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How Much Do You Know About The Science Behind Who We Are?

Being a member of the rainbow family, it doesn't mean we know everything about other members, other letters of our alphabet soup. I have a lot to learn about the T,QQIAA, fluidity and so on. So when there is a chance to learn more, I take it.

What can science tell us about gender identity and gender dysphoria? This week AsapSCIENCE breaks down the science of being transgender in an educational and respectful way with the help of Gigi Gorgeous.

 

 

 

Of course, most of the people that are against us still believe that science cannot be used to explain science, dinosaurs, and global warming, but at least we can educate yourself.

  All photos are screen shots from The Science of Being Transgender ft. Gigi Gorgeous

Created by: Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown
Written by: Jodre Datu, Greg Brown and Mitch Moffit
Illustrated by: Max Simmons
Edited by: Sel Ghebrehiwot
Narrated by: Mitch Moffit

New York Aspiring Stripper Faces Life In Prison

New York Aspiring Stripper Faces Life In Prison


Geoffrey Tracy Claims Roommate Tried Molesting Him!

According to Back2Stonewall, Bodybuilder and Aspiring Stripper, Geoffrey Tracy stabbed his 50-year-old, gay roommate, Gregory Kanczes, last month in New York. Tracy pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense as he was being molested while he slept. Self-defense … but Kanczes was stabbed 16 times, hmm. Tracy has changed his story on the stab-ation and was stoned during the attack. It appears the two roommates slept in the same bed together.

Yikes! Talk about taking a roommate argument to the next level! I mean, sure, sometimes you truly blow your gasket when dishes are left in the sink for too long or the shower stains have gotten to be too much, but a sane, grown person would never actually murder their roommate.


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Messy hair  don’t care  #happysunday

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Kanzces was taken to the hospital in critical condition and his current status remains unclear.

Tracy pleaded not guilty to attempted murder this week, even turning down a plea deal. If convicted, he’ll face life without parole.


This sounds like a tale as old as time in the gay community. A young-lost boy begins living with an older man with promises of a better life. The older “roommate” clearly wants more than just a platonic roommate and sex is put on the free-rent agreement.  There a desire and then a demand of some affection for his generosity, but unfortunately, the younger roommate just wants a place to crash.

We need to think using both heads people. Both parties may be in the wrong here. May the stabbing victim Kanzces have a quick recovery and hopefully Tracy will not be wielding a knife to end any arguments in the near future.


Writer’s Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or the other contributing Writers.

Back Door Prep: More Straight Men Are Anal Bleaching & Shaving. For The Same Reasons We Do?

How Spa-tastic are you?  Here's the grocery list of spa treatments I've had done at the hands of someone else.

  • Manicures - I've tried manicures twice, but I seem to get more hang nails after than I ever had before. Manis are permanently off my list. 
     
  • Pedicures - That is my go to treatment.  Give me a pedicure and that massage chair for 40 minutes and just take my money.  I'll gladly pay for a foot treatment at least once a month and I have even had one in an airport on a long lay-over and was well worth it.  Go ahead, buff those toe nails and maybe put a clear coat on.
     
  • Massages.  I'm a cheap man when it comes to massages and usually only get one if they are a gift from someone else (hint, hint).  One of the best I had was the 80-minute thermal energy massage in Punta Cana at the CHIC Resort (Travel Thursday: CHIC Resort Won Us Over With Its Staff, Relaxation, & Luxury).  I need to find that same treatment, but just more local and I will pay!
     
  • Facials - Well I am a bearded man so I did not think facials were worth it.  As part of my trip to Key west last month, I decided to try a facial at Ocean Key Resort & Spa (Travel Thursday: When Key West Calls, The Ocean Key Resort & Spa Has The Answer. ). Relaxing, cleansing, refreshing, and I would get it again.  For my first one, I went with a gentle facial and not a peel that I see some of my friends getting.  Maybe later.
     
  • Waxing - Can't do it.  It's not because of the pain, but instead, no matter all natural waxing or not, I break out like there's no tomorrow.  I don't need bacne/back acne, thanks.
     
