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The deeper I get into my journey as an openly gay man, the more I want to exist primarily in queer spaces, surrounded by queer people. I’ve spent what I consider to be far too much time around straight people, and though this is not inherently a bad thing, I recognize how much this has hindered my ability to express myself. It’s not that I have any inherent problems with straight people, it’s just that they feel like blockades. They feel like a barrier against queer culture that projects itself out to the…