Most of us know how difficult it can be to come to terms with our sexuality. Coming out as gay is usually framed in the context of relating to friends and family. But what a lot of people forget is that it can take time to essentially come out to oneself as well. But help is coming in an unexpected form. A new mobile app called BRO is helping straight identifying men explore their sexuality (straight to gay). One of the major points of the app is allowing people to explore their relationships without necessarily putting a firm label on it. One of the main points is that it allows people to explore desires which they might have been trying to avoid. But another important part of that comes from the fact that it allows men who identify as straight to meet men who identify as gay. But it’s all within the context of a label free zone.
One of the strengths of this approach is that it removes a lot of the rules and expectations from interaction. The creator has gone to great lengths to emphasise the fact that the app is meant to help people remove themselves from labels and categories. By doing so it allows us to meet men who need the support and encouragement to realize how they really feel. The app isn’t simply designed as a hookup tool. Instead it’s about establishing meaningful relationships between men within a safe environment which encourages exploration of one’s sexuality. And this is one of the most important aspects when one’s self perception changes from straight to gay. The app creates a safe place where all of us who’ve been through the struggle ourselves can help guide other men into a place of self acceptance. And in doing so it’s also a chance to meet some really great guys.