Etienne4 saidI have recently gone on exchange in France and there are so many clearly closeted guys it's painful. Does anyone find this somewhat annoying? to be honest I'd rather just hang out with straight men than closeted gay men- at least there's no awkward conversation or coded messages. Thoughts?
Where were you in France - only Lyons? I don't know Lyons, but there are tons of gay bars in Paris, and they are full of men in their 20's. Also, the french are not generally open to strangers regarding anything about themselves. Gay men in France are just men. They don't wear armbands showing that they are gay. I think that to the french, sexuality is only a part of one's being, and there is nothing special about being gay. I think there is no closet from which to emerge. Also, I find that, except from the unassimilated immigrants, no one in France today gives a hoot whether anyone is gay or not. I would say that for my gay french friends, they are neither in nor out of a closet. They just are. I don't know any gay french men your age - perhaps it is different with them, but I would not think so.