My best friend was the first person I came out to in High School. He hardly reacted at all. This is a guy who literally has said that he believes Vagina is the "warm, gooey center of the universe" and I had known him, and been alone with him for hours, or even days sometimes, for almost 10 years. We had slept next to each other on the floor on long trips or vacations, and he was totally ok with it. He was trying to guess who had broken up with me (I was having a hard time with it, and it was my first boyfriend, and I told him what happened but left the name of the person out of the conversation) and finally I just said, "It was Aaron, it was a guy ok? I'm gay"
He looked at me for about five seconds and then was like "Ok, cool. I'm sorry he did this to you though, that kid has always been a d-bag" and he just carried on like the conversation hadn't changed at all. I mean, this is possibly one of the straightest men I have met or may ever meet, he had a four-way with 3 virgin football cheerleaders in High School, and he totally was fine with it when he heard about me, and then offered to beat the hell out of my ex. We talked about it for a while, and he asked who I was attracted to, and he's been a close friend to this day, literally we talk at least every few days, no matter what. And I should mention, we don't live in San Francisco or something, we live in a small town in the Midwest where there are Confederate flags flying over almost half of the homes, and his mother is the music director in an evangelical church. So no, I think its more than possible for straight people, even those raised in very religious or politically backwards environments, to be completely open minded, I just think they need to be intelligent and caring enough to want to try.
P.S. TO THE ANSWERER NAMED BUDEG who is so "proudly homophobic". Let me simply say that I have never heard anything more ignorant than a desire for anti-homophobic ideals to be regarded as a form of prejudice against homophobic activity. Do you not realize that had our society used that argument to protect racists and chauvinists in the first half of the 20th century, we'd still be hanging African-Americans in trees and paying women a quarter of a man's salary to wear tight skirts and make coffee?
I mean honestly, what kind of uneducated sense of irony brings this posting a man who has the balls to argue to homosexuals that he is angry at the prejudice he is experiencing against his PREJUDICES! Were you raised in a barn, or a place where lead paint chips are a culinary tradition? Or did you just fall on your head someplace made of concrete? What a tool.
· 1 decade ago