BY CORINNE SEGAL,

State legalization of same-sex marriage appears to be linked to a decrease in adolescent suicide, based on a new analysis published today in JAMA Pediatrics. The results give more context to the potential effects of social policy on mental health.

The researchers found that suicide attempts by high school students decreased by 7 percent in states after they passed laws to legalize same-sex marriage, before the Supreme Court legalized it nationwide in 2015. Among LGB high school students, the decrease was especially concentrated, with suicide attempts falling by 14 percent.

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And how many gay guys like watching straight porn?

People tend to believe sexuality in straight and gay men is a lot more rigid than women’s, but perhaps that’s not the case.

In new research, it found a lot more straight guys are watching gay porn than you might think. And on the other hand, many more gay guys are watching a straight couple on screen as well.

Published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers led by Martin J Downing surveyed 821 men about their porn-viewing habits.

It found 21% of heterosexual men had watched same-sex male porn in the past six months, compared to 98.3% of gay men and 96% of bi men.

By Sarah Young,

The supermarket chain is spreading the love.

With Valentine’s Day just one week away, it’s time to start wading through the fluffy bears and love hearts to find the perfect card – but if you’re a gay couple, this can be hard to find.

Until now, many same-sex couples have had to improvise with generic cards that make no suggestion of gender, but supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is about to change all that.

By Lewis Corner,

Matthew Herrick has found himself the victim of fake profiles on the gay hook-up app.

The 32-year-old is accusing Grindr of negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false advertising, and deceptive business practices in a new lawsuit, after more than 700 men turned up to his apartment expecting sex.

Matthew first discovered that his images were being used to ‘catfish’ local gay men after a guy turned up at his front door claiming to have messaged him over the app.

By Stephanie Cain,

For these four couples who married before the Supreme Court’s decision, the legalization was an extra-special wedding present.

To celebrate the first anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage, we asked four of our real wedding couples, who just commemorated their first anniversary too, about how it felt to hear the US Supreme Court’s decision on June 26, 2015.

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A lot of men have sex with other men but don’t identify as gay or bisexual. A subset of these men who have sex with men, or MSM, live lives that are, in all respects other than their occasional homosexual encounters, quite straight and traditionally masculine — they have wives and families, they embrace various masculine norms, and so on. They are able to, in effect, compartmentalize an aspect of their sex lives in a way that prevents it from blurring into or complicating their more public identities. Sociologists are quite interested in this phenomenon because it can tell us a lot about how humans interpret thorny questions of identity and sexual desire and cultural expectations.

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Lesbian sex on the small screen has a reputation for lazy, pornographic shots tailor-made for men. Queer female writers and directors behind shows like Transparent, The L Word, and Orange is the New Black are determined to change that.

In September, writer, director and Transparent creator Jill Soloway delivered a passionate speech at the Toronto International Film Festival about the male versus female gaze. She said that viewers of cinema, television, and other media are bombarded with depictions of women and sexuality from a very specific, patriarchal view that audiences have come to accept: how men see the world, and how they see women.

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“At Lush we believe that love transcends gender.”

With less than a month left until Valentine’s day, cosmetics brand Lush has debuted a line of adorable and inclusive ads centered around the idea that “love is love.”

Last Thursday, the company tweeted out an image of a gay couple enjoying a bubble bath together, writing: “Our Valentine’s Day goodies are even better when you’ve got someone to share them with.”

By LYNNE O’DONNELL,

To be homosexual in Afghanistan is to live in fear. Naveed and Rameen, young gay men in the capital Kabul have lost count of the number of times they’ve been lured into dangerous situations on what they believed to be dates.

Both men describe being robbed, beaten up and blackmailed, and receiving death threats. They’ve even eluded police “honey traps” that could have seen them thrown in prison without charge, simply on suspicion of being gay.

They know they could be killed, with impunity, if they reveal their sexuality. Rameen, 31, tells the story of his friend, Zabi, who was killed by his family after coming out as gay, a so-called “honor killing” usually reserved for young women.

“He was shaming the family by being open about it. They stabbed him so many times,” Rameen said. “It was a warning for us, for other gays. Now we keep to ourselves; we live a hidden life. And a hidden life is no life at all.” 

By Justin Wm. Moyer,

After accusations of homophobia late last year, the children’s magazine Highlights will include an illustration of a same-sex couple in an issue for the first time.

The image, which will appear in the February issue of the magazine, shows two men loading a station wagon for a family trip in an item that invites readers to send letters.

“Has your family ever taken a memorable family trip?” the text reads. “Tell us where you went and what you liked about it.”

The illustration comes after Highlights was accused of neglecting LGBT readers last year, and then criticized by conservatives for agreeing to include them.

This article originally appeared on Gayety

You have undoubtedly had sex missionary, cowboy, and doggy style. But, what’s left? According to this guide to gay sex, there are 69 tried-and-true positions (excluding group and oral) to tackle. The Gay Sex Positions Guide serves as a how-to for queer coitus and even includes GIFs to help you visualize each maneuver. With all the options, sex between men is a bountiful garden of pleasure.

Despite the overwhelming library of movements, somethings never change. Even with all the possibilities, a handful of positions still dominates the bedroom. In a recent study conducted by a crew at DrEd, an online physician, researchers asked 2,000 people from the U.K. and the U.S. about their favorite sexual positions.

BY ALEXANDER CHEVES,

Vampire and witches and psychics, oh my!

LGBT scholars and cinephiles can explain why queer culture and the supernatural have always gone arm in arm, skipping down the yellow brick road. The rest of us can sit back and binge-watch True Blood, Teen Wolf, and American Horror Story.

But before these, there was Dante’s Cove — a full-on gay, steamy, witchy drama from the early 2000s (produced by the same company that owns The Advocate). The show took place on a beach, had queer women as principal characters, and offered loads of steamy sex scenes. The third season ended with a cliffhanger, and its loyal, horned-up fans were left with no release — I mean, no answers — when a fourth season never happened.