This article is from the Internet Personals: Advice for Gay Men FAQ, by Fred Young firstname.lastname@example.org and Dean Esmay email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
For a start, we may include GWM, GAM, G*M or similar abbreviations
in the subject lines of our posts. Those looking for straight ads
might use a kill file to eliminate these postings from their news
reading software. And those looking for gay postings might
perform keyword searches across newsgroups.
To take it one step further, except in the *.motss groups, we may
use the above abbreviations to start the subject lines, for
GWM ISO GWM ... <blah, blah> or
GAM ISO GWM ... <blah, blah>
This way, those looking for gay postings may set their news
reading software to sort the subject lines alphabetically and
display all the subject starting with G's together.
Some of you might ask why gay men have to change their posting
habits to suit the straights. Well, it doesn't matter how we
interpret the statistics, homosexuals are in the minority, and the
fact is, this also makes it easier for us to find each other. This
is not about politics, this is about how to find a person you want
to be with. I believe this is a very reasonable compromise to make
it easier for both straight and gay people to share the space in
the alt.personals.* newsgroups, and to make it easier for everyone
to find what they want and to sort out what they don't want,
without anyone having to hide anything.