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gay men’s issues

gay life, sex, sexuality, living and issues for gay men

I’m not giving up on gay men

The fearless leader of our previous administration made HIV prevention work very difficult. I believe the official “abstinence only” response mandated by the government led to a lot of people becoming infected with the virus, simply because the only answer available to them didn’t work for them. ...

Reflecting on 30 years of HIV/AIDS

It’s as if we are back in 1983 all over again. Fear, stigma and intentional ignorance are the norms. Only this time it’s all coming from within our own gay male community, not from the outside. We refer to ourselves and one another as “clean,” “bug-free,” or “ddf.” We isolate and alienate ourselves. ...

Stuff Gay People Like: Copying lesbian haircuts

Stuff gay people like affectionately refers to these and all other hairstyles moving through a gender-neutral social phase as “bottom-tops.” Soon, each style will diverge into numerous manifestations as every kind of group adopts them differently; a slightly more restrained form of a hairdo will develop for straight men, a version with longer length will pop up for straight women and a $5,000-apiece highlighted adaptation will become popular in Hollywood....

Pride on a budget for the young, queer and broke

The economy sucks. Your job doesn’t pay what it did, and gas prices – yikes. They say the rich are getting richer, but in your little gay universe you’ll do whatever it takes to get a deal this Pride weekend and still have fun....

Stuff Gay People Like: Architecture

Instead of boring plains, gay people like to live where there are things above and around them, wrapping the view-plane like a cozy hug. That means hilly places, like California, or forested places, like Massachusetts. But what gay men like most of all is living under 30-story buildings – which make up the least flat landscape you can think of – in a city wrapped in hills, under a cover of permanent clouds and fog, in a region blanketed by hundreds of miles of breathtakingly tall redwood trees...