“Masc4Masc is a term used by lots of “straight-acting” (I hate that phrase) gay guys. They put it on their dating profiles and it means they don’t want to get involved with anyone who they deem to be ‘effeminate’. Now that the LGBTQ+ rights movement appears to be moving forward we must be aware of a false sense of completion.

“For the majority of our community, the fight doesn’t end at gay marriage. We need to reevaluate our aims and focus more on issues within the movement.

“Cis, white, gay men are often guilty of awful acts of discrimination that get ignored simply because we are part of a liberation group. Whilst ‘Masc4Masc’ is only a very small example of this, it is symptomatic of a greater problem of the imposition of traditional gender roles within the LGBTQ+ community. This can also be seen through the importance some people put on the roles of ‘tops’ and ‘bottoms’ and, much more seriously, the growing presence of transphobia in gay culture (especially within the drag community).

“LGBTQ+ people have always been at the forefront of movements breaking away from strict gender roles and if we begin to forget this heritage we will find ourselves in a very dangerous situation.”

Photo credit: Harriet Evans and Skin Deep Oxford
Photo editing: Harriet Evans

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