NBC News shines a spotlight on the gay men and queer people who are suffering because monkeypox has ruined their summer sex party plans

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The COVID pandemic was unhealthy, however a minimum of it was an equal-opportunity virus (though, notably, children appeared to fare higher than another demographic). The monkeypox outbreak, although … it’s truly worse than COVID when you cease and give it some thought. Since it’s straight-up homophobic, as science reporter Benjamin Ryan just lately defined in a piece for NBC News:

“Right here are their tales.” Dun-dun!

Spoiler alert: Their tales are that monkeypox completely ruined their plans for a horny, sex-filled summer:

Pour one out for the orgy fans who have needed to mood their expectations this 12 months:

For a lot of gay and bisexual men, the sprawling and chaotic monkeypox outbreak has upended a summer that was imagined to be a well-earned alternative — following the peak of the Covid disaster — to lastly have some enjoyable and revel with their gay brothers with out the risk of viral an infection hanging over them.

Misplaced amid the frantic media and public well being experiences about monkeypox epidemiology, the delayed vaccine deliveries and the squabbling over how greatest to speak about the virus are the tens of millions of GBTQ people whose happiness, well-being and connection to at least one one other have in lots of instances been significantly compromised by the mere risk of monkeypox an infection.

Wow. You hate to see it.

Sincere query from us: if monkeypox weren’t a difficulty, wouldn’t the risk of viral an infection from different viruses nonetheless dangle over people who willingly have interaction in high-risk sexual conduct for enjoyable? Like, have none of those people heard of STDs? HIV? Final time we checked, having to keep away from sex events was nonetheless preferable to contracting a painful and doubtlessly severe illness. However we’re old school that manner.

File below: Issues You Ought to At all times Be Doing Whether or not There’s a Viral Illness Out There or Not.

Powerful break, Michael. You too, J.J.:

Is that this actual life?

Gay people — the complete GBTQ group actually — shouldn’t be listening to “consultants” like John Pachankis. They need to be listening to their intestine, which might be telling them to, as a basic rule, not go to orgies.

How about hell in a hand basket?

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