You know you are old fashioned when you feel unnerved when people come out saying that they are gay.
My sexual resume has not been entirely heterosexual, but I think I fall pretty squarely in the non-LGBT side of the equation. So, yeah, I’m not gay. Full disclosure. But I have never had any real issue with other people being gay (as long as they are not trying to get in my pants). That said, I cannot help feeling queasy when I see boys coming out to their friends and family about their sexuality at too young an age.
Have you ever heard of Jack Andraka? He actually invented a new test for pancreatic cancer when he was 13 years old. He became a sort of 15-minute celebrity. But he was already openly gay. And this very cute boy was saying on YouTube and other media “I’m 13 years old! I’m gay! And I’m going to labs in universities to study molecular biology! How cool is that!” News flash, kid. Universities are full of pervs. The campuses are filled with people aged 16 to 25 who have nothing on their minds but sex. And not all of them are hetero.
I used to be a pretty boy myself and I know first hand what kind of predators are out there. Hell, I might have been one myself. I was just surfing through YouTube when I came across another young boy who just published his first book, Jamie B. Laurie, who is probably still a teenager. Congrats about the book, but take off that rainbow wrist band, will you? I know it’s empowering and all to accept yourself for what you are, but there is a mean world out there full of bad people and you shouldn’t be exposing yourself this way.
Gay pride is fine. Rainbow flags are fine. But let’s be real here. Pretty young boys should not go around advertising their sexuality to a world full of sick predators. Doesn’t anybody know that boys get raped just as often as girls? And if you think female rape victims are likely to become silent sufferers, when is the last time you heard about a male teenage rape victim pressing charges?
So you were bullied in high school by the other boys because you looked effeminate? You think that’s a problem? Well, you’ve been set up for a big surprise boys.
Am I being old fashioned? Probably. Am I worrying too much? Probably not.