Ask a homo gay names: Do gay men like shorter or longer names?

Andy, Jake, Billy: Why Do Gay Guys Like Short Versions of Their Names? 

Andy, Jake, Billy: Why Do Gay Guys Like Short Versions of Their Names? 

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Expanding the LGBTQ Conversation
April 24 2015 7:00 AM

Ask a Homo: Steve or Steven?

Indie or Indiana?

Still from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Welcome back to Ask a Homo, a judgment-free zone where the gays of Outward answer questions about LGBTQ politics, culture, etiquette, language, and other queer conundrums. There's an old joke that goes, “It was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!” Then there's the retort: “Of course not! It was Adam and Steven!” These silly lines got one viewer thinking about whether gay men actually have a preference for shorter or longer versions of their names. Here's J. Bryan Lowder (or should we say Bry?) with an answer.

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J. Bryan Lowder is a Slate associate editor and the editor of Outward. He covers life, culture, and LGBTQ issues.

Christian Lesperance is a freelance video producer and editor working with Slate. Check out more of his work here.