We’ve been listening to some of the messages left by the thousands of guys who use gay chat lines found at the back of magazines like qx. This is what he heard…
There’s a 24-year-old skinhead who’s home alone. Then there’s Mark, 34, good-looking with blue eyes, who’s just come home after a night out.
Or what about Jake? He’s a good-looking lad with dark hair, brown eyes, strong thighs, arms and shoulders, who absolutely loves lads in trainers and sportswear. But maybe this is the one for you. He’s 29, blond, good-looking and he’s up for a hot date. “I wanna meet now. I’m in a hotel. Get back to me.”
These may sound like porn movie scenarios. But no. This is real life. All of the above are voice messages left recently on several of a whole bunch of phone lines that you’ve probably noticed at the back of many magazines. You can’t listen to what guys are talking about in private 1-2-1 sessions but it doesn’t take much imagination to guess.
“EVERY EVENING THERE ARE AN AVERAGE ONE THOUSAND GUYS WAITING FOR YOUR CALL TO THE BUSIEST GAY CHAT LINES”
Every evening there are several hundred guys waiting for your call on any of these services. When you add all the chat lines together, you’re talking tens of thousands of potential contacts 365 days a year. Never used the phone for phone chat fun? It can be easier than trying to contact the right person on a customer helpline. Let me take you through the process.
Calling gay chat lines – what’s the score?
Call the number. When you get through, you’ll be given the opportunity to talk to guys from your area. Most services cover the whole of the UK. If you want the excitement of waiting for someone to call you back, go to Mail Boxes and listen to the messages that guys have left. You can skip quickly from one to another until you hear one that floats your boat.
Then you can reply to it and leave your phone number. What are you up for? Casual encounter? Press 3. Darren’s 35, open-minded, looking for an older bloke to have loads of fun with. “You won’t be disappointed.” But if the time’s come for a long-term relationship, press 2. Rocco, 46, would consider one. “Being gay is just one aspect of what I’m about.”
Then again you might be in the mood there and then. Choose “Talk to Callers.” You’ll get ten seconds to describe yourself and what you’re into, then you can listen to messages from guys who are online now. “Hi. Ben, south coast, looking for dirty horny chat. Unshockable. Get back to me.” On to the next one. “Horny geezer wants broadminded chat about life in institutions.” You can either leave a message or request a 1-2-1 chat right now in which case you might find yourself suddenly talking live to the guy you liked the sound of.
Gay Chat Lines still have an appeal
What’s the appeal of old-fashioned voice contact? We spoke to one phone line owner, and he thinks he has the answer. “You can tell so much from a person’s voice,” he says. “Text and e-mail are open to misunderstanding. There’s no emotion, no character. There’s so much more communication when you talk to someone. Your judgment is based on real human interaction.” (Gay chat may do the job there and then, but sometimes you might want to meet the man at the end of the line face-to-face. Please heed the warning preamble and tell a friend where you’re going).
Callers get what they want, no waiting!
How many of these advertisers get what they want? There was only one way to find out. I called half a dozen guys and asked them to ring me if they’d like to talk about their experiences.
A couple of people phoned back. I had a good chat with Garrett, 27, from Welwyn Garden City, Herts., who likes to film his sessions and do it again when he plays them back. He’s used gay chat lines for a long time. “It’s very specific what I like,” he told me. “There’s not much chance of meeting someone else who’s into the same thing unless I advertise.” What’s the response been like? “This last time, it’s been fantastic. I got a call from a guy who lives nowhere near me, down in Bournemouth. But we were on the phone for about an hour because he’s got a camera as well and he does the same thing I do.
“Well,we’re on the phone to each other all the time”
“He told me to go on to his Facebook page. As soon as I saw his photo I said, ‘We’ve got to meet.’ He’s older than me but so fit I couldn’t believe it.” Did they do it over the phone? “Well, we’re on the phone to each other all the time.”
It all goes to show what might happen just by picking up the phone and calling those gay chat lines.