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Are there vaccinations I should get before I explore my sexuality?

I'm mid 30s, gay, currently working in Adelaide, South Australia (my work takes me all over the globe, so some context). I'm wanting to explore my sexuality, but I am wondering if I should visit a doctor to get some vaccinations for STDs? (I've been reading about HPV on ask.mefi) [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS on Sep 17, 2014 - 11 answers

Questioning my gender, need resources.

I'm questioning my (female) gender identity. I am looking for online resources, maybe a forum or online community that is specifically ftm or has specific ftm threads/conversations. I've combed reddit but the format of reddit feels less like a conversation and I don't feel comfortable posting there. Links I have found to specific resources are surprisingly mostly out of date or MtF specific. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2014 - 17 answers

What engagement gift should I get an LGBT couple?

My longtime friend of more than 20 years is having a formal cocktail party to celebrate his recent engagement to his partner. The invite says no gifts, but I definitely plan to bring a gift. This friend is very special to me. Given this is an LGBT couple (not sure that really matters here, isn't a cocktail party a cocktail party whether it's a gay or straight couple?) I would appreciate your gift ideas. Thank you!
posted by gocubbies on Sep 5, 2014 - 25 answers

I want to help, but I want to help me out of this situation more

Family member asked me to help Christian dude struggling with gay feelings. After agreeing to meet him I see his beliefs are way more extreme than I'm comfortable with. What do? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Sep 1, 2014 - 25 answers

Name my brass quintet!

My brass quintet is giving its debut recital next month. We all identity as LGBT (and have slight aspirations of trying to get gigs playing at weddings, same-sex or otherwise), and we rehearse on Capitol Hill. At a loss for what to call ourselves. Hope us?
posted by QuantumMeruit on Aug 15, 2014 - 36 answers

Advice for a 25 year old feeling lost?

I'm not sure how to ask this question. I've been in a weird funk lately where I've been feeling lonely and frustrated due to many factors. I guess I am just having a quarter life crisis in that I am 25 and feel a little lost professionally and personally. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Jul 15, 2014 - 10 answers

What do you wear to dress up if you're androgynous?

Looking for something in between gowns and suits. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on May 24, 2014 - 23 answers

How to tactfully explain to people that I’m not straight?

I got married last year (!). My husband and I are both queer, and both have a history of same-sex relationships before we met one another. This hasn't caused any problems in our own relationship, but it’s causing some unexpected confusion at our LGBT-friendly church. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2014 - 34 answers

New queer cinema

Which websites, blogs, forums, etc, should I be following to be kept in the loop regarding new releases in international LGBTQ[etc] cinema? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Apr 5, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I realistically satisfy my bicuriousity?

I am a cis-female in my late 20s, and I've considered myself straight for most of my life. Around my mid 20s I started to realize that I had a secret desire for a woman to come on to me as a sexy fantasy, but still aligning myself as straight. However this desire slowly grew and I started to have intense dreams of having sex with women and now I really want to make this happen in reality. I have no idea how to approach this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2014 - 20 answers

LGBT Malaysians

Hey Hivemind, I was wondering if anyone could point me to accounts and/or resources about the current social and political climate for LGBT people in Malaysia? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Jan 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Timely queer and kink content for my facebook and twitter feed

I've just had an article published nationally, and oh boy is that addictive and fun! I want to do more, so I need ideas to pitch! I'm looking for some tweeters and some Facebook groups and posters to follow who will have awesome kink/womens'/sex-positive/sex-work/trans/lgbt/poly/etc news, criticism and analysis. Feminist and socialist feeds also a plus. Many thanks, hive mind!
posted by Mistress on Jan 21, 2014 - 8 answers

crossdressing resources in Milwaukee?

Can you point me toward resources or support groups for crossdressers in Milwaukee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2014 - 4 answers

What are some good books on the history of LGBT rights movement?

