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ARE YOU HAPPY?

By Lee Dalloway     Gay and depressed? It would seem the two words are becoming as synonymous as fish and chips. A bold statement maybe, but I’m full of them, especially if they make people think about things they don’t necessarily want to. This theory comes from almost a decade of working and playing on London’s glittering gay scene, not so...

HITTING IT HOME

Domestic violence is an issue for gay men as much as it is for those in straight households. And if you are a victim, you don’t need to suffer in silence, there is help available. David McGillivray reports…   Christmas is the time of goodwill to all men? Ironically it’s also the time when instances of domestic abuse and violence soar....

WHEN OFF YOUR HEAD MEETS HIV

By Dickie Beau     Did you hear about the massive rise in HIV infection rates as a direct consequence of unprecedented numbers of gay men being completely stone cold sober? Neither did I. Most of the gay guys I know who are HIV positive were infected whilst under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (by the way, alcohol is as much...

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 Pride...

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...

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