Ask a Homo: Steve or Steven?

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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