Pool Party West Hollywood
LifestylePersonal

Pool Party Positivity: Removing Stigma from Status

My friend Larry invited me to a pool party, and naturally I was dying to go. His invite was followed by a call from Bruce, his fiancé (I guess husband now) to tell me a little bit more about the event I had just agreed to go to later that …

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Hoedown in Denver
Travel

Hoedown in Denver

If there’s one American city that seems to have seduced all of my friends into living there, it’s Denver. Located in a state where pot is legal, outdoorsman-ship is encouraged, and dogs are everywhere, Denver has a west coast feel without being too laid back and feels down to Earth …

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Mike Gerle Leather and Politics
PoliticsTalk Show

Mikel Gerle on Politics, Leather, and LA Band of Brothers

Mikel Gerle talks about the balance between working in politics and the leather community as well as his campaign for West Hollywood City Council for March of 2015. He delves into the world of the International Mr. Leather contest as well as the formation of the LA Band of Brothers. …

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Utah Gay Marriage Rally
LifestylePolitics

Gay Marriage: What Now?

As I was sitting outside with my friend Aaron (who is also gay), my phone buzzed in my pocket. Slightly tiffed that I had to interrupt my tanning session to respond to a text, I pulled it out of the pocket of my shorts to see who had messaged me. …

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Michael Sam and Why We Shouldn't Call Conservatives Homophobes
Lifestyle

Michael Sam and Why We Shouldn’t Call Conservatives Homophobes

It showed up in my newsfeed after a few of my friends liked an eye-catching article on Facebook. It was from Youngcons.com (Young Conservatives) and the title read “Matt Walsh’s “homophobic rant against Michael Sam” is absolutely brilliant.” I was confused because how could my friends like and comment on …

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Straight Guys and Gay Flag Football Teams
Lifestyle

Straight Guys on Gay Teams

Last weekend I went down to San Diego to watch my friend Nickles play in the Surf and Turf Bowl for his gay flag football team. Gay recreational sports teams are the norm among a lot of my friends and they exist in most major cities. The bowl in San …

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STD poster Check yourself
Lifestyle

Slut-shaming an STD Poster

The office where I work just recently got new STD testing posters. At first I thought the posters were a clever way to get gay men to read the poster and get tested. They addressed all target markets including models of multiple races and they even used punny humor if …

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Greek Row
Lifestyle

12 Lessons and Benefits of Growing Up Gay in the South

As I was writing this post, one of my best friends sent me this text: While this post is similar to the perks of being a GB, this is particular to the boys like me who grew up in the South. I was there for fifteen years from age 3-18. Here …

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Alex van der Hoek
Lifestyle

Gay Men are Dangerous

“Watch your drinks. Don’t let anyone make you anything.” “Get ready to have orgies everyday.” “You’re going to come back covered in STDs.” This is what they told me before I left for my trip to the BVI, which I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about. My friends and family …

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Goose British Virgin Islands
Personal

The Lost Chapter

I wish he didn’t live in DC. If he lived in LA this would be absolutely perfect. I think back to the first time I met him. We hadn’t even kissed before I asked him to room with me. He was it. I knew it. I wish I could meet …

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