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on 06/23/2011 - 01:23 pm
This week, Straighty answers the basic questions about the LGBT community.
1.) What the heck is LGBTQ? 2.) Are the gay and straight communities really that different from each other? and 3.) What if I start crushin' on a super-gay hottie? Could I ever get him/her to fall in love with me..., a straighty?
Let me give you a little bit of background. I work for a gay-owned, gay-friendly advertising company. I have fabulous gay bosses and amazing gay (and straight) co-workers. For the first time, I've had the opportunity to work side-by-side with the LGBT community, and I find that the gays are an extremely impressive bunch. They are very different from me at times, yet we always get along beautifully. I have grown close to gay men, lesbians, transgender and queers alike. I can honestly say that I am a better person for it.
When I began observing our similarities and differences, I started to ask questions about these "crazy gays" and what makes them tick. I pondered their lives, relationships and attractions (as I often do of any group). I wondered...what are they all about? Here’s what I found:
First, the gay community is not afraid to talk. (Finally, somebody who talks more than me!) They’re clever and loud. They’re honest. They're wonderful. They provided me with more than enough information to answer my questions... and then some. As for the answers?
1. LGBTQ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning.
2. Different? Yes, the gays and straights are really that different from eachother. Oh, and btw, they're actually not that different at all.
3. Can you turn a gay, straight? Ummm, good question. Let’s come back to that one.
Not surprisingly, I also found that the gay community is rich in love, peace and understanding. They exhibit openness and a deep respect for themselves. They welcomed me with open arms (which were often covered with glitter), and I now see why the gay-straight movement has taken off. Straight media celebs like Ben Cohen, gay-straight alliances and straight-parent support groups are growing in number. I’m wondering what will emerge next? Straight-bi-tranny coalitions? Maybe “mothers-of-straight-kids-who-just-love-being-in-the-closet” unions. There’s something for everyone.
So in closing, I am happy to report that the gays and straights have a symbiotic relationship that gets stronger every day. What does this mean for the future? It means that we are reaching a new level of understanding. Gays aren’t goin’ anywhere! (Thank goodness.) The LGBT community has emerged as the strongest financial minority in the US, and the global media and economic markets have responded! Gay is here to stay. In the coming months, I will be sharing some insight on all sorts of gay-friendly topics for the straight crowd. But don't worry, Straighties, you're catchin’ on. This is a new echelon of community and I respect the fervor, I applaud the folly. Oh, and don’t forget about the hot, available men. To me, they're still the best part, either way you look at it!
You’re reading Straighty Says, and I’ll shoot it to you straight. Come back next time and I'll answer the question, “Rainbows... what’s the hype?”