Part of the reason why one must defend
against the specter
of being seen as gay
is because the only reason why anything related to being gay
is brought up, often, is because the lady doth protest too much
This is what society at large seems to believe, at least. Regardless of whether you're just a Sensitive New-Age Guy, or if you really are gay, if you know anything about gays you're assumed to be a part of the class. This is inherently unfair, and it is a problem for gays as well -- we try to inform people, but the people who need to be informed don't want to be associated with being gay. Therefore, they don't listen, and we (the gays) have wasted our time and energy and effort.
The only way to combat this viewpoint seems to be the patiently repeated application of the clue by four to the heads of those who don't understand. Such as the way powercntrl does it.
powercntrl, I salute you. Thank you.