Public's perception on gay men

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The public’s perception of Gay Men. When you encounter a gay man, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? How do you perceive him? Do you make statistical assumptions just because he’s gay or based on the way he’s dressed or the way he acts? Being ‘gay’ is simply a label in which society has associated with homosexuals, just as being straight is associated with heterosexuals. But what exactly does it mean to be ‘gay’ and who are we to make assumptions about them? There really is no such thing as a ‘gay’, there are only people. So how did the word ‘gay’ develop its meaning towards homosexuals? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, gay means “sexually attracted to someone of the same sex; cheerful and lively; or relating to…show more content…
The American Academy of Pediatrics also claims that children with homosexual parents have the same opportunities and the same abilities for health, adjustments, and development as children who have heterosexual parents. Also, there are many assumptions made about homosexual men and their relationships. Many people who come in contact with a gay couple often wonder who’s the guy and who’s the girl in the relationship. When in reality it’s usually just a matter of dominance. Whether this is said to a gay guy or to a lesbian, it can be taken offensively. A lot of people have the notion that all same sex couples involve a more masculine, femme or top/bottom dynamic. And while some do, plenty of others don 't. Another assumption commonly made is that being gay is just a phase of confusion you go through. Are you sure you aren 't just confused or going through a stage is one of the questions I got the most from my family when I first came out. This was the first of many questions my mom had asked me when I first told her. I didn’t know how to respond. Being gay isn’t a phase. If you love a man then you love a man and vice-versa. I believe being gay is just love or a feeling or even an emotion that you have towards someone who happens to be of the same sex. Another common misconception about homosexual men is that AIDS is prevalent amongst them. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about thirty percent of the AIDS cases around the
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