Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Living outside the Stereotype

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Living outside the Stereotype

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Name: Scott Williams

Age: 18

Hometown: San Jose, Calif

I'm feeling like I don't fit in. At school or church I'm treated like "that gay guy." But I'm also treated just as differently at the Billy DeFrank gay community center in my hometown. While there, I've heard other gay people say, "Oh, he's not really gay," or "What's he doing here?"

I don't fit the stereotype of a gay 18-year-old who runs around in a tight-fitting Abererombie & Fitch T-shirt and designer sunglasses talking about last night's episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. But at the same time I don't talk about the winning touchdown from a football game or how I "nailed" some girl the other night. It's as if I'm not straight enough or gay enough for the world.

To me, the gay community is driven by sex. It's everywhere--on television, in advertising, in anything geared toward gays. At the San Jose pride festival this past June, I found myself surrounded by booths offering free lube and condoms, porn stars signing autographs, and leather boutiques featuring live "pleasure" performances. …

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