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New Books: Tina Alexis Allen’s “Hiding Out”

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Reviews | 0 comments

New Books: Tina Alexis Allen’s “Hiding Out”

From time to time, IMPACT Magazine gets a heads-up from publishers about new and up-coming releases. We’ll pass the interesting ones on to you. GLAAD Award-nominated actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen delivers an audacious memoir exposing a seemingly privileged upbringing in subruban America that became overshadowed by the secrets and deception of her formidable and devoutly Catholic father.   Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives Tina Alexis Allen Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Dey Street...

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Review: Suzanne DeWitt Hall’s “Where True Love Is: An Affirming Devotional…”

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

Review: Suzanne DeWitt Hall’s “Where True Love Is: An Affirming Devotional…”

From the Foreword By Susan Cottrell, author of Mom, I’m Gay and True Colors. Suzanne DeWitt has written a delightful and dexterous devotional, Where True Love Is! She is a magician who shows us an empty square of cloth, ties it then unties it, to reveal a dove within! The empty cloth is our understanding of Correct Doctrine, which Suzanne ties and unties to reveal the Holy Spirit within! Page after page, I smiled and highlighted Suzanne’s insights. For example: “Let’s look at John’s wonderful proclamation again: ‘Everyone who loves has...

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New Books: “Santa’s Husband” by Daniel Kibblesmith & A.P. Quach

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Reviews | 0 comments

New Books: “Santa’s Husband” by Daniel Kibblesmith & A.P. Quach

Santa’s Husband By Daniel Kibblesmith Illustrated by A.P. Quach Harper Design, Oct 2017 Hardcover, 32 pages Offering a fresh twist on Kris Kringle, this clever yet heartfelt book tells the story of a black Santa, his white husband, and their life together at the North Pole. Everyone knows that Santa Claus is jolly, but in Santa’s Husband, this cherished symbol of the holiday season is also black and gay, and married to an equally cheery man. Humor writer Daniel Kibblesmith introduces us to Mr. and Mr. Claus, and gives us a glimpse of...

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Bachelor Food: Creamy Vermouth Pasta with Italian Sausage

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, Food! | 0 comments

Bachelor Food: Creamy Vermouth Pasta with Italian Sausage

I was trying to avoid the inevitable question: “What do you want for dinner tonight?” Usually, we bounce one or two ideas back and forth, and end up settling on the one that hasn’t been vetoed by either of us. I was kinda in the mood for pasta (what else is new?), but really didn’t want traditional spaghetti or one of our variations, like (my fav) Puttanesca. I make a pretty decent rotini — you know, those cork screw macaronis — with mixed vegetables and olive oil and parmesan cheese for our “Meatless...

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“Retake” – Not just a gay road trip

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

“Retake” – Not just a gay road trip

The gay community experiences a lot of loneliness, and we deal with it in different ways. Most of us probably wouldn’t hire an escort to recreate the past, however. This is exactly what Jonathan (Tuc Watkins) does in the 2016 film Retake, directed by Nick Corporon. The IMDB synopsis makes it sound much more scandalous than the film is. A lonely, middle-aged man hires a male prostitute to recreate a road trip from his past. Jonathan, a middle-aged man, goes looking for male escorts for some roleplay fun — but not just the kind of fun...

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Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Featured, Hot Topics, Politics | 0 comments

Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

  On Friday, August 25, while the nation watched as an increasingly more powerful hurricane barreled towards the Gulf Coast, Donald Trump released two controversial directives aimed at vulnerable communities in our country: the ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces and the pardon of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. As a cisgender man, I cannot speak to the experience of my trans friends and colleagues, but as a Latino I can imagine that some of their feelings were similar to mine at the pardon of Arpaio – the feeling...

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End of an Era: GCN and Justin Lee part ways

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

End of an Era: GCN and Justin Lee part ways

It is never a good feeling when you get an email blast from a beloved organization you have supported for many years that begins “Due to irreconcilable differences …” That’s what shook Facebook and social media July 19th. And the posts and comments exploded. What happened? Why? Who’s to blame? What happens next, what about …? A pillar of the LGBTQ Christian community is crumbling. GCN — the Gay Christian Network — and its founder and executive director, Justin Lee, released joint statements that...

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“Fathers” – A New Thai Film about Gay Parenting

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Reviews | 0 comments

“Fathers” – A New Thai Film about Gay Parenting

AN UPLIFTING FEATURE FILM FROM THAILAND ABOUT SAME-SEX PARENTING, PREMIERING GLOBALLY ON-DEMAND There are so few films out there about gay parenting (“The Kids are All Right” being one of them), so when a fresh take on being gay dads comes out, especially from outside the U.S., we should pay special attention.  And this film doesn’t disappoint. Gay couple Phoon and Yuke want nothing more than to start their own family. Their dream finally becomes a reality when they adopt an abandoned baby boy named Butr, completing their household....

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Bachelor Food: Saturday Morning Coconut Pancakes

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Cafe Inspirado, Food! | 0 comments

Bachelor Food: Saturday Morning Coconut Pancakes

It’s hard to write when you’re full. And that’s one thing these coconut pancakes do: fill you up. It’s all the fiber in them, I think. But they’re tasty, easy to make — and grain-free. So here’s how this little adventure started out. I love my carbs. Pastas, pancakes, pastries, crusty French bread… They’re the stuff of life. They’re also not great for someone keeping an eye on their blood sugars and lipids. So I’ve been deliberately cutting out foods with added sugars, and...

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Review: A.W. Strouse’s “BBC – The Black Boyfriend Compendium”

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Reviews | 0 comments

Review: A.W. Strouse’s “BBC – The Black Boyfriend Compendium”

A new memoir by occasional IMPACT contributor A.W. Strouse, B.B.C. (The Black Boyfriend Compendium), examines the various (14) black lovers he has had in his life. It was an entertaining read that left me wanting more, in more ways than one. The narrative recalls some of the negative experiences the writer has had with men, and was partly inspired by Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis. We see the protagonist change from a young, naïve virgin at the beginning, looking for his first experience as a bottom, to an experienced, somewhat jaded yet still...

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