You may have seen various gay porn flicks over the years featuring studs who ride their rigs and fuck their brains out at the various truck stops in their cabs.
It may seem romantic, sexy, and non stop cruising, but it can be lonely too, according to a recent article in the Washington Blade.
Timothy Anderson, who is President of the GayTruckers Association, says that while he is independent, it came at a price. "Your friend's lives keep going while you're on the road, and (he) became very much isolated within the tgrucking culture to the point where all of (his) friends were truckers." This life is hard on relationships and hard to find a trucker bud, even at the truck stops/rest areas or "pickle parks" as they are affectionately called.
But finding anonymous sex along the open highways is something that almost every gay trucker has experienced. At the rest areas, "the crusiing is quite active and probably more active now than it's ever been. . . It's not talked about and people doen't even like bringing it up." Sort of a "don't ask, don't tell". These guys don't like to broadcast the perks of being a trucker and surely don't want the cops messing up a good thing.
Tim Page, also quoted in the article, cites the popularity of cruising and plugs his web site, http://www.gaytruckers.com and their magazine, Gay Truckers Classifieds.
Tim and Scott Langley started their magazine in the mid-1990s and operated it for the first three months as a general interest magazine for all truckers. But when gay truckers wanted to take out personal ads, both men knew that this would forever be a magazine by and for gay truckers with over 2000 subscribers and a print run of 5000 copies. The gay truckers web site boasts more than 44,000 registered users.
Scott points out that the sexual deviants are in the trucking minority and that most gay truckers are tired of bieng put on a "sexual pedestal". That reflects on gay truckers in a negative way, he further says.
Despite its rugged facade, pointed out in the article, the trucking industry is actually a relatively progressive arena with marginal levels of sexism and homphobia, gay truckers say.
"There's a lot less homophobia in trucking than in a lot of other industries because the job is just so tough that you instantly gain respect from fellow drivers, even it they are straight, just because you are out there.", says Scott. At first, Scott pretended to be Tim's cousin when they hit the road as a team, but admits that sexual orientation is a non-issue for most employers.
In May, Green Bay, WI based trucking company, Schneider National, rolled out a marketing campain to recruit same-sex couples as big rig driving teams. The company also includes sexual orientation in its employment diversity statement.
One of the issues that the industry has failed to address are the numerous gay truckers who are HIV-positive. It would help if management had some understanding of the challenges HIV positive truckers are facing in their daily lives, says Scott Anderson.
So guys, if the open road is calling you, odds are that you can comfortably fit in driving a big rig. There are a lot of gay truckers out there. 10-4 good buddy.