“Boycott DL Men”: Love Us Out In the Open

Ah, DL men. What is a DL man? “DL,” for those unfamiliar, means “down low.” Basically, they’re any man who has an attraction to someone they feel is shameful, so they try to hide it. If you want a great example, listen to “Girlfriend” by MNEK- the whole song is about his MLM lover who is trying to hide their multiple-year relationship from his girlfriend. It also touches on the ever-present tension it builds. DL men are rampant in the gay community, but they bleed into the transfemme community just as much, if not more. They’re afraid to declare their love/attraction to trans…

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