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Gay Men: Don’t Be A Hypocrite When You Preach About Discrimination And Equality

I know it’s the start of the holiday season and everyone is ready to devour copious amounts of food and drink while having laughs with loved ones. but I need to get this gripe off my chest before partaking into any festivities. And you can call me a prude or uptight or whatever other quantifiers you deem appropriate but I need to say this. Why is it acceptable in our community to make fun of what others look like? To take pictures of others and make fun of them? I ask this because lately I see a lot of it lately, on both twitter and facebook. And it’s disturbing.

It amazes and saddens me that during a time of year when we are innately calleed upon to spread goodwill and harmony but instead these anonymous pictures (without their consent) are satrewn all over the internet. It shocks me when people I once had a lot of respect for engage in this useless sport. Because it is some sort of twisted sport now, where it seems some in our community try to one up someone by captuuring thge most degrading images they can find.

Disgustingly taking these pics of people in need like the homeless and instead of you helping them find food and shelter you take a pic for the world to see that person at their lowest point? What the hell is wrong with you and have you lost all sense of humility aand morality? Laughing at them, critiquing these men and women at what could be their most vulnerable time and basically objectifying them.

This is particularly the case with some gay men in social media. In our society, where in many cases we receive so much spite and vitiriol on a daily basis for being gay. For wearing pink, or makeup, women’s clothes, or whatever society sees as “effeminate” but we know the truth. We know that we vary in opinion, personality and what is perceived as “manly”. We’re all complex, different, beautiful beings. And we rail against anyone when our differences are perceived as weaknesses. We are not and will never be weak.

So then please explain why the hell you think it’s acceptable to do that to another person. This petty rhetoric of discrimination on looks and demeanor. You can call it spilling tea as much as you like but when you do shit like this it really makes you look like a pretentious asshole.

Solely on the way they look? Is our community so fucking obnoxiously obsessed with the physical form that you have to degrade someone else to the lowest form? Look, I get it, we are stringent in our critiques of our bodies and while some feel there is a certain way to be gay, there’s not. But there is, however a certain way to be a decent human being and that involves not putting other people down.

Does that make you feel better when you claim to celebrate an ethnicity/culture/race when really all you’re doing is caraciturizing it? If you partake in this then that makes you a hypocrite. If you’re always stating how we shouldn’t be treated differently (and we shouldn’t) but you partake in this then you are the personification of a hypocrite. If you scream and yell at the thought of someone making fun of you because you’re gay and you do this, then you’re a hypocrite.

I’m not your parent, relative, boss or authority figure in any way, shape, or form. But think of the way you treat others, not only during holidays but every day. And I’m not saying what you should or shouldn’t see, feel, or do with your body. but honestly, how can you ever expect anyone to treat you with respect when you don’t do the same?  It’s food for thought.

Are We Gay Men Supposed To Act A Certain Way? No.

Contributor’s Note: I apologize I didn’t have time to write something more newsworthy but it’s been a hectic day with no internet for most of it. So, again here is something I wrote before I joined here. Enjoy!

This week as a result of a few encounters I’ve asked myself a question I think most gay men ask constantly: Are there degrees of gay? Does it even matter? Do descriptors used to classically categorize what a gay man is bother you as much as they bother me? I vacillate on whether to even discuss the topic as sometimes it seems when you describe the things you are, you  unfortunately also appear to others as degrading or insulting the the things you aren’t. So I made sure to check my ego at the door and make sure I illustrated my point without demeaning or disrespecting while putting the topic in perspective.

This all started earlier in the week as I had a debate with an old college buddy of mine. Keep in mind that even as compassionate, loyal, and great guy he is sometimes he’s one of the most stubborn people I’ve ever meet with a severe case of the ‘dudebro‘ syndrome.. He’s straight and we were talking about a date he had recently that didn’t go well. I asked at what point did the date go wrong and he explained that as he was about to pay the bill, she asked how much her half was and he responded saying don’t worry I’ve got it. She insisted that she’d feel more comfortable paying for half and appreciated the gesture but wanted to chip in. The bill was 137. 82 without tip so I see one of the reasons she wanted to help pay. He smirked and said, “just let me be the man and chillax” (I cringed when I heard him say “chillax” seriously who the hell says that). Clearly, this did not bode well for the rest of the date.

