Defining the Gay Experience One Tweet at a Time

Defining the Gay Experience One Tweet at a Time

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The gay experience: always vibrant, often hilarious, wholly undefinable. Yet we, as gay folks, can often determinatively say when a certain situation makes sense for our lifestyle and when it feels a little too — dare I say it? — hetero.

Specific circumstances, just like cuffed jeans, iced coffee, and Carly Rae Jepsen, belong to the gays. They are a part of gay culture, we have already claimed them as such, and there’s no going back anymore.

The gay experience can’t be defined. Still, we know what the gay experience is not, because we can recognize heterosexuality from a mile away.

As TikTok user lynnspiracy so accurately explains, “Heterosexuality is such a potent and indistinguishable energy. It fills the room like a fart. Not everyone dealt it … but everyone smelt it.” In contrast, “Queerness is so mysterious and unknowable only a mere mortal ensconced by hubris could think they could know what queerness is at any time.”

Just like Twitter user @mvddm, we can’t stop thinking about this either. An absence of straightness that is so deeply ingrained into our very being. Into watching 15 seasons of a bad CW show for the sheer possibility of queer on-screen representation. Into listening to Mitski on repeat. Into wearing a denim jacket no matter how hot it is outside. These experiences boast of their lack of heteronormativity. They are ours. They belong to the Culture™.

We can observe other examples of the gay experience, well-documented by the trusty queer community of Twitter:

Like hoarding plants to fix all our life’s problems:

Getting overly invested in our tabletop RPG characters:

Not being able to sit:

Playing video games however we choose to play video games:

Falling in love with your best friend:

And my personal favorite… putting too much investment into astrology:

There may be no such thing as a “universal” gay experience, but there is just something about queer culture that makes you recognize it when you see it.

What situations would you define as being part of the gay experience? 

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