Friday, December 19, 2014

Gay Dating in Dorchester MA

Are you tired of dating websites asking you to pay to send an email to someone who may or may not pay to read? A completely free gay dating / social group was created just for Dorchester, Boston, MA and surrounding communities. If you're tired of and other dating websites, this group may be for you.

The group is hosted on the platform along with several other LGBT and non-LGBT groups.   However, what makes this group different is a genuine desire to help it's members meet others in the gay community. "We're not trying to prevent people from paying for personal ads or dating services.  We think those relationship services work great for a lot of people. However, we do want the community to know there are other options available to them."

Recently added was a new questions for people to answer on their profile. 

If someone were to ask you out simply to enjoy your company, or on a date, how should they approach you?

Those interested in meeting others outside group events were encouraged to answer the question.  Those not interested were encouraged to leave it blank. 

Group leaders already suspect many will leave this new questions blank for a time and that new members will be more likely to answer thoughtfully.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Gay in Dorchester - Project Right

On Thursday September 14th 2014 I went to visit Project R.I.G.H.T on 340A Blue Hill ave Dorchester MA. Included in the many programs they have at this organization is a gay straight alliance. I had to find out 2 things: 1. Is there really a group of LGBT and straight people meeting every Thursday evening? 2. What are they like? It was time to investigate. I thought maybe the gay straight alliance and the Dorchester LGBT group could collaborate one day.

After being greeted by Nicole Thomas I was told immediately that the program may not be what I expected. Most people that attend are kids as young as 16 going all the way up to age 26, straight and are interested in talking about a variety of issues not necessarily sexual orientation or gender identity issues.

During my first, and probably not my last visit we started out by introducing ourselves. We said our name, age, and as well as 1 of 3 things, gay, straight or mine your business. I was the only gay man there. Going forward, we started talking about a recent suicide in the community and how to help people cope with tragedies like these. We talk about violence in the community, the safey of the students in our schools and how it relates to sexual and physical abuse. We talked about the negative impacts of having middle school and high school students share the same facilities. We discussed gangs.

Unfortunately I did not find what I was looking for. But I was not dispointed. It was nice seeing a younger crowd talk about how things have been effecting them and to gain more perspective. I learned a lot and only wish the group was larger.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Letter from the editor - In Dorchester

In Dorchester is about the personal stories.  While a lot of newspapers and online publication have the majority of their articles filled with names and dates, In Dorchester's main features will consist of individual experiences. It will showcase the good the bad, touch hearts, open minds, and promote understanding - knowledge.  It will never, try to create controversy or get readers riled up for no good reason.  It's fun, relaxed, memorable, filled with a few needed facts and welcomes Dorchester readers to participate more often then not. Get ready! This blog is going places.