I was waiting for my daughter. A potty break. The line was long and I was good. So, I waited outside.
And I saw a man, about 40 years old, wearing a t-shirt similar to this one:
I have two young sons. And I watch a lot of crime television. I was a bit creeped out by this statement.
But this seemed like a very nice man. Standing with his party. A group of mostly men, a couple of women. Talking. Laughing.
I thought, surely there is more to this shirt. Something I’m missing. As casually as I could, I circled the group, hoping to catch a glimpse of the back of his shirt. Something to clue me in on the joke. Nothing. Nada.
And then I remembered. It’s Gay Days here at Walt Disney World. He’s gay. (Lightbulb blinking, ding-ding-ding ringing through my brain) I’m feeling a bit stupid now.
But then, in the next moment, I’m not feeling so stupid. He’s 40 years old. What he means to say, at least I hope he means to say: “Likes Men.” Because he’s a man. Not a boy. And liking boys when you’re a man is creepy.
I don’t mind being at Disney World during Gay Days. The hoopla that has surrounded this non-Disney sponsored event is just short of ridiculous. (But more on that later.) I don’t mind some of the in-your-face public displays – as long as they’re tasteful and no more obnoxious that what the heterosexual crowd can legally dish out.
And when my boys are adults? I hope they are so comfortable with who they are that they feel comfortable displaying their preferences, their legal-consenting-adult preferences, on a t-shirt.
But wearing a t-shirt that says “Likes Boys” where you’re a grown man? Creepy.
But then, I’m the mother of two young boys. Maybe I’m taking this a step too far.
And maybe I watch too many crime shows.