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Body shaming in the gay community

Everyone close your eyes. We want you to raise your hand if you’ve ever had anything mean said about the way you look. Open your eyes.

Now, close your eyes again. And this time, we want you to raise your hand if you’ve ever said anything mean about the way someone else looks. Open them.

There’s been some gayon-gay crime here. And over the next few pages, you’ll hear from people around the world who’ve been body shamed while out on the gay scene; that very scene that’s meant to support and respect one another.

It’s happened to all of us at one point in our lives– whether we’ve been told our arse isn’t peachy enough, our junk ain’t big enough, or we need to spend longer at the gym. And we’ve probably done it ourselves, too.

You might think you’re “saving time” by adding “no fats” to your Grindr profile, but that kinda thing is gonna mess with people’s heads. And with it being revealed recently that LGBT people are twice as likely as our straight counterparts to suffer mental health issues, maybe it’s time we stopped to think about what we’re saying – whether out loud, or in 140 characters – before our words really hurt someone.

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