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We speak to the gay men who pretended to be girls online to flirt with boys
Growing up in the closet can be an isolating experience. So, in the early days of social media, it’s little surprise that some gay men resorted to unorthodox methods to explore their attraction to other boys.
Thomas* is one of them. As a closeted teenager, he used to “catfish” boys by pretending to be a girl online. “I was really desperate and lonely,” he says, telling me that early social media sites such as Bebo were where he started this behaviour. “I’d add them over MSN Messenger and flirt. It was a thrill at the time, I guess, though I’m really ashamed of it now.”
Thomas says he was mostly interested in talking, but the boys he catfished would usually turn the conversation sexual. “It wouldn’t take long for the horny straight boys to ask for nude photos,” he says. “But I initially just wanted an outlet to talk to cute boys because I couldn’t. While all my friends were getting off with each other and going out, I just wanted someone to talk to me in the same way.”
LGBT+ People Are Paid 16% Less Than Their Straight Colleagues, A New YouGov Survey Reveals
Getting your head around your working environment is a tricky business. It takes a long time to adjust to a new workplace. Sometimes you might never actually settle, or you might feel like you are being treated unfairly. Say for example, being paid less than a colleague in the same role? With the only discerning factor between the two of you being that you're a member of the LGBTQ community and they're not. Well guys, it's 2019 and yet this is still a huge issue. As a matter of fact, recent research claims that LGBT+ people are paid 16 percent less annually than their straight peers
The research was commissioned by social media giant LinkedIn and undertaken by YouGov. The results were sent over to Bustle in a press release. As a part of the research for the study, the team surveyed 4,000 UK workers. The workers surveyed identified themselves as being "straight," "gay," "bisexual," or "other." The main take away from this research is that there appears to be a £6,703 (16%) discrepancy in income between LGBT+ workers and their straight colleagues.
Over 200 major companies sign Supreme Court brief in favor of LGBTQ workers
My Brother Was Fired After Revealing He Was Gay. Now I'm Continuing His Fight at the Supreme Court
The Barrage of Bad News About Climate Change Is Triggering 'Eco-Anxiety,' Psychologists Say
When news about the environment becomes grim, you might be overcome by an urge to hide or collapse.
On last week's episode of HBO drama "Big Little Lies," 9-year-old Amabella did both. The character's metallic boots were found sticking out of a classroom closet following a lesson on climate change, and the internet collectively nodded in recognition.
Virtual kidnappings are rattling families across the US
"I have your son and I'm going to f*ck him up," a voice on the other side of the phone said.
For two hours one afternoon in early April, 61-year-old Joseph Baker and his wife Maggie drove around Charlotte, North Carolina, listening to every demand of their son Jake's supposed kidnapper.
"If you call the police, I will know and kill him," he threatened, according to the Bakers. "I have a scanner."
The caller ID on Joseph's smartphone display said the call was coming from his son's number. The couple had no reason not to believe the man on the other end of the line, who knew personal details about the family, including where they lived.
Kicked out, spat on and abused, new UK shelter helps LGBT+ homeless
LONDON, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Apart from being spat on and urinated on when he slept rough in London for over a year, 52-year-old Chabahn had to contend with another daily threat: being abused and attacked for his sexuality.
Chabahn, who is gay but kept it hidden on the streets, said living with HIV was an additional burden that some mainstream shelters did not have the capacity to support him with.
"When it comes to being LGBT, the amount of discrimination on the street is rather high. There is no safety, you have to fend for yourself," said Chabahn, who declined to give his full name.
"You have to become a very good actor and you have to be someone that you are not."
YouTube star Riyadh Khalaf calls out LGBT bullying
The stunning toll of Boy Scout sex abuse: More than 12,200 reported victims
Sexual abuse survivors sue the Vatican over predatory U.S. priests
Catholic school music director sought sex with undercover cop posing as teen: affidavit
The Latest: Bishop says church was not trying to hide files
Suffering in solitude: A quarter of Americans say they have no one to confide in about their problems - and most hide their real feelings from the people closest to them
Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of Americans feel like they have no one to confide in – and 70 percent say they hold back how they really feel when sharing with a friend, partner or co-worker, according to a new survey.
Most (90 percent) of Americans say they downplay their emotions to avoid worrying or stressing out a loved one, according to the survey by OnePoll on behalf of BetterHelp, a web-based counseling service.
Researchers discovered that young people (age 18-30) are most likely to isolate themselves because they are uncomfortable talking about money, job stress, parents or friends with their significant other.
Older LGBTI people fear having to return to the closet
A new documentary premieres this evening at the Luminate Festival in Glasgow.
Return To The Closet was commissioned especially by Luminate and LGBT Health & Wellbeing. Filmmaker Glenda Rome helmed the production.
The documentary talks to several LGBTI people in Scotland aged 50+ about their fears as they age. Many of these revolve around losing independence and having to rely on support from carers or enter residential care.
‘I fear, if I go into care, I don’t want to return to the closet. I’ve been out of the closet since my early 20s, so it’s something that bothers me,’ says one participant.
