When it comes to relationships, everything NEEDS to have a label. Friendships between straight men and gay men are apparently so popular now (whatever that means) that they have a name: bromosexual friendships.
According to the New York Times, there's a noticeable increase in bromosexual friendships in pop culture as well as in real life. "Obviously, there have always been friendships between gay men and straight men," the publication writes, "but only recently have they become more prominently, and comfortably, represented in TV shows, movies, books and blogs."
The paper cites examples like Shahs of Sunset and Scream Queens as television shows that display open and loving men-on-men friendships.
Michael LaSala, the author of Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child, says that this phenomenon has not always existed, outwardly anyway. Historically gay men and straight men weren't necessarily drawn to each other for friendship and often because there was perceived tension or lack of understanding in their interactions. “Our traditional way of thinking of relationships with gay and straight men is that they are hostile, even bullying," he says. "For that reason, gay men have traditionally not felt comfortable in these relationships.” The author, who is gay, has only experienced a bromosexual relationship at the age of 57. He explains that these friendships can have a healing effect. "Friendships with straight men can be very healing. When you experience a close friendship with a straight guy and that person is very accepting, it’s a balm for some old wounds.”
Aside from the friendship, there's the aspect of having an awesome wingman. Andy Cohen points to John Mayer as his wingman in picking up hotties. “Straight men are very good that way,” says writer David Toussaint. "If I’m walking down the street with this young, straight guy I know, and he sees a guy look at me, he’ll say, ‘Go get him!’”
What do you think of bromosexual friendships? Are they a thing, or is it all just pandering clickbait?