[Groups of friends with queer and straight friends is more common now,] “but the straight boys often dominate the group. They feel the burden of the myth of expertise and in their displays end up discouraging LGBT friends from strongly affiliating with group. The straight gender roles are too strongly defined for those who don’t feel they fit on those ends of the spectra. [Queer kids] need to create more social spaces for themselves [where these gender roles are more flexible] so they self-separate from the mixed group even if the straight boys say they like them and feel comfortable with them in their group.” – RE


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