Readings — From the April 2015 issue

Dire Straights

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From questions asked by deputies of the L.A. County Men’s Jail to determine whether an inmate should be placed in a unit created to house and protect gay and transgender men, who are ten times more likely to face sexual assault in prison than their heterosexual counterparts. Straight men have been trying to get assigned to the unit, which is generally considered safer than the rest of the jail.

How long have you known you were gay?

Does your family know?

How did your mother react when you came out?

Have you ever slept with a woman?

Tell me about your first sexual intercourse with a man.

What is the biggest problem for homosexuals in the United States today?

What gay clubs do you frequent? Where is the Abbey located? What’s the cover charge? What does the dance floor look like?

Describe the annual West Hollywood gay-pride parade.

What was the name of your last boyfriend? When is his birthday? The boyfriend before that?

Do you pitch or catch?

Define “glory hole.”

What are cookies?

What is a bird?

What is a size queen?

What is a Prince Albert?

What does semen taste like?

What does it mean to be thirsty?

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