I border on being proud of what I consider to be my finely tuned gaydar. I have often claimed to have ‘known’ people were gay before they knew and I stand by those claims.
In the past few days, in the aftermath of Ian Thorpe declaring he was ‘not straight’, there have been a number of articles about possessing or not possessing a gaydar. Discussion abounds questioning why did people just ‘know’ Ian was gay. Well I actually think most people decided Ian Thorpe was gay due to stereotypes.
I actually think there is a difference between stereotyping and the elusive gaydar. Many people decided that Ian Thorpe was gay based on a range of stereotypes. Scientifically who knows whether there is such a thing as a gaydar and really who cares. Let’s embrace something exclusively ours; I think the gaydar is alive and well in many LGBTI people.
My gaydar kicks into action without conscious thought. How about you? Straight or gay do you have a finely tuned gaydar or not?