  • Back buzz - (in place of the waxing) I'm guilty of having some extra extra back hair so usually 4 days or so before I travel to a place where my shirt may be off in public, I go into a friend's home salon and he buzzes my back.  He does other treatments and shavings there, but I've stuck with just the back for now.

Is that enough?   is that too much?  What else do you do?  Do you do more down there? Below the belt?

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I don't think any of those treatments make me more gay than the next guy or even more metrosexual.  I don't think any spa treatments reflect your Kinsey Scale number.  So when Menshealth.com shared a recent story about straight men getting anal bleaching done, I was like, "GOOD FOR THEM!"

Enrique Ramirez is a licensed esthetician. He’s been working in the salon industry for nearly two decades. Over the years, he’s provided a lot of different services to a lot of different people. But more recently, he’s been receiving inquiries from a specific demographic regarding a very specific service. More recently, he’s been getting straight guys asking about bleaching their butts.

For those who aren’t in the know, anal bleaching is a cosmetic procedure designed to lighten the color of the skin around the anus. (Porn, as well as the Kardashians, have been credited with helping to popularize the trend.) And while the procedure may seem extreme, not to mention costly (at his spa, the service costs $110 per session), the trend of below-the-belt grooming is not limited to his NYC-based clientele. And by "below the belt," we mean way below the belt. - Menshealth.com

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The numbers are on the rise for all men shaving more than their faces, shaving their boys, and making the other body opening more pearly white and we're not talking about the ears or the nose.

The Nivea for Men survey also found that almost 10% of guys regularly shaved their butts, and 24% admitted to having hopped on YouTube in search of instructions for how to do so safely. And they’re willing to enlist professionals to do the honors. - Menshealth.com

Head over to Menshealth.com to hear more about the Butt Reynolds and the Crack Daddy that one salon is offering at a new salon just for men that was opened because of the high demand and increase of male clients.

One salon owner says “I think anal [grooming] is becoming more accepted among men because women are more open to trying new sexual experiences, [pegging, bottoming, etc] and they want their men to be groomed."

Will I try anal bleaching?  Not sure.  I do keep the trunk of my car clean, even though no one ever uses it so maybe I should do the same for my body, just in case someone's junk needs to go in my trunk.


 

What is the extent of your grooming?

Are yu surprised that straight men are bleaching now?

Have you done anal bleaching and is it worth it?

 


h/t:  Menshealth.com

We Need to Stop and Give Thanks to Our Heroes. Moving MTV Video Gets Us in the Feels.

 

On August 23rd at 8/7c, Logo will be premiering Quiet Heroes, a documentary which focuses on two lesbian medical professionals who, during the peak of the AIDS crisis in Salt Lake City, become some of the only doctors willing to see AIDS patients in all of Utah. To connect the film to the modern-day HIV/AIDS epidemic, MTV created a short PSA that highlights the modern day “heroes” who, despite outsized stigma and fear, are supporting their friends and loved ones living with HIV.

 

The PSA video features 5 HIV+ young people who are boldly speaking out against the stigma that people living with HIV still face today. On camera, these young people are given the chance to thank a hero in their lives for helping them through difficult moments in their journey, and unbeknownst to them, their heroes are hidden on set listening to the beautiful, warm thank-yous.

 

 

 

To find ways to support people living with HIV, head to http://hero.mtv.com, and make sure to tune-in to the premiere of “Quiet Heroes” on August 23rd at 8/7c on Logo.

 

More information on Quiet Heroes is included below, and visit hero.MTV.com to find more ways that you can support those living with HIV.


 

About Quiet Heroes:

 

Dr. Kristen Ries, an infectious disease specialist, arrived in Salt Lake City on June 5, 1981—the same day the Centers for Disease Control first published a report on what would become known as AIDS. By the next year, Ries would encounter her first patient with the disease. Because of stigma and fear surrounding both AIDS and homosexuality, Ries and her eventual partner, physician assistant Maggie Snyder, became the only medical professionals in Utah willing to treat the growing number of people with HIV/AIDS. These patients, facing certain death in the early years of the epidemic, often had to keep their status a secret or risk ostracism from their families, workplaces, and religious communities.

