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Checking my privilege with help from LGBT glamazons

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“I’ve never been so insulted in my life”, I bellowed.

The camp twentysomething next to me at the bar could not disguise his bafflement at what he thought was a compliment. I smoothed down my cardigan, held my head high and marched off to find my friends, elbowing my way through a smorgasbord of drag queens, well-groomed gents and the occasional goth.

I related the exchange to my friends, still reeling. “…And he said how brave it was for an older lady like me to come to a place like this. He called me cute!”

My pals couldn’t hide their amusement. As out and proud gay men, each one has ...

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