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Aug. 15th, 2009

New tales of BDSM and rough sex at True Tales e-zine

The adults-only August 2009 issue of True Tales: An Erotic E-zine of Masculinity and Power features recommendations of new gay fiction, nonfiction, and art in the Leathermen section. (And no, we haven't forgotten about the promised Prisoners issue. It's been bumped up to next year.)

Summary of the issue )

Sep. 17th, 2008

News: Update on the Galveston County Jail prisoners

Those of you who read my editorial in True Tales this month may be interested in the latest news on the Galveston County Jail prisoners, who were not evacuated during the mandatory evacuation of the island.

Galveston Jail's sheriff paints a rosy picture.

Galveston Jail's architect paints a less rosy picture.

A Galveston judge offers a bit of hope for the future of the prisoners.

"The good Lord took care of those 1,050 inmates."

The cynical (but quite reasonable) comment of various bloggers is, "And thank goodness He did, because the sheriff sure didn't."

Sep. 15th, 2008

News: Updates on hurricane recovery and Houston's GLBT businesses

Click on the links for the news articles.

"Many folks [in Houston] are gonna be pretty hungry in a few days if things don't rapidly improve."

An update on Houston's GLBT businesses.

To slash and yaoi folk: How has Hurricane Ike affected you?

I'm working on a story for my Hurricanes Gustav and Ike Report at True Tales about how Hurricane Ike has affected the slash and yaoi communities. Anyone here want to contribute their anecdotes, for the record?

Why I never want to cover news in the slash community )

Sep. 14th, 2008

News: Hurricane Ike survivors in the gay/BDSM communities face serious aftermath

Click on the link for the news article.

"There may be a need for people away from Houston to open their doors as they did with Katrina and Rita. Not because of the flood waters but because of the lack of the basic needs such as a place to buy food and water."

True Tales - August 2008 (Issue #11): Hurricanes Gustav and Ike

There must be something seriously wrong with my brain. Here I am, listening to hurricane statistics on danger, damage, and death, and all I can think is, "I wonder whether there's any hurricane erotica out there?"

The September 2008 issue of True Tales is devoted to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike (adults only). You can read an editorial on the Galveston County prisoners, peruse an essay by Daddy James that was written on the eve of Hurricane Ike, and view bittersweet erotic art by Michel Giliberti.

Plus, hurricane porn.

Sep. 13th, 2008

News: Leatherfolk and BDSM folk in central and northern Texas await Ike

Click on the link for the news article.

As Saturday's first media reports tell of widespread damage from Hurricane Ike in Houston and along the Texas and Louisiana coastlines, leatherfolk and BDSM folk in other parts of Texas are preparing for Ike's arrival.

Sep. 11th, 2008

News: As Hurricane Gustav evacuees return, Texas prepares for Hurricane Ike

Click on the link for the news article.

"They needed places to stay. Most of all, what they needed were people who cared."

Sep. 3rd, 2008

News: Two final Hurricane Gustav updates

Click on the links for the news articles. The articles are located at an adults-only site.

"All of a sudden we realized it was 2 pm, which should have been the start of the Southern Decadence Parade, so we all did a SD toast and celebrated the event with a bar crawl to the Phoenix."

No injuries have been reported from club members after Hurricane Gustav.

Sep. 1st, 2008

News: Levee begins to fail in parishes outlying New Orleans

Click on the link for the news article. The article is located at an adults-only site.

Reports on club and group lists continue to offer reassurance about the safety of members of the leather and BDSM communities.

News: Upper Ninth Ward threatened as BDSM and leather community members remain safe

Click on the link for the news article. The article is located at an adults-only site.

New Orleans media sources are reporting that waves are coming over the east side of the Industrial Canal levee into New Orleans's Upper Ninth Ward.

News: Reports arrive from club members affected by hurricane

Click on the link for the news article. The article is located at an adults-only site.

"As a new day dawned on Monday, leatherfolk and BDSM folk who are currently undergoing Hurricane Gustav have been reporting that all is well so far."

