Originally Posted by Beebo Brink
Ah, it's far more than that, at least for me.
I entered SC/SLU land as a politically active "good queer" who watched her manners and would never ever good heavens make straight people uncomfortable. I can't begin to describe how liberating it was to see Joshua be himself with the same unselfconscious verve that straight people take for granted in their banter and flirting with people.
For most it's just Josh being Josh, or a funny SLU meme, but for me it was an epiphany.
I'm a bit too close to unconscious and typing on a touchscreen to elaborate on this as well as I want, but it was for me as well — growing up in an environment of repression where I feared for my life and physical safety coming out, working around straight people where even when I was comfortable enough to come out if I remarked about a guy being attractive I usually got a reply of "but he's straight!", and living in a world where I have to see straight couples holding hands and making out on the street while me and my boyfriend struggle to secure legal arrangements just to live in the same country — if a straight person gets uncomfortable seeing me say "show me your dick" on an internet forum they are really crap individuals, frankly. When I don't have to deal with heteronormativity being thrusted in front of me 24/7, maybe I'll grow to give a shit about not making the straights feel uncomfortable on the internet.