Every straight guy has his Wing Man.
The guy whose job it is to play the sidekick, distracting the “friend” of the intended conquest for the evening while his star plays his best game.
And in the gay world, there is a similar role to be played. Not so much sidekick as accessory.
Not the wing man, but the Bling Man.
The Bling Man is the good-looking, fun and loyal straight best male friend of the gay man.
No, this is not a metrosexual or a “questioning” man.
This is an honest-to-goodness straight man. He is very handsome (or cute), not afraid to order a beer and sometimes has… gasp… a girlfriend… or even a wife… or dare I say… a child… at home.
Yes, Bling Man, your time has arrived.
To all the women who say “I can't believe that I can't have ONE of these hot men” in a crowd of gay men, you are a Michael Phelps in a pool of synchronized swimmers.
The Bling Man is usually a long-time friend of the gay man, sometimes before the coming out process happened.
He's the guy that stayed a friend.
His girlfriend/wife loves his gay friend, and his child will call him “Uncle” something.
So stay pretty. Stay funny. You are a true friend, Bling Man – nothing outshines you.
Tracy Russ is a Charlotte native and owns a communications/public relations consulting agency. E-mail email@example.com.