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Debated but not counted: Measuring the LGBT community with Mohamed Younis and Dr. Gary Gates

Last week, The Gallup Podcast with host Mohamed Younis invited leading LGBT demographer, Dr. Gary Gates, to help unpack Gallup’s 2021 update on the growing U.S. LGBT community and to discuss why these numbers make a big difference for public policy, visibility and increasing social acceptance.

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The 20+ minute podcast is worth listening to if you find this sort of discussion interesting. The podcast opens with the host asking Dr. Gates why this research even matters? Gates points out that long before the LGBT community was being counted, it was the subect of a lot of public debate and laws despite very little being known about these people in an empircal sense.

Due to laws that were passed, harrassment by police and the general public, few were comfortable identifying as LGBT when demographers started asking people questions about their sexuality. Over time, people became more inclined to self-identify in pockets. Men and women who lived in more accepting places self-identified in greater percentages and numbers first but this took time for demographers to realize and explains why larger percentages of the population initially were found in enclaves like San Francisco.

5.6% of the US now identify as LGBT: Why this number continues to grow

When the LGBT community first started being counted in the early 2000s a little more than 3% of the population self-identified as such, but as laws that discriminated against the LGBT community were overturned or found unconstitutional, growing public acceptance followed and more came forward. In Gallup’s most recent poll, 5.6% of the US population now identifies as LGBT (up from 4.5% in 2017).

Based on what Dr. Gates shared, it seems likely that the LGBT community is going to continue to grow. In the Gallup survey one of the most striking data points shared was that 1 in 6 members of Gen Z (those born between 1997 – 2015) self-identify as LGBT. Members of Gen Z range in age between 6 – 24 and are 68 million strong, representing 21% of the total United States population.

The fastest growing portion of the LGBT community is those identifying as bisexual and this is largely being driven by young women. The bisexual community now accounts for more than half of the LGBT community and is likely to continue to grow when you consider Gen Y and Gen Z’s views towards sexuality and gender identification.

If you find this subject of interest, you can listen to the 23 minute podcast here, ‘Debated but Not Counted’: Measuring the LGBT Community. You can also read the findings published by Gallup here.

Hat tip to Kenneth in the 212 for sharing this on his blog last week.

Monday morning mancandy

It has been quite some time since I’ve featured the handsome Italian teacher turned model, Pietro Boselli, but if anyone can distract you from the fact that it is a Monday morning, my money is on Pietro. 

Boston’s Wicked Queer Film Festival

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The 37th annual Wicked Queer Film Festival (Boston’s LGBTQ+ celebration of queer film) starts Thursday, April 1, 2021 and will run through the month. The festival will be broadcast on Xerb TV with special screenings also available on The Brattlelite (The Brattle Theatre’s virtual cinema) later in the month.

While it is disappointing that New England’s longest running queer film festival cannot return to movie houses this year, it does afford anyone with an Internet connection the opportunity to participate and watch some of these great independent films so I encourage anyone who enjoys queer cinema to consider checking it out.

This year’s film festival includes 13 experimental shorts, 8 films that speak to the trans community and share their stories, as well as 23 new feature films that will premiere from April 8 – 18, 2021.

You can learn more about all of the great films that will be showing through April as part of the 37th Wicked Queer Film Festival by visiting the event website at, wickedqueer.org.

Monday morning mancandy

May this post help distract you from the fact that it is a Monday morning. 

Boston’s gay bars of yore

Which Boston gay bar do you miss the most?

Russ Lopez book, The Hub of the Gay Universe: An LGBTQ History of Boston, Provincetown and Beyond shares how vibrant Boston’s gay scene was through the much of the 20th century. After WWII, Boston had more than a dozen gay bars. Those numbers would continue to proliferate over the coming decades (peaking in the 1970s – 90s) alongside other businesses that catered to the local gay community.

Last year Machine / Ramrod closed after a developer purchased the building it was located in to turn the block into residences. And a few weeks ago, I shared that the Boston Eagle has permnantly closed. The loss of these spaces has reignited the discussion about the slow demise of the gay bar in Boston, and it made me wonder, what gay bar from Boston’s past do you miss the most?

Monday morning mancandy

May this post help distract you from the fact that it is a Monday morning. 

Monday morning mancandy

May this post help distract you from the fact that it is a Monday morning. 

Pride Sports Boston Kickball spring league registration is open

In addition to Stonewall Sports Summer Kickball League which I wrote about yesterday, Pride Sports Boston Spring Kickball league (Division A and Division B) registrations are also open. The cost to register for the 2021 Spring season is $75.00.

All games will take place on Sunday at Moakley Park in Dorchester, and the spring season will begin on April 18, 2021. Registration fees help to pay for your uniform, equipment, professional umpires, team awards, after game events and the venue for all games.

300 people have already registered to play kickball with Pride Sports Boston.

To learn more about Pride Sports Boston check out their Facebook page, here. To register for Pride Sports Boston Kickball spring league, click here.

Stonewall Sports Summer Kickball League registration is now open

In a sure sign that a degree of normalcy is returning, Stonewall Sports Summer Kickball registration is underway. Registration for their summer league is $50 and will close on March 28, 2021.

Stonewall Sports Summer Kickball season starts May 9 and runs through July 25, 2021. All games are played on Sundays between 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Roberto Clemente Field in Fenway / Kenmore near the Ruggles (Orange Line) and MFA (Green Line) T stations.

Stonewall Sports – Boston is a chapter of Stonewall Sports founded in 2017 as an LGBTQ+ and ally not-for-profit sports league. They strive to develop a well-connected and diverse community through organized competition and social or fundraising events. They work hard to provide an inclusive, low cost, high FUN sports league that is managed as a non-profit with a philanthropic heart. For more information visit stonewallboston.leagueapps.com.

