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December 13, 2016

Increased Anxiety on Younger LGBT Since Trump’s Election






Giovanni Guerrero says he has been "staying in more and more lately."
The third-year aerospace engineering student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo is both a member of the LGBT community and Mexican-American, and he feels especially vulnerable after a highly divisive election campaign that was accompanied by a rise in various types of hate crimes.
"I mean, [living] in California is a lot safer and I'm grateful for that … [but] anti-LGBT people are very pumped now," he said.
Guerrero's anxiety is shared by many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, as evidenced by the Trevor Project, a nonprofit group that works to prevent suicides among LGBT youth. The project's national suicide hotline for LGBT youth received more than twice its normal call volume in the two days after the presidential election.
Trevor Project spokesman Steve Mendelsohn told VOA the crisis center received an average of 150 to 175 calls, texts or online messages a day last December. In the week following the November election this year, the number of contacts was up to 230 a day.
"There's a lot of fear out there … [and] the anxiety was heightened after the election. … They're worried they will lose their rights," Mendelsohn said.
Mendelsohn said people who contacted the hotline disclosed anxiety about their personal safety as well as fears they would be forced into conversion therapy or that laws establishing marriage equality would be reversed after Donald Trump assumes the presidency in January.
A person holds up a "Gays for Trump" sign as then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign event in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 2, 2016.
A person holds up a "Gays for Trump" sign as then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign event in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 2, 2016.
Trump's LGBT position
During his campaign, Trump vowed to appoint justices to the Supreme Court who would reverse a ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, though he later said the current law was "settled" and he was comfortable with it. Vice President-elect Mike Pence has long been suspected by the LGBT community of supporting conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change someone's sexual orientation. In a recent New York Times interview, Pence's spokesman denied this.
The former Indiana governor supported the state's religious freedom law in 2015, which lets people and companies assert that their exercise of religion has been or is likely to be substantially burdened as a defense in legal proceedings. Critics say this permits discrimination against the LGBT community.
Gregory Angelo, president of Log Cabin Republicans — a leading group of conservatives fighting for LGBT inclusion in the Republican Party — said a lot of the fear people are experiencing stems from myths that were perpetuated by Democrats during the campaign. He said Trump was the "most pro-LGBT" Republican nominee ever.
Trump, he said, is "someone who has reached out directly to the LGBT community during his campaign and who said, and I quote, 'I will be a real friend to the LGBT community.' "
But to Guerrero, the current environment favors those who have a "dark" attitude, exemplified by a man who yelled "faggot" recently at some of his friends who were holding hands.
"It's obvious that a lot of people are more comfortable in showing their opinions, which come off as racist and homophobic," he said.
Heightened anxiety
In an online survey of primary and secondary school educators across the country, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project contacted more than 10,000 teachers, counselors, administrators and others working with youth in schools.
Ninety percent reported that the climate in their schools had been negatively affected since the election, and most of them said they thought the impact would be long-lasting.
"There's certainly a lot of anti-LGBT harassment reported," said Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance and the study's author.
Eight in 10 educators reported heightened anxiety on the part of marginalized students, including LGBT students, immigrants, Muslims and African-Americans.
"LGBT kids, immigrants or kids perceived as immigrants are very anxious about the future and they have now suffered this harassment, and that doesn't go away," Costello said.
Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds up a rainbow flag with "LGBTs for TRUMP" written on it at a campaign rally in Greeley, Colo., Oct. 30, 2016.
Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds up a rainbow flag with "LGBTs for TRUMP" written on it at a campaign rally in Greeley, Colo., Oct. 30, 2016.
Angelo said he would not discredit anyone's personal experience, but that he thought the anxiety about the LGBT community's future under Trump was ill-founded.
"This notion that conversion therapy is going to be forced upon LGBT Americans or whether marriage equality is going to go away are not statements that Mr. Trump made during the course of his campaign and certainly are not of any policy agenda for the Trump administration," he said.
In July, Angelo described himself as "mad as hell" at the Republican Party's platform, which was drawn up during the campaign. The platform opposed marriage equality and included language affirming conversion therapy, supporting adoption agencies that deny gay couples the right to adopt, and endorsing Pence's religious freedom bill. Angelo described it as the "most anti-LGBT platform in the party's history."
But now, he said he's keeping an open mind, giving Trump and Pence a chance to lead.
"[Trump] has already condemned anyone who is bullying or harassing other people and using his election as a justification," he said.
Meanwhile, Guerrero said anxiety and fear were taking him and his friends back in time.
“I don't want to feel that I have to get used to this type of life where I'm always hiding from my personal identity," Guerrero said.

