Queer Sex & Technology

Published: February 2, 2011

To some of you, the brands Manhunt, Adam4Adam, Grindr, BlackGayChat and DList will all sound very, very familiar. This is because Homovirotica has become our new sexual reality. These websites, along with social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, are connecting queer men around the world to on another in an endless maze of bare muscles and naked desires. Here, pixels explode in a blurry orgy of color and flesh where fantasies become public domain and cameras and computers have become our new gods. They teach us how to live, how to love and how to fck.

Technology by nature serves to make human interactions easier and in the digital world we can now communicate, connect and organize local and global queer communities in ways that were unimaginable twenty or thirty years ago. This new era of digital identity penetrates beyond our political and social realities. Technology is now a force that has an active and at many times an explicit role in our sexual identities and the way we express our sexual desires.

Queer people, especially gay and bisexual men, have always developed and utilized language and technology to send direct and coded messages to pursue sex with one another. We are, in effect, no virgins when it comes to incorporating technology into our sexual communication. The leather community uses their handkerchief and bandana codes to express their kinks in public. Black marker personals scribbled on semen stained walls of interstate truck stop bathroom stalls were the high-tech tools of small town faggots in the 70s and 80s. At the end of the Reagan Administration we were well into the nightmare of the AIDS crisis. Our psychic and sexual terror and grief led many to recreate their sexual worlds through midnight hours spent masturbating through 1-800-STUD phone calls or grainy Technicolor porno images illuminated on our television screens.

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