I am unfortunately aquainted with a person who has made a number of incorrect assumptions about me. One of these assumptions is that I am g*a*y.
Boy can I relate. It really cheeses me off when people make that assumption.
Some of the "evidence" relating to me is:
1. I LOVE Melissa Etheridge! I have all her albums and DVDs and one of my favourite songs of hers is "Tuesday Morning". Oh, and I also like the Indigo Girls. GASP!
2. My hair is not even half an inch (1 cm) long. I look like a marine (which is okay because change the 'e' to an 'a' and you have my first name!!) But it's January here, which is the hottest month, and I take after my father in that I get physically *sick* if I get too hot. I hate sweating under my hair, so... when the school holidays started (early December) I went to the hairdresser and had her go nuts with the clippers. And you know what? I love it! I'm never going back to long hair again (my hair has been short for a few years, but never THIS short - it's great!).
3. I like Queer as Folk
. The U.S. one. But come on, what's not to like? In every episode you see hot men without their clothes on!
4. I love Queen also. My father (who was about as macho as a man can be) also loved them. He used to say, "Play something by that band with that lead singer... uh... Eddie Murphy?" "Freddie Mercury, Dad." "Yeah, him!!"
5. I also like Monty Python. (I can sing the Galaxy Song from memory and often do!) I've never heard of this as being a sign that someone is g*a*y, though.
6. I like men's clothes: underwear, T-shirts, short-sleeved button-down shirts, jerseys (sweaters/jumpers). Women's clothes are just not as comfortable.
7. I'm not married and don't have a boyfriend - but what's worse - I'm not even *looking* for one! Gasp!! There MUST be something wrong with me!!!
8. Ah, the most damning evidence of all - I write slash stories. These are stories in which you pair up media characters (usually from TV shows) of the same gender in romantic relationships
. So because I like to write about hot men getting together, *obviously* I must like women. Mr Spock would call that logic "seriously flawed".
I have (had?) a friend who assumed I was a lesb!an because I dared to speculate that a character in Star Trek might be g*a*y (she didn't turn out to be though) and because I told her I like Melisaa Etheridge. One day on the phone my friend said, "...and I would always consider you my friend, even if you tell me you're h0m0sexual." I said nothing because I was too stunned. She took my saying nothing as confirmation and after that would send me articles about "famous lesb!ans" I'd never heard of. Well, naturally that cheesed me off. I haven't spoken to her for a long time because of that. Why didn't I just deny it? That would be stooping to her level and assuming there is something wrong with being a lesb!an, and I don't think there is.
But sometimes I do think that I should just tell my nosey relatives that I am one - because at least then they would get off my back about getting married. But I dislike lying, so that's not an option.
Anyway... just to let you know, I empathise completely!