By Sam Damshenas. A video of a relationship between a gay man and his straight best friend has gone viral on social media. Last week, popular TikTok user Adrian Alvarez introduced the world to his best friend Hector in a one-minute clip that is interspersed with a series of adorable pictures of the pair, while the theme song of Disney film Up plays in the background. He then reveals that Hector has struggled with dating because girls assumed they were a couple.
Gay man’s adorable tribute to “best straight boy-friend” goes viral
Locked Out: Straight Guy Goes Gay by J.S. Strickland
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Why Gay Men Often Fetishize Straight Men
A subset of these men who have sex with men, or MSM, live lives that are, in all respects other than their occasional homosexual encounters, quite straight and traditionally masculine — they have wives and families, they embrace various masculine norms, and so on. They are able to, in effect, compartmentalize an aspect of their sex lives in a way that prevents it from blurring into or complicating their more public identities. Sociologists are quite interested in this phenomenon because it can tell us a lot about how humans interpret thorny questions of identity and sexual desire and cultural expectations. But not all straight MSM have gotten the same level of research attention.
What kind of porn do gay men watch most often? Generally speaking, the porn they've searched for consists of a mix of straight men having sex with other men , and straight men masturbating. That said, these stats do tell us that a lot of gay men seem to be eroticizing heterosexual men. So why is that? Research into the partner preferences of gay men suggests that, on average, they tend to be drawn to masculinity.