A few people have asked me about the comment I made in my Austin recap about being partially gay. It came from a conversation over a few drinks, chatting about shoes and a man at the table half-flippantly commented that his love for footwear proved he was at least 30% gay. I jumped on that one, because I have always had this theory. A theory that was further shored up by the movie about Alfred Kinsey.
That humans have shades of homo and hetero sexuality. Most people at the table agreed with me.
And the conversation continued on a light-hearted bent, where one of the ladies stated she was 0% gay. I was somewhat incredulous and pushed her further on it. Her next comment, said with (I promise) zero traces of homophobia, made me laugh: “Sure, I’ll see an attractive woman, and think she is pretty, but it doesn’t mean I want to tap that!”
She had a point because certainly people can be 100% hetero as much as 100% gay, as much as all the shades in between. But mainly I CANNOT BELIEVE I lost an opportunity to quote from the movie Boomerang, seeing as Eddie Murphy utters almost those exact words about Billy Dee Williams. (Seriously, Bryan and I use that movie as a form of communication on a daily basis and I am beginning to think my name is “Gerrrrard!”)
But here’s the thing. As an art major and a liberal, I know tons of gay folk. And let’s be honest. Some are more gay than others. Certainly all have been born the way they were, but haven’t you met that lady who used to be in a relationship with a man, and was troubled with her sexuality and came into a relationship with a woman kinda dragging her feet? Makes me think she was, like, 75% gay.
Or that person who is so homophobic they need to lash out against gay people and try to prove how “evil” their lifestyles are? Could they be 30% gay and afraid to face up to a part of themselves they cannot accept?
In my case, I look at someone like Angelina Jolie and think she is hot and kinda wish I was a little more at ease with my sexuality at a time when I was free to play around. But as it happens, I met my soulmate when I was 22, and he is a man, which is lucky for me, because I really do prefer men.
But would it matter if I was more or less gay? The fact is, it shouldn’t.
The way I see it, each person is made up of so many parts, their sexuality is only one little fraction of the whole, and really doesn’t matter all that much either way. It’s the person as a whole that matters.
Apparently, this legislator in Oklahoma feels differently. (Thanks to Pistachio for the link.)
“I think it is the biggest threat facing our nation, even more so than terrorism.”
I ask you this: When was the last time a gay person dropped a bomb on anyone?
“They want to get our young children into the government schools so they can indoctrinate them.”
No, lady, they are trying to teach them to read, write and be decent human beings.
“They are trying to teach them that a homosexual lifestyle is an acceptable lifestyle.”
Well. Compared to spreading crap like this, I should say so.
In fact. I think I’d rather just be 100% gay if “heterosexual” means being associated with bigoted assholes like her.