Several of us newish members of Real Jock have joined in sort of a migratory search away from Men's Health for the kind of forums Real Jock and maybe some other "serious" sites offer gay men (I mean serious as opposed to personals/porn/just plain chat rooms).
All the comments above contain valid assessments of Men's Health magazine, in my opinion. The publication is very well done, for what it is. There are the "quick fixes" articles, yes, and current highlights from medical, nutrition, excercise fields, attention to the whole man in the sense of grroming, style, some perhaps lame business tips and quizzes for self-improvement and "what turns her on."
Nary a mention about homosexuality, really, in print. (Maybe at the back of the magazine are some ads for male enhancement, sexual prowess DVDs, etc. LOL) - which could apply to whatever kind of sex, I guess.) Yes, the photos are eye candy, there's some token attempt to show an athlete on the cover, or some current Hollywood stud - but it doesn't overtly cross the line.
We subscribers and readers are also on the online discussion forums at Men's Health and have raised questions to the editors several times about the absence of any articles directed to or mention of gay men. We've raised issues of the true demographics of the magaine's overall readership and online membership. We've suggested worthy articles and subject matter which would not probably be "offensive" but valuable in the real world. No reactions.
Despite indications/statements from MH staff, there has been no restructuring, redesign, re-installment of the "innocent" forums to date. What's left is a lop-sided online set of forums -- with many still intact as Training/Fitness/Nutrition/Abs Diets/periodic "challenges" for getting fit/losing weight, etc., and some "Relationships" forums about Dating Life, Married, Life, and Divorced Dads. The last three are populated pretty much solely by heterosexual, homophobic in many cases, guys and some gal members who post there -- the flirting, gay bashing, profanity, chatty topics all over the map are not confined at all in their respective topic areas. But we gay members rarely hang out there for obvious reasons, although I'm known to take a deep breath and plunge in with a post or two occasionally.
The gay members are forced basically to post any and all topics under General Comments in the "Health" section -- obviously not much is really health related there, but it's where new sprouts of the old removed forums are starting to appear again. But because there's some queenly teasing, gay joking around, occasional talk about a gay sex issue, the moderators are on vigil there and pounce, reminding offending members of banishment consequences, suspension, having their posts deleted, etc. Not a comfortable nor even friendly place a lot of the time, now. It used to be a very helpful place, a fun place to hang out and help out.
The "advertisers" may have also been behind the scenes, not wanting to be connected with a forum/magazine that tolerated such a liberal approach as MH forums did for the past couple of years or more (that I've been posting and reading there). There are some straight (and one very irksome bitchy woman) members who probably also complained directly to the editors or moderators -- there were times it actually looked a lot like Real Jock discussions! Camelot came to an end in October, I guess.
Sorry this is so long -- it's background to answer the question, "Is MH Homophobic" -- no, but the magazine and its online forums don't nourish participation openly by its gay readership/online members with any meaningful and thoughtful discussions any more. So, as I said, many of us are finding our way to Real Jock and looking around for a new set of friends.
There are some serious observations my friends had made too about how the MH site and magazine weregladly taking our pink dollars, but ignoring us otherwise.