A lot of gay people are wary of showing public displays of affection, whether worried about being judged negatively or even inviting some homophobic stranger to erupt in violence.
As a Tweet currently making the rounds points out, maybe those stares aren’t seething with blind hatred. Maybe that’s envy in those eyes. Maybe those eyes want some of what you’re serving up, eh?
“[To] any gay couple holding hands in public who caught me staring at you, I’m gay and jealous, not homophobic.”
any gay couple holding hands in public who caught me staring at you: i'm gay and jealous not homophobic
— Kait ? (@itzzkait) September 28, 2017
Already, her tweet has garnered almost 70,000 likes and over 25,000 retweets.
One woman tweeted in agreement: “I try not to stare but I’m so proud.”
i try not to stare but i'm so proud. pic.twitter.com/hnh7xTZ1YE
— jennifer (@GniieBee) September 29, 2017
Same here but my problem is I look like the demographic that is homophobic ?.
— Maggie Jones ??? (@maggieinlondon) September 28, 2017
People are continuing to go bonkers over the tweet:
A warm smile makes a big difference in how that look is perceived. :)
— Spooky Raven (@CorvusaCreantum) September 29, 2017
Thank you for reminding everyone that being LGBT has no age limit. I hope the wrongdoings of others don't make people misjudge you.
— » Carmen™, a baepsae (@NoSonChinosOk) September 28, 2017
I'm mostly straight and jealous. But kinda bi
— Atheist bookworm (@erica89490976) September 28, 2017
I’m straight but 100% jealous
— pt;HELP PUERTO RICO (@beautae95) September 28, 2017
I need this on a shirt. I stare because I love it and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy to see. I hope I never scared anyone
— Fun Lovin Otter (@SnarfsDad) September 29, 2017