just remembered this stuff responding to another thread. it's gotta be really tough being gay. because i'm a musician (i guess) and have at times dressed much differently than the others around me, i've been subjected to gay bashing on more than one occasion. once, i was in greenwich village with a friend and was approached by someone asking if i was gay. i said, "no". he continued, "oh come on, you don't like a little .... once in a while (or something like that). i started to walk away, and then noticed he was with a bunch of other guys and they started yelling "you f...ing fa..ott", and other such crap. they were totally looking to hurt someone. another time randy (my guitarist) and i were walking in the neighborhood, i think our hair was colored or something, and some guy sitting outside a laundromat started yelling at us to go do things i can't write here. randy wanted to confront him. it was too stupid to even try and reason with guy - he kept yelling really lame homophobic stuff. i didn't feel like fighting or arguing. another time i had my pink pants on and a car full of girls drove by. one of them screamed out "NICE PANTS!!!!!.... YOU F...ING FA..OTT!!! there were other incidents too. anyone else ever have to deal with this????