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Edited by on June 21 2011 at 3:00 PM

We continue waving the multi-colored flag of capitalist indulgence in our second Gay Pride Gift Guide, this time focusing our kaleidoscopic lens on that most-hackneyed of queer stereotypes, the Gay Jock — of course the only balls he knows his way around won’t be found on any court or field, but I digress.

GAY PRIDE GIFT GUIDE: For the Consummate Jock

The Gay Jock, above all else, wants to assert his masculinity, often at the cost of taste, style, individuality, personality or wit. But at least all those hours at the gym will be on full display as their shirts come off at the merest hint of sunshine.

- A Boat Shoe. The Gay Jock has a puzzling affinity for flip-flops, perhaps because it reminds him of all that time spent (cruising) at the pool or beach, but a boat shoe provides better sailing and also spares society the sight of their manly, albeit totally pedicured, toes.

GAY PRIDE GIFT GUIDE: For the Consummate Jock

Paul Smith Hashberry Red Dip Dye Boat Shoes

- Frankie Morello Biker Shorts. Gay Jock can hang up those board shorts and wife beater for at least one day and instead opt for a dressier alternative as in Frankie Morello’s Spring 2012 men’s runway collection. Featuring blazers and vests paired carelessly with biker shorts, the shirt, as usual, will most likely be optional if not completely nonexistent.


GAY PRIDE GIFT GUIDE: For the Consummate Jock

Photo: The Fashionisto

- Dieux du Stade Calendar. Rugby players are the biggest badasses of all athletes. Not only do they not wear padding or helmets like those sissy NFL players, but they’re also not afraid of getting naked and fondling each other. Something the Gay Jock not only appreciates, but emulates whenever possible.

GAY PRIDE GIFT GUIDE: For the Consummate Jock

- ESPN Presents: Jock Jams Vol. 1. A masterwork in the field of mass-produced mixtapes, the first Jock Jams remains the best with such noted gay-fist-pumping classics as “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”, both “Pump Up the Jam” and  “the Volume” as well as perennial man-love manifesto “Y.M.C.A.” There are enough hits from yester-queer to power your Gay Jock through his morning cardio and into his meth-laced partying all weekend.

GAY PRIDE GIFT GUIDE: For the Consummate Jock

- Devotion Protein-Infused Vodka. Between all those sports they’re allegedly playing and all that tail they’re inevitably chasing, the Gay Jock has to make the most of his time. So with Devotion’s protein-infused vodka, they can bulk up while getting fucked up — plus anything endorsed by the world’s foremost gay jock, The Situation, has got to be good.

GAY PRIDE GIFT GUIDE: For the Consummate Jock


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Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester at