Another reason for steroid use in the gay community because it is a remnant of the AIDS crisis. During the AIDS crisis, a major symptom of decease was emaciation of the muscles tissue. So steroids became a common prescription to try to treat this symptom. Of course a side effect was also more pronounce and larger muscles (this of only temporary because eventually AIDS would take its toll). So in the late 80s/ early 90s you had large numbers of gay men taking steroids which started to change peoples expectations of body image, especially in the gay community. In fact, it's rumor that the tend of male models with 'six pack' abs, which started in the early 90s, was a direct result of steroid use in the gay community.