Does watching gay-related content with family make you uncomfortable?

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    Jun 25, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    I don't know if anyone can relate. Even though both of my parents know I'm gay, I still don't watch gay programs or news segments when they're around. For instance, when I'm watching Shameless I tend to turn down the volume or fast forward the gay scenes.
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    My mom and I watched Milk together. There's plenty of gay in that.
  • Pontifex

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    Jun 25, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    Nope. Actually it usually ends up in laughter because chances are that I at least partially fit the stereotype they are joking about in comedies. I was actually in pride coverage this year and saw myself on tv with my parents watching beside me when I went over to visit. I'm comfortable with myself so if it did make someone else uncomfortable I honestly dgaf. My family knows who and what I am. They know what being gay involves. I think part of what you have to get over is that you have a sexual identity now. Your parents will also have to get over it.
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    Jun 25, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    Kind of, actually, yeah.
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    Jun 25, 2012 2:49 PM GMT
    Watching anything R-rated with my parents is still a little embarassing.
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    Jun 25, 2012 7:43 PM GMT
    A little bit, but since my family uses such obvious things against me, I don't show it one bit. I just react as if it were straight romance, to the letter.
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    Jun 25, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    Less and less, but still slightly.

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    Jun 25, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    Yep.

    Especially when my dad starts getting upset and tells someone to turn those fags off.
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    Jun 25, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
    I remember I used to when watching Degrassi and one of the characters was gay. Now I'm just like whatever. Gays are everywhere.
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    Jun 25, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
    Uncomfortable? For me yeah, because I have to hear them gripe and complain about how gross it is. I end up leaving the room. Some families are too mentally blocked and religious suppressed to accept gays, thus making it impossible to enjoy watching gay-related content together.
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    Uncomfortable? No.

    Does it inspire a conversation in which we don't see eye to eye? Yes.
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:51 PM GMT
    dude i feel the same way
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    Yes
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    Jun 25, 2012 8:58 PM GMT
    No. I rather enjoy watching my father squirm. ;)
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:08 PM GMT
    I've argued with my mom over which men in a given tv show are more good looking than others dozens of times..... so... no.

    the only thing I'd rather the line at is 1 girl 5 gays. just a little too much info for parents in general, gayness aside.
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    Yup

    I remember when I use to watch Grey's Anatomy and the lesbians Arizona and Callie would kiss or show affection my dad would say negative things or talk about how it was sick and wrong.

    He doesn't do that now that I am out, but he has had to hold his tongue from saying fag, because he slips up.

    It is really disturbing.
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    ChoklitDaddy saidNo. I rather enjoy watching my father squirm. ;)
    I was going to say that about my mom, but decided to word it in a more politically correct way. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:12 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidI remember I used to when watching Degrassi and one of the characters was gay. Now I'm just like whatever. Gays are everywhere.


    Aww Marco.
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    I went to pride Nyc with my grandma and mom and little brotehr... they were very entertained...

    I also took my mom to a gay bar in LA.. she loved it...

    So yeah, I think its great haha
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:16 PM GMT
    Not really. Me and my Mama basically watched the movie Prayers For Bobby all the way through without anyone else judging our choice of entertainment for that day.
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    Honestly I used to have to watch glee (the first season when Kurt comes out) like when no one was around and with the volume down.

    After the first season, I have to admit, glee made me feel a lot more confident and I'd just watch it and not care... even when things went in a direction the people around didn't like (Kurt/Blaine going to have sex, Karofsky kissing Kurt, Unique performing etc.) I also watched the blu-Ray of RENT with my family around icon_neutral.gif

    Stuff like BrokeBack Mountain and specifically gay stuff... that's a no no. I'm not out yet so... yeah...
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:35 PM GMT
    Sorry, there are just some things a gay need to do on his own time. I will never force anything on my family, just as my family will never force anything on me.
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
    MarkRoger saidHonestly I used to have to watch glee (the first season when Kurt comes out) like when no one was around and with the volume down.

    After the first season, I have to admit, glee made me feel a lot more confident and I'd just watch it and not care... even when things went in a direction the people around didn't like (Kurt/Blaine going to have sex, Karofsky kissing Kurt, Unique performing etc.) I also watched the blu-Ray of RENT with my family around icon_neutral.gif

    Stuff like BrokeBack Mountain and specifically gay stuff... that's a no no. I'm not out yet so... yeah...
    Yeah but in another recent thread you just stated you've never had a girlfriend.

    When you do come out, everyone is going to say "dude we already knew that. We've just been waiting for you to grow the balls to tell us." icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 9:42 PM GMT
    Boland92 saidI don't know if anyone can relate. Even though both of my parents know I'm gay, I still don't watch gay programs or news segments when they're around. For instance, when I'm watching Shameless I tend to turn down the volume or fast forward the gay scenes.


    I think its weird...especially if its a joke and no one knows whether or not to laugh. Its like your being singled out. I feel the same way with parents, friends, etc.

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    Jun 25, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    I avoid watching any kind of, well, anything with my Mom. The types of questions she asks might make a person think that she lived in a bubble.