Something For The Weekend

Author: James Wharton

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1785902385

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 8044

After spending ten years in the army, James Wharton enters civilian life and settles in the idyllic English countryside with his husband and two dogs, in what seems to be a perfect fairy-tale ending. But only a year later, separated from his husband, James finds himself trying to carve out a new life in London, frequenting the capital's gay clubbing scene in a search for potential friends and lovers. He is quick to discover the phenomenon known as 'chemsex' - a weekend world of drugs, partying and sex. Immediately hooked, James begins to spend hours, often days, with groups of total strangers, locked in drug-induced states of heightened sexual desire. Something for the Weekend compassionately explores the growing popularity of chemsex and considers the motivating factors that have lured people into this underworld. James interviews a variety of characters, from drug dealers and sexual health experts to other gay men who, like himself, became addicted to this often volatile culture, and reveals how chemsex has cemented its status as more than just a short-term craze, becoming a permanent feature in modern gay life.

Out in the Army

My Life as a Gay Soldier

Author: James Wharton

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1849546185

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 8277

"A highly readable and distinctly 21st-century boy's own tale." BEN SUMMERSKILL OBESeeking escape from the quiet countryside of North Wales, the young James Wharton joined the British Army with adventure on his mind - and he found it...At basic training, boozing and brawling accompany the daily trials of army life, but all the while James faces a battle of his own: he is gay, and finding the courage to tell not only his family and friends but also his fellow soldiers will be the biggest challenge of all.Written with searing honesty, and updated to include a new chapter, James charts his incredible journey from punchbag to poster boy, describing the troubles and trials of coming to terms with his sexuality via late nights in Soho clubs and early mornings at ceremonial events.The first openly gay person to appear on the cover of Soldier, the British Army's official magazine, James has played an active role in developing support networks for gay men and women within the forces.A courageous and candid account from the soldier who escorted the Queen to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, endured rocket attacks in the deserts of Iraq and served bravely alongside Prince Harry on the plains of Canada - this is James's life out in the army."A fascinating and charming insight into a remarkable life that wouldn't have been possible just a few years ago." MATT CAIN, FORMER CUL TURE EDITOR, CHANNEL 4 NEWS

Queer City

Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1683353013

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 4436

PRAISE FOR QUEER CITY “Always entertaining . . . much to be recommended.”—The Spectator “A nimble, uproarious pocket history of sex in his beloved metropolis.”—Independent “Ackroyd has an encyclopedic knowledge of London, and a poet’s instinct for its strange, mesmerizing drives and urges . . . Queer City contains something to alarm or fascinate on every page.”—The Mail on Sunday “Droll, provocative and crammed to busting with startling facts.”—The Guardian “Succinct, perceptive and robust.”—Daily Telegraph In Queer City, the acclaimed Peter Ackroyd looks at London in a whole new way–through the complete history and experiences of its gay and lesbian population. In Roman Londinium, the city was dotted with lupanaria (“wolf dens” or public pleasure houses), fornices (brothels), and thermiae (hot baths). Then came the Emperor Constantine, with his bishops, monks, and missionaries. And so began an endless loop of alternating permissiveness and censure. Ackroyd takes us right into the hidden history of the city; from the notorious Normans to the frenzy of executions for sodomy in the early nineteenth century. He journeys through the coffee bars of sixties Soho to Gay Liberation, disco music, and the horror of AIDS. Ackroyd reveals the hidden story of London, with its diversity, thrills, and energy, as well as its terrors, dangers, and risks, and in doing so, explains the origins of all English-speaking gay culture.

The Chemsex Monologues

Author: Patrick Cash

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786820064

Category: Drama

Page: 64

View: 3138

The Chemsex Monologues explore the sexual, high world of the chillouts through six different characters. A nameless narrator meets a sexy boy on a Vauxhall night out, who introduces him to G’s pleasures; the poster boy for Room Service gets taken to Old Mother Meth’s place by a porn star; Fag Hag Cath is finding the chillouts have become more about the sex; Daniel is a sexual health worker who does community outreach in thesaunas; and the nameless narrator meets up with his sexy boy again in different circumstances. Explicit, funny and touching, The Chemsex Monologues display a realm that is sometimes dark, but populated by very real, loveable human beings.

