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Gay Stereotypes

Is The New Normal the New Derogatory?

Andrea Vale | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrea Vale

Before I learned that my best friend is gay, I laughed at the comical portrayals of gay men on shows like Saturday Night Live, which used some variation on the flamboyant gay man as a regular gag. Before I learned that my best friend is gay, I saw such caricatures as light play, and never did it cross my mind that they were not necessarily realistic or accurate.

Times Have Changed for Gays in Professional Wrestling, Says WWE Legend Jimmy Hart

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

"Back in the old days...I think you could get away with whatever you wanted to do," said World Wrestling Entertainment legend Jimmy Hart of the professional wrestling industry, "Now, you have to watch what you say, watch what you do."

What It's Like to Be a Female Cop

Quora | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women
Quora

There's much more I could tell, but being a cop is a difficult job. No matter who you are. But being female and a cop, is probably more challenging than most people know.

What a Waste: Let's Throw Away These 7 Gay Backhanded Compliments

William Dameron | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

When a friend told me that a couple of female friends made a remark about one of my pictures by saying "What a waste," I was flattered. But, then I thought "I'm sure my husband doesn't think so."

Straight Couples And Anal Sex, From Dan Savage (VIDEO)

Posted 05.05.2014 | MarloThomas

Dan Savage, Host of Savage Lovecast, shared one simple, effective piece of advice for couples that are hesitant about experimenting with anal sex. ...

18 Things Gay 20-Somethings Need to Know About Gay 40-Somethings and Beyond

David Toussaint | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

If we forget or dismiss you as "too young to understand," slap some sense into us. It's one big beautiful gay world out there, and no matter our ages and age difference, let's share it together.

All of the 'Evil and Dirty' Things That the Gays Do

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

I've read and heard so many accusations against the LGBT community by the religious right that I've now come to the conclusion that these folks are just sloppy with what they say. Seriously, it's as if they don't care that eventually someone will demonstrate how incoherent their claims are.

An Open Letter to Straight Guys: Gay Men Just Aren't That Into You

Nico Lang | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Nico Lang

Besides, what would we even do if we got a straight guy? Straight men don't seem to share the gay fascination with Sunday brunch, a love so deep that gay men will make a meal last an entire day. Kardashian marriages are shorter than gay brunches.

Is Everybody Gay? (It's So In)

Quincy LeNear Gossfield | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Quincy LeNear Gossfield

How many times have you heard someone ask, "Is everybody choosing to be gay these days?" Why, now that you mention it, my dear keen observer of universal truth, yes! And because of that, I now quit being gay! That's right, y'all. The jig is up.

Why HBO's Looking Will Keep You Searching

David Toussaint | Posted 04.05.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

Watching an episode of Looking feels less like viewing a TV series and more like staring at a new Facebook page, complete with status updates and a homo newsfeed. Click "Like" if you agree.

Gay Men Are Losing Our Pizazz, and It's a Problem... or Something?

Adam Hunt | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Adam Hunt

Recently Esquire published an article synopsizing HBO's Looking for the straight-male community. The author astutely points out that "this show is pretty gay" and expresses his disappointment that its characters don't live up to his standards regarding how fabulously hilarious we queers should be.

WATCH: Universal Studios Puts On Horrifyingly Homophobic Halloween Production

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices

It's been quite a year of social and political progress for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals as our community continues to ga...

Weeklings!: Gay Stereotypes? What About Straight Stereotypes? (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 12.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

2013-10-01-Screenshot20131001at6.14.25PM.pngEvery once in a while you see someone on Facebook talking about "stereotypical gay behavior" as if acting in a recognizably gay way is somehow... bad? Or weird? It always confuses me. You never hear people bemoaning "stereotypical straight behavior," but today that changes.

The Worst (And Most Hilarious) Lesbian Stereotypes That Just Won't Die

Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices

By Mary Malia for YourTango.com Lesbians stereotypes: you use them, lesbians use them, we all use them. Stereotypes simplify our thinking about lo...

Queen, Please: Why I Love Gay Stereotypes

Tyler Curry | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Some of you may consider me a walking, talking, choreography-memorizing, bar-hopping stereotype of gay culture. I hate to agree with you, but I totally am. And it doesn't bother me one bit.

The 'Gay Best Friend' Effect: A Friendly Takedown of Benevolent Stereotyping

Lauren Duca | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Lauren Duca

So many girls "just want a gay best friend," and can you blame them? Why shouldn't all ladies want a man who will just listen and go shopping but isn't a total betch like their girlfriends are can be? The thing is that grouping all gay men into this "gay best friend" bundle counts as stereotyping.

WATCH: If You're A Male Dancer, 'You're A Homosexual'

Posted 07.19.2013 | Gay Voices

"So You Think You Can Dance" producer Nigel Lythgoe spoke at length about the reluctance many British and American men have toward dancing, noting it ...

Myths and Stereotypes That Dehumanize Gay Men Must Be Challenged: Start With These 10!

Murray Lipp | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

While those who support LGBT equality sometimes innocently engage in stereotyping of gay men, it is ultimately those who promote heterosexist and homophobic agendas who are the most likely to draw on myths and stereotypes in their efforts to rationalize discrimination.

The South, Reexamined

Jordan Reeves | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Jordan Reeves

I'm from Hueytown, Alabama. It's smack dab in the middle of Dixie, so it's fine if I say something about the south -- it's part of me. But these loaded questions from people who've never been there -- where do these ideas come from?

Why You're A 'Faggot'

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

For over a year I researched the words that people use to describe gay men -- words like "faggot," "pillow biter," "queer," "gym bunny," "bear," "twink," "homosexual" and even "gay" -- to get at the heart of the assumptions that people make about us.

Do 'Gaybros' Divide The LGBT Community?

Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices

A recent article on Slate.com about a Reddit subgroup known as "Gaybros" inspired the above conversation on HuffPost Live. Urban Dictionary defines...

Is Queer The New Normal? (NSFW)

Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

What if the garden of Eden had operated a little bit differently? In his new exhibition "In The Garden," Dutes Miller creates a mythological place whe...

You're Just Like a Million Others, Snowflake

Brad Bell | Posted 02.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Brad Bell

Husbands embraces clichés, stereotypes and tropes to make a point: Most old ideas are only as meaningless or as negative as their context. Few of these notions are intrinsically detrimental, as the judgements we attach to them exist only in our minds.

Overlapping Stereotypes Of LGBT People And Jews As Developmentally Immature

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Throughout history, dominant groups have depicted or represented minority groups in a variety of negative ways in order to maintain control or mastery. I have found many clear and stunning connections between historical representations of LGBT people and Jewish people.

The Military Asks, and I Will Tell

Joe Kort, Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Joe Kort, Ph.D.

Believe it or not, many therapists still think many of these myths are true.