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Breaking Gay Stereotypes…

While I was reading a blog authored by a straight guy I know, I saw him dealing with a lot of the same stereotypes gay guys have to deal with all the time. In his case, he’s getting it in reverse because he’s neat, has a well decorated home, and is extremely articulate in everything he does.

And that’s the kind of thing we all need to work on a little more…breaking those stereotypes. I found an interesting blog, here, that says this in the title:

A group of LGBTS bloggers share their ideas, opinions, and stories to help increase understanding about Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Straight people and issues.

I haven’t had time to check it all out, but I will admit this is the first time I’ve ever seen LGBTS. I’ve mentioned more than once how I feel about LGBTQ, and how I’m not embracing the “Q” part because I find the “Q” word highly offensive. But the “S” part…for straight…I find very interesting.

It seems like a lot of people get hung up on stereotypes.
For instance, gays are known for being crazy sex fiends who get std’s out the wazoo. Gay people even seem to think this is how things are or how they are perceived. And then as if to prove something some gays feel like they have to act like the most pious Christians out there. Gay Mormons feel like they have to show they’re being celibate and following all the rules in order to prove that gays aren’t bad. Others feel they have to prove that gays can have families and build lasting relationships just to show that gays aren’t bad. In some ways this sickens me, but at the same time I’m going to give you my proof.

From what I can tell, it looks like a well written blog and there are some interesting concepts that seem to be geared around breaking the stereotypes and bringing the gay community closer to the straight community. I will post more about it when I find out more.