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FIT IT RIGHT

By Patrick Cash     The foremost reason for unsafe sex in the gay world and beyond is condoms. If we’re honest, people just don’t seem to like them much. For some, the erection is lost the instant they try to put one on, others find a loss of sensation to such an extent that sex becomes less pleasurable, more boring. One...

DO GAY MEN PERPETUATE THEIR OWN STEREOTYPES?

By Patrick Cash   I’m a gay man – darling – of course I love musicals.’ This statement arrives courtesy of a middle-aged man sporting a slight lisp and a handlebar moustache. Or it could originate from a young dancer wearing too much fake tan and peroxide in their hair. There’s the ascription of a near patriotism, too: ‘as a gay...

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET?

By Matthew Hodson Head of Programmes at GMFA     I met up with a friend of mine who’s HIV positive the other day. His most recent date hadn’t gone well. He’d cruised a guy in a supermarket, got talking and arranged to have dinner – all very civilised. Some time after the main course had been served my friend revealed that...

THE JACK LADS SPEAK

JLS – Or ‘Jack the Lad Swing’ to use their unabbreviated moniker – have rocketed to fame in just two short years, with a string of awards, sell-out concerts and a quadruple platinum album to their name. Not bad for runners up on a reality TV show! We sent Lee Dalloway for a chinwag with four of the nicest...

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE GAY AND IN PRISON?

“Something was dead in each of us, And what was dead was Hope.” Oscar Wilde – The Ballad of Reading Gaol   Written while he was imprisoned in the 1890’s for ‘gross indecency between males’, Wilde never really recovered from his traumatic ordeal, which contributed to his premature death. Today, after thirteen years of the recent labour government and now with the new...

REVOLTING QUEENS!

Is the Gay Liberation Front, founded 40 years ago this month, “a watershed moment in queer history” or “the mad granny in the attic”? After meeting GLF veteran Alan Wakeman, David McGillivray reckons it’s a fabulous bit of both... I’m told that ‘Come Together’, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Liberation Front, held as part of...

I CAN’T WAIT ‘TIL THE SATURDAYS

Lee Dalloway chats to Rochelle of The Saturdays…     So your popularity has been growing since you guys came out a couple years ago, but I think it’s been a more gradual process. Has that given you all a bit more breathing space as your foundation’s been growing organically? Yeah, I mean, that’s the best way to put it, that’s the easiest...

XLSIOR EXCELS!

Ripped torsos and tiny Speedos emerged seemingly from nowhereWith it’s new annual party week already making waves after only its second year, Mykonos proves yet again why it’s such a timeless draw for so many gay travelers… Mykonos is renowned for many things. It's a picturesque, text-book Greek island town with its brilliant white walls and an endless warren of...

WICKED QUEENS!

To read the gay press you’d think that gayers are all perfect in mind and body. The truth is we can be just as devious, corrupt and downright evil as straights. David McGillivray reckons it’s time to set the record straight... . HYPOCRITES AND CHEATS! In the old days homos couldn’t be honest about their sexuality because they’d be prosecuted. Today it’s...

DUSTY DOES SITGES!

Dusty O checks out what – and who – is going down at Sitgesʼ first gay Pride!   I have been visiting Sitges (near Barcelona) for 20 years now. I love the place and even considered relocating and opening my own bar there a couple of years back. It’s still an option I am toying with especially after having enjoyed their...

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