Just as 'out' gay men have a duty to protect themselves from others forcing their will upon them, men refusing to conform to the label should acknowledge their sacrifice.
What does it mean to put a label on your sexuality, to assign a category to your own existence? And where does it come from? Does it result from your actions, or how you feel inside?
But just as labels can reassure, they can also confine or confuse, or seem like a restriction to those terrified of being defined by it for. You are who you are. James identifies as gay, but his first proper relationship was with a man who did dating a gay man.
James ma As a fresher at universityRobin, then 18, dating a gay man into a relationship with Dom, Says Robin: Fluidity of any kind has been a difficult concept for the mainstream to get its head round.
Simon was 17 when his hitherto straight best friend made a move on.
He would always tell me he wasn't like me, and couldn't be, because he 'had his whole future ahead of him'. The idea my future was irrelevant and that in some way admitting he was with me would ruin his, made me feel worthless.
Gay men aren't toys to be practised on. And, coincidentally, Robin again found himself entangled with one.
When Luke battled depression dating a gay man other pals were on the scene, Robin stepped up top help out and ended up catching feelings. I thought that was adorable, and sensible, and kind of romantic. Inside, rating, wherever you go.
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By Zak Maoui 22 July By Jonathan Dean 22 July