We asked you to re­count your ex­pe­ri­ences of body sham­ing on the gay scene and, well, we were quite up­set by what you told us...

SHAME shame, WE KNOW your NAME


Every­one close your eyes. We want you to raise your hand if you’ve ever had any­thing mean said about the way you look. Open your eyes.

Now, close your eyes again. And this time, we want you to raise your hand if you’ve ever said any­thing mean about the way some­one else looks. Open them.

There’s been some gayon-gay crime here. And over the next few pages, you’ll hear from peo­ple around the world who’ve been body shamed while out on the gay scene; that very scene that’s meant to sup­port and re­spect one an­other.

It’s hap­pened to all of us at one point in our lives – whether we’ve been told our arse isn’t peachy enough, our junk ain’t big enough, or we need to spend longer at the gym. And we’ve prob­a­bly done it our­selves, too.

You might think you’re “sav­ing time” by adding “no fats” to your Grindr thing is gonna mess with peo­ple’s heads. And with it be­ing re­vealed re­cently that LGBT peo­ple are twice as likely as our straight men­tal health is­sues, maybe it’s time we stopped to think about what we’re say­ing – whether out loud, or in 140 char­ac­ters – be­fore our words re­ally hurt some­one.

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