The Classical is the latest to tackle the rise of gay sports bars across the U.S. Titled, 'Where Hot Wings are Sassy,' it's both a tongue-in-cheek and solid examination of the growing phenomenon. Alyssa Rosenberg of Think Progress pointed out one great piece of the article about how gay athletes are marginalized by many people in the gay "community," working off a quote I gave for the article. Rosenberg observes:
But it’s too bad that we’re still at a point where hollering at the television over inane managerial decisions during the playoffs could still be seen by anyone as culture treason. One of the benefits of an environment that makes it easier for folks to come out should be a sense that your community is bigger than you knew, big enough for everyone not to have to be invested in the same projects, and big enough to accommodate multiple gay cultures, and to accept solidarity when it’s offered. If gay men want a bar where they can hang out and watch football, it doesn’t mean the club that has Madonna dance nights is going to shut down.
Besides, the gay sports bar is probably the one with the Madonna dance night!
I'm not sure why, but there is still this roll-of-the-eyes "oh you're so butch" reaction by some gay people when I say I like sports. It's much less common than it was 15 years ago, but it's still there. I assume it comes form an insecurity or lack of awareness by the person with the less-than-welcoming reaction, but I don't know.
Does anyone else still experience this?