B4Y Mag Issue #17 May 2019 May 2019 Issue #17 B4Y - Page 86

INTERVIEW I was a (straight) MALE STRIPPER at gay clubs In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we talk to a (straight) male stripper who shook his shit in gay establishments. The last time I stripped was in January of 2014. I got into it because I needed the money. At the time, I was working a part-time job in Brooklyn and trying to make it as an artist. One thing you should know about me: I’m straight but I stripped exclusively at gay clubs. As an offshoot of the gay club junket, I also did private events. I think I’ve stripped for women maybe, like, once in my life. It was a bachelorette party, and it was much tamer than anything you’d see on TV or in the movies, let alone in the gay nightlife scene. The thing is, men, gay or straight, are all the same—they’re the ones shelling out for strippers. Back then, I was really into working out and walking to work. I was always on the buff side, and because I was doing so much physical activity, I got pretty ripped. I had great muscle definition. It was the best shape I’d been in my whole life. One day, my boss commented, jokingly, “You know, you’d probably make a lot of mon- ey as a male stripper.” 86