Gay people walk at a faster pace than the rest of humankind, according to the internet.
The idea that gay people are quicker on their feet is one of many good-natured, often self-deprecating stereotypes which have gained popularity within queer online communities.
Google Maps: It will take 17 minutes to walk to your destination.
A gay pedestrian: pic.twitter.com/76yfEvTjnQ
— Chris Hanna (@Chris_Hanna) March 27, 2019
Some of these also apply to gay people, along with the in-jokes that they drink more iced coffee than other humans and reach record speeds on the pavement.
Unlike harmful anti-LGBT stereotypes, these tropes seem to be largely created by, with and for queer people.
The trope helps people to connect to their identity and other gay people
Many gay people have written online about the ways in which fast walking helps them feel close to their sexuality, whether or not it has any basis in science.
One tweeter said: “you know i’m feeling gay when i walk unusually fast.”
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