Last night I was watching a popular television show and they introduced a gay character, or at least showed a character’s hidden closeted side. It didn’t occur to me as out of place until my buddy Adam had said “do you notice that there are more gay characters on television now”?
We got into a discussion about how television shows and movies have become more realistic now that the straighties have let the gays into the story lines. The fact that our existence outside of the typical stereo-type was acknowledged had intrigued us both.
I’m thinking back to ten or fifteen years ago, when it was unheard of to have gay characters or story-lines interwoven with the lives of the straighties. I think about how a young gay person might perceive this, how they could interpret their own feelings as “abnormal”, part of the skewed numbers that exist outside the curve. We’ve come a long way. Now if we could just have the happy ending that most stories are built upon.
I’m getting to where I’m suppose to be with my feelings, my acceptance of myself, and with the inner turmoil which was mostly brought upon myself by my own self-esteem issues. Seeing something like this on television helps. We aren’t those numbers that exist outside the curve. We are part of that curve, a huge part of it.