Sexuality Research and Social Policy

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 176–185 | Cite as

What Kinds of Workshops do Internet-Based Male Escorts Want? Implications for Prevention and Health Promotion

  • Christian GrovEmail author
  • Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz
  • Melissa H. Ditmore
  • Arjee Restar
  • Jeffrey T. Parsons


There has been limited research on the types of programs that male-for-male escorts would want for themselves. In 2013, 418 Internet-based male escorts completed an online survey. Participants were presented with a description of an ongoing outreach program for male sex workers called “Rent University” and asked to select workshop topics that they would be interested in (from a list of 14). Participants selected, on average, six workshops. The most commonly selected workshops centered around enhancing one’s career/wealth as an escort (e.g., “Attracting the ‘right’ clients and keeping them” 65.0 %, “Escorting and legal matters” 64.0 %, “How best to market yourself online” 62.7 %, “Financial planning and planning for the future” 52.7 %). More often than not, demographic characteristics were unassociated with selecting individual topics. Being younger, having less than a college degree, being gay identified, and having used club drugs in the past 12 months were associated with expressing interest in a greater number of workshops. Those seeking to provide such services might be well served to ensure that materials are at an appropriate reading level and culturally acceptable for younger, gay-identified men.


Escorting Sex work Men who have sex with men Club drug use Condomless anal sex Harm reduction Gay and bisexual men Outreach and prevention 



This study was the result from the collaborations between the researchers, Hook (, and It would not have been possible without the input from the Board of Directors at Hook, the generous free advertising from Rentboy, and the men who participated in this study. Finally, special thanks to the research team at CHEST for their assistance in developing and programming the online survey.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Grov
    • 1
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  • Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz
    • 2
  • Melissa H. Ditmore
    • 3
  • Arjee Restar
    • 4
  • Jeffrey T. Parsons
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of Health and Nutrition SciencesBrooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY)BrooklynUSA
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of Puerto Rico-School of Public HealthSan JuanPuerto Rico
  3. 3.URL:
  4. 4.Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST)New YorkUSA
  5. 5.Doctoral Program in Public HealthThe Graduate Center of CUNYBrooklynUSA
  6. 6.Basic and Applied Social Psychology Doctoral ProgramThe Graduate Center of CUNYNew YorkUSA
  7. 7.Health Psychology Doctoral ProgramThe Graduate Center of CUNYNew YorkUSA
  8. 8.Department of PsychologyHunter College of CUNYNew YorkUSA

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