Gay Star News
What I Learned About Loving My Body as a Gay Man
Everyone has a story about their body. Some of us want to look great for the beach, to feel powerful and sexy when we’re in bed with someone, or to move easily without pain or discomfort.
My body’s story has everything to do with being gay.
As a kid, I was always sick and had more allergies than you could count. I had allergies to foods, dust, pollens, and fragrances. I reacted in many ways, from a skin rash to hives, earaches that were beyond painful, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, and days spent sick in bed. To make matters worse, I was diagnosed as ADHD. Imagine pairing an allergic reaction and ADHD together! Suffice to say I never felt like I had much control over my body as a child.
Being sick a lot made me aware of how my body responded to food and foods that did not agree with me. Perhaps because of my mother’s intervention and being so reactive to food as a child, I never got fat. I was always skinny. When you’re sick all the time it’s difficult to gain weight.
The Good Men Project
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Psychologist who played a key role in opposing LGBT lessons in schools is to be investigated over links to material calling for gay people to be 'lashed and killed'
A psychologist, who has continuously opposed LGBT lessons in schools, is to be investigated over her opposition to homosexuality.
Dr Kate Godfrey-Faussett, who is a lead figure in the Stop RSE campaign and converted to Islam 25 years ago, is now under investigation by the Health and Care Professions Council over her views, The Guardian has reported.
An investigation carried by the Observer earlier this year found that the National Secular Society (NSS) had written to the Health and Care Professions Council, the governing body for Godfrey-Faussett's profession, over whether her role is compatible with the ethical standards of her professional body.
In a letter seen by the paper, dated on February 18, the NSS warned that the campaign group had 'promoted material which says the punishment for homosexuality is death.'
Catholic Mom Terrified that Leggings Are Corrupting Her Sons
Leggings are like a giant sock that extend up your thigh, enveloping your butt in a soft, warm embrace. They are also, as concerned Catholic mother Maryann White recently wrote in the University of Notre Dame student paper, the Observer, a devious invention by the fashion industry that “has caused women to voluntarily expose their nether regions.”
White, a mother of four sons, is struggling to teach her sons that “women are someone’s daughters and sisters” (yikes) and leggings are apparently adding to her struggle.
In “The Legging Problem,” she wrote:
I was ashamed for the young women at Mass. I thought of all the other men around and behind us who couldn’t help but see their behinds. My sons know better than to ogle a woman’s body — certainly when I’m around (and hopefully, also when I’m not). They didn’t stare, and they didn’t comment afterwards. But you couldn’t help but see those blackly naked rear ends. I didn’t want to see them — but they were unavoidable. How much more difficult for young guys to ignore them.
Michigan Family Believes They Captured Ghost Attacking Their Daughter on Camera
A couple in Michigan are looking for a new place to live after they claim that a ghostly figure left scratches on the face of their young daughter.
According to Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, Heather Brough and Josh Higgins are hoping to leave their Highland, Michigan home after spotting the ghost on their nanny cam.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Brough explained that she saw the scratches after waking her daughter up from a nap. The couple decided to watch the camera in her room to see what could have caused the injuries. That's where they spotted the potential apparition.
Woman Gives Suspect Black Eye While Fighting Him Off During Alleged Sexual Assault Attempt
A teen who allegedly tried to physically and sexually assault a woman on St. Patrick’s Day got a prominent shiner after the woman fought back.
The woman was standing outside El Reventon Sports Bar & Club in Deerfield Beach, Florida when she was approached by 18-year-old Henrry Gonzalez-Thomas, according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel. He allegedly solicited her for sex.
“The victim repeatedly told the defendant that she was not a prostitute and attempted to walk around the defendant to approach the nightclub,” a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report states, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
'Horrible attack': Catholic priest stabbed during live-streamed church service in Canada as stunned parishioners look on
A Catholic priest was stabbed while celebrating Mass in Montreal Friday morning as stunned parishioners looked on, according to officials and video footage.
The horrifying incident, which authorities said was not terror-related, unfolded just before 9 a.m. at the historic St. Joseph's Oratory, leaving Father Claude Grou, 77, with lacerations to his upper body., according to Montreal police spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition, according to the Montreal Diocese.
I’m Ugly. Will I Ever Stand a Chance in the Gay Dating World?
I’m 25, just moved back to my hometown, and on three dating apps with no years of relationship experience under my belt. Papi, the truth is I’m beginning to think I’m...ugly. I feel I have a lot to give, but when it comes to getting a boyfriend, I’m scared I don’t look the part. I know it might sound shallow, but it’s all I can think about right now. What should I do, and will I ever find love?
Senior safety in focus in wake of Palm Springs home invasion and sexual assault
"It is a concern, it is my age bracket, it is a very serious matter," said Frobish.
86-year-old Chuck Miller of Yucca Valley says Monday's incident should serve as a "wake up call".
"My reaction is seniors hopefully will be more alert and more astute to their surroundings," said Miller.
The Palm Springs Police Department revealed some details of the crime during a press conference Tuesday.