As a younger man, about 28 years old, a friend and I had a house-painting/paperhanging business. (Yes, for those of you under 50 years old, wall paper was a popular decorative choice and could be very lucrative.) We landed a contract with a successful building contractor. He had several dozen employees, he was a respected community leader and he was a member of good standing in the local church. This job offered the promise of significant future work.
We arrived on the job site at his house just before he himself left for work. Very affable and likeable, Tom always took a minute to talk with us before leaving the house. One morning he offered the usual morning pleasantries before sharing a bit of information garnered from his church family:
“Boys, did you know that a study was done on a group of monkeys exposed to daily hard rock music? Yep, the monkeys turned queer.”
My partner, a happily married heterosexual man guffawed and snickered. I just smiled because at that moment I knew I would have to give up the hard rock which I loved or live my life as a gay man.
Here are two of my all-time favorites. I promise, listening to it will not make you queer.