September 29, 2014

Pew Research: There are More Young Republicans for Gay Marriage Compared to Young Dems



                                                                         

In March, the Pew Research Center published a poll showing that 61 percent of “young” Republicans — those between the ages of 18 and 29 — were in favor of same-sex marriage. Compared to young Democrats, Republican support was modest; a difference of 16 percentage points. Still, overall, the difference in public opinion was extreme, with 39 percent supporting same-sex marriage on the right and 69 percent on the left (independents fell somewhere in the middle, with 54 percent support across age groups).
The poll concluded that younger conservatives are generally far more supportive of LGBT rights compared to older generations. And there’s certainly an age gap across parties, as well. Younger Democrats and independents showed considerably stronger support for marriage equality than older respondents.
This means that the coming generation is far more likely to be LGBT friendly, and it may only be a matter of time until the majority opinion is supportive of equal rights — even if that means a long wait. Currently, though, the poll shows an engrained prejudice in the age groups that are in power right now: Not many 18- to 29-year-olds hold seats in the Senate.

Do people change?

Many may have experience with this sort of generational gap. Imagine having a conversation with an older man or woman, perfectly pleasant, when suddenly, the chat is marked by a painfully racist, offhand comment — that can pretty much end the conversation right there. Casual homophobia can create similar moments of shock among youth, who may be more accustomed to hearing about gay rights in popular culture. Contrary to widely held opinion, it seems that people actually can change their views.
A separate poll from Pew quantifies what might otherwise sound like a foolish hope. A poll published last year showed 49 percent of respondents to be in favor of same-sex marriage, with 44 percent opposing it. This year, the overall number across party and age supporting same-sex marriage increased to 54 percent, and opposition decreased to 39 percent.
But what’s most interesting about the 2013 numbers is the section on those who self-report having changed their minds. A negligible 2 percent of the 44 percent opposition changed sides in a stance against gay marriage. A more significant portion, 14 percent, changed their minds in favor of same-sex marriage. That’s 28 percent of the total support group for gay marriage.

The GOP and coming out

One GOP spokesman, James Richardson, came out recently via an article in The Washington Post. He discussed his party membership and his struggle as one of the many who would like to get married but is denied the rights marriage offers. He addressed his party membership and conservative values, saying, “gay couples don’t want to rock the marriage boat — they only want a ticket for two to ride.”
He also discussed, among many things, the fact that public opinion is changing, and not just because of millennials. “Nearly one-third of these belated boosters (in favor of equal marriage) say they were won over through personal encounters with gay family members or friends,” said Richardson. “So the potential reward of convincing even one dubious neighbor is greater than the assumed risk of a diminished social orbit. And it’s okay if I alienate a Facebook friend or two.”

Changes for Hillary and Obama

Richardson is not the only one in the political sphere to recognize the need for entrenched opinions to change. Politicians have seen the ebb and flow of public opinion and personal opinion alike — though whether the two go hand-in-hand is hard to pin down at times. Hillary Clinton is a good example. Anyone who listened to Clinton’s NPR interview in June likely remembers the tense conversation between her and Terry Gross on same-sex marriage — specifically, about when and why Clinton openly stated her support for gay marriage. Age and her generation came up, as did the concept of gradually changing one’s opinion.
“I did not grow up ever imagining gay marriage, and I don’t think you probably did either. This was an incredibly new and important idea that people on the front lines of the gay rights movement began to talk about and slowly, but surely, convinced others of the rightness of that position,” said Clinton. “And when I was ready to say what I aid, I said it.”
She’s not the only politician to have made slow adjustments — both publicly and quite probably privately — concerning a stance on gay marriage. Even President Obama’s opinion on same-sex marriage has shifted a great deal over his time in the spotlight. At first he was against it, then he was pro-civil unions, and finally, he changed to full-blown support of same-sex marriage. But the change wasn’t immediate, and he’s hardly between the ages of 18 and 29 — just look at that hair if you need proof (sorry, Obama).
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December 1, 2013

