Who are you?

I’m a freelance journalist and author, and one of the things I do is write under the name of The Guyliner – which began on this very blog, back in June 2010. 2010, wow. God.

Why are you called The Guyliner?

Yeah. I know. It was the name I gave to the blog when I was dating. I lined up the guys, then I dated them. I know it’s a bit tenuous, but I just liked the sound of it. Somehow this has, quite unintentionally, become my name.

What kind of things do you do?

Well, aside from this blog, which you can find out more about a bit further down, I write a weekly column for the British edition of GQ, about anything from LGBT issues to sex and relationships to the terrifying awkwardness of being alone in the 21st century.

I have written two novels for Little, Brown. The first one is called The Last Romeo and came out May 2018. You can find out more about that here. The next is called The Magnificent Sons and comes out spring 2020.

Most weeks I review the responses by participants in the Guardian’s Blind Date column and a whole section of the site is devoted to it. Funny old world, eh? It’s called Impeccable Table Manners and people seem to like it. Do give it a quick read.

What else did you do?

I’ve done stuff for International Business Times, – which saw me shortlisted for Arts, Entertainment and Culture Commentator of the Year at the 2017 Comment Awards – BuzzFeed, Little Atoms, the Irish Times, Stylist and the Guardian, among others. It’s all go. I was the dating and advice columnist on Gay Times from 2012–2017. You can find a selection of freelance stuff I’ve done as The Guyliner on my Contently page.

Can I hire you?

To write? Yes, of course! Contact me and let’s do something! I only write for free on my own site, by the way – just to be clear.

Can I write a guest post for you?

No, sorry. I’m always interested to hear people’s stories, but I don’t publish guest posts anymore, I’m afraid. I think it makes more sense to have just my voice on my site now.

What was the dating blog all about?

Oh, it was easy peasy:

– I joined an internet dating site
– I talked to men online and arranged dates with them
– I went on the dates
– I blogged about them. And indeed still do.

That’s it, really.

Note: I didn’t date these men just so I could fill my blog. I actually did want to meet guys and was, I suppose, in my own strange way looking for ‘the one’, or at least ‘the next one’.

I didn’t blog all the dates, because some of them are quite boring and others would make me easily identificable.

I’m not single any more but went on a LOT of dates so was still blogging them up until late 2015. I do change some details to avoid my ‘cover’ being ‘blown’, but I did not make the dates up. That would be pointless and unfair to any readers who have followed my ‘journey’.

I don’t blog in chronological order, either, so all events were written from memory and notes I made at the end of the night. There was a spreadsheet, I’m afraid.

I’m an unreliable narrator, yes, but I’m all you’ve got.

What’s your real name?

It’s Justin. Fancy that, eh?


The Guyliner logo and site design by Paul Lang at The Pop Group

1 Comment

  1. Hiya Justin. As a somewhat queer woman living on a Scottish island as a straight woman (them’s the breaks) and who regularly reads Blind Date (and is regularly dissapointed by the paucity of story and all my unanswered questions after), I’ve just discovered your blog this morning. As a writer, I am quite inspired by a writer who seems to work on his own Ts & Cs. Well done, you. You have another reader, keep up the good work.

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