i'm gay straight meme

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This meme asks if you’re gay, straight, or something else entirely

'It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss...'


Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Published May 28, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 2:49 pm CDT

Sexual fluidity has always been a subject of debate—meaning, whether or not an individual’s sexual orientation (gay, straight, bi, etc.) throughout life is malleable, or whether that preference can change and adapt throughout life. This meme has nothing to do with that.

Much like the single/taken survey meme that recently exploded in popularity, the “I’m straight, I’m gay meme” is more or less absurdist, primarily riffing off of pop song lyrics. Know Your Meme tracks the first instance to August of 2017 when @soberliability used it to quote the song “Green Light” by Lorde.

While the meme went semi-viral at the time, it took off again in the past week, thanks to tweets like the following, some of which received tens of thousands of likes and retweets:




And it was only natural that the meme eventually intersected with the “Mr. Brightside” meme.


BuzzFeed’s David Mack used it to insert a The Devil Wears Prada quote:

The official Will & Grace account even got in on the fun:


Of course, a handful of people got literal with it as well.


Then there were the random and absurd examples.




Finally, a meme has come along that’s inclusive of both sexual orientation and condiment affinity. You did it, 2018.

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*First Published: May 28, 2018, 1:01 pm CDT