Hollywood has long known gays make perfect “walkers”: arm candy for a girl in need of a red carpet date. And now high schoolers have discovered the value of a Gay Best Friend, according to a riveting new column in Teen Vogue!
“A few years ago, all the popular, pretty girls were walking hand in hand with a preppy jock,” says some random teen the magazine quotes. “Now you’ll see them in hallways with a Mulberry bag on one arm and a Johnny Weir look-alike on the other.” They all want Chris Colfer to be their GBF!
But beware, ladies. Having a gay in your lives might destroy your chances to meeting Mr. Right (whatever that means inside high school dating circles), according to the subliminal message I took away from this:
Maggie,* a seventeen-year-old Bostonian, found that since becoming so close to her GBF, she spends less time with her straight guy friends. “It’s nice because I don’t have to stress about Kevin* developing feelings for me,” she says. “Pretty much every time I’ve formed a bond with a straight guy, he ended up being attracted to me, and I would wind up hurting him when he found out I didn’t feel the same way.”
She has even noticed that she’s been dating less and less. “At this point in my life, I’ve realized that I’m not that interested in having a serious romantic relationship with a guy. I’m too young, and I just want to have fun.” Maggie also appreciates Kevin’s honesty, adding: “I can always count on him to tell me the truth, even when he knows that I don’t want to hear it.” In her case, that includes dispensing both fashion guidance (like telling her that she doesn’t actually look cute in that orange Marc by Marc Jacobs poncho) and serious life advice (he was the only one who had the courage to tell her she looked too thin a year ago).
Gay best friends: The new Polly Pocket?
Just remember the ultimate rule of GBFs, tween and teen gals: There will come a time when you’re going to have to start asking about their romantic interests and their sex lives. And there will also come a time where, no, we cannot go to the movies with you because we have a frickin’ hot date and, yes, it’s with your ex-boyfriend.