 

Chronicles of the AIDS epidemic have typically focused on cities with large gay populations, like New York and San Francisco. Quiet Heroes instead reveals the impact of the disease on a less obvious, more conservative location—one that perhaps better mirrored the rest of the country at the time—as it shares the evocative story of these unheralded caregivers and their patients.

 

As part of the three-time Emmy Award-winning Logo Documentary Films, Quiet Heroes will make its broadcast debut on August 23rd at 8/7c. The film, which had its’ world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is directed and produced by Jenny Mackenzie, Jared Ruga, and Amanda Stoddard. Pamela Post and Taj Paxton serve as executive producers from Logo Documentary Films.


H/t: to MTv.com and MPRM Communications for the press release and information.

Are We Aging Out Of Remembering The Emotional Fight Against AIDS?

Being 44, I was not even sexually active when the AIDS crisis was in full swing.  Graduating from high school in 92 and not being sexually active until 24, I didn't worry about HIV/AIDS.  But to be honest, maybe that's one of the reasons I was not sexually active earlier, the fear of HIV/AIDS. 

When talking with older friends, I've heard them tell the stories of losing loves and relatives to AIDS.  I don't have that personal connection to AIDS related deaths.  I think a lot of us do not have that personal history of death as now our friends and exes are living without that threat, without the worry of dieing from HIV/AIDS, but more worried about health care costs.  It's no longer a death sentence for us here in the United States which is an amazing thing, but it is still a diesase.

Gareth Johnson, from MainlyMale.com, caught up with Ron Dyer to talk about his memories and experiences with HIV.


When were you diagnosed as having contracted HIV?

It was 1994. I’d come home to Indiana after all of the the friends I knew had died — I thought it best to come home and face what future I had left in a familiar place.

I met my lover, and we started an upholstery business. It did well, and we finished raising his two children and my nephew.

My lover became ill in 1994. We were both diagnosed as being positive, and both given a year to live. He died in 1996.

What are some of your memories of those early days of the pandemic?

I was living in Dallas. I was was young, and doing the party life. I’d moved there in 1975. In 1981 I started hearing rumors of gay men becoming ill . It was no one I knew, so didn’t pay much attention. But later that year my roommate became ill, was hospitalized, and died overnight. It became very confusing.

After my roommate’s passing, many friends started passing and the gay community became frightened and targeted by the straight community. There’s something about that combination that has always put the backbone in the gay community — it was clear that we weren’t going to get help from the general public. Medical staff looked like they had just stepped out of a space ship, in some areas it was a problem to even have funeral services.

It took time, but with the support of some wonderful nurses and doctors, the gay community eventually had the time and space to fight for better medications, and better health care and disability.

What was the political climate at that time?

Many were fighting for their lives, and living very short lives, and taking their own lives in what they thought to be a dignified way — it was heart breaking. As far as I know, Ronald Reagan or his administration never once mentioned the pandemic that ravaged the world during his time in office.

The treatment landscape for HIV has evolved over the years. Do you think it’s important that young gay guys understand our community’s past experience with this virus?

It’s very important — not just that young people know the history of this disease, but how they’re able to live with the freedoms they have.

You can go on any hook-up site and put in your profile that you’ve been tested or that you’re on PrEP and no one questions you, they’re ready to hook-up . You put on your profile that you’re positive, and it’s no thanks. Honesty is not welcome.

The stigma of this virus is still hurting us.

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We do need to remember our history.  We need to remember it so it does not repeat itself.  We need to realize what previous generations went through to help us get where we are today. Today, the fight involves pills and making sure costs are covered by health insurance. But as Dyer said, the HIV/AIDS stigma is still there.


Content republished with permission from Gareth Johnson

Originally from Australia, Gareth now lives in London. A non-smoker who loves to laugh, Gareth writes about all aspects of the LGBTQ experiences, with a particular passion for travel, sport, and films.

h/t: MailnyMale and Medium.com

Smoking and Vaping. Bigger in the LGBT Community? New Study on Teens Sheds Light on the Matter.