10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives

Author: Joe Kort

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1459608429

Category:

Page: 362

View: 6931

Openly gay therapist Joe Kort provides 10 powerful and positive steps gay men can take to isolate and overcome self-defeating behavior patterns, and move in healthier and more rewarding directions: Take Charge of Their Own Lives Affirm Themselves by Coming Out Resolve Differences With Parents and Relatives 'Graduate' From Delayed Adolescence Avoid - or Overcome - Sexual Addiction -Learn from Successful Mentors Whove Been There, Done That Take Advantage of 'Therapy Workouts' Achieve - and Maintain - Rewarding Relationships Understand the Stages of Loves Commit to Their Partner.These solid and reliable 'Top 10' life steps that have been most helpful to Joe Korts clients in his 16 years of working with hundreds of gay men, are presented in an engaging and easy-to-understand manner and are supplemented by case histories from his practice. These are time-tested, practical decisions gay men can make in their search for emotional, sexual and personal fulfillment

The Velvet Rage

Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World

Author: Alan Downs

Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books

ISBN: 0738215856

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

View: 3818

Today’s gay man enjoys unprecedented, hard-won social acceptance. Despite this victory, however, serious problems still exist. Substance abuse, depression, suicide, and sex addiction among gay men are at an all-time high, causing many to ask, “Are we really better off?” Drawing on contemporary research, psychologist Alan Downs’s own struggle with shame and anger, and stories from his patients, The Velvet Rage passionately describes the stages of a gay man’s journey out of shame and offers practical and inspired strategies to stop the cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behavior. Updated to reflect the effects of the many recent social, cultural, and political changes, The Velvet Rage is an empowering book that has already changed the public discourse on gay culture and helped shape the identity of an entire generation of gay men.

Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir

Author: Jake Shears

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 1787590194

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 319

View: 7729

From Jake Shears – world famous singer, songwriter, actor and LGBTQ+ icon – comes this wide-eyed and determined coming-of- age story; an unforgettable literary account of a man overcoming the odds and finding his true voice. Long before hitting the stage as the lead singer of the iconic glam rock band Scissor Sisters, Jake Shears was Jason Sellards, a teenage boy living a fraught life, resulting in a confusing and confining time in high school as his classmates bullied him and few teachers showed sympathy. It wasn’t until years later, while living and studying in New York City, that Jason would find his voice as an artist and, with a group of friends and musicians who were also thirsting for stardom and freedom, form the band Scissor Sisters. First performing in the smoky gay nightclubs of New York, then finding massive success in the United Kingdom, Scissor Sisters would become revered by the LGBTQ+ community, sell out venues worldwide, and win multiple accolades with hits like Take Your Mama and I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, as well as their cult-favourite cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb. Candid and courageous, Shears’ writing sings with the same powerful, spirited presence that he brings to his live performances. Following a misfit boy’s development into a dazzling rock star, Boys Keep Swinging is a raucously entertaining memoir that will be an inspiration to anyone with determination and a dream. ‘This is a beautiful, fascinating memoir by a beautiful guy who has lived a fascinating life – and he has the insights and receipts to prove it. Wonderful!’ - Dan Savage

Straight Jacket

Author: Matthew Todd

Publisher: Black Swan

ISBN: 9780552778404

Category: Gay men

Page: 400

View: 7848

Straight Jacket is a revolutionary clarion call for gay men, the wider LGBT community, their friends and family. Part memoir, part ground-breaking polemic, it looks beneath the shiny facade of contemporary gay culture and asks if gay people are as happy as they could be--and if not, why not? Meticulously researched, courageous and life-affirming, Straight Jacket offers invaluable practical advice on how to overcome a range of difficult issues. It also recognizes that this is a watershed moment, a piercing wake-up-call-to-arms for the gay and wider community to acknowledge the importance of supporting all young people--and helping older people to transform their experience and finally get the lives they really want.

Coming Out to Play

Author: Robbie Rogers,Eric Marcus

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 014312661X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 1844

Documents the trailblazing soccer champion's award-winning achievements with the NCAA, on the Olympics team and in Major League Soccer while recounting his decision to reveal his sexual orientation at the risk of his career. Includes tear-out trading cards. Original. 75,000 first printing.

