Study: More Gay/Bi Teens Comfortable Being Out To Parents

Teenager with Pride flag in back pocket - photo by Toni Reed
Teenager with Pride flag in back pocket
(photo: Toni Reed/Unsplash)

At what age did you come out to your parents?

A new study shows the number of gay and bisexual teenage boys that are comfortable being out to their parents has surged by double digits in 20 years.

According to the study, published in the journal Psychology of Sexual Orientation, 66 percent of gay and bi males aged 13-18 are out to their mothers. Forty-nine percent indicated they are out to their dads.

This is a huge change from the 1990s when just 40 percent of adolescent boys were out to their moms and less than 30 percent were open about their attractions with their dads.

The numbers come from a survey of 1,194 Generation Z boys (born between 1998 and 2018) with same-sex attractions.

The data also shows different factors – religion, identity, race – can play a part in terms of who is more comfortable being out with their parents.

Not surprisingly, those who come from a more religious background are less likely to be out than those less religious.

White survey participants were more likely to be out than Black respondents.

And those who identify as gay were more comfortable in being open with their parents than bisexual male teens or those less sure of their sexuality.

Lead author David A. Moskowitz, Ph.D., said in a statement that this information can help psychologists understand what factors “move teenagers to share this type of information with those closest to them.”

Moskowitz noted in the study that there’s more work to be done (like doing a similar survey among females in the same age group), but added, ”We can now compare these practices with how other generations deal with these issues and think about what it all means for future generations.”

Marvel Comics Announces Gay Captain America In Time For Pride Month

Out teenager Aaron Fischer as Captain America
Out teenager Aaron Fischer as Captain America

Marvel Comics has announced plans to introduce a gay Captain America this summer as part of a limited-series honoring the 80th anniversary of the star-spangled super-hero.

The 5-part series will be titled The United States of Captain America and will feature the original Cap along with Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson and John Walker – who have all taken on the Captain America persona in the past.

According to a press release, the foursome will travel the country in search of Captain America’s shield which has been stolen. Along the way, they’ll encounter local heroes, all from different walks of life, who become Captains America for their communities.

In the first issue, which will debut June 2 in honor of Pride Month, readers are introduced to teenager Aaron Fischer, the Captain America of the Railways, who is gay. He is described as “a fearless teen who stepped up to protect fellow runaways and the unhoused.”

Concept design for Aaron Fischer, Captain America of the Railways
Concept design for Aaron Fischer, Captain America of the Railways

“Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life,” says Joshua Trujillo, who wrote the issue. “He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers, and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.”

Artist Jan Bazaldua was given the job to bring the young Aaron to life on the page.

“I want to thank Editor Alanna Smith and Joshua Trujillo very much for asking me to create Aaron,” Bazaldua said in a statement. “I really enjoyed designing him, and as a transgender person, I am happy to be able to present an openly gay person who admires Captain America and fights against evil to help those who are almost invisible to society.”

“While I was drawing him, I thought, well, Cap fights against super-powerful beings and saves the world almost always, but Aaron helps those who walk alone in the street with problems that they face every day,” added Bazaldua. “I hope people like the end result!”


Gay Racist Toad Shouts N-Word, Attacks Guy Recording His A**holery

Just grotesque… (screen capture via YouTube)

Here’s a sad example that there’s a jerk in just about every demographic.

A video shared on social media shows a confrontation between a driver and a pedestrian escalate to violence after the driver realized he was captured on video calling a Black sanitation worker a “f*cking n****r.”

The incident took place on New York City’s Upper East Side over the weekend. After shouting the racist slur, the driver noticed a pedestrian was recording the ugliness.

“Are you recording me?” asked the driver.

“Yeah,” says the pedestrian.

“Why?” the driver asks.

In a pretty spot-on assessment, the pedestrian replied, “Because you’re an asshole.”

“I’m an asshole? Honey, look in the mirror, okay? The only person who is an asshole is you for recording,” says the racist driver.

During the exchange, the motorist asked the pedestrian, “Are you gay, too?”

“Too?” Oh god, he’s gay? Dang it…

“No,” the pedestrian replies.

“No, you’re not? Well, you look like it,” the driver snaps back.

When the pedestrian shares he plans on uploading the video to the internet, the driver scoffs, “Okay, I’ll get fans, honey. That’s what I’ll do.”

It’s at that point the driver exits his car and assaults the pedestrian. Along the way snatches the phone recording the incident and hurls it to the ground.

The driver probably thought he’d solved his internet problem, except others nearby noticed the exchange and were recording as well.

