For all of you people who are always complaining about how the "good" news rarely gets reported, here's a little ray of sunshine courtesy of the New York Times—-Some straight men are actually accepting of the gays! Amazing!
And here you were probably thinking all along that straight men only wanted to beat up any gay man occupying the same room with them out of fear that they might get their genitals grazed by a gay hand that has touched the genitals of other men—You are so wrong! The times, they are a changing people!
As America's openly gay minority becomes more visibly interwoven into society - a 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center found that 4 out of 10 respondents had a close friend or family member who was a gay man or a lesbian - the straight world becomes more aware of the gay world. Although male friends of opposite orientations can face formidable obstacles - sexuality, language, peer pressure, inequality - there seems to be more mutual appreciation and common ground.
The Times cites the friendship between American Idol finalists Kris Allen and Adam Lambert as an example of how some straight men are capable of actually acting like evolved human beings when exposed to overwhelming gayness.
"I'm flattered, and I think it's hilarious," Kris Allen told People.com recently, responding to the news that his former roommate and runner-up on "American Idol," Adam Lambert, had a crush on him.
Mr. Lambert, who favors black eyeliner and leather pants, had told Rolling Stone that Mr. Allen, an aw-shucks Christian from Arkansas, was "the one guy that I found attractive in the whole group on the show - nice, nonchalant, pretty and totally my type - except that he has a wife."
Mr. Allen's cool, self-assured response to being the object of his gay roommate's affection doesn't exactly qualify him as a civil rights hero, not at a time when straight men march against Proposition 8 in California and the most anticipated gay-themed film of the year, "Brüno," is coming from a straight (if highly waxed) comedian.
But do give him credit for overcoming one of the most common deal-killers in friendships between straight and gay men: the awkward crush.
Wow. Maybe Allen and Lambert can do a duet that does for gays and straights what Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder did for blacks and whites with "Ebony and Ivory?" They can title it "Bubba and Fabian" or something.
So this is like, a cool, trendy thing now? I had no idea! Thanks for educating this ass-backwards straight New York Times. Now, with that said, I wonder what Richard Lawson is doing later in the week? Maybe he and I can, oh, I don't know, get frozen drinks with little umbrellas in them and talk about baseball?
Happy Gay Pride Day everybody!
I Love You, Man (as a Friend) [New York Times]