‘Why Do Straight Guys NOT Want To Be Friends?’

A gay man in Oklahoma asked Dear Abby why straight men don't seem to want to be friends with gay guys
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A gay man in Oklahoma wrote to advice maven Dear Abby for help trying to figure out why it seems straight men don’t want to be friends?

“I am a 47-year-old gay man,” begins the letter from Curious in Oklahoma. “I’m well-educated, but there’s something I can’t figure out. Why do straight guys NOT want to be friends? I never hit on them, I enjoy a lot of the same pastimes like games, working on cars, etc. I want to be transparent, but when I tell them upfront, they disappear.”

Curious says sometimes, in the past, it’s gotten back to him that an invite to a ballgame or other event had been interpreted by some guys as “asking them on a date.” And even though he has lots of female friends, what he’s really wanting is just some regular male companionship.

He adds that he’s already followed the advice of others like “join a meeting, a group, social activities and blah blah.” He’s even tried seeing a counselor. But, so far, none of those efforts have led to any friendships.

At this point, he’s basically “learned to just keep my mouth shut and not invite anyone to do anything.”

Dear Abby, who’s no stranger to LGBTQ topics, quickly zeroes in on one of the more probable causes of our Curious Okie’s plight.

“The problem you’re having with straight men may be that they are nervous about being perceived as ‘gay by association’ if they are friendly with you,” Abby replies. “Some may also find the concept of being friends with a gay man to be threatening.”

“Taking part in group activities and outings is certainly a way to connect with others regardless of sexual orientation,” the advice guru adds. “Eventually, you’ll meet people and form friendships. In the meantime, appreciate those female friends of yours and ask them for some input, too.”

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Of course, it’s worth noting that Oklahoma isn’t necessarily known as a bastion of pro-homo harmony.

Last month, state lawmakers have approved anti-LGBTQ legislation that bans materials about LGBTQ people and topics (SB 9).  And last year, the legislature enacted HB 1775 which prohibits diversity training for students in Oklahoma’s public universities regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

Plus, in January 2021, Instinct reported on a school in Owasso, Oklahoma, that expelled an 8-year-old for having a crush on a classmate.

Although, to be fair, the news out of Oklahoma isn’t all bad when it comes to being out and proud. Last June, a dad went viral helping his gay son fly a Pride flag. 

And in 2019, a straight man covered his pickup truck in rainbow stripes and joined the Oklahoma City Pride parade with the message, “Not all country boys are bigots – Happy Pride Month.”

So, hang in there, Curious in Oklahoma. There’s definitely some straight guys out there worthy of quality bro time.

A gay man in Oklahoma can't figure out why straight guys do NOT want to be friends?

7 thoughts on “‘Why Do Straight Guys NOT Want To Be Friends?’”

  1. I am a gay man living in Oklahoma and just about all of my friends are straight men. When I came out to them, they treated me no differently than before. My issue is finding other gay friends. Yeah I love hanging out with my boys but they’re all straight and can’t relate to things that other gays can.

    Maybe Curious in Oklahoma and I could meet and I introduce him to some of my straight friends and if he has gay friends, he can introduce me to them!

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  2. As a gay man, I prefer to have a mix of gay, bi, and straight friends. However I don’t go telling any of the bi or straight guys about my sexuality and instead focus on the important parts of the friendship. I feel that is playing it safe and keeping the peace.

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  3. I have always had lots of straight men friends. In fact, my “groups” are always a rich mixture of folk, including non-binary.

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  4. I was thinking the same is that it may be the homophobia of Oklahoma. In Philly here and actually have several straight male friends

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  5. I have more straight guy friends than gay ones; for some reason I seem to be the “token” gay man they want to know. I’d love to have a group of gay friends to hang out with, but it doesn’t seem like gay men are very interested in knowing me.

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