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Jeffry Iovannone: Deconstructing the Ideal Gay Male Body – LOP077

Jeffry Iovannone Deconstructing the Ideal Gay Male Body

Living OUT Leadership Interview Series Jeff Iovannone is an activist-scholar, writer, educator, and researcher from Buffalo, New York who holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and specializes in gender and LGBTQ studies. He is the creator of the blog, Queer History for the People, a columnist for Th-Ink Queerly, a member of the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ...

Is Instagram to Blame for Gay Thirst Traps or Those Who Follow? LOP064

Instagram to Blame for Gay Thirst Traps or Those Who Follow

Reading my Twitter feed last week, I read this knee-jerk reaction to people with beautiful bodies posting pictures of themselves on Instagram, AKA “Thirst Traps”: Hyperbolic language doesn’t solve problems. Putting all of Instagram and gay thirst traps into a single container generally makes things worse. This is the path of blaming...

Today I Saw My Body in the Mirror and It’s Ageing

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Actually, I wanted to write that my body has betrayed me. That sounds more dramatic and outside of my control. The truth is that as I was leaning in towards the bathroom mirror to floss my teeth the other night, I looked down. I looked down and in a moment of self-preservation unconsciousness I let my stomach out. Couldn’t see my abs. The hair on...

What I Learned About Loving My Body As A Gay Man

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Everyone has a story about their body. Some of us want to look great for the beach, to feel powerful and sexy when we’re in bed with someone, or to move easily without pain or discomfort. My body’s story has everything to do with being gay. As a kid, I was always sick and had more allergies than you could count. I had allergies to foods...

Darren is a leadership coach in Toronto, Canada who helps his clients to connect and embrace their uniqueness and freely create the life they want. He writes and podcasts regularly about Queer Leadership.