One of the most cherished relationships in a young woman’s life is that with her GBF, or gay best friend. One that is not widely popularized is that of the straight male and his GBF.
Human rights activist and author Alex Sangha came to the Huffington Post blog to list his top ten reasons why every straight man needs a gay best friend.
As a gay man reading his list myself, I reminisced upon my high school days when I was “that gay guy” and my straight male friends stuck by my side. My friends knew I hadn’t changed who I was, I had simply accepted who I had always been.
Sangha notes how this concept of connection between homo- and hetero- men was foreign to him until he moved to the large Canadian city of Surrey. Perhaps herein lies his lack of depth in creating such a list.
Sangha credits many of the perks a straight man will encounter when he looks past social inequalities and befriends a man of the homosexual minority. His list does seem to be bit superficial, citing our love of hugs and rolodex of available bachelorettes. Whether these points are proven to be fact or stereotypical fiction, they are universally relatable nonetheless.
Yet, the list in some ways manifested into an advertisement for the humanity behind gay men and the relatability we have been striving to convey. Though fitness and fashion are not every gay male’s forte, “male bonding” has been a time-honored tradition through the ages.
Ultimately, the underexposed STR8+GBF relationship should withstand the testament.
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