HIV Numbers on Youth Are Scary but AIDS Free Generation is Already Born






Medical experts have applauded recent successes in preventing HIV transmission between mothers and their newborns, but the high number of infected adolescents is "shocking."
AIDS-related deaths in individuals between the ages of 10 and 19 increased by a whopping 50 percent between the years of 2005 and 2012, a UNICEF news release reported.
 The numbers rose from 71,000 to 110,000 over the course of those years, and in 2012 there were 2.1 million adolescents living with HIV.
"If high-impact interventions are scaled up using an integrated approach, we can halve the number of new infections among adolescents by 2020," UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, said. "It's a matter of reaching the most vulnerable adolescents with effective [programs] - urgently."
"High-impact interventions" could include "condoms, antiretroviral treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, voluntary medical male circumcision, communications for [behavior] change, and targeted approaches for at-risk and marginalized populations." Better education, health systems, and welfare could also play a role in improving the dismal numbers.
"This report reminds us that an AIDS-free generation is one in which all children are born free of HIV and remain so--from birth and throughout their lives--and it means access to treatment for all children living with HIV," Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said. "It also reminds us that women's health and well-being should be at the [center] of the AIDS response. I have no doubt that we will achieve these goals."
A new life-long antiretroviral treatment called Option B+ offers better treatment for women living with HIV, and makes transmission to offspring less likely.  
"These days, even if a pregnant woman is living with HIV, it doesn't mean her baby must have the same fate, and it doesn't mean she can't lead a healthy life," Lake said.
About 260,000 children were infected with HIV in 2012 compared with 540,000 in 2005.
"The world now has the experience and the tools to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Children should be the first to benefit from our successes in defeating HIV, and the last to suffer when we fall short,” Lake said.

June 4, 2013

HS Students Designated Cutes Couple! {These Young Men Deserve it}

Dylan Meehan and Brad Taylor pose for photos prior to attending their senior prom Monday, June 3, 2013, in Patterson, N.Y.

High school students designated the "cutest couple" in their yearbook's senior superlatives, sparking international attention for the gay teens, are basking in the whirlwind of publicity they have received.
Hours away from their senior prom Monday, Carmel High School students Bradley Taylor and Dylan Meehan donned tuxedos with coordinating blue and silver vests and ties, living up to their newfound class designation.
"It's been insane," said Taylor, 17. "We are very, very proud to show that Carmel High School is the way it is."
Meehan agreed. The support and attention, he said, have been inspiring.
Their best friend, Chelsea Blaney is responsible for their Internet fame. After she posted a picture Friday of the two on her Tumblr blog, saying they won cutest couple, she went from 15 likes to 7,000 in minutes, she recalled.
Her blog and Taylor and Meehan's picture have since been shared online more than 100,000 times. Taylor said he soon got a message from his cousin in Pennsylvania saying they were "Tumblr famous." Other messages have poured in from around the world.
"I got comments from 'They're cute' to 'This has inspired me to come out to my parents,' " said Blaney, 18. "It's mind-blowing."
The experience has prompted Blaney to campaign on social media for her friends to appear on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show.
No word yet from the talk show host who has advocated for gay teens, pausing from her jokes to address the issues of bullying and suicides among that population and to lobby for tolerance.
Taylor and Meehan have been together since last June, after they were introduced by a friend and then went on a tour of Brown University together.
The two came out to their family and friends a week later.
Both agreed they have received nothing but love and support from everyone, allowing them to feel comfortable at home and school about being openly gay. There are only a handful of gay couples at Carmel High, they said, and most are girls.
"No one treats us any differently from straight couples," Meehan said.
Taylor added that no one has ever said anything negative to their faces about their relationship.
"We're both six-foot something," he said. "What are they going to say?"
Taylor's father, Robert Taylor, said he doesn't understand all the attention this has spawned.
"I don't know why there's such a big deal being made about this," he said. "In this day and age, it's normal."
Perhaps, but there are still schools in the nation banning same-sex partners from attending proms together and from being open about their relationships.
On Facebook, several Carmel High School alumni expressed both surprise and support for the "cutest couple," with some saying their alma mater has come a long way.
"It's terrific. It was totally unplanned, which is the best," said Chelsea Blaney's mother, Donna, of the attention. "Brad and Dylan are just sweethearts."
In the fall, Meehan and Taylor are headed to New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where they expect to study theater, business and the sciences. Both have 4.0 grade-point averages and have received scholarships to attend NYU.
But for now, they are relishing being Internet sensations, an added bonus to their prom celebration, Taylor and Meehan said.
"The support people are giving us and people yelling out 'You're famous' makes it so exciting," Meehan said.
"It makes us so excited to go to the ball because we know so many people are accepting us,
Taylor said. 
I would like to give credit to freep.com/ for both posting and pic.

