Lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a trio of bills designed to protect LGBTQ North Carolinians, including legislation to halt the use of conversion therapy throughout the state.
The Mental Health Prevention Act, HB 516 and SB 426, would protect LGBTQ youth and disabled adults from attempts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity using psychological or spiritual means. In many cases, the practice of conversion therapy can be extreme, causing profound harm to those who are treated by such – including dramatic increases in suicide attempts.
There are some downsides to fame. Do people want to be your friend or sleep with you because they genuinely like you? Or are they just attracted by your fame? British gay singer and songwriter MNEK found that out again this week when he tried to arrange a hook-up.
He revealed what happened to his 85,000 followers on Instagram
After chatting with a guy, MNEK noticed the man post a tweet. It said: ‘A famous singer wants to hook up with me but isn’t cute. Do I do it just to say I did?’
A Houston man has identified himself as the third victim of a former Conroe priest accused of molesting two teens.
A lawyer for the victim alleged Thursday that Manuel La Rosa-Lopez inappropriately touched his client, then a 13-year-old boy, at least four to five times while he served as an altar boy at a Houston church in the mid-1990s.
Almost half of gay men are subjected to intimate partner violence, a new study has found.
The study found that 46 percent of its participants experienced some form of intimate partner violence. Gay men experience physical and sexual violence from their intimate partners at roughly the same rate as women, at roughly 25 percent to 30 percent, study author Rob Stephenson told WebMD.
An Asian man says he plans to sue Grindr for racial discrimination.
Sinakhone Keodara is the CEO and founder of the Asian Entertainment Television company. He recently announced on social media that he’s organizing a class action lawsuit against the hookup app.
In the post, Keodara says that Grindr allows “white gay men to write in their profiles ‘no Asians’, ‘not interested in Asians’: or ‘I don’t find Asians attractive’,” which, he believes, leads to people feeling “offended, humiliated, degraded and dehumanised” by the app.
I met this guy on Scruff and made plans for a date, not just meaningless sex, as this was what he presented as we chatted. He asked me to meet him at a local bar. When I got there, he wasn’t.
I waited around for 30 minutes and called him. He was getting his hair cut about two miles away and asked that I meet him there. However, he didn’t give me an exact address, and it took me another 30 minutes to get there and find the place.
We finally met, and he planted a kiss on me – which I thought was a good sign – and we walked to a local bar.
Last fall I did some chatting on a dating app with a guy I hoped to meet. He had a job, he had an adorable pooch—and he was friends with people I knew in the flesh. So I gave him my cell number and asked him to call me about 10 p.m. that night. “What could go wrong?” I asked myself.
Here’s what: Just after 10 he texted that he was at a restaurant around the corner—and he pulled into my driveway two minutes later. “How did you know where I live?” I asked. “That was easy – you gave me your phone number,” he said nonchalantly as I told him to leave, which (fortunately) he did. But the episode freaked me out.
Grindr, the popular hookup app for gay men, has gone genderfluid to be more inclusive of transgender people and women. A new update being pushed out this week will add more options for users to self identify their gender and choose their pronouns.
The update was done to make the app more trans-friendly. The company announced the changes, made in conjunction with input from users and the National Center for Transgender Equality, at the end of Transgender Awareness Week.
Attitude, a gay British magazine, did a reader survey and found that 71% of the respondents were “actively turned off by a prospective partner because they have shown signs of femininity.”
It also found that 41% of respondents believed that “effeminate gay men give the gay community a bad image or reputation.”
While Attitude has not released its survey methodology (the link in their article leads to a “page not found” error), it sounds like it’s probably a web poll.
So, at best, it’s a survey of Attitude readers. Unless there’s a reason to believe that gay men who read Attitude represent gay men generally – a dubious assumption – then this is just market research for Attitude‘s advertisers.
Using the visual language of 1970s horror films, artist Robert Hickerson explores the frightening hellscape that is romance in the age of apps. Countless failed encounters and dates that led to nowhere left him fed up. But once Hickerson discovered that the language of violence used by directors from Dario Argento to George Romero fit what he was trying to communicate, he realized he could transform his feelings of loneliness and alienation into images of terror and catharsis.
I like seeing pictures of men before I have sex with them. I don’t think that’s shallow. Neither do I think that’s asking too much on gay apps. And, yes, I absolutely am judging you based on your pictures and appearance — especially when our interaction is going to be strictly sexual, I need to know if I am attracted to you. That’s going to heavily influence whether I want to have sex with you and whether I will enjoy having sex with you. (Obviously, right?)
Of course, there are some men who don’t want to send pics of their face because they aren’t out to everyone. These men often refer to themselves as being on the “down-low” (DL) or will say they’re “discreet.” (Please note the spelling, as discrete means something different, guys.)