitely dangerous as the investigators follow leads full of red herrings and mislaid people and things. At the heart of what they learn is how the boy came to be the eromenus to Hadrian’s erastes, a relationship between a mature man and a young one entering his career that was at least mentor-mentee and likely erotic. It seems that Hadrian was looking for such a companion and found it in Antinous, but from there the enigma stretches. A Roman man was not supposed to engage in an equal love relationship but only dominate the eromenus, but from the start the two men’s relationship was much more, and this fact if revealed could damage the Empire.

If you are expecting a nice neat Hercule Poirot detective story, let that go. This murder investigation, if that is the crime that took place, is far more challenging for both the investigators and the book’s readers. The solution does not even come to light until almost too late, during the investigation report. Rather than being a spoiler, I offer you the foreknowledge of a much more skillful mental workout. Perhaps the greater mystery is why the emperor asked Suetonius to lead the inquiries, as the latter is known for leaving no salacious stone unturned in his research and writing. Does Hadrian really want to know what happened to his lover? Does he really want everyone to see the seamy side of his court?

The structure of the novel is a series of interviews with witnesses and suspects about the days before and immediately after the young man’s death. In seeking background about Antinous, Suetonius and his fellows explore his life and relationships before becoming Hadrian’s companion. The individuals who supply this intelligence come at it from a number of quite different perspectives, with enough gaps between them to offer ambiguity. You will find yourself guessing “whodunit” and changing your mind several times as you follow the investigation and meet other players in the story.

I found that starting at the point of the lovers’ first night together I began to feel a sense of the tragic nature of their erastes-eromenus compact. It is understood that it cannot last more than a few years, but since in this case love enters the equation, the tragic nature of Antinous’s life starts to permeate all succeeding events. I found this quite moving and that it added a layer of anxiety as I read. As mentioned above, this is a novel about the nature of love. One aspect of gay male romance is constant threat to happiness and fulfillment, but this is far from just being a gay romance. The central characters are both men, but loves of other kinds make their mark throughout. There is family, marital friendship and sexual love, and the tension comes when the masculinist nature of Roman culture interferes and invalidates it. The subtext, as the author told me, is the same as we face now, when romantic relationships are more broadly defined but still not part of the heart of our societies.

One aspect of this novel I found pleasing was the mix of archaic and modern terms. Readers sometimes balk at modern slang, but when the very essence of a novel is that everything in it is an implicit translation, it is absurd to say that there would not have been a slang counterpart in the ancient language. Further, Gardiner confines his slang to the appropriate witnesses, those who would have used slang. That the words eromenus and boy-toy are in the same paragraph made perfect sense to me.
This novel will stick with readers for some time, its many subtle undertones drifting up and down in contemplation. It is also simply a good mystery novel. You will feel engaged and challenged and you will find you had encountered every little detail at some point in the book. No surprises, that is, if you were paying attention.

---- see more of Nan Hawthorne's work at her blog at :-

Nan Hawthorne, Historical Novelist


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/


AN UNEDITED REVIEW OF 'THE HADRIAN ENIGMA"....

Hooray for Hadrian (and for George Gardiner) !, August 31, 2010

By a reader down under (New South Wales, Australia) - See all my reviews

This review is for: THE HADRIAN ENIGMA: A Forbidden History (Paperback)

George Gardiner's absorbing new book, which focuses on the relationship between the Roman emperor Hadrian and his young paramour, Antinous of Bithynia, quite possibly heralds the thrilling emergence of a new Mary Renault. (As uneven as it is in some places, to my mind it is a big improvement on Margeurite Yourcenar's book on Hadrian from the 1950s).

Gardiner begins his narrative with the discovery of the dead body of the beautiful youth, who has apparently drowned in the Nile. He coopts as his central figure cum narrator the actual historical figure of Suetonius Tranquillus, who is charged by the supreme colonial ruler Hadrian Caesar with the urgent responsibility of uncovering the reasons for, as well as the manner of, the death. Suetonius works night and day as a kind of investigator/ prosecutor and his dogged inquiry drives the plot. The narrative unfolds as a kind of antique murder mystery, then, and one of the book's great strengths is in the well-paced twists and turns of the plot, throwing up a number of suspects and scenarios along the way that keep the reader intrigued until the very end. Gardiner's humour shines through this character, who is forced to carry out his investigation under the double pressure of a pressing deadline (why is Hadrian so intent of winding it all up in such a short time, we wonder) and the threat of execution if he doesn't come up with the answers.

