How Can You Tell If Someone Is Gay?
If you are wondering to know how you can tell if someone is gay, read on. It does not matter that you are straight and wondering or possibly bi-curious, there are ways to determine if a man is gay in a polite way that is effective and not offensive.
- Listen. To tell if someone is gay you must become a good listener. For some straight men, listening can be difficult and may require some practice. Many males who are gay are out of the closet, but that does not mean that he will have a sign above his head that let’s others know that he is gay. Some gays refer to their boyfriend as their “partner.” If you hear someone refer to their boyfriend as their partner it may be a sign that he is gay. Also, listen for things such as them mentioning attending gay pride events, hanging out at gay bars, or attending political or charity events that are specific to gay causes—it could be another sign that he is gay.
- Keep an eye out for certain things. Many gay males wear gay pride jewelry, tattoos and other accessories and items that can help you figure out whether or not someone is gay. A lot of gay individuals wear gay pride gear to allow themselves to become more recognizable in their community. You might also want to think about checking out his car for rainbow or gay pride stickers.
- Rely on your instincts. If you are wondering whether or not the man that you work with is gay, but are almost certain that he is not gay, you may be right. Though, if you are sure the man you see at the gym everyday reads as gay, he just might be. Remember not to rely on stereotypes – often times they do not reflect the realities of the gay community. You may see someone who fits the stereotype of a gay man, but they are indeed straight and vice versa. It can be difficult to figure out if someone is gay, sometimes all you need to do is rely on your instincts.
- Don’t be afraid to ask. If you have followed all the steps but are still unsure of whether or not a man is gay, try asking him politely and discreetly. You may find out that the individual has not yet come out of the closet and avoids the question. If this happens apologize and try to change the subject. Being a straight man you may not be aware of this, but coming out is a personal choice and is a very private matter for some gay people. You should know and try to accept that sometimes you simply will never know if a person is gay.