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5 Great Gifts For Gay Guys : Grooming Tools For Hairy Bear Men

Needing some gift ideas for the Gay guy in your life? Here's a hit-list of suggested Gay gift recommendations to inspire and guide your shopping purchase. He's a mess sometimes and everyone knows it -- so here's some gifting suggestions to help him clean up his act:

Remington Travel Grooming Kit

For Hair + Nails + Teeth
-- For the Gay man frequently on the go, gifting a grooming travel kit with a diversity of basic hair and nail tools is a great starting point. We recommend adding a few select tools to the grooming set before you gift wrap it, such as a travel tube of toothpaste, a disposable razor, and a quality straight-cut toenail clipper to round-out the package.

Andis 23 Piece Barber Shop

Total Bear Hair Body Care
-- For the Full-Bearded and wooly gentleman, an electric hair clipping and battery powered beard and goatee trimming set makes a great gift for a Gay guy that has hair to spare. With nearly 2 dozen pieces and plenty of hair trimming guides, this set from Andis is an excellent choice. Wahl also makes a comparable Clipper/Trimmer/Guide set with over 20-pieces in it's Chrome and Color Pro line worth comparison shopping for.

Low Cost All-In-1 Groomer

Complete Facial Hair Grooming
-- Every Gay guy should have one of these rechargeable grooming sets with interchangeable heads. Yes, you can do the rough-in with a small scissors and disposable razor. But for the precise, exacting details of your mustache, goatee, sideburns or beard -- and those ornery and pesky nose and ear hairs -- these multi-headed trimmers are an excellent gift. This one's from Remington on the cheap, but the higher-end Norelco Multi-Groom Plus+ or Pro models are also an excellent gifting alternative.

Hardcore Bearscaping / Manscaping

Dual Ends - Trimmer + Foil Razor
-- The right gift for the REALLY HAIRY MAN who's professional work as a Competitive Bodybuilder, Go-Go Dancer, or Male Fashion Model demands total-body Manscaping from head to toe. Here, Norelco's double-headed Adjustable Length Trimmer and Foil-Shaver is the #1 seller for full bodygrooming needs. It's the ultimate weed-whacker gift for gorilla-hairy Gay Bear in your life that needs his fur kept under serious control.

12-Piece Mani-Pedi Nail Kit

Comprehensive Men's Nail Grooming
-- Let's not forget men's gnarly paws and claws when it comes to gift ideas for Gay guys. Not all of us are fastidious primpers, and some guys are just slobs. A set of manicure and pedicure tools in a compact travel case gives them one less excuse not to try to stay ontop of this essential men's grooming activity.

Building Muscle Over 50 : Aging MuscleBear Daddy Wannabe Hell

Muscle Building After 50 Hurts
If you thought packing on huge slabs of thick, massive muscle was hard work, try doing it after you're 50. Hell, try getting and remaining fit after 55. There's a whole confluence of things that happen to an aging Daddy Bear that conspires against the best of intentions. If you're like me and were late to the game, suddenly deciding that you're going to get in shape, commit to fitness and pack on big muscle mass by the time you're 50 years old -- You're in for a hard uphill, over-the-hill battle.

The desire to become a Beefy, graciously aging MuscleBear Daddy wannabe can be a tortuous hell -- particularly if you're not genetically inclined to: 1. HAVE muscles in the first place, 2. Easily ADD muscle mass from basic weight training, and 3. Steadily PROGRESS with your weight lifting regimen -- the best you'll be able to do is HOLD YOUR GROUND and prevent the loss of muscle mass thats a sadly normal part of getting older regardless. Testosterone Replacement Therapy - TRT does help building muscle in your 50's and beyond. But it becomes a bit of a trap because if you stop, you'll find you soften and lose your hard-earned hard muscle gains with alarming speed.

