Many bottoms have a stigma about being considered effeminate and other stereotypes. Such fears may hide a wider self-internalized homophobia.
Dr. Vince Pellegrino has PhDs in educational theater and drama therapy from New York University and is a board-certified psychotherapist in New York City and Connecticut. He teaches communications at Hofstra University. He is currently working on a book, Gay Communication Game, about "Gayspeak"; an interactive TV program featuring real-time therapy sessions is in development.
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The song that immediately came to mind when I heard the news was ’Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead’ from ’The Wizard of Oz.’
When I heard my ex-lover had died suddenly, I immediately knew that his ongoing abuse of anabolic steroids was at least partly to blame. Add him to the casualty list of friends who died because they wanted to look ’perfect.’
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As were we all, I was shocked & saddened by the death of this great talent. The apparent emptiness from which she sought refuge in addictions speaks to all of us who are hurting inside.
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In order to keep our New Year’s resolutions, the first one should be not to beat ourselves up over New Year’s resolutions. The second should be to reach out to others to help us achieve our goals.
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As a veteran of a gay reality TV series, I can testify that these shows inaccurately depict the participants. Even though the train-wreck perspective can be fun to watch, the overall effect of such shows as Logo’s ’A Lists’ is ultimately harmful.