I really want to find out more about the history and progress of LGBT rights. Namely, early forms and social codes to express homosexuality, the civil rights movements and how psychology viewed before and now, and what led to finally removing homosexuality as a disorder from the DSM. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Nov 19, 2013 - 13 answers

I want to go deeper, IYKWIM

I would love to read an LGBT blog that's more substantive than the usual fare of today's politics and pop culture. It could cover all kinds of topics, as long as it was through an LGBT lens. Ideal would be The Toast's LGBT posts with more male and genderqueer voices (but no less feminist). A close second would be something like Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog, written by someone queer. What's out there? [more inside]
posted by brett on Nov 4, 2013 - 3 answers

My future just doesn't fit anymore

When leaving is terrifying, but staying's unbearable: please help me figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by morninganyway on Nov 1, 2013 - 42 answers

Short answers only please.

What are some short documentary/news pieces I can show to high school students? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Oct 25, 2013 - 10 answers

How to get Emory to Rescind Award to Anti-gay Activist?

Emory University is planning to give a distinguished alumni award to H. Eddie Fox, who has been leading the fight against the inclusion and equality of gay Methodists in the Methodist Church (among other accomplishments). Students/staff/faculty are currently mobilizing to have that award rescinded. We have less than a week left. What is the most effective way to pressure Emory to rescind that award? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Sep 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Queer Country on a Motorcycle

Please help me think of historical LGBT locations in the United States. [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe on Sep 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Mexico City recommendations: cool 'hood, what to do, etc

I'm going to Mexico City in late October and have a bunch of questions! [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Aug 22, 2013 - 1 answer

LGBTQ+ activism/volunteering while studying abroad in Barcelona?

I'm studying abroad this fall in Barcelona with pretty workable Spanish but very limited Catalan, and I'd love to do some work/activism/volunteering/organizing around queer or related issues (HIV/AIDS, youth development, homelessness, etc.) while I'm there. Is this possible given my language limitations? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Jul 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Should people work to end sister city relationships with Russia?

What is the value in pushing non-Russian cities to drop their sister/twin relationships with Russian cities to protest the anti-gay laws and attitudes in Russia? This article from Radio Free Europe offers a summery of the issue, "Sister Cities Ramp Up Russia Boycott Over Antigay Law". [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Jul 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Reading recommendations on queer families

I want to read more about alternative family structures in queer communities, particularly trans* communities, particularly communities of and for queer transpeople of color. What can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Jun 29, 2013 - 4 answers

In need of (LGBT) people wiser than me

I guess I'm one of the women French Fry speaks of, but with an LGBT twist. I'm in therapy, but it's not enough; I am desperate for someone to talk to, especially other semi-late-blooming LGBT folk, but I don't know how to find them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Best charity for LGBT rights

What is the best charity to give to in support of LGBT rights and activism? I'm in New Mexico but am open to donating to a national organization. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 2, 2013 - 11 answers

I'm a lesbian crushing on a man. What now?

I'm a lesbian who's recently found herself crushing on a man. Does this mean anything? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on May 11, 2013 - 57 answers

This doctor should never be allowed near transgender children.

A friend's 11-year old transgender child had an extremely traumatic and invalidating experience with a Medicaid primary-care provider in Corpus Christi, TX. What recourse does she have? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Apr 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Examples of gay stereotypes in television and film over the years in.

Currently working on a project that explores gay stereotypes (and tropes) in American TV and Film along with their effects on society over time. [more inside]
posted by poolsidemuse on Apr 3, 2013 - 62 answers

Playing my part in making life for fellow LGBT countryfolk bearable.

The State-sanctioned homophobia and transphobia in Malaysia, my country of origin, is breaking my heart. What can I do as a currently overseas citizen to make things better for my fellow LGBT folk back in Malaysia, particularly in raising awareness of the issue internationally? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Gay Celebrity Gamers

Please help me compile a list of openly gay video game players who are celebrities, influencers, or otherwise successful in their own industries. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Feb 19, 2013 - 14 answers

Organisations to support for LGBT rights in Uganda?

I want to send some money to a preferably local organisation/group in Uganda that supports LGBT rights. I'm open to advocacy or direct help, and any religion or secular is fine. Please give me your recommendations, or tell me why Amnesty International is still the best option.
posted by viggorlijah on Jan 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Hello from the bottom of a pit.