Monday morning mancandy

Let Joseph De Sousa help distract you from the fact that it is a Monday morning. 

New gay programming on Dekkoo

I’ve teamed up with Dekkoo (pronounced “DECK-koo”), the premiere subscription-based streaming service dedicated to gay men with the largest streaming collection of gay-centric entertainment available. I would welcome including more gay programming if you have any suggestions. Let me know your thoughts about this new post, how I can improve it, and if it’s of interest to you.

Below is recently released content on Dekkoo, available for download and viewing with a subscription.

New programming on Dekkoo

Everything I Like ||Todo Lo Que Me Gusto (2019) 8-part romantic comedy series from Argentina: Daniel is straight man renting a room from his friend Mario, a lawyer and drag queen. Things get complicated when Daniel realizes he has feelings for Javier the new cameraman at the dysfunctional production company he works. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 18, 2021.

Scaffolding (2012) From Spain 14 minutes: The film centers on Eduardo a snobby, cranky publicist and his neighbor, David, a shy literature student of literature who live in a building that is under construction. After months of barely greeting each other, construction activity brings them together in a most unexpected way. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 24, 2021.

Nevrland (2019) From Austria, 1 hour 28 minutes: A 17-year-old struggles with an anxiety disorder, that makes life increasingly difficult for him, and develops a virtual friendship with a 26-year-old artist. When they finally meet, an extremely unexpected chain of events occurs. RATING: 5.4 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting February 25, 2021.

More Than Only (2017) 1 hour 47 minutes: A young gay man finds how to love himself and accept love from another, despite the disapproval of his father. RATING: 6.0 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 2, 2021.

Involuntary Activist (2019) From the U.K., 20 minutes: An openly gay teacher must make a decision when his sister asks him to step back into the closet for her wedding in Turkey. RATING: 6.3 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 3, 2021.

Why Not You (2021) From Austria, 1 hour 47 minutes: Mario, a young dancer living in his small village has to face the loss of his beloved friend Lenz, victim of an attack in a gay club. RATING: 5.3 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 4, 2021.

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Gay Films & Short Movies Coming Out Later This Month
Becoming Leslie (2019) 1 hour 24 minutes, Documentary: Chronicles life on the streets as seen through the eyes of a cross-dressing, homeless man, Leslie Cochran, one of the most beloved yet polarizing cult figures of Austin, Texas. Told with unapologetic humor, Leslie's bizarre meteoric rise to iconic status is starkly contrasted with living life on his own terms in a changing world. RATING: 6.1 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 9, 2021.
Verona (2010) 22 minutes: The story of two young lovers separated by their rival fraternities. RATING: 6.1 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 10, 2021.
Kept Boy (2017) 1 hour 29 minutes: A story of love, greed - and moisturizer. RATING: 5.4 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 11, 2021.
Reel (2013) From Sweden, 13 minutes: It is the last day before Victor has to move to another city with his parents. So he and his best friend Robert do all the things they liked to do together so much: skateboarding, spraying, hanging out. But something is different this time. RATING: 7.3 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 17, 2021.
Ernesto (1979) From Italy, 1 hour 34 minutes: Set in Triest in the year 1911. Ernesto is a priviliged, 17-year old who is passionate about playing the violin. Things go sideways after Ernesto meets the15 year old violin player, Emilio, and the two start an intense friendship.  RATING: 7.0 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 18, 2021.
Such Good People (2014) 1 hour, 37 minutes: A young gay couple discovers a secret room filled with cash while house-sitting for a rich couple who die while out of the country. RATING: 4.7 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 23, 2021
Calamity (2017) 22 minutes: France meets her son's girlfriend for the first time. She loses control. RATING: 7.5 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 24, 2021
Little Miss Westie (2018) 1 hour 15 minutes, Documentary: Chronicles a year in the life of two transgender siblings as they navigate puberty, a local beauty pageant, and transitioning in the Trump era. RATING: 7.7 Stars on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 30, 2021
The Big Snore (2020) From Canada, 20 minutes: A light sleeper struggles one night to get some rest amid his man's loud snores. RATING: Not rated on IMDB. Available on Dekkoo, starting March 31, 2021

The Boston Eagle has closed

Another gay bar in Boston bites the dust. The space formerly occupied by the Boston Eagle is now for rent.

I started getting texts about four weeks ago that the Boston Eagle (a.k.a. “The Dirty Bird”) had closed and was for rent. After doing a little digging I was able to confirm it is for rent. The lease for the 1,400 sq. foot bar also comes with the use of a license for food, entertainment and liquor until 2:00 AM.

The Boston Eagle has been operating for more than 40 years but for more than a decade, the bar was probably best known as a last stop before heading home for the night. The bar was typically busiest between 12:30 – 2:00 AM, after which many would comment on the “sidewalk sale” that would spill out on to Tremont Street as people would forgo looking for “Mr. Right” and settle for “Mr. Right Here, Right Now”.

The bar also proved to be confusing for many out of town gay visitors since many gay bars called The Eagle, cater to the leather crowd. However, The Boston Eagle was always, first and foremost a neighborhood bar, catering to all who could weather the withering stare from Jack the bartender. Whatever happens next I hope it will remain such and that after it is rented and reopens the LGBTQ crowd will move in to make it their own all over again.

RIP – Boston Eagle

Monday morning mancandy

May this post help distract you from the fact that it is a Monday morning. 

Monday morning mancandy

May this post help distract you from the fact that it is a Monday morning. 

Monday morning mancandy

May this post help distract you from the fact that it is a Monday morning.