As I fought back the laughter, he didn’t understand what went wrong that night, and I asked him had he ever went dutch or let his date/girlfriend pay for half the bill and he emphatically replied no. I responded saying well with any of my past boyfriends we either split the bill or took turns paying for the meal. This was also true for movies, concert tickets, etc., with the exception being presents for anniversaries, birthdays, or random gifts. Wasn’t ever an issue and I then asked why instead of him just going along with his date and having a few extra bucks in his pocket and very bluntly he said “thats what a man does.” Really? What the hell is this? I need to re-evlauate the people I call friends. This whole discussion was spiraling.

The conversation then proceeded into danger territory which means most likely he’s about to make an asinine comment what would irk the hell out of me (he already did that with a “that’s what a man does” comment but still). He assumed that this was always the case as well in gay couples, that we assign the effeminate/masculine roles to our relationships and act accordingly to those stereotypical roles. He wrongly assumed that it must be this way with all gay men including me. I informed him that of course this was not the case in which he replied it should be to make things easier. WHAT? Profanities from me to him ensued for a couple of minutes and I pulled myself together to hear what gems he’d pull out to explain as our friendship in that moment seemed strained at best. He continued on with this irritating verbiage and also ascertained that gay men that are represented in tv/movies in the same way. If we were in the same vicinity and had a pie it would’ve been plastered to his face. But despite my anger I understood why he thought that. Where that opinion came from and his justifications, no matter how infuriating, made sense.

Almost always in media a gay man has only two degrees in which he’ s depicted as either very effeminate in nature that wears makeup and is into fashion, sparkly things, and unicorns (why can’t unicorns be unisex anyway, uni means both so get with it people) or very jock like that loves sports, spits on any outdoor service, or routinely scratching their crotch (we all do that, it’s our junk and we have to adjust) that has this 11th hour realization of his sexuality. But both are expected to provide some sort of comedic relief and often depicted as caricatures with no depth or real insight into why they are they are or provide some sage advice to the protagonist while they themselves remained unexamined.

I recently read an article in Madame Noire titled Are Gay Men the New ‘Mammies’ In Reality Television? which described the normative medium for gay men on tv/movies. A very effeminate non threatening homosexual man that loves fashion (honestly who wants to look like crap other than hipsters) that served as the ‘mammie’ or the person that is there for the protagonist to give little saged gems of wisdom, great fashion tips with an immaculate timing for comedic puns. Now this article focused mainly on gay African American males but this stereotype is used no matter the race/ethnicity. It had some really good points but made me think more about gay characters in media and there’s only two degrees of gay shown.

Think about it, in the last ten movies/tv shows you’ve watched that featured a gay man how many of them weren’t written as an effeminate gay written to ease the tension while endearingly (and patronizingly derogatorily) referred to as “the gays” or “my gay BFF”? Or the extremely masculine guy that somehow is also written as some sort of comic relief as he bursts forward proclaiming his love for a male antagonist? Or even when the aforementioned characteristics aren’t done any justice and written to be more than one dimensional? You can see where this is going. Variety.

All I keep thinking the entire time I see these representations are “why is this caricature there and what is he doing?” But in the media and by and large the public, this is the only accepted options that I can be as a gay man. Again don’t get me wrong, none of these descriptors in which I express I am not a part of are bad or negative in any way. Be who you are and if all of those two scenarios are you love and embrace that in all you do. It’s just not who I am and I want to see variety. We have the same infinite amount of different yet all the same beautiful characteristics and I want to see honest representations of us.

So yes, I am saying I want to see every variation of the gay man on tv and in movies. Do they have to do it in every movie? Absolutely not. Writing a specific character that fits those situations is great and if that character is what best fills the plot with rich subtext then I’m all for that. But does that have to be the only representation of the gay man? Of course not, nor should it be. I’m saying don’t write every gay character to fit only these strict attributes that we see every time there script calls for a gay man. As I explained to my friend, who I think  is now a litte more aware in the variation in the human condition, I have a lot of descriptors that define who i am and i want to see that more on my screen.

And for those wondering, my friend and I are fine. He learned very quickly not to go by a movie or tv to categorize a group of people. That we as gay men vary much more than our stereotypes. We have different likes/dislikes, personality and behaviors. That we’re people like everyone else. To lose this notion of what a strong man is supposed to be like. And to not be a rotten date.