Writing for the New York Times, Bruni is the writer that many of us would like to be. The full article is a great read. Here’s a teaser:
A news flash for every straight man out there: You’ve been naked in front of a gay man.
In fact you’ve been naked, over the course of your life, in front of many gay men, at least if you have more than a few years on you. And here you are — uninjured, uncorrupted, intact. The earth still spins. The sun rises and sets.
Maybe it was in gym class, long ago. Maybe at the health club more recently. Or maybe when you played sports at the high school level, the college level, later on. Whether we gay guys are one in 10 or one in 25, it’s a matter of chance: At some point, one of us was within eyeshot when you stripped down.
And you know what? He probably wasn’t checking you out.
Read the rest at the New York Times.
My own perspective is rather simple. I am certain that these very tough guys, who get paid to mete out and endure extreme violence, can tolerate a gay man in the locker room. Chances are pretty good that they have been doing so for years without realizing it.