Is the jury still out on vaping?  Is it good for you?  Are there health risks? Does it actually help you quit smoking?  Are LGBT people vaping more than straight people?  Are people vaping that never smoked in the first place?

We'll have to wait and see about all of those questions above, but we're sure you have your own personal opinions about vaping.

But one question that has recently been answered is are members of the LGBT community vaping more than others?

A recent study by the Ohio Department of Health found that Ohio's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens have substantially higher rates of e-cigarette use than straight youth. The study was conducted during the 2016-2017 school year.

  • LGB teens were far more likely to say they had vaped or smoked in the past 30 days than their straight or questioning counterparts.
     
  • Those who described themselves as transgender or gender nonconforming were far more likely to vape or smoke than their male and female peers.
     
  • Transgender teens used e-cigarettes at twice the rate of males or females, according to the survey.
     
  • Transgender or gender nonconforming were far more likely to vape or smoke than their male and female peers.

 

To feel a sense of belonging, to deal with stress, those were the two main reasons transgender students stated they vaped and/or smoked.

Are your LGBT friends smoking and vaping more than your straight ones?

Do you judge someone if they smoke or vape?

If you smoke or vape, do you feel judged?

 


h/t: Images from Cleveland.com

LOVELOUD 2018 - When In Utah, Let The Rainbow Flag Fly High

We were honored to be invited to the LOVELOUD Music Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Never being to Utah before, we had no idea what to expect from the festival, the city, or the state. What did we think of LOVELOUD 2018?  Here's some of my thoughts in video form.


I gave kudos to AT&T for donating the $1 Million to the LOVELOUD Festival and all of the causes the concert and weekend supports.  Some people when I mentioned AT&T sponsoring such a music festival jumped to the question, "Is this pink washing?"  This is where a corporation buys our attention with flashy colorful and supportive ads wanting us to move over to their side because they are waving a rainbow flag for 29.5 days during PRIDE month while not supporting other LGBTQ+ causes throughout the year and not supporting LGBTQ+ employees.  Would this be the case with AT&T?

Before I went to LOVELOUD, I asked to meet with AT&T VP of Advertising and Creative Services, Valerie Vargas, and asked her that pink washing question.  Instead of utilizing our banal term pink washing, she mentioned the phrase rainbow consumerism. She said she was aware of that practice by other companies, but AT&T had a vibrant and honest history of supporting and protecting the LGBTQ+ community.

AT&T was one of the first corporations in the country to adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. That was in 1975.  Most states have not even accomplished that over 40 years later. Valerie hit on the other important LGBTQ+ / AT&T historical milestones that are also mentioned in this video.

I talked to Valerie about my own personal history with AT&T and hen asked her what's next for the company!  More music venues or more changes in policies and practices?  After she told me what was next, we came up with a quick little catch phrase for some AT&T employees in the near future - Trevor Trained.  AT&T is not just honestly supporting the rainbow, they're committed in helping.  Valerie stated AT&T had recently started a support and crisis program and already has a waiting list of employees desiring to be trained the same way that The Trevor Project workers are trained, to handle those tough calls from people that need help. My grin was quite large when I heard that AT&T was looking at ways to help our community, ways that will take time, more time than it takes to write a check. Keep up the good work AT&T. We need more corporations to step forward and not just do these things, but also tell the world they are doing these things.  AT&T has a large,far, and influential reach.

The AT&T support was evident everywhere, not just the signage, but the members of their corporation that were present.

Not to say they were outdone, but as mentioned in my vide above, the presence of Tim Cook shook!  For me at least, his being there and his speech were major highlights of the festival.  Here are Tim's words.

Over all, the concert was deemed a success.  There have been instances of complaints that the University of Utah was not structured to accommodate people in wheelchairs, the bathrooms were all not gender inclusive, and some trans attendees were confronted and misgendered. I was there, I saw that not all of the bathrooms were transgender, but there were some all-inclusive bathrooms as well as family bathrooms.  The elevators were just aas hard to find as the free water filling stations (it was so hot!), but once you found them, you knew where they were.

