|Gee, I guess I thought I'd heard it all, but the FDA has banned me from donating my sperm. It's bad enough that the Red Cross has a ban on gay men who want to donate their blood for a worthy causeand now this! I'm so upset. What's nextseparate urinals for the gay and straight men because our urine isn't good enough to flush next to our straight counterparts? Don't laughit just might happen with the way of the world now. So, let's get back to the subject at handdonating your sperm.
Our US government is about to put into play new rules recommending that any man who has engaged in "homosexual sex," in the past five years be banned from serving as an anonymous sperm donor. Well, there goes the milk money.
Seems the FDA considers us at higher risk of carrying the AIDS virus. Hmmm, I have a problem with that. Our straight counterparts are clean and virus free? Is it me or do you, too, smell that awful odor of bigotry? Now, the good news (there's good news?) is that if I've been celibate for 5 yearsno lessthen I'm a candidate to donate. Is it worth the wait?
And how about that Swedish study announced last week? Researchers discovered that the brains of gay and straight men are different. Well, hold on there. Wasn't it back in the 1980s that it was discovered that the brains of gays and straights were different? In gay men, it seemed that the hypothalmus was larger than heterosexuals. Fact is, I still have the black and white t-shirts that say "My hypothalmus is bigger than your hypothalmus." What this study found was that a gay hypothalmus responded (like our female counterparts) to male hormones.
We share the ability to smell normal odors, such as lavender oil, cedar oil, and butonal. But, when they got to human odorsperspiration, sweat, etc...that's what made the difference. Gay men and women responded well to the pheromonesboth a key role in human sexuality. Straight men had no reaction to male pheromones. Don't know about you folks, but when I hit the gym I can definitely smell the testosterone being released into the air.
What was all this controversy in Washington DC over the Cherry 10 event? They didn't sell as many tickets this year due to a new ruleand a confusing rule at that. Seemed that the patrons weren't being able to take off their shirts at the dance. Let's see, gay men dancing + loud music = bare chests. You can expect that nearly 100% of the time. The new dress code obviously had an effect on the event. Hey, I expect these guys to take off their shirts at the dances. I enjoy seeing a good chest: any shape or size, hair, no hair, tight, or not so tight. But nonetheless, we've been doing this for decades. At the last minute they rescinded the rulebut judging by the limited attendance, it had done its damage. Is this another sign of the times we are facing? What's nextT-shirts at the beach? No kidding. Will we be forced to cover up at the beachforced to wear some type of garb to cover up to satisfy the whimsy of a few?
Seems things in Cape May, New Jersey have taken a turnfor the good. Seems back in the 1960s the government officials of the community of Cape May enacted a law stating that "no bikini bathing suits for men are to be worn at their beach." This law was geared (honestly) toward the gay male population. They realized that the only men who wear this type of beach wear were gay and in order to get rid of the gay male population in Cape May, they passed the law. Hey they chased them to Rehobothso that wasn't bad. Now, I know, that many of you don't like those types of bathing suits, but that's all I wear at the beach. It doesn't bother me in the least seeing someone wearing a bikiniit's a risk many men take at the beach. So, guess what happened in Cape May? Well, seems businesses and B&Bs are not filling rooms, so they rescinded the bikini law. Heythey're willing to welcome us back because their economy is in the dumpster. Now, they want us to be comfortable wearing our bikinis on their beaches, and make sure you bring that wallet with you.
And this little tidbit comes from San Francisco. Seems the CDC is studying men who have sex with men who insist that they are heterosexual. Called "on the down low," these "straight guys" have unprotected sex with other men and have sex with their female partnerswife or girlfriend. Five CDC studies will examine how many white, black, Asian, and Hispanic men are on the down low, plus other characteristics. Because of the secret habits of these men, who are often Black men who have sex with other men "on the down low" and maintain publicly that they are heterosexual, the rate at which they may spread HIV to female sexual partners is very difficult to measure. Gosh, I wonder if these guys would be eligible to donate their spermafter all they insist they're straight!
Well, Nick and I will definitely see you all at the beach this holiday weekend. We will be the ones wearing bikini bathing suits. Take that, Cape May!
Rick Moore is a personal trainer certified by the American Fitness Professionals & Associates. Visit him at www.ricksfitness.net.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 15, No. 5 May 20, 2005