An aging Bear basically has to workout just as hard as ever, much more cautiously and carefully, with slowly degrading joints and ligaments conspiring against you. Weight training and muscle building over 55 often means dropping your poundages, performing lifts with precision and safety, and knowing your limitations.

Truvada Whore Bears And The Late To The Gay Party Drug : PrEP

Gay Bears Ready To Party
If you study the dynamics of Gay Subculture, one could argue that the Bear Community was "Late To The Party" in pop-culture-speak. All through the Free-Love 70's and Go-Go 80's, Queer Culture had already defined the major players of the Gay scene. There were the young, skinny and pretty-boy Twinks - and the aging Sliver-Fox Sugar-Daddies that adored them. There were our raucous, entertaining Drag 'N' Queen Soul-Sisters, and the Fraternal Order of Leathermen were a clearly visible bloc too. Even the Urban Cowboy's got their own gig, at least on weekends after Disco died and kicking up spurred-heels took it's place. And then there was... The Rest Of Us.

Ah, the rest of us... some of whom were Bears but didn't know or have a culturally deigned word for it. We were on the sidelines; furry, geeky wall-flowers indeed, wondering when WE were going to get our acknowledgment and chance in the societal sun: Hoping to maybe hitch-up with a 'Big Fella', get some whisker-rubs, and try to get laid -- something the other popular and known, codified, and iconized Gay factions had already excelled at for years. Truly Out Gay culture was exploding - but the Bearish were just catching rare bits of shrapnel from the distance.

Maybe that was a good thing. AIDS in the 80's had left a wasteland of loss. It didn't even seem to be our 'modern' understanding of HIV then - it was just AIDS - and if ya got it, ya wasted away, died, and were gone: QUICK. In the Gay-stream mainstream, the handsomest, buffest, prettiest, HUNG-est were the first to go it seems: Victims of their own popularity... Perhaps our decade and thensome of UN-fashionability had inadvertently given many of us Bear-folk a delayed survivability edge.

The 'Bear Community' didn't really coalesce until the early 1990's when Bear Clubs finally started getting traction and forming en-masse around the country, then around the globe. It seemed the Bears had no choice but to finally huddle together. Many of us were just survivors left stumbling alone in a trashed-out, Refugee Camp wasteland. Our UN-popularity had perhaps oddly worked to our survival advantage. We banded together in Bear Clubs desperate to rebuild a community out of the ashes -- and on our own terms. We finally got our gig: Better late than never, Bear!

Fast-Forward through that decade and beyond: Bears Are HOT! - Bears Are IN! - Bears Are NOW! ...And suddenly your waist-size, beard or hairy-back was no longer a date-killing, "Eeeew shave that off!" show-stopper. We were having Dances and Circuit Parties, Big-Tummy BBQ's, Camp-Outs and SpeedoBear Pool Parties -- AND WE WERE GETTING LAID! Properly, Thoroughly, Frequently - although a lot more cautiously - at least for some. True Whore Bears at last!

I'd dare say: A '2nd-Wave' of HIV infection came out of the 90's. Some despaired and gave-up even trying to survive the 80's AIDS wreckage and joined the HIV+ ranks passively, intentionally, or accidentally trying to have a sex-life of some sort in the new era: Everyone, Bears included. And even within our own community: Some of the Furriest, Beefiest, Perfect-Beardedest and HUNG-est objects of desire who played the field raw became the next victims of their own Pop-U-Bear-Ity Popularity... And history did another round of Rinse - Lather - Repeat attempt at elimination. Others, (like me) have kept dodging that fukking bullet for over 30-FUKKING-YEARS in some twisted sort of Russian Roulette: Peek down the barrel. Squeeze the trigger. Wait. Go get tested. Gawd, are we tired of that game yet? Could we at least all agree to play with fewer bullets?!?

