I get around.
Every network has at least one program with me as a character. I'm in too many movies to count. In chick lit novels and fashion magazines, I'm essential in the life of every hip modern woman.
Yes, I'm the gay best friend. And I've thinking about the GBF and his role in our culture.
Somehow, gay men have gone from being victims of discrimination, ridicule and violence to being celebrated as the sassy sidekick. In TV shows and movies, the leading female dishes, shops and cries on the buff shoulder of her gay best friend.
We may have flawless taste in footwear, but being the gay best friend is not as easy as it looks. Part therapist, part personal stylist, we must be up on the latest manicure colors, stay calm in a hair emergency and be on standby as the escort to any event, from opera galas to leather fetish street fairs. GBFs use our accessorizing powers for good and not evil. It's a lot of responsibility.