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Is The Down Low Finally Race-Neutral, Or Completely Dead?

Spend any time perusing sexual hookup sites, and you’ll find countless ads (like this one) from white men claiming to be on the DL. The closet is dead. Everyone is “on the DL” now. So, six years after people erroneously claimed that white men were also on the DL, or that the DL was a myth, they’re finally kind of right. White men are now on the Down Low, which means that the Down Low has, for all intents and purposes, ceased to exist.

—Benoit Denizet-Lewis, who wrote about (but was certainly not the first to chronicle) SGL black men on the down low for the NYT Magazine in 2003, declares the phenomenon over [via]