“Should we all just blurt the reasons why we have intertwined our gay existence with drinking?”
*Gasp! Drops glass of vodka-soda and takes 3 consecutive shots of Patrón Silver*
That reaction may seem a bit exaggerated (perhaps excessive is a better word) but the truth found in the question posed by Chad Westbrook in Michael Henry’s YouTube video “Cheers to Us” is far from exaggerated.
Reality’s truths are often best told through great works of art. Such is the case in Henry’s approach to discussing a not so discussed topic – gay men’s drinking habits.
In just 2 minutes and 25 seconds, “Cheers to Us” tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. So help us gawd.
It all begins innocently enough with Henry asking his friends, “How often do you drink?”
What follows are too-close-to-home yet authentic responses and realizations that hit even harder than most self-deprecating gay Instagram meme accounts.
The boys raise their glasses to a long list of issues that include internalized homophobia, loneliness, daddy issues, being broke and heteronormative standards.
Watch “Cheers to Us” below:
Featured gif: YouTube/Michael Henry