27 Jun For the straight guy, friendship with a gay man offers the opportunity to learn important lessons about masculinity, male identity, sexual orientation, and diversity. For the gay man, a relationship with a straight male friend can be healing. 16 Apr Unfortunately, even in , there are dozens of ways in which your friends, co- workers, family members, or complete strangers — knowingly or unknowingly — insult people in the LGBTQ community. You probably have an LGBTQ friend (or many), and even if you don't know anyone personally, you. An insult, although not meant to disparage actual gay people. It is a pheneomenon in which a heterosexual man unsuccessfully attempts to woo a woman and winds up being an intimate but wholly platonic friend instead. The man naively believes that if he just sticks around long enough, and shows the woman his sincerity.