I'm annoyed when people assume most guys who ride English are gay.
It never even crossed my mind until a couple months ago when someone was telling me how "gay" it is that I ride English in "tights" (breeches) ... I ended up asking literally every single person that I knew who rode English and *ALL* of them had the same opinion that most guys who ride are either gay or assumed to be gay which pissed me the hell off - especially since NON of them personally knew any gay riders! One of my long time friends said: "When a guy goes to a barn, they have to pretty much prove to everyone that they aren't gay. Whether it's bringing up stories about ex-girlfriends or flirting with the girls there, until you do that, everyone will assume you're gay."
Are people really that stupid? I could list off a handful of well known male riders who have CHILDREN and WIVES... I just don't see anything about English specifically that makes it seem like the guy riders are feminine or anything of that nature.