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“Gay” really does mean “happy”! The University of Montreal published the findings of a study they did in the current issue of Psychosomatic Medicine that addresses some differences between gays and straights when it comes to happiness and stress management. They studied 87 of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual Canadians and found that the queer members of their study that had come out of the closet to family and friends “have less anxiety, depression, and burnout” than those who hadn’t. To add to that, the study’s leader (Robert-Paul Juster) said that as a group, out gay and bisexual males “were less likely to be depressed than heterosexual men and had less physiological problems than heterosexual men.” These findings were also published on U.S. News.

Juster concludes from their findings that coming out is good for many reasons. “Our research suggests coming out of the closet has some health benefits,” says Robert-Paul Juster, the study’s lead author. “Coming out is no longer a matter of popular debate, but a matter of public health.”

Find out how it has health benefits after the jump…

This video just made my day. It’s always so inspiring and touching to see the families and friends of LGBT youth standing by the people they love. My favorite part of any pride parade is actually when I see things like a mom holding up a sign that says, “I love my gay son.” I don’t know why, but one glance at a sign like that and I’m totally moved.

The following video is filled with such examples. LGBTQ youth, allies and their families from Modesto, California want to break some stereotypes and in the video, they share what The P.L.A.C.E. (People Learning Acceptance Creating Equality) means to them. Some of my favorite messages/signs in the video include, “I am living a life, not a lifestyle,” “Animals can be more loving than people…That is why I am studying Veterinary Technology,” and “I fix machines all day, but I cannot fix my gay son…because he is not broken.

It’s such a lovely video and I encourage you to watch it. For me, I really was reminded the importance of such programs. They literally save lives.

Video after the jump…

In a new radio & video interview with Take Part (the YouTube channel from some of the people behind An Inconvenient Truth), Dan Savage discusses Merle Miller‘s 40 year old essay “On Being Different: What it Means to Be a Homosexual,” the impetus of the LGBT activist movement, and what “being different” means today.

In the video, he talks about what life was like for a gay person forty years ago and how things are different today. He also talks about how coming out is a form of activism and why it’s so important because back in the day, kids felt alone, like they were the only ones who felt different.

Check out the video below to look at how far we’ve come thanks to the leaps and bounds made by the gay community, young and old.

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What Gay Men Think About Vaginas

In: Patrick, Totally GAY!, Videos

“What do you think about vaginas?” That’s the question that Davey Wavey had several different gay guys answer, including himself. I don’t even know what I would say when asked with such a broad, awkward question.

Let’s face it, as gay men we know a lot about penises, but vaginas are a whole other world we know little about. To be literal, this is what Wikipedia says about vaginas: “A fibromuscular tubular tract which is a sex organ and has two main functions; sexual intercourse and childbirth.” In the video, the guys talk about what they look like, how they feel and more. It’s actually quite funny to see the reactions of some of them when they first hear the question.

By the end of the video, all of the guys say “thank you” to vaginas because at the end of the day, they are where we came from and we owe our lives to them. Haha. Watch the funny video below.

Video after the jump…

Gary and Larry Lane were born and raised in Goldsboro, North Carolina and grew up in a very religious family. As they started to get older, they discovered that they were both gay. The two talked about their coming out experience this past week on The Jeff Probst Show and it’s very fascinating!

Partners in crime, they’ve starred in movies, reality show competitions, and actually won $50,000 on NBC’s Fear Factor and also $50,000 on ABC’s Winter Wipeout! Their lattest venture is called Hollywood to Dollywood. The twins grew up listening to Dolly’s music and always thought she was an amazing person. So they decided to write a screenplay about her, and go on a cross country roadtrip to try to put it in her hands! They also asked her for fifteen of her songs to use in the film.

The guys are very inspiring to me, seeing how they are grabbing life by the balls and are there for each other every step of the way. Listen to their interview with Jeff Probst below. Hmm, maybe they’ll be on Survivor next? Can you image… “Wait, did I make an alliance with you, or your brother?”

Video after the jump…

It’s kind of a tongue twister, but that’s the latest video response that originated about a month ago with unique approach to getting the message about marriage equality across: “Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends“. Following that first video came the response from straight men, and more recently, “Gay Women Will Marry Your Boyfriends.” Now, the straight women have something to say.

In this video, the girlfriends of the straight homophobes speak up and say how “f*cking awesome” it would be for them to marry the gays that have said they would marry them. “The ladies that want fairytale weddings would actually get it, to a degree they never could have imagined,” says one woman. She later adds, “My dad wanted me to tell that he doesn’t hate you because you de-virginized me. He knows you didn’t de-virginize me.” LOL. Watch & enjoy the new video below.

Watch the video after the jump…

My Gay Roommate: A Web Series Pilot

In: Patrick, Totally GAY!, Videos

Uploaded only a couple days ago, a new YouTube pilot for a gay web series has close to 20,000 views and with a such a positive response, they have another episode coming out soon.

Here’s the premise of the series: “My Gay Roommate centers on the unique relationship forged between a straight boy from Ohio and his very gay freshman roommate. It follows their experiences, altercations, and the slightly absurd situations they find themselves in as first time college students — everything from losing their virginities to cleanliness and everything in between. #MGR #Diva #Fiercebetch

The show was created by Noam Ash and Austin Bening, and stars Noam Ash as Nick Cohen and Philip Lockwood-Bean as James Thatcher. When the boys first meet, one of them is dancing in his underwear to Katy Perry’s “Peacock” and caught of guard when the other steps into the room. “When a guy is peacocking, don’t come-a-knocking?” No, that was bad. #jokefail. Just watch the video below.

Watch the video after the jump…

YouTube star Davey Wavey has an interesting way of telling things like it is, and his latest video is no exception. In this video titled “Gay Things Straight Guys Do,” he lists and/or demonstrates various things that straight guys do that can seem pretty gay in the eyes of gay men.

The first example, as you can see above, is wrestling. “Wrestling is pretty much the gayest thing in the world. The only difference between wrestling and like 90% of gay porn is that… there actually is no difference – so they’re the same thing.” Following that statement, Wavey and his straight friend demonstrate some wrestling, but it gets cut short when he says, “Stop! I’m getting hard!” LOL.

As always, Davey Wavey is just having some fun with the topic and it’s not to be taken seriously. If anything, he demonstrates that gay guys and straight guys have a lot more in common than one might think. Watch and enjoy the video below.

Watch the video after the jump…

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