If you've read this far you're probably wondering: OK, where does does HIV prevention using PrEP aka Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, Truvada Whores, and Gay Bear men who still like to play together fit in to the Big Picture of the Bear community? Many of us just aren't quite sure yet. But we owe it to ourselves and our Community to open up our minds, learn more about daily Truvada PrEP prophylaxis - and commit to doing whatever in the hell we have to do to respect our very lives and continue to protect each other.

But what does that mean? Many Gay guys have NEVER been tested! Many POZ guys don't get on or religiously stick to their Anti-Retroviral medication regimens. Many NEG guys repeatedly throw caution to the wind. Few can elevate condom use into a verbal celebration of "I can't wait to slip on a scum-bag and rubberfukk your dirty whore ass!" kind of excitement. What makes us think flawless PrEP adherence is going to be assured out there in the day-to-day real world?

PrEP is no panacea. It involves a deep examination of the medical, ethical, social, financial and behavioral analysis of your life, your sense of self, and your survival instincts in ways you might not be used to - or even want to RE-visit. The Advocate magazine online is doing an interesting article series: "31 Days Of PrEP" that educates and informs in easily digestible segments that makes it all more palatable.

Try to see a Big Picture: Where HIV can someday be overcome and be relegated to a minor footnote of the past in infectious disease history. For the current decade, maybe imagining some kind of grand conspiracy by Gilead Sciences Corporation to get ALL Gay men 'on the dole' is the best near-term solution that we've got to collectively accept: Atripla for HIV+ Bears, Truvada for HIV- Bears -- All of us. Every day. Every goddamn day until an even BETTER solution comes along, until HIV transmission drops to negligible and is driven into a corner. I personally haven't decided for myself yet. But I'm thinking we need to TRY -- Before we're too old to get it up, before we're too weary and broken to even care anymore.

(Bears Ready To Party - Image Source: Unknown)

ObamaCare Bears : Gay Men And The Affordable Care Act

Obamacare Benefits For Gay Men
I'm proud to say I'm a Gay ObamaCare Bear. Thank gawd for the safety and security that guaranteed health insurance coverage finally brings to our Gay community. Last year I wrote about the appalling health disparities of the LGBTQ community, particularly the minorities within our minority community. The ACA is working to end the inequalities of being uninsurable, underinsured, underserved, and outright uninsured. Having some form of health insurance is now the law - and it's working for you and our at-risk community.

November 15th is the start of the second annual ACA enrollment period. It's a great opportunity to get low-cost healthcare insurance if you haven't got any, or a chance to revise your insurance plan option for the upcoming year. You can visit www.healthcare.gov, select your state of residency and get a preview of the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum level plans with possible insurance subsidies to find health insurance you can't afford to be without.

Think Preventative Care, Bear!


Your FREE annual preventative care visit might be all you need if you're in good general health. To maximize it, make sure you schedule the appointment early in the year - or take advantage of it before the policy year runs out. Be EXPLICIT with your doctor that you're there for an Annual Wellness Visit and to explicitly discuss using PREVENTATIVE BILLING CODES for the exam and routine tests! Stay focused on a general checkup and not get into specific chronic health issues: This will help insure you don't end up with unexpected out of pocket expenses. Do note that if your ACA plan has a deductible, these free screenings will NOT apply to it since you don't incur any actual wallet costs. You can print out a copy of the Affordable Care Act's mandated benefits here.

Get Poked! Don't Be A Hairy Typhoid Beary!


I was able to get a comprehensive physical exam any aging adult male should have. Tests included a CBC blood panel, a Fasting Glucose test for diabetes, and Cholesterol screening. But as importantly, I also got Hepatitis C testing, and caught up on ALL my age and risk-appropriate immunizations with absolutely no out of pocket costs. Those free vaccinations included a 3-shot series for Hepatitis A/B, as well as Meningitis, Pneumococcal, Influenza and TDAP - Tetanus/Diphtheria/Whooping Cough. Getting vaccinated isn't just about you: You owe it to your Bear buddies and the broader LGBTQ community to make sure you're defending ALL our well-being. You can find the newest CDC immunization guideline PDF here.

