Tomorrow (Sunday) is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. And what will I and my gay partner and friends be doing? Nothing. Keeping a low profile.
Not for us the ‘statement’ of parading around in our underpants bearing ‘gay pride’ colours – we just feel that is pushing homosexuality down people’s throats and giving precisely the wrong impression. If homosexuality is ‘normal’ (and for we 7% it is) then surely we should act ‘normally’?? That picture on the left, by the way, I picked of a new Facebook friend’s site, and it might be him on the right – in which case, no offence intended, but your point of view is just different from mine! I just can’t see that sort of thing creating the right impression here in small-town Tennessee!
Nor can we entirely approve of the picture on the right, although it’s fun! Especially as Ryan, son of a former reformed homophobe and now one of my son’s best mates, sounded his mum out this week about the possibility of dying his hair lime green: ‘Leo and Chris could do it too, since we’re all in the fitness team…’ No they bloody won’t, at least not Leo, and I can’t see Chris’s parents entirely approving either!! (Although it could look good for the circus tour which starts next month, Chris is in that, but Ryan isn’t… no, let’s not even go there!!).
I’m sorry if other gay readers feel that we are ‘letting the side down’, but there it is. If homosexuality is normal to us – and I’ve said many times that it is – then we just want to lead normal and (relatively) inconspicuous lives: I say ‘relatively’ since we are in the acrobatic entertainment business, which probably isn’t everyone’s idea of “normal”!
Gosh, that was my first ‘tweet’, courtesy of another follower. I don’t do Twitter, either. Not the least bit interested in posting what I had for breakfast, or my thoughts on what the worst politicians are doing, for the world to admire…
Not that I haven’t been “openly gay” in these three masterpieces! Very openly, in some respects. A lot about love, training, circus and misadventures in there to entertain you too. Just click on the covers…
So, maybe we’re letting the side down by not painting ourselves in gay colours. But we can celebrate the things we love – gay male bodies, male bonding, training, and performing. So let’s go!
Some ‘togetherness’ now:
…oooh, performers! A little more showing off, then:
…and, of course, the ‘beef stewup’ that makes it all possible:
…weights, mates, the great outdoors – yeah!
And you don’t have to be gay to enjoy that life…