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But the creation of an organized, underground subculture largely made up of black men who otherwise live straight lives is a phenomenon of the last decade...
Most date or marry women and engage sexually with men they meet only in anonymous settings like bathhouses and parks or through the Internet.
They included The New York Times (11 February), USA Today (March 15), Columbus Dispatch (March 19), St.
that typically refers to a subculture of black men who usually identify as heterosexual, but who have sex with men; some avoid sharing this information even if they have female sexual partner(s) married or single.
The first mainstream media account of the down-low as closeted homosexuality was reported in the Los Angeles Times on February 7, 2001.
By the end of the year, numerous major media outlets had reported on the down-low.
In 2008 writer Terrance Dean published his memoir: Hiding in Hip-Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment industry—from Music to Hollywood where he discusses his own experience being down-low in the industry as well as others in the industry who are also down-low.
He distinguishes the difference between being down-low and being down-low-gay.
The article was the first mainstream piece to openly criticize negative mainstream media depictions of down-low men and put a different spin on the DL phenomenon. Then in August 2003 the New York Times Magazine ran a cover story called "Double Lives on the Down Low", written by Benoit Denizet-Lewis.