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01/29/2009

Tofu ≠ gay sex

by Jeremy Hooper

200901291241This writer is a gay man who doesn't eat meat of any variety. But from my experience as a gay person, I can tell you that many of my fellow 'mos love themselves some hot beef action. Also, from my experience a veggie person, I can tell you that many of my fellow herbivores love themselves some hot hetero action. Although it might be true that more gay people are open to the idea of veggie-ness, the simple reality is that sexual orientation and animal consumption have no more to do with one another than do sexual orientation and animal fornication.

Now, these revelations are probably no shock to most of you, regardless of your own personal flesh-eating or flesh-craving desires. However, if a young Long Island man's claims are to be believed, the heterosexual vegetarian is apparently a mythical concept for some folks. This from the NY Daily News:

Ryan Pacifico is suing Calyon in the Americas, charging that his one-time boss at the French financial firm presided over a testosterone-fueled trading desk, where he was mocked for avoiding meat and wearing snug-fitting shorts during triathlons.
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Pacifico's discrimination lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, contends the firm cooked up lies about his job performance to fire him - when the real factors were that he was a vegetarian who was perceived to be gay by boss Robert Catalanello.

"They associated being a vegetarian with being gay," said Rick Ostrove, a lawyer for Pacifico. "It's a ridiculous male stereotype that only real men eat meat."

A spokeswoman for Calyon in the Americas did not respond to requests for comment.

Wall Streeter sues employer over vegetarian taunts [NY Daily News]

We'll have to wait to see how this case plays out. But we would just like to use this opportunity to remind all straight boys: Sucking on a big fat sausage doesn't make you any more masculine.

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Your thoughts

This reminds me of high school. If they don't like something, they dub it "gay". Some people just can't grow up.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Jan 29, 2009 1:20:39 PM

Jeremy - your final quip made my day! Thanks for a good laugh - I needed it today. tom

Posted by: tom | Jan 29, 2009 1:26:27 PM

Not eating decomposing flesh is a choice, sexuality is not.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 29, 2009 1:34:33 PM

Heh. Of all the blogs covering this today, you've got the best headline, Jeremy.

I was a vegetarian for 3 years when I was (much) younger. I started eating meat again by choice. Guess I must not be gay, then. Wait until I tell Norm. He's going to be SO pissed. ;)

Posted by: Jamie | Jan 29, 2009 4:03:24 PM

RainbowPhoenix - TOO TRUE! Though to be slightly fair... this guy is the one claiming the gay link. I wonder if he'll prove it...

Posted by: Joe Peterson | Jan 29, 2009 5:30:19 PM

Why does this seem like something that would happen at my friends high school?
Oh yeah, 'cuz it does.

ANYWAY, I'm gay, and I happen to love meat.
Like roast beef. Mmmmm, put some cheese on that in between two slices of bread and toast it, and you got some goooood stuff.

. . . Not like I CAN be a vegetarian anyway. Apparently my metabolism is too fast or something to be able to live off just veggies. I dunno, I was kinda zoning out at the time, thinking of how the head people of PETA's faces would look if they got that news... <3

Posted by: Clicky the Fox | Jan 29, 2009 6:52:09 PM

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