A celebrity chef and TV host has criticised a comedy duo for teasing their teenage child on air about his gender identity. The pair regularly tease the boy about whether he is a "real man" gay or straight , with co-hosts and others joining in. The running gag goes back at least a year, when Pooh declared he was set on being straight but might have been confused in the past. Co-host Napapa "Patt" Tantrakul, who said she had known the family for 10 years, said she wanted Pooh to clear up a nagging doubt. Patt presses him about his apparent uncertainty, to which he replies: "I am a real man now and will be in future, but in the past I might have been a bit confused. Talking to the media last week, Nui admitted Pooh, 13, had since come to him, still confused about his gender identity.
Will they still understand your banter? Does your chitchat have to be a no-fun zone, packed with PC platitudes and virtue signalling? Well, no, of course not. We literally get to hear about your ins and outs all the time; your turn now.
I deliberately say "we" and "I" throughout: talking about cruising, saunas, too much time spent on the web on gaydar - I own up to the lot, just like my gay friends do. This is not some sanctimonious moraliser looking into the goldfish bowl; it's a gay man in his 40s looking at the big open world and wondering when we are going to grab the chance to be grown-up in a society that now regards us, legislatively at least, as equals. We have demanded a place at the table, to use Bill Clinton's phrase, but now that it is laid, some of us insist on still behaving with the silly rebelliousness of extended adolescence. When I was a student in the s, what we were fighting for was visibility. That was what we needed first, just to be seen.
Tyler Curry says being a gay man is a lot more complex than our stereotypes might let on Illustrations by Clarione Gutierrez These days gay culture is almost as played out as a Taylor Swift song from Naturally, we make every effort to rebuke any rigid categorization of what it looks like to be a gay man because we know there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all "homosexual lifestyle. We exist in Technicolor diversity, and for every stereotype, there is an opposite countertype.