mybud saidWe have this young kid coming out as others continue to live in the shadows..there's strength in visible numbers..just sayin...BUD
I agree with this to some extent. I used to think, "I don't expect people to run up and tell me they're straight, why do I have to tell them I'm gay." But more and more I feel the need to let all of my friends know for the visibility factor and to change perceptions... All my friends from high school know and are totally cool with it to my face (they still invite me to hang out, go to bars, etc.), I don't know what they say when I'm not there and a gay issue comes up, but my hope is that if someone goes on some gay bashing rant about homos they can say (out loud, or in their mind atleast) "Its not like that, one of my friends is gay and he's totally cool," or if it comes up in the news they can understand that it affects some one they know and should give a shit about that issue.
So I think visibility is key to gaining equality, but maybe gay pride parades, while also having the goal of increasing visibility, can have a polarizing or alienating effect... (I personally have nothing against the parades, don't flame me bro!)
And yeah, how the hell can you have a gf and expect to be taken seriously with this (unless he's coming out as bi)