March 16, 2013

Generational Gap Pops in the GOP About Gay Rights


until, the, gop, stops, demonizing, gay, people,, millennials, will, never, be, republicans,  No Democratic attorney general in a state that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying has signed onto a legal filing asking theSupreme Court to uphold California's constitutional ban on gay marriage.
No Republican attorney general is asking the high court to rule in favor of marriage equality.
The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, supported by 10 GOP senators, is spearheading the defense of the federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from collecting a range of federal benefits otherwise available to married couples.
Some 212 Democrats and independents in Congress want part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act overturned. That includes two dozen who initially voted for it.
A continuing distinct partisan divide is present in the gay marriage cases at the Supreme Court, set for arguments March 26-27, even though a brief on behalf of more than 100 prominentRepublicans calls for marriage equality. The split is most apparent in legal briefs filed with the court by state attorneys general.
All 21 attorneys general who have signed legal briefs or letters urging the court to uphold California's ban on same-sex marriage are Republican.
The result of the federal appeals court ruling striking down California's ban, known as Proposition 8, "is disintegration of perhaps the most fundamental and revered cultural institution of American life: marriage as we know it," the Republicans said. The states represented on the briefs mostly are reliably Republican and chose GOP nominee Mitt Romneyover President Barack Obama in November.
But also are included are four states won by Obama — Colorado, Michigan, Virginia and Wisconsin.
An additional 14 attorneys general who are asking the court for the opposite outcome are Democrats, including those from the nine states that allow gay couples to wed. Also among those Democrats are California's Kamala Harris and Ellen Rosenblum of Oregon, which has a constitutional prohibition on same-sex weddings. Obama won all 14 states.
Removing barriers and promoting the equality of spouses has strengthened the institution of marriage, the Democratic attorneys general said. "Over the past decade, this evolution has been affirmed as same-sex couples have been permitted to marry. Against that history of greater inclusion and equality, Proposition 8 singles out same-sex couples and excludes them from the opportunity to marry," the Democrats said.
Florida and Ohio are among nine other states that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman in their constitutions, but that are not represented in the Supreme Court debate at all.
Obama won both states in November, but Republicans control the state government. Spokesmen for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, both Republicans, declined comment.
In the seven other states, a Democrat is attorney general. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hoodwants the court to issue narrow rulings in both cases, spokeswoman Jan Schaefer said. "The outcome of the two cases should not directly impact Mississippi law," Schaefer said. 
The participants in the two cases and other interested parties have submitted nearly 200 briefs that range from broad historical overviews to personal stories to technical legal matters.
The Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Mormon church and Orthodox Jewish congregations are among the religious organizations urging the court to uphold the California provision.
Supporters of same-sex marriage include Episcopal bishops in California, the United Church of Christ, and the Reform and Conservative movements in Judaism.
There are testimonials in support of gay marriage from the straight parents and siblings of gays and lesbians, as well as from people who call themselves survivors of efforts to help them change their sexual orientation. On the other side, some members of the ex-gay community defend traditional marriage laws, and some gay and bisexual men say the courts should not be involved in defining marriage.
One group of international scholars and jurists argues that reserving marriage for straight couples, while offering other protections for gay Americans, is consistent with practices in other countries. Experts in foreign law claim that upholding Proposition 8 would diminish the U.S. on the world stage at a time when many other nations also are moving toward marriage equality.
The court is expected to rule in the cases by the end of June.


