I don't know if this can properly be called
a kink, but drug use is so rampant in the gay community that
I felt I had to mention it.
Alcohol is certainly the most prevalent,
some studies estimate that gay men are five times more likely
to be alcoholics than their straight counterparts. I've seen
plenty of good people ruin their lives through over-indulgence.
Used in moderation, alcohol lowers inhibitions. However, it also
impairs judgment and reduces motor response. "Wine increaseth
desire, while it decreaseth ability" or something like that.
Bars are one of the major centers of the
gay community, serving much the same function as pubs do in Irish
or British culture. They aren't just drinking spots, but also
social centers. This is becoming less true as the community develops
and being gay becomes less stigmatized, but for many years a
gay bar might be (and still is, in many places) the only safe
space for a person to be gay.
Alcohol isn't the only drug in circulation.
Cocaine, speed, XTC, crack, K, acid and heroin are just a few
of the things you can get. I have nothing against recreational
drug use in moderation, but for so many people moderation isn't
One drug that is sort of borderline legal
is amyl nitrate, also known as "poppers". Medically,
this aromatic inhalant increases the heart-rate and blood-pressure
briefly, inducing a head rush and feelings of euphoria. As a
side-effect it also dramatically increases sexual desire and
pleasure. It comes as a liquid, usually in a small brown bottle,
and you inhale the vapors. Back in the '70's guys would soak
bandannas in it to take out while dancing.