We originally found a link to the Facebook page I See It Differently on reddit, and were intrigued: ISID is straight, but one of his posts is a sort-of open letter to people that have a problem with gays and lesbians.
In his statement, ISID speaks candidly about the gay people in his life, including his son—whom he regrets taking so long in accepting.
I went to school with a guy that was openly gay. He was a black guy and we called him “Gay Nate.” He was a “swishy” gay. The gayest of gays. Always used animated hand movements, and walked like he had a pendulum for an ass. Flashy and showy. Everyone has seen the type. I thought he was ridiculous, but being gay wasn’t why. I know straight people that act all showy and want to be the center of attention. I think they are ridiculous too.
I also knew a gay guy that was the opposite of swishy. He taught Karate and even won the Battle of Atlanta one year. He could kick your ass and not even smear his mascara. Did I mention this manly guy also did drag shows on the weekend and had a HUGE following of fans? But not many people knew about his weekend lifestyle. He had his own studio and had to keep his business aspect separate for obvious reasons. Who would want to pay to have a drag queen teach them to fight?
I knew some gays in the military. One was the most strike solder anyone could ask for. Uniform always of the highest order and educated. He was the First Sergeant’s driver/attache. Another was a battalion medic. He is actually the one that suggested I not re-enlist as a cavalry scout, but instead go to medical school. Very sound advice and I’m glad I followed it…
I have gay people in my family, and I’ll bet if you look around, you will find one or two in your family too. I have a son that is gay. And he is good with it. It took me longer to admit he was gay than it did him. But that was MY problem. I love him. No matter what. No more or no less than I love my straight son or my straight daughter.
If only everyone saw it “differently.”