30 Days

Season 1 Episode 4

Straight Man in a Gay World

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 06, 2005 on Planet Green
8.7
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Straight Man in a Gay World
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A God-fearing 24-year-old conservative homophobe from red state America travels to San Francisco’s Castro District to live in what is notoriously known as one of the gayest areas of the country. As he joins a gay sports team, works a job that caters to gay clientele, attends gay-friendly church services and lives with a gay roommate, he gets an inside view of what it is like to live as a minority that still elicits strong feelings of hatred among many Americans. Throughout the 30 Days this former youth minister and member of the military will have his Bible-rooted values severely challenged as these important issues become very personal.moreless

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  • "Straight Man in a Gay World" episode

    10
    I found this to be a good episode. It's the only one I've watched so I don't have any of the others to compare it to, but I liked seeing how it worked out. I think that the Christian protesters were very harsh and that God doesn't hate people, as it says in the bible that he forgives (I'm agnostic raised Christian [don't ask how that came about]) everyone of their sins. What they were doing was harsh, especially the civil rights worker. It was interesting to see the similarities in lifestyles (only thing really different is the type of bars and their "private life").moreless
  • This episode of 30 days was a fine example of how Americans love to find justification for hating. God hates no one people do. There are seven things God hates and only those seven things are mentioned in the Bible.moreless

    7.1
    To say that God hates any person or people based on race, sex, age, weight, or sexual orientation is to misrepresent God. Americans love to justify their hateful natures, and what better way to do that than to blame it on God. The key word here is HATE. Nowhere in the Bible does it specifically say God hates homosexuals or homosexuality. Nowhere does it say God hates any particular group of people based on something so trivial. God hates seven things and they all deal with human character, something much more important when determining how to feel about a person or group of people. God's opinion is based on the quality and strength of our character because that is what determines what kind of person one is. My point is, no one has the right to pick what part of the Bible they will take a stand on. Either you believe in the whole word or you don't. In fact, the Bible speaks on those who think to straddle the fence. There is no such things as warm, either you're hot or cold. None of us are in a position to judge and condemn anyone else because none of us abide by the whole word. If we did we wouldn't hate so easily. Jesus didn't feel compelled to speak on two topics some humans have made major issues. Homosexuality is one of the issue of which I speak. Again the Bible teaches us character if we are open to receive such a message. It does not teach us hate. What kind of world would it be if everyone allowed everyone else to live the lives they are born into without being judged? What kind of wonderful things could we learn from each other? God does not hate homosexuals, but he does hate the Greedy, the lazy, the lustful, the gluttons, the prideful, the wrathful, and the envious. All of these attributes deal with the character of an individual, and to think some of us admire so many of those who encompass all of these traits, and despise those who display none of them.moreless
  • I really enjoyed this episode. I am a straight male and this truly showed how religion has once again proven their existence as evil. The church of protesters are so mean. I doubt they will make it to a better place as a result.moreless

    9.4
    Do not judge those around you simply because you disagree. I disagree with making a sign saying "when **** die God laughs". How un-christian can someone be? This is by far a representation of how evil people are and how they use their church to cover it up. Step up and be a better person and stop preaching against people simply because of their sexuality. The world would be a better place if we all treated our neighbors with respect. Live life as a good person and you will benefit in the end.

    The straight guy was so closed minded to the life style and actions of the gays that he had trouble understanding them as people and their confusion in life. I believe people are born gay and others choose it. Religion should not be considered a factor. We all know what happens when religion gets involved with peoples lives, wars take place and people get hurt. Leave people alone and live your own life and stop raising your kids to hate.moreless
  • God-fearing, homophobe hicks? Eh, not so much.

    9.8
    Let me just say, I am from Oxford, the town Ryan\'s from. We are not the god-fearing, homophobic, hicks we looked like.



    That aside, I enjoyed this episode. It gave me a new perspective into both sides of the argument. I myself am not against gay people, so it was cool to see the other side.



    My favorite part was when the guys were playing baseball. Ryan sucked, which is funny because my dad was his little league coach. Ha ha.



    Over all, this was an excellent episode. Morgan Spurlock truly is a genius. I can\'t wait for the new season to start.moreless
  • Excellent pairing

    9.6
    I felt that the pairing in this episode was stellar. To those who are saying that it was unrealistic, I say that at 21, I was going to bear bars and hanging out with gay men of many ages - my own and also older.



    The gay life of a 40 year old is no less relevant than that of a 20 year old. In many ways, it is MORE relevant, because at 20, we don't know nearly as much as we will later in life. I've seen this demonstrated over and over.



    As for the assertion that the young ones didn't deserve to be taken to task for taking their shirts off - I disagree. They knew what they were doing; they knew that they weren't gay and were therefore misrepresenting themselves. For thatn alone, they deserved the harsh words.moreless

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    • Ryan: I guess the thing that I learned about myself was I really was falling into the stereotypes. I really was being more close-minded than I thought I was being, and I was making uninformed opinions about something I didn't know about. You know, you have to go and learn for yourself.

    • (during a discussion about Ryan only thinking homosexuality is a sin because the Bible says so.)
      Penny Nixon: For one moment, just say that the Bible said, it is wrong for a man to sleep with a woman. So the way to go is a man to sleep with a man. Could you change so that you could do that?
      Ryan: Not a chance.

    • Ryan: So I'm now standing in the gayest place in the world.

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