Monday, February 3, 2014

Gays and Steroids; Gay Teen Killed with Skateboard; 250 Words

Gays and Steroids

This article interests me because I don't think I've ever seen it addressed so openly before. It talks about how gay adolescents are more likely to use steroids than straight adolescents. And even though I usually don't like articles that draw conclusions like this, I have to admit I wasn't surprised in this case. Think of the aging circuit boy living in a warm climate all year round now who still can't put down the steroids to save his soul. I remember noticing this trend in the 90's, where a nice-looking gay man would suddenly appear bigger, more muscular, and take on an almost superhuman look. They never offered an explanation about the sudden transformation and no one asked. But we all knew it wasn't because they were working out harder.

Overall, 21 percent of gay or bisexual boys said they had ever used steroids, versus 4 percent of straight boys. The difference was similar among those who reported moderate use - taking steroid pills or injections up to 40 times: 8 percent of gay or bi teens reported that amount, versus less than 2 percent of straight boys. The heaviest use - 40 or more times - was reported by 4 percent of gays or bi boys, compared with less than 1 percent of straight teens.

The peer pressure and body image issue in the gay community is as strong as it is with women. In many cases I've seen first hand the air-brushed muscular body we see in male magazines is an obsession, not to mention a race against the clock to remain young and muscular forever. The article goes on to state that this group needs to be studied in more depth.

They have no idea the side effects they will face down the line. I've seen that, too. It doesn't end well for the steroid crowd.

You can read more here.

Gay Teen Killed with Skateboard

A gay teenager was humiliated and beaten to death in Brazil by a group/gang of young men between the ages of 16- 23 years old.

The gay teen was on his way home after partying in the famous LGBT area of Frei Caneca in Sao Paulo.

When the gang confronted their victim, they stripped him of his shoes, mobile phone and public transport ticket before he was punched, kicked and repeatedly hit on the head with a skateboard.

The gang has a history of targeting gays in the area. This time it turned out to be fatal.

You can read more here.

250 Words

I'm linking to this new web site about book publishing by Simon & Schuster on the side bar if anyone wants to check it out in the future. If you scroll down I try to keep an updated list of web sites I find interesting at all times because I often do that when I go out looking at other blogs myself. If you're using a mobile device I think you have to go to the web version, though.

 The site will publish original essays by authors, as well as interviews, reviews and commentary about the publishing business. The site will include stories and interviews with authors across the industry, not just those published by Simon & Schuster.

You can read more about it here. And check out the site yourselves, here. I'm glad to see it. We're lacking these things in publishing and it will give authors at least some kind of platform. I'm assuming all pieces will be around 250 words in length.

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