Dan Reynolds had this to say about the day.

 

 

My time in Utah was one to remember.  I'll talk more about the rest of my visit in Salt Lake City in a future Travel Thursday piece.

Going back to the beginning of the day, I was able to ask the last question of the panel discussion.  My question was, if you could ask anything of the media, since you have several LGBTQ+ and other outlets present, what would you ask the media to do to help your cause?

They all came together and stated the same thing ... make us be seen, allow us to be seen, assist LGBTQ+ performers and fellow citizens in being visible to the world.  We are everywhere, we are doing great things, we are great members of society, and we are great talents.  We exist.  Don't just report the bad things, but show that we are good, talented, and dedicated citizens. 

So, at the very end of this lengthy coverage, I will share the very up close, wowtastic, and shirtless videos and pictures of Dan Reynolds and Imagine Dragons (my camera wasn't the only thing that overheated as he took the stage), but before that, I want to share videos and pictures I took of the event with my new trusty camera, videos of fellow LGBTQ+ citizens performing for a good cause, our cause, society's cause (you can watch the whole concert here). As promised here's Kalen Allen's Blue Carpet interview followed by other performers and attendees.

KALEN ALLEN

 

 

VINCINT X PARSONS

 

 

TYLER GLENN - I seriously need to download more of his music!

 

 

JUSSIE SMOLLETT

 

 

KALEN ALLEN - in his Beyonce moment.

 

 

MIKE SHINODA - Ghosts

 

 

MARY LAMBERT - a smooth rendition of "Jessie's Girl"

 

 

ZEDD

 

 

GUS KENWORTHY

 

 

WRABEL - THE VILLAGE  - one of my favorite songs of all time.

 

 

THIS IS ME -  You can hear me talking to the proud dad of one of the singers as he stood behind me.

 

 

MALE DANCERS - A very moving performance.

 

 

 

and now .... IMAGINE DRAGONS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Straight Enough To Give Blood? 'Gaydr' Used To Test UK Men Trying To Donate

 

I was laughing, I was sad, and I was mad.  The emotions while watching the newest creation by LGBT activist Peter Tatchell .  This time he partnered with Screen the Blood to create something we all have heard about before, a  gaydar, a gay detector, something they labeled "the Gaydr."

The premise of this "Gaydr" application was to have a British officer scan men as they enter a blood donation center.  Were they 85%, 100%, or just way too gay?

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There were moments of laughter as these men went along with the gaydar.  There was sadness that we think that this would be implemented if this existed, and we were a little mad along with these participants that this policy exists in the first place.

 

 

These all might have been actors and we're totally fine with that.  It's a tool to educate, to promote awareness, and hopefully gain some allies in the fight to allow LGBT men to donate blood, no matter their sexual history.

For more on this and to get tested yourself via the internet, head over to https://screentheblood.com/ . My results are below.

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LGBTQ + Money: 57% Say Financial Situation Harms Their Mental Health

How important is money when it comes to happiness in your relationship?  What a dumb question, right? Money is everything!

No, having money is not everything, but it sure does help. Love, affection, attraction, health, well-being, family, are all important.  But money (or lack there of) does get in the way of happiness.

In a LGBTQ Love & Money Survey, Honeyfi states that 55% of queer couples fight daily, weekly, or monthly with their partner about financial security stress and that negatively affects their sex lives.

 

Honeyfi, the app that helps couples better manage money together, surveyed 300 LGBTQ couples and asked them how they manage money together, how they communicate about money and about their financial challenges and goals. The findings were a combination of inspiring and concerning.

One consistent theme from the results was that LGBTQ couples are having trouble saving enough and want to save more.

