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Grindr is being used by gay men to sell and buy drugs, says new report
NBC OUT released a new report that details how gay men are using Grindr to sell and buy drugs. The article features the accounts of a dozen men who recount their experiences with drugs on the popular dating app.
Here are a few of them:
“The issue with drugs has been a gay community plague since the ‘80s, but in the modern era, you don’t need a guy who knows a guy. All you need to do is open up your app and look for that capital ‘T.’”-Derrick Anderson, a Grindr user from Chicago
“Today with Grindr, men can have sex and drugs delivered to their door instantly. I think it’s gotten worse in the past couple of years. The apps are making it easier for people to find him.” – Phil McCabe, social worker and president of the National Association of LGBT Addiction Professionals
“Drugs were always sprinkled throughout the app, but now it’s nothing like before. Of course drug sales are happening on other dating apps, but at a fraction.” – George, a Grindr user in New York
“It gives me more clientele than I would normally get on the street.” – Mike, a teaching assistant in New York City who also sells drugs
The article also profiles how drugs users and sellers use various code words and emojis in headlines and profile descriptions to describe what drugs they are looking for or selling. For instance, a diamond is used to represent meth, while a snowman is used to represent cocaine.
The HIV-positive man who stopped thousands getting the virus
Greg Owen wanted a new drug, not available through the NHS, that would stop him becoming HIV-positive. But it was too late - he already had the virus. Despite this, he and a friend worked on an ambitious plan to help thousands of others get the new treatment.
"You know when you do one thing… when your whole life changes? Pressing that send on Facebook was actually the moment my whole life changed."
Greg Owen grew up in Belfast, the eldest of six children. It was the 1980s, the height of the Troubles, and he was, as he puts it, "very gay".
The Next Time You Crave Chicken, Remember That Chick-fil-A Is Still Very Much Anti-Gay
In September 2012, after years of publicly opposing same-sex marriage and donating millions to anti-LGBTQ groups, Chick-fil-A — the Christian-founded fast-food chain known for their chicken sandwiches and billboards of half-literate cows encouraging folks to “EAT MOR CHIKIN” — said that it had “ceased donating to organizations that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights.”
According to ThinkProgress, the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s most recent IRS filings from 2015 reveal hundreds of thousands in donations to anti-LGBTQ groups. They gave $1 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a religious organization with “a strict ‘sexual purity’ policy, prohibiting any ‘homosexual acts.'”
They also donated $200,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a Georgia-based group that runs a “Christian residential home for troubled youth.” The organization believes that the “sexual, physical and mental abuse of children” resulted in “the explosion of homosexuality in the last century.”
Meet the gay designer of men’s tights who wants to let your bulge breathe
Among aficionados of men’s tights, there’s one designer to name-drop these days: Jeffrey Scott.
Known simply as the ‘TightsGuy’ online, Scott is building a brand as a bespoke designer of stretchy tights, leggings and singlets for men.
Gay Star News
Thinking About a ‘Scrotox’ Procedure? You May Want to Check This Out First
Some men are getting botox injected into their junk to smooth out wrinkles and make them hang lower.
The procedure, informally known as “scrotox”, makes the balls extend and improves some people’s sex life according to Dr. John Mesa, who performed the procedure on Grant Stoddard, a TONIC reporter.
21 hot gay Instagram travelers giving us serious wanderlust this week
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Gay Star News
One of the boys
Everybody knows that being a teen isn’t easy. Being a gay teen is even harder which Vanessa R. Panfil, a white lesbian and author of “The Gang’s All Queer,” knew.
Her work in a Columbus, Ohio, LGBT center for young adults showed her realities beyond what she’d lived herself and it sparked an interest in gang membership within the community. She already knew a handful of gay gang members. After she gained their trust, those men introduced her to a web of people who opened their world to her.
When most people think of gangs, they picture tattoos and machismo. Panfil found some of the latter, but that was often used as cover for sexual identity. Many (though far from all) of the men she interviewed kept closeted to their fellow gang members. Panfil says there are three distinct kinds of gangs: all-gay gangs, of which there aren’t many; heterosexual gangs, in which being gay could be dangerous; and more tolerant, easy-going “hybrid” gangs in which the mix of gay and straight could be up to half of each.
The history of LGBTQ people isn’t being taught in our schools
Understanding LGBTQ history beyond Harvey Milk and Stonewall.
“Everyone in the world needs to know about this. This can change the world,” a 12th grade student named Mohammad told his social studies teacher at the time, Deb Fowler.
Mohammad shared these thoughts after Fowler’s LGBTQ-inclusive history lesson during the 2014-2015 school year, but she learned later that the class continued to shape his perspective on the LGBTQ community. She said a couple years after he went to college, she caught up with Mohammad and he shared a story with her. He told her that he had two close male friends and that one of the men came out as gay.
“The third young man completely disassociated from the friend who came out as gay,” Fowler said. “Mohammad said to me that because of what he had learned in our class, he could understand his friend better and that they became even closer. That is the point of this. It’s to create better connections between friends and safer schools and communities.”
