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Holding the Man: A Gay Love Story of Our Time

Posted by Gay Counselling on Friday, August 28, 2015, In : relationships 
Holding the Man, a new Australian feature film, has opened in cities across Australia. This is a gay love story, a relationship between two young men from the suburbs of Melbourne. This is a true story based on the memoir of Timothy Conigrave whose commitment to and affection for his partner John is tested by family hostility, social prejudice and the emergence of AIDS in the 80s and 90s.

 For more gay films and tv, take a look at our coming out films page!
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More Coming Out on TV from Around the World

Posted by gaycounselling on Saturday, January 3, 2015, In : Coming Out 
'Eyewitness' is a new Norwegian tv crime drama series with Coming Out as the central plot. We've added it to our list of Coming Out films and TV series from around the world, now with its own page!

Check out TV shows and coming out films from Norway, Sweden, Germany, Israel and elsewhere here. Find out what it is like to come out in non-English speaking countries and how this is depicted in the movies and on TV. We've also included links so you can buy some of these films and tv shows on Amazo...
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Advice for Using Grindr Gay Dating

Posted by Gay Counselling on Sunday, August 3, 2014, In : Dating 

Wasting time on Grindr? Not getting what you want from gay dating? Here is our advice to Grindr users!

has changed the way gay men date. This smartphone app has made gay dating mobile and immediate. Gay guys around the world use Grindr to hook-up and start relationships. But Grindr has its hazards as well. We have listed 6 tips for better use of Grindr.

Take a look at our 6 Tips to Get the Most out of Grindr Gay Dating.

Guys who use Grindr sometimes struggle with putting a limit on the ti...
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For Young Gay Men Coming Out with HIV

Posted by Gay Counselling on Friday, July 4, 2014, In : Sex and sexual health 

Gay guys living with HIV are speaking out about how they became HIV positive and how they told their status to those they loved.

Coming out as HIV positive takes courage and for young men who haven't discussed their sexuality with family, it can be even more difficult. In a new video, Allen and Ji, two athletic young men from Australia, talk about finding out they were HIV positive and how the diagnosis has affected their lives. Watch the video here and find out more about how you can get supp...
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Gay Dating Books for Self-Help

Posted by Gay Counselling on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, In : Dating 

How to date gay men is knowledge that can come from personal experience, advice from others or the pages of a self-help book. We've collected the top 10 books for dating gay guys in this list.

Self-esteem might be a factor or it could be self-belief. But if you think something is holding you back, why not take a look at one of these guides to gay men's dating? The list includes books about the basic principles of getting to know other men, psychological barriers to moving forward with dates as...
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Uncertainty about Sexuality

Posted by Gay Counselling on Monday, January 27, 2014, In : mental health 
Uncertainty about your sexuality can be quite difficult, particularly if you are already in a relationship with someone of the opposite sex. The good news is that it doesn't usually last and represents, for most people, a period of confusion through which they pass and end up feeling more comfortable.

Confusion about sexuality can certainly affect your mental health. This might be reflected in insomnia or problems sleeping, difficulties with concentration, being more forgetful or mood swings. ...
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Growing Up Gay

Posted by Gay Counselling on Monday, January 20, 2014, In : Growing Up Gay 

Some of us knew we were attracted to the same sex quite early in life. For others, we realized later. For example, it is not unusual for a man to discover attraction for men in his 30s or 40s. But for those who grew up gay often say they had many difficulties coming out as gay.

Children are often discouraged from talking about sexuality or same sex experiences. Parents often hope it was 'just a phase'. But evidence suggests that it is better to be supportive of young people who show an intere...
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Keeping Safe Using Gay Dating Sites

Posted by Gay Counselling on Sunday, January 23, 2011, In : relationships 
There are more sites than ever on the Internet for gay dating. But if you are new to internet dating, you might want to keep a few things in mind.

The Internet is a public space. That means pretty much whatever you put up there can be accessed by anyone, anywhere in the world. Sure some dating sites are 'closed' communities, but at the end of the day, you don't know who is joining and can see the information and pics you post.

Privacy is not something that concerns everyone but in any case, pe...
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Top New Years Resolutions

Posted by Gay Counselling on Saturday, January 1, 2011, In : motivation 
Traditionally, the new year is a time when LGBT people and others resolve to make changes in their lives or a fresh start.

What is your New Years Resolution?

Being gay might not always have been easy and some of us have had to compromise our values or principles just to get through. The new year might be a chance to turn the page on something in your life. Perhaps you have decided to look after your health more by reducing drinking or stopping smoking. You might be aiming to make new friends ...
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Gay Domestic Violence: Help is Available

Posted by Gay Counselling on Monday, November 15, 2010, In : Domestic Violence 
Domestic Violence is not something that just affects straight relationships. Abuse and violence occurs in same sex relationships as well.

Domestic violence is more than just physical assualt. It includes threats, verbal intimidation, damage to your property and controlling behaviour. If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and are subject to violence in your relationship or at home, help is available. There are gay friendly and gay and lesbian counsellors you can speak with and ...

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Married and Gay... And In a Straight Relationship

Posted by gaycounselling on Saturday, October 23, 2010, In : Coming Out 
In the film Mulligans, Dan Payne plays Nathan, a father and husband who has been keeping a secret from his wife and children for 20 years. Nathan is gay. When Nathan's son invites a college buddy to stay for the summer, Nathan finds he can no longer suppress the feelings he has been hiding and the family must come to some new understandings.

Nathan married his girlfriend because she became pregnant with their son when they were both in college. In the film he says "it seemed the easiest thing...
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Reparative therapy? But what’s to be Repaired?

Posted by gaycounselling on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, In : mental health 
‘Reparative Therapy’, ‘Conversion Therapy’, ‘Ex-Gay Therapy’... Different names for what is essentially the same thing: treatment of a person that claims to be able to change sexual orientation.

There have been no studies of adequate scientific rigor to show that these approaches work or are in any way effective. In fact the most reputable American medical and scientific organizations have expressed concern over counseling and psychological practices like conversion therapy a...

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Myths about Gay Relationships

Posted by gaycounselling on Saturday, May 1, 2010, In : relationships 
If you are new to gay relationships, you may have a few pre-conceived ideas about what they are all about.

The important thing to remember is that gay people come in all shapes and sizes and have all kinds of interests, just like everybody else. Likewise, gay relationships are as diverse as those in them.

Do I have to choose between being a 'top' or a 'bottom'?
They don't last very long do they?
Gay guys and lesbians always sleep around don't they?
But I don't like bars... don't I have to go to on...

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Am I Gay?

Posted by gaycounselling on Monday, April 5, 2010, In : Knowing if you are Gay 
If you are questioning whether you are gay you can find help from a number of sources. You can find support on a support forum like the ones at SameSame or OutEverywhere. Or you can speak with a counsellor. Before you talk with someone, it might be worth doing some of your own research. If this question is going through your mind and you want to know more, take a look at our Am I Gay? page.
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