30 April 2014

The Other Side of the Coin

You may remember in my last post, Just Sayin', I commented on a perceived homophobic comment by some brute in a mens' store about a grey shirt/tie being too "gay."

Today I overheard a conversation that lifted my spirits. First, a little background.

I work in one of two matching 52-story high-rises. There's a plaza area, a jewel box building in between the towers, and a shopping concourse with underground parking below street level. The management company runs a shuttle service to/from the main train station in the morning and evening. It's quite convenient.

So this afternoon on the shuttle, two guys from the other tower got on. I've always wondered about the two of them but decided they were straight with a thin metrosexual veneer. We exchanged a few words and they settled into their own conversation. The first guy spoke Spanish off and on while the second guy spoke only English. The second guy  said something about a cousin who was crying with all the girls and the first guy asked why. The second guy proceeded to say "His lover. I guess something is wrong." The first guys asks what and of course the second guy doesn't know but comments that this cousin and his boyfriend have been together for 15 years. The first guy makes a "that's too bad" comment and their conversation changed.

I was blown away. There was no recrimination, homophobia, trash talking or any kind of disparate language while the two talked about this cousin. I wanted to kiss them both!

It just goes to show that - in today's world - for every one homophobic brute we can find two straight allies.



Stan said...

This reminds me of conversation I heard in my gym locker room the other day. Both guys were in their early 20's and straight. The one was asking the other if he knew the fares and schedule for getting to the Red Bull Arena. He also said "yeah I'm going with so and so and this other guy who is gay." I was pleased with the way both seemed to talk so as a matter of fact about it and didn't hear any slurs or comments from anyone else listening. I must emphasize this is not a gay gym I go to by any means and its in New Jersey..
So I understand Behr what your saying.

a{GAY}tekeeper{iam} said...

you should have kissed them :-)

Rick said...

It's nice to hear something other than hate talk.