It’s like the Muppet story I wrote a while ago — in response to Sesame Workshop’s statement that “Muppets don’t have sexual orientations.”

Yet lots of Muppets have spouses or significant others, all of the opposite sex of course. They clearly have sexual orientations.

Naturally, we don’t talk to little children about sex, but talking about love is easy and natural.

Before I retired to write full time, my business partner was a father of two and a very traditionally conservative man. All that white evangelical Protestant stuff.

He also happened to be a hell of a nice person, and many of the beliefs he was raised with made him uncomfortable.

Anyway, we ran around a lot together on business and I ended up over at their home quite often. I was dating then, and sometimes brought my boyfriend over.

Kids being pretty smart, the five year old asked why my bf and I were together so much.

My business partner didn’t pause or miss a beat. “Oh, you know how sometimes people really love each other and they become boyfriend and girlfriend like your Aunt Sue and Tony? Well, Jim and Ben are the same way. Because guys can have boyfriends too.”

And that was all the was to it. The little boy just nodded, said something like, “Oh, OK,” and that was the end of it.

Easy peasy.

Cuz being gay isn’t sexual. At least not anymore than being straight is.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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