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Some Musings About Sexual Orientation and Stuff

 
 
jcboy
 
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Reply Sun 8 Jul, 2012 02:21 pm
@ossobuco,
Hehe well its true, I do. Cool

I’ve done everything that needed to be done with the outside of this house so I’m ready to move on. It was fine when I moved here and it was just I but now there are three of us and we need a larger home.

So hopefully soon we will be moving on to another house and fix it up the way we like it, but do it together this time.
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panzade
 
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Reply Sun 8 Jul, 2012 02:51 pm
@jcboy,
informative post.
Quote:
The one thing that has always bothered me is when I meet a straight man that find out I’m gay and automatically he takes a dislike to me because for some odd reason he thinks I might hit on him.


The opposite is true too. There's a fellow at work who is obviously gay. As much as I've tried in the last 2 years to act as a friendly co-worker, he has treated me with icy disdain. Perhaps he's afraid that I think he's a lesser human being...I don't know.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 8 Jul, 2012 02:59 pm
@sozobe,
My story was nearly thirty years before Set's.
Edit - aaaack, twenty.

I also experienced in the early eighties friends and friends of friends dying of aids while being repellant to ambulance drivers picking them up.
This was in one of the more hip areas of the country.
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snood
 
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Reply Sun 8 Jul, 2012 05:17 pm
@panzade,
Maybe he thinks you're "curious", or hitting on him.
panzade
 
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Reply Sun 8 Jul, 2012 07:07 pm
@snood,
Quote:
Maybe he thinks you're "curious", or hitting on him.


Sure , I guess anything's possible. But our Human Resources office is like the Gestapo when it comes to any flirting.
Maybe I'm over analyzing it. Just because he hasn't initiated a conversation in over a year and a half...well, it just means he doesn't like me. It happens.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 8 Jul, 2012 08:36 pm
@panzade,
Maybe you remind him of somebody.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jul, 2012 02:52 am
@sozobe,
There were some very ugly incidents in the 90s, which may well have been precisely because gay folks were becoming more prominent. There were several gay-bashing incidents. In one, a lesbian was assaulted, and the intent may have been rape--she resisted so furiously that the creeps involved beat her into unconciousness. They had been calling her dyke and similar names before they began beating her, so she was targeted precisely because of her perceived sexual orientation. In another incident, a gay man was beaten so badly that one of his retinas separated. By the time he received medical care, it was too late to save that situation, so he was blinded in one eye. Those incidents were relatively uncommon, a couple a year, although that of course means nothing to the victim, for whom one incident only is needed, and it's one too many. As i recall, the carnage did not last long. In both of the two cases to which i've alluded, those people were in the wrong neighborhoods to begin with. One was in the "pre-gay" Short Norht, and the other was in the levee neighborhood, both white trash neighborhoods.

The sudden, very rapid change in the Short North and Victorian Village were the product of several influences, although the sudden dramatic rise in property values, both commercial and residential, were the obvious results of the influx of gay and lesbian couples. The Short North is separated from downtown by the railroad yards. At the same time that all of the changes were beginning north of the railroad, the convention center was built south of the railroad, right next to the Hyatt Regency. They roll up the sidewalks downtown after eight, so the increased hotel population from the convention center meant people were heading into the Short North for evening entertainment. The arena was built in the same area, just to the west of the convention center.

Just north of where the arena is now located is the Battleship Building, mostly empty when the changes began. It became a popular place for artists becuse it had large lofts with good natural lighting. The North Market was built in a renovated, previously empty factory space just north of the Battleship Building. More than one successful restaurant or bar/restaurant opened near them. The folks at the Greek Orthodox Church had finally saved enough money, and the building of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral began in the early 90s, and it adds a good deal to the "upscale tone" of the neighborhood. It was, over the years, fascinating to watch the process.

http://in-and-around-columbus.com/images/greekorthodoxcathedral.jpg

This view is from High Street, looking just west of south. The Girl actually got a much better pciture of it from Goodale, as we were walking along the south side of Goodale Park. Deep blue sky with fluffy white clouds and the cathedral on the shoulder of the hill just there. It raised the profile of the Greek festival, too, which had always been modestly successful, but now became a major weekend for the neighborhood. Attempts at an Italian festival in Italian Village (just east of the Short North) hadn't done so well at the time i moved to Hilliard.

In my never humble opinion, it was the arrival of the gay/lesbian couples which completely and dramatically changed the area in a breathtakingly short period of time.
sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jul, 2012 07:24 am
@Setanta,
I thought North Market had been there forever!

Ah... the entity has been around since the late 19th century, but it only took up residence in the current building in 1995. I did not know that!

http://www.northmarket.com/about-us

The whole rolling-up-the-sidewalks thing downtown seems to be improving, too, btw. The Arena district has made a big difference there (I do know that's very new).
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johnmcavenue
 
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Reply Fri 22 Mar, 2013 11:24 pm
@snood,
I have had several (straight) female friends confess to me, that they have seen gay porn, with attractive men.. and that it arouses them.

I share this because I too believed that women did not enjoy man-on-man action, as men enjoyed woman-on-woman action... but apparently some do.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Fri 22 Mar, 2013 11:46 pm
@panzade,
panzade wrote:

informative post.
Quote:
The one thing that has always bothered me is when I meet a straight man that find out I’m gay and automatically he takes a dislike to me because for some odd reason he thinks I might hit on him.


The opposite is true too. There's a fellow at work who is obviously gay. As much as I've tried in the last 2 years to act as a friendly co-worker, he has treated me with icy disdain. Perhaps he's afraid that I think he's a lesser human being...I don't know.


Maybe he's just a jerk.

You can dislike him without being a homophobe.
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