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10% of self-proclaimed 'straight' men in NYC are having gay sex

That’s the 365gay story, citing a survey by the NYC Health Department.

Of that group 70% said they were married.

I’m sure there’s a joke about one of our favorite AmTalibanners in there somewhere.

All kidding aside, this kind of behavior is dangerous, because you know the women these men are sleeping with probably have no idea what the guys are doing on the side, leaving them exposed to HIV/AIDS and other STDs.

Titled “Discordance between Sexual Behavior and Self-Reported Sexual Identity: A Population-Based Survey of New York City Men,” the study appears in this week’s edition of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Compared to men who identified themselves as gay, the “straight” men who had sex with other men were more likely to belong to a minority racial or ethnic group, be foreign-born, have a lower educational level, and live outside Manhattan Pathela and her colleagues report.

Most worrisome the group was less likely to have been tested for HIV infection during the previous year and less likely to have used a condom during the last sexual encounter than men who identified themselves as gay.

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In NYC, there are efforts to address the black church and its problem with homophobia. Once such is an upcoming talk, “Sexuality, Faith, and the Black Church A Love Like Damien’s Community Circle and Talk Back.” The free event will be held tomorrow, September 20 from 7pm – 9pm at the Community Church of New York, 28 East 35th Street, 1st Floor.

The play, A Love Like Damien’s, is the story of a young black gay man finds the strength to stand up to his church’s homophobia. More information here, from playwright Andrea E. Davis.

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