Ways to Avoid Homo Advances Without Reaching for the Knife


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Sometimes people hate us so much that they do REALLY crazy things — like avoid a homosexual advance by stabbing their neighbor 61 times!

Jury acquits a man who murdered his gay neighbor, stabbing him 61 times. That seems a little bit unnecessary! You could’ve avoided getting sent to jail not taking any responsibility for your actions and potentially one day feeling slightly guilty about your evil doings —

Have you ever found yourself targeted by unwanted advances from your non-preferred gender? (Personally, there’s about 450 male street hecklers I’ve wanted to stab in the eye over the last four years, including approximately 50 strangers who have groped or touched me on the subway or on the streets of NYC (SERIOUSLY), but this isn’t about Riese’s heterosexual panic, it’s about gay panic!) I could tell you what to do, but why listen to my words when I can get Stef to draw you pictures? That’s right …

It’s time to deal with your gay panic the adult way! And luckily … AUTOSTRADDLE CAN HELP …

Stef for Autostraddle presents:

How to Avoid Homosexual Advances

(without reaching for the knife!)



1. Always a reliable technique: “No thank you good sir!”


2. Run and Hide, leaving the gay man to wonder: “I can’t wait to destroy this nice boy’s decent Christian morals!!! Wait … where’d he go?

+cartoon-33. Employ the preferred method of the Looney Toons, leaving the homo to conclude, “Oh sorry, I was looking for someone else.”


cartoon-44. Self-explanatory.


cartoon-55. One step closer to peace on earth. We’re all the same underneath.


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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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    • I also enjoy how you went a little Amanda Palmer and omnomnomed that Brangelina pic :)

  1. Is that a lil gayboi… or Shane from The L Word? I have that confusion far too often.

  2. stef that is probably the best thing ive seen in a long time. thanks for making my day haha

  3. if anyone is convinced to put down the knife and pick up a disguise, please send your knives to me. we have no decent sharp knives in my apartment which makes cooking and swordfighting difficult.

    thank you for your time.

  4. i wish i had such great instructional illustrations for avoiding the advances of straight men. can you help me, stef?

    ps- you. are. the. best. ever.

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