This sassy, ‘Drag Race’-quoting sex unicorn is an ugly step backward for LGBT inclusion in games
If you thought we had moved past the stereotype that gay men are little more than limp-wristed, leather-wearing fairies who scream “Yaaass queen” and snap at each other, you’d be wrong.
Need proof? Look no further than Smite, an online game with millions of registered players. It recently added a new, unlockable costume for one of its many characters: Chiron, a bow-and-arrow wielding centaur. This alternate costume, which Smite calls a “skin,” is titled “Fabulous.”
Bangkok Governor says 'rise' in HIV is because of gay TV shows
Bangkok’s Deputy Governor has blamed gay characters in the media for a rise in new HIV cases among gay men.
Thaweesak Lertprapan made the claims while speaking to media in Thailand’s capital after chairing a government conference on HIV.
He said it was now ‘fashionable’ to be gay and that made men who have sex with men (MSM) at higher risk of acquiring HIV than other groups.
Thaweesak believed more gay TV characters meant men were rushing into sex without enough education about sexual health.
Gay Star News
New Videogame Simulates a Public Restroom Where Gay Men Cruise for Sex
The Tearoom, a new video game from Robert Yang described as “a (free) historical public bathroom simulator about anxiety, police surveillance, and sucking off another dude’s gun” takes you into public restrooms where gay men cruise for sex.
Writes Yang in the game’s description:
In 1962, the Mansfield, Ohio police department setup a hidden surveillance camera behind a two-way mirror, and secretly filmed dudes having sex with dudes in a public bathroom. The police used the film footage to imprison them for a year or more under Ohio’s sodomy laws.
Today in 2017, police still target men who have sex with men — and in video game land, I still have to deal with Twitch banning my gay games by secret trial as if they’re the f**king game police. So to appease this oppressive conservative gamer-surveillance complex, I have swapped out any pesky penises in my game for the only thing that the game industry will never moderate nor ban — guns. Now, there’s nothing wrong with guys appreciating other guys’ guns, right?
Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'
This week, in crappy online petition land...
Few could argue with what the Raspberry Pi has achieved. As well as inspiring countless youngsters into computing, the tiny affordable gadget is beloved by amateur and professional techies alike.
Yet a completely batshit crazy petition, even by change.org standards, begs to differ. One "NoRottenPi" is calling for a boycott of the charity on the grounds it apparently promotes "a gay agenda". The issue appears to be a small rainbow featured on the website.
"I do not believe it is appropriate to use an educational product as a vehicle to promote Gay, Lesbian, and transgender causes to our children," shrieks the call to arms.
Not only that, but apparently the foundation is "opposing anything that supports a hetrosexual [sic] lifestyle".
It continues: "They want to tell your children it is 'ok to be gay' even if you as a parent work diligently and carefully to put your child on a hetrosexual path.
Las Vegas LGBTQ advocates want businesses invested in gay rights
An emerging voice among LGBTQ advocates wants the business community invested in the gay rights movement.
Rena McDonald, a civil litigation attorney and member of Executive Pride, a Las Vegas-based national nonprofit group tackling workplace equality issues, said corporations have a huge role to play in the gay rights movement.
“Where corporations lead, government tends to follow,” she said.
Pride month is traditionally held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City and the start of the gay rights movement. Las Vegas holds Pride events in October, when the heat is less extreme.
Executive director Travis Turner said this year’s Pride events were especially meaningful for members of gay, lesbian, transgender and queer communities nationwide and drew record-setting crowds.
The hauntingly beautiful work of a young queer portrait photographer
“I look at life the same way I look at photographs, the entire image can change just by shifting your focus a little.”
Jason Felix is a young, queer portrait photographer with a unique ability to capture his subjects in a hauntingly beautiful way.
“I remember the first camera I ever received that wasn’t disposable,” reads the About section on Jason’s website, “It changed my view on photography forever. Although my first photographs were at family parties and of my dog, I believe those photographs were important. Every time I hit the shutter, I try to hit it with a purpose, and that purpose changes with every image.”
People Are Paying $25K for Anal Rejuvenation Surgery, Thanks to this Gay Doc
A gay doctor from New York City is pioneering a procedure called anal rejuvenation - and it comes with a hefty price tag.
In an interview with Moneyish.com, Dr. Evan Goldstein, a Manhattan surgeon, explains the procedure and how he's one of the leading doctors in the country when it comes to anal rejuvenation.
"It's kind of crazy. I did not think I would be playing with ass all day, that is for sure," Dr. Goldstein told Moneyish.com.
Dr. Goldstein wasn't always "playing with ass all day." He started his career as a cardiothoracic surgeon but wanted to help wanted to help out the gay community. Since doctors performing anal surgeries were mostly treating hemorrhoids or cancer, Dr. Goldstein realized they "were not looking at the anus as a cosmetic or sexually functional," he told the website.
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