Cory Monteith’s death- Gay men, pay attention.

On July 13 th millions of Glee fans and people alike were stunned and saddened by the loss of actor Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the popular television series. What makes this more heartbreaking is not only that he died at the young age of 31 but how he actually passed. The autopsy report states that he passed away from a mixed drug toxicity consisting of heroin and alcohol. It was documented that he recently completed a rehab stay between the end of March and mid-April, only the second time in his life that he sought treatment for this matter.

There is a depth to this story that transcends Cory and so many other issues surrounding his death- one in particular being the rapid drug trend that is sweeping the gay community. We see so many ads online promoting PNP (Party N Play) in which gay men hook up with the intention of getting high in the process of. This is a dangerous and toxic element that is only hurting people and not helping them, which is why gay men should really view Cory’s death as a huge wakeup call.

“It is all too common for men in the gay community to experiment with drugs, often at an early age,” says Dr. Edward S Goldberg, MD, who has served the gay community in New York City for the past twenty years. “The most popular drugs these days seem to be crystal meth, GHB, X, and cocaine. Heroin made a comeback a few years back as an inexpensive way to “check-Out” emotionally while getting a euphoric buzz. The way I see it, the biggest problems are crystal meth and heroin due to their nearly-instantaneous addictive potential. I’ve seen success in sobriety with both substances but I’ve seen it not end well far more often than the success I speak of.”

It was never a big story in the media regarding Cory’s drug and alcohol use, mainly because he wasn’t like other celebrities whose chronicles were well-documented by the paparazzi or their recent stint on “Celebrity Rehab”. At times people keep their addiction hidden for whatever reasons need be. In millions of people’s eyes, Cory was a role model. He was under pressure to keep an image in tact that is relatable to the show. People who are under the addiction of drugs may feel the same way, but get so deep into it that it becomes a double life situation that they can’t see their way out of.

“It’s very frustrating when you see someone allow their demons and addictions to take control of their lives”, retired adult film star and gay personality Charlie Harding states. “He allowed his desires and wants for a high to outweigh his self-preservation instinct, his will power and ultimately his common sense”. For the gay men who are dealing with similar problem’s that Cory dealt with, use this as a way to get help and get out of the haze you are presently in. Don’t make a temporary problem a permanent issue.

15 Those Rumors

Rumors are just that. Rumors. Some gossip websites claim Canadian actor Monteith had boyfriends in Vancouver, Canada. Maybe gay or bi-curious? Certainly his first modeling pictures in 2004 channel a „soft“ vibe. He was only 22-years-old when he walked into a Vancouver modeling agency. He was tall and charismatic and they pretty much signed him straight away. Behind him was a stint in rehab while still a teenager and ahead of him a banging on Tupperware drumming audition tape for Glee. And there are those still persistent stories that the whole thing with Lea Michele was nothing more than a publicity stunt. There was even talk of Lea dating another Glee co-star, Dianna Agron. Dianna has called it a „special friendship“. Just how special we’ll leave you to figure out.

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Many young gay men used to have no anchors in their lives or families to help them understand their feelings and learn that they were OK. Hopefully a lot of that has changed. Dont even experiment. No one who does drugs is your friend.

What a stereotypical story, with no supporting evidence other than the writers opinion. You paint the ‘Gay Community” as drug crazed brainless drones. Like any culture there is a drug problem and not just in ours. However your story would portray us all as drug & sex crazed drones. Let’s try and put a positive spin on our communities as their is so much more going on in them then what you seem to think. Your doing a disservice to readers and gay communities everywhere. The and drugs have been a part of gay culture well before the 60’s. are also many times more, hard working, responsible members as well.

another missed opportunity to talk about our draconic drug laws and how they actually hurt millions around the world annually instead of helping, all for the glory of larger profits from the prison/law enforcement sectors; gaining billions off of the sheep tax-payers who pay for the war on drugs.

not just talking about America, All of North America as well as UK (cept portugal and holland)

It’s a shame the writer has such a poor command of the English language it makes me wonder if the author wasn’t under the influence. Perhaps the “editor in chief” should get a real editor who knows the language.

I like to party sometimes… doesn’t?…and who doesn’t have a vice addiction,habit or skeleton in their closet of some description? was a drinker and the smokes I kicked.I know when enough is enough and it’s time to go home,no mixing elements and no sharing of or go exactly what makes the author of this piece want to target only gay men?. what I’ve learned over the decades both straight and gay like to play…

I am gay & I do not take drugs, so please speak for yourself Ryan Shea. This article is full of generalisations with no evidence or statistics to support the claims of gay men’s abusive drug taking. This is uninspiring & inferior journalism and a far cry from the editor in Chief’s, “Enjoy our fantastic writers and all they have to talk about…”.

