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MATT MIGNANELLI

ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS ON LOVE AND LUST IN BURLINGTON

Where can I discreetly get it on in public? —GETTING DOWN ALL AROUND Ooh, fun! Public restrooms are a classic spot — and the mirrored, low-lit lavatory at Light Club Lamp Shop is pretty spacious, just sayin’. Just lock the damn door. If the thrill of being caught appeals to you, try getting frisky at night by — or in — the lake. In a parked car overlooking the mountains could be romantic and

kinky. Overlook Park on Spear Street in South Burlington is a time-honored make-out spot. Ditto Colchester’s Sunset Drive-In Theatre during the summer months. But do bone up on laws surrounding lewd and lascivious behavior first. We’d hate to see you in handcuffs — for the wrong reasons, anyway.

Where the eff are the gay bars? LGBT resources? —GAY AND BORED

I had unprotected sex and am worried I got an STD. Where do I go? —FREAKIN’ OUT

Sadly, since 135 Pearl closed years ago, the Queen City has lacked a true gay bar. Get on it, business owners of Burlington! In the meantime, try Three Needs Brewery & Taproom on Pearl Street; it’s kind of an undercover lesbian bar. Over on Church Street, Halflounge Speakeasy is super gay-friendly. In Winooski, the Monkey House hosts LGBT events such as the Over the Rainbow Open House, and Oak45 has twice been voted best gay-friendly bar in the state. As for resources: The Pride Center of Vermont on South Champlain Street offers education and advocacy for the gay community. Check pridecentervt.org for events and helpful info.

Two words: Planned Parenthood. Find the Burlington location on St. Paul Street. Don’t mind the occasional protesters outside; just go in and ask for help. The staff is friendly and efficient. And good for you for getting checked out, but don’t make unprotected sex a habit. Be safe so you can have fun, (relatively) worry free.

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