Re: Gay Aikido People? NORTHEN UK
The reason why a gay person might want to not train with straight people is straight people's homophobia. Who wants to train in an environment where people are freaked out at the idea of touching you or being in the same dressing room as you? Yet that's how many straight people feel about gay people. You can disclaim all you want about how aikido's not like that or your dojo's not like that, but the world is like that. Gay people aren't to blame and they're not being silly if they want to train and not be harassed or hated on. Chances are, their concerns are based on a lifetime of incidents of bigotry that most straight people don't even believe exist.