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The Reading List for Feb 3, 2014

From voguing to steroids among young gay and bisexual men, it's all here in today's edition of The Reading List.

– First and foremost, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died this weekend. He was 46. Hoffman was arguably this generation's greatest actor and had played numerous gay roles, including Truman Capote in the 2005 biopic and the painfully shy Scotty in Boogie Nights.

It is being reported that Hoffman died of a drug overdose, a point that has writers discussing the topic of addiction from various angles, including drug policy in the Western world.

But no matter how he died, Hoffman will be remembered as an actor who was unafraid of his characters

– The Canadian Press reports that gay and bisexual young men have a higher rate of steroid use than their straight counterparts. In fact, the rate may be almost six times higher

– Think Paris Is Burning was the end of voguing? Think again. A short documentary film entitled Vogue Knights picks up where Paris Is Burning left off, more than 20 years later. The music has changed, the moves are faster, but the drama is all the same.

And for one last bit, something a little fun: a chubby bearded ginger offers his pink bits as the perfect spot for product placement, online. (Vaguely NSFW)