Note: I’m not interested in debating homosexuality or gay marriage here. I’m cool with gays, I don’t think it’s a sin, and I’ll gladly support gay marriages just to hork off the religious right.
With that out of the way…
I was watching the latest episode of “30 Days” the other night. For those who don’t know, this is a limited-run series by Morgajn “Supersize Me” Spurlock on FX, where he puts people in “fish out of water” scenarios for 30 days.
The episode in question had Ryan, a God-fearing heterosexual from Michigan(?), living for 30 days with a gay roommate in San Francisco’s gay-predominant Castro district. By the end of the experiment, Ryan admitted he had some old stereotypes debunked, and was showing pictures of his trip to his family at home – one picture featured a San Francisco Gay Pride parade, with a bare-chested guy wearing a leather facemask marching down the street, and his mother making eye-rolling “Oh my God” expressions.
Anyway, that leads into my question: why do some (emphasis on some) homosexuals seem to revel in dressing up and acting in shocking, in-your-face-type styles? From the same episode in question, Ryan and his new roommate visited a gay bar named “Daddy’s” a few times, where (some of?) the bartenders walked around wearing nothing more than a pair of BVDs, and some folks were wearing fake prostetic yard-long “accessories.”
I mean, I can understand holding hands with your partner and marching or protesting in a quest for equal rights, but that can be done in a sensible pair of jeans and a T-shirt; the bare-chest-leather-straps-and-studs-flaunting eludes me. Is it a case of deliberately dressing and acting outrageously to provoke a response from straights? Is it some aspect of gay pride that I’ve missed? Is it selective editing from the folks who made the documentary? Or is it just something to wear because it feels comfy?