If you’re a sports fan this is the day you have been waiting for, even if you’re not into football. The Big Game or The Superbowl, featuring the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will take over most of the airwaves today and tonight in North America and even in Europe. If you’re not a sports fan you might want to hide or try to find alternative programming. I’m betting on the Baltimore Ravens not only because it’s Brendon Ayanbadejo’s team, but some of the 49ers have renounced their It Get’s Better video saying that they thought it was about bullying, not to help gay kids. This caused Dan Savage to take down the video from his website. To make matters worse Chris Culliver of the 49ers has made several bigoted and homophobic statements about gays. I hope the 49ers are soundly trashed even though they have a better record than the Ravens.
When I was going through my files I found this video from 2011. You may have seen it before but it bears repeating. Zach Wahls, an Iowa teen, gave an incredibly passionate speech before the Iowa House of Representatives about the state’s proposal to vote on whether to end civil unions. The quality of the picture and the sound are not optimum but I was so proud of this kid I thought I would run this video again.
Despite Josh’s plea the Republican controlled House of Representatives voted voted 62-37 in favour an amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage which was legal in the state at that time. However shortly after Josh’s speech the Iowa Supreme Court approved marriage equality.
Here’s another story that’s more positive about a very small town Vicco (pop. 335), Kentucky that passed a ban last month on gender or gay bias. Go Vicco.
Coming up this week is an essay by James Buchanan called Who’s in Charge of this Ride Anyway? Log on to find out what he’s talking about.
On Thursday, Jordan Castillo Price is posting another wonderful episode of her Notion Potion series called Need a Trim? You don’t want to miss this.
Next week Josh Lanyon is back with his first essay of 2013 called The Mainstreaming of M/M.
Also, on Valentine’s Day Rick R. Reed is posting an essay he calls Why Do We Love Whom or What We Love?
On Friday, February 15 Feliz and I are writing duelling reviews for James Buchanan’s Laying Ghosts. We haven’t done this on the site in at least a year, maybe more, so it should be fun.
On the weekend the following books were reviewed: Beggars and Choosers by Mia Kerick reviewed by Jeayci; I reviewed Pole Star by Josephine Myles; The Cost of Secrets by Cassandra Gold reviewed by Cryselle; The Last Day of Summer by J.F. Smith reviewed by Sirius; and I reviewed Show and Tell by Kate McMurray.
Free Books This Week
Laying Ghosts by James Buchanan – MLR Books
Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan – Riptide Publishing
Fools Rush by Chris Quinton – Manifold Press
His Best Man by Treva Harte – Loose id
Zephyr Ranch 2 – Naked Truth by Nessa Vincent – Loose id
Superpowered Love: Losing Better by Katey Hawthorne – Loose Id
Metal Heart by Meredith Shayne
Reviews This Week
Val: The Royal Road by Robin Saxon
Lady M: Bush Bashin’ by N.J. Nielson
Andrea: White Knuckled Moments by Madeleine Ribbon
Cryselle: After the BBQ by Matthew Lang; Tumbling Blindly by Sue Brown
Lasha: Strength of the Pack by Kendall McKenna
Feliz: Reactivated by Caitlin West; Line and Orbit by Sunny Moraine and Lisa Soem
Sirius: Aden’s Luck by Con Riley; Love Lessons by Kelly Rand
Lloyd Meeker: The City of Lovely Brothers by Anel Viz
Jeayci: Beggars and Choosers by Mia Kerick
Sammy: Not Like the Movies (Sexy Collge Studs Book 2) by Brien Michaels
Larissa: When Past Comes to Present by R.T. Green
Raine: How to Save a Life by Sloan Parker
Lenalena: Beyond Duty by James Buchanan
Wave: Pole Star by Josephine Myles; Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan
Until next week, that’s a wrap.