I was hanging out with an older cousin recently when she asked to see my phone. I don’t know if I had momentarily forgotten the kind of information I keep on that device or if I was subconsciously trying to out myself. To cut a short story even shorter, I gave the phone to her then spent the next five minutes holding my breath while feigning nonchalance though my eyes were involuntarily drawn to the screen as she scrolled through my applications list and past the popular gay chat apps – Grindr etc. My heart responded to every click with a loud thud. When she asked if I could direct her to my gallery, I immediately snatched my phone and pretended I had to respond to an email because there is NO WAY I was going to let her see my pictures. I wasn’t in any sexually or otherwise compromising photos but there were some I’d rather she didn’t see.
Which brings me to a question I hadn’t ever thought about: do heterosexual people know about gay mobile chat apps? Read the rest of this entry »