AFTER A FEW BEERS, WELL…

One in five straight men watches gay sex, according to a new study reported on in the Feb./March issue of The Advocate. According to the LGBT magazine, a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, examined the porn-viewing habits of 821 gay, straight and bisexual men from around the country. Among the surprising results: 55 of gay men watch straight porn and 21% of straight men watch gay porn.

A YEAR WITH NO SEX PROVES A POINT

A gay man recently abstained from sex for a year just so he could donate blood, hypothetically the first such donation in decades. Since 1983, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned blood donations from men who have sex with men for fear of HIV transmission. That rule was replaced in 2015 with another that still discriminates against gay men by requiring them to go a full year without any sexual contact before being eligible to donate blood. Zack Ford, LGBT editor at ThinkProgress.org, reports Jay Franzone, an openly gay man, was able to donate blood legally last week when he went without sex for a year just to do a good deed – and prove the absurdity of the rule. “I [could not] even receive oral sex over the course of one year but my best friend can sleep with eight different women in a week and go donate blood, no problems — without any protection.”

IS BIGGER REALLY BETTER?

In the United States, the average size of new single family homes grew from 1,780 square feet in 1978 to 2,479 in 2007, and to 2,662 square feet in 2013 – even though the size of the average family is now smaller. A “Tiny House” movement is now promoting the return to houses of less than 1,000 square feet.

LONDON HIV RATES ARE FALLING DOWN

Four London, England sexual health clinics have reported seeing 40% fewer HIV infections in 2016 over the previous year. The finding coincides with gay men’s ability to purchase pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication online. PrEP greatly reduces the chance of contracting HIV. However, researchers were reluctant to credit the lower HIV infection rate to online PrEP.