U.S./World: Trans bear, Gielgud estate rejection, boxer exposed

Beyond the Carolinas

Transgender bear comes out of the cave

When her father, Tina, came out as trans about three-and-one-half years ago, Australian author Jessica Walton was inspired to write “Introducing Teddy,” a new children’s book that tackles the unique challenges faced by transgender people. It’s already received massive amounts of praise.

“When we were growing up, Tina was so much fun,” Walton says. “She was such an involved, happy, really down-to-earth dad.”

The story focuses on the shifting dynamics of Tilly’s relationships as she begins coming out to her pals.

Walton wrote the book for her son, Errol, noticing the lack of children’s books that look at transgender issues. Illustrated by Dougal MacPherson, it’s Walton’s first effort, self-published through crowd funding. (Walton and MacPherson raised $20,000 on Kickstarter.)

Following loads of positive press about the story, independent publishing house Bloomsbury will publish the book globally in June 2016.

“What’s really nice with little kids is when you read them a story that reflects your family, you know that they’re able to identify themselves in that story,” says Walton, who was scared of showing Tina the book for the first time. “Tina has been there for me so much while I’ve been writing this book. I was really nervous of showing her the draft of the text the first time because I thought I want to get this right.”

Tina, of course, loved the book.

“I just cried happy tears,” Tina said. “It was wonderful, such a wonderful thing and such a beautiful, positive book. It’s a book about difference and about accepting difference and I was so proud of her when I saw it, and its illustration is beautiful and the story is really appealing. I think at some point you need to be honest with yourself and acknowledge the things that you hide or you feel shame about and just come out and be who you are and stand up and be proud.”

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Estate rejects new film based on famed actor’s screenplay

A pornographic gay film based on an original screenplay by the late actor Sir John Gielgud has wrapped production, but it still faces tremendous opposition from his estate.

Set in a men’s clothing store where an orgy takes place, “Trouser Bar“ stars Nigel Havers and Julian Clary as passersby who spy the proceedings fondly.

In the late 1970s, the screenplay was written in secret by the celebrated stage actor, hailed for his performances in “Julius Caesar” and “Arthur,” and intended for Peter de Rome, who’s considered the grandfather of gay pornography.

de Rome never used the script, but it fell into the hands of David McGillivray, who recently produced a documentary about the pornographer.

Now, McGillivray has turned the script into a feature, much to the chagrin of The Sir John Gielgud Charitable Trust.

“Earlier this year, the trustees decided [to] not give their permission for it to be produced because they didn’t think it was appropriate,” trust member Ian Bradshaw told the Daily Mail. “They didn’t have to go into detail because they own the copyright.”

The film has entered the editing stage, and McGillivray staunchly defends his decision.

“Pornography is still a stigma in this country, but Sir John loved porn and, in his letters, he talks about visiting gay cinemas,” he says. “I was shocked when the trust didn’t give me permission. We stuck to Sir John’s script very tightly when we made the film a couple of weeks ago. He was very specific about the clothes he wanted the actors to wear.”

“They have come down heavily on me,” McGillivray says. “They are using intellectual copyright as an excuse.”

‘Whoremonger’ fails to remember making gay porn

We’ve heard lots of excuses from men caught in compromising same-sex positions — but nothing quite compares to the story spun by former professional boxer Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack, 35.

After someone connected the dots and discovered his hardcore gay porn threesome on the Internet, Mack began to tell the world a hard-to-believe tale of twisted deceit.

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Exactly how did this self-professed straight father of 10 manage to be duped into performing sex acts with men in front of a camera?

To hear him explain, it’s rather a long story.

Mack, who is engaged to a woman, was in need of money and says he agreed to star in a porn film to make ends meet. But he insists he planned on making a straight porn film.

“My whole life, I’ve been what they call a whoremonger. I love females,” Mack told Philly.com. “The only time I touch a man is when I’m in the ring fighting.”

He claims that after answering an anonymous ad on Facebook, Mack traveled to an address in the Bronx, where he says there were naked women roaming about the building.

“I think, ‘It’s about to go down,’” he told Philly.com.

“I needed a drink or something. They gave me a pill and a shot of vodka.”

“I took the pill down with the vodka.”

And that’s when Mack says his memory of the experience suddenly cuts off.

When he came to, he was on a train at 30th street with $4,500 cash stuffed into his pocket.

So what happened during his blackout? Well, that’s when Mack performed a hardcore threesome with two other men.

Rather than investigate what happened at the time, Mack took his money and went home. But now that he’s been outed as having participated in the shoot, he’s vowed to track down those responsible.

However, he claims he can’t remember his  password, so can’t get in touch with them.

—  stories from LGBTQ Nation (lgbtqnation.com), a qnotes media partner. Compiled by Chris Tittel, qnotes contributor.

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