Stars, Cars and Crystal Meth

Author: Jack Sutherland

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571323545

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 9484

Jack Sutherland, the narrator and protagonist of this memoir has, you might say, led a charmed life in the face of seeming damnation. A confirmed alcoholic in his early teens, by his twenties he was PA and bodyguard to the Hollywood stars most notably Michael Stipe, Ru Paul and Mickey Rourke. His work took him to exotic destinations around the world and bizarre encounters and requests. It also led him back to a smorgasbord of lethal addictions: alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy and perhaps most damaging of all crystal meth and the crazed chem sex that characterises its use. On the shores of death's coastline, a nine stone skeleton in a frame that once boasted the shape and tone of a bodybuilder, Jack is saved. By his father, one of the literary world's most esteemed personalities: John Sutherland. A son's memoir told through the prism and prose of a father will surely take its place among the classics of contemporary addiction and recovery stories like A Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. Stars, Cars & Crystal Meth lifts the lid on the shadow world of the Hollywood PA with grim but ultimately inspiring honesty.

Cruise Control

Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men

Author: Robert Weiss, MSW

Publisher: eBookIt.com

ISBN: 0985063343

Category: Self-Help

Page: 249

View: 308

Cruise Control is the premiere book on the growing problem of sex addiction in gay men. This second edition explores how technology has impacted the instant ability to "meet up" and the implications of being in recovery in a committed relationship. Accessible resource for achieving sex addiction recovery including a "30 day test" and a dating plan.

Children as ‘Risk'

Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Children and Young People

Author: Anne-Marie McAlinden

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107144841

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 366

View: 9242

Examines the social, legal and cultural challenges navigating the boundaries of 'normal'-'problematic'-'risky' sexual behaviours among peers.

Fighting Proud

The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars

Author: Stephen Bourne

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1786722151

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 3971

In this astonishing new history of wartime Britain, historian Stephen Bourne unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and at home, and brings to light the great unheralded contribution they made to the war effort. Fighting Proud weaves together the remarkable lives of these men, from RAF hero Ian Gleed – a Flying Ace twice honoured for bravery by King George VI – to the infantry officers serving in the trenches on the Western Front in WWI - many of whom led the charges into machine-gun fire only to find themselves court-martialled after the war for indecent behaviour. Behind the lines, Alan Turing’s work on breaking the ‘enigma machine’ and subsequent persecution contrasts with the many stories of love and courage in Blitzed-out London, with new wartime diaries and letters unearthed for the first time. Bourne tells the bitterly sad story of Ivor Novello, who wrote the WWI anthem ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’, and the crucial work of Noel Coward - who was hated by Hitler for his work entertaining the troops. Fighting Proud also includes a wealth of long-suppressed wartime photography subsequently ignored by mainstream historians. This book is a monument to the bravery, sacrifice and honour shown by a persecuted minority, who contributed during Britain’s hour of need.

Lust, Men, and Meth

A Gay Man's Guide to Sex and Recovery

Author: David Michael Fawcett

Publisher: S FL Center for Counseling and Therapy, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780996257800

Category: Drug addicts

Page: 226

View: 5772

Fawcett provides a practical resource for recovery from methamphetamine and the restoration of healthy sex and intimacy. He outlines a path toward healing, describing the phases of physical, emotional, and sexual recovery and provides a broad range of supportive tools from managing triggers to mindfulness.

5 Guys Chillin'

Author: Peter Darney

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786820048

Category: Drama

Page: 72

View: 1108

‘Wanna pair of shorts? Shot of G? Line of Meph?’ From surgeons to students, couples to kink; guys that love it and lost guys longing to be loved. An original look into a drugfuelled, hedonistic, highly secret world of Chem-Sex, Grindr and instant gratification. Created from five people’s interviews and informed by over fifty hours of material from guys found through Grindr and other social media, this is an important look at the relatively new scene that apps have been fundamental in creating. With HIV rates in London soaring and these parties being held in part to blame, 5 Guys Chillin’ looks at changing attitudes to sex, to HIV, to how we achieve intimacy and our perception of what sexual relations can and should be. Winner of the Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award and Best Actor award (Elliot Hadley) at Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival 2016 Radio Reverb Out In Brighton LGBTQ Award 2016

Manhood

The Bare Reality

Author: Laura Dodsworth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781780664255

Category: Body image in men

Page: 304

View: 3265

Manhood 100 men bravely share un-airbrushed photographs of their penises alongside honest, courageous, powerful and humorous stories about their penises and their lives. Intimate, visually refreshing, maybe even surprising, Manhood will make you reconsider how you think and feel about your own body, and those of the men in your life.

