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Dale Cooper
Dale Cooper is a sexual health educator, a social worker for HIV/AIDS clients, a porn performer, and a fundraiser for sexual health causes and affordable housing. He continues to study how gay sexuality has been affected by the Internet, and maintains a web presence at

Entries by Dale Cooper

Dr. Vanderbilt: The Business of Outing and the Making of a Public Citizen

(5) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 9:08 PM

I can start by writing that I am not trans. I am lucky enough to be described by a straight friend as not a "gay guy," with its attendant stigmas, but a "gay dude." That carries with it a certain amount of privilege.

I am, however, writing this as someone...

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Lessons From Jason Collins and Bradley Manning

(19) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 7:49 PM

For us gays, last week was a big week in the news, but as a gay man, I am pissed off about what two of those news events say about which types of stories of queer bravery and honesty will be celebrated by the country and which will not. I...

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Bullying Aaron Swartz

(159) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 6:12 PM

For those who haven't heard, Aaron Swartz was a 26-year-old architect of the modern Internet, and he is no longer with us. He was a gifted programmer and hacker and a champion for the essential freedom of information and a universal right of access to that information.

On July 19,...

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Mismeasure B

(3) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 6:34 PM

With Measure B's passage, the future of adult entertainment in Los Angeles County is uncertain. Tough choices lie ahead: Relocate? Go underground? Challenge the law in court (this is happening)? Given that, what will companies do in the meantime as the issue winds its way through the courts?

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'No Fats or Fems'

(125) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 11:51 AM

Since the app Grindr made its debut, I have been troubled by a trend I've noticed. Let me come out and say that I am by no means unfamiliar with Internet-enabled cruising and the kinds of human interaction they bring about. What I have been confronted with, though,...

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Queer Money

(3) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 10:10 PM

On June 30, 2006, the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) rang the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange. Their invitation to do so back in 2006 was a testament to the growing economic clout of the LGBTQ-identified minority: Estimated then to be...

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Hulking Macho Fantasy

(10) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 2:12 PM

Erik Rhodes has been made a cautionary tale.

In his New York Times obituary ("An Early Death but Perhaps Not a Surprise," June 20, 2012), the recent death of the popular porn star and escort, apparently from complications of abusing sex, steroids, and other drugs, as well as...

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The Ribbon on His Shoulder: Perceptions of HIV in America Today

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 4:04 PM

Thirty-one years ago the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on an unknown virus that was attacking the immune system of five gay men in Los Angeles. It was soon dubbed "gay-related immune deficiency," or GRID. It was labeled with that name by a scientific/medical establishment grappling with...

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