This is compelling writing. Suetonius is a good choice, as he is known for his history of a dozen Caesars, and the author brings him vividly and humorously to life. Indeed, Gardiner skilfully and imaginitively re-works established historical figures and creates a cast of composite characters where necessary to serve his narrative ends. The fact that he can do this convincingly, with such an extraordinary mixture of ethnicities and beliefs, is writing of a high order. The mastery of research is remarkable, not only for Gardiner's command of the details of ethnic artefacts, weaponry, costume, architecture and so on, but also for the complex politics of Roman colonial expansionism in its abrasive encounter with other cultures. The era was marked by a complex intermingling of belief systems, and Gardiner's fictional world is woven from a rich and amazingly detailed fabric. Very occasionally the research seems almost oversupplied but for the most part it serves to underpin his imaginative reconstructions with persuasive authenticity.

Also among the book's strengths are the finely imagined conversations between characters, both historical and concocted, that move the investigation so beautifully along. There are certain set action sequences pieces, too, that are brilliantly staged and paced--the boar hunt, for example, when Hadrian rescues Antinous, and the marvellous climactic scene where Suetonius brings his prosecutorial charges home (albeit uncertainly, with some lines of inquiry that don't pan out).

The only thing that broke the spell for me was Gardiner's occasional jarring choices in language idioms. There's no doubt that the language(s) of the time and place would have been salted with colourful vulgarities, and the dialogue should reflect that, but some of the terms chosen have such strong contemporary associations for us, here at the beginning of the 21st Century, that they they jar and jolt in the reading. `Toyboy' is one example, `getting your rocks off,' `muscular stud' and `gaga' are others that don't ring well to my ear. It's a pity, because sometimes they drop the reader right out of the spell he weaves so skilfully, otherwise.

In contrast, many of the scenes and dialogue move with stately Latinate constructions within a convincing and well-sustained narrative voice. Gardiner has set himself the difficult task of creating a hybrid language that can include both convincing formal language, and everyday vulgarisms, that ring true within his own reconstruction, yet sound right to our contemporary hearing. It's a delicate juggling act and sometimes he drops his balls. (If he had perhaps reserved their use strictly in dialogue, say, to help with characterisation? Perhaps some of his choices might be better realised in a second edition.)

Another of the book's great strengths is hinted at by the book's sub-title. It's a `forbidden history' not simply because Hadrian issues an edict that only the official `party line' should be recorded (and by implication, Suetonius' project of recording events for us to read goes dangerously gainst the edict of his Emperor). It's forbidden history too because Gardiner has constructed a counter-narrative to the centuries of heavily judgemental readings of this iconic same-sex relationship. Positive affirmations of same-sex bonding were exiled in silence as soon as the early Christian commentators started to impose their dominant narratives over all acceptable behaviours and ideals.

In Yourcenar's 50s version, Antinous's moody adolescent pouting makes Hadrian looks like a bit of a fool for dallying with the youth, but Gardiner proposes a heroic reading here that highlights the finer elements of the erastes/eromenos partnering, which was not only tolerated but celebrated in ancient times. For me, this moves the book onto a higher plane than a mere homoerotic titillation and places the relationship where it belongs, in the heroic company of Patroclus/Achilles and the legendary band of Theban warrior-lovers.

Gardiner successfully and daringly recuperates the much-despised and consistently misrepresented ideal of man-to-man love, here based on respect, admiration and the inspiration of noble ideals, as much as the undeniable and enjoyable erotic attraction, which we see only fitful glimpses of among sporting figures and others today. During the continuing culture wars of our own times it's a relief to read this inspiring alternative with its healing potential as an affirmative voice emerging from the diminishing, culturally imposed silence.

In a strange way `The Hadrian Enigma' is reminiscent of E.M. Forster's gay-affirmative novel `Maurice', which Forster was unable to publish during his lifetime. Forster's wistful happy ending for a same sex coupling was unthinkable in the mid-twentieth Century, and even today, it's hard to read such partnering as anything other than morally sinful - such is our pervasive indoctrination by churchmen - or psychologically misdirected (`homosexuality' is still construed as a kind of `failed development' in conventional psychological readings). Certainly such a relationship will still be regarded as second best to the pressing imperative of reproduction. Gardiner has struck a blow with this courageous and convincing re-telling.

So, for me this is a 5 star book for the outstanding and detailed research and the creative work that underpins the imaginative reconstructions; at least 4 stars for its plotting, but only 3 stars for the strange inconsistencies in his prose style. This averages out to a solidly earned 4 stars.

I do hope Gardiner is deep at work on his next book of historical fiction. He certainly has all the skills required.

See this review in situ at Amazon at :-

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