Pray the Gay Away

Author: Michael Zakar,Zach Zakar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692986721

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 7443

Some moms cry. Some moms hug you. Our mom threw holy water at us.

The Last Romeo

A razor-sharp, laugh-out-loud debut

Author: Justin Myers

Publisher: Piatkus

ISBN: 9780349416915

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 4590

'If you liked Bridget Jones's Diary, try this' BBC News 'So funny and sharp, yet tender and emotional too. I loved it!' Jill Mansell 'I adored The Last Romeo . . . funny, clever and warm' Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt 'A savagely funny and poignant journey' Red Magazine 'A frothy and insightful debut . . . an all-too-recognisable tale of the horrors and joys of attempting to find that special someone' Emerald Street 'A razor-sharp tale, with fabulously drawn characters, crackling dialogue, real emotional heft and a wonderfully acerbic turn of phrase. Great fun' Sunday Mirror 'A book we can all relate to . . . Myers' original take on modern dating is refreshing and timely' GQ ***** James is 34 and fed up. His six-year relationship with Adam has imploded, he hates his job making up celebrity gossip, and his best friend Bella has just announced she's moving to Russia. Adrift and single in loved-up London, James needs to break out of his lonely, drunken comfort zone. Encouraged by Bella, he throws himself headlong into online dating, blogging each encounter anonymously as the mysterious Romeo. After meeting a succession of hot/weird/gross men, James has fans and the validation he's always craved. But when his wild night with a closeted Olympian goes viral and sends his Twitter-fame through the roof, James realises maybe, in the search for happy-ever-after, some things are better left un-shared. Seriously, wherefore art thou Romeo . . . From Justin Myers, author of sensational blog The Guyliner, this razor-sharp and cringingly candid account of one man's quest for The One is as sad, fearless and funny as dating itself. ***** 'Sex and the City meets Bridget Jones's Diary in this sharp and pacey queer rom-com gone wrong for the digital age' Attitude 'We can't remember the last time there was this much buzz in the literary world over a same-sex love story' Indy100 'It's Bridget Jones meets Gossip Girl, and if you loved those, you'll adore this' Look Magazine 'Insightful, heartfelt and witty' Laura Jane Williams 'Myers is a natural raconteur and The Last Romeo is replete with the sharp wit and tenderness that made The Guyliner such a success' Sydney Morning Herald 'What would you get if you were to combine Adrian Mole and almost any Marian Keyes novel? Justin Myers's brilliant debut novel and its lead, James' Sunday Times South Africa 'Extremely funny, with real heart, depth and resonance' Daisy Buchanan 'Warm, witty, wicked and wonderful . . . What an amazing debut' John Marrs, author of The One 'Justin's writing is razor-sharp and so funny . . . I inhaled it in one sitting' Francesca Hornak, author of Seven Days of Us 'Hilarious and insightful, The Last Romeo is the perfect blend of heart, spark and snark' Isabel Costello, Literary Sofa 'Predictably wise, beautifully written and enormous fun' Marina O'Loughlin

Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction

A comprehensive guide for people who struggle with sex addiction and those who want to help them

Author: Paula Hall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351112619

Category: Psychology

Page: 202

View: 1432

Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction demonstrates why people’s lives are being destroyed by compulsive sexual behaviour and what we can do to help them. The book examines the latest research into these conditions and outlines the new integrative C.H.O.I.C.E. Recovery Model, a practical, sex-positive model which incorporates CBT, ACT and psychodynamic theories to help people enjoy lifetime recovery. This new edition has been updated throughout, with new material covering pornography addiction, ChemSex, internet offending and female sex and love addiction. Written in a clear and informative manner, this book contains support and advice for both the clinician and for those who suffer from sex addiction, and provides tools for securing confident and rewarding recovery. Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction is essential reading for anyone looking to make an enduring recovery from these conditions, as well as for clinicians new to the field and those wanting to update their skills and knowledge.

Ice Age

Author: Luke Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781925228922

Category:

Page: 384

View: 4029