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I am 18 and gay. My partner and I are tortured by our families. We want to move away. Is this a good decision?

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No it is a terrible decision. I’m heart-broken. I love people getting tortured by their own family members. I was Hitler’s protégé in my last birth. How stupid are you? Or am I just getting it wrong? Obviously this is a great decision. What would you otherwise have: spend a life like the Guantanemo Bay in the heart of Salt Lake or what? Move out and stay out and hope the next thing I don’t hear is that your partner is now torturing you!

I’m 20. I have two girlfriends. They found out about this and one of them is threatening suicide. I don’t want to leave the other girl for her. Help.

Name and address withheld

Look son this whole suicide bid is rubbish: no girl, no matter how dumb she is, will kill herself for a two-timing rogue like you so don’t pat yourself on the back for saving someone’s life. Have you, by the way, tried a role-reversal? How about telling the other girl that you love the suicide-one and see what she says? Whoever makes the best offer should be given this honour of staying with you…unless of course both are bluffing their way to your benign bed…

I’m 25 and love my girlfriend. But every time I see a beautiful girl I want her too. Help.

Name and address withheld

You are just part of 99.99 per cent males, son. No different. Let this moral issue not plague you any more. Most men don’t even want to stop at looking: they want to do loads more so wait for that evolution to occur in your pea-sized brain. My suggestion is just avoid telling your girl that you are an incurable voyeur who has no morality whatsoever and hopefully the cow will believe you: and if she doesn’t I am sure going to hear from you pretty soon son…


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