When I was in fifth grade, I landed the lead role in our school play, The Devil and Daniel Webster, without even auditioning. The music teacher just handed me the script and said she had me in mind when she wrote it. While looking back I am flattered she saw something of a star in me, I remember feeling as though I was given it because I was the “girliest” of boys, and it was the role that no other boy in class could do without calling it social suicide. I had and still have very low interest in musical theater and in fifth grade, I would have rather gone home and listened to Mazzy Star than Judy Garland.
In honor of this weekend’s San Francisco gay pride, here are seven tips on what to do when you can’t seem to find that common ground between you and Madonna and you feel the need to break out of gay stereotypes.
1. When you’re not into hating sports...
Because sports is testosterone-driven, sweaty, full of rumblings of men (and women!) in often tight uniforms running into each other, you’d think something like Monday Night Football would be on the top of every gay man’s list. Unfortunately, it’s not. Save for college rugby, many gay men would rather be exercising their karaoke vocal cords than watching the Stanley Cup Finals, whatever sport that is. But wait, if you read the words “Stanley” and “Cup” and knew it was hockey, I’m thinking you might be into this whole sports thing, and that’s cool. I can totally see the appeal. There are plenty of sports bars in your city I’m sure—or at least a TGIF’s—and there’s also ESPN, which apparently has sports 24/7. Go long, girl!