Not everyone can be the life and soul of the Christmas party, the crowd hanging on their every word, the Insta-paparazzi desperate for a selfie with them. Historically, alcohol has gone some way to helping wallflowers peel themselves away from the anaglypta, but in recent years booze has evolved from confidence accelerant to an entire way of life.
Sex is one of the most exciting things we can do, whenever we like, that doesn’t cost us any money. Usually. And yet, permanently dissatisfied and demanding as we humans are, we’re always trying to find ways to make it more of a thrill. One of the easiest ways to do this is to have sex somewhere “unusual”.
In days of yore, when homophobia was very much still on trend, gay men felt ageless, spared the usual heterosexual milestones: marriage, children or spending our Sundays lathering up our Ford Mondeos on the driveway. Now, thanks to marriage equality, along with increased open-mindedness heading off bigotry as best it can, we are catching up fast and lapping up equality like a free charcoal shot.
With a loophole on Grindr now being exploited by users looking to see who has blocked them, Justin Myers takes a look at our unhealthy obsession with confronting our online haters and engaging with their irrelevant minds.
When you finally bring your other half and your family together, there's all kinds of things that can go wrong. The Guyliner gives you the complete guide to make sure embarrassment is at a minimum
Dating in the digital age means way more options than ever before, and some of us are reluctant to let them go to get serious with one person. Nature will out, though, and even the biggest commitment-phobe would struggle to deny it’s time to talk exclusivity if three or more of these rear their head:
Unless the stars align in a very fortuitous way, your first time is likely to be a bit awkward. But with the Guyliner's advice and points to consider, you'll have the best version of a formative experience
LGBT+ people have a difficult lot: asked to conform but constantly questioned even when they do. As part of GQ’s 30th anniversary in partnership with Gillette UK The Guyliner looks into the many factors that cause people in the queer community to have a higher rate of suicidal thoughts than straight people.
What was dating like in 1988, back when GQ first hit the shelves in the UK? Lonely hearts columns, dating agencies, useless matchmaking through friends, picking someone up in a bar. A little bit of playing the field, maybe, before settling down with “The One”, or the nearest approximation. In a way, everything has changed and nothing has changed.
Remember the depressing dating craze where so-called pick-up artists gave you tips on how to make women fall for you immediately? While there’ll always be people who fall for these con tricks, it’s hard to deploy them and still come out of it a decent guy, so here are some alternatives to those pickup pointers.