Being judged on his masculinity is something Chiyo feels every time he steps outside the front door. Chiyo is transgender and, in April next year, he'll be standing on stage with a group of other men - who aren't trans - to be judged in what is ultimately a male beauty contest. It's a beauty pageant that usually crowns a muscular, gay man - a stereotypical idea of what's hot in a bloke - as the most attractive in England. So a finalist who's transgender - and has never taken testosterone - feeling a bit nervous about it? He's never done a pageant before and is very aware the other men "represent a type of beauty and sexy that has been accepted throughout the media - especially gay media".
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By Anthony Joseph for MailOnline. At a time when homosexuality was a criminal offence and harsh sentences were brought down upon gay men, these images of male affection from the 19th century are truly remarkable. Embracing each other, holding hands and reclining together, these incredible black-and-white photographs provide a rare glimpse into men showing physical love to other men in the s and early s. The images, taken from various websites, capture Victorian and early-twentieth century males in intimate positions - and showing a daring amount of openness with one another for the time. There is little information about the individuals in the photos and it is quite extraordinary that these images still survive - as many old photos of homosexual couples are believed to have been purposely destroyed by family members. Although it is unknown whether the people in these unique photos were related, gay or just friends - the tender and close relationship between the men pictured is poignantly evident.
Gay Pakistan: Where sex is available and relationships are difficult
Pakistan is not the kind of place that most people would associate with gay liberation. But some say the country is a great place to be gay - even describing the port city of Karachi as "a gay man's paradise". Underground parties, group sex at shrines and "marriages of convenience" to members of the opposite sex are just some of the surprises that gay Pakistan has to offer. Under its veneer of strict social conformity, the country is bustling with same-sex activity.
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