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April 16, 2022

'Don't Say Gay' Bill is a License To Harm and Discriminate

A roadway sign that says "Welcome to Florida - The Don't Say Gay State."

By Roy Steele

If anyone wants to know the truth about Florida’s pernicious ‘Don’t Say Gay’ legislation, it’s a license to target lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people with discrimination and violence, and it could encourage LGBTQ teens and adolescents to harm themselves.

December 8, 2021

The Definitive List Of The Top Twenty Four 'Gay Icons'

A portrait of the gay icons Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Rivers, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Madonna, Cher, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand,  Olivia Newton-John, Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Kathy Griffin,  Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Belinda Carlisle, Stevie Nicks, and Catherine O’Hara, by Roy Steele.
Gay Icons - The definitive list of the top twenty-four gay icons.

By Roy Steele

It won't come as a shock to anyone when I say I'm a friend of Dorothy

I was messing around and trying to create a realistic portrait of Judy Garland, the first and most prominent gay icon in history, and shared a draft with my dear friend Matthew Newman who lives in South Africa. He gave me positive feedback and suggested that I do more portraits like it - so I gave it a whirl!

Am I an artist? After taking a class in graphic design, I taught myself advanced graphic design through trial and error using online resources, and I learned HTML coding and web design the same way in order to maintain my blog and create the beautiful graphics you see here for my blog posts. It was a lengthy struggle creating these portraits and while some were done in a day, others took days and days.

Creating artistic portraits of gay icons mandated that I understand what defined a gay icon, and then who should be included in a list, so I started my research by searching with Google. I was surprised to find that I couldn’t find a published comprehensive list of gay icons anywhere online.

December 6, 2021

Breaking News In Yuba County Underrated Film Of The Year

The movie comedy "Breaking News In Yuba County" promotional poster featuring the actresses photos who appear in the film.
The zany comedy Breaking News In Yuba County (2021) is the most under-appreciated movie of the year.

By Roy Steele

I’m a gay man with an opinion about lots of things happening today. From politics to pop culture and history, science, and technology, I follow these topics and read about them constantly, and because I’m human I form opinions about them.

I’m not a movie critic per se but I’m a consumer of music, television, and film, and I like to be entertained. I watch television and see lots of movies, and I form my opinion about these art forms based on my emotions.

October 26, 2021

LGBTQ Sen. Kyrsten Sinema - From Obstructionist To Shero?

A rainbow flag with a portrait of Arizona's Senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema superimposed.

By Roy Steele

There are exactly two United States Senators who publicly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are the dynamic and capable LGBTQ duo in the upper chamber of Congress. 

With only two LGBTQ Senators, I worry about their images and how they are portrayed in the media because it reflects on our community. 

July 28, 2021

Senator Joni Ernst, Republican of Iowa, Wants Your Pussy!

A portrait of Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) wants your pussy and no one is talking about it!

It's unfathomable to me that men and women will vote for a political party that is ANTI-WOMEN. Why do they do it? This is a transcription of a real conversation I had with a friend about the Republican Party's continuing War On Women.

ROY: Dustin, If I told you there’s a bill in Congress introduced to protect federal funding for women’s healthcare, called the “Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act”, would you believe me?

April 19, 2021

Racism: Marjorie Taylor Greene's Anglo-Saxon Obsession

Racism: Marjorie Taylor Greene's Anglo-Saxon Obsession

By Roy Steele

This is crazy. The embattled Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-GA) is fighting hard for attention and relevance in the halls of Congress, among the media, and in the Republican party. She’s a political rookie who dove headfirst into the deep end. She wants to be useful and productive but is in water way over her head. She seemingly has nothing to do except stir up trouble.