Aug. 31st, 2008

News: Remaining Southern Decadence events cancelled

The following is a press release from Ambush Mag, the GLBT newspaper in New Orleans, concerning the gay New Orleans festival, Southern Decadence, scheduled for this weekend.

The news.

News: Gays leave New Orleans as Hurricane Gustav strengthens

Click on the link for the news article. The article is located at an adults-only site.

"Gustav sounds like black leather, whips and cuffs."

Aug. 30th, 2008

News: Southern Decadence cancellations

The following is a press release from Ambush Mag, the GLBT newspaper in New Orleans, concerning the gay New Orleans festival, Southern Decadence, scheduled for this weekend.

The news.

Breaking news: Leather and BDSM folk in Louisiana and Texas prepare to help New Orleans evacuees

Click on the link for the news article. The article is located at an adults-only site

Mr. Louisiana Leather 2005, Alan Bowers, said on Thursday that city plans were proceeding apace, with many New Orleans residents "panicked and gun-shy."

Aug. 28th, 2008

News: Tropical Storm Gustav and New Orleans

As some of you may have heard, Tropical Storm Gustav may soon return to hurricane status. According to the National Hurricane Center, one of its possible goals is New Orleans, a major location for leather and BDSM clubs. A report posted on the Leather Titleholders list from a local leatherman indicates that the city is busy in preparations for a possible landfall by Gustav.

The latest news is that, since Gustav isn't scheduled to reach the U.S. this weekend, the New Orleans gay festival Southern Decadence is still scheduled. If New Orleans is badly affected by the storm, True Tales will do its best to keep readers informed, as it did three years ago through its Hurricane Katrina Report.

Two good sources of New Orleans news: NOLA.com and WWLTV.com.

Aug. 2nd, 2008

TRUE TALES E-ZINE: Larry Townsend tribute issue

The August 2008 issue of True Tales: An Erotic E-zine of Masculinity and Power links to texts, photography, and a video in tribute to Larry Townsend, late author of The Leatherman's Handbook. The issue includes links to interviews by Jack Rinella and Bob Wingate, as well as writings by Larry Townsend, Thomas Roche, Jack Fritscher, and others.

For adults only.
E-zine's warning page | Latest issue.

Dec. 11th, 2007

TRUE TALES E-ZINE - December 2007 issue: Military Men & Leathermen

Links on the Military Men page have been added to stories by Ranger, Parhelion, and Marquesate that are set around the conflicts in World War One, World War Two, and the modern British army.

Links on the Leathermen page have been added to bondage art that is an exercise in minimalism, an article about a bottom-man's efforts to overcome a phobia, and a video about power play that starts in a leather bar.

Next year's theme will be Prisoners and Prison Officers. (Yes, the 2008 theme has changed. There have been some good stories coming out in this category recently.) Please e-mail me if you have any suggestions for links to gay erotic and non-erotic narrative nonfiction, fiction, narrative poetry, drama, book excerpts, blog entries, art, photography, videos, and audio. The links can be to your own works or anyone else's. Suggestions for links to military and leather works continue to be welcome.

Link submission guidelines.

Nov. 18th, 2007

TRUE TALES E-ZINE: Awards

Some of the links below lead to sites with adults-only material.

A couple of awards-related pieces of news. First of all, the Titanium Whips Awards for BDSM fiction has announced that the 2006 winner in the original fiction category is Verdict, by Parhelion, which was originally published in the October 2005 issue of my gay e-zine True Tales.

Secondly, I've received word that True Tales has been nominated for this year's Cybersocket Web Awards, which "recognizes outstanding achievements in the world of queer online media and entertainment." True Tales was nominated in the Best Erotic E-zine category, alongside some other nominees that . . .

Um, distract me from finishing this post. For the links on that page alone, you might want to stop by the page where you can cast your votes in a variety of categories. Voting will close on December 31.

I still hope to get another issue out before the end of the year.

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