Episode 9 – On sexual health

For the 9th episode of Tales from the Tea Room, Jason and I had two special guests, Lewis Clarke and Chase Ledin, Edinburgh-based researchers who led a conversation on gay men and sexual health. Talking from the perspectives of public health, queer theory, and of course, from personal experience, this episode was insightful and thought-provoking. … Continue reading Episode 9 – On sexual health

Episode 8 – Painting our nails for gender nonconformity

For the 8th episode of Tales from the Tea Room, Jason and I invited Grant Anderson to talk about gender nonconformity. Grant was a fantastic guest who illuminated the discussion with theory and examples both from everyday life and empirical PhD work. Grant helped us reflect upon the number of ways we can deconstruct, challenge, … Continue reading Episode 8 – Painting our nails for gender nonconformity

Episode 3 – Gay male psychotherapists’ experiences using Grindr

How do gay male psychotherapists represent themselves on Grindr and other hook-up apps? What do they disclose and how do they make these decisions? How do they negotiate the personal and professional spheres in the digital age? For the third episode of 'Tales from the Tea Room', Tyler Thompson talked with Jason and I about … Continue reading Episode 3 – Gay male psychotherapists’ experiences using Grindr

When a kiss is an act of resistance – Spring Seminar

On 14th April 2018, I delivered a seminar entitled When a kiss is an act of resistance, for professionals in the fields of counselling, psychotherapy, social work, and related disciplines. Based on findings from my doctoral research, I talked about how to do ethical and well-informed counselling for gay men, men who are attracted to … Continue reading When a kiss is an act of resistance – Spring Seminar

Being gay is not a sexual orientation

Hello, With my research on Gay Men's Identities I recently won the People's Choice Award at the university finals of the Three Minute Thesis Competition at the University of Edinburgh. This competition was created by The University of Queensland with the aim of communicating widely and effectively the research conducted by PhD students around the world. … Continue reading Being gay is not a sexual orientation

Understanding gay men’s identities | Invitation to participate in research

I am Edgar Rodríguez, I have identified myself as a gay man for several years. During this time I have been interested in understanding what ‘being gay’ actually means to gay men. Erotic and romantic relationships have particularly attracted my attention because they seem to be central to the understanding of gay identity. This observation … Continue reading Understanding gay men’s identities | Invitation to participate in research