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An openly heterosexual man who engages in sex with other men without disclosing it to his female partner(s)

down low

, downlow (down′lō″) [Slang, short for on the down low, to keep a secret, in secret],

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1. Keeping an act, a plan, or some information secret.
2. Leading a double life, esp. with respect to sexual preferences. It usually refers to men who represent themselves publicly as strictly heterosexual but secretly have sex with men.
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This supposed tell-all by the former MTV producer promises a juicy tour of the secret society of down-low black men (and women) in the film, music and TV industries.
In DC, everything is on the down-low," the New York Post quoted Michaele as saying.
The recently disclosed James Keich Hubba reunion is currently proceeding, as is the purposefully deep down-low H-Cartel tour.
Other films presented homoeroticism in a more favorable light, but it was still on the down-low.
They are blanketing bars, clubs, and bathhouses with prevention information and starting support groups in an effort to curb rising HIV rates, which are disproportionately high among straight black women, in part due to the down-low culture.
Oprah's down-low shows, which feature Oprah with mouth agape (a pose you won't see on the cover of her magazine), go into all the seamy details of this new twist on the old double life.
Why shouldn't young queers of color fade into their communities, in the trendy name of living on the down-low, if every homo on TV looks like a character on Will & Grace (whose only Latina is the maid)?
Because being gay is considered such a taboo in so many black communities, many black men who have sex with men chose to live their lives in the closet or "on the down-low.