So What Exactly Is a “Golf Lesbian?”

My wife and I were showing a single lesbian friend of ours around the neighborhood. She just moved here. We pointed to one local drinking establishment that we heard had become a hangout for a lot of gay women. We poked our heads in and our friend sniffed dismissively, “golf lesbians.” My wife and I consider ourselves pretty hip but hadn’t heard that one before. We took it from her tone and some post-hoc deductive reasoning that our friend meant that the women she saw in that bar were acting, dressing and living in a more mainstream way. They were not part of a movement and, therefore, not part of “the community.”

I bet many gay male athletes feel that way — not part of the community. Their homosexuality is most certainly unacceptable in the professional sports community and their social masculinity — their dress, their humor, their nightlife interests — often fall outside established gay social institutions. Who are their role models? What TV sitcom can they point their pals in the locker to and say “See, that’s the kind of gay man I am.”

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