-We asked about their biggest financial problems. The top answers were:

#1 Lack of savings, not saving enough, 52%

#2 Bills/cost of living, 50%

#3 Income/job, 33%

#4 Healthcare costs, medical bills, illness, 30%

#5 Not saving enough for retirement, 30%

#6 Debt (besides student debt), 29%

#7 Student debt, 29%

#8 Bad credit, 16%

 

LGBTQ respondents to the survey reported slightly better incomes than the general population, which contradicts previous surveys. Unfortunately, however, those same respondents reported not saving as much of their slightly higher incomes as they could.

Financially and with my savings, I'm doing okay, middle of the pack, but I have no one to fight with about savings other than myself.  But I do see some of my friends fighting often with their partners over money, spending, saving, and which one is paying for which bills. 

I think the biggest dilemma I've seen is when you have two different levels of income within one household.  I've had conversations with some of my single acquaintances and they've said that they do not want to be in a relationship with someone that makes less than they do. Is that wrong to say?  Is that wrong to look for in a partner?

Question time:

How are you doing with savings? 

Is it harder or easier since you have been in a partnership?

What is the biggest hurdle for you when trying to save money?


For more information on the Honeyfi results, head over to blog.honeyfi.com, or you can review the bullets and infograph below.

  • 52% of respondents reported being concerned about their lack of savings.
  • 16% having $10,000 or more saved.
  • 56% of couples reported having $1,000 or more saved for unexpected circumstances
  • 25% of couples surveyed reported having less than $1,000 saved for an emergency
  • 19% reported having no money saved.
  • 35% said they don’t use any financial tools.
  • 55% of LGBTQ couples in which at least one partner has bad credit fight regularly
  • Of the 55% of couples who fight regularly, 100% said they also worry about money monthly, 86% weekly and 51% daily.
  • 57% of LGBTQ people say their financial situation adversely affects their mental health
  • Only 6.31% of LGBTQ discretionary spending goes towards charity

Gay, Straight, Or Bisexual - Which Group Of Men Are More At Risk Of Heart Failure?

 

Can your sexuality increase or decrease your risk of heart failure?  A new study released by the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing states that Bisexual men have a higher risk for heart disease compared with heterosexual men.

Now, of course it is not because you're sleeping with men, but it's because of everything else that may come with it.

In a new study published online in the journal LGBT Health, Billy Caceres, the study's lead author, states:

Our findings highlight the impact of sexual orientation, specifically sexual identity, on the cardiovascular health of men and suggest clinicians and public health practitioners should develop tailored screening and prevention to reduce heart disease risk in bisexual men.

More than 30 percent of men in the US have some form of heart disease making it a leading cause of death for American men. Not many studies have been done to understand the impact of sexual orientation on heart disease risk for men.

In this study, NYU researchers examined differences in modifiable risk factors for heart disease and heart disease diagnoses in men of different sexual orientations. Risk factors measured included:

mental distress
health behaviors such as

  •       tobacco use
  •       binge drinking
  •       diet
  •       exercise

biological risk factors such as

  •       obesity
  •       hypertension
  •       diabetes
  •       cholesterol.

Responses from 7,731 men ages 20 to 59 were part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2001-2012). Differences were analyzed across four groups based on their sexual identities: gay men, bisexual men, heterosexual men who have sex with men, and heterosexual men.

The researchers found no differences in heart disease diagnoses based on sexual orientation, but risk for heart disease was more complicated.

  • Gay men, heterosexual men, and heterosexual men who have sex with men had similar heart disease risk.
  • Gay men reported lower binge drinking compared with heterosexual men, but otherwise few differences in health behaviors were noted.
  • Bisexual men, however, had higher rates of several risk factors for heart disease relative to heterosexual men: mental distress, obesity, elevated blood pressure, and three different measures of diabetes (medication use, medical history, and average glycosylated hemoglobin level).

"Poor mental health is a recognized risk factor for the development of heart disease," said Caceres. "Clinicians should be educated about sexual minority health and should routinely screen bisexual men for mental distress as a risk factor for heart disease. This is particularly important as healthcare organizations increasingly include sexual orientation as part of demographic questionnaires in electronic health records."

 

h/t: medicalexpress.com

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