Friendships between straight and gay men seem to be more commonplace, but still can be difficult to build and sustain because of differences over not just sexuality but also stereotyping, lack of mutual understanding and the use of casual slurs by straight guys. "The younger generation understands the spectrum and fluidity of sexuality much more than generations of the past," said Tom Bourdon, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center at Tufts University. "Most liberal-minded straight guys today could say they have gay friends, and people wouldn't bat an eye."

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