If you managed to report on gay issues in 2016 without resorting to tragically outdated stereotypes, homophobic tropes, telling women why they need a gay best friend, outing gay Olympians, perpetuating HIV stigma, incitement, disregard, bigotry and everything in between – congratulations. You’ve passed. To everyone else: do better. But from the casual to the outright homophobic, British journalism was far from perfect last year. So if you’re planning on writing about gay guys in 2017, then familiarise yourself with these guidelines on how to avoid getting it really wrong.