Gay Is So Hot Right NowSo, maybe it's just me, but sometimes I really feel a lot of tension with the hetero world, mainly for one reason. Whether they love us or hate us, straight people see gay people as cool, sort of like the latest accessory that every woman should have and every man who's sure of himself should find for his girlfriend. I don't know. The way I think of it is in terms of places like the Castro and Chelsea and the Marais and Manchester. At one time these were places where men (and occasionally women) would go to form a community and to meet men who, like themselves, were sexually and/or emotionally attracted to men. Now, at least during the day, these places have become havens of tourism, where the "cool" or "hip" or "fashionable" or "liberal" or "normal" straight person can go to peer at gay people, almost like..."Ooo, honey, look at the funny gay man. Awww, he's kissing a man. That's so nice."
Yeah, that's my latest frustration with being gay. I'm gay, but I don't show it off, and I'm not here to entertain. Real equality to me means not feeling like your in the spotlight because your gay, just as much as it means being able to show your affection in public and have acceptance from the outside world. Acceptance can go to far, too.