Gay people walk faster than everyone else, says internet

A gay man walks fast down a street, overlaid with tweets.

Gay people walk at a faster pace than the rest of humankind, according to the internet.

The idea that gay people are quicker on their feet is one of many good-natured, often self-deprecating stereotypes which have gained popularity within queer online communities.

These tropes claim that bisexual people can’t drive, do maths, ride a bike or sit in a normal way—but do cuff their jeans, use finger guns and love lemon bars.

Some of these also apply to gay people, along with the in-jokes that they drink more iced coffee than other humans and reach record speeds on the pavement.

Unlike harmful anti-LGBT stereotypes, these tropes seem to be largely created by, with and for queer people.

The trope helps people to connect to their identity and other gay people

Many gay people have written online about the ways in which fast walking helps them feel close to their sexuality, whether or not it has any basis in science.

One tweeter said: “you know i’m feeling gay when i walk unusually fast.”

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