Michael Musto On The Future Of The LGBT Movement And Homophobia Within The Community

Journalist Michael Musto has a few predictions for what's in store for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. He explored his thoughts about the "gay future" in a recent piece for The Advocate, and he stopped by HuffPost Live last week to expand on what's to come in a world of full-fledged marriage equality.

One of the markers of LGBT America's next phase, Musto told host Josh Zepps, would be an age when queer storylines in film and television are just as common as straight ones. But for that to happen, he said, the LGBT community must come to terms with its own intolerance.

"The LGBT community are sometimes the biggest homophobes of all," Musto said. "I point in the [Advocate article] to the fact that we, as a community, have to address the fact that we accept bisexuals for being bisexuals. That we accept trans people. And I don't even think we should call them trans people, they're men and women. And how many LGBT people have I seen on Facebook referring to Caitlyn Jenner as he, she, it? We have a long way to go as a community."

On the flip side, Musto warned against allowing the trans community to become the "flavor of the month."

"Just the fact that trans is the new navy blue and it's adopted by the mainstream who normally would never go near an openly LGBT person, is making me a little nervous, because they're phonies, they're hypocrites and, deep down, they're homophobes," he said. "But [trans issues have] got a commercial cache now, so they're jumping on the bandwagon."

He added that his ultimate wish is a culture in which sexuality and gender identity doesn't matter.

"Just wake up, I'm gay, I'm going to date a guy. Yawn. That's fine with me," he said.

Watch Musto discuss the future of the gay community in the video above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation about the biggest LGBT stories of the week.

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