glory hole, gay men and safety

Glory hole safety

By: Todd Price

If you are a gay man who likes visiting glory holes, you wouldn't be alone. A lot of guys like getting serviced through a circular carve-out by another guy.

But are glory holes safe? The answer to that question depends on what activity you are engaging in.

I've been sticking my peen through glory holes at places like bath houses and truck stops for the last 10 years. I've also bottomed and topped through them. But mostly, I've just fed other men. Over the course of time, I've learned a few things about safety.

Here's the truth – not all glory holes are the same. In fact, some can be downright dangerous.

What follows are seven safety tips for gay men visiting glory holes. If you've never been to one before, consider the suggestions below as food for thought.

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1. Make sure its legal

On the web, you’ll find lots of websites that list secret glory hole locations. Some are in public bathrooms. Other places include gyms and truck stops.

You need to know that using these places for personal gratification carries certain risks. The main concern is breaking indecent exposure laws.

That’s why you should only visit a glory hole at a private club or home where such activity is permitted.

2. Safe cutouts

When you stick your privates through a glory hole, it’s important to be aware of how that hole was cut out. That’s because some of them are physically dangerous.

Sadly, some holes have crudely created using saws that leave jagged edges.

While not common, there have reports of men having their penises injured because of poorly cut holes. See this link to a scholarly journal.

3. Be mindful of who is on the other end

It happens infrequently but there have been cases where guys have had their junk bitten off while using glory holes. Usually, it’s an accident – but not always.

During an attempted rape, one man had his junk seriously injured. It happened in Australia. To learn more, visit this online article at Queerty that offers a detailed account.

4. Don’t assume anything

Some guys like to stick their meat through a hole and let the other person feed them their man-milk. But is it OK to assume this is the norm? I’ve learned that it’s not.

While there’s no official etiquette for glory fun, it doesn’t hurt to somehow indicate to the other person you are going to release.

I’ve learned to signal with a whisper, usually saying: “I’m about to nut.” Ninety percent of the time, I get an “OK” back before dumping.

But if the hole is small, there’s really no way to signal.

Guys who are experienced working a peen through a hole can sense when the man they are working on is about to release. This is a skill that takes years to develop.

5. Be careful with anal

Some men are into breeding other men. We’re not here to judge this behavior – to each his own. But we will say that it’s important to use caution.

Remember, PREP may be extremely effective in helping to prevent HIV transmission. There are other STI’s, however, that PREP doesn’t prevent. These include gonorrhea, chlamydia and, syphilis.

To experience a safer time at a hole when it comes to anal play, it is recommended that a condom be used.

6. Finding glory holes

Finding a glory hole isn’t all that hard. If you can believe it, some are listed on Yelp. Others can be located on Reddit. Just do a simple search for “glory hole + your city” with the search engine of your choice.

Make sure you read the reviews carefully. Some raters will share personal stories that speak to difficult situations. Others will discuss safety factors. It’s all about doing homework.

7. Looking before touching

If you are on the side of the hole where a man is sticking his privates through it, make sure you look at what you are touching before going further.

It never hurts to examine the goods in advance. If you see cuts, nicks or scraps on a penis, it’s probably not a good idea to touch it. The same holds true for open sores.


Wrap Up

Glory holes aren’t for everyone. Just working up the nerve to visit one can feel overwhelming.

But if there’s even a little part of you that’s considered using one, I hope the tips mentioned here were helpful. And it goes without saying, safety first!

If you are interested in learning more about glory holes and personal experiences – plus safety – there's a great book to consider called The Gay Men's Guide to Glory Holes (see Amazon).

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