According to today’s “Sunday Styles” section, it’s easier to be a gay comic-book fan now than ever before. It’s not just that society is more accepting of gays and nerds, but gay comic-book fans are finding they’re not alone — like those who regularly attend Skin Tight U.S.A., a “costume-fetish party” at the Stonewall Inn. The party provides a chance for regular guys to dress up like superheroes and hang with like-minded dudes in “muscle-cuddling garb often leaves little to the imagination.” And today it provided the Times with a chance to explore the gay comic-book subculture.
Just when we were about to write this article off as an attempt by the Times to manufacture a subculture of gay comic-book fans who dress up like Batman and prowl the streets of Manhattan, it turns into a pretty interesting take on gays and lesbians in comics. But that’s kind of disappointing, because who wants to talk about interesting things when you’ve got this guy.