Not so long ago there was a time when as a coloured person, or woman, joining certain strata of society might invite conflict. Or walking into certain parts of town would invite conflict. Expecting a modicum of respect might invite conflict. What were they supposed to do? Pretend to be white males? Try to keep a low profile and skulk around, trying not to cause offense? And don't we loudly advertise our sexual orientation? Think about it. On this forum, we have had the "babe thread". All girls, I notice. We regularly express our admiration for the female form, shall we say, and we may talk/brag about girls and sex (in Sam0r's case, going into Too Much Detail altogether). Our heterosexuality is rampant. In every babe wallpaper ("Show us your desktop") we post or admire, in every praise of Emzay's looks, in every sit-up-and-take-note of a female member joining the forum (remember the melt-down that Frag Doll Kitt FDUK caused?), in every joke about sex we express our heterosexuality. Make no mistake. We are Proud To Be Straight, and we let people know about it. If a gay person does the same however, we react like a bunch of homophobes or prudes. The best we seem to manage is: "Hey now, what you do in your own bed is your business, but Jeez, do you have to advertise?!? That's just asking for trouble!" Why should it be? Sites like gamegal.com, girlgamers.co.uk, or gamergirlz.com don't get DoS attacks or hatemail. PMSclan doesn't seem to get any trouble. We seem perfectly happy with the thought of nubile young girls pleasuring themselves with their joystick --crap, there's that heterosexuality again... What makes gay sites different? The answer is: they're not. They do exactly the same thing that girls do, or the Dutch, do, for instance. But nobody moans nearly as much about their "advertising" who they are. But then again, prejudices about girls or the Dutch are not as rampant. Only because they have trouble with it. Let's face it: gay people genreally don't have a problem with being gay; straight people have a problem with gay people being gay. If they hadn't, it wouldn't matter whether gay people proclaim their homosexuality or keep it to themselves --nobody would take notice. You may feel they're asking for trouble, but straight people seem only too ready to give it to them.