Ten Reasons Why Being Gay Is Awesome

Michael Musto of the Village Voice recently wrote a column entitled, “Why I Hate Being Gay! 62 Reasons!” in which he addresses the hardships of the modern homosexual. Unsurprisingly, the article has attracted a polarizing response—some commenters are calling him self-loathing while others are applauding him for his honesty. Seeing as I’ve created a Twitter called Being Gay Is Gay and wrote an article explaining why being gay is gay, I definitely empathize with Musto on a lot of his points. That being said, I think it’s important to also talk about the positives of being gay so that’s what I’m going to do. For once.
  1. Once you get over the fear of cliqueiness and bitchery, you’ll be surprised to find that most gays are actually nice and welcoming. Congratulations, gay dude! You’re a part of a really fun group of people. We’re typically creative, smart, and funny (STEREOTYPE, STEREOTYPE, STEREOTYPE) and we’re not going to bite you unless you ask for it (Shit, STEREOTYPE!). One can never have enough gay friends so please start making them ASAPular. You’ll need them to guide you through your homosexual journey.
  2. Okay, this is super cheesy, but you’re technically a part of history. Things are changing every day for the LGBTQ and it’s pretty amazing. Ten years ago, Jack McFarland was a groundbreaking gay character on Will & Grace. Today, he ain’t nothin’ but a bugaboo.
  3. You get to love men. Big beautiful men. I have to say that loving your own gender is kind of amazing. It feels like you’re just falling in love with your best friend, and there’s just something so precious about two best friends being boys together and then going home to fuck each other at the end of the day. Makes me weep!
  4. You can take solace in knowing that with every crappy thing you have to deal with, other men have gone through it or are going through it currently. You’d be shocked to discover how universal your gay problems are. Sisters in the struggle!
  5. You get to have gay sex. Have you heard of it? It’s pretty amazing.
  6. You can be close with women in an intense and amazing way. Half of the reason why women are so guarded with men is because they constantly feel like they’re trying to get into their pants. Since sex isn’t a possibility, you can enjoy a rich beautiful friendship between the genders!
  7. You’re not so pressured to get married and have kids. This is what straight people freak out about all the time. Will they have the marriage and kids by x age? The gays don’t have that kind of anxiety. We definitely want to fall in love but we won’t feel like a failure if we don’t have kids by the time we’re 40.
  8. Every show on Bravo, every John Waters film, every drag queen and every diva—it’s all for us, by us. Gays own half of Hollywood, Jews own the other half.
  9. You get to choose your own gay path. You can live in West Hollywood or Chelsea your whole life, eat at Hamburger Mary’s and hang out predominantly with gay men. Or you can live in Wyoming where the population of out gay men is you and maybe a waiter at the italian restaurant. It’s your choice. Whatever makes you happy, do it. There’s no right or wrong lifestyle for a gay man.
  10. We get Neil Patrick Harris, Bruce La Bruce, Marc Jacobs, Michael Musto (hehe), Oscar Wilde, Bradley Cooper (allegedly) Jane Lynch, Mary Cherry, and Michael Stipe. TC mark

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“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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      wow really?

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      Quit trolling and get better hobbies.

  • Guezt

    I’m pretty sure his article was meant for satire and not be taken seriously. 

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      By “his” I mean Michael Musto’s.

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    11. not having to “deal” with women

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    Love Bruce Labruce.

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    you listed gay sex twice, just in different words. but believe me, straight men are just as pumped about lady sex as you are about man sex.

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      So what is sex with two women if lady sex is between a man and a women? Sex is sex.
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    Mary Cherry LOVES the gays

    Is saying “the gays” offensive? Meh. 

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    Mary Cherry LOVES the gays

    Is saying “the gays” offensive? Meh. 

  • Anonymous

    Liked this!  Especially #6.  My best friendships are with gay men who I’ve known foe years (cliche, I know)

    How about a list for the lezzies – the “exclusive” hipster dyke article previously was a bit unsatisfying. 

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  • your cousin

    I love this. I love your optimism and liberal use of exclamation points. Haters, mang. They’re gonna hate.

  • Indescifrable

    I get that you are dude, and I enjoy what you write for most of the time, but I really wish you wouldn’t just center in the gay (as in male) experience and also would include your fellow lesbians (myself included).

    Salud

    • Li

      Hey, he may be gay but he’s still a man.

      • Kell

        Well, in his defense, he is a gay guy, and he is writing from his point of view.  He doesn’t have first hand experience being a lesbian, so that’s why he doesn’t write about lesbians.

      • Indescifrable

        yes, yet in the last part he says “we have neil,  bruce, marc, JANE LYNCH, etc etc, so it’s confusing that all the article leads to believe that is only for gays when apparently he included a .01% lesbian reference

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        I wasn’t confused.

      • Guest

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    I don’t mean to be rude, but how is gay sex that great??  I don’t understand how it would be more pleasurable than straight sex in any sense.

    • 12

      Have you tried it?

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