It’s impossible to figure out if someone’s gay

The recent brouhaha over questions surrounding anti-gay GOP Cong. Aaron Schock’s sexual orientation have caused some to question the very notion of gaydar – namely, the idea that it’s possible to look at someone and, by reading a series of sometimes subtle tea leaves, discern if they are gay.

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I want to say right now that I join those who are outraged over the stereotypical notion that you can look at someone’s clothing, or the way they speak, or the manner in which they decorate their home, and magically figure out if that person is gay.

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Who has ever heard of such a thing?

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Short of someone telling you they’re gay, or catching them in the act, it is impossible to read any cultural or behavioral tea leaves and figure out that that person is gay.

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By the way, love the cape.


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