No I Don’t Care That You Know Other Queer People

“By the way my coworker’s best friend’s sister is gay.”

“… oh, um that’s cool.”

This is a conversation that takes place constantly. If someone knows I’m gay, they always love to tell me when they meet other queer people; as if we’re unicorns. Don’t get me wrong, there are nothing but good intentions behind it, it’s just a little weird. Would you tell me if you met another woman, or some else who had blue eyes? Probably not.

This is different from the typical, “oh you’re gay, do you know my friend Sam, he’s gay too?” situation. People don’t think you know them, they just want to let you know they know other queer people. My older sister is the main culprit of this in my life. She lives in a major city, so of course she knows/is friends with/ runs into a lot of queer people, and she lets me know. Every. Single. Time. Maybe I’m a huge jerk for not caring, but honestly it’s just not that interesting to me. I consume a lot of queer media, so I constantly see other LGBTQIA+ people. Plus, I’m in college, so I see a decent amount of visibly queer people in my day to day life.

Being able to see visibly queer people is so so important, and I do get excited when I see other people people just living their normal lives. I feel a sense of familiarity and kinship with other people in the LGBTQIA+ community. Someone telling me about how their barista is gay though, isn’t really something I care to know. What is the correct response to “Oh! I was meaning to tell you my waiter the other day is gay.” ? Do you want me to jump up and down and beg you for more details? I usually go with, “that’s cool” or “oh wow” which both come out sounding incredibly unenthusiastic, no matter how much I try and pretend to care.

I never confront anyone about this, because I know they are just trying to be nice. It in no way makes me mad, or even annoyed, I just find it incredibly odd and kinda funny. Does this happen to you? If so, how do you respond? I feel like this definitely isn’t just something I deal with!

 

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13 thoughts on “No I Don’t Care That You Know Other Queer People

  1. That’s so insulting. That’s like when people meet me and find out I’m black. There’s always one person that says, “I have a black friend.” Okay, Congratulations????!!!

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        1. Yep…saying that I have a “black friend” or “gay friend” or “queer friend” to me strikes me as tokenizing. Honestly the whole topic of tokenizing is something I hope to discuss on my own blog in the future!

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  2. Haha, I can’t believe people would tell you their waiter was gay and expect you to care! I don’t get comments like this very often, but when I do they’re usually in reference to the person’s close friends or relatives and seem to be mainly intended to assure me that they’re cool with queer people. But I expect that’s because I’m only recently out to most people. Next year I might be getting comments more like yours and likewise not know how to respond to them.

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