This could simply be for something as innocent and small as one man complimenting another; for example, “Dude, you look great tonight, no homo”.
The term and the concept behind it is problematic: firstly, it is perhaps an example of toxic masculinity, in which men have to constantly remind each other that they are straight, and that something as simple as a compliment may call their heterosexuality into question. Secondly, it asserts a certain homophobic or biphobic attitude that being seen as same-sex attracted is something to be ashamed of.
Originally published: 14th December, 2020
Last modified: 14th December, 2020