It’s time to talk about the “right” way to be gay, or bi, or trans.
Do I have your attention?
Because I’ll bet you’re thinking, “What? There’s no right way to be any of those.”
This is a call to gay, bi, and trans* men, men who are perceived to be G/B/T even if they are not, or men with GBT men in their lives (family, close friends, coworkers, etc).
How has your life been affected – or not – by people’s stereotypes or expectations of G/B/T men? This could include family ties, relationships, friendships, employment, school, recreation, any aspect of your world.
Written or video submissions welcome. For written submissions, we’re looking for up to 1,200 words. For video, up to 5 minutes. Don’t worry if you’re a first timer. We’ll help you.
Interested but not sure where to start? Here are a “starters”?
Expectations and assumptions about interests, jobs, behavior, appearance, dating habits.
Assumptions because of what you like and do, or don’t.
What if you do fulfill stereotypes, or aren’t even close?
If you’re an older gent, do expectations matter more or less?
What if you’re the dad or or supervising adult to a G/B/T boy or gender-non conforming child?\
And there’s always….The Media, and the roles, helpful or harmful, it plays in our lives.
And of course I’m (well, we’re) always interested in good stories on any topic related to modern masculinity, what it means to be a man, changing the conversation about men…have a look around.
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