The YouTube poster writes that prior to the beginning of the clip, the driver “was repeatedly shouting at a Black sanitation worker, yelling “you’re a n*****”. The noise was enough for several residents to come down to street level.”

Folks in the Twitterverse were NOT having the hideous behavior.

JustFor.Fans Announces Top Accounts For 2019

L-R Gabriel Cross, Griffin Barrows, Max Konnor (images via Instagram)

Dominic Ford, the creator of JustFor.Fans, has announced the most followed gay accounts on the popular fan site platform.

“This list is incredibly diverse in porn star vs. amateur, age, race, body type,” wrote Ford on Twitter. “It is the point of a platform like JFF where everyone stands an equal chance of being successful.”

“I am proud of everyone on the JFF platform, and this list is a microcosm of that diversity,” added the entrepreneur.

Ford told Out that he opted to share a Top 15 because his list is ordered by the most subscribers. But when ordered by the most profits, some from numbers 11-15 jumped up into the top ten.

Those fifteen gay adult accounts garnering the most attention on the streaming platform are listed below with links to their (NSFW) Twitter accounts:

1. Griffin Barrow
2. Gabriel Cross
3. Rhyheim Shabazz
4. Rafael Alencar
5. RopeTrainKeep
6. DeepFillerNYC
7. HungerFF
8. RealMenFullBush
9. Max Konnor
10. PhatRabbitKill2
11. ItsKravemelanin
12. CadeMaddoxX
13. RoccoSteeleNYC
14. MichaelLucasNYC
15. AdamRussoXXX

20-Something, Gay & Living In NYC


I was cleaning out some files for The Randy Report and came across this documentary I shared some years back.

Filmmaker Blake Pruitt interviewed several NYC 20-something gay men to get their perspective on how gay men are perceived.

I don’t agree with many of the statements, but I also acknowledge that I’m a 54-year-old gay man who has been ‘out’ for 35 years. So I have no problem self-identifying as gay, and I also don’t “compete” in the gay community.

I noticed on the Vimeo page several commenters felt Nico was pretty clear about who he was, but the rest had some growing up to do.

What do you think? Do these guys have it right? Is their age a contributing factor to how they see the gay community?

Thoughts? I’m curious to see how others view the issue.

News Round-Up: May 29, 2018

Some news items you might have missed this holiday weekend:

• InstaHunk Ace Cee (above) shares wisdom for the day: “Save water, shower together…”

• Check out the Australian hunk who just won Mr. Gay World 2018. Jordan Bruno hopes to use his title to address issues within the LGBTQ community like femme shaming, body issues, and lesbian discrimination at pride festivals.

• New York Police Department officers are in hot water over posing with a male stripper in just a G-string and boots.

• Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, considered the most vulnerable of Dem senators up for re-election this fall, leads his GOP opponent by 12 points in a new poll.

• A gay high school valedictorian, barred from giving his graduation speech because he used the phrase “the young people will win,” gave his speech anyway via a bullhorn. His school officials claimed the phrase, coined by the high school students in Parkland, Florida, was “too confrontational.”

• With Pride Month just days away, learn how the word “gay” shifted in meaning from “happy” to “homosexual from the folks at Origin of Everything:

Podcast: Miami Beach Gay-Bashing; Matt Bomer In Upcoming “Anything;” Diver Tom Daley Speaks Out On LGBT Rights At Commonwealth Games

In this week’s podcast:

• Miami Beach Pride gay bashing

• Sen. Cory Booker calls out Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo on LGBT rights

• Newly-elected Alabama Sen. Doug Jones became the latest co-sponsor of The Equality Act citing his son Carson’s coming out as affecting his view on LGBTQ rights

• Out UK diverTom Daley speaks out against Commonwealth anti-gay laws

• Matt Bomer’s casting in upcoming film trans-oriented ANYTHING gets boos from transgender community

• And the latest political parody from Randy Rainbow – “You Can’t Stop His Tweets”

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.

Video: Questions Straight Men Have For Gay Men

I have been curious my entire life. I ask everyone questions every day. I love finding out new things and understanding.

So, I completely “got” the idea of this video from Buzzfeed that paired gay men with straight men and set up the situation that the straight guys could ask anything they wanted about being gay.

Sample questions like, “How much porn did you watch that was straight porn before you switched to gay porn?” and “What if you’re both bottoms or both tops? Is that a deal breaker?”

I love natural curiosity.

And, of course, there’s the companion video, “Questions Gay Men Have For Straight Men.” (You know where that’s going, now, don’t you?”