The gay community is often associated with the gay scene. The gay scene is often (unfortunately) associated with somewhat superficial things such as parties, nightclubs and nightlife. So it’s nice to find a gay space that offers something for the soul. Easton Mountain is that place.
Dear Men’s Health,
I’m a long-term, loyal subscriber. I love your magazine. As a guy in my 30s, it’s a great source of information (that I can actually try and apply in my own life), as well as inspiration.
These are exciting, and increasingly progressive, times for the LGBTI community. Gay rights are now firmly planted in the mainstream political discourse. Broad public support for marriage equality is at an all-time high. Debates about complex issues such as HIV/AIDS treatments and transgender teens are becoming more mature and complex.
As a gay man, HIV/AIDS is an issue that has not directly affected my life or me personally. I’m HIV- and so is my partner. I don’t know many other gay guys. The handful (literally) of gay male friends that I do have, are all HIV-. So as an issue, HIV/AIDS has not left any marks or memories on my life.
There are many ways people and businesses can show support for the LGBT community. One organisation, Equality Funds, is showing their commitment to diversity and LGBT equality by putting their money where their mouth is – literally.
Our relationship to needing to know is an interesting one. There are some people (a minority) who are OK with not knowing. Then there are others (an even smaller minority) who don’t need to know. But for the majority of us, not knowing equates to fear, and it’s something we prefer to avoid.
Homophobia has many forms. It can be violence, physical intimidation, discrimination and unequal treatment. It can also come in the form of words. Words that as members of the LGBTI community, we’re unfortunately all too familiar with. Even as society moves towards a growing, genuine acceptance of the LGBTI community, language remains a battleground.
I love the concept of one-for-one giving. Basically, it means that if an organisation is selling let’s say shoes, for every pair of shoes that it sells, another pair is donated to a community in need. A lot of companies are going down this path, including HERO – a company that sells….of all things, condoms!
The Little Gay Blog recently turned 1 year old. It’s an achievement that I’m very proud of, as it does take quite a lot of time and effort to keep writing consistently and producing (hopefully) high quality articles.
For the first time in my life, I actually feel good about the way I look. And guess what? I don’t have washboard abs. My biceps aren’t bulging to escape from my shirt sleeves. And I’ll probably never be a gay magazine cover model.