I spend a lot of time on Grindr, not for recreational uses but for more scholarly pursuits. Through my research online in many gay digital spaces, I have noticed trends in the ways that gay men are presenting themselves online and how their online identities are operating.
One of the strongest assets of LGBT film festivals (which accept gay couples as not just a given, but as a norm) is that they allow audiences to enjoy romantic farces in which a protagonist's sexual orientation might be the very least of his worries.
As a community, we need to be more aware of STIs. We should each make sure to have at least one close friend to talk to about our health record, and I certainly hope each and every one of us has a doctor with whom we are comfortable talking about our sexual experiences.
Hunky goodness is (really) great and all, but the problem for me became the heartbreak. "NSA" means "No Strings Attached," and not the Mila Portman/Ashton Timberlake film but the reality that this encounter will never happen again.
It goes without saying that this was one of the most awkward experiences in my already-pretty-awkward life, but I knew right away that I was happy I did it. Mainly, I had achieved one of my main goals with the experience, which was to get a sense of my own sexual boundaries.
In the interest of science (and most certainly not for recreational purposes), I immersed myself in the world of Grindr to see what I might find. The results of my exhaustive research revealed an alarming trend of what I've termed Grindr-Induced Psychological Maladies.
Social dating apps are changing the way we find sex partners and fall in love. What are the implications of these handy little widgets, both on traditional dating options and the psyche of those addicted to social apps?
We now have the ability to take a real-time sample of who's around us and chat with complete strangers nearby or even miles away. As we delve into this new era, I'd like to propose a few ground rules for getting your grind on.
In each of two new films being shown at Frameline's 35th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, a man who has been in a relatively stable and loving relationship finds his life upended by petty lies and stupid moves.