January 27, 2013

People with Schizophrenia Might Be Smarter Than the Rest of Us


While most scientists believe schizophrenia hampers patients' intellectual ability, one intriguing study in England suggests that people with the disease might actually be more logical than the rest of us.
Gareth Owen, a research psychiatrist at King's College London, tested people with schizophrenia and a matched group of people without the disease on how well they did at detecting flaws in syllogisms.
He presented the groups with two types of syllogisms.
In one case, he gave them syllogisms that were nonsensical. "All buildings speak loudly; a hospital does not speak loudly; therefore, a hospital is not a building.”

In the other, he gave them syllogisms that fit more with common sense experiences: "If the sun rises, then the sun is in the east; the sun is in the east; therefore, the sun rises."
In the first example, most people know that buildings don't talk, so they can evaluate the syllogism based on its abstract logic, and in this case, the syllogism is valid -- if a hospital doesn't speak loudly, it cannot be a building.
In the second example, most people know the sun does rise in the east, he said, so it is harder for them to see that the syllogism is invalid. The flaw in this case is that, as the syllogism is written, the sun could be in the east and not be rising.
People with schizophrenia did better than the control group overall on figuring out which syllogisms were valid, but performed especially better on the common-sense syllogisms that were wrong, Dr. Owen said.
"I think for many people in psychology and psychiatry, the results are rather surprising," he said, "because they have gotten used to thinking of delusions as an impairment of logical thought. This study runs against that trend."
The real challenge for people with schizophrenia may not be their logic, but their lack of "common sense" in the broadest meaning of that term, Dr. Owen said.

"I think you could say that the dumb constraints of common sense that guide people in their everyday thinking are possibly less strong in people with schizophrenia," which may explain why they could detect invalid syllogisms on topics that involved common-sense experiences.
This difference in thinking may also explain why people with the disease adamantly believe in things the rest of us would reject, he said. A schizophrenic patient may believe that people at a restaurant are all talking about him, for instance, when most of us would assume they were not that interested in us.
"It seems to me what is often happening is that people who are very psychotic will see meaning everywhere. The sense we would have is that all those sensations would be checked against ordinary common sense conclusions," but people with schizophrenia don't have that shared context.

One lesson of his study, Dr. Owen said, is that people with schizophrenia can "advance our understanding of human nature, and I would say we owe it to people with schizophrenia to recognize their position in this respect. I think too often they're characterized as people who have nothing to offer, and I think that is a false characterization.”

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Mark Roth: mroth@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1130.
First Published January 27, 2013 6:22 pm
 

April 9, 2012

University Students and Mormon } "It Gets Better” It’s up to you and me

Gay Young and Mormon with the courage to CHANGE NATIONS.

Video Below

BYU student Mark says he ended up in a psychiatric ward after being rejected for being gay and felt like no one could love him
BYU student Mark says he ended up in a psychiatric ward after being rejected for being gay and felt like no one could love him
ItGetsBetter/YouTube
ItGetsBetter/YouTube
Adam, left, and Heather, right, are just two of several BYU students who have come out in a YouTube video to reassure other students at their campus 
This female BYU student said she thought it would be easier to kill herself then face coming out as a lesbian
This female BYU student said she had thought it would be easier to kill herself then face coming out as a lesbian



Brigham Young University is widely known as one of the most unfriendly campuses for gay and lesbian students in the country
Derek, a 24-year-old gay student at BYU who majors in International Relations promises students that 'it gets better'
Derek, a 24-year-old gay student at BYU who majors in International Relations promises students that 'it gets better'
Another student, identified as Mark, said: 'I know what it feels like when your father condemns you and people won't talk to you. 
'It wasn't too long ago I ended up in a psychiatric ward, silent, not willing to talk to anyone because I believed no one could love me.'
The video reveals the personal stories of each student as they went from being happy carefree children to becoming suicidal after realising that they were gay, which is not accepted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The touching insight reveals how each student spiraled into depression, strived to become the 'perfect Mormon' in the hope of somehow becoming straight and when that didn't work, contemplated or attempted suicide.
Reaching out to others who may find themselves in the same situation, the students assure them that they are not alone. 
Jenna said that she tried to force herself to be straight but only found peace when she accepted her sexuality
Jenna said that she tried to force herself to be straight but only found peace when she accepted her sexuality
The video was made by campus group Understanding Same-Gender Attraction (USGA), which is not officially recognized by the Mormon university.
The video was made by campus group Understanding Same-Gender Attraction (USGA), which is not officially recognized by the Mormon university

 

April 8, 2012

Why So Many Gay Young Guys Don’t Want Marriage?


