Sex & Sexuality

Still Waiting After All These Years: FDA and Gay Blood Donation

Still Waiting After All These Years: FDA and Gay Blood Donation

The FDA recently balked at lifting the 31-year-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The FDA erected the ban during the AIDS crisis, before HIV was a known and understood virus. Naturally, at this time blood tests did not exist for HIV. The ban bars any gay man who had had sex with another man at any point after 1977 from donating blood. The FDA was not considering lifting the ban ... »

Nude Art in an Asexual World

Nude Art in an Asexual World

On and off over the last month, I have found myself arguing in my head that the history of art would still be full of nudes if all people were asexual. It isn’t something I ever expected myself to have an opinion on, much less not be able to stop thinking about, and I really didn’t think I’d spend a significant amount of time looking at nude art in order to write a post (and even identify a few fa... »

Raise a Glass

Raise a Glass

When I came out it was far from triumphant. The awkwardness of the affair, the strange, muted reaction of the family and the sudden shift in the way a large portion of my friends perceived me shifted things to the negative. Within a month girl friends of mine tried to make me into their sassy gay friend and demanded I take them to a drag show at a local bar. We arrived to a deserted bar. The perfo... »

The Romance Myth

The Romance Myth

I recently participated in a survey on asexuality that is currently being conducted by AVEN, the Asexual Visibility and Education Network. It is open to all people, whether or not they identify on the asexual spectrum. It is a short survey, taking about ten minutes to complete, and I would recommend that anyone who is even remotely interested in asexuality go fill it out because the questions, asi... »

Male Circumcision and HIV

Male Circumcision and HIV

Queereka recently received a comment through our “contact us” portal asking us to weigh in on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwX5zfC0hgc about the recent evidence that’s been uncovered that HIV transmission can be reduced by circumcision and this article as a possible rebuttal to the point. The commenter further worried that “This is bad on many levels because it could also filter back... »

Responses to Your Search Terms – Gay Men Edition!

Responses to Your Search Terms – Gay Men Edition!

CN: Sex and sexuality, anal sex, toxic masculinity. Captain Awkward does this cool thing where she occasionally writes posts in which she responds to questions that people have typed into Google that lead them to her blog. I think this is brilliant, so I am going to do the same. This will be done occasionally, basically when I have the time and when there are interesting search terms to address! T... »

Truvada: A Late Take

Truvada: A Late Take

The CDC issued guidelines in May of this year recommending that people at high risk for HIV transmission including men who have sex with men, people with HIV-1 positive partners, intravenous drug users and women who have unprotected sex with partners of uncertain status undergo pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimens to prevent HIV infection. The WHO issued similar guidelines but targeted it dire... »

AI: Navigating the Non-binary, or: Thar Be Truscum

AI: Navigating the Non-binary, or: Thar Be Truscum

Recently on Tumblr there was an uproar about a blogger who had created the term, “circumgender”. The creator explained that while she was assigned-female-at-birth, she should have been born assigned-male-at-birth so she could be a trans woman.     This led to an outcry from many bloggers, particularly transwomen, who found the term transmisogynistic, and rightly so. Many accused the blog... »

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