6 Rules To Being A Good Gay Roommate

By J Bell | Posted Jan 31 2014 | 10 Comments  


Whether you are a gay man living in a populated place like New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, or a small city such as Raleigh or Camden there are a few rules to follow when sharing a living space with another gay man. Understanding these rules can make your living arrangement either a blissful experience or a nightmare from hell that could cost you financially.

Living with two other gay men, I believe my expertise on this subject is at an advanced level.  Aside from the mandatory basic considerations such as cleanliness, here are some simple rules to follow so that you don’t lose your cool…or other random possessions. *sips ultimate sangria*


This includes but is not limited to clothing, boyfriends, food, dirty magazines and/or porno, lube, condoms, and anything that you do not have a receipt for. Being that most gays are oftentimes superficial, I can assume that your roommate would be perturbed if he came home to find  you sporting his barely worn Nikes or even his All Saints button-up from last season. The fact that you may even look better in his clothes than him could inadvertently spark envy or a long-lasting competition. The general rule-of-thumb is to simply ask to use others’ belongings.  Whether he says “yes” or “no”, you should be understanding and respectful.


It is easy to, at times, overhear (or eavesdrop) some of your roommates personal business or relationship secrets. *takes another sip* Overtime you may come to know your roommates family, friends and/or partner, therefore, you will have gained insight and an opinion on your roommate and his personal matters. I stress to you that it is NEVER okay to solicit your opinions on his relationship or dealings unless asked. If you have a negative opinion of how your roommate handles matters in his personal life, keep it to yourself or if you feel it necessary, express your distaste directly with him and NOT his friends.


Money can make or break any “roommateship.” If you do not have it, it can cause problems, and even if you have it, it still could cause problems, as your roommate may rely on you to contribute more to the household necessities. That’s another story. All your roommate should know about your finances is that you can or cannot pay the bills in a timely manner.

If you cannot, express to him or her any hardships that you may be facing so that he can better understand why you aren’t able to pay. I would hope that he would be sympathetic to any unexpected emergencies or detrimental obligations…but don’t try to get over on him by coming up with some sob story about a pair of shoes you wanted or an extreme bar tab you unknowingly accumulated while trying to impress some hot guy. You can assume that your unconvincing or pathetic sob story will be shared with his frequently visiting friends and or family, which will certainly cause some awkward tension. Assume that anything you  express to your roommate will be shared with his friends and vice versa. This assumption is the perfect segue into my next rule.


As noted in rule #2, you may get to know many of your roommates’ buddies by proximity alone. It is very important to always remember that at the end of the day, your roommates friends hold loyalty with your roommate, not you. Anything you share with your roommates’ buddies will certainly telephone its way back to him, this includes any negative comments, love interests, fears, sexual-position (if he didn’t already know), number of people you bring over when he isn’t home, etc.

If your roommate(s) is like mine, you will host many drunken game nights of Truth or Dare, Circle of Death or 5 minutes of Heaven that could inevitably lead to you making out and/or sharing you “goods” with one of his friends. This is fine if you are content with your roommate finding out the market value of your “goods”.  Please always assume that your business is never your own when engaging with your roommates accomplices. 


As a gold-star prude, I limit the explorations of my sexual behavior within the confines of my room where internet porn can be enjoyed alone.  This is a courtesy to my roommates. I advise that everyone follow this rule when engaging in sexual acts with his partner or a random stranger that you met on Grindr to “host”. Once in your room, be aware of the acoustics.

If you live in NYC, I am willing to bet your walls are paper thin and allows the “audience” in your home a good aural image of what’s happening beyond your door. If you aren’t comfortable voyeurism, close your door and turn on some music (I find iTunes radio to be ideal when time and hormones do not permit me to customize a playlist). Again, any adventures you carry-out in your own bedroom are yours. However, please remember that your roommate may choose not to follow rule #2 and you could be victim of undeserved (or deserved) gossip. 


Nothing is more assuring after a hard day that you are going to return home and relax with that glass of wine, mixed drink or cannabis. If you and your roommate enjoy the same indulgences, inquire about forming a budget to pool funds for these items. If he is a major pot-head and you are the occasional user, this will definitely not going to work.

In that case, just offer your roommate a few pulls every time you light one up or a glass of wine if you bring a bottle home. This is not only a common courtesy, but also serves as the peace offering to assure him that your relationship as roommates is going smoothly, despite any slight differences. Take my word, some of the best and open conversations occur with my roommate on the nights we both need a nice glass of Malbec. I am sure your roommate would appreciate it too. 

If you are in a situation right now with a roommate and you are not sure how to approach him, feel free to send me a message on Cypher Avenue. Also, add any additional rules that you think may also be helpful in the comments section below!


About the Author

J Bell is an advice columnist beginning his budding career as a publicist in NYC. He can help you with personal advice, relationship advice and business advice. For more advice columns, stay tuned to CypherAvenue.com

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  1. Lonnell Williams
    Lonnell Williams | January 31st, 2014

    I LOVE THIS!!!

    • ControlledXaos
      Black Pegasus | January 31st, 2014

      LOL ok when did you get here?

  2. LEE B | January 31st, 2014

    Good list! I live alone now, but my old roommate could have used this list, especially number 5!

  3. OfficialJLC | January 31st, 2014

    I’m too grown for…. well let me not say that. Instead I’ll say I won’t have a room mate because I could never follow number 5. Good post.

  4. Cyrus-Brooks
    Cyrus Brooks | February 1st, 2014

    Excellent list. These kind of rules need to be laid out from the beginning so their is no confusion. Having roommates can get messy very easily whether they’re gay or not but especially when they’re gay.

  5. Zion MarQuiese Devereaux | February 1st, 2014

    I will NEVER again have a gay roommate- EVER!!!
    It was the worst experience ever.
    I would have rather have a heterosexual roommate- less b.s. and issues.
    This last dude I let stay with me???!!!
    I wanted to molly whop his a&^.
    I won’t ever have a roommate again.

  6. hannibal
    Hannibal | February 1st, 2014

    This is so hard to do when your roommate is also your best friend lol.

  7. Rox808 | March 16th, 2014

    having a gay roommate for me was so-so. we became close, then dude did some shady shit. now were not so good. but im about to have another gay roommate. but we are friends from way back, never had any sexual tension between us, both have different choices in men. honestly, id stick to having a str8 male roommate. never have to worry about sleeping around with someone elses. with me, most my str8 male roommates didnt mind me having dudes over when i did. didnt bother them. same goes when they brought home females.

  8. Kelly Paul | May 11th, 2014

    Do you need a gay partner, someone who will satisfy you very well, then contact me via my e-mail address: kellypaul277@gmail.com or via my BBM pin:29015507.

  9. bjincali . | June 20th, 2014

    I had a gay housemate for a few years who happened to be cute as hell. Thought highly of himself, as did others, for good reason. It was awesome. Even though he tried to sleep with every friend I brought to the house (he was successful a few times with a few friends). But hey, I can’t control everything, he had it like that. Truth is, he didn’t get crazy. Nor did I. We just paid attention to each other and made amends when things got “different.” Jack Daniels mends a damaged coffee table or a few rolls of toilet paper. We didn’t overstep ourselves or get too me-minded. Golden rule stuff. Pay the bills on time, play nice every time, and live a little…throw epic parties. Now, I like living alone. But it was nice to have a gay housemate who handled his business. And when he left town, his Lexus was my Lexus. Win-win situation. 🙂 This post speaks truth.

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