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The barbecues, picnics and fireworks from the Fourth of July may be long gone, but celebrating our independence and personal freedom is something all of us should do the entire year round. Freedom from a bad job, freedom from an awful relationship, or maybe just free from old thoughts and behaviors that no longer work. When it comes to sex, there’s a lot of freedom that should also be celebrated. We are lucky to live in a time in America when– regardless of gender, sexuality or preference– everything and anything is accessible and slowly, but surely, becoming less taboo.

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Thanks to the gift to humanity that is Rupaul’s Drag Race, the world is now familiar with the terms like “shade,” “fish,” “read” and “sashay.” And it’s about time since the LGBT universe has long had a language all its own. This is doubly true when it comes to gay men describing sexual preferences and sexual acts. In fact, there are so many terms that it might seem like your gay bestie is speaking in code. But not to worry, I’ve compiled some of the best sexual terms used by gay men and their friends to help you describe your own sex life with all the colors of a big gay rainbow!

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June, in addition to being a month where you suddenly discover that you actually have friends who wear jorts, is also Pride month. As a community, we’ve got a lot to be proud of­­– marriage equality, increased visibility, new protection laws. All of this is well and good and worth wearing rainbow booty shorts (or jorts as the case may be) for.

But as a gay man, the road to being proud of myself, accepting myself and loving myself, hasn’t been an easy one. Especially when it comes to sex.  Continue Reading

There are things that everyone does—like grocery shopping, sleeping, working—that are subjects we can share about, those mundane yet anecdotal experiences that are relatable. We commiserate on life with one another and it somehow makes it all less boring or lonely. But there are other things that we all do, too—crying, dealing with death, feeling insecure—that are just harder to talk about. Masturbation falls into that latter category.

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