 20-year-old Ethan Bourne wonders why it is that he finds so many gay guys just don’t want to be in conventional relationship.
“It’s just not quite right”, “I’m just not in the right place for a relationship”, “In all honesty, I don’t actually ‘do’ relationships”. I’m sure you’ve heard all the excuses under the sun, just as I have, but after having a conversation with a guy this week, it’s genuinely got me thinking whether we’re just pre-disposed not to want a relationship and whether gays are actually capable of one.
As I said, this comes off the back of a chat I had this week and I actually wondered if I know any gay guy in a genuinely happy relationship…. And erm…. I don’t. I’m going to have to define what I mean by a happy relationship first, I’m on about an honest and loyal relationship with someone because I’m sure I don’t need to elaborate but there are plenty of other Erm… ‘options’ for a “relationship”. So what’s the issue? Do we just prefer to play the field, is it a lifestyle influence of the gay culture or are we too idealistic?
I’d like to think it’s the last option, I describe myself as a hopeless romantic and an absolute sucker for a sweet, thoughtful guy but perhaps this isn’t the full story. I know others who are just as idealistic as I am, and as I lay with a guy in the sun in St James’ Park the other week, I could see other gay guys on a similarly innocent date smiling just as much as they just enjoyed chatting and laughing with their date. However, I genuinely think the gay lifestyle has an unequivocal influence. We’re stereotyped in a lot of ways; as well dressed, self obsessed and perhaps partial to slightly more promiscuous activities and although I believe some of these are absurd, I actually think the gay social life affects our ability to be in a relationship. I honestly think the struggle to be happy as homosexual, perhaps facing obstacles straight people wouldn’t makes us more rounded as people. I think in general we can be more empathetic to people who have also struggled to find who they are and I think this is a reason for us being particularly picky about a relationship. We want to be happy, as everyone does, but I think there’s a little bit more in it when considering gay people. To add to the idea of the grass being greener on the other side, we’re also constantly surrounded by pressure in the gay world. Everyone seems to spend every day in a gym (don’t worry, I don’t even have a gym membership) and I think this superficial nature of the gay scene hinders a genuine relationship. Is this what makes us perhaps more promiscuous? Our superficiality? No of course not, that’s a generalisation that obviously can’t be applied to the whole gay population but similarly, I don’t think the predominance of apps like Grindr and ManHunt help. Not that I think they’re bad or they dictate our ‘extra curricular activities’, I just think they perpetuate this idea of pressure, an emphasis on the exterior and this for me brings me to a conclusion.
Do I genuinely think gays aren’t capable of a relationship? No, of course I don’t, I certainly hope not, that’s for sure. But what I do think is that if you’re immersed in the gay lifestyle, it’s definitely not going to help. I find the ‘scene’ to be quite ‘false’, when was the last time someone came up to you in a bar because they’re interested in your ambitions and goals in life? For me, the gay culture can be a little too intoxicating, I think it’s good to escape it, escape what I perceive to be a constant competition with others, I don’t think it’s healthy. I think we’re just as capable as anyone else of a happy relationship but the stereotype gay lifestyle, for me, isn’t helpful. Most gay bars show pictures of beautifully toned guys, underwear models and generally stunning people and this is only supports my idea of the scene being prohibitive of the mentality it takes to find someone. I’m intrigued to know what your experiences are let me know by tweeting me, perhaps I’m tainted by the microcosm of the London scene but for me, the gay culture perpetuates an idea that means those engulfed in it find it harder to find a partner.
Ethan Tweets @ethanbourneuk and is on Facebook at EthanBourneUK

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