Dating Transitionally

Dear Andre, I’m a 50-year-old gay man falling for a transgender man for the first time. The feelings seem to be reciprocated, but lately I’ve found myself hesitating to take things further than flirtation. Not because I have any personal qualms about being with someone trans, mind you, but honestly, I don’t have any trans friends and am just generally worried that I’m going to say something “stupid,” or be a terrible lover, or something else that will screw this up before it even starts. Help! Marc F. Dear Marc, Breathe. You’re doing a good job. Transgender folks are among […]

Masturbation Agonistes

Dear Andre, I’m a college student who has been living with her parents for the past two years until I graduate to save money. My parents and I get along relatively well, but there’s one main problem: I share a bedroom wall with them! I haven’t dated anyone seriously since starting college, but I’m a healthy masturbator and recently thought about investing in my first vibrator. I’m worried about the sound carrying through the walls, though, and while I think my parents are pretty chill about sex, I’m cringing right now just imagining them hearing me! What do I do? […]

I’m Home, Baltimore

If I have any one place to thank for my rich queer identity, it’s Baltimore. I grew up in a small farming town in southern New Jersey. Flush in resources like produce stands and ignorance, it left much to be desired when it came to embracing its LGBTQ youth. “Survival” looked a whole lot like maintaining good friends and a resilient spirit, as well as having access to the worldwide web. The Internet provided a haven for our raging hormones and conflicted thoughts, one that taught us about queerness, desire, pleasure, anatomy, reproductive rights, and cultural diversity. We learned shame […]