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Allies and Objects ~ Sunday Spotlight by Brandilyn

Yep, I am totally going there…

Recently there was a rant posted about the objectifying of gay men within the genre and among the “Allies”. I am one of those allies. I have been for a few years now. Do I get out and volunteer at LGBTQ Shelters or go to PFLAG meetings? No, I do not. For one thing, I am not entirely sure my city HAS an LGBTQ shelter or PFLAG branch. I am sure there are some in the…

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Chapter One

 

 

The water turned off, signaling the end of Mike’s shower. Nick sighed. There were things left unsaid, always had been between them. From the first time they’d been together, Mike had erected a wall Nick knew not to cross. They didn’t speak of feelings, nor did they do the emotional thing. One place they worked well together was in bed, and if they added a third to their mix, their connection was even better, allowing Mike to open to Nick’s emotions.

He’d wanted to say something about the man to Mike the first day he’d seen him but their meetings were packed at the beginning of the week. As the week progressed, their meetings had tapered off. With only one meeting this afternoon, at three, it left him free to do as he pleased.

Mike came out of the bathroom, his dark skin still moist with water he hadn’t toweled off. His hair was cropped close to his head and his jaw cleanly shaven. He looked good, like a dark Adonis ready for battle. Thick, corded muscles bunched at his shoulders, leaving Nick full of lust. Nick rolled over, tucking one knee under the sheets and hugging a pillow tight, wishing Mike was still in bed with him. “You sure you don’t need me to come with you this morning?”

"No, I’m good. Go have fun. We’ll be leaving San Francisco soon."

"I saw someone you would like."

Mike turned to stare at him, his dark eyes narrowed. He breathed in deeply, emphasizing his muscled pecs. Nick sighed, wondering if they would ever progress past this stage and take things further. They lived together for convenience; Mike made sure Nick understood that completely. Any time emotions came into play, Mike shut down. The only time Mike had come close to being emotional was when they’d had Derek, the last guy they’d asked to join in on the fun. But Derek hadn’t lasted.

"Really?" Mike asked.

"Yeah. Pale, dark hair. Beautiful. He’d look good against your black skin."

"Where?"

"Down by the bridge."

Mike pulled on briefs and slacks, zipping and buttoning them. “Think you’ll see him today?”

"No clue, but if I did, would you want me to approach him?"

"Damn, I wish I could go with you today. I would love to see him."

Nick smiled up at Mike and rolled onto his back, deliberately tempting Mike with his exposed body. “So, if I ask him for a date, will you be okay with that?”

"Yeah, as long as I get to come."

Nick grinned as he sat up and grabbed hold of Mike’s waistband. “I’ll make sure you come, don’t worry about that.”

Mike growled playfully and tugged Nick up, brushing his lips over Nick’s jaw and squeezing his ass with his hands. “I have to leave in five minutes and you start this now. I should bend you over and fuck you hard.”

"Anytime you want, my ass is yours."

Mike kissed him deeply, leaving him breathless and needy. If only Mike would say the words, then maybe he wouldn’t feel lost in this relationship. It could be worse; he could be dating a jerk. At least they were comfortable with each other.

Nick reluctantly let Mike leave, then showered and dressed quickly. He used a series of busses to make his way to Crissy Fields near the Golden Gate Bridge. If he didn’t see the guy today, life would still be okay. At least he’d tried.

He sat on a bench near the park entrance for thirty minutes, knowing he needed to give up the hunt for the beautiful man with long dark hair and pale skin. But the smooth red lips and lithe body had enticed him.

Ten more minutes passed and Nick decided to stop waiting for the guy. He walked toward the stairs leading up to the bridge. He and Mike would leave in two days, heading home to Tennessee. This would probably be his last chance to see the man. Nick sighed and looked back over the bay, wishing he had more time in the city. He loved San Francisco, the cute shops, the beautiful buildings, and the enchanting wharf. Maybe he and Mike could take their vacation here next year too.

Out of the corner of his eyes, he saw a flash of black. He turned hopefully, searching for anyone with long dark hair. He saw someone, but it wasn’t him, only someone who looked like his fantasy man. Defeated, he spun around and almost ran into the man he’d been looking for. Nick took a moment to recover before following the beautiful seraph he hoped might become their third. Nick moved closer, keeping his gaze on the man.

Before entering the small coffee shop, the stranger stopped and lifted his face to the sky. Nick saw his chest rise and fall as he took in a deep breath. Fog swirled in the air. The familiar red tops of the bridge were obscured and soft light filtered through, giving the man an ethereal glow. Beautiful. Nick thrilled at the sight, and then winced as thick denim confined his rapidly hardening dick. Now that he’d found the guy, everything seemed perfect for Nick to make his move. The weather, the Warming Hut, and his desire felt right and pushed him forward. He was ready to take a chance and talk to the beautiful stranger.

