MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI think most of you are being overly-sensitive. There are television portrayals of gay characters on TV and if they are masculine they go unnoticed by all of you but when it is someone whom you do not approve of it is the media making fun of gay people.
I could point out nearly a half a dozen characters on TV that I think are masculine or at least not very feminine. And these are characters that had regular exposure on television.
To address the OP and the content:
I used to feel a bit embarrassed watching a gay movie that might have gone into a sex scene. That was a bit uncomfortable but watching openly gay characters was no big deal for me and it does not bother me with anyone.
So many of you want equal rights, you want this or that and yet you focus on what lights you up and you make a big deal out of it.
Most of you with these problems are not willing to do anything about it other than complain. My guess is also you are too chicken shit to show your masculine gay selves to the world and show PDA if you were to have a boyfriend.
And eb925guy brought up a good point. There are plenty of other stereotypes (related to heterosexuality) covered in the media. You do not see the straights whining about it.
I think shying from PDA is not something exclusive to the ore 'masculine' gays. Nor is it necessarily a sign of cowardice. Poeple have different comfort levels/opinions regarding this, to what level they feel people in general
should be affectionate in public, no matter what their sexuality or demeanor.
I think this thread is more light-hearted than the tone of your post suggests. I, personally, was referring to a twinge of minor embaressment, akin to your mother walking in on you whilst changing your clothes- as opposed to deep-rooted shame and hiding.
Most straight poeple i'm sure feel the same if their parents start talking about sex, or a something sexual comes onto the TV whilst watch with their parents.
Ordinary gay characters is something admittedly more tame, but if there is not an open and comfortable diaolgue regarding sexuality, alternative or otherwise, with one's parents, then having the subject brought up for you unexpectedly can catch you off-guard. That is all.
It's great that more and more gay characters in in many different shapes and forms, from fem-masc (although the latter is MUCH more under-represented right now, unfortunately, as) are on prime-time tv/movies.