Evolution of the gay male... and I noticed something funny.

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    Aug 31, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    Times change. People change. We transform. We evolve.
    Over the last 50 years, the gay male---either as a media image or a reality within some parts of our so-called community---has been constantly transforming.

    First, we were the closeted interior decorators
    ...then we became the swishy hair dressers
    ...then we morphed into the disco queens
    ...which led to the artsy, avant-garde gender benders
    ...later becoming the sick and dying AIDS patients
    ...but progressed into the militant "we're here, we're queer" gay rights activists
    ...which paved the way for the studly, Abercrombie & Fitch-faux-hawked-Diesel-jean-cargo-shorts-flipflops/Puma-wearing shopahunklics
    ...and finally, some of us have blossomed into the "Mr. Perfect" Swinging Single who is well-educated, well-traveled, with the perfect job, perfect car, perfect gym body, perfect wardrobe, perfect dinner parties, perfectly veneered teeth, and is a total socialite. Of course, he could possibly have hidden issues too but that's besides the point. Some of us may have met variations of this man at some point.

    Did I leave anybody out? Also, some of us have branched out into variations of the "regular guy" just being comfortable with ourselves and sexuality.

    So, after 50 years of changes, what's the next trend in gaydom? Where do we go after "Mr. Perfect?" Is "regular guy" our ultimate goal so that we can just live our lives as virile men and not in the shadow of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy or some other stereotype? How would future Gay Pride events look without the aforementioned people? Or maybe we should just reach a point where we are free to do and be whatever we want... while being fabulous. What do you think?
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    Aug 31, 2009 2:38 AM GMT
    well I totally missed the train on all of them..

    I do have a point of contention though.

    I hate the term "regular guy" to mean "comfortable with himself and his sexuality" which always sounds to me that anyone who doesn't come across as a "regular guy" is some how caught up in his own sexuality, I think thats disgraceful to people who are being true to them self but do end up appear to inhabit a "stereotype" they to could be "comfortable with himself and his sexuality" also, but that "regular guy" leaves no place for that..

    Ah fick I'm turning all danisnotstr8 in this thread..

    ignore me.