Sunday, October 7, 2007

A Little More on the Previous Post

After reading my post about the friendship with MBA Man, one might wonder why I did not tell him immediately after he came out to me and why I did not suspect he was gay all along.

Why I didn’t tell him:

I was someone he told very early on in his coming out process. He had not been open at school and was only telling people on a “need to know” basis. Later, I was told that I was the first person he told just because he wanted to, not because he felt it was a must. I also knew it was rough, and even if I had been ready to spill the beans, it was my time to be a supportive friend—not the one in need of support myself.

Why I didn’t know:

At that time, and frankly to this day, I have not had many gay friends. Thus, my “gaydar” is not particularly acute.

In retrospect there were a few clues:

-He never talked about girls, and was not dating as far as anyone knew—I later learned he had in fact had a boyfriend he hid very well from everyone.

-He once offered to take me shopping and pick out an outfit for me. What straight guy does that??

-He gave me a ride home for break once, and if I recall correctly the music on that drive included Britney Spears and Hilary Duff. Not a dead give away, but also not general straight guy listening fare.


Anonymous said...

You aren't the only one with gaydar issues...Looking forward to reading more. Take it easy.

Cody said...

Good God, I wish my gaydar was waaaay more finely tuned. Its funny, the people that do know I'm gay always ask me, "Hey, is that guy gay?" I usually answer, "I have no idea, but he's cute so could you go ask him for me?"

Pete said...

There's always something you pick up on, a walk, clothing, attributes, the way he holds his cigarette. And, of course, music. The iPod never lies, LOL.

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