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Author Marcus Ewert Dishes On Physical Relationship With Allen Ginsberg And William Burroughs

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Marcus Ewert — the openly gay, cisgender author whose childrens’ book 10,000 Dresses got him nominated for a Lambda Literary award — recently spoke to Vocativ.com about losing his virginity to Beat poet Allen Ginsberg (pictured with Ewert above) and having an eight-year relationship with "the king of postmodern literature" William Burroughs.

The 43-year-old Ewert told Vocativ about his infatuation with the two men and how he bedded them both when he was 17 and 18 years old:

“Allen and Burroughs were still alive and they were both gay, and in their work it was pretty explicit that they liked teenage boys. Allen has all these poems about sleeping with boys in Naropa, which is where I realized I could go to meet them. So, I was like, Perfect, I know what to do. …Allen and Burroughs teach there? You don’t have to tell me twice.”

After hitting on Ginsberg at a party, the two men dined together and then discussed Ewert’s sexual identity. After classes later on, Ewert returned to Ginsburg’s residence:

… Ewert arrived and was led (by Ginsberg) to the upstairs bedroom. Though he’d fooled around with one or two neighborhood kids when he was 12 or 13, it would be his first “adult” time; this underage boy direct from the Bible Belt was about to lose his virginity to a much older Allen Ginsberg. “I was happy to find that I saw him handsome in a certain light,” he says. “I was never super physically attracted to him, but he’s got this Grecian, bearded Poseidon profile, you know? That’s kind of handsome, I think I can go with that.

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HIV Testing Counselor Sells 'Truvada Whore' Shirts For AIDS Charity

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Adam Zebowski, an HIV test counselor at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, is selling #TruvadaWhore t-shirts at a Kickstarter-style site to help meet his AIDS/Lifecycle fundraising goal of $3000.

The term "Truvada whore" refers to the disparaging label given to men who take pre-exposure prophylactic drugs like Truvada to protect themselves from HIV; the idea being that people who Truvada are whores who just want to have condomless sex without the consequence of HIV.

On his t-shirt site, Zebowski says:

Be proud, you #TruvadaWhore. I support the #reappropriation of derogatory terms. I am against slut-shaming. I am pro health and wellness. I think PrEP is a great HIV prevention tool if it works for you. I am a #TruvadaWhore. $3.40 of each shirt will be donated on my behalf to my AIDS/Lifecycle fundraising goal of $3000.

The AIDS/Lifecycle is a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Previous Towleroad coverage of PrEP can be found hereherehere, and here

(via Joe.My.God.)


Study Reveals 1 in 10 Craiglist M4M Users Want 'Non-Gay' Partner

A study recently published in the journal Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity found that one in ten men who use the Craigslist M4M section specifically seek out “sexual partners who do not identify as gay, either to fulfill a fantasy or because it allows anonymous sexual encounters without discovery.”

The researchers reviewed 1,200 ads and compared ads specifically seeking non-gay-identified (NGI) men and ads not specifying the preferred sexual orientation of their partners.

ScrimschawThe study found that 1 in 10 ads were placed by men seeking sex with NGI men, and:

Although men who posted NGI-seeking ads were more likely to self-identify as bisexual, married, and/or discreet and to seek out an anonymous encounter relative to the ads of comparison men, only 24% of online advertisements seeking NGI men were posted by men who were themselves non-gay-identified. This suggests that many of the posts (roughly 76%) are placed by gay men seeking NGI men, perceived by some gay men to be more masculine, dominant, or "straight-acting.”

… men seeking NGI partners were significantly less likely to mention that they wanted to have safer sex/use condoms (15% vs. 33%) and were more likely (66% vs. 42%) to omit mention of condoms or safer sex in their advertisements. "This suggests that these men are more likely to be looking for and willing to engage in sex without a condom which may place them at greater risk for HIV/STI transmission than men who are not seeking non-gay-identified male partners," said [Dr. Eric Schrimshaw, PhD, at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, pictured].

The study could help further future research regarding the sexual activities and STI risks of NGI men who have sex with men. Such research could help keep everyone healthy, no matter how they self-identify.


10 Gay Men Asked To Kiss For The First Time: VIDEO

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Love Your Condom, a New Zealand group that promotes safe-sex among gay and bi men (site NSFW), has made their own "First Kiss" video somewhat imitating the one made by amateur filmmaker Tatia Pilieva in which she asked 20 strangers to kiss for the first time. Unlike Pillieva's video however, Love Your Condom's only features men — oh yassss.

It's sweet how many of the men want to hug first before going in for the kiss. Oh, and the song is Soko's "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow."

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CDC Genetically Confirms First Case Of Lesbian HIV Transmission

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first genetically confirmed case of HIV transmission between two women.

HivThe women — a monogamous, mixed-HIV-status, Houston couple in their 40s — reported having no other sex partners for half a year before infection, and also reported regularly having sex during menstruation and with insertive sex toys which sometimes caused bleeding.

Researchers found a more-than-98 percent genetic match between each woman’s HIV viruses, “all but proving that one had infected the other.”

Previous studies of suspected female-to-female HIV transmissions have either not involved genetic testing or have involved other possible HIV-culprits such as male sex partners, IV drugs and blood transfusions.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Office on Women's Health suggests that women who have sex with women always use "condoms correctly... when using sex toys," as well as "dental dams to lower the risk of getting or spreading HIV through oral sex." They do acknowledge however "not much research has been done to prove that [dental dams] are effective."


Gay British Couple to Have Sex on TV, Then Discuss It

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Channel 4, a cable network out of England, is sure to receive strong viewership numbers with its new program called "Sex Box." Part of the oft-scandalous channel's Campaign for Real Sex season, "Sex Box" is an interview-style program in which couples have intercourse in an opaque cube on a soundstage, then discuss sexuality with a panel directly afterward. A gay male couple, John and Matt, will be among the show's participating three couples.  

The Guardian reports:

A sound-proofed box in a television studio may not be a dream romantic setting, but then most lovers would probably not leap out of bed for a postcoital interview with Mariella Frostrup. Yet this is the format of a new Channel 4 programme that aims to "reclaim sex from pornography" by delving between the sheets of British people.

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"I approached it with great trepidation and a degree of scepticism, particularly about why we needed a box, but ultimately I think it was a really really mature – surprisingly for television – look at a subject we've allowed to proliferate in its worst manifestations and refuse to confront," she [Frostrup] said.

The show shys away from the gratuitous sexuality so often employed to unsuccessful character-building effect in film and television, instead aiming for a still-sexy exploration of what sexuality means for the real couples. 

Channel 4's head of factual programming, Ralph Lee, said there was "nothing salacious" about the show and that "strangely it's quite a chaste programme – there's no sex in it".

"The explosion of online pornography is one of the stories of our time and this absolutely intends to be an open, adult, quite deep conversation about sex," he said. "The experts we have are not flippant people. That said, there is a levity to the conversation. It's not a massive furrowed-brow type conversation because there's something mischievous when you watch it. We're confident there's a sincere motive behind it."

Channel 4's other Campaign for Real Sex season programming include kick-off documentary "Porn on the Teenage Brain," airing September 30th, as well as a doc about the female pursuit of better sex, called "The Week the Women Came." Another reality program titled "Date My Porn Star" unites three porn fans with their favorite celebs. 

Image courtesy of The Independent.


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