We are both men. That is the very point. We're gay. We love and are attracted to men. Stereotypes about gay men are destructive to both how society views us, as well as to how we view ourselves. When society makes fun of and degrades gay men for things that are patently untrue, young gay men are left without proper role models, failed by a society that describes them with generalizations.
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In social psychology , a stereotype is an over-generalized belief about a particular category of people. The type of expectation can vary; it can be, for example, an expectation about the group's personality, preferences, or ability. Stereotypes are generalized because one assumes that the stereotype is true for each individual person in the category. Explicit stereotypes are those people who are willing to verbalize and admit to other individuals. It also refers to stereotypes that one is aware that one holds, and is aware that one is using to judge people. People can attempt to consciously control the use of explicit stereotypes, even though their attempt to control may not be fully effective.
Stereotypes about bisexuality, often driven by the media, are both unfounded and quite literally unhealthy, according to studies recently published in the Journal of Bisexuality. The studies show that the bisexual community is diverse and subject to discrimination from gay and straight people alike, which negatively impacts the health and social lives of people who identify as bisexual. Vanessa Schick and Brian Dodge, leaders of the studies and editors of this special issue of the journal, closely examined trends among people who are sexually attracted to or involved with both men and women, and effects on their health.
Info: Myths and Misconceptions. Beyond Gay Generalizations. Many people think they can tell if someone is gay or lesbian by the way they look, dress, or behave. Stereotypical perceptions may be acquired through interactions with parents, teachers, peers and mass media, or, more generally, through a lack of firsthand familiarity, resulting in an increased reliance on generalizations.