Gay Is In!

3 03 2010

Today celebrates the first day in the district where gays can legally marry. It is a monumental day in history and I am pretty proud to live in a city where this is now legal. I have always been for gay marriage and I have a lot of gay friends, so it is truly an exciting time.

Homosexuality however, was not always seen as an OK thing. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s, when the idea of homosexuality as an acceptable way of life began taking root in our minds. I remember back in high school, being openly gay was a rare sight. Only a handful of my peers were open about being gay. It wasn’t until college that a lot more of the people I had known in high school came out of the closet.

Before the world began accepting homosexuality as just another way of life, we were first introduced to the notion of metrosexuality, a step in that general direction. Our culture was inundated with new thinking and pop sensations like the iconic men from the show, Queer Eye For The Straight GuyQueer Eye brought us the idea that a straight, self-respecting man could care about his appearance, self, and home, and still be heterosexual. This concept made many women excited that their once plagued dreams of only being attracted to gay men, were soon to be forgotten. Now straight men were acting like gay guys, only still being attracted to women. Score for both sides of the heterosexual community!

How gay! How questionably fashionable! How lovable!

One of my finest recollections of this new metrosexual phenomenon was perfectly captured in a South Park episode entitled, South Park Is Gay.

After our world had fully encompassed metrosexuality, I think we were ready to start better accepting homosexuality. This is not to say that the world was unaware and not accepting of gays before the 21st century. We definitely had been to some point, especially during the “free love generations” of the 1960’s and 1970’s and the AIDS outbreaks in the 1980’s and 1990’s:

And then came the 21st century, where being gay became the “fad,” if you will (like the South Park episode). With a growing homosexually-out community, gay rights have become more of an issue. So it came as what shouldn’t be a surprise that Washington, D.C. now accepts same-sex couples as being legally married. It was about time that the nation’s capital set such a good example for the rest of the country. Good job, D.C! Being gay is here to stay.

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3 03 2010
Matthew Bryan Metzger

1) I’m so glad that we were able to make your men more desirable. I’m so glad that the gays were able to give you your cake so you can eat it too.

2) Leave us alone.

3) The 1980s were not a good decade for the gays.

4) Stop falling in love with gay men, we like dicks.

5) you smell like compost.

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