* Looks up sheepishly *
Oh, hello there. I’m Kel — you might know me from my blog. You might not, though; if not, then welcome, and a huge thank you to Bethany for letting me post here, during Pride month.
Labels have never really been my thing: they’re overrated, outdated, and probably something else that ends in -ated, too. For the record, I like guys, and sometimes girls too, which effectively makes me bisexual, if you want to name it. I’ll get some basic points out the way now, though, to put your mind at rest:
No, it’s not a phase.
Yes, I’m sure.
No, I’m not ‘just greedy’.
No, I don’t have two relationships on the go at once — although I thank you for thinking that more than one person could find me attractive; that’s very kind of you.
I tend to refer to myself as a gay-leaning bi; I like both genders, but tend to pick one over the other. On the other hand, I’ve had to refrain from using that term as of late, as it does kind of make me sound like a homophobic individual who, for reasons unbeknown to all, finds pleasure in leaning on gay people. If you do find the need to lean on something, may I suggest a wall, or a lamppost? A gay person — or anyone, for that matter — may not be your best option in that situation, although each to their own.
I have the additional quirk (‘problem’ was not the right word) of being extremely, extremely camp. I haven’t yet learnt how to play it down, unfortunately, so for now it’s the all-singing, all-dancing, musical theatre obsessed, galloping teenage boy, screaming ‘BABY I WAS BORN THIS WAY’ in the quiet coach of a commuter train to London. I’d apologise, but I’m not sorry…
I go to an all-boys school. I know, I know — let the stereotype begin. I swear that, 99% of the time, the first thing someone says when I tell them I attend an all-boys school is, “oh, all boys at boys schools turn gay anyway”.
This is fake news.
I don’t think there is a more heterosexual-male environment than an all-boys school, with the emphasis on sports — but only certain sports. No ping-pong in this school playground — oh no. Rugby and cricket, with hockey being about as good as it gets. To me, as a bystander, rugby seems to be a very traditionally-masculine form of anger management; violence in the name of sport. I’d rather just talk about my problems…
There is a huge problem with some groups of people — sadly, especially young people — and their understanding of LGBT. Specifically, their use of the word ‘gay’ as an adjective to describe, well, anything they find weird, or stupid, or annoying. You can hear them everywhere you go: “Oh my God, that song is so gay”.
“Oh my God, you are so gay.”
It’s a problem, because they simply don’t realise how damaging that is. However, whilst we are working on spreading awareness of this issue, we should embrace what they’re saying. I was waiting at the bus stop (for a bus, surprisingly) the other day, and happened to overhear a conversation about that racoon climbing the skyscraper. You know, the one that, like, took over the Internet last week?
“Oh bruv, did you see dat racoon thing?” (My best London chav voice)
“Oh yeh bruv, it’s sick.”
“Nah bruv, it’s so gay.”
Well, personally, I think it’s pretty cute — so, if it’s “so gay”, then that’s fine, we’ll have that.Other things described as “gay”, which we should adopt as our own, include books (in general), Love Island, and Kpop. I have no issue with adopting any of these things as “gay”…
Well, I hope you enjoyed my attempts at humour; Pride is a great thing to celebrate, whoever you are, and whoever you love. So much has changed for LGBT+ people all over the world, which is brilliant, but there is still so much more to do. Raising awareness in any way possible is essential if we want to make progress; projects like this wonderful one from Bethany helps to do just that. Thank you, Bethany!
Kel’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/CouldBeKel