YouTube Power Couple Shane Dawson and Ryland Adams are Engaged

Shane Dawson and Ryland Adams, a vlogging power couple with a combined YouTube following of 24 million, are engaged to be married after dating for three years.

The social media couple made the engagement announcement on their respective accounts. Some think the timing is weird because Dawson is in the midst of a controversy after an old podcast surfaced in which he talked about sexually abusing his cat.

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HE SAID YES!!!!!! :,)))))))

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Wrote Dawson: “Ryland, thank you for making the last 3 years the happiest time of my life. Thank you for sleeping next to me even though i sweat through the sheets. Thank you for making me smile and reminding me how loved I am in real life even when I’m being cancelled online. Thank you for letting me cover you in fake tattoos and wigs for videos and sometimes just for a fun saturday night. Thank you for loving me unconditionally and reminding me everyday that i should love myself too. I thank the universe everyday for bringing you into my life and I can’t wait to start a future with you and start every day thinking about how lucky I am. I love you more than i can ever even explain in words. -Shane :,)”

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Ryland, thank you for making the last 3 years the happiest time of my life. Thank you for sleeping next to me even though i sweat through the sheets. Thank you for making me smile and reminding me how loved I am in real life even when I’m being cancelled online. Thank you for letting me cover you in fake tattoos and wigs for videos and sometimes just for a fun saturday night. Thank you for loving me unconditionally and reminding me everyday that i should love myself too. I thank the universe everyday for bringing you into my life and I can’t wait to start a future with you and start every day thinking about how lucky I am. I love you more than i can ever even explain in words. -Shane :,)

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Wrote Adams: “3 years today with my best friend. I can’t believe how our lives have changed, I’m grateful for every second of it! I love you more everyday… we’re engaged!! I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you I’ve never been happier in my whole entire life!!”

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Popular YouTuber Shane Dawson Denies Having Sex with His Cat

Shane Dawson, a YouTube personality with 21 million followers who came out as bisexual in an emotional video in 2015, defended himself on Twitter Sunday night after a podcast clip surfaced in which he described having a sexual interaction with his cat. Dawson said that it was his first sexual experience.

Dawson said the story “was based on a dumb sketch idea,” adding, “my goal with the podcast and with my videos years ago was to tell shocking stories that would make people laugh and scream ‘OMG NO U DIDNT!!’ and think i was ‘soooo crazy.’”

Added Dawson: “im sorry for what i said about my cat, im sorry for what i said about anything or anyone that was offensive, and im sorry for being someone who thought being super offensive and shocking all the time was funny.”

Dawson also retweeted a video from last year when he was accused of being a pedophile based on remarks from another podcast.

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The Grass is Always Grindr: stripping away the bravado around gay sex

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The Grass Is Always Grindr, a web series exploring dating life and sexual health in London has had hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

Those thousands of views show there is a thirst for stories about gay men. But also what it’s like navigating the dating world in the 21st century.

The Grass Is Always Grindr is back for a second series and follows on from where the first series left off.

Adam (Taofique Folarin), the handsome closeted boxer, is struggling to reconcile his recent HIV diagnosis with his athletic career. His kind of new lover, Joe (Denholm Spurr) has started taking PrEP (preexposure prophylaxis), an effective HIV preventative medication.

The men are trying to make their tentative romance work, Joe’s having problems enjoying sex, and it’s not immediately clear why.

Love, sex and PrEP

Series creator Patrick Cash spoke to Gay Star News about why made a second season of the web series.

‘We didn’t want to just present gym-toned young men as the only sexually active people in the gay male community,’ he said.

‘So, as well as our two square-jawed leads, we’re delving deeper into our older character Francis’ sex life – played by legendary HIV activist Jonathan Blake, and exploring sexual health worker Ryan’s Matthew Hodson past.’

Cash and his creative partner, Luke Davies, have always created works on issues important to the gay community. But moving from theatre to producing web series has given the pair a lot more flexibility.

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Taofique Folarin plays closeted boxer, Adam | Photo: Supplied

Universal stories

While the show focuses on gay life in London, Cash hopes it resonates with audiences everywhere.

‘An essential strand we explore is HIV prevention and challenging HIV stigma, and I hope that’ll resonate with most gay men,’ he said.

‘At the film’s heart is a story about two men trying to find intimacy together, and not quite having the tools to be successful by themselves.

‘I think, in a nation where same-sex sexual and relationship education isn’t available in schools (and people get so obsessed with the ‘sexual’ part they forget about how important the ‘relationship’ part is), many gay men might identify with the complexities of making a gay relationship work.

‘But what we also want to show in the film is that in places like 56 Dean Street, and within the gay community and intergenerational knowledge sharing, there’s help and support available. It’s an old adage that everyone’s fighting their own battles, but it’s also true no one has to fight alone.’

Cash spoke extensively with Dr Alan McOwan at 56 Dean Street, London’s main sexual health clinic in preparation for writing the series.

‘A sexual health clinic is a great place for real stories as sex gets to people’s truth, and I feel we’re deserving of a well-produced, realistic drama about modern gay sex lives, and the complications that can arise, cutting through stereotypes: how many times have you seen a gay man described as ‘cock-obsessed’ or similar?’ Cash said.

‘When you get under the bravado there’s so much more layer and nuance of the gay experience beneath.’

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Denholm Spurr (L) and Taofique Folarin star in the popular web series | Photo: Supplied

Therapeutic effect of art

For actors Denholm Spurr and Taofique Folarin, the series can sometimes reflect their lives closely.

‘I’ve played the character of Joe for three years now and its never ceased to surprise me when the writer sends me the next script how many parallels there are with my own life,’ Spurr said.

The actor related to Joes struggles with his sexuality, his relationship with his parents, his dysmorphia and his predisposition to self-medicating drugs.

‘I think thats because Im not alone in these experiences: Joes Story is an everyman story. Thats what makes The Grass Is Always Grindr such a great series as theres very few other film, theatre or art reflecting the gay community back at us so vividly and bravely,’ he said.

Folarin said while the show explores some issues more deeply, he hoped viewers would ‘experience the same therapeutic effect I also had from working on it’.

‘Adams story is one that mirrors the lives of many but yet lacks the visibility on our screens: to be a vessel for this story, our story, was an honor,’ he said.

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