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What occupations have the highest proportion of gays? Redditors say…

Male flight attendant

Sometimes it’s isolating to be out as gay at work. And sometimes, you find yourselves in like company.

Yes, it seems some lines of work are more gay-male-friendly than others, and Redditors listed those professions in a recent r/askgaybros thread when one person asked, “We all know the stereotypes, but what occupation do you think has the most gays?”

Some of the jobs listed below won’t be surprises—again, stereotypes!—but others might throw you for a loop. Here are Redditors’ responses from the thread, edited for readability.

Flight attendants

“Having been one, I can say this is 100% accurate.”

“I know, like, 3 online, lol.”

“Please return your flight attendant to the upright position for landing. Thank you.”

“Actually know a straight guy that is one. And he even met his girlfriend via the job.”

Public relations reps

“Public relations 100%.”

“Just @ me next time”

Performing artists

“Haha, yeah, I’m a classical singer, and there’s a good portion … maybe classical dancers even more.”

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Paramedics

“There are a surprising number of gays in EMS.”

Starbucks baristas

“My Tinder experience would make me say wannabe actors and Starbucks baristas.” (“But you repeat yourself,” joked another user.)

“Starbucks baristas, lol. Edit: ‘cause I was one.”

Pharmacists

“Don’t know why, but every drug store seems to have at least one obviously gay guy.”

Nurses

“You caught me”

“Yep! Back when I was single and dating, probably close to 50% of the people I went on dates with were nurses.”

Scientists

“In my experience, there are quite a few gays in science. Particularly in academia.”

“My lab had a team of 10, and it was 50-50.”

“There’s actually research about how gay men excel academically and are overrepresented in academia!”

Chefs and cooks

“We had more queer people in my culinary class than straight white men. It was funny when they realized we could be more vulgar than them.”

“Yes, and there is a long history of this, apparently. My goddess Julia Child was worried gay men would do to culinary arts what they did to ballet. She didn’t seem to mind gay people [citation needed] but was worried that their presence would scare off straight men and hinder what she hoped would be a renaissance of cooking in America.”

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Republican lawmakers

“Republican politician.”

“Republican lawmaker.”

“Republican senators.”

Organists

“I’m an organist. Rarely do I meet straight male colleagues.”

“My music school friend said the same thing. He’s never met a straight male organist, and none of his male organist friends know any straight male organists either.”

“If you google ‘gay organist’ the first result is a quora post asking why so many organists are gay.”

“I dunno, most of the gay guys I’ve met suck on organs.”