The Secret to a Better Gay Sex Life

Here’s the big secret to better LGBTQ sex:

Be more selfish.

You don’t hear that a lot.

However, good sex requires that you sink into yourself. In sex you need a healthy sense of entitlement.

LGBTQ couples sometimes get into trouble when they abandon their own desire and over-focus on pleasing their partners.

Many gay men have trouble identifying and advocating for their own needs. Some of us had to learn to be very “pleasing” to navigate high school or our families. Often we were extra accommodating to compensate for the “shameful” fact that we were attracted to the “wrong” people.

Being a caretaker, being nice, being invisible: these traits may have helped you survive childhood but they definitely don’t add up to good sex.

Research shows that the number one turn-on is confidence. Confidence is not so easy to achieve when you are a minority, and especially when you are a minority within your own family.

Caretakers believe they are generous when they mainly focus on their partner’s needs in bed. But caretaking kills sexual energy.*

The truth is that your own arousal, and your connection to it, is what creates sexual energy with your partner.

By the way, this blog post is for “nice” gay men who need to learn to be a little less nice. If you are not a nice man—for example if your partner’s pleasure means nothing to you—then please don’t read this post.

So How Do You Learn to be Selfish?

All change begins when you start experimenting with a new focus. Pay more attention to what feels good to you. Practice building faith in the following belief: If I am enjoying myself it is very likely that my partner is having a good time.

This is also true for your life with your partner outside of the bedroom. When we take better care of ourselves, our relationships blossom.

Notice what shuts you down. Perhaps it is embarrassment that your sexual fantasies are not politically correct? Here’s another secret that LGBTQ therapists know: sexual fantasies are politically incorrect. Forbidden = Sexy.

Sex takes place with a plot. So find your plot and allow yourself to enjoy it. Just keep it consensual, legal and safe and you will be fine.

Most importantly, view your own sexual anxieties with compassion. Feeling uncomfortable around sex is not against the law. Most people are insecure when it comes to sex, but you won’t see this in the movies or in a porn video. I understand that in some gay male spaces it can feel like admitting to lackluster sex is a crime.

Good sex is about connecting with your life force, feeling your aliveness, and being closer to people. These are always difficult states for humans to create and maintain. It takes a lifetime and the work is never finished. But it’s the pursuit of these states that gives life its greatest meaning.

*Unless you have sexualized caretaking. Then go for it.


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