Can Gay Men Be Friends Without Getting Naked Together?

Sunday night’s episode of HBO’s Looking raised some interesting questions about gay friendships.

Dom and Lynn have been spending an awful lot of time together. After Lynn sends Dom flowers on his 40th birthday, Dom goes over to his place to thank him… by planting a kiss on his lips. But Lynn isn’t having it. (At least not yet.) He tells Dom that if they’re going to go into business together, they need to keep their friendship strictly platonic.

Hey, a little sexual tension between buddies never hurt anyone, right? (Said no one ever.)

This begs the question: Can gay men be friends without hooking up together? And how often is hooking up the catalyst for gay friendships? (Let’s not forget, Lynn and Dom initially met in a bathhouse.)

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