I feel like I'm at the bottom of a deep pit, and it will take a long series of successful maneuvers to get out of the pit. Other people's lives don't seem to be pit-shaped. Help me make this pit go away. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2012 - 22 answers

At least it's a polite, supportive boys' club...

How do aspiring stand-up comedians who aren't straight white men find success at open mics? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2012 - 25 answers

Gay friendly cities?

Help me evaluate the gay-friendliness of various cities, particularly Houston, TX. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Oct 3, 2012 - 22 answers

Resources for crossdressers and their wives?

My husband is a crossdresser. What resources/support are available to each of us? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2012 - 7 answers

How have gay men interacted with and regarded lesbians, and vice versa

Would like insight and education into the various ways that gay men -- both as individuals and as a group, both historically and currently -- relate to, regard, and interact with gay/lesbian women, and vice versa. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Aug 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Straight girls, man

I have a massive schoolgirl crush on this girl I know, and it's growing. I'm going to see her again after a few weeks of being away...how can I (relatively) quickly and tactfully find out if she's gay? I have no idea how often I'll see her after this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Who's your favourite butch dyke?

Help me compiling a list of well known butch dykes [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Jul 26, 2012 - 31 answers

Baby, please don't go!

My friend was offered a job several months ago, but the company screwed up his immigration paperwork and... yada yada yada, he may get deported in a month. Oh, and he's gay. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jul 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Where can I meet/hang-out/make merry with other young queers in San Francisco?

Where can I meet/hang-out/make merry with other young queers in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2012 - 11 answers

help queer my summer reading list please!

What are some great (somewhat) recently released novels/books/memoirs with queer/LGBTQ themes or characters? [more inside]
posted by kylej on May 23, 2012 - 31 answers

What are the ways we could expand services and support available to LGBT young people online?

What are the ways we could expand services and support available to LGBT young people online? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on May 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Just-18 friend kicked out for being gay, what are his options?

A very close online friend of mine is getting kicked out of the house and disinherited for being gay and not going through with what amounts to an arranged marriage. He just turned 18. The situation is somewhat urgent, he doesn’t have much in the way of local resources, and getting in touch with specifically LGBT groups is likely to strain his family situation further. What resources and options can I help him find? [more inside]
posted by NMcCoy on Apr 23, 2012 - 13 answers

LGBT bars north of Cincinnati

Asking for my girlfriend, who is travelling in a north Cincinnati suburb and looking for a LGBT-friendly bar tonight. She's staying in West Chester and looking for something closer than the Northside neighborhood. She has a car, but doesn't want to drive "too far". Not looking for a hookup (no meat-markets), more just a place with friendly people where she can get a nice drink and chat/make friends.
posted by JJtheJetPlane on Apr 18, 2012 - 6 answers

NSFW - Could I have some advice for my first time with gay (homosexual) sex?

What brand/type of dildo should I use to start experimenting with anal penetration? [more inside]
posted by his median eminence on Mar 25, 2012 - 9 answers

I suck at being gay

I suck at being gay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 - 11 answers

Iowa State or Marquette University?

I've gotten my college picks down to Marquette University or Iowa State University. I can't decide where I want to go, several variables to consider...HELP!!! [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Mar 5, 2012 - 23 answers

Volunteering in Seattle

Know any good LGBT organizations in the Seattle area to volunteer at?
posted by carnivoregiraffe on Feb 22, 2012 - 3 answers

LGBT/Migration-related Photo Project Funding?

Helping a friend try to find funding for a photo project involving LGBT refugees. She's located in the New York area. Does anyone know of any funders we should be applying for grants from?
posted by Enneking on Feb 21, 2012 - 2 answers

omgwtfbbq mefi, i can haz gay boyfriend, plz?

PhillyGayPhilter: Online dating through OkCupid hasn't been working out well for me, but I'm not quite sure how else to do it now that I'm out of college. How do I meet other young-ish gay men in Philadelphia, in either meat-space or alternative digital pastures? Anxieties, personal details, and candy within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2012 - 10 answers

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