I posted this in another post this morning: I did a superficial search on the topic and didn't find much so I thought I post something on this to see what your experiences had been. I had a gay friend years ago that was not exposed to hugging and it showed when I hugged him. He'd get stiff as a board. It was awkward but I persisted in comings and goings and he eventually got over it and came to be completely relaxed about it. I think he grew to enjoy this simple act and it became the only method of our greeting and parting. I have a straight German (a formal society) friend that was like that too and he's relaxed about it now. I enjoy the act of hugging a guy (women too but guys are better:wink. There's something satisfying about it. It's a non-sexual contact and seems to strike an internal cord which suggests that "I care for you". What have your experiences been? Did it come natural for you either on the give or receiving end?