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Isn’t it nice how people twist their religious scripture to suit their weds but when it’s used against them it’s suddenly not okay

I talked to a monk about this quote once (we have mutual friends, and he came to a New Year’s Eve party at my shared art studio). He said this isn’t even talking about homosexuality. That the bible never actually says homosexuality is wrong. What that passage means is this:

Women were treated as subservient and it that you shouldn’t treat other men as subservient, like they are beneath you. It is not talking about homosexuality. If it was, it would say it outright since the bible lists other things outright.

I take the word of a monk who have studied the bible extensively more than a self proclaimed Christian.

The above text, I would like to point out is from the point of view of this translation of the original Hebrew. I spoke with my cousin’s rabbi on the matter and his response was different, saying that it was a mistranslation. See, the true translation says that a man shall not lie with another in the bed of a woman, which is to say, the Hebrews had a shit ton of rules about when a man was or was not allowed in a woman’s bed and private quarters (including, if she didn’t want you there, you weren’t allowed there. Hebrew women were also allowed to divorce their husbands and the image of the ‘oppressive Hebrew people’ is an image that was propogated by Christianity which, historically speaking, doesn’t treat the Jewish people too well and liked to paint them as being rather barbaric and backwards and cultish with their traditions, which, another piece of fun info, their traditions were one of the main reasons why the Jewish people were less likely, in medieval times, to die of the plague. Because washing your hands and avoiding the dead and vermin and the like was a lot of help. Of course the Christians persecuted them for not dying but that’s another matter. I’m sidetracked). So the verse is literally saying ‘Don’t fuck in some lady’s bed because that’s just goddamn rude’

Also, whenever a Christian brings the book of Leviticus up, you should feel free to point out that these are rules that were given to make the Hebrew people prepared for when the son of God came to earth. In Christianity, it’s believed the son of God was Jesus. So by following the rules set in Leviticus or pushing them as things we should follow, they’re saying that Jesus was not the son of God, and that Jesus did not, in fact, die for our sins. Jewish people believe, in their faith, that the son of God hasn’t yet been born, so many choose to follow these rules.

Most people of course roll their eyes when I explain the translation of the verse (full breakdown found here) but it’s always fun to point out the nature of the rules in Leviticus and the implications of following them. 

I’m a theology student and I am on the verge of crying because of how accurate this commentary is. Historical context is simultaneously the most interesting and most important part of interpreting any texts. 

Most religious people seem to base their beliefs on things that are severely mistranslated. I wish they would do their research before using the bible for hate.

I studied theology extensively and was going to become a theologist until I switched majors. The above commentary is 100% accurate and what I try to stress in a lot if conversations with Bible Thumpers.

Jesus also affirms the homosexual relationship between the Roman Centurion and his “slave”. The particular Greek word used to refer to this special slave was “pais”. Greek language studies and contexts show that a “pais” was a male love slave. Regular slaves were called “dolos”. The Centurion makes this distinction clearly when he asks Jesus to heal his slave (pais), and then to prove his status he tells Jesus that his slaves (dolos) go when he tells them to. But this slave (pais) was special. He was the Centurion’s lover.

Hearing this, Jesus was so amazed he says he had not found ANYONE ELSE who had such great faith. He then blesses the Centurion and heals his male lover.

Matthew 8:5-13

THIS IS WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY TEACHES ABOUT SAME SEX COUPLES.

In short, the English adaptation is a mistranslated farce.

^^^^this

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This commentary is so powerful. Someone is going to get delivered.

IN OTHER WORDS JESUS BLESSED THEM, AND THEIR UNION!

OH THANK GOD. I’m a Christian, but I’ve been hoping for something like this to come along because I seriously /hate/ that homosexuality is supposedly “against God’s words”. HALLELUJAH, YOU GUYS MADE MY NIGHT.

Love is Love. God loves gays. Says so in the bible. 

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Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing—a man to be his own.

When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew’s plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.

When he meets Andrew, Jack thinks he’s found heaven, but reality holds him in check until one night when his lips gently slide across Andrew’s and fireworks go off.

As lust and something a little deeper brings them together, compelling them to take chances, people start to notice. Then the unthinkable happens, and Jack’s parents find out he likes guys. The battle lines are drawn and they vow to pray the gay away.

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But when Kai receives a frantic phone call from his little brother Li, he finds his life completely turned upside down. Li has been kicked out of the house for kissing another boy. Now Kai has to sort things out with his family, and he’s not sure if his relationship with Jae can take the strain.

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