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Gay Body Image

LGBT Athletes Offer Surprising Thoughts On The 'Perfect Body'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A compelling new video brings together a diverse group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes to discuss what the "perfect body" me...

(Not) Finding Love Through Textual Chemistry

Josh Sabarra | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh Sabarra

Technology is a danger of the contemporary dating landscape. I don't have it all figured out, but I have developed the "Donovan Rule:" No frequent calling or texting before the first meeting - and no overnight bags on Date 1.

My AA: Approval Anonymous

Josh Sabarra | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh Sabarra

In my entire 40 years, I've never once been high or intoxicated. Still, an AA program would serve me well. Approval Anonymous. A support group that could help eliminate my need to be accepted by other people and direct me toward the sense of self that I am just beginning to claim after decades of living inauthentically.

Starving the Gay Within

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.

By reducing my fat intake to zero and running for an hour at a time, I knew that I'd destroy every fat cell that existed in my body. I had commenced an all-out attack on the demon inside me that made me feel that way: my homosexuality. With the strategy that combined running and starving, I was sure to waste away and starve the gay within.

Struggling With Twink Envy

Glenn Garner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Glenn Garner

My first real-life, up-close glimpse of this insane standard for the gay male physique was at a bar in New Orleans. Although I did not want to use my minimum wage to stuff the dancers' G-strings, I envied their natural ability to grasp the attention of the room. I realized that beauty and a good body came with a lot of power.

Hairy Today And Tomorrow

Matthew Terrell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Terrell

With the growth of online niche porn, gay boys can now lust after men of all body types. We're in a pro-beard, anti-trim bubble right now for men, and I'm greatly enjoying it.

Joseph Erbentraut

This Gay Pride Parade Float Was Shocking -- For All The Wrong Reasons

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

One float among the 200 that participated in the record-breaking Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday is catching some flak over signs criticized as body-sh...

'Mean Gays' and Beauty Culture

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliel Cruz

In an era with sex on our fingertips, literally just a swipe away, we have seen an increase of beauty culture that has required Adonis-type bodies to be deemed attractive in the queer community.

Dealing With Gay Body Shame

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Psychotherapist Matthew Dempsey is back with the latest in his series of videos that explores issues affecting gay men. In this video, Dempsey tack...

Confession: I've Done Steroids

Dougall Fraser | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dougall Fraser

Both my parents struggle with their weight. I was almost 100 pounds overweight as an adolescent. I have family members who are so obese that they can barely walk. Because of this, weight is a frequent topic on my mind. At one point in my life, my body-image issues were so rampant that I was willing to risk my own physical safety.

The Gay Community's Hidden Epidemic?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Eating disorders impact a "disproportionate" number of gay men, according to a new Salon article. This week, HuffPost Live spoke at length with a numb...

Tackling Gay Men's Struggle With Body Image, Eating Disorders

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

David Levitz is a blogger and YouTube personality whose videos discuss issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community wi...

My Battle With Male Anorexia

Paul Florez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Florez

I was anorexic by the time my boyfriend Jeff and I moved to Manhattan in 2006. I was 22 years old, 6 feet tall, and 118.3 pounds. I had halfheartedly followed the South Beach Diet as a quick way to drop the extra pounds, but once I reached my desired weight, I just started starving myself.

Real Men Love Their Bodies From the Inside Out: The Gay Man's Intro to Loving His Looks

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathan D. Lovitz

I thought having a killer body was everything, and I had no idea when enough was enough. I was nailing magazine covers and product endorsements, but even with a gorgeous boyfriend who told me I was beautiful every day, I never felt like I was good enough when I looked in the mirror.

We're Not All the Same: Embracing Individuality

Troy Roness | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Troy Roness

It's unfortunate that gay men with an unhealthy body image can ultimately hurt our shared commitment to individuality and the wider perception of our community. We have failed to challenge the many reasons that we suffer with an unhealthy preoccupation with the physical.

Don't Drop The Soap: Gay Body Image And Dove's Latest Viral Video

Carl Sandler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Sandler

What struck me most when I watched the Dove video was how much I related to the women featured in it, and how it gives us gay men an opportunity to talk about our own body issues. Gay men need to find ways to acknowledge the poor self-image that many of us have experienced.

Gay Men And Body Image: It's Time For A Revolution

Jacob Tobia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jacob Tobia

Gay men of the world, I think it's time that we stop trying to make the world love us through our bodies and start loving ourselves for the beautiful people we are. I think it's time that we stop hurting each other and our community by enforcing impossible standards of beauty.

Gut Check: Everyone Is Talking About How Fat You Are!

Derek Hartley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Derek Hartley

In a blog post entitled "Why The Gays Hate Their Bodies," HGTV's Orlando Soria tries to engage in a discussion about our body-obsessed culture with both a "beat them" and a "join them" message that seemed to please no one.