Yes, things have come along way for LGBT Americans over the last 10 to 15 years. Perhaps the most notable, of course, being the extension of same sex marriage nationwide. Despite these advances, there remains an effort to stigmatize same sex intimacy, particularly male intimacy, particularly by Christofascists and their "family values" organizations and their political whores in the Republican Party dating back to the days of hate merchant Sen. Joe McCarthy. But the problem doesn't stop there. As noted, NBC has been accused of a form of homophobia in its coverage of gay athletes at the 2016 Olympic Games. Then, of course, there is the ongoing homophobia across Hollywood and the difficulty faced by out actors. A piece in Salon looks at the problem. Here are highlights:
What’s the matter with a hug? Nothing, unless it’s between two men.-meter synchronized dive. In a photo of the two, Laugher appears to pounce on his diving partner, wrapping his arms around Mears’ neck. The moment is sweet and a bit silly, the kind of rapturous gesture that doesn’t seem out of the question when someone has earned the highest possible honor in his sport.
To put it bluntly, men shy away from hugging one another not because it’s “unmanly” but because they’re worried about being perceived as gay.do share an apartment together.)
Daniel Webster, who served as the secretary of state under Presidents William Henry Harrison and John Tyler, was known to refer to some of his male friends as “my lovely boy” in correspondence.
Picturing Men: A Century of Male Relationships in Everyday American Photography,” a book by John Ibson, a California State University, Fullerton professor. . . . . “The photos in Ibson’s collection were taken during a time when life was incredibly gender segregated,” she said. “Your primary emotional identification was with people of your own gender.”
The implications of touch isolation for men’s health and happiness are huge.”
Things are changing, however, along with the advent of a new generation that views homosexuality in a more positive light, thus lessening the shame around potentially being seen as gay.
The shifting tides are evident in the embrace of friendships that skirt the line between what might have been considered outré even just a decade ago.