Not a fan of glee though I caught it a few times…. addiction affects every culture and more likely than not his drug addiction had little to do with the fact he was gay, I particularly cant stand that they consulted a former adult film star and not someone like an addiction counselor or therapist for their take on why this man died.

another nasty example of how some journalists stereotype gay men. This tragic death has lessons for everyone and to foster notions that gay men are more tragic, more addicted and more likely die to from drugs and sex overdose is just plain old homophobia. Addiction knows no boundaries and poor old Cory Monteith should be left to rest in peace.

In defense of the writer (whom I do not know), drug use is unfortunately very high amongst gay men in big cities, and who are active online (websites, iPhone apps, etc). No, it may not represent gay life as a whole, or perhaps even a majority. But as someone who is active is said groups, it is something I encounter with shocking regularity. It is pervasive. It is killing my brothers, and driving a hard stake through the heart of our community.

I am a “normie”: someone who has never used. Crystal-meth has taken nine of my friends, some of them very dear to me. Dozens more struggle day after day to try and stay sober, only to drift back once again into the recurring cycle of re-lapse. Several of those took their own lives because they could no longer deal with the roller-coaster ride. These were intelligent, educated, successful men who truly wanted to be sober and physically could not.

One friend was found dead, lumped over his steering wheel, from a meth induced heart attack. Another was found two weeks later rotting in his home. These were both amazing, artistic men, who had given so much to others, and suffered such an indignant end.

If you use crystal-meth and think you are not addicted, you have been fooled by the most toxic substance ever created, with “G” a close runner up. They both alter the biochemistry of nearly every organ and tissue system in your body within one or two doses. It changes those systems so they require the chemical in order to function.

Crystal-meth alters saliva chemistry and pH. Minerals are leeched from the teeth, and the acid substance rots them away with haste. Blood gases and and lung function are altered. Seratonin chemistry is changed so severely, that users operate in a reality so altered they are unaware of it’s abnormality.

I’m glad that others here are, or think they are, unaffected by it, so they are unaware of its existence. This is a wake up call people. It is out there and spiraling. Please, if you care about your brothers and community, talk to your friends and coworkers. Be direct, ask questions. Get involved before it’s too late and we lose another generation of talent and treasured souls.

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A walk down memory lane. Lea Michele reminisced about her time filming Glee on the Thursday, January 16, episode of the “Showmance” podcast and revealed which scene featuring her late boyfriend, Cory Monteith, made her emotional after a rewatch.

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The 33-year-old actress joined her former costars and podcast cohosts, and Jenna Ushkowitz, to recap their time together on the former hit Fox series. Michele shared that the scene in the pilot episode where Finn (Monteith) saves Artie (McHale), who uses a wheelchair, from a Porta Potty held a new meaning for her years later.

“The moments that made me so emotional were not anything that ever has made me emotional before about the show,” the Broadway star, who portrayed Finn’s love interest Rachel Berry, explained. “One of them was when he [Monteith] took you [McHale] out of the Porta Potty. There were so many moments that you see the whole arc of a character for a whole season in one moment. Him taking you out of the bathroom, and you see Finn’s heart. Oh my God.”

McHale agreed that the scene was one of his “most memorable parts” of filming the pilot and one of his first bonding moments with Monteith.

“He and I are like, ‘This is insane, isn’t it? We are going to remember this forever. This is special.’ It was just the two of us. I’m like, ‘Yeah, this is really wild,’” the Boychoir star, 31, recalled.

Michele met Monteith on the set of Glee in 2009 and dated him from 2012 until his death at the age of 31 from an accidental drug overdose in July 2013. The Scream Queens alum has poignantly honored her late boyfriend on social media every year on the anniversary of his death.

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The Monte Carlo star opened up about how serious her relationship with Monteith became in an interview with Glamour UK in February 2014.

“We talked about a lot of things. We talked about children and what we would look like when we grew old, and who would be fat and how we would stay thin,” Michele said at the time. “We talked about where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. We were done. We were it.”

She added: “When you’re at that place in your life with someone, you talk about everything. But today I feel like I was given the best part of Cory, and I’m thankful for that.”

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One month later, Michele explained in an interview with Seventeen Magazine that the pair’s bond was strong despite Monteith’s substance abuse struggles.

“I only have happy memories of Cory. He was not his addiction – unfortunately, it won,” Michele said. “But that wasn’t who he was. Cory made me feel like a queen every day. From the minute he said, ‘I’m your boyfriend,’ I loved every day, and I thank him for being the best boyfriend and making me feel so beautiful.”

After Monteith’s death, Michele began dating businessman Zandy Reich in 2017 before the couple announced their engagement in April 2018. The duo tied the knot in March 2019 in an intimate ceremony in California.

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