Bears With Boners : Be Honest!


It's critical that that you frankly discuss your sexual history and risk behaviors with your primary physician. If you don't have a Gay or Gay-friendly physician, get a referral to one who is, cuz your well-being may depend on it. Bi and Gay Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men (MSM) face unique health issues. And we actually qualify for more extensive HIV / STD testing and vaccination protocols at no extra cost because we are implicitly in a High-Risk group. There may also be Age-appropriate preventative services such as checks for colon cancer (if you're over 50) or a free vaccination for Herpes Zoster/Shingles (if you're over 60).

Even Fit Muscle Bears Need Healthcare Too!


Even if you've got good general health, work out daily and eat a clean healthy diet - being a fitness freak and big and beefy gym rat has it's own set of risks. Weight training and sports injuries happen, and without comprehensive insurance, a torn muscle or ligament could wreak havoc on your finances if you're uninsured. Buff Bears need ObamaCare too!

Gay Bear Events : Palm Springs Bear Convergence 2015

Gay Bear Events Palm Springs - IBC
The 2nd annual Palm Springs International Bear Convergence is growing to become one of the premier winter Bear circuit events for Gay Bear men and their admirers the weekend of February 12th thru 16th in 2015. Occurring on both Presidents’ and Valentine’s Day Weekend, it will once again be held at the perfectly located Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs, California. Within easy walking distance, it’s just a few blocks from the heart of downtown and the Arenas gay bar, restaurant, and shopping strip.

The first year of IBC was a great success with well over a thousand attendees, the largest Gay Bear event the town's ever seen! In 2015, that number’s expected to double or triple. The event includes four themed pool parties in the Renaissance Hotel’s huge courtyard that features the city’s largest heated swimming pool. The are towering palm trees to provide often-needed shade and plenty of outdoor lounging areas with fire pits, cabanas and multiple bars to keep you wet and wild.

Bear Convergence will have plenty of opportunities to show off your beefy, hairy body in the latest Speedo Bear swimwear fashion poolside, shake your furry butt dancing to guest DJs, live entertainment, and meet thousands of bears from around the globe. Friday, Saturday and Sunday there'll be three themed nighttime dance parties. At the weekend’s main dance event Saturday night, there’ll be a live performance with Amber and Ultra Nate'. International Bear Convergence’s evening dances and daytime poolside events will feature some popular DJs from California and around the the world including: Doug Jackson from Fort Lauderdale, Sean Mac from Atlanta, John LePage from San Francisco, and our own DJ Chub Jim from Palm Springs.

For out of towner's flying in, the hotel's location is close enough to the heart of town that you may not need to rent a car. Weather in February can be 'iffy', but last year 80F temperatures and sun smiled down over the entire IBC weekend: Perfect! You'll likely need a light jacket or heavy overshirt in the evening, but wearing shorts in the desert is doable all year 'round.

Room rates at the Renaissance host hotel are $200+ a night, 3 day minimum -- But you'll be within spitting distance of the Bear-filled pool. For more affordable accommodations, budget hotels down around the curve of South Palm Canyon about a mile from downtown are far more affordable. (Think Knight's Inn, Travelodge, Royal Sun, Vagabond, Caliente Tropics or The Curve.) Clothing Optional Nude Gay resorts in the Warm Sands area won't be cheap, but offer more sexual freedom and playtime potential. (Think All-Worlds, Mirage, Inndulge). I'd guess by the time you read this, the more Bearish Bearfoot Inn and Chaps Inn Gay resorts are likely already booked solid. It'll be peak of tourist season in Palm Springs when bookings and room-rates are at the highest point of the year.

Local Bear men have the opportunity to buy a full weekend event package from the IBC website ahead of time, or you can just Pay-As-You-Go for select day or evening events if you just